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May 17, 2012 4:04:51 AM

I've decided to wait until closer to purchase time.
a c 247 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 4:11:32 AM

It's a good start but there's not a lot of good choices on this build - AMD FX is not a good choice and avoid the Corsair GS series - really bad PSUs from an otherwise great PSU manufacturer. Don't get a 6950 when the 7850 and 7870 are out and run circles around it.

Try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $29.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $349.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Total: $1184.90

If you don't need Windows then upgrade your GPU to a GTX 670 and that will be pretty killer, it will run anything max you can throw at it for several years where an AMD build won't even be one - two years.
May 17, 2012 4:31:36 AM

A couple of quick questions while you are online:

Case: I would like a case with USB 3.0 Front Ports, Is a Micro ATX/ATX too small for future upgrades? Or is that just a branding name?

PSU: Is 650W enough for future upgrades? (While tinkering with premades on Cyberpower some options were pushing 700w)

CPU: What exactly does it mean by 3.8ghz turbo? Do I have to do something to it to make the "turbo" happen?

GPU: How does SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz compare to Geforce GTX 570? (It was similairly priced.)

I'm updateing my wishlists now and I will post soon like your format.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 4:43:10 AM

@ the OP. That Corsair GS700 is manufactured by Sirtec for Corsair and isn't a psu to be recommended. I know you have your build planned but take a look at this build down below. It will run circles around that AMD build and give you more satisfaction in the long run.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2G... $419.99 Free Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <------ gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Silencer-compati... $76.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 save: $10.00
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $104.98 save: $13.00
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-Moni... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI


Total: $1,124.26 *not including shipping and rebates



http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review of that card with benchmarks
May 17, 2012 4:50:46 AM

My build isn't set in stone, personally I prefer intel. A friend of mine suggested the AMD. So far feedback is against it. I'll take a look at your suggestions soon (Still collecting info from first suggestion.)

Anyway you could put it in simple format like G-Unit did. I also think I need to update my original post, I need the Monitor, Sound system, and optical drive to be included in the $1200. I guess this isn't common practice. My apologies.
a c 247 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 4:55:33 AM

Shadowmaru said:
My build isn't set in stone, personally I prefer intel. A friend of mine suggested the AMD. So far feedback is against it. I'll take a look at your suggestions soon (Still collecting info from first suggestion.)

Anyway you could put it in simple format like G-Unit did. I also think I need to update my original post, I need the Monitor, Sound system, and optical drive to be included in the $1200. I guess this isn't common practice. My apologies.


Oh your wishlist doesn't work so I can't see the monitor you wanted. But if you put that in I can adjust accordingly, I don't include peripherals on builds (keyboard/mouse/speakers) as you can always get the good ones later and there's no need to include that in your budget.
a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 5:06:05 AM

Shadowmaru said:
My build isn't set in stone, personally I prefer intel. A friend of mine suggested the AMD. So far feedback is against it. I'll take a look at your suggestions soon (Still collecting info from first suggestion.)

Anyway you could put it in simple format like G-Unit did. I also think I need to update my original post, I need the Monitor, Sound system, and optical drive to be included in the $1200. I guess this isn't common practice. My apologies.

I posted a link, a description of the item, the price for each and every component, along with links to benchmarks. The benchmarks are important for the fact they let you know what to expect out of a product. That build I posted gives you a gtx 670 with money to spare and I includes a nice monitor in that build along with a case with front 3.0 USB ports which is nice seeing how all these new 1155 boards like the one I posted have a front 3.0 USB header. That build I posted will max out any game out there and then some. I even bolded the links to the benchmarks.

I always try to post a build within the OP's budget.
May 17, 2012 5:30:41 AM

You both are a great help. I didn't realize how much work it takes to put it in that format! I enjoyed all the links. I can work out shipping and bundles soon, Newegg didn't let me add the bundle to my wishlist so its a bit more to work with for right now.

I've kind of mixed and matched suggestions, lmk what you think of this:

Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R - $79.99
Power Supply:CORSAIR TX650 80 plus -$89.99
Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB -$79.99
Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS228H-P 21.5" -$145
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX -$159.99
CPU:Intel i5 3.4ghz-$239.99
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600- $46.99
GPU: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB - $320
Cooler: Do I need a separate one aside from the fans?
Sound System: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 - $24.99
Optical Drive: Light On -$17.99
Keyboard (already have)
Mouse (already have)
Headset (already have)
OS -Windows 7 (already have)

This puts me right around $1200 Do I still need a cooler?

Thanks again for helping the links are great and nobody has to put it in any specific format. Any help is appreciated.

