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September 2, 2012 6:49:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: September 15th, 2012

Budget Range: $900 (+/- $20-30) Before rebates and after shipping. I'm on a limited budget. MIRs are problematic

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and mild video editing for youtube gameplay/commentary

Are you buying a monitor: No. I'm going to save money and use my 42 inch HDTV instead.



Parts to Upgrade: Everything; starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, PCPartPicker, NCIX, or any other trustworthy vendor.

Location: Atlantic, North Carolina, United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, no GPU preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 42 inch 1080p HDTV

Additional Comments: Just looking for a good enough gaming PC (with bigger balls than average) within my budget. More case recommendations would be appreciated.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Using an old HP dv7 laptop. Getting very low FPS in my games of choice. That and I'm tired of console graphics. Ever since I've started learning about gaming PCs, I've noticed just how bad console visuals are.

I have a build already pieced together. Just looking for more input before I pull the trigger around September 15th (maybe sooner).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $913.26
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 14:42 EDT-0400)

Also, the version of the HD 7950 listed on PCPartPicker IS NOT the version I'll be going with. I plan on getting the Vapor X version instead.

Once again, I'm trying to get the best bang for my buck without going too far over $900. If I can get it for less, that would be even better. I do not want a SSD just yet. I feel the HDD will be good/fast enough. I want to dump as much cash as I can in the CPU and GPU. I also want a case with high airflow, good cable management, and is aesthetically pleasing.

I also do not care about Ivy bridge and its PCIe 3.0. I don't plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, therefore I find ivy bridge features unnecessary. I also want to save as much money as possible without sacrificing performance. I feel the i5 2500k paired with a Z68 board is good enough. If you guys have better options for less, by all means, share them.
September 2, 2012 8:11:50 PM

You can have enough OC headroom for both CPU and GPU even with a 520W Antec Neo ECO. That will put you below your budget.
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September 2, 2012 8:30:21 PM

Ares perhaps drop down the PSU slightly. You may be overclocking but I don't think you'll be needing to spend so much on a 620w. Granted Seasonic but there are plenty of great options out there:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As stated, save more with the Neo Eco 520 as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I mean the 7950 and i5 2500K would be the most power consuming things when you overclock but even then that's maybe 230w (stock is 180) and the chip will get up to about 125w-150w so that'll only total up to 355w. Giving you plenty of headroom on a 520w PSU, the system barely accounts for any power consumption. Mainly all GPU CPU.
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September 2, 2012 9:08:23 PM

Compared to the Neo Eco? Not quite worth it. The Neo Eco 520w was also based off the Seasonic design if that sways you in any way? The Neo Eco is also much cheaper.
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September 2, 2012 9:14:43 PM

Gimme a sec... Lemme try something
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September 2, 2012 9:22:53 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.85 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $868.13
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 17:24 EDT-0400)

I dropped you down to 868$
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September 2, 2012 9:28:26 PM

Very nice.

Can you explain to me the difference between the Z75 and Z77 chipset?

I'm also probably going to stick with Hyper 212 Evo. I like the bottom contact on the Evo better...as well as the fan.
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September 2, 2012 9:40:46 PM

DeusAres said:
Very nice.

Can you explain to me the difference between the Z75 and Z77 chipset?

I'm also probably going to stick with Hyper 212 Evo. I like the bottom contact on the Evo better...as well as the fan.


There are little to no significant differences. The reason I chose the Z75 Pro 3 is becuase it is cheaper than I think ALL z68 boards and it will run you exactly what you need. No catch.
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September 2, 2012 9:53:59 PM

Best answer selected by DeusAres.
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September 2, 2012 9:54:43 PM

Awesome, I appreciate everyone's input. You guys have been a great help. Been trying to figure out how I could drop this build down below $900 for quite a while.

Gonna go with that Z75 board and the Neo Eco 520. Hopefully, there will be some good deals before I make my final purchase.

Once again, thanks for all the info. :) 
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September 2, 2012 9:56:06 PM

DeusAres said:
Awesome, I appreciate everyone's input. You guys have been a great help. Been trying to figure out how I could drop this build down below $900 for quite a while.

Gonna go with that Z75 board and the Neo Eco 520. Hopefully, there will be some good deals before I make my final purchase.

Once again, thanks for all the info. :) 


Why not get my Corsair? :??: 
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September 2, 2012 9:59:56 PM

bctande1 said:
Why not get my Corsair? :??: 


I'm not very fond of Corsair's CX line of PSUs. I might look into it, though. Are they any good? I heard bad things about 'em.
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September 2, 2012 10:01:11 PM

DeusAres said:
I'm not very fond of Corsair's CX line of PSUs. I might look into it, though. Are they any good? I heard bad things about 'em.


Corsair is basically toe 2 toe with Seasonic for best PSU manufacturer, I'd say. There are definitely others but Corsair and Seasonic top the charts.

I'm expecting someone to object, however lol.
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