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August 26, 2012 5:05:29 AM

After being generously given a lot of information (thank you, everyone), I've come up with a final build. I still don't KNOW if it's worth the money, or if there are better parts out there for around the same price, so I'm hesitant about keeping this build. This build will be used primarily for gaming.

Approximate Purchase Date: ~ 2 weeks

Budget Range: ~$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None.

Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Yes. The CPU, and MAYBE the GPU.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768


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ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer G185HVb Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 200 cd/m2 ACM 5000:1 (600:1) - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - $8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $240 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLMAX NW-650B 650W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready / CrossFire Ready and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply - $43 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM - $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All together: $730
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A few parts I'm extremely unsure of would be the monitor and the mobo. Seems like the mobo has not faired well with some other customers. I did not want to spend too much on the monitor, so I settled with the one listed above. Anything incompatible? Anything I need to change, or should change? Thanks for any and all input.




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August 26, 2012 5:15:56 AM

needs a better psu
Build simply needs more combos


I HIGHLY sugest getting at least a 21.5" monitor. you will need a monitor with a native resolution of at least 1920x1080 to make full use of the 7870 or the purchase will feel really pointless.

if you send me a message on the day before/on purchase. I will utilize ongoing sales(since sales change every few days) to maximize your build.
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August 26, 2012 5:16:34 AM

If I were you, I'd wait a few more weeks for piledriver. Also, get the CM Haf 912. Awesome budget case. I don't like the way it looks but that's subjective. Gpu prices are dropping this week, so the 7870 will be cheaper by then.
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August 26, 2012 5:17:27 AM

You should take out your RAM and Mobo and swap it out for this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This Mobo is better geared for overclocking and it's on a combo deal at the moment and comes with 8GB of RAM free :) 

With the money saved on the RAM, I would recommend getting this -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Free shipping and it's $125.99 with 10% discount at the moment. LED Backlit, and it's 1080p. Some other people may recommend some other monitors, however, as I'm sure there are better options for a better price.
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August 26, 2012 5:18:31 AM

dudewitbow said:
needs a better psu
Build simply needs more combos


I HIGHLY sugest getting at least a 21.5" monitor. you will need a monitor with a native resolution of at least 1920x1080 to make full use of the 7870 or the purchase will feel really pointless.


+1 I misread the PSU as a Corsair...lol...
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August 26, 2012 6:08:26 AM

dudewitbow said:
needs a better psu
Build simply needs more combos


I HIGHLY sugest getting at least a 21.5" monitor. you will need a monitor with a native resolution of at least 1920x1080 to make full use of the 7870 or the purchase will feel really pointless.

if you send me a message on the day before/on purchase. I will utilize ongoing sales(since sales change every few days) to maximize your build.


The PSU I have seems to have around the same watts. Is there a big difference between the one you suggested and the one I have?
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August 26, 2012 6:10:22 AM

blueyfooey said:
The PSU I have seems to have around the same watts. Is there a big difference between the one you suggested and the one I have?



extremely large gap on quality and rates of the psu actually exploding. wattage isnt everything on a psu.
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August 26, 2012 6:14:10 AM

The PSU you have listed is extremely low quality. You could risk of your PSU shorting out on you taking out other components such as your CPU, motherboard, HDD, etc. Low quality PSU's are renowned to do such things...so I would definitely reconsider it.
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August 26, 2012 6:41:03 AM

I see. So, change PSU (definitely), mobo, RAM and monitor. Thanks for the heads up, dudewitbow. Also, thanks for the links, Mocchan. I'm pretty sure the mobo you suggested is better than the one I have (I think). Anything else I should know? Or any other parts I need to buy, and am currently missing from the list?
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August 26, 2012 6:49:15 AM

Yes, the motherboard I linked is better than the one you had :) 

The Gigabyte board has a beefier power delivery system and actually has a heatsink over the mosfets (crucial for OCing). You'll get much better results with it..plus, free RAM with it? Why not? :lol: 
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August 26, 2012 6:58:08 AM

note: the ram special will only last up until the 29th, or until the rams actually are out of stock. (Tbh, if op had the money right now, he would save an additional 20$ off cpu, 15% off case, 15% of cd/dvd burner if the money was at the moment build)
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August 26, 2012 7:02:50 AM

dudewitbow said:
note: the ram special will only last up until the 29th, or until the rams actually are out of stock. (Tbh, if op had the money right now, he would save an additional 20$ off cpu, 15% off case, 15% of cd/dvd burner if the money was at the moment build)



Well, that's frustrating. I'm currently in China, with no way of purchasing it. I guess I can just drive to the local microcenter to see if they have any deals when I get back.

obsama1 said:
Gpu prices are dropping this week, so the 7870 will be cheaper by then.


GPU's are getting cheaper this week?
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August 26, 2012 7:05:22 AM

obsama1 said:
If I were you, I'd wait a few more weeks for piledriver. Also, get the CM Haf 912. Awesome budget case. I don't like the way it looks but that's subjective. Gpu prices are dropping this week, so the 7870 will be cheaper by then.

do you know when exactly the prices will drop?

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August 26, 2012 6:23:50 PM

Some of the vendors like HIS and XFX have lowered some of their prices, but the OFFICIAL price drop is happening sometimes this week. The 7870 will drop to $250, and with rebates, you'll get it for a great price. Expect all the cards to be discounted in the next few days. The date isn't set in stone.
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August 26, 2012 11:09:52 PM

^ I can't wait to see the deals on these cards with rebates...I'm more and more tempted to get the HD7950 over the 670 now :sweat: 
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August 26, 2012 11:41:28 PM

Oh yes definitely! Low power consumption, low price, high performance. What more could you ask for? :lol: 
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August 26, 2012 11:42:20 PM

With the price of the 7850, they are awesome cards for Crossfiring together.
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August 26, 2012 11:47:19 PM

obsama1 said:
The ability to run Crysis 3.

/joke

:ouch:  :pt1cable:  :lol: 
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August 26, 2012 11:48:58 PM

The ability to run Crysis 3.

/joke
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August 30, 2012 8:03:02 PM

Best answer selected by blueyfooey.
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