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$1000 Gaming Rig - Need some helpful criticism please

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July 6, 2012 5:54:28 AM

Ok this is my third compiled web build :)  . Working on getting best performance for my price range.
:D 
Please note I will not be over clocking any of the said parts. :non: 

1. Computer Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

2. MotherBoard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

3. CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

4. GPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

5. Memory/Ram: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

6. HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

7. CPU Cooler: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

8. Power Supply: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

9. Optical Drive: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

So let me explain why i chose a few of the items here.

Since I will not be over clocking the GPU nor CPU :non:  I chose units that would more suit my needs with the price cuts, plus the motherboard (it was the cheapest of the 3 better brands i read about namely Gigabyte, Asus and MSI) is cheaper since it doesnt support over clocking.

For the GPU it was a toss up between the GTX 570 and the HD7870, and I was told the 7870 is stronger than the 570, after looking @ benchmarks it was evident.

I went with the Kingston Ram due to the fact that many have said the Corsair vengeance ram is a bit of a problem when installing the Noctua D14 cooling fan/heatsink.


With that said if you can offer me any tweaks to this build to make it cheaper while retaining performance that would be awesome, seeing im still a noob builder. Thank you for any input given.(Hopefully you give me lots) :lol: 

The total price was $1062.91.
July 7, 2012 1:50:50 AM

Wow not a single reply....anyone that can help me out there? :( 
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July 7, 2012 2:06:27 AM

I would like to know if Tiger Direct is the only place that you are willing to buy from? The beast of a cpu cooler , the Noctua is not needed if you are not overclocking , the stock heatsink/fan that comes with the cpu will be fine. Are you planning at any point to add a second video card for SLI/Crossfife?
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July 7, 2012 2:29:17 AM

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the single fan version for

XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
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The changes other than the single fan video card will save you $44 and with not going with the cpu cooler you would be at over $100 in savings.
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July 7, 2012 4:57:10 PM

inzone said:
I would like to know if Tiger Direct is the only place that you are willing to buy from? The beast of a cpu cooler , the Noctua is not needed if you are not overclocking , the stock heatsink/fan that comes with the cpu will be fine. Are you planning at any point to add a second video card for SLI/Crossfife?


No crossfire nor SLI, I dont know if newegg ships to where i Live. Im not american, live in Barbados(where rihanna is from) sooo thats why i was going with TD. I have read alot of people on other forums saying i dont need a cooler if im not gunna be OC but i want the fan to help maintain the life of the cpu even longer. I like my things running cool. Had other previous bad experiences without...I would consider watercooling but i have read so many reviews and complaints about the pump having a nasty noise...so im going with the noctua.
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July 7, 2012 5:01:54 PM

inzone said:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$79.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $69.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$319.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the single fan version for

XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$299.99 and a $20 rebate for a final cost of $279.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
$46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The changes other than the single fan video card will save you $44 and with not going with the cpu cooler you would be at over $100 in savings.



I went with the dual fan once again for cooling purposes....cooling is important for me. Thank you for the input ill try to find out if newegg ships to BArbados. Ummm if you can suggest any other items be my guest andddd any other good graphics cards you could recommend? for a good price? $250-300?
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July 7, 2012 6:36:19 PM

Radeon 7850.
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