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September 22, 2012 11:45:54 PM

I am looking to build a new PC around Black Friday, and I chose these parts.
I do not know if they are compatible and those such, so could you guys help a brother out?

Here's what I got.

CPU: i5 3570k

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155

Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HD

Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card

Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)


Also, would I have to get a sound card? Or is there already on board sound?

I already got the mouse, keyboard, and speakers down.

Please tell me if something is wrong with my build.

Here is the link to the place where I picked everything:

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

Thanks in advance.

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September 23, 2012 12:03:58 AM

So far good suggestions but you're way overpaying for the case and there's no point in purchasing a 560TI anymore. No point in purchasing a sound card either - the onboard audio will handle everything just fine.

Try this:

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 20:03 EDT-0400)
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September 23, 2012 2:16:01 AM

g-unit1111 said:
So far good suggestions but you're way overpaying for the case and there's no point in purchasing a 560TI anymore. No point in purchasing a sound card either - the onboard audio will handle everything just fine.

Try this:

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 20:03 EDT-0400)

nice case, would the ram and hard drive change anything, or are they just cheaper? also, i dont want an amd card, is there a card equivalent to the 7950?
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September 23, 2012 2:51:44 AM

Check out my $1000 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
You'll get an SSD and a 7950 as well as a future proofed system.

Although I understand your Nvidia bias. AMD cards are simply better at the moment. Only a fool would argue otherwised. Especially after pushing your graphics card, the AMD cards beat out all the Nvidia cards within its price range.

7950 OC vs 670 OC vs 660 Ti OC: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_66...
Keep in mind the 7950 is about $100 less than the 670.

660 Ti review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

Clock for clock the 7970 is better than the GTX 680 (both are the flagship cards of both AMD and Nvidia respectively): http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toxic-hd-7970-eyefi...
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September 23, 2012 3:28:48 AM

It's tough to recommend Nvidia card ( bang for buck wise) over AMD at the moment.

For example that 560ti is the ~same price as a radeon hd 7850. But the 7850 is not only 1 generation up it also a whole tier up on the performance chart.

I You really must have nvidia then the 660 ti is the ~same price as the 7950
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September 23, 2012 6:15:41 AM

johndinh575 said:
nice case, would the ram and hard drive change anything, or are they just cheaper? also, i dont want an amd card, is there a card equivalent to the 7950?



I include the 7950 because it's currently the best bang for buck GPU on the market - the 660TI comes close but the 7950 is far superior for the same price.
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September 23, 2012 6:56:56 AM

Add a hard drive to this build.


http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-In... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
Core Clock: 1033MHz
Boost Clock: 1098MHz


http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.35 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $892.33 *not including shipping & rebates

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/ <----- another look at that board


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Hanns-G HL229DPB Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 Active Contrast 30,000,000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
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September 23, 2012 4:33:16 PM

Alright, thanks for all the help guys, would I have to get a better CPU if i get that 7950 card? Like an i7?
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September 23, 2012 8:10:34 PM

No, the i7 is overrated, it is not even close to needed in gaming. The i5 benches similarly there, maybe in multi-threading you need it but even then you'll have to do some heavy rendering or mult-threading to notice the difference.
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September 23, 2012 10:19:34 PM

johndinh575 said:
Alright, thanks for all the help guys, would I have to get a better CPU if i get that 7950 card? Like an i7?


No - games are far more reliant on the GPU than the CPU these days. Spend more on the GPU and less on the CPU.
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September 25, 2012 1:46:46 AM

I'm debating myself whether to get the GTX 670 or the HD 7950. I'll be gaming on one screen, so the 3 gb on the 7950 won't be a big factor. I looked at some reviews on the 7950, it doesn't come as far as the 670. What do you guys think of this?
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September 27, 2012 12:05:34 AM

Why_Me said:
Add a hard drive to this build.


http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-In... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
Core Clock: 1033MHz
Boost Clock: 1098MHz


http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.35 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $892.33 *not including shipping & rebates

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/ <----- another look at that board


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Hanns-G HL229DPB Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 Active Contrast 30,000,000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers


i'm thinking about changing the card to a 670, thanks for the outline though.
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September 27, 2012 5:20:08 AM

Again:

But nonetheless, you cannot debate this benchmarks. Both drivers are the stable 670 and 7950 versions: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/05/14/geforce_680_6...

Here again the 7950 holds its own OC'd against the GTX 670 OC'd and beats it in most others:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_66...

The GTX 670 fails to compare to the 7950 of a lower cost. The 7970 even beats it out at the same price point with no competition, specially not from the GTX 680 clock for clock that is.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toxic-hd-7970-eyefi...
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