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3 1k builds -7970/670FTW-2500k/FX6200

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June 10, 2012 4:01:09 AM

So I am attempting to build my first gaming PC and after looking around on newegg for the last week have come up with these builds. My goal is a powerful PC that is somewhat future proof, can play the current gen games maxed out, and is around 1k. I already have windows and plan to get a monitor around 150-200$s. I am aware that the Intel 2500k is a better processor than the amd one, but was thinking I could use the money I saved to get nicer other stuff.
Thanks for helping :) 

btw: I'm not committed to these parts, if there are better deals, or if I'm wasting my money, I would love other recommendations. Thanks again
Approximate Purchase Date: this month: probably the 16th to the 22nd
Budget Range: 900-1100$ , not including monitor, os, and parts that are outside the case
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, windows, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: U.S.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: no preference
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200


Build #1- Intel + 670

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... $219.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard... $119.99

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card... $419.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL... $46.99

APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM
$79.99 -$40.00 Instant $39.99

Refurbished: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99 -$55.00 Instant $64.99

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.99 -$10.00 Instant $79.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM... $18.99
Subtotal: $1,010.92

Build AMD+670+SSD

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video
$419.99

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$119.99 -$45.00 Instant $74.99

Xigmatek MIDGARD II CCC-AM36BS-U01 Black Steel + Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.. $94.99 -$25.00 Instant $69.99

BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$129.99 -$20.00 Instant $109.99

APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM
$79.99 -$40.00 Instant $39.99

AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6200FRGUBOX
$159.99 $159.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-)
$46.99 $46.99

Refurbished: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99 -$55.00 Instant $64.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

$18.99 $18.99
Subtotal: $1,005.91


Build #3 AMD + 7970
ct Description Unit Price Savings Total Price

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99

BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Model #:TA990FX
$129.99 -$20.00 Instant $109.99

DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$479.99 -$10.00 Instant $469.99

APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM
Model #:ATX-CB700W
$79.99 -$40.00 Instant $39.99

AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6200FRGUBOX
Model #:FD6200FRGUBOX
$159.99 $159.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-
$46.99 $46.99

Refurbished: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99 -$55.00 Instant $64.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$18.99 $18.99
Subtotal: $970.92
June 10, 2012 4:30:57 AM

i5-3570k and a Z77 motherboard. They support PCI express 3.0 which will be beneficial in future updates as the next gens will be bottlenecked by 2.0.

So if you add those to your first build that would be good. I would suggest you get a better power supply, one that is at least bronze certified. You don't need 700 watt if you're not crossfiring/sling. Also you should get a 60gb SSD for boot and important programs. You would also want to get a after market cpu cooler if you're going to overclock.

I know that I've ramped up the price a lot, but I think its worth it.
June 10, 2012 4:45:11 AM

ouch, that does not sound cheap :) 

I actually had that in one of the first builds I made, but heard that the ivy bridge runs hotter and was not as good for overclocking, but I guess since I am not planning on going to 5 ghz when overclocking it, it wouldn't matter anyhow.
How many watts would I need for the psu? I'm not really sure on what is necessary for what I need.
For the ssd, how big of a difference would it make, for me it does't matter that much how fast windows starts up unless it's around a 30 sec difference. Even then, I can always add one later if I'm not satisfied with the boot times.

Thanks for the input.
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June 10, 2012 5:58:03 AM

He put that in way before you replied. Pay attention. :p 
June 10, 2012 6:11:07 AM

oh my bad lol
June 10, 2012 6:22:08 AM

if you end up just combo dealing the mobo and cpu, you can probably change the cpu to a 3570k if you haven't already. but i hate your psu choice

If you choose Corsair vengeance 2x4 ram, you can cut the price a tiny bit

If your havent comboed your cpu+mobo yet

If you end up wanting to pay for the ivy bridge/extreme 4 combo

I really do emphasize to change the psu on the first build though. a single card build if you only want a single card will take no more than a 550w psu, the 670 is pretty efficient with power consumption.
June 10, 2012 6:11:25 PM

Updated Build- I'm aware the 630w PSU is a bit overkill, but I couldn't find a good 550 watt one that had decent reviews, was 80+ certified, and was more than 5 dollars cheaper. So how do you guys think this would perform vs the AMD Build with the 7970.
Thanks for the advice and the links :) 

edit: not sure why the links did not work
edit: fixed

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.99 -$10.00 Instant $79.99
]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011]

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$154.99 -$20.00 Instant $134.99
]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293]

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$419.99 ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787]

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
$89.99 -$25.00 Instant $64.99 ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200]

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
$239.99 $239.99 ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504]

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$54.99 -$5.00 Instant $49.99 ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144]

Refurbished: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99 -$55.00 Instant $64.99 ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236028]

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$18.99

Subtotal:$1,073.92
minus 30 due to the combo deals
1,043.92
June 10, 2012 6:31:27 PM

^lepa for $35 is better deal :p 
June 10, 2012 7:58:09 PM

obviously semi-mdularity is more expensive than non-modular power supplies. also, seasonic is a bit more well known than enermax
June 10, 2012 8:22:05 PM

Check to see if there is a Microcenter store near you, because they have great deals on CPU's like an i5 3570k for $190
June 10, 2012 8:51:42 PM

to bad there isnt any micro centers in canada
June 10, 2012 9:23:41 PM

I found a micro center 20minutes away so that's awsome

I decided on the 520 PSU after checking on this site ]http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp] to see what I actually need, thank you bigtroll
sorry hellfire :) 

And I'm also going to update the hdd too with the one hellfire recommended, thanks

thanks for the help


Btw: What do you guys think about the 7970 build, will the intel make that much of a difference over the FX? I would change the psu and hdd in that one too
June 10, 2012 9:46:28 PM

intel will usually give you 5-10 more frames in most games. no point of a 7970 when a 670 is cheaper and performs about the same. also mentioning, fx uses a lot more power once you start overclocking so you would then have to consider that
June 10, 2012 9:56:30 PM

hellfire24 said:
^lepa for $35 is better deal :p 

Only if the rebate comes in. :p 
Also, you still have to pay the $20 extra. :p 
June 10, 2012 11:08:17 PM

TheBigTroll said:
intel will usually give you 5-10 more frames in most games. no point of a 7970 when a 670 is cheaper and performs about the same. also mentioning, fx uses a lot more power once you start overclocking so you would then have to consider that


k, thanks
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