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August 29, 2012 9:40:38 PM

Can someone rate this build for me. I think taking advantage over neweggs combo deals is a good idea. I think I put together a decent build. Any recommendations and hows my bang for my buck ratio? the bottem most prices are the final prices after discounts. unfortunately newegg charges cali tax. :(  (also sorry i couldn't use the format, kinda in a hurry.)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$69.99

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

-$30.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo
$159.98
$99.98



HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

-$10.00 Combo
$309.98
$234.98
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AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon

-$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00



MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

-$85.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$314.98
$209.98



Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 ...

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included LGA 2011 i7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull ...

-$13.00 Combo
$244.98
$231.98

Subtotal: $846.91
Tax: $59.77

Shipping: $0.00


Remove MSI829 Discount From Promo Code -$15.00
Remove EMCNBHG23 Discount From Promo Code -$7.50

Grand Total: $884.1

Edit i just replaced i5 and heatsink and got a dvd burner and i3 2120.
knocked the price to 780 shipped. worth it or old set up better. Trying to be cost effective without hindering performance too much.

More about : decent build 880

August 29, 2012 10:01:05 PM

Pretty good. Couple of observations. You are using aftermarket cooler, but not unlocked CPU. Is that intentional? Prefer Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 for SSD, but that's personal choice.
August 29, 2012 11:15:48 PM

malbluff said:
Pretty good. Couple of observations. You are using aftermarket cooler, but not unlocked CPU. Is that intentional? Prefer Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 for SSD, but that's personal choice.

well do i not need one? is it unnecessary? the ssd is on a sale and makes the mobo cheaper. any more suggestions?
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August 29, 2012 11:22:30 PM

Personally I think you could do better. At this price point I wouldn't try getting the SSD also you have an i5 3570 non unlocked... Why spend so much on a motherboard? Besides, overclocking on Z77, almost all the boards overclock the same.

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
An overclockable CPU, a better GPU, you sacrifice the SSD but personally, the SSD shouldn't be considered into the budget until you get up to about $1000.
August 29, 2012 11:39:35 PM

If you don't want to overclock (if you do, you need the "K" version of CPU), then there is no need to get an aftermarket cooler. The chip comes with a cooler which is fine. If you are not overclocking, you can use a H77 motherboard (rather than Z77). That gives you all the features/performance of a Z77, but cheaper.
August 30, 2012 12:07:34 AM

Anyone got some suggestions on the i3 edit also dumping ssd and getting cheaper mobo
August 30, 2012 12:14:12 AM

try a machine with an SSD and if possible, the same one without it. You will make sacrifices to get the SSD because of the difference in the perception of performance. Once you've booted to windows in 12-18 seconds, you will never want to wait a minute or two that you'd need to with a mechanical HDD. Once you've loaded Word in 2 seconds, an HDD is going to feel glacial. Even the windows update install reboot install reboot dance time will be so much faster in real time that you'll feel it. 128GB SSDs are $100. get a HDD for media storage if necessary, or add one later. That's not really going to affect the performance of the core machine. At $880, it would be folly not to go with SSD unless you had a *really* good reason. In fact, I recommend 60-90GB SSDs in $600 machines.
August 30, 2012 12:55:30 AM

easyfame said:
Anyone got some suggestions on the i3 edit also dumping ssd and getting cheaper mobo

i5 vs i3 - i5 is better. Is it sufficiently better to justify extra cost? Probably. Bottom line- if you can afford it get i5, if you can't i3 is not a disaster.
SSD - Definitely worth the money, but again it's a question of if you can afford it. Speed is nice, but it's not essential.
Mobo - If you've got a CPU that won't overclock, it's hardly worth paying more for a mobo, who's only EXTRA feature is overclocking scope.
August 30, 2012 3:50:47 AM

i got just what you need in my signature :D 
August 30, 2012 4:18:33 AM

easyfame said:
K guys I constructed my potential computer. Please tell me what you think.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g2y0
any minor changes i should make?


Considering you still have the budget leftover, I would try getting the i5 3450 to just have the i5. For the sake of future proofing and just to get a slight bit more of performance.
August 30, 2012 5:21:26 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g35i

Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g35i/by_merchant/

Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g35i/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.24 @ SuperBiiz)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $885.21
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-30 01:20 EDT-0400)

I request any thoughts/criticism
August 30, 2012 5:37:41 AM

aznshinobi said:
The 660 Ti is not quite such a great card. At least in my opinion for the price point here's why: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
On average the performance is less than the 7870 which is $50 less.

I would opt for the 7870 or the 7950.
http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili...

Everything else looks good! You're solid.


i think there is something wrong with tomshardware review...or techpowerup's revies, read this: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660... according to this review the GTX660ti is (on average) a bit faster than the 7950 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/645?vs=647
August 30, 2012 5:44:17 AM

Hmmm I'm not quite sure what's up? The 7870 seems to trade blows with the 660 Ti in the Techpowerup review as well. I'm referring to stock clocks of course. Not the Asus DCII version, though that's what the review is reviewing.

