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Mid-high range build, what do you think?

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August 12, 2012 3:16:02 AM

Next week I'm going to buy a new PC at around $1200, I do not need input devices, Windows 7, a storage hard drive, or a monitor. I have an old SB sound card I will use, or I'll just use the on-board sound if that is just as good. The chipset is a z68 with a i5 2600k CPU, because I just don't think the i7 is worth 30% more price for a 6% performance increase, unless there is something I'm missing here. Would I be able to upgrade the CPU a few years from now? Is the GTX 570 worth the extra money over the 560 ti? Considering moderate overclocking, what would be the bottleneck here? Am I missing anything? Here is the build, right now I'm at $1186, and your advice is appreciated.


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x = 16gb - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3x Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 12, 2012 3:55:51 AM

Until you get your computer up and running, drop those fans.

Here is a better build:
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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $1172.98
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 23:55 EDT-0400)
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August 12, 2012 4:04:27 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black 2 x Front 3.0 USB

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Bronze-Energy-Certifi... $104.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Post-purchase rebate: $25.00 Price after rebate: $79.99
XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - P1750SNLB9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $346.98 save: $18.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $32.39 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJ8UI/ref=s9_hps_... $178.91 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

Total: $795.24 *not including shipping & mail in rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99 - $279.99 after $20.00 rebate(s) FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

or...

http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-66... <------ due for release August 16th and est. retail $300 USD
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 ti 2GB
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August 12, 2012 4:09:07 AM

I read that the i5-2600k is better when overclocked compared to the i5-3570k, is this true?

My build is able to get away with a 500-550W power supply?

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August 12, 2012 4:11:05 AM

IVB has a better clock to clock ratio than SB, so you don't need to OC as high to match an OC.
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August 12, 2012 4:28:15 AM

Cliff_Ascent said:
I read that the i5-2600k is better when overclocked compared to the i5-3570k, is this true?

My build is able to get away with a 500-550W power supply?

Do you want the option to add a second card later on or no? Without knowing that it just us guessing.
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August 12, 2012 4:31:05 AM

Why_Me said:
Do you want the option to add a second card later on or no? Without knowing that it just us guessing.



From my understanding, most games don't get a very good performance increase with SLI, and it's best just to upgrade to a better card later. So I'm guessing, 1 card I can use a 500w and 2 cards I need a 700w?
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August 12, 2012 4:35:38 AM

Yes, 2 cards need 700W and one needs 500.
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August 12, 2012 4:48:33 AM

Cliff_Ascent said:
From my understanding, most games don't get a very good performance increase with SLI, and it's best just to upgrade to a better card later. So I'm guessing, 1 card I can use a 500w and 2 cards I need a 700w?

If it's a single card set up with no option for another card later on then I would look at this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $326.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 - $64.99 after $10.00 rebate(s)
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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