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~$1300 High Performance (ish) PC - first build advice

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June 10, 2012 2:07:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight or tomorrow

Budget Range: $1160 (max)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: A little gaming (on max settings if possible :D  ), a little video editing, surfing the net, email, etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, HDD, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: AMD mobo/processor

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: Just bought a 23" hannspree LCD from newegg - res. slips my mind

Additional Comments: Size and quietness isn't a huge issue. Just need a pc that does what I want.

**parts I've selected**

CPU - AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2ghz AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink - Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 850W (I know it's overkill) Modular active PFC silver plus certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard w/ UEFI Bios
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics - Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2gb 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16gb (I know it's overkill) 1866 (2x8gb) Dual channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - LG SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Cooler Master ATX Full tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm currently right at my 1160 mark, I've got a surge protector, ESD strap, and some fans in the cart too. I'm ready to hit the checkout button if you guys say everything is compatible and is a decent setup. I've done a LOT of research the past few weeks and I think this is pretty good.
June 10, 2012 2:44:30 AM

Been reading some of these threads. If you see somewhere I can save cash, upgrade/downgrade, whatever, do let me know. I'm open to changing parts for the best performance and price.
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June 10, 2012 2:49:59 AM

Merueth said:
If you plan to game, why get Amd? The i5-3570k is better than the FX-4170 at pretty much everything.


I'm happy to consider that. Would I need a different mobo, then, too?

EDIT: Duh. Any suggestions for a dif. mobo?
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June 10, 2012 3:00:26 AM

Merueth said:
Dah, I keep replying too late lol.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9OXw


Would it be smart to still get the hyper 212 EVO?

EDIT: I've heard SSDs are overrated. I'm a little hesitant to spend the cash on one, especially as I already have a hard drive
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June 10, 2012 3:00:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1121.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 23:04 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2012 3:01:44 AM

Merueth said:
If you plan to game, why get Amd? The i5-3570k is better than the FX-4170 at pretty much everything.

Anyway, here's my intel build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9AGI

Since you don't need an OS, you can save the money, or use it to get a better case, something like the Carbide 500r:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Oyer said:
Would it be smart to still get the hyper 212 EVO?

If you are going to overclock in the future, then buy the Hyper 212 EVO when you decide to.
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June 10, 2012 3:04:14 AM

bigcyco1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1121.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 23:00 EDT-0400)


Love it. Thanks for the advice.
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June 10, 2012 3:06:14 AM

Oyer said:
Love it. Thanks for the advice.
No problem!Your very welcome! ;) 
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June 10, 2012 3:06:23 AM

Oyer said:
Love it. Thanks for the advice.

You should probably get a 750 watt PSU for future SLI though.
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June 10, 2012 3:06:33 AM

NO SSD. my 7200 oughta do me just fine
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June 10, 2012 3:07:06 AM

Merueth said:
You should probably get a 750 watt PSU for future SLI though.


I was planning on it :) 
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June 10, 2012 3:11:24 AM

Best answer selected by Oyer.
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