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The $1000 Build Review!

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August 13, 2012 6:23:05 PM

Greetings!

Long time reader first time poster. I'm putting together a build for moderate gaming (dark souls, bf3), digital painting and some 3d modeling. My budget is around $1000 cad... I've put together some parts and I would like to know what the pros think!

CPU
i5 3570k
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&promoid=1145
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Coolermaster Hyper 212
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&promoid=1145

I plan to do some OCing down the road.. probably not for a long while though.. was thinking about an H60 for liquid cooling? Are teh benefits worth it?

Mobo
Gigabyte Z77-D3H
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70264&promoid=1145

How does gigabyte stack up against other mobos?

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&promoid=1145

SSD
SanDisk Extreme 240GB 2.5IN SSD
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69895&promoid=1034

PSU
Corsair TX750 V2 750W
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58382&promoid=1034

GPU
gtx 560ti
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65875&vpn=ENGTX560Ti4...

Not sure which brand to get.. Is the 560ti on par with the i5? Will bottlenecking be a factor either side?

Case
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=46688&promoid=1034

Anyways.. any input would be much appreciated !

Thanks a ton.

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August 13, 2012 6:37:59 PM

Honestly, the H60 for cooling is typically only useful for specific situations (e.g. special case layout or motherboards where the memory is too close to the CPU and gets in the way of a normal heatsink). You'll get far more bang for your buck by choosing a higher-end air-cooled setup at the same price (see this tomshardware review).

I use a system with the 560ti/i5 2500k, and with a 1080p monitor am able to run all of the games I play (Skyrim, Saints Row III, League of Legends) at max settings. AFAIK this combo is a touch processor-heavy, but still has a relatively good balance. For your other uses, the processor may be more important than it is in most games, so this combo may be perfect for you.

Didn't spend a lot of time looking at that case, but the Rosewill CHALLENGER and Antec 300 are both cheaper (at least on newegg), and seem to have similar specs. Granted the choice of a case really comes down to personal preference, but I've built a friend's computer with the Antec 300 and had no issues whatsoever with that case.
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August 13, 2012 7:07:26 PM

TheBigTroll said:
1: actually get this board.i picked one up for my self
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=71114&vpn=P8...

2: the SSD is on sale for today only for 169.99 with free shipping. go look at the main site and find the extreme deal of the day

3; get this instead. its currently out of stock though
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65319

4:get this instead

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70852&vpn=R7850%20Twi...


The mobo looks like a good, thanks.

Can you please elaborate on your suggestion for the gpu and psu?

killersquirel11 said:
Honestly, the H60 for cooling is typically only useful for specific situations (e.g. special case layout or motherboards where the memory is too close to the CPU and gets in the way of a normal heatsink). You'll get far more bang for your buck by choosing a higher-end air-cooled setup at the same price (see this tomshardware review).

I use a system with the 560ti/i5 2500k, and with a 1080p monitor am able to run all of the games I play (Skyrim, Saints Row III, League of Legends) at max settings. AFAIK this combo is a touch processor-heavy, but still has a relatively good balance. For your other uses, the processor may be more important than it is in most games, so this combo may be perfect for you.

Didn't spend a lot of time looking at that case, but the Rosewill CHALLENGER and Antec 300 are both cheaper (at least on newegg), and seem to have similar specs. Granted the choice of a case really comes down to personal preference, but I've built a friend's computer with the Antec 300 and had no issues whatsoever with that case.


I'm glad to here the i5 and 560ti play well together! I'd consider getting the 2500k but the 3570k is less on special. As for cases I'm not really a fan of the antec or rosewell aesthetics which I guess really is the determining factor for a case.

Thanks for the suggestions so far guys!
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August 13, 2012 7:13:25 PM

the 7850 performs more or less the same as the 560ti 448 ccore but uses half the power in the process. i chose that psu because 600w is more than enough to power a 7850 crossfire setup
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