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August 24, 2012 3:51:30 AM

I was on a $800 budget.
CPU: i5 3450 $150 @Microcenter
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $35 @Newegg
Mobo: Gigabyte Intel Z77 $100 @Amazon
GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 1GB $170 @Amazon
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 8GB $50 @Amazon
HDD: Western Digital Cavier Blue 500GB $70 @Amazon
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $91 @Amazon
PSU: Cooler Master GX 750W $85
Optical: Samsung something $17 @Amazon
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 $47
I buy from Amazon cause we have credit there(like $150)
Price w/o credit: $815
Price with credit applied: $665
To me it looks very solid, especially on my budget. Parts were ordered tonight, just looking for opinions. I'm not a techy. A guy from my local computer shop recommended doing this. I got 750 watts to SLI at Christmas time.

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August 24, 2012 4:50:13 AM

There's no reason to pair a 3450 with a Z77 motherboard since you can't really overclock it. Go with an H77 ATX motherboard instead.

And then a Radeon 6870 is a way better video card than a reference 560.

Cooler Master is also horrendously unreliable when it comes to PSUs, get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then a HAF 912 will give you better air flow than a Elite 430 will.
August 24, 2012 5:57:00 AM

When in budget i want to get the i7 3770k(I video edit, while having 10 tabs open and several games minimized). So I'm sticking with a Z77. I prefer nVidia parts. What's the price difference between a Elite and HAF?
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August 24, 2012 5:59:09 AM

Or I could get a 3570k for $190 from Microcenter.
August 24, 2012 6:29:07 PM

ThatGuyNxtDoor said:
When in budget i want to get the i7 3770k(I video edit, while having 10 tabs open and several games minimized). So I'm sticking with a Z77. I prefer nVidia parts. What's the price difference between a Elite and HAF?


OK that makes sense.

There's no price difference between the Elite and the HAF. The HAF has better air flow and includes tons of nice features for the price.
August 24, 2012 6:50:14 PM

Microcenter still has the deal where you can get $50 off the z77 motherboard if you buy it with the overclockable CPU.

If you want to get the 3770k, you should get it now. You'll just end up spending more if you buy the i5 now and the i7 later.
August 24, 2012 7:10:49 PM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Windows here: http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...
Just get the GTX 560 instead.
The total would be $100 less but you'll get pretty much the same performance.

The reason I suggest this is because it is cheaper, and I'm assuming you want to save but get similar performance. The z77 board doesn't really help at all honestly, it's a waste of money. Although you want a i7 3770K, I will tell you now the performance change will not be that noticeable from an i5 3450. The i5 3450 is already a fairly fast chip.

August 24, 2012 7:13:06 PM

moornix said:
Microcenter still has the deal where you can get $50 off the z77 motherboard if you buy it with the overclockable CPU.

If you want to get the 3770k, you should get it now. You'll just end up spending more if you buy the i5 now and the i7 later.


Yeah I agree with this - it makes no sense buying the same part twice, you're just throwing money away. If you have intention of reusing the 3450 then it makes sense, but otherwise it doesn't.
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