I would still go with the 7870 to save money personally. It trades blows and I've seen UNBELIEVABLY high overclocks coming from it with voltage tweaks.
August 30, 2012 5:47:41 AM

I'd get a better PSU than Rosewill (Corsair TX 650, Corsair CX600 etc). You also want a bigger HDD. Games now need around 10GB to 30GB.
August 30, 2012 5:49:08 AM

Smeg45 said:
I'd get a better PSU than Rosewill (Corsair TX 650, Corsair CX600 etc). You also want a bigger HDD. Games now need around 10GB to 30GB.


I used to think that rosewill PSUs sucked too, buddy... but their HIVE and CAPSTONE series trade blows with the Corsair AX series. of course...the rest of their PSUs suck and their LIGHTING series is mid-mid quality.
August 30, 2012 5:49:14 AM

aznshinobi said:
I would still go with the 7870 to save money personally. It trades blows and I've seen UNBELIEVABLY high overclocks coming from it with voltage tweaks.


thats what seems to be strange with AMD... for a GPU to be overclockable it needs to be built with really high quality components (more expensive) yet their cards are cheaper than Nvidia's cards and perform considerably better (specially the 7970 vs GTX670/680) and can reach MUCH higher clocks... now if only AMD was that good on making CPUs we would see constant CPU price drops and a a performance improvement from both sides (thanks to more competition)
August 30, 2012 5:54:17 AM

easyfame said:
K guys I constructed my potential computer. Please tell me what you think.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g2y0
any minor changes i should make?


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g3aU

The HIS iceQ Radeons are all mysteriously disappearing from Newegg. Also, IMHO, if you can't afford a 128GB SSD, I would wait until you can get one instead of that small 60GB. It will surprise you how quickly 60GB fills up if you aren't paying constant attention.

Also, to contradict the suggestion in the previous post, I would not waste money on a 660 Ti until the price drops to around $230-$240, where it should be. I doubt that is going to happen right away since it just came out.

Lastly, don't skimp on the PSU and no I'm not referring to wattage because the 750W unit I listed is technically overkill for your setup. However, at $88, a modular Rosewill CAPSTONE 750w is a steal for this rock solid PSU. If the 650 watt CAPSTONE had the same 20% off deal, then I would recommend it over the 750 (but it doesn't).
August 30, 2012 6:00:30 AM

idroid said:
I used to think that rosewill PSUs sucked too, buddy... but their HIVE and CAPSTONE series trade blows with the Corsair AX series. of course...the rest of their PSUs suck and their LIGHTING series is mid-mid quality.


To that end, nothing matches their new FORTRESS line for the money. ATNG units with a 7 year warranty, 80plus Plat, and solid reviews: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-FORTRES...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
August 30, 2012 6:02:55 AM

idroid said:
thats what seems to be strange with AMD... for a GPU to be overclockable it needs to be built with really high quality components (more expensive) yet their cards are cheaper than Nvidia's cards and perform considerably better (specially the 7970 vs GTX670/680) and can reach MUCH higher clocks... now if only AMD was that good on making CPUs we would see constant CPU price drops and a a performance improvement from both sides (thanks to more competition)


Well their quality is there, I mean it's just a matter of GPU design at the end of the day.

As for the Rosewill, it's fine the Green 530 is a solid PSU and I've seen many people use it on the forums with no issues.
August 30, 2012 6:59:57 AM

My build

As far as the 660ti goes, most benchmarks I've sen have it trading blows with the 7950 -- the 7870 comes close in games that use lots of textures, which proves to be the 660ti's achilles heel for now, and for the time to come. I guess it would be more reasonable to choose a 7950 for now, but it's much easier to find a 310$ 660ti than a 300$-310$ 7950. Additionally, the 660ti kicks ass in Battlefield.

PSU - I've seen some solid feedback on the PSU I picked. Sure, it's not a 600+, but it will definitely run the internals super-efficiently -- 80+ silver. The OP talked about Bang for Buck, so I tried to take that into consideration.

Memory - I can see why one would opt for Samsung's 30nm memory chips, but it isn't price-efficient, and, once again, I am thinking of bang-for-buck with this build.

HDD - I would go for the Spinpoint but it's only Sata 3Gb. I guess that doesn't really matter, so let the OP decide there.

I tried to go as low as I could WITHOUT sacrificing reliability, so I can get a solid over-clockable graphics card, and a PSU good enough to hand a complete system overclock.

What do you guys think?

August 30, 2012 7:07:21 AM

bctande1 said:
What do you guys think?


We think you suck.

hahahaha just kidding buddy :D 


August 30, 2012 7:13:38 AM

idroid said:
We think you suck.

hahahaha just kidding buddy :D 


Hahahahhahaha you shouldve seen the fire in my eyes when I read that first line ! :o 

What a good 3am waker upper lol
August 30, 2012 7:18:41 AM

bctande1 said:
Hahahahhahaha you shouldve seen the fire in my eyes when I read that first line ! :o 

What a good 3am waker upper lol



hahahaha glad to hear that :D 
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