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October 3, 2012 11:35:27 PM

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I have completed a gaming PC build at $1200 and would love to hear everyones feedback. I have put a strong emphasis on quality and reliability, thoroughly researched every part, and would would like this PC to last me as long as possible for the money. This build is the absolute best I can do as a non-computer professional. Here we go!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jhxS

Case: $110
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: $120
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: $150
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $208
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...

CPU Cooler: $35
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: $325
XFX Double D Black Edition FX-795A-TDBC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: $110
Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (with LEDs) Model BLT2KIT4G3D1608DT2TXOB (X2 with no. 3 build)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: $90
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid State Drive: $90
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: $23
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste: $10
Innovation Cooling Diamond "7 Carat" Thermal Compound - 1.5 Grams
http://www.amazon.com/Innovation-Cooling-Diamond-Therma...

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October 3, 2012 11:51:38 PM

no need for 16gb of ram or thermal paste. stock paste is like 1-3c behind higher end pastes. not worth the money

better video card. if you want to, the xfx 7970 is 10 bucks cheaper
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jhLj
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October 4, 2012 12:09:02 AM

would build something like this instead

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.19 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1173.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

also will be looking for some combos
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October 4, 2012 12:16:07 AM

if you would want to go lower i would actually go with a single slot motherboard(meaning you can only use 1 Video card) and switch the PSU into a 500W

that would make it more into the budget before rebates if you would like that since i usually never get a second video card because i would just buy a new one after a 5 year mark
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October 4, 2012 4:10:31 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jj8m
This is a pretty badass build. OCZ makes faster SSD's in Samsung(their Vertex 4 is the fastest if I'm not mistaken). The 670 will be able to do anything you want.
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October 4, 2012 10:35:55 AM

the evga card and antec power supply look out of wack. reference designs are bad and the ftw is extremely overrated. and for a thousand dollar build, you can do way better with the power supply.

the case is ok but not the best
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October 4, 2012 3:28:43 PM

Thank you for the replies! I know there are many of these posted each day, so I appreciate the time you all have taken to respond.

I know I could cut the memory in half to 8 gb, I had added the extra just to add to the builds longevity. What do you think of my choice of Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer?

I chose Asus as my motherboard manufacturer because of their outstanding reputation for reliability, but it is a more expensive option. How good is ASRock? I've heard that they were a division of Asus, and given the price disparity I was afraid their products weren't quite as good. I also saw some great choices with Gigabyte and MSI.

I went with a premium of cooling options such as the CPU cooler, better thermal paste, and a dual fan video card to make certain that heat is never a problem. Am I being overly cautious, or is this a good investment?

Thanks again!
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October 4, 2012 3:43:18 PM

all ram is the same pretty much. you cant go wrong

i chose gigabyte since they are offering a very good bang for the buck

better thermal paste wont do too much. the stock thermal paste is good
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October 4, 2012 3:58:00 PM

its not true. toms approved the ud3h not the d3h.

go look at my build that i posted
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October 4, 2012 4:03:32 PM

Those lying bastards! Ok, so I'm looking at something actually $5 more expensive with the Gigabyte motherboard. What would you say makes that one superior to the Asus?
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October 4, 2012 4:09:38 PM

dude, other stores sell the ud3h for cheaper. go to my link!

it has more fan headers, more usb3, and generally more features hardware wise. i have the LK but its just enough for my usage (i fill up all the fan headers and usbs)
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October 4, 2012 5:15:52 PM

I must say its pretty cool that you faound a way to fit a 7970 into sub $1200 build

boulbox said:
would build something like this instead

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.19 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1173.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

also will be looking for some combos

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October 4, 2012 5:22:28 PM

TheBigTroll said:
dude, other stores sell the ud3h for cheaper. go to my link!

it has more fan headers, more usb3, and generally more features hardware wise. i have the LK but its just enough for my usage (i fill up all the fan headers and usbs)


I went to your build, I swear, I just didn't look at the price, just the model, and then compared it to Newegg's price. Where are you seeing the 7970 for cheaper btw?
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October 14, 2012 6:08:38 PM

Best answer selected by dcointin.
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