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September 21, 2012 10:32:03 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

This is what i'm looking at. I already have a 750W PSU and another 1TB drive Monitor & Keyboard. Does this look like a solid setup and all of the components work together? I'm open to ideas and criticism. I have a 850$ budget give or take.
September 21, 2012 10:43:52 PM

It's a system that will "work", although there are some miss-matches. For instance, you have a processor, that's unlocked, for overclocking, but a motherboard, that will not allow you to overclock it. Main thing is, what are you planning to use PC for? Knowing that, will give us some chance of giving constructive advice. Also, what is the thing with the 750w PSU. You've selected a decent 550w PSU, which sounds much better, unless you are planning to have 2 graphics cards. At the moment, you haven't any.
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September 21, 2012 10:47:06 PM

link is broken for me.
Are you buying a monitor? You're probably looking at the gtx 660 or amd 7870 combined with a3570k and an appropriate motherboard.
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September 21, 2012 10:49:02 PM

What is the model of your 750w PSU? If it's some sort of generic PSU, I would definitely recommend replacing it.

The link is broken for me as well.

*EDIT*

My 2 cents -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $848.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:52 EDT-0400)
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September 21, 2012 11:33:55 PM

Wolfz said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

This is what i'm looking at. I already have a 750W PSU and another 1TB drive Monitor & Keyboard. Does this look like a solid setup and all of the components work together? I'm open to ideas and criticism. I have a 850$ budget give or take.


Newegg.com

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $19.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99

ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2-2GD5 $299.99

NVIDIA Gift - Borderlands2 Free Game Coupon $0.00

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 $53.99

• ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

• Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Combo $407.98

McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 - 1 PC $0.00

Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $15.00


Subtotal: $841.94

If you plan to Overclock..you can get a good CPU Cooler later.
Dunno If you need a new copy of Windows.
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September 21, 2012 11:44:04 PM

It has been shown that vendors deviated with the memory bandwidth specification (msi, asus, et al) and the better vendors' cards are not as handicapped. However at the same time the 7950 has some great vendor specific boards and I wouldn't forget to mention how awesome a sapphire 7950 can be.
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September 21, 2012 11:46:07 PM

Even if the vendors tinkered with the bandwidth, I would still personally purchase the HD7950.

With the price difference being only $10-$30 and the OC potential of the HD7950...it's a very hard deal to refuse.
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September 22, 2012 2:21:56 AM

Sorry about not responding. Somehow this thread wasn't letting me know when i had a reply. My PSU is a TX750. I originally bought this PSU for my new graphics card the GTX 670OC wind-force, but it's too good for my computer so i'm going to have to send it back and just upgrade overall. Basically from scratch besides a PSU, monitor and 1tb western-digital hard-drive. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i9jG this is what i've picked out please let me know if this is good or not.
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September 22, 2012 2:45:37 AM

Not bad, I'm assuming you're an avid overclocker, which is the reason why for the 2500k ;)  A few suggestions -

1) Swap out the motherboard for an ASrock Extreme4 Z77, it will provide a MUCH better overclocking experience.

2) Swap out the CPU cooler for the Hyper 212+, it's very cheap and it will perform much better.

3) Swap out the case for an Antec Three Hundred Two, better build quality, better cable management, better airflow. The cable management in the Rosewill Challenger/Blackbone is pathetic.

That's about all I have to say :) 
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September 22, 2012 3:00:37 AM

mocchan said:
Not bad, I'm assuming you're an avid overclocker, which is the reason why for the 2500k ;)  A few suggestions -

1) Swap out the motherboard for an ASrock Extreme4 Z77, it will provide a MUCH better overclocking experience.

2) Swap out the CPU cooler for the Hyper 212+, it's very cheap and it will perform much better.

3) Swap out the case for an Antec Three Hundred Two, better build quality, better cable management, better airflow. The cable management in the Rosewill Challenger/Blackbone is pathetic.

That's about all I have to say :) 




I've actually changed it around again. And honestly i'm not sure i will overclock. if i need to i will but if i dont have to i wont. here's my new setup. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i9LS
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September 22, 2012 3:21:30 AM

To be honest, there's no real need to OC the i5's at the moment, they're fast as is, OCing only makes them faster :lol: 

In that case, here's my recommendation to you -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $719.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 23:21 EDT-0400)

Ditch caching all together and get yourself a dedicated SSD.

Use the remaining $$$ in the budget to select the mouse/keyboard you want.

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September 22, 2012 3:27:25 AM

mocchan said:
To be honest, there's no real need to OC the i5's at the moment, they're fast as is, OCing only makes them faster :lol: 

In that case, here's my recommendation to you -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $719.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 23:21 EDT-0400)

Ditch caching all together and get yourself a dedicated SSD.

Use the remaining $$$ in the budget to select the mouse/keyboard you want.



Wow thanks! that's an outstanding setup =D i'm going to tinker with it and get more opinions on it thanks a lot =D
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September 22, 2012 3:40:31 AM

mocchan said:
To be honest, there's no real need to OC the i5's at the moment, they're fast as is, OCing only makes them faster :lol: 

In that case, here's my recommendation to you -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $719.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 23:21 EDT-0400)

Ditch caching all together and get yourself a dedicated SSD.

Use the remaining $$$ in the budget to select the mouse/keyboard you want.




Would I need a CPU Cooler for that setup or would it just be a waste of money?
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September 22, 2012 3:43:15 AM

Waste of money since you can't overclock that particular chip, the stock cooler is more than enough! :) 
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September 22, 2012 3:48:52 AM

mocchan said:
Waste of money since you can't overclock that particular chip, the stock cooler is more than enough! :) 




http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i9XJ This is the final outcome of the customization. My next question is do you think this could run Guild Wars 2 at high or max settings at at-least a steady 30fps?
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September 22, 2012 5:42:18 AM

Now that configuration is something I would personally purchase!

Also, yes, you will be able to play GW2 maxed out at a steady 30FPS. On Tom's review right on this site, it is recommended you have AT LEAST an HD6870 for maxed settings @ 1080p for a steady 30 FPS, however, the HD7870 is MUCH more powerful so you should be exceeding 40-50FPS.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-perfor...

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September 22, 2012 1:49:18 PM

mocchan said:
Now that configuration is something I would personally purchase!

Also, yes, you will be able to play GW2 maxed out at a steady 30FPS. On Tom's review right on this site, it is recommended you have AT LEAST an HD6870 for maxed settings @ 1080p for a steady 30 FPS, however, the HD7870 is MUCH more powerful so you should be exceeding 40-50FPS.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-perfor...




Awesome, I think you've helped me find the CPU that i'm going to most-likely get. Thank you so much for the help!
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September 22, 2012 1:49:27 PM

Best answer selected by Wolfz.
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