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Need Advice on $1000 build for Light Gaming / Bit Coin Mining

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September 10, 2012 10:04:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: $1000 after before MIR After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light Gaming (want upgradability in the future), Bitcoin Mining

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix.ca

Location: Toronto Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440

Here's what I have so far.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $969.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-10 18:01 EDT-0400)
September 10, 2012 10:25:15 PM

Pointless to pair a 2500K with a Z77 as you lose HD 4000 and a couple of other extra features. Also I personally wouldn't purchase an SSD on that kind of budget - drop that and upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7950, and there's far better cases you could get than the Zalman Z11.
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September 10, 2012 10:31:01 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Pointless to pair a 2500K with a Z77 as you lose HD 4000 and a couple of other extra features. Also I personally wouldn't purchase an SSD on that kind of budget - drop that and upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7950, and there's far better cases you could get than the Zalman Z11.


so i'll switch the 2500k with 3570k. what case would you suggest for about the same price
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September 10, 2012 10:43:28 PM



So here's my finalized build. Couldn't cut enough for a 7950, so got a 7850 Ghz edition instead. also choose the windowed 300R because i prefer windowed cases. What do you think?

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 ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($277.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1022.61
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-10 18:41 EDT-0400)
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September 10, 2012 10:49:59 PM

iceandele said:
So here's my finalized build. Couldn't cut enough for a 7950, so got a 7850 Ghz edition instead. also choose the windowed 300R because i prefer windowed cases. What do you think?

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 ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($277.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1022.61
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-10 18:41 EDT-0400)


The Radeon 7950 is only $30 more than that 7870 you picked out but otherwise it looks good to me!
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September 10, 2012 10:50:48 PM

Depends on how important the bitcoin mining part is...
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September 10, 2012 11:56:05 PM

Best answer selected by iceandele.
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September 11, 2012 5:46:17 AM

Oh I forgot to mention make sure that Vengeance RAM is low profile before buying.
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