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July 14, 2012 4:41:02 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Would be nice to be done within a couple days, if not that's ok as well.

Budget Range: $1000-1200 USD After Mail-in rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming at max settings, performance and multitasking. I have laptops for browsing/watching movies,youtube etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I was lucky enough to get one for a birthday present last week.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website that people know is a good trusted site to use is fine with me. The cheaper the better. Only places I know of are New Egg, Amazon, Best buy. I do not live close enough to a Micro Center to take advantage of their great prices.

Location I Live in Eastern Pa, USA

Overclocking: I don't plan on overclocking.

SLI or Crossfire: I dont plan to buy two GPUs with this budget but someday I would like to buy another card so i can in the future. I just dont know what MB i should go with that's xfire compatible.

Parts not needed: Dont need monitor,keyboard,mouse, or the OS(using Windows 7 Pro)

Additional Comments: I had a different Thread about a $1000 build that i was going to get alittle while back but my farther was in a bad accident at work and i wanted to be there to help him so whenever i finally was able to get back to building this desktop some of the combo deals are no longer available. I have a build that I have put together but it still needs a motherboard (I know nothing about motherboards) If anyone has some better suggestions/comments please let me know.

Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-...

OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-com...

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is everything that i came up with NOT including a motherboard(dont know whats good to get) As i previously mentioned any advice/comments or UGs are welcomed. Everything that i have listed above only comes out to Roughly $725 USD. My budget is $1200 max BEFORE MIR. So I was wondering if I should bump up to 16G of ram or a better gpu/cpu. I dont really need a Ssd because i have a lot of external drives that i keep everything on. Oh, and how the Ram is G. Skill Ares, I didnt know if that was a good gaming/performance ram or if there is a better brand i should get and that goes for everything i listed above. I was also looking at this video card that i would like some info on. MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Again, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read/help me with this build.



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July 14, 2012 4:48:51 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1030.65
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Switch the 3550 with a 3570 if you want, can't select a 3570 on pcpartpicker.
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July 14, 2012 4:53:16 AM

For one 670, 750W is major overkill. Get a 550W XFX PSU.
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July 14, 2012 4:55:57 AM

azeem40 said:
For one 670, 750W is major overkill. Get a 550W XFX PSU.


Guess you missed the part where he plans to SLI/Crossfire in the future.
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July 14, 2012 4:58:32 AM

Only true reason why i picked the 750w Is because I will be running dual GPUs in the future, im just not buying the 2nd one within a few months. The GTX 670..is it better than the 7950 3GB card?or the one thats in the build 7850
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July 14, 2012 5:14:32 AM

Ah ok ill go with the 670 then =) Also, is the XFX better than the OCZ i had listed? or was there not rly a reason for you selecting that PS
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July 14, 2012 5:15:11 AM

cbsevenfifty said:
Guess you missed the part where he plans to SLI/Crossfire in the future.

And I guess you missed the part where most people who say they want to CF/SLI never do.
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July 14, 2012 5:17:54 AM

Well you guys can bicker about your discussion but to let you know Azeem40 i WILL be CF/SLI. just to give you a headsup.
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July 14, 2012 5:18:31 AM

azeem40 said:
And I guess you missed the part where most people who say they want to CF/SLI never do.


You mad because reading is fundamental?
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July 14, 2012 5:20:01 AM

xanada said:
Ah ok ill go with the 670 then =) Also, is the XFX better than the OCZ i had listed? or was there not rly a reason for you selecting that PS


I just trust Seasonic who makes the XFX and the price was cheaper, after rebate.
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July 14, 2012 5:28:46 AM

nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 564W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough.
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Anonymous
July 14, 2012 5:41:40 AM

please, an online PSU calculator?!?
293+150(system power)=443 watts/.8 554 watts on the 12 volt rail for 80% load
554/12 = 46 amps on the 12 volt rail


CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650
+3.3V@25A, +5V@25A, +12V@54A, -12V@0.5A, +5VSB@3A

its all about quality on a 12 volt rail not total wattages.


@OP you can ignore my "entertainment" and just get the XFX 750 . . it is a great PSU.
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July 14, 2012 5:45:34 AM

Ok umm...just a couple more questions.

The mid tower case..will that have enough air flow to keep everything cool? (Very worried about this) Or should I throw in a couple more fans to make sure. and what do you guys think about an Aftermarket cpu cooler? or will the stock one work. And how i have the G skill ares ram in the build, honestly whats the difference between 8gb of G skill rather then..lets say G skill sniper, or any other kind for that matter.
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July 14, 2012 5:47:59 AM

oh and if there is a true difference between the i5 3550and the 3570. Again, sorry for the dumb questions. You guys prob think im dumb but i honestly dont know if a 3570 is worth the extra money.
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July 14, 2012 6:06:55 AM

Anonymous said:
please, an online PSU calculator?!?
293+150(system power)=443 watts/.8 554 watts on the 12 volt rail for 80% load
554/12 = 46 amps on the 12 volt rail


CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650
+3.3V@25A, +5V@25A, +12V@54A, -12V@0.5A, +5VSB@3A

its all about quality on a 12 volt rail not total wattages.


@OP you can ignore my "entertainment" and just get the XFX 750 . . it is a great PSU.
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July 14, 2012 3:31:54 PM

no comments for my last questions? Me dropping $1200 on a desktop is kinda alot for me..I know its not for some people so thats why i was asking about if that case had good airflow or if I should go with a bigger case.
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July 14, 2012 4:58:03 PM

You'll have plenty of air flow with the 300R.
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July 14, 2012 6:56:01 PM

I nailed ya budget right at $1200..... money well spent ....to my mind

1. Bigger case with better cooling and much much better reviews than 300R / 400R
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

2. Yes, 750 is more than enough for a non OC's system w/ two factory OC'd GTX 670 but the 850 watter is $5 cheaper than the 750 watter and remember, PSU's hit peak efficiency at 50% load....PSU at lower laod % will also run quieter and cooler.

3. The GFX card is only one ever to get a perfect 10,.0 rating form techpowerup .... read the review to decide if its money well spent
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

4. MoBo is a substantial quality bump

5. HD is 50% bigger

Case - $ 130 - Corsair 500R White http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 85 - XFX Core Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 390 - ASUS Z77-V Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - Included - Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 55 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 430 - Asus GTX 670 TOP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Asus GTX 670 TOP Same
HD - $ 90 - Seagate 1.5 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 20 - Asus DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 3570 would add $17 over ya budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

My choice however would be the 3570k which is $20 over budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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Anonymous
July 14, 2012 7:08:01 PM

xanada said:
no comments for my last questions? Me dropping $1200 on a desktop is kinda alot for me..I know its not for some people so thats why i was asking about if that case had good airflow or if I should go with a bigger case.

if you mean thei5-3570K then yes there is a diffences when you overclock it to 4.2Ghz or above; which is easily done. also getting a K series cpu would require getting a cpu cooler since the intel stock one will not be very good at keeping the temps down.

if you are talking about the non K version; no there is no earth moving differences.

personally, i think the 300R is over priced and a but Fugly. it does not provide anything better than a:
Antec Eleven Hundred $99.99

and really with RAM the only difference between 8 gigs of $100 or $50 is benchmarking; though there can be a difference in the warranties, but that is more on the company that the price.

but some people just don't care if it looks cool :p 
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