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About to buy this for $1000, is it good?

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August 17, 2012 7:20:31 AM

Hi, following build is about 1k total with the following components:

CPU: Intel i5-3570k

MB: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4

RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600 8Gb (2x4Gb)

GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD7850 2Gb

PSU: Corsair HX-650

HDD: Wd Caviar Black 1Tb

Optical: Samsung 22x DVD-RW

Any feedback/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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August 17, 2012 7:44:20 AM

The CPU, MB, RAM and optical are all the same as I am buying and from what I have seen they are all very good components.

The GPU is best value for money I can find for that price.

The HDD though might be better value from Hitachi.

The PSU is a good choice because most corsair products come with lifetime warranty and normally they do work very reliably.
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August 17, 2012 7:55:32 AM

I changed and added somethings what do you think 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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $950.33
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 03:59 EDT-0400)
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August 17, 2012 8:16:02 AM

that psu isnt available and neither is the hdd (i live in australia). They seem like good suggestions though.

Would i need 750w for the psu?

Also, if its possible, from the site http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php that would be great

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August 17, 2012 8:21:59 AM

possibly cut back on the hdd and ram to upgrade grahics card? the RAM i had is only $10 more and the reviews say its really good value.

The hdd i could otherwise go the 500GB WD black for $90 or otherwise, get a Seagate Barracuda 1tb for $90 (500 Gb Barracuda is $70).

I also think that if i was gonna spend the extra on the gpu, id upgrade to the HD7870 for $300.

Ty for help
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August 17, 2012 8:47:31 AM

what resolution monitors would you be using reason i ask is these results on TH are skewed versus other websites. I don't know what happened, but other sites consistently have the GTX 660 Ti beating a 7950 at 1920 resolution.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...

Quote:
"As it stands, AMD’s position correctly reflects their performance; the GTX 660 Ti is a solid and relatively consistent 10-15% faster than the 7870, while the 7950 is anywhere between a bit faster to a bit slower depending on what benchmarks you favor. Of course when talking about the 7950 the “anything but equal” maxim still applies here, if not more so than with the GTX 670. The GTX 660 Ti is anywhere 50% ahead of the 7950 and 25% behind it, and everywhere in between."
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...
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August 17, 2012 8:51:11 AM

Sea gate is well trusted and for that price it is a good deal although if you need 1 TB I am sure you can get one with out spending much more.

If you are looking for a 7870 this is the best value for power on the website.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Would this website suit you, cause I think it is pretty good Australia store.
www.umart.com.au
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August 17, 2012 10:01:46 AM

just found a hd7950 for $300, which seems like a deal too good to refuse to me, will probably go for that one and save the money on the hard drive and get a seagate.

regina, monitor is 1920x1080. i also noticed the discrepancies but didnt really think that much of it as they alternated between which was better at different things. They are also similar price and ive used an AMD before, so i thought id stick with that. i was happy with it before.

zcoot, cant you just buy a cheaper one and then oc it yourself?
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August 17, 2012 10:23:05 AM

Tankata said:
just found a hd7950 for $300, which seems like a deal too good to refuse to me, will probably go for that one and save the money on the hard drive and get a seagate.

regina, monitor is 1920x1080. i also noticed the discrepancies but didnt really think that much of it as they alternated between which was better at different things. They are also similar price and ive used an AMD before, so i thought id stick with that. i was happy with it before.

zcoot, cant you just buy a cheaper one and then oc it yourself?
Yes you can and i recommend oc yourself it's not worth paying the extra for factory oc imo
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August 17, 2012 12:29:48 PM

A factory OC I agree is not worth the extra money. I know if you buy a card which is better or in this case 2nd best in the series it is worth buying and OC yourself.

Couple years ago I had a 4670 Gigabyte and I was able to make run as fast as the best 4000 radeon you can get your hands on.

But yeah AMD cards a best OC when bought, since they generate very little heat compared to a Nivida card.
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