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$1000 new gaming rig... cheaper?

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May 11, 2012 7:02:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: $900?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Blu-ray movies, video and photo editing in Adobe CS5.

Parts Not Required: HDDs, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter nearby, cheapest

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, small form factor, electricity-sipping PC if possible.

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So far, I have come up with this:
$189.99 Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/microcenter/intel-cpu-bx8063...

$29.99 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/cooler-master-cpu-coo...

$59.99 (MC Combo price) ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$44.99 G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/gskill-memory-f31866c...

$399.99 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/gigabyte-video-card-g...

$99.99 Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/fractal-design-case-f...

$42.99 OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/ocz-power-supply-oczz...

$56.23 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/amazon/asus-optical-drive-bc...

Total (before mail-in rebates): $951.63
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I like the idea of an m-ATX board in the Fractal case, but I have been going back and forth with an Extreme4 in a NZXT Source 210 Elite. Comments?

Also, I already have 4 HDD (2 750GB and 2 500GB) - will buy a ~250GB SSD in the future.
May 11, 2012 7:29:42 PM

you're good to go but i worry about the psu it has lower wattage get one with 750w. Then proceed...
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May 11, 2012 7:30:16 PM

you're good to go but i worry about the psu it has lower wattage get one with 750w. Then proceed...
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May 11, 2012 7:59:55 PM

xtreme5 said:
you're good to go but i worry about the psu it has lower wattage get one with 750w. Then proceed...


Why do you think a 750w is necessary? On PSU calculator the requirement is something like 430w for this build.

Any comments on Motherboard: m-ATX Pro4 vs ATX Extreme 4?
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May 11, 2012 8:09:20 PM

You could save some money by getting 1600mhz RAM and getting a cheaper case.
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May 11, 2012 8:10:57 PM

have you calculated it along with cpu and gpu when overclocked, i don't think you did it with overclocking if 750w not then 650w is necessary for safety when you intend to overclock both cpu or gpu.
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May 11, 2012 8:31:07 PM

That processor will be pretty power hungry with overclocking. A better alternative for relatively power efficient overclocking is the i5 2500K.
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May 11, 2012 8:41:29 PM

xtreme5 said:
have you calculated it along with cpu and gpu when overclocked, i don't think you did it with overclocking if 750w not then 650w is necessary for safety when you intend to overclock both cpu or gpu.


I just checked again.
http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

With a GTX 680 (instead of 670), 3 HDD, 1 SSD, a 3570K @ 4Ghz (1.4V)... 452w.

So... maybe 650w if I found a deal. Otherwise, no reason to dismiss 550w?

That processor will be pretty power hungry with overclocking. A better alternative for relatively power efficient overclocking is the i5 2500K. said:
That processor will be pretty power hungry with overclocking. A better alternative for relatively power efficient overclocking is the i5 2500K.

A 3570K definitely uses less power (on that calculator) than a 2500K to reach the same frequency/same V.
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May 12, 2012 2:07:27 AM

as you wish but i'm still not sure what about overclocking?
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May 12, 2012 2:37:55 AM

Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
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May 12, 2012 3:25:10 PM

xtreme5 said:
as you wish but i'm still not sure what about overclocking?


When I entered the PSU calculator, I had the 3570K at 4ghz at 1.4V. I didn't have the GPU OC'd, but I am using a 680 in the calculation (they don't have 670 listed) so an OC'd 670 is probably even less than a stock 680.

I'm thinking 600W MAX for my needs...
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May 13, 2012 10:39:55 AM

hmm, yes 600w but with good brand like cooler master gx 600w. Or an antec.
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