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July 12, 2012 3:08:32 AM

CoolerMaster HAF 922 Gaming Case-Black
Intel® Core™ i5-3570 Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155]-Standard 120mm Fan
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-G.Skill Ripjaws X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - 2GB-Single Card
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0
750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 ($20 Savings)
120GB ADATA S510

This is the build I came up with on Ibuypower, the concerns I have are the motherboard and the graphic card.

Edit: my purpose for the pc is mainly gaming, but I only plan to use a single monitor with 1920x1080 rez. So not sure if 670 will be overkill.

1. I mainly play League of Legends, but probably will play some more demanding games also when I get new pc. I know that 670 is a really good card but its price is pretty high, what would be an ideal card for me? My goal is at least 60fps on pretty maxed settings with 1920x1080 screen.

2. I don't know much about motherboards, the options were the gigabyte one, the asus one and asrock one. Which one would be the best?(edit: I don't think I'm planning to setup multi gpu:) )

Edit: for the motherboards the choices are
As for Motherboards these are the specific models:

ASRock Z77 Pro4 -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0

Thanks for the help!

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July 12, 2012 3:45:17 AM

the 670 is the best price/performance card out there; you will not have a problem with what you are looking for.

it is difficult to know which one is best w/o knowing the model of the other boards.
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July 12, 2012 4:23:16 AM

Hi noodle9526,

I went through the options what iBUYPOWER offers. I got few questions.

1. Are you going to buy a custom-built system or build the system yourself using the site just as a parts compatibility guide?
2. What are you intending to use this system for? Gaming? Photo/video editing? HTPC?
3. Do you have an idea of going for multi GPU setup (SLI/Crossfire) anytime in future?

Assuming that you are going to use this system primarily for gaming, the following are my remarks/suggestions:
1. The case, CPU, RAM and SSD are good.
2. 670 is a beautiful high performance graphics card. You can max out many games at full HD resolution. In case you are planning to go for SLI, the motherboard you have selected (Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H) is not compatible. You will need a motherboard with at least 2 PCI Express x16 slots. If you are definitely in not idea of going for multi-GPU setup now or in future, the selected motherboard is fine in my opinion. Either way, I would go for ASRock Z77 Extreme6, even if I had to compensate the premium by cutting out somewhere else.
3. 750W is too much for a single GPU setup. 650W should be more than enough. But given the fact that 750W is only $20 costlier than the 650W, it should be fine too. Moreover you would be well covered with 750W in case you choose to go for a multi-GPU setup.
4. If you are not going for the unlocked multiplier version of i5-3570 i.e., i5-3570k, then the liquid cooling system is not a great investment. Though you can overclock the i5-3570 a bit, you wouldn't be able to sqeeze out more performance from it than you would with the i5-3570k. A stock cooler should do the job for i5-3570.

Whenever you post a question, try to provide as much detail as possible in order assist the forum people to come up with suggestions.
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July 12, 2012 4:29:27 AM

Yea I saw many recommending the 670, but how about radeon 7870 or 7850? I only plan to use it on single monitor with 1920x1080 rez. Don't wanna overkill it for the graphic card.

As for Motherboards these are the specific models:

ASRock Z77 Pro4 -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16 [+$12]
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0

Thanks for the reply !
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July 12, 2012 4:39:40 AM

dpp_sunny said:
Hi noodle9526,

I went through the options what iBUYPOWER offers. I got few questions.

1. Are you going to buy a custom-built system or build the system yourself using the site just as a parts compatibility guide?
2. What are you intending to use this system for? Gaming? Photo/video editing? HTPC?
3. Do you have an idea of going for multi GPU setup (SLI/Crossfire) anytime in future?


Thanks for the reply:)  I don't know much about multi gpu and OC stuff.

