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July 18, 2012 5:25:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Either August or September of this year...may wait until black friday for sales.

Budget Range: $1200-$1500 Before rebates/After shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing gameplay for youtube, surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch...so pretty much everything.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, or anywhere else that is a trusted website.

Location: Atlantic, North Carolina, USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel; however, I'm open to AMD suggestions.

Overclocking: Yes, around 4.2GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Mostly going to be playing Skyrim (with a fairly numerous amount of mods) and BF3. Possibly a few F2P games such as Planetside 2 and/or Warface when they're released.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently using my old hp laptop to play most of my games at lowest settings. Frame rates are still unacceptable at these settings. Very laggy. Time for an upgrade :) 

Currently thinking about this build...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/c4xG

All suggestions are welcome. If anyone has a better idea for a case, cpu cooler, or any of the other parts, I'd to love to see your thoughts.

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July 18, 2012 4:20:11 PM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $1100 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
You can stick with the GTX 670 if you want, the 7950 just saves a little money. But definitely go with the Hyper 212 Evo.


Nice overall build. Nothing really jumps out except the cheaper GPU. Not too fond of the PSU. But thanks for the recommendation; I appreciate it. :D 
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July 18, 2012 4:24:04 PM

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1134.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor / keyboard / mouse you want and you're good to go.
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July 18, 2012 4:31:00 PM

TheBigTroll said:
heres what i would get.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/crlq


Why the more expensive mobo? Why not get the ASRock z77 Extreme4? I don't mind paying that much for a board, but it'd be rather silly to do so when I could get a comparable board for $50+ less. What sets apart the gigabyte board from the asrock? Just wondering...

What are your thoughts on the sandisk extreme SSD? Are they reliable? Are they any better than Crucial, Corsair, or even OCZ?

Why the switch to the Asus gtx 670? Is it any better than the Gigabyte version? I liked gigabyte's sleeker look and three fan cooling solution.

I probably should have stated this when I started the thread, but I kinda forgot. I don't care about how much noise my computer makes. I'm not looking for a super quiet gaming pc. I have a set of turtle beaches I will be using whilst gaming...so that'll do away with the noise. As long as the noise isn't too overbearing (like screaming, screeching nonsense), I can deal with it.

Thanks for the replies guys!
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July 18, 2012 4:40:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1134.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor / keyboard / mouse you want and you're good to go.


Thanks. Looks fairly decent. What are your thoughts on the hd 7950 vs gtx 670? Is there a huge difference, other than price? Also, what do you think about the new Corsair Vengeance C70 case? It's a little on the expensive side, but would it be worth it?

Would the 650w PSU be able to safely handle SLI or Crossfire?

Won't need Windows 7. :D  That should give me another $100 to work with.
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July 18, 2012 4:56:53 PM

DeusAres said:
Thanks. Looks fairly decent. What are your thoughts on the hd 7950 vs gtx 670? Is there a huge difference, other than price? Also, what do you think about the new Corsair Vengeance C70 case? It's a little on the expensive side, but would it be worth it?

Would the 650w PSU be able to safely handle SLI or Crossfire?

Won't need Windows 7. :D  That should give me another $100 to work with.


The 7950 is an excellent bang-for-buck option. The GTX 670 would be ideal.

The Corsair Vengeance case is very nice but on any sort of $1200-or-less budget I wouldn't put more than $100 into the case, I'd rather put that in the GPU. 650W will handle a single with no sweat but if you want to SLI or Crossfire, go 750W. With the 670 and 79XX being so energy efficient, anything else is overkill.

Without OS I'd suggest getting something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1137.34
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 18, 2012 5:06:33 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 7950 is an excellent bang-for-buck option. The GTX 670 would be ideal.

The Corsair Vengeance case is very nice but on any sort of $1200-or-less budget I wouldn't put more than $100 into the case, I'd rather put that in the GPU. 650W will handle a single with no sweat but if you want to SLI or Crossfire, go 750W. With the 670 and 79XX being so energy efficient, anything else is overkill.

Without OS I'd suggest getting something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1137.34
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


No SSD? Or would it be better to add that as a future upgrade? Right now I'd be looking at a 120gig SSD max...would it be in my best interest to wait and get a 240/256gb or bigger? Wait for price drops?

