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September 29, 2012 9:59:42 PM

Ok, so I'm buying a new PC that will work out "Bang-for-buck".

Price is not an issue as this will be a long-term item for myself.

This is what I have come up with so far. Any suggestions would be much appreciated, please explain your suggestion.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill PI 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($158.52 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($180.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1611.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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September 29, 2012 10:01:52 PM

The Segates have lots of failures. Get WD. Get the 670. Much better value-wise and it performs just as well as the 680. 850w is overkill. Get 650w.
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September 29, 2012 10:05:23 PM

obsama1 said:
The Segates have lots of failures. Get WD. Get the 670. Much better value-wise and it performs just as well as the 680. 850w is overkill. Get 650w.


The reason I thought I'd go with an 850W PSU is because of the possibility of SLI/CrossFire in the future. Or is that perhaps not a "bang-for-buck" option?
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September 29, 2012 10:06:23 PM

Not really. At 1080p, a 670 is all you need to max out games at 1080p. By the time you need 2x 670's, the 670 will be hard-to-find.
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September 29, 2012 10:13:38 PM

obsama1 said:
The 670 is $375 w/ rebate at Newegg. You get free Borderlands 2, and a free $30 Newegg giftcard, which makes the 670 $345.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



You have a point. Should I perhaps look at other cards? Like the 7950 or 7970? Maybe wait until a new series comes out? Any information would be of great help.
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September 29, 2012 10:21:00 PM

The next series will be out Jan. That is an interminably long time. I say just get the 670 for $345.
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September 29, 2012 10:29:42 PM

Eskimo8 said:
Ok, so I'm buying a new PC that will work out "Bang-for-buck".

Price is not an issue as this will be a long-term item for myself.

This is what I have come up with so far. Any suggestions would be much appreciated, please explain your suggestion.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill PI 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($158.52 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($180.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1611.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Here is what I think:
* CPU - Perfect selection! OC's well and easily and priced well.
* Mobo - Good option that comes with about everything you need at a reasonable price.
* RAM - Go with 2 x 4 gb's off DDR3 not 4 x 2 gb's of DDR3. This way you can more RAM sticks later and not have to pull out 2 RAM sticks (since you only have 4 x DIMM slots on the mobo).
* I don't like Seagate HD's, but it's up to you. I would get WD versions (Black version is the fastest, but Blue versions are pretty good too. The Green version is for low power setups, IMHO).
* With the savings in this build, I'd recommend a 256 gb SSD over the 128 gb size. Most SSD's run optimally at 50-80% of capacity and I like to have some room for a few games and all of my music and also room for movies and such (but that is just me).
* If your sticking with nVidia GPU's, I'd go with the GTX 670, since it's better priced and performs quite well too. I don't like SLI/Xfire setups for best bang for the buck.
* Your case is good, but I'd recommend saving some $ and go with the CM HAF 922 for ~$100 and comes with just everything you need for less :) 
* For the PSU, just go with a quality 450-600w PSU for a single GPU solution. I'd recommend:

$57 shipped, comes w/1 x 6 pin & 1 x 6 + 2 (8 pin) PCI-3 power connections
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

if you much have more power (if your going to add another GPU):

$100 shipped, comes w/4 x 6 + 2 pin (8 pin) PCI-e power connections
Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
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September 29, 2012 10:49:23 PM

The main reason I chose that PSU is because I saw this:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

That's the main reason I chose that PSU. The RAM I'll change, that's a silly mistake :p 

I'll switch to ATI, but so far nobody recommended it. I can go with the HAF 922, it was my 2nd choice anyway :) 
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September 29, 2012 11:01:11 PM

The 670 is pretty cheap, and the cheapest 7970 is $380. So for this build, I'd get Nvidia.
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September 29, 2012 11:08:47 PM

So I take it the 670 outmatches the 7970.

This is probably a silly question, but is there a reason why nobody recommends DDR3-1866 RAM or higher?
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September 30, 2012 12:01:08 AM

The 670 and 7970 are pretty equal, but the 670 is cheaper.

1866 makes no real-world difference. The difference between 1866 and 1600 is in milliseconds. 1600 is a much better value.
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September 30, 2012 12:41:42 AM

1600 mHz RAM isn't that much different than the 1866 mHz RAM, so get the cheaper ones, as long as they are cas 9 and run on stock voltage of 1.5v.

The GTX 670 or the AMD 7970 are the best buy in the price range that your at, so you can decide which one works for you. Both are good and within each others price range.

The GTX 670 is as cheap as $380 (before rebates) and the AMD 7970 is as cheap as $390 (before rebates).
GTX 670's at Newegg
AMD 7970's at Newegg
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September 30, 2012 1:05:59 AM

I read up about those 2 GPU's and there are some differences such as:

1) Some games perform better on the GTX 670 and some better on the 7970
2) The nVidia makes less noise and uses less power.
3) ATI overclocks better and runs better at higher resolutions and, if present, multiple monitors.

It must be said that the mainstream games run better on the GTX 670.

My conclusion: GTX 670 is a gamers GPU, 7970 is a tech enthusiast GPU.
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September 30, 2012 1:13:22 AM

Get whatever GPU you like. I was just giving you some facts, so you could make an informed decision. Either will work well, so don't worry if you buy either.
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September 30, 2012 1:21:17 AM

Damn, I didn't think it would be this hard...I got another build that someone else posted. Please feel free to give your opinion. Maybe this one is more complete:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iTSE
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September 30, 2012 1:49:52 AM

Noise is dependent on the OEM you buy. AMD does OC better however.
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September 30, 2012 3:18:56 AM

Eskimo8 said:
Damn, I didn't think it would be this hard...I got another build that someone else posted. Please feel free to give your opinion. Maybe this one is more complete:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iTSE

Things that I think are excessive and not necessary, IMHO:
* $80 CPU HSF
* $208 Mobo, most mobo's around the $100-160 price range is plenty for most.
* PSU is a bit much. You only need about 450-550w PSU for your intended setup.

This is similar to what I stated before. It's up to you, but I wouldn't spend more than $20-40 for an aftermarket CPU HSF and the PSU is overkill for your intended build.
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September 30, 2012 8:27:38 PM

Ok, so I went and bought the components. Or at least the ones I could manage to find in Dubai. The components list as follows:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iYEY

Most parts I couldn't get and I was in about 20 different stores.

Motherboard: I went with Asus, because there is no ASRock support center in the UAE.

Memory: G.Skill was very hard to find, but managed to get hold of some.

GPU: Only brands in nVidia they support here are Asus, Gigabyte and Zotac. Sapphire also in ATI.

PSU: Only Cooler Master, Corsair in majority. Few Antec, XFX and Zalman. And some cheaper brands.

CPU Cooler: Only Cooler Master and Corsair.

IPS Monitors: Only 1 IPS model. LG.

SSD: Only Kingston HyperX.

The rest I managed. Thanks for everyone helping me out :D 


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October 1, 2012 12:46:30 AM

Glad we could help you out. Let us know how it all works out after you get all of the parts, so we can learn from your experiences.
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October 11, 2012 5:51:42 AM

Best answer selected by Eskimo8.
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