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July 12, 2012 8:36:51 PM

I will be ordering the parts next week (July 18), and I need advice with part compatibility i.e. possible bottlenecks, not enough power and issues with parts and case. I will be purchasing all the parts from Amazon , unless you guys can point me to a cheaper/ better alternative.

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
$229.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155
$119.99
Memory Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
$39.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
$84.98
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
$219.99
Case Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower
$72.92
Power Supply Thermaltake 750W Modular 80+ Bronze PSU
$89.95
Optical Drive Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer
$17.99
Total: $932.00 after tax and shipping

Thank you all in advance
a b B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2012 8:58:20 PM

It doesn't look like there would be a bottleneck with any of the parts and the prices look pretty close to what I have been seeing all along , there may be a few dollars here and there but nothing worth changing and getting from someplace else.
July 13, 2012 4:49:17 AM

Should i get the 2500k instead spend the difference on a cooler for OCing
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 5:39:25 AM

No bottlenecks, I'd think about a 7850 video card instead of the 6950 though, but both are decent choices.

And I agree with altes, not much of an advantage with the 3570K over the 2500K.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 3:08:50 PM

I would stay with the 3570k unless you are really into overclocking the 3570k can be overclocked to a certian point before the heat becomes an issue and you would need a high quality heatsink/fan to do the cooling. If you are into overclocking the cpu and want to take it to 4.5ghz or more then you would want the 2500k and a good cooler.
July 13, 2012 8:36:10 PM

Also what is the life expectancy of this build before i have to switch out mobo, cpu, adn gfx card. im hoping 2-3 years max.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 8:54:12 PM

I would say that if not abused it should last a few years , a year or two from now you can overclock the cpu to stay current with performance and you may end up just upgradeing the video card at some point for better performance as more games come out and they demand higher end cards for playing at higher resolutions and settings. Most of the time a computer will last a long time , it's the itch that you get when you see new components come out and you just want that nice new video card even though yours is still working fine.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 9:01:14 PM

Another good thing to do is to look at the warranty of the main parts and if the manufacturer is giving a three year warranty then you know for sure that the part is going to last that long because they wouldn't be giving that three years unless they knew for sure it was going to last at least that long.
The MB and cpu have a 3 year warranty and the video card has 2 years so that will tell you your good for at a minimum 3 years.
July 14, 2012 6:33:33 AM

thanks thanks inzone and all who replied, ill get back to ya after the build.
July 14, 2012 6:34:18 AM

thanks inzone and all who replied, ill get back to ya after the build.
July 14, 2012 6:37:32 AM

thanks inzone and all who replied, ill get back to ya after the build.
July 16, 2012 6:50:26 PM

last minute question before buying. Can i drop down to a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $169.99 to make room in my budget for a Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $64.99 ?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 2:46:14 AM

You can do that if you want but be careful with a 64gb SSD they tend to fill uo fast if your not aware of where your loading files and programs. I have had a 64gb ssd as the OS drive and found out that in no time I was approaching the capacity and had to start moving things to the secondary hard drive. So that would be option 1 to get a 64gb and the 6870 video card and option two would be to stay with what you are going to order and save some more money to get a 340/256gb SSD. Option 3 would be to get this one for $89.99 after rebate;

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$119.99 and a$30 rebate making the final price $89.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-...

For $25 you double the capacity.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 6:29:41 AM

Well your original questions are cheaper/better/longevity and downgrading a GPU for a SSD would not be in that direction for me :(  If $$ were less an object hitting a HD 7850 *and* a SSD would be nice but if i had to pick one i'd go with the best card your budget allows u
July 18, 2012 9:36:33 PM

yeah i was planning to purchase the parts today, but i had to buy my mom a birthday present (i got her the kindle fire she wanted). so i will have to wait for next week.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2012 9:49:29 PM

That may not end up being a bad thing because AMD has announced price cuts on the 7000 line of video cards. So you may be able to get a card for less or a better card.
July 21, 2012 6:49:53 PM

so this is my new updated build

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99)
Power Supply: : SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX ($89.99)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99)
Subtotal: $910.92
Total After rebates and discount from Newegg: $846.90

also have any of you had experiece with SHoprunner?
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