New build suggestions

Trying to help a friend build a new gaming desktop. I have a old Dell XPS full tower case I picked up scrapping that should work out for him. So any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

approximate Purchase Date: ASAP by the end of October.

Budget Range: $850-920 at the moment.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Media streaming.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, RAM, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect & Amazon. Anything really.
Country: United States of America

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Sure

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


CPU: Intel i5-3570k around $215 is the CPU that seems most likely!

MOBO: Want reliability + Performance. PCI 3.0 is a must!

RAM: He already picked up some 1866 8GB sticks I believe. So not needed.

GPU: Just bought a GTX 670, not needed anymore

PSU: What you think you can make work with this build. I was thinking around 700-750 would be the best future proof wattage. Not sure though.

Heatsink: Not a priority but something that works great would be a nice suggestion!

HDD: Already have one to give him though it's not the best. Cav blue 500gb. could I get a suggestion for one that is around 60-100 for gaming that works fine. Doesn't have to count towards the budget though.
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  1. First of all, get an SSD. Its speed is literally mind boggling. You can get a good 128GB SSD for $75 tops. Something like a HyperX or M4 is amazing.

    As for the graphics card, i recommebd you got for the Radeon HD 7950 3GB by Sapphire. Its availae for 299 on newegg.

    PSU: Get a nice Corsair PSU. Something like a A850. Even a 650/70)w is more than enough.

    Processor: 3570K is perfect.

    Motherboard: ASRock Extreme4 is an AMAZING budget motherboard and yes it supports PCIe 3.0.

    Cooling: Corsair H100 or the H80? (H100 if possible)
  2. arzbhatia said:
    First of all, get an SSD. Its speed is literally mind boggling. You can get a good 128GB SSD for $75 tops. Something like a HyperX or M4 is amazing.


    kiddo, you don't get to have an SSD at this price range, GPU and CPU are the top priorities and if you have to skip a SSD to have money for a bit better GPU you do it.
  3. here:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($360.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $938.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 17:07 EDT-0400)
  4. So far some great suggestions!

    Read quite a few negative reviews about that Gigabyte motherboard and poor BIOS issues.

    ASRock Extreme4 looks nice for the most part.

    Still looking for more input! Thanks people.
  5. Kashern said:
    So far some great suggestions!

    Read quite a few negative reviews about that Gigabyte motherboard and poor BIOS issues.

    ASRock Extreme4 looks nice for the most part.

    Still looking for more input! Thanks people.


    BS, gigabyte bios is as good as anyother bios and the Extreme 4 isnt a real ATX motherboard, its almost 3" thinner making it not safe for sli/cfx
  6. Well, thanks for the heads up on that GTX 670 deal. He went ahead and bought that last night.

    Anymore suggestions for motherboards $140 and below and a good powersupply price?

    Almost got this build wrapped up.
  7. idroid said:
    kiddo, you don't get to have an SSD at this price range, GPU and CPU are the top priorities and if you have to skip a SSD to have money for a bit better GPU you do it.


    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=365475&sku=C19-8025

    Really? Bro this is the second time you're acting this way. Learn to be calm and friendly.
  8. Kashern said:
    Well, thanks for the heads up on that GTX 670 deal. He went ahead and bought that last night.

    Anymore suggestions for motherboards $140 and below and a good powersupply price?

    Almost got this build wrapped up.


    Get the ASRock Extreme4. As for the PSU, get any PSU (Atleast 650w) by Corsair/Antec.
  9. arzbhatia said:
    Get the ASRock Extreme4. As for the PSU, get any PSU (Atleast 650w) by Corsair/Antec.


    Motherboard: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xd3h


    PSU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-supply-ppcmk3s600
  10. ^ Yeah that looks pretty good.
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