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Need feedback on $850 Gaming Build

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May 25, 2012 3:41:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Memorial Weekend

Budget Range: 700- 850 before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, watching movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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I want to know if everything is compatible and fine. Feedback needed quickly as I plan to buy it this week(:

Parts:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17132231
May 25, 2012 4:34:03 AM

That is wrong. You can use B75, Z75, Z77, Z68, and P67 boards to OC. Downgrade the Case to a 400R and get a Radeon 7850. The 400R is going to provide better cooling and cable management.
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May 25, 2012 4:37:19 AM

He has an H77 board listed.

ETA: Azeem, I see what you are saying. Z68 isn't the only board that will OC., but an H77 will not. I just didn't list the others. It's getting too late.
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May 25, 2012 4:52:16 AM

Alright, I would definitely change some things... You are spending $150 on a case and $90 on a mobo...

Get this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Upgrade to a GTX 560ti: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another thing is if you are planning to overclock then you are going to need a better cooler for your CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 25, 2012 5:49:36 AM

Hey:

Motherboard:
definitely base your computer on Ivy Bridge (PCI v3, 22nm CPU support). The Asrock that Ironslice links is a great deal.

CPU:
Intel i5-3570K (22nm runs far cooler and quieter)

CPU HSF:
Ironslice linked a good cooler. It makes a huge difference in noise even at IDLE as the stock fan is noisier.

CASE:
- whichever case you get make sure it has FRONT USB3 outputs (if the motherboard has Front USB3 connectors like the Asrock mentioned does).

The Antec ONE is my favourite value case (for $50 it has two fans, cable management, front USB3 and looks basic but nice.)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67322&vpn=ONE&manufact...

Graphics Card:
Figure out how much money you have and look at the BENCHMARKS. I recommend the HD6870, GTX560Ti, or HD7850 2Gb depending on your budget. If you can manager this HD7850 2GB card for $260 is awesome:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71671&vpn=FX-785A-CNJC...

While the benchmarks flip back and forth, the HD7850 moves ahead in some place partly due to its 2GB buffer. It's also quieter. Still, you can't go wrong with a GTX560Ti Asus DirectCU II or similar non-reference card.

SUMMARY:
- consider Ivy Bridge Z77 1155 + Ivy Bridge CPU
- graphics card is the bottleneck in this gaming build (the better the card the better the performance) however the HD7850 2GB vs GTX560Ti 1GB requires careful thought. I'd get the HD7850 2GB if possible.

- USB3 on both the case front, AND on the motherboard Front Panel connectors
- should have a front, low-speed case fan if it doesn't come included (such as a 500RPM 120mm 16dB, non-variable fan).

- always replace the stock CPU HSF, because for $20 it makes a huge difference in gaming
- update your motherboard BIOS, run Memtest, ensure CPU fan changes speed etc...
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