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September 11, 2012 11:04:50 AM

I'm looking to build a mid-level gaming pc without too much frill. I found a nice barebones kit from tiger direct :
GIGABYTE Ivy Bridge Unlocked Barebones Kit
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
EdpNo=2580461&CatId=4910

Breakdown:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h9dQ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h9dQ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h9dQ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($181.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Ultra 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.91 @ CompUSA)
Total: $925.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 07:18 EDT-0400)


I was thinking this for the GPU:
MSI Radeon HD 7950 OC 830MHZ 3GB 5.0GBPS GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67764

(best price on that I have found is $310)

I am not really planning on overclocking, but I want the option too for expandability purposes. So I am interested in what y'all think about that kit with that GPU. Any suggestions? Am I missing something? Is there something else I should consider? Would it be better to buy all the parts individually?

Any help would be appreciated. I prefer tiger direct or new egg. Total budget of around $1000 and I have a monitor/keyboard/mouse. I want it to run 1900x1200 really well.

*p.s.
A note on the GPU selection- I want to spend under $400 and I think that this is the most powerful card I can get for my money. I dont think it is worth almost $100 for a gtx 670.
September 11, 2012 9:45:58 PM

First thought, why that RAM. That's a ridiculous price for 8GB of what is basically 1600 MHz C9. What's wrong with Corair Vengeance, or something like GSkill Ares, if you want low profile, in case you decide to overclock. 2x4GB is better than other way round. Cheaper RAM would pay the difference to get you a 670, if you wanted it! On that subject, HD7950 is more or less equal in some games, to the 670, but lags behind, by quite a bit in some others, like BF3 and Portal 2.
Would seriously think about PSU. Cheaping out on PSU is false economy. A bad one can destroy half your new system. Seasonic, XFX, Rosewill (Hive or Capstone), Corsair HX, are good. Avoid others, unless you KNOW they're good. 650W, in itself is more than enough. 600W would be fine, if you can get a "prefered" one. With an nVidia GPU, you could go down to 550W, if that was a good "price point"
September 12, 2012 5:57:01 AM

malbluff said:
First thought, why that RAM. That's a ridiculous price for 8GB of what is basically 1600 MHz C9. What's wrong with Corair Vengeance, or something like GSkill Ares, if you want low profile, in case you decide to overclock. 2x4GB is better than other way round. Cheaper RAM would pay the difference to get you a 670, if you wanted it! On that subject, HD7950 is more or less equal in some games, to the 670, but lags behind, by quite a bit in some others, like BF3 and Portal 2.
Would seriously think about PSU. Cheaping out on PSU is false economy. A bad one can destroy half your new system. Seasonic, XFX, Rosewill (Hive or Capstone), Corsair HX, are good. Avoid others, unless you KNOW they're good. 650W, in itself is more than enough. 600W would be fine, if you can get a "prefered" one. With an nVidia GPU, you could go down to 550W, if that was a good "price point"



That must be a typo, the RAM i 2x4gb for sure. All that stuff comes packaged together in a "bare bones kit" from tigerdirect.com. If i can get better parts for less seperately than I would rather do that, but I dont have the experience to know really what to look for or where to look.
September 12, 2012 11:00:35 AM

Unfortunately, your tiger link leads to an "out of stock" page, and PC partpicker baskets don't give full specs, but "whatever that ram is", to justify that ridiculous price, you just don't need it. For instance you can get 2x4GB of Crucial Ballistic sport 1600 MHz Cas9 DDR3 ram, on Newegg, ideal for your needs, for $40.99. I'm sorry, I just don't see what justifies $182, for 8GB of DDR3 ram. Even if there was a missprint, and it was some high-spec specialist ram, you simply don't need it.
It's not necessarily the cheapest place FOR EVERYTHING, but you certainly can GET everything, identical, on Newegg. However, do please change that PSU. I really don't like the look of that one.
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