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August 31, 2012 8:19:32 PM

So I made a new build before I start buying parts in November, where the deals will happen. I don't know, I feel like there will be very good deals in December but I'm too impatient to wait that long. Will you wait for the December deals instead?

My build: Approximate price right now:

CPU: Intel core I5 3570k $229

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Pro $200

Video Card: 660ti vs 7950

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $47

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $70

SDD: Crucial M4 128GB $109

PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 $134

Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 $120

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST $16

Monitor: Asus VH242H Black 23.6 inches $170

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 $47

Mouse: Logitech GX9 $60

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home $99

So this is my build right now. I feel that it is a solid build. I usually go for products with a high rating or a lot of reviews since it will be my FIRST ever gaming comp. Just hope that I won't get any defects. For the video card, I am deciding whether to get the 7950 or the 660ti.
Thanks, hope you guys comment on my build.
August 31, 2012 8:23:44 PM

Great build. It just depends on what budget you have.
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August 31, 2012 8:25:46 PM

I've got a lot of those parts on my build, including the mouse and keyboard combination. :) 

All looks good. I've heard many times that you're better off going with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 over more expensive Z77 mother boards. You could always take that money and upgrade your GPU.
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August 31, 2012 9:54:55 PM

I'd go with the 7950 over the 660TI, and make sure that Vengeance RAM is low profile, otherwise everything else looks good!
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August 31, 2012 10:17:01 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd go with the 7950 over the 660TI, and make sure that Vengeance RAM is low profile, otherwise everything else looks good!

Yeah, i've been thinking about 7950 over 660ti. I started with the 7850 and other 200$-250$ budget range cards, and went my way up to the 7950 as my budget increased. And I can also expect the 7950 to get cheaper too from the sale. In your opinion, what would be your choice of manufacturer for that card? So far on Newegg, I can find Sapphire and MSI. I feel like Sapphire is more popular.

And I've been told about keeping my ram low profile on my other posts. Lol what the heck do you mean? Is it space issue? Or is it some compatibility issue?

But thanks so much for you response, hearing that you like my build makes me more confident about it! :D 
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August 31, 2012 10:24:35 PM

mune87 said:
I've got a lot of those parts on my build, including the mouse and keyboard combination. :) 

All looks good. I've heard many times that you're better off going with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 over more expensive Z77 mother boards. You could always take that money and upgrade your GPU.

Yeah, you know me lol. I only go for the high ratings and reviews. I feel so excited to get that mouse/keyboard combination, even though the main highlight would the gaming comp itself.

But the thing about mobo's, a lot of people get defects and stuff like that. I seen reviews about the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4, a lot of good ones, but a lot of bad ones being that it didn't last and it is not good quality. I actually was going with that mobo but then I switched to Asus p8z77-v pro, because it is better quality and you know a little better. It still has some bad reviews so that is why I am hoping I don't get a bad one. Basically, I am going with the Asus mobo with a higher chance of not getting a bad one. It will be my first project and thinking of getting a DOA mobo...will be hell...lol.

But on the other hand, if I did get a AsRock extreme 4, I could get a 670. But I feel like the 7950 and OC'ing that could get me close to the 670.
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August 31, 2012 10:26:09 PM

BoricuaGabe said:
Great build. It just depends on what budget you have.

Thanks man! Yeah, I hope I can get my hands on those deals and specials during November. It'd be nice to save 100$ or 200$. My main goal: to buy my build as cheapest as possible.
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August 31, 2012 10:30:36 PM

whosBlu said:
Uhh i wouold go with the MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk Edition! Build WAY Better and better design. its a few dollars more than the Sapphire one you posted

MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk Edition: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7870hawk

Lol, just as I finally decided to go with the 7950, you pop up and recommend the 7870...Yeah I had my eyes on that for a while. If I do get that, I'd get the Gigabyte or the Double D XFX, since a lot of people like that on Newegg. Also, that is somewhat a lot cheaper than the 7950. But the thing is, the 7950 is better than that, but I don't how much though. And if the 7950 gets, maybe 50$ cheaper from the deals and specials in November, I might go with that. But thanks though, you made me decide on keeping my eyes on the 7970 again lol.
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August 31, 2012 10:48:30 PM

jonathanyu96 said:
Lol, just as I finally decided to go with the 7950, you pop up and recommend the 7870...Yeah I had my eyes on that for a while. If I do get that, I'd get the Gigabyte or the Double D XFX, since a lot of people like that on Newegg. Also, that is somewhat a lot cheaper than the 7950. But the thing is, the 7950 is better than that, but I don't how much though. And if the 7950 gets, maybe 50$ cheaper from the deals and specials in November, I might go with that. But thanks though, you made me decide on keeping my eyes on the 7970 again lol.


I have a 7870 - it's a great card. 7950 is better though.
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August 31, 2012 10:56:58 PM

very nice but overkill PSU, if i were you i would get the radeon 7850, i have a XFX 550w and it's enough for what you got their as i have almost the same build. Also when it gets to november that build will be slightly outdated and haswell will be around the corner...
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August 31, 2012 10:59:35 PM

Yeah, i see what your saying, but its about a $80 difference between the 7870 and the 7950. With that being said you can easily OC your 7870 to get the same performance as the 7950. If you not into OCing and that type of stuff, stick with the 7950, but you would be losing minimal performance going with the 7870 and its only $80 cheaper.
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September 1, 2012 6:15:03 AM

whosBlu said:
Yeah, i see what your saying, but its about a $80 difference between the 7870 and the 7950. With that being said you can easily OC your 7870 to get the same performance as the 7950. If you not into OCing and that type of stuff, stick with the 7950, but you would be losing minimal performance going with the 7870 and its only $80 cheaper.

But the thing is, my budget is not low enough to be better off with the 7970. I could afford the 7950. And if I OC the 7950, wouldn't it be way better? It would be close to being powerful as the 670 or those 400$ budget cards, I think. But anyways, I'm not the guy who go crazy on OC'ing. Just like the CPU, I will be OC'ing the GPU a little. So for me, I'd go with a powerful card, and stay powerful or OC to make it even more powerful. I don't want to get a card and OC it just to be as powerful as a card that I could've afforded. But I don't know, if my budget changes by then, the 7870 would definetly be my second option.
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September 1, 2012 6:15:53 AM

spat55 said:
very nice but overkill PSU, if i were you i would get the radeon 7850, i have a XFX 550w and it's enough for what you got their as i have almost the same build. Also when it gets to november that build will be slightly outdated and haswell will be around the corner...

Lol a 750w is not an overkill. I am only getting that particular PSU because of the reviews and high ratings. Lol a 1000w or above is an overkill.
And I don't know man, other people are saying I have a solid build. Would it be solid if it will be outdated by two months? And I don't really think there will be new GPU's or CPU's coming around November or December. And if there were, it wouldn't be on sale. It would be full price. And if other new components came out, I wouldn't bother checking them because there wouldn't be a whole lot of reviews on them.
But thanks on your opinion though.
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September 1, 2012 6:19:27 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I have a 7870 - it's a great card. 7950 is better though.

Did you ever OC your 7870? And if you did, how much do you OC to make it as good as the 7950?
Thanks for you opinion.
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September 1, 2012 10:08:30 AM

jonathanyu96 said:
Did you ever OC your 7870? And if you did, how much do you OC to make it as good as the 7950?
Thanks for you opinion.


I have not OC'd my 7870. I pretty much run it at stock speeds for now.
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September 8, 2012 5:17:22 AM

Best answer selected by Jonathanyu96.
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