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Hi all.

I'm looking into building an 800$ build that will give me the best performance/dollar. I'm willing to stretch the budget a bit, but I would really like to try and keep it under $1000


Approximate Purchase Date: Middle of next month

Budget Range: ~$800(give or take, no more than $1000) Before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet browsing, movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, I do live near a microcenter as well.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel CPU, thats about it I believe

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Preferably a case with an all black interior and decent cable management options

Thank you in advance for your help!
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  2. Here's a suggestion with an SSD:

    CPU(Microcenter): $190- i5-3570K

    Motherboard(Microcenter): $90- Asrock Z77 Extreme4

    Below are from newegg :

    Case: $55- Antec Three Hundred Black

    HDD: $100- Seagate Barracuda 1TB

    GPU: $250- XFX 7850

    RAM: $50- Corsair Vengeance 8GB

    CPU Cooler: $35- CM Hyper 212 Plus

    SSD: $130- Crucial M4 128 GB

    PSU & Optical Drive: $53- CM GX450 & Asus

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 970 USD

    Rebates: 20 USD
  3. z_4 said:
    Here's a suggestion with an SSD:

    CPU(Microcenter): $190- i5-3570K

    Motherboard(Microcenter): $90- Asrock Z77 Extreme4

    Below are from newegg :

    Case: $55- Antec Three Hundred Black

    HDD: $100- Seagate Barracuda 1TB

    GPU: $250- XFX 7850

    RAM: $50- Corsair Vengeance 8GB

    CPU Cooler: $35- CM Hyper 212 Plus

    SSD: $130- Crucial M4 128 GB

    PSU & Optical Drive: $53- CM GX450 & Asus

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 970 USD

    Rebates: 20 USD



    I'd ave some cash by getting a 2500k over the 3570k. Not much of an increase in performance. Maybe get a better psu with the extra cash, but thats an awesome build. I could also hold back on the SSD and get a 7870. Is the performance jump worth it?
  4. I suggested the Motherboard and CPU so that together the were cheap. True there's not much performance difference between i5-3570K & i5-2500K. But you are getting it cheap.

    Getting a better PSU is good. A 500- 600 Watt PSU should be good enough.

    Whether you want to buy an SSD or not it's your own choice. It just help to boot faster and improves responsiveness.

    Well the 7870 offers better performance : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=549

    But if you are gaming at 1920X1080 resolution, 7850 is good enough.
  5. z_4 said:
    I suggested the Motherboard and CPU so that together the were cheap. True there's not much performance difference between i5-3570K & i5-2500K. But you are getting it cheap.

    Getting a better PSU is good. A 500- 600 Watt PSU should be good enough.

    Whether you want to buy an SSD or not it's your own choice. It just help to boot faster and improves responsiveness.

    Well the 7870 offers better performance : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=549

    But if you are gaming at 1920X1080 resolution, 7850 is good enough.


    I've heard that. What kind of framerates would I be seeing in Battlefield 3? I could do some overclocking, as I've read that the GPU is an overclocking monster.

    [EDIT]- is there any advantage to the SSD you listed over this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236

    ~30$ cheaper, still SATA III, and only an 8GB difference
  6. if you can fit in the 7870 then do that. I would try to work around it in fact 7870 is pushing the 580 boudries and also the 6950 is cheap now even in 2gb versions cheap as the 560ti's
  7. spentshells said:
    if you can fit in the 7870 then do that. I would try to work around it in fact 7870 is pushing the 580 boudries and also the 6950 is cheap now even in 2gb versions cheap as the 560ti's


    So you would say that a 7870 would be better than a 7850 + SSD?
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    fiestaforesta said:
    So you would say that a 7870 would be better than a 7850 + SSD?


    Yes for Gaming deffinately

    7850 better than 560 ti but battles 448 and 570

    7870 is seems to be review better than both NV cards on all games

    SSD loads windows quickly but offers very little in the way of gaming
  9. Best answer selected by fiestaforesta.
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