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September 12, 2012 7:06:16 PM


**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k) | $215.99 @ NCIX US

**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...) | $134.99 @ Amazon

**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...) | $44.99 @ Newegg

**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $74.99 @ NCIX US

**Video Card** | [Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100352...) | $337.86 @ Newegg

**Case** | [Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-blackhawk) | $89.99 @ Newegg

**Power Supply** | [Rosewill 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-hive...) | $72.00 @ Newegg

**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns90) | $17.99 @ Amazon

**Monitor** | [Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/acer-monitor-etvs1hp001) | $152.99 @ Amazon

**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $90.86 @ Amazon
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping and discounts when available. | $1232.65
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 14:01 EDT-0400 |


ok sorry about the sloppyness im doing this from my cell phone. i have a few questions for you guys and would value your oppinion. would this be a great build or would it be worth it to pricewise and performance wise to swap mobo with z68 pro3 gen3(-$30). and swap gpu with gtx 660i (-$20). 5 fan blackhawk case with 3 fan challenger?(-$30).swap to i5 2500k (-$15) and swap to a cheaper lower watt pwr supply 620watt (-$15) . i am going to overclock it. and was thinking about future proofing with pce 3.0 z77 and ivy and crossfire sli OC so i needed the 750pwr supply. whats your oppinions? also the new saphire radeon 7950 3gb with boosted from 900 to 950mhz isnt this way better than the new gtx 660 ti?
September 12, 2012 7:12:18 PM

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ok sorry about the sloppyness im doing this from my cell phone. i have a few questions for you guys and would value your oppinion. would this be a great build or would it be worth it to pricewise and performance wise to swap mobo with z68 pro3 gen3(-$30). and swap gpu with gtx 660i (-$20). 5 fan blackhawk case with 3 fan challenger?(-$30).swap to i5 2500k (-$15) and swap to a cheaper lower watt pwr supply 620watt (-$15) . i am going to overclock it. and was thinking about future proofing with pce 3.0 z77 and ivy and crossfire sli OC so i needed the 750pwr supply. whats your oppinions? also the new saphire radeon 7950 3gb with boosted from 900 to 950mhz isnt this way better than the new gtx 660 ti?


No point in spending a lot of money on a new build and getting last year's hardware. Always try to get the latest. The 3570K has a minor improvement over the 2500K but a minor improvement is better than no improvement.

The GTX 660ti and Radeon 7950 are both good cards, take your pick.
September 12, 2012 7:20:09 PM

Since you're building for future resistance, scrap the Seagate hard drive and its short 2 year warranty for a WD Black model that still has a five year warranty (most WD Blacks do, but at least one doesn't, so check).
Also, considering today's rundown on the GTX660Ti, plus the crippled compute performance on Kepler which isn't yet but could become an issue, get a HD7950 or HD7870.
You won't need a 750W PSU unless you're planning on a pair of graphics cards. You'll only need 500W-550W for one card.
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