Needed some approval for my $700 build

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=N82E16813157293

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.
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  1. 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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    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_7870/10.html
  3. 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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    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?
  5. Quote:
    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.

    Quote:
    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=N82E16814150617

    Cheaper and adequate power supply:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=cx500
  6. Didnt we just go through this build?

    Get the 2500k or the 3750k (prefferred)
  7. Quote:
    Get the 2500k or the 3750k (prefferred)

    *smack* not everyone wants to be part of your Intel Overclocking club.
  8. Quote:
    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:
  9. 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=N82E16817116014

    You can also swap the RAM you chose for this kit.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544
    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=N82E16814161411
    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=N82E16814127682

    Note that the HD 7870 is still the superior card.
  10. 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:
  11. cpu/mobo combo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.985173

    PSU: 650w

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194103
    10% off w/ promo code PSU0712, limited offer
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/LEPA-B650-Power-Supply-Review/1556/11

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617
    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=N82E16814129230 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.
  12. Quote:
    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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