Are these components all compatible and did I leave anything out? (I am building from scratch so I have included periphials.)
May 17, 2012 5:42:15 AM

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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 5:59:32 AM

Shadowmaru said:
You both are a great help. I didn't realize how much work it takes to put it in that format! I enjoyed all the links. I can work out shipping and bundles soon, Newegg didn't let me add the bundle to my wishlist so its a bit more to work with for right now.

I've kind of mixed and matched suggestions, lmk what you think of this:

Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R - $79.99
Power Supply:CORSAIR TX650 80 plus -$89.99
Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB -$79.99
Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS228H-P 21.5" -$145
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX -$159.99
CPU:Intel i5 3.4ghz-$239.99
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600- $46.99
GPU: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB - $320
Cooler: Do I need a separate one aside from the fans?
Sound System: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 - $24.99
Optical Drive: Light On -$17.99
Keyboard (already have)
Mouse (already have)
Headset (already have)
OS -Windows 7 (already have)

This puts me right around $1200 Do I still need a cooler?

Thanks again for helping the links are great and nobody has to put it in any specific format. Any help is appreciated.

Are these components all compatible and did I leave anything out? (I am building from scratch so I have included periphials.)


Did you actually click any of the links on that build I posted?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- Click a few of those games on there and let me know how that gtx 570 stacks up against the gtx 670 I posted. Is it even close?
a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 6:16:20 AM

I would really get everything Why_Me said. It is even cheaper!
May 17, 2012 6:45:26 AM

Updated it with the GTX 670, I understand that is it was better I was going with the GTX 570 to save money. I couldn't add your bundles to a wishlist and I am not sure if they would be there in June.

Anyway we could knock $100 off what is posted up there without bundles, while keeping it upgrade-able?

Maybe work with the Motherboard/Processor or would that take away from the GTX 670? (Are the graphics wasted on the above monitor?)

Thanks again for helping guys, it takes me a long time to go through all the options. (I won't have time to go through Zeros suggestions tonight.)


A couple of questions.

Are 3.0 USB ports that important? I would like to have them in the front, but I may change my mind to save $$.

Will I be ok with the 600w psu/cooler combo? (Does this rig push 650w-700w?)

Maybe I can save the money by changing the case and PSU instead of motherboard and CPU.
May 17, 2012 7:15:34 AM

Sorry for the double post, Original post is now updated through Why_Me's Suggestions. I haven't done more than glance at all the options Zero offered.

If anyone could help answer the questions at the end of my original post that help would be appreciated. I'll check in tomorrow its time to sleep.

Thanks again for the quick replies and in depth help.
a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 7:17:47 AM

Shadowmaru said:
Approximate Purchase Date: By Mid-June

Budget Range: $1200-$1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: A Gaming build that I can upgrade parts as needed instead of purchasing a new computer.

Parts Not Required: Building from scratch, don't let me forget anything. (Keyboard, mouse, headset and Windows 7 excluded.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or other community trusted site.

Country: United states

Parts Preferences: As long as everything is compatible I don't have a preference.

Overclocking: I don't need to mess with it.

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure, Currently SLI

Monitor Resolution: N/A I like the monitor in my wishlist.

Additional Comments: I need to be able to run the latest games on full settings. (Currently I am upgrading for Diablo 3.) I would like to not have to make any upgrades for a few years. (Its okay if later on I have to play on minimum settings, but right now I want to max out.)

I mainly need help with the Case, Motherboard, and GPU. I'm too outdated in my knowledge and I am unsure if everything is compatible.


Here is a link to my older Newegg Wishlist

Here is my work in progress wishlist: Mixed WL

(I can't get my wishlist to post publicly and the ID isn't searchable. I'll continue to use the single links to post my components. Maybe it takes some time to go public)

~~~UPDATED~~~

In case my link doesn't work here is a list of my current components.

Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R - $79.99
Power Supply:PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS -$89.99
Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB -$79.99
Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS228H-P 21.5" -$145
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX -$159.99
CPU:Intel i5 3.4ghz-$239.99
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600- $46.99
GPU: Galaxy 67NPH6DV5ZJX GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $409
Sound System: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 - $24.99
Optical Drive: Light On -$17.99
Keyboard (already have)
Mouse (already have)
Headset (already have)
OS -Windows 7 (already have)

This puts me at about $1294 Sorry I have included peripherals. But I am building from scratch, so I need it all.

Is everything compatible? Is 600w enough for this computer? Are the components too good for the monitor? Any way we could shave off $100 or so without losing upgradablity?

Thanks in advance for helping me with this "Budgeted Max Setting Build"

If you plan to CF/SLI that 670, get a 650W PSU. It is all compatible.
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