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May 31, 2012 4:37:20 AM

I think I have finally created my final build after researching for the past few nights.


Approximate Purchase Date: June 2nd 2012

Budget Range: >$800 after Mail In-Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Schoolwork, Entertainment

Parts Not Required:
Keyboard - Logitech Wave
Mouse - Logitech M705
Speakers - Logitech G930 Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Headset
OS - Windows 7 Professional Edition
Monitor - No monitor at the moment, planning on hooking up to 46 inch Sony Bravia KDL-46VL150
DVD Drive - Debating on where to use an old DVD burner from an old PC or an external dvd drive I have.
External - Pioneer DVR-XD09
Internal - Lite-On SHW-160P6S

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect

Country: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Parts Preferences:
Processor - Must be Intel i5 or i7 unlocked
Video Card - Must not be over $200 after rebates

Overclocking: Maybe in the next year or so.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (maybe less until I get a reasonable monitor)

Additional Comments: Prefer it to be quiet, yet powerful machine (best of both worlds, never will happen :??:  )


CURRENT PART LIST:
Case:ZALMAN Z11 Plus Black Steel - Price: $50.98 after rebate and taxes

Processor: Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K - Price: $208.99 after taxes

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H - Price: $120.99

Power Supply:OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular - Price: $49.99 after rebate

Video Card: XFX (HD-695X-CDFC) Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - Price: $199.99 after rebate and shipped

RAM:Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz - Price: $47.99 shipped

HDD:OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD - Price: $55.99 after rebate and taxes

HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 5900RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD - Price: $89.99 after rebate and shipped

PRICE TOTAL:
50.98 - Case
208.99 - i5 Processor
120.99 - Mobo
49.99 - PSU
199.99 - GPU
47.99 - RAM
55.99 - SSD
89.99 - HDD
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824.91 - TOTAL
-20.00 Amazon Giftcard

MY GRAND TOTAL:
$804.91

Ok I think for the most part everything is solid and pretty future proof for a bit. The processor and motherboard are good for overclocking if I choose to buy a fan and such in the future. The PSU is good, I think. Really my only struggling point is the GPU. I feel like I am indecisive, and feel like I might have spent "too much" on a GPU. Can someone take a look at this other GPU and tell me what you all think?

GAMES THAT I PLAY CURRENTLY:
-Plethora of Steam Games (TF2, Portal 2, CS, etc etc)
-Diablo 3
-SC 2

I have the above GPU and this one coming in the mail, I need to make a decision by Saturday:

AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-MINIDP-PCI-E-HD687AZHF...

Any suggestions?


Look forward to hearing your replies!

DarcMasta

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May 31, 2012 4:39:12 AM

On an $800 build, I highly advise against an SSD. You can always add them later when you make more $. If you already have a Radeon 6950, why are you getting a 6870? You can't CF them.
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May 31, 2012 4:48:00 AM

azeem40 said:
On an $800 build, I highly advise against an SSD. You can always add them later when you make more $. If you already have a Radeon 6950, why are you getting a 6870? You can't CF them.


I ordered both, I was initially going to get the 6870 but then saw the 6950 on sale for 200 so I jumped the gun. Now I got 2 GPU's coming in.

Also I still think a SSD is a better buy for overall performance. The GPU can only carry me so far, and from what I think a 6950 is MORE than enough for the above listed games. In fact, I think the 6870 is enough for those games. What it comes down to is bang for your buck. Still debating that.
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May 31, 2012 4:53:07 AM

Yes, I get that, but you could still get a better GPU like the 7850.
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May 31, 2012 4:53:41 AM

For your processor, the ivy bridge, I bought mine from Micro Center; they had it for 189.99 which was a steal. And you should go for an SSD. I took the plunge and got a Intel 520 series 120 gb couldn't be happier. Whatever you do stay away from OCZ agility 3 series
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May 31, 2012 4:58:59 AM

garrettk4 said:
For your processor, the ivy bridge, I bought mine from Micro Center; they had it for 189.99 which was a steal. And you should go for an SSD. I took the plunge and got a Intel 520 series 120 gb couldn't be happier. Whatever you do stay away from OCZ agility 3 series


Same deal Garret! I got the mobo too from them because of a deal! Couldn't be happier with my core components. In terms of the OCZ, personal experience or reviews? I bought the OCZ from Microcenter which is only a few minutes away so worst case scenario Ill just return it.

Azeem, I understand I can get a better GPU but I think that the current GPU I just bought not only fine but pretty solid for a while! I mean most of the games I play aren't that intensive. I don't play Crysis and BF3. I just need something to max out D3 and ill be happy. Personally I've seen over 10 reviews and it seems the the 6870 is good enough, but I just went ahead and got the 6950 just to somewhat "future proof" my video card.
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June 9, 2012 12:27:13 AM

Best answer selected by darcmasta.
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