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$1300 Gaming PC - Help me finalize, check compatibility, pick GPU plz!

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July 6, 2012 4:53:29 PM

Intentions: Gaming Rig
Budget: $1300, can go a little over as you will see my total is now, but I am trying to get it under $1300 if possible.
Location: USA, NJ - I have to pay tax for stuff bought on newegg
Overclocking: Will OC the cpu to 4.2ghz max

Parts so far:

CPU: i5-3570k - got it for $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master 212 EVO - $34.99 + $2.45 tax - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $135 + $9.45 tax free shipping - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7: $99

Monitor: Asus VH236h - $155 minus $20 rebate = $135

PSU: Corsair 750HX - found it for $138 minus $20 rebate = $118 free ship at amazon - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: g.skill 8gb $47 + $3.29 tax free shipping @ newegg - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Corsair Carbide 300R - $70 free ship @ amazon (got this mainly for the usb 3.0) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I2H0YS/ref=ox_ya_o...

OPTICAL DRIVE - Samsung SH222BB / BEBE - $17 free ship amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006B7R9PU/ref=ox_ya_o...

SSD - Mushkin Chronos 120GB - $95 amazon free ship - http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MK...

So far total is - $986.19

Now for choosing a GPU, I am a bit undecided. I want this cpu to last me for the next 3-5 years on max settings. The ONLY GAMING I DO ON MY COMPUTER IS MMO GAMING. And at that, I play mostly old stuff - Rift, Dark Age of Camelot, drop back into VG and others once in a while. Only current game I will be playing is Guild Wars 2 in a couple months, and will probably check out Archage and the next Everquest game whenever they come out. But I know that MMO games usually run a couple of years behind in terms of graphics so I should be ok.

I see that there are various sales right now on Radeon 7870 cards (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) I could get that same card at Amazon for same price and not pay any tax so that would save me $20 right there. Could anyone suggest a better card though at roughly the same price? Or if I do go with the Radeon 7870 which from all reviews is a solid choice, which BRAND should I get?

And finally, I have a 750w power supply. Is that sufficient for overclocking the cpu to 4.2 max and the radeon 7870 or is it overkill? I want a solid PSU and this one I choose looks to be it. But maybe some money could be saved there. If I were to SLI/Crossfire the Radeon 7870 in a few years what PSU would I need for that?

Are all these items I have chosen compatible with each other?

Thank you all for your help.



July 6, 2012 5:02:36 PM

The GTX 670 would actually put me at almost $1400 currently. $1300 is my max and I am pretty set on a Radeon 7870. How much better is the GTX 670?
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July 6, 2012 5:10:01 PM

Just looked it up. GTX 670 is 25% faster with a better texel rate but the 7870 is 9% faster on pixel rate. So hence why that card is $120 more I would gather. Not really in my budget though trying to keep it under $1300 like I said. Which brand Radeon 7870 is the best now is what I am wondering. I have zero intentions of overclocking my video card.
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July 6, 2012 5:16:00 PM

Soldor said:
Just looked it up. GTX 670 is 25% faster with a better texel rate but the 7870 is 9% faster on pixel rate. So hence why that card is $120 more I would gather. Not really in my budget though trying to keep it under $1300 like I said. Which brand Radeon 7870 is the best now is what I am wondering. I have zero intentions of overclocking my video card.


I have the Sapphire 7870 and I really like it. It has served me well so far.
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July 6, 2012 5:27:02 PM

Sapphire is good and yes 750w lets you overclock and add a second GPU down the road.

Will say that you might be tight on space with the SSDs and a lot of MMOs since they tend to be big. My drive is 160GB with LotRO+expansions, ME3, BF3+expansions, and Skyrim with the texture pack and have 70GB free. Might be able to take what's left after the 7850 and find a good sale on a slightly larger drive (180GB intel 330 maybe).

Have fun with your build!
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July 6, 2012 5:33:38 PM

If more than moderately overclocking, I'd use a better cooler (Hyper 612) on Ivy Bridge fry pans.

I love the 500R case, 400R and 300R not in same ballpark.

The Chronos Deluxe DX w/ premium toshiba toggle mode flash is superb. The non deluxe is an entry level SSD.

I no longer buy Gskill and Asrock experience but I'm jaded by personal experience.

As for the GFX, I couldn't say it any better than it's said here:

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/129276-geforce-gtx-67...

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there’s simply no compelling reason to buy either of AMD’s top two cards, the Radeon HD 7950 or the 7970, anymore. The GTX 670 crushes the former in performance across the board and is available for the same price, and surpasses the latter most (no, not all) of the time despite being available for about $80 to $100 less.


and here

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

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Yes, you've seen correctly, the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP is the first graphics card ever that I gave a perfect ten score. The stock GeForce GTX 670 provides already great performance, but ASUS has topped that by boosting it with a large overclock out of the box which catapults it beyond GTX 680 performance levels. Averaged over all our testing we see the card 1% faster than GTX 680 and 8% faster than GTX 670. The card does so without massive power consumption increase thanks to an efficient VRM design and low temperatures. ASUS has done away with NVIDIA's cheap voltage regulation circuitry and put a much better CHiL controller on the card, which also supports voltage control and monitoring.

Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested. I simply can't find anything wrong with it. ASUS has sucessfully addressed all the shortcomings of NVIDIA's reference design, yet asks only a moderate $20 price premium for their card.
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