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May 29, 2012 8:21:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June 20-27

Budget Range: (e.g.: 0-1200) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, CD/DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Content with the case I have, just in need of some advice on what to get

The setup I want:

-NZXT LEXA S LEXS (Case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Wireless Adapter ( I know it isn't the best, but it is all that I need)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard (Once again, all I need)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Sunbeam FireLine MS-2011-BK-BL (Once again, all I need)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-LOGISYS Computer ML12RD 12" 18 LED Super Bright Sunlight Stick (Not sure if this will be too bright for the case, suggestions please!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer (I know this isn't necessary but I am going for a sleek look on my computer, I feel like a fan is too large, especially from what I've heard about this case & the space between the fans & CPU HS)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 + Windows 7 Pro (Combo deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

-BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 + Intel i5 3570K 3.4 GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

So, good or bad? What do I ned or not need,

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May 29, 2012 8:29:35 PM

For no CF, get a 500W unit at max. The CX500 is good. The i5-3570k is great and all, but you are not making full use of it with the 6850. Get an i5-3450 and upgrade the GPU to a Radeon 6870.
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May 29, 2012 10:11:44 PM

azeem40 said:
For no CF, get a 500W unit at max. The CX500 is good. The i5-3570k is great and all, but you are not making full use of it with the 6850. Get an i5-3450 and upgrade the GPU to a Radeon 6870.


Would a Silverstone Plus ST50F-P suffice? Also, what would be the maximum OC on that CPU? And I will take your suggestion on the GPU.
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May 29, 2012 10:47:34 PM

TheBigTroll said:
much better

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/93jy

this will max out any game out there right now at 1080p


I do like the setup, only I think that the 750W PSU is a bit overkill. I'll probably bump it down to a 600W or 550W, also I would be getting the hybrid w/ the original case & RAM. Although it may send me slightly over-budget, it will probably be worth it in the end.
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May 29, 2012 10:51:29 PM

Buy the HDD and the ODD in a combo to save some $. :) 
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May 29, 2012 10:55:55 PM

No, going with Z68 on an IB build will render IB useless.
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May 29, 2012 11:00:22 PM

maxxin69 said:
I do like the setup, only I think that the 750W PSU is a bit overkill. I'll probably bump it down to a 600W or 550W, also I would be getting the hybrid w/ the original case & RAM. Although it may send me slightly over-budget, it will probably be worth it in the end.


1: hybrid drives arent worth the extra cash. i rather get a fast 1tb and throw in a 60-64gb ssd because 60gb ssd will ALWAYS be faster than a hybrid drive. all you have to do send your windows and the most important apps on the ssd and all the other things onto the 1tb. another thing that you can setup is intel SRT. you can do this by using a small ssd (30-60gb) and using it as a cache just like in the hybird drive. it is still much faster than a hybrid drive. i would recomend doing a small ssd+one large hdd

2:i placed a 750w because it allows for future SLI and more overclocking.

3: your ram will not fit under many aftermarket heatsinks (hyper 212 evo) and getting the low profile version isnt worth t.


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May 29, 2012 11:01:46 PM

azeem40 said:
No, going with Z68 on an IB build will render IB useless.



pretty much. you just lose all the features that make up ivy bridge
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May 29, 2012 11:06:07 PM

azeem40 said:
Buy the HDD and the ODD in a combo to save some $. :) 


I'm going to be buying the CPU and MOBO in a combo pack and save some, and I'll be over-budget, but it's not to the extent where I am going to have to make compromises. Since Newegg appears to be out of that particular GPU, Would the one below be equivalent?
GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
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May 29, 2012 11:16:24 PM

TheBigTroll said:
1: hybrid drives arent worth the extra cash. i rather get a fast 1tb and throw in a 60-64gb ssd because 60gb ssd will ALWAYS be faster than a hybrid drive. all you have to do send your windows and the most important apps on the ssd and all the other things onto the 1tb. another thing that you can setup is intel SRT. you can do this by using a small ssd (30-60gb) and using it as a cache just like in the hybird drive. it is still much faster than a hybrid drive. i would recomend doing a small ssd+one large hdd

2:i placed a 750w because it allows for future SLI and more overclocking.

3: your ram will not fit under many aftermarket heatsinks (hyper 212 evo) and getting the low profile version isnt worth t.


I knew it wouldn't fit in w/ the HS and that the LP version isn't worth it. So I will definitely consider that. And same with the PSU, I still do think that 650W would be plenty of wiggle room for SLI and additional OC, but one thing that is certain is setting up a small SSD for cache, with the addition of a larger (most likely the 1TB you had suggested) as a main storage device.
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May 29, 2012 11:22:05 PM

well if its 6850 650w will work
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May 29, 2012 11:28:26 PM

Yes, the 7950 is sufficient. I am sure there are some 670s in stock, though.
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May 29, 2012 11:52:43 PM

Alright, the new setup I have come up with is:
-Same case, CPU, MOBO, WiFi, & peripherals
-Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
-SAMSUNG 830 Series 64GB
-Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
-OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply
-Radeon HD 7950
How does this sound?
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May 29, 2012 11:54:20 PM

PSU is overkill for a single 7950. Get a XFX 550W.
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May 30, 2012 12:01:20 AM

azeem40 said:
PSU is overkill for a single 7950. Get a XFX 550W.

I meant to put 650, my bad. Even though yes it is overkill, it is only 5 bucks more than the one you had suggested, it is also fully modular. I do want a bit more wattage just for wiggle room later on to add in components.
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May 30, 2012 12:23:41 AM

did you not see newegg customer responses? they say that it is like a jet engine we loaded. just stick with xfx. they are made by a highly reputable company and sometimes have good deals
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May 30, 2012 12:54:00 AM

Nothing you can add will make the power needs go up by that much. Sometimes you have to get items that match your expectations, not just bargain hunt for better wattage PSUs. :) 
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May 30, 2012 1:00:01 AM

UNLESS he BERSERKS the voltage to 2 volts :D DDDD
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May 30, 2012 1:03:25 AM

Yeah, lol. :D  :p  :lol: 
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May 30, 2012 1:12:20 AM

Then it is set! 550W PSU. Thanks for the help!
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May 30, 2012 1:15:47 AM

Np mate. Anytime. :) 
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May 30, 2012 2:00:57 AM

Best answer selected by maxxin69.
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