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Thoughts on my 900-1000 1st gaming build

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September 9, 2012 5:53:46 PM

Monitor : 1920x1080

OC : Yes

OS : Windows 7 premium


CPU: i5-3570K

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77

Graphics card: ?????

HDD: Western Digital 1TB

RAM: corsair vengeance 8gb

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

Power supply: Corsair GS700 700W 80+

Dvd: 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare

Case: BitFenix Shinobi

SSD: Corsair force 120gb




Is anything bottle necking?

And im stuck to what graphics card to get...

660ti or 670 msi oc edition

Is it worth to fork out the extra money for the 670 oc edition? will it make it more future proof?
September 9, 2012 6:28:39 PM

The Sabertooth is overrated, expensive, and not worth the premiums. The Corsair GS series and Force SSD are not good choices. The 660TI is also not a good choice when the Radeon 7950 is a few dollars more and outperforms it. I wouldn't recommend a SSD or that case.

I think I'd scrap that whole build and go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($29.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1044.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 14:29 EDT-0400)
September 9, 2012 6:43:52 PM

You appear to be spending a lot more than you need... The 660 Ti simply lacks at its price point: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
The Asus boards lacks price/performance: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...

Check out my $1000 build:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
OS: http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...
Total: $1115

Gives you an overclockable i5 3570K with an equivalent in performance motherboard, a PSU that allows futureproofing SLI/CF, you get a 7950 that's priced better than the 660 Ti, a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD, and just overall everything you need.
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