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$1000 System - Looking for Feedback

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August 7, 2012 10:15:56 PM

The system will be used almost exclusively to run iRacing a racing simulator. It is for that reason I am pretty well stuck on using an AMD video card. iRacing runs on DX9 and apparently the latest NVidia cards don't have the best performance with DX9.

I do plan to OC the CPU and GPU but not aggressively.

If anyone has any comments on the RAM I've selected and if there's anything better out there for an additional $10-$20 I'm open to suggestions.

I've selected a 520W power supply. I'm wondering if that is enough. I've got a powered USB hub to plug my sim racing controllers into.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e53c

Bottom line is just barely under $1000. I'm thinking I'd like to benchmark it against the July $1000 system Tom's tested!

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August 7, 2012 10:42:26 PM

Raidmax cases are complete junk - among the absolute worst in the industry.

That power supply though is among the best. But 520W will be vastly underpowered for any sort of good GPU - you'll want minimum 600W, 750W if you want to use Crossfire or SLI.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1049.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-07 18:41 EDT-0400)

A little bit more but you don't cheap out or skimp on the case or PSU.
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August 7, 2012 11:21:20 PM

Crossfire won't ever be necessary. The case was only $23, but I ended up being able to remove the OS so I have a little more $'s to play with to come in under $1000. I'm at $935 right now with an OCZ 700W PSU that is on sale right now and the recommended coolermaster case.

With a few more $'s to play with any recommendations?
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August 8, 2012 1:52:13 PM

After reading too many reviews regarding the reliability of the OCZ powersupply I've switched to a SeaSonic 620W PS. I'm also looking now at PC1600 low profile Corsair RAM after getting some information about making sure the RAM fits with my aftermarket cooler and information about what RAM goes with what. Still with the cooler master case suggested in this thread as well and I've decided to go with the ASRock motherboard since more than one person has suggested that specific motherboard after I've listed all the parts I've selected.

Bottom line is I'm at $1,013 before any rebates.
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August 8, 2012 4:35:12 PM

I think with the current updates you have a nice machine there.
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August 8, 2012 6:06:44 PM

ncasolo said:
After reading too many reviews regarding the reliability of the OCZ powersupply I've switched to a SeaSonic 620W PS. I'm also looking now at PC1600 low profile Corsair RAM after getting some information about making sure the RAM fits with my aftermarket cooler and information about what RAM goes with what. Still with the cooler master case suggested in this thread as well and I've decided to go with the ASRock motherboard since more than one person has suggested that specific motherboard after I've listed all the parts I've selected.

Bottom line is I'm at $1,013 before any rebates.



Rebates take forever. As they take like 4 months to even get to you. Sometimes even 6!
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August 8, 2012 6:34:45 PM

Definitely not counting on the rebates that's why I quoted the $1,013 lol
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
August 9, 2012 9:17:05 PM

ncasolo said:
After reading too many reviews regarding the reliability of the OCZ powersupply I've switched to a SeaSonic 620W PS. I'm also looking now at PC1600 low profile Corsair RAM after getting some information about making sure the RAM fits with my aftermarket cooler and information about what RAM goes with what. Still with the cooler master case suggested in this thread as well and I've decided to go with the ASRock motherboard since more than one person has suggested that specific motherboard after I've listed all the parts I've selected.

Bottom line is I'm at $1,013 before any rebates.


Yeah that HAF 912 is leaps and bounds better than any Raidmax junk. That Asrock board received an editor's choice in a recent roundup: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...
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