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Mid-Range Gaming Rig

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June 1, 2012 1:31:56 AM

This is not my first build, but it's be a while. I am not extremely limited on funds, but I am looking for decent value.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the week

Budget Range: Right now it's about 1250. I can be talked up or down if someone has a logical argument

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, Light design work (Sketchup for woodworking projects) movie viewing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitors - I run 2 monitors and will continue to do so

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I don't have extremely strong feelings about any brands, but I have had good experiences with a couple things which are reflected in my notes.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not planning on it. If something would change, I know I would need to upgrade my PS.

Monitor Resolution: Right now, I am running 2x 1600x1200, but I may change one of these to 1920X1080.

Additional Comments: I place value on longevity. My current system is about 4 years old, and the only reason I am upgrading is that my AGP card is dying.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like my current Nine hundred and have had no complaints about it.

PS: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have had good luck with the corsair power supplies, and the HX series is supposed to be decent. Enough power? Too much?

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This seems to be a recommeded board here and on other sites.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Seems to be a sweet spot for price/performance

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This part number is not listed on the MOBO list of approved memory, but it looks for all the world to be the exact same part they have listed except with 2x4gb chips rather than 4x4gb. The voltage and settings appear to be the same. Anyone have info on this?

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 7850's seem to have lots of reports of driver/stability problems. I like the EVGA warranty and service.

SSD:Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A310 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This seems to be a great price on an Intel SSD. I am going mostly for reliability over price here.

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The WD black seems to get the best recommendations

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
commodity product

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sexy, but seems to be the right choice.

Adapter: SIIG SC-SA0H12-S1 3.5" to Dual 2.5" Drive Bay Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for SSD.

Any and all thoughts appreciated,

Scott

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June 1, 2012 1:50:21 AM

Unless you intend to overclock ur cpu, you don't need that cooler at all. In my opinion, everything looks great. I would recommend a Crucial ssd over that Intel one personally. They are very high quality and high speed and a bit cheaper. Since you already have the Antec nine hundred, I guess I won't recommend a cooler master haf 912 then. Good luck.
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June 1, 2012 1:50:22 AM

I'm running that ram in the x4 and it's fine. Build looks good.
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June 1, 2012 1:55:15 AM

650w is an appropriate amount of power for your build, but at that high of a price you would be much better off with an 80 plus platinum power supply, which is somehow cheaper than the corsair model despite being significantly more efficient. I have had great luck with antec power supplies.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 1, 2012 2:02:21 AM

Switch out the GTX 560 TI for a Radeon 7850 if you can go AMD, or if you can stretch your budget, a GTX 670 if you must have Nvidia. The 560 TI is very power inefficient compared to these two cards and is not worth buying anymore because of that. The sheer savings from the reduced power usage on the 7850 versus the 560 TI are enough to pay for the cost difference in about a year or a year and a half and if that's not enough to sway you, the fact that the 7850 is faster at stock, a superior overclocker, and has more memory might.

There aren't driver problems with the 7850s right now. Most reports are from people using the wrong drivers and such (this is true for most hardware components, not just new ones and most definitely not just 7850s). I've personally used several 7850s in different builds and they are not issue prone if you don't screw something up yourself and I don't think that you will.

If price on the SSD is not important, then a Vertex 4 would be the better choice. It is very reliable (once OCZ ditched SandForce, their stability problems vanished) and for data that isn't highly compressible (IE most data and especially gaming data), the Vertex 4 with the new firmware is likely the fastest SSD available, especially at the 120/128GB capacity. The 128GB Vertex 4 has a $15 gift card that comes with it, making it cheaper than the Intel drive. Intel's SandForce drives are likely the only reliable SandForce drives, so they are still a good option, but they are a little slower, except in highly compressible synthetic benchmarks which don't show real-world performance.

Good luck, it's a nice looking build even if you don't take my advice.
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June 1, 2012 2:57:45 AM

It's encouraging to hear that about the 7850's, I will change that.

I also like the energy efficiency of the antech PS. anyone have qualms about antech PS quality?
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June 1, 2012 3:03:12 AM

Any opinions on the Sapphire 7850's? The ASUS and MSI's are out of stock
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June 1, 2012 4:22:10 AM

The 570 would use twice as much power and has a mere 1.25GB of VRAM. That can be limiting even at low resolutions all the way down to 1080p. The 570 is a poor choice. The 7850 has pretty much unbeatable value for its market as of right now and that won't change until Nvidia releases Kepler cards in the 7800's performance range.
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June 1, 2012 4:39:26 AM

That's true it's not a poor choice though i am just giving him options also the GTX570 is 5% faster than 7850 but the 7850 is a better buy for sure
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June 1, 2012 6:10:43 AM

The 570 is only faster when it's not running out of VRAM and even then, like you said, it's only a small difference. 5% is not noticeable. The Radeon 6970 might be able to be considered another option if you don't want to recommend strictly the 7850, but the 570 is not a good idea.
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June 1, 2012 9:12:38 PM

You're welcome.
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