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July 25, 2012 5:55:59 PM

I plan on ordering later today. This is my build and I attempted to get the best "bang for your buck" while sticking with intel and nvidia.

No intent on overclocking.
Main use: Gaming, school, etc.
Case: Already have
HD: Already have
Monitor: Already have


GPU: Nvidia GTX 480 $219.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EHWMP6/

CPU: i5 2400 $189.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXIA/

Mobo: Asrock z77 Extreme4 $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill 8GB $54.30
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HZG4ZO/

PSU: OCZ 700W $89.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IZ7MHU/

I have amazon prime (hence most of the links are to amazon)

Let me know if this is a good build! Otherwise, I am open for input.
July 25, 2012 6:15:33 PM

You can save a bit of money getting a z68 mobo instead. The gtx 480 is good bang for your buck for it's purchase price, but it's a huge power sucker. If you swap it out for a more efficient graphics card, you can probably shave the PSU down to 500W.
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July 25, 2012 6:16:39 PM

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This is my build and I attempted to get the best "bang for your buck" while sticking with intel and nvidia.


Intel I understand, why Nvidia? AMD video cards> Nvidia cards, all day long. Take it from someone whos almost always owned Nvidia cards over the last 10 years and has seen the light.

The GTX 480s are nice and all, but they're power hogs and run hot as hell.

The GTX 480 uses over twice the power of a single Radeon 7850 and performs not that much better.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/...
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July 25, 2012 6:30:56 PM

Chairman Ray said:
You can save a bit of money getting a z68 mobo instead. The gtx 480 is good bang for your buck for it's purchase price, but it's a huge power sucker. If you swap it out for a more efficient graphics card, you can probably shave the PSU down to 500W.



What would I lose by going with the z68?

Also, how much cheaper would a lower wattage power supply be? And would it offset the cost of a newer card?
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July 25, 2012 6:34:11 PM

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If going the 7850 route... i would opt for a 7870, they can be had for around $240 after rebate on the egg.


I see you have the 480. Do you like it? Or wish you had a cooler, less power-using card?
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July 25, 2012 6:36:39 PM

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What would I lose by going with the z68?


Absolutely nothing with a Sandy Bridge CPU, with an Ivy Bridge CPU, you don't gain anything useful either.

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Also, how much cheaper would a lower wattage power supply be? And would it offset the cost of a newer card?


Uhuh

7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper and adequate power supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 25, 2012 6:39:29 PM

Didnt we just go through this build?

Get the 2500k or the 3750k (prefferred)
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July 25, 2012 6:40:22 PM

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Get the 2500k or the 3750k (prefferred)

*smack* not everyone wants to be part of your Intel Overclocking club.
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July 25, 2012 6:48:56 PM

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Not at all.
The best cards i have ever owned to date.
All GPU's have their faults.
A 480 can be tamed (heat wise)
But power consumption is high.

I have no regrets.

Not every video card has a fault. GTX 460s were about as close to perfect as you can get, which is why Nvidia milked them so much and rebadged them into so many different editions lol. 480s, I'm still up in the air about. :pt1cable: 
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July 25, 2012 6:55:01 PM

In my opinion you should save some money by getting a High-Quality PSU like this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also swap the RAM you chose for this kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's actually the same RAM with a different cooler.

With the saved money you can buy a better graphics card.This HD 7870 is pretty much as good as it gets if you dont want to increase your budget at all.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If on the other hand youve got a bit more money you should definatly buy the HD 7870 that neklturny linked.

If you, on the other hand are an Nvidia fanboy the best you can get for that price is a GTX 570.It's exactly as fast as a GTX 480 but it consumes less power and produces less heat and noise.Here is the best GTX 570 for the price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note that the HD 7870 is still the superior card.
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July 25, 2012 7:04:53 PM

Its those heatpipes on the 7870 I linked, they intrigue my nerdy little heart like Captain Janeway telling the Borg queen where to stick it. I don't even know how effective those heatpipes really are, but man are they awesome. :lol: 
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July 25, 2012 7:29:58 PM

cpu/mobo combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU: 650w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
10% off w/ promo code PSU0712, limited offer
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/LEPA-B650-Power-...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB (may have issues w/ AA in games like BF3) or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for 2 gigs.

You have a fine build but you could pair that z77 mobo w/ a IB cpu for about the same with the combo. There are cheaper quality PSUs 650w is more than fine...you are not OC and all. The 480 is a good card but not a go to when a 7850 is the same price.
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July 25, 2012 7:49:51 PM

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1. not needed!
2. not really
Reason... PhysX and other uses for the GPU (CUDA)

For gaming performance based on the averages of benchmarked games, yes the 7870 is the superior choice, features that only a handful of games use notwithstanding. I looked at the list of PhysX supported games, theres only like 5 of em I've ever even heard of much less would want to play.
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