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September 7, 2012 11:00:49 PM

Hey all,

I'm trying to cut budget on my new pc that I want to build. Seems like the price is not able to go under $1400 no matter what I do because of the GTX 670. Anyway, games that I play are MMOs like WOW, GW2, occasionally Tera, and heavily GPU based games like BF3 and MW3.

PSU: Corsair HX850
Case: Corsair 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU + cooler:
i3570k + corsair h100
Mobo: Asus P8z77-V LGA1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: Evga FTW GTX 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: 8gb
SSD: Corsair 120gb
HDD: WD 1TB

What I wish to achieve here is the quality of gaming while not having to worry about frying my comp. It will just be couple hours of gaming each day. So do I really need the h100 or is there any other build/setup that can achieve my goals at a lower price?

Deeply Appreciate all the help

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September 7, 2012 11:06:45 PM

Get rid of the H100 (I wouldn't purchase one even on a high end rig) and that 850W PSU is overkill. You could also drop the SSD for now - the Corsair Force Series isn't a good choice. I've heard good things about their Neutron series which use the same controller as the OCZ Vertex 4 but have yet to see them benchmarked. Part of the problem is that you're using way too many Corsair products - a lot of the stuff they make is good (cases, PSUs, RAM) but then some stuff they make isn't.

You could also get a lesser motherboard and drop the price for $40.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1289.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 19:06 EDT-0400)
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September 7, 2012 11:13:35 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Get rid of the H100 (I wouldn't purchase one even on a high end rig) and that 850W PSU is overkill. You could also drop the SSD for now - the Corsair Force Series isn't a good choice. I've heard good things about their Neutron series which use the same controller as the OCZ Vertex 4 but have yet to see them benchmarked. Part of the problem is that you're using way too many Corsair products - a lot of the stuff they make is good (cases, PSUs, RAM) but then some stuff they make isn't.

You could also get a lesser motherboard and drop the price for $40.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1289.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 19:06 EDT-0400)


Hey thanks for the quick response, the PSU is for future SLI, the price difference between the 750w and 850w is negligible
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September 7, 2012 11:15:07 PM

As g-unit1111 said, if you're looking to save money, drop the H100 and grab a Hyper 212. I also agree that the 850W PSU is a waste, grab a good 750W. His PSU suggestion is good, although I would go a small step up and grab the AX750 as suppose to the TX750, so it can be fully-modular.

Good choice on the graphics card, I have the EVGA 670 FTW as well and I love it. It's just awesome. Make sure you don't make the mistake of selecting the normal 670 or the 670 "LE" when finally buying though, they are not the same thing.
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September 7, 2012 11:16:04 PM

nsouter853 said:
As g-unit1111 said, if you're looking to save money, drop the H100 and grab a Hyper 212. I also agree that the 850W PSU is a waste, grab a good 750W. His PSU suggestion is good, although I would go a small step up and grab the AX750 as suppose to the TX750, so it can be fully-modular.

Good choice on the graphics card, I have the EVGA 670 FTW as well and I love it. It's just awesome. Make sure you don't make the mistake of selecting the normal 670 or the 670 "LE" when finally buying though, they are not the same thing.



Yea, I'd look carefully before getting the 670, making sure its FTW. As for the PSU, yeah, would love a fully modular one. Thanks again, both of you guys!
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September 8, 2012 7:27:14 PM

Best answer selected by broodfusion.
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September 8, 2012 7:30:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Get rid of the H100 (I wouldn't purchase one even on a high end rig) and that 850W PSU is overkill. You could also drop the SSD for now - the Corsair Force Series isn't a good choice. I've heard good things about their Neutron series which use the same controller as the OCZ Vertex 4 but have yet to see them benchmarked. Part of the problem is that you're using way too many Corsair products - a lot of the stuff they make is good (cases, PSUs, RAM) but then some stuff they make isn't.

You could also get a lesser motherboard and drop the price for $40.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1289.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 19:06 EDT-0400)



Hey thanks for the suggestion, I probably would make a few adjustment, but this will definitely be my template.
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