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[New Build] ~$1200 Gaming Rig / Compatibility

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June 19, 2012 2:22:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of June 2012.

Budget Range: ~$1200 before rebates/taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, media, work (office applications)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference. Open to suggestions.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: A quiet PC would be nice.

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Here is my initial build. Please let me know if there are compatibility issues or if there's a better part suited for its usage with the build. I am open to all suggestions, just let me know why :)  I would like this build to last me 5+ years

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 HDMI DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard - $250

Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail - $230

XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ DDR5 2xDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Fansink PCI-E Video Card - $255 - $30 rebate

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 16GB 2X8GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit - $90
*NOTE: I know 16GB is overkill for a gaming rig, but the price point caught my attention. Willing to change if someone can advise me on a good performance RAM for 8GB.

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - $100 - $10 rebate

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 Intelli Power 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD - $110

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply - $75 - $30 rebate
*NOTE: Will this PSU be enough if I decide to overclock and crossfire in the future?

D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter 802.11B/G/N Triple Antenna PCI Adapter - $50

ASUS DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS (Retail) DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW16X - $25

Antec Eleven Hundred Performance Gaming Case XL-ATX 3X5.25 2X2.5 6X3.5IN 2XUSB3 INT No PSU - $85 - $20 rebate
*NOTE: I know nothing of cases. I just need one that will fit my graphics card (and possible crossfire) so I just chose the largest one I saw :lol:  Would be nice if it is quiet too.

TOTAL: $1270 before rebates and taxes ($90 in eligible rebates)

Thanks in advance for looking over! Looking forward to reading all of your inputs :) 
June 19, 2012 3:57:42 AM

1.- 6950??? I would Rather get a 7850, same performance but the 7850 use less power and is more cooler.

2.- More ram is not Better. You would get more performance with 8 gigs of 1600mhz.

3.- I love that Bundle but remember that that psu is really Loud.

nice build good luck
June 19, 2012 4:03:07 AM

You have 1/5 of your budget going to a motherboard that won't help you one single iota when it comes to the purpose of your build. You are spending more on a motherboard than you are on a GPU for a gaming build.

Lose the sabertooth and get an Asrock Extreme4.

Lose the 16gb an get 8gb for half the price.

For a PSU, get a 750W or higher if you want the option to CF/SLI later.

Lose that Vertex 3 in favor of a Crucial or Mushkin SSD.

Lastly, take all the saved money there and upgrade to at least a 7850, if not a GTX670.
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June 19, 2012 4:37:07 AM

Thank you all for the quick response!

@chulex67, is there a psu that you would recommend?

@cranked, is this the ASRock board and GTX670 you are referring to?
With the change from vertex 3 to mushkin SSD, the price is the same and crucial is only about 30 bucks more. Is there a performance difference between vertex 3 when compared to mushkin/crucial?
What is the difference between GTX670 and 7850? Is the $200 difference because the GTX670 is purely faster? (GTX670 1006MHZ/6.2GHZ vs 7850 860MHZ/4.8GHZ)

Sorry for all these questions!

Thanks once again though, the more info I get, the more of a better product I can put together :) 
June 19, 2012 10:20:52 PM

For a PSU, look at Corsair, Seasonic, Antec or XFX. If you are not going to CF, look at something in the range of 550-600W. For future CF, look at something in the neighborhood of 750W.

Yes that was the Asrock board I was reffering to. Most anything in that price range from Asrock, ASUS or Gigabyte will be about the same quality and features.

Most any 670 will do yah good if you go that route. EVGA, Gigabyte or ASUS are the ones I would look at.

The difference between the 670 and 7850 is a lot. The 670 is a monster. The 7850 is a great card that is on the high end of the performance/price ratio. I would get the 670 if you can afford it. After that, I wouldn't get anything else in between, but that's my opinion.
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