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August 15, 2012 4:38:06 PM

Hi,

This is my build:

I5-3570k

Asus P8Z77-V

Corsair Vengeance 8GB(2x4GB)

Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm HDD

Gigabyte Windforce gtx680-OC

Cooler Master 212 evo

dvd rw drive

Cooler Master HAF X case

I am building this in order to play the latest games at max settings and hopefully go a few years without needing to upgrade.

Is there anything obvious that i am missing (aside from a psu)?

What psu do you think i should get? ( I was looking at a corsair ax750w)

Finally, it's a little expensive, are there any ways you think i could get the same high performance for less money?

Thanks very much.

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August 15, 2012 5:18:06 PM

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Finally, it's a little expensive, are there any ways you think i could get the same high performance for less money?


What's the budget and primary use? That would help to configure a better system. For starters you could go with the GTX 670 and save $100 there, and then drop the HAF X to a far less expensive case and save some money there.
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August 15, 2012 5:30:32 PM

The budget is ~$1500, including OS and monitor.
I don't mind going a little higher if I am going to see a noticeable jump in performance though.
I am primarily going to be using this for gaming and would like to play with the highest settings.
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August 15, 2012 5:35:46 PM

b1g3asy said:
The budget is ~$1500, including OS and monitor.
I don't mind going a little higher if I am going to see a noticeable jump in performance though.
I am primarily going to be using this for gaming and would like to play with the highest settings.


Well you won't notice any jump by going to a more powerful CPU. GPU you might but that all depends on what resolution you play at. Try something like this:

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 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)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1538.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 13:35 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2012 5:45:54 PM

Note that the above PSU is $100 before rebates and the case is $140 before rebates.
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August 15, 2012 7:43:47 PM

Thanks very much! I was planning on playing at 1900x1080.
Is the extra ssd worth it instead of putting the money towards a better GPU?
Also, with win 7 sp1 will i be able to upgrade any of the hardware?(e.g. another graphics card in a year or two)
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August 15, 2012 8:19:35 PM

b1g3asy said:
Thanks very much! I was planning on playing at 1900x1080.
Is the extra ssd worth it instead of putting the money towards a better GPU?
Also, with win 7 sp1 will i be able to upgrade any of the hardware?(e.g. another graphics card in a year or two)


Yeah with Windows it won't be a problem. Although with Steam becoming available on Ubuntu later this year you won't even need to buy a Windows license anymore. :lol: 
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August 18, 2012 8:04:08 PM

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