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July 31, 2012 12:29:03 AM

I am building my first gaming computer and am going to buy as soon as I decide on parts. I plan on keeping the set-up for web browsing and general multi-tasking for years to come, so there may be future upgrades. I plan on reusing my old HDD and dvd drive.
Here is what I'm looking at:
-Intel i5-3570k 229.99 (-15)

-Rosewill Challenger U3 59.99 (-20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Just looking for a good deal and usb 3)

-G.skill Ripjaws 8gb 45.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-ASROCK z77 extrem 4 + win 7 199.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

-Apevia atx-cb700w 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
-Rosewill RG 630 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I really don't know about psus )

-GPU: not sure about them but I'm looking at four:
EVGA GTX 560 se (110) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 560 DS SSC (150) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS 560 (150) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Double D HD 6870 (150) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Current cost about 650-700. Please let me know anything that I could do to maximize my set up and price point.

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July 31, 2012 8:30:39 PM

I'm heading down to micro center soon to pick up i5-3570k and likely asrock extreme 4 (best option?), which will cost around $300. That leaves 350-450 that I would ideally like to spend on case, psu, gpu, and ram (I might wait before getting windows 7), although my absolute budget could go maybe 100 higher (not ideal). I might pick up something at microcenter if there is a good deal. I'm open to whatever maximizes how long this rig will be capable of decent performance.
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July 31, 2012 8:39:12 PM

Ok, in that case, I recommend the radeon hd 6870. It outperforms the gtx 560s. Everything else looks like solid choices at your budget. Just make sure you at least grab one of the PSUs I recommended. Don't cheap out on the PSU, otherwise the other parts in your build may suffer from performance loss or may fry.
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August 1, 2012 4:38:53 AM

I'm very conflicted on PSUs. I'm looking at OCZ modxstream 700W http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&m... (only $50 with rebate) but I really want something that will last. I have $41 ram leaving me about $300 to $460 that I'd prefer to spend on case, psu and gpu. If there is really a need to spend more I would definitely go higher end.
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August 1, 2012 4:46:01 AM

You need to get a quality PSU. OCZ doesn't make very reliable PSUs. The antec PSU aznshinobi recommended above would be a great idea. Either the hd 6850 or the 6870 would be decent GPUs at your budget. Just get whichever you can afford. You can save some cash and get the i5 2500k instead of the 3570k.
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August 1, 2012 4:49:04 AM

Here's a case, psu and gpu within that budget. It's even better than what you were originally considering...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.96 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $353.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 00:49 EDT-0400)
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August 1, 2012 4:50:09 AM

If you want to spend a little extra, put the money towards a better case and GPU. Might be able to get a cooler master haf 912 and a radeon hd 7950 outta that budget.
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August 1, 2012 6:43:33 AM

aznshinobi said:
The 750TX isn't even worth it. Expensive too.

Check out the EA650
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-650-Green-BRO...
Only $70 and it's a great PSU.

The 6870 is probably the best bet right now for the budget.
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-DisplayPort-Express-H6...
Cheaper and also has rebate


How is $95 for a Tx750 V2 not worth it?

DeusAres said:
Those PSUs suck, lol. No worries. Try something like this...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M

Or this...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze

One more thing, what is your absolute budget? I may be able to put together a better build if I knew your spending limit.

Only one of those PSUs sucks. The Rosewill Green series is solid mate.
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August 1, 2012 12:59:22 PM

Lol, indeed. I saw "Apevia" in the vicinity of "PSU" and died a little inside. Didn't bother looking at the other choice that closely.

Thanks for the info.
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August 1, 2012 9:01:12 PM

Azeem your pricing is incorrect. The TX750 is $115 and $100 after rebate which are hassles. The OCZ ZT 750 is $105 before rebate and $85 after. It's a solid one with great reviews and performance. Plus it is modular and comes with a DVD burner currently.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are better deals than buying Corsair all the time.
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August 1, 2012 10:37:49 PM

aznshinobi said:
Azeem your pricing is incorrect. The TX750 is $115 and $100 after rebate which are hassles. The OCZ ZT 750 is $105 before rebate and $85 after. It's a solid one with great reviews and performance. Plus it is modular and comes with a DVD burner currently.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are better deals than buying Corsair all the time.


While I generally don't pay much attention to customer reviews, some people are saying they have quite a bit of issues with OCZ PSUs. I don't trust 'em (OCZ). Rule of thumb: never cheap out on the PSU.
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August 2, 2012 6:52:00 AM

aznshinobi said:
Azeem your pricing is incorrect. The TX750 is $115 and $100 after rebate which are hassles. The OCZ ZT 750 is $105 before rebate and $85 after. It's a solid one with great reviews and performance. Plus it is modular and comes with a DVD burner currently.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are better deals than buying Corsair all the time.

Meh, I was tired at the time. For
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August 2, 2012 7:21:59 AM

GPU wise you can do much better. The 6950 is old. The 7850 is where you want to be at for modern games honestly. Mainly because the 7850 can overclock easily with just a slight slider.

Also Deus, read reviews from major sites. The PSU is fine. If JG gave the ZT 750 a 9, it's a solid unit. JG is one of the best PSU reviewers out there.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Also, for the PSU you don't want to cheap out but it doesn't mean you want to spend an overpriced amount to get something. Corsair prices their PSUs way too high depending on the model. The EA650 from Antec sits just at $70 and performs as well as a TX650 for $20 less so cheaping out doesn't mean it's bad. You're just saving money.

OCZ's PSUs have been solid lately, I don't know what reviews you've read but all of them have been getting solid marks. Not talking about Newegg reviewers. I'm talking about website reviews that actually know what they are talking about.
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August 2, 2012 7:28:07 AM

Yep, hardwaresecrets did an article on them and they said it was a great unit.
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August 2, 2012 7:58:44 AM

ZT750 since last gen cards use a lot more power.
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August 2, 2012 1:56:34 PM

The 570 isn't even close to worth it. Spend the slight extra and get the 7870. Will be well worth it. Have one myself.
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August 2, 2012 6:16:00 PM

Yep, OC that sucker and get performance of a GTX 580, if not better, than it.
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August 4, 2012 4:45:23 AM

Thanks for the help guys.
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August 4, 2012 4:45:26 AM

Best answer selected by smitease.
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