1. I think I'm going to order from ibuypower as I don't wanna mess the system up if I did it myself.

2. Gaming mostly

3. Not planning for multi GPU.

Question: should i get the 3570k instead then? I'm not sure about if OC is needed, I don't use any demanding software other than games. But having couple browsers, music player and game up the same time is needed, but i guess 3570 can handle these multitasking?
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July 12, 2012 4:45:33 AM

670 cannot be compared with the 7850/7870. It is a strong opponent to the 7950 (or even the 7970 when overclocked). I don't mean to say that the 78xx series cards are not worth but if you have the budget to spend, then 670 is a must. A single 670 is, for sure, NOT an overkill. Performance per dollar is inarguably the biggest strength of 670.

Moreover another 670 added to make a SLI setup can come close or even beat the 680 SLI in many titles at ultra-high resolutions (5760 x 1080).

Quick comparison of the cards for your reference:
7850 vs 670: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=598
7870 vs 670: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=598
7950 vs 670: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598

For a single graphics card setup, the selected motherboard should be fine. Just select one with Z77 chipset, PCI-E 3.0 x16 and USB 3.0. Other features are commonly found in all motherboards and not considerably relevant to compare (not considering the asthetics and build quality).
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July 12, 2012 4:48:00 AM

Your reply came in while I was posting mine. Give me a minute to look at the price difference in their website.
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July 12, 2012 4:49:41 AM

noodle9526 said:
Yea I saw many recommending the 670, but how about radeon 7870 or 7850? I only plan to use it on single monitor with 1920x1080 rez. Don't wanna overkill it for the graphic card.

As for Motherboards these are the specific models:

ASRock Z77 Pro4 -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16 [+$12]
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0

Thanks for the reply !


its a toss up between the asus and giabyte. the asrock is nicer but +$12 for just 2 more 6Gbs ports??
if you really are not going to demand over 60+fps the 7850 is pretty decent but the 670 is the best price/performance available.
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July 12, 2012 5:04:27 AM

I don't know your budget but still I went on to change the motherboard (+ $41), CPU (+ $25), CPU cooler (+ $19) and PSU (- $20). Also I added a 1TB hard drive (+ $99) and a wireless module (+ $39), which obviously you can ignore if you are not interested in.

CoolerMaster HAF 922 Gaming Case-Black
Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache)-Intel Core i5-3570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 -- 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-G.Skill Ripjaws X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - 2GB-Single Card
650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2
Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155]-ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
120 GB Corsair Force Series GT SSD-Single Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive-orig
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard
iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse
3 Year Standard Warranty Service
[FREE] Creative Labs Fatal1ty Gaming Headset-Free with Purchase of any system over $999
[FREE Game Promo Pack] Tribes: Ascend-Free with purchase of Intel i5/i7 CPU or Intel Motherboard or Intel SSD 180Gb or above
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth & Wireless N Modules

Total $1,486.00
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July 12, 2012 5:08:23 AM

Best answer selected by noodle9526.
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July 12, 2012 5:09:15 AM

dpp_sunny said:
I don't know your budget but still I went on to change the motherboard (+ $41), CPU (+ $25), CPU cooler (+ $19) and PSU (- $20). Also I added a 1TB hard drive (+ $99) and a wireless module (+ $39), which obviously you can ignore if you are not interested in.

CoolerMaster HAF 922 Gaming Case-Black
Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache)-Intel Core i5-3570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 -- 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-G.Skill Ripjaws X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - 2GB-Single Card
650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2
Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155]-ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
120 GB Corsair Force Series GT SSD-Single Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive-orig
24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard
iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse
3 Year Standard Warranty Service
[FREE] Creative Labs Fatal1ty Gaming Headset-Free with Purchase of any system over $999
[FREE Game Promo Pack] Tribes: Ascend-Free with purchase of Intel i5/i7 CPU or Intel Motherboard or Intel SSD 180Gb or above
[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth & Wireless N Modules

Total $1,486.00


Thanks a lot! Looks good to me!
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July 12, 2012 5:11:40 AM

No problem! From my perspective, the configuration is well-balanced. Good luck mate!
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