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October 2, 2012 12:03:42 AM

I havent built a gaming computer in at least 4 years so I am a bit behind. I would like to keep the build <= $950. Any suggestions / recommendations / changes?

Thanks in advance.

== Newegg Public Wishlist ==
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

case - Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

videocard - EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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October 2, 2012 12:25:46 AM

I wouldn't recommend the 965 for a build at this price. I'll put together one on pcpartpicker that uses only Newegg parts for you:

Personally I think the case you picked is way too expensive, but I know people's case is more of a personal preference than anything else.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j5Yj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j5Yj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j5Yj/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound ($9.99)
Total: $969.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Its a bit over, but its still good.
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October 2, 2012 4:06:02 AM

Thanks for the help, i gave it another shot using yours as a base.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $907.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 2, 2012 7:28:15 AM

If you want to make it cheaper, don't get a Z77 motherboard. The i5-3450 is not overclockable.

Either get a "K" processor or downgrade the motherboard to save money.

If you get a "K" processor, you are going to need a heatsink as well.
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October 2, 2012 10:13:18 AM

No reason to downgrade you GPU to a 7870

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $896.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Price is after $30 in rebates, and you will have to pay about $5 more to get the Vertex 4 shipped
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