I love the look of the Antec 1100. Which would you recommend...Antec 1100 or Coolermaster HAF 922?
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July 18, 2012 5:09:02 PM

DeusAres said:
No SSD? Or would it be better to add that as a future upgrade? Right now I'd be looking at a 120gig SSD max...would it be in my best interest to wait and get a 240/256gb or bigger? Wait for price drops?


I'd rather put that money in the GPU - you can always add the SSD later. If you're going for $1200 an SSD like the 128GB Crucial M4 or Samsung 830 would put it a little over.

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I love the look of the Antec 1100. Which would you recommend...Antec 1100 or Coolermaster HAF 922?


I like the Antec better than the HAF 922 - it has support for larger motherboards and 2.5" drive support built in, front USB 3.0 and a few other nice extras.
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July 18, 2012 5:11:43 PM

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July 18, 2012 5:13:17 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd rather put that money in the GPU - you can always add the SSD later. If you're going for $1200 an SSD like the 128GB Crucial M4 or Samsung 830 would put it a little over.

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I love the look of the Antec 1100. Which would you recommend...Antec 1100 or Coolermaster HAF 922?


I like the Antec better than the HAF 922 - it has support for larger motherboards and 2.5" drive support built in, front USB 3.0 and a few other nice extras.


Thanks. Everyone's input has been helpful. May wait on the SSD so I can upgrade my peripherals.
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July 18, 2012 5:17:31 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 7950 is an excellent bang-for-buck option. The GTX 670 would be ideal.

The Corsair Vengeance case is very nice but on any sort of $1200-or-less budget I wouldn't put more than $100 into the case, I'd rather put that in the GPU. 650W will handle a single with no sweat but if you want to SLI or Crossfire, go 750W. With the 670 and 79XX being so energy efficient, anything else is overkill.

Without OS I'd suggest getting something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1137.34
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


One more question...thoughts on the pc power and cooling psu? Are they good power supplies? I've never really heard of that brand until now. Reliability?
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July 18, 2012 5:33:42 PM

DeusAres said:
One more question...thoughts on the pc power and cooling psu? Are they good power supplies? I've never really heard of that brand until now. Reliability?


They're actually made by Seasonic, PCPAC has been around a long time and they make excellent stuff. I have the 950W model and it's a really solid, well built supply.
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July 18, 2012 5:41:12 PM

g-unit1111 said:
They're actually made by Seasonic, PCPAC has been around a long time and they make excellent stuff. I have the 950W model and it's a really solid, well built supply.


Lol, then again this is coming from a long time console user. I just got into the whole pc building idea this year. Wished I would've started this about a year or two ago. Instead of wasting money on prebuilts and consoles...could have saved me so much money and hassle.
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July 18, 2012 6:07:00 PM

DeusAres said:
Why the more expensive mobo? Why not get the ASRock z77 Extreme4? I don't mind paying that much for a board, but it'd be rather silly to do so when I could get a comparable board for $50+ less. What sets apart the gigabyte board from the asrock? Just wondering...

What are your thoughts on the sandisk extreme SSD? Are they reliable? Are they any better than Crucial, Corsair, or even OCZ?

Why the switch to the Asus gtx 670? Is it any better than the Gigabyte version? I liked gigabyte's sleeker look and three fan cooling solution.

I probably should have stated this when I started the thread, but I kinda forgot. I don't care about how much noise my computer makes. I'm not looking for a super quiet gaming pc. I have a set of turtle beaches I will be using whilst gaming...so that'll do away with the noise. As long as the noise isn't too overbearing (like screaming, screeching nonsense), I can deal with it.

Thanks for the replies guys!


i got the board for the extra features but if you didnt need them, get the extreme4

the sandisk extreme is based off of sandforce controller but it uses toggle nand. it has a much higher IOPS rate and a longer lifespan. i chose this over the crucial m4 as this was cheaper by 10 dollars. either one i would be fine with

i didnt chose gigabyte as their warranty starts right after manufacturing which is kinda dumb. oh,and not to mention that gigabyte doesnt have the best warranty and RMA system

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July 18, 2012 7:04:23 PM

DeusAres said:
Lol, then again this is coming from a long time console user. I just got into the whole pc building idea this year. Wished I would've started this about a year or two ago. Instead of wasting money on prebuilts and consoles...could have saved me so much money and hassle.


Yeah I've all but put off buying a new Playstation because I'd rather put that into my PC and getting the most out of it.
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