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October 4, 2012 6:00:05 PM

So, recently moved back to the states from abroad and USPS fucked up my computer when I shipped it. I had insurance for $1500 and am claiming $1430, as thats how much it cost me. I believe I can salvage my HDD and SSD from them, so I have my hard drives, just need everything else.

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks

Budget Range: approx $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: Ky, Cincinnati, OH area

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like a somewhat quiet, stable machine. Moderate OC, and will be playing games like BF3, GW2, Borderlands 2. Would like a mobo with 2 eSATA ports but I can get a pcie card if needed.


I'll start with known items I'll be getting:

Processor:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $229.99

PSU:
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold (SPG) 800 Watts Modular Power Supply - $148.98

Case:
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case - $118.98

total so far = $500

Beyond that, I'm not exactly sure what to go for:

RAM:
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB - $34.99 with promo code

Mobo:
Before, I had one of these and enjoyed all of it's features. It had 2 esata ports, plenty of sata 3 internally. Just cant quite find an equivalent z77 board. GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Was looking at this one, but I dont know about the onboard sound, considering I am quite familiar to the realtek, and since the realtek is on every other board, I wasnt sure about this, although it does have 2 esata ports on it. But I can always get a card or something to supplement. GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $154.99

Was kind of looking at some of the Asrock, Asus and other Gigabyte boards as well, was curious what your guys opinion was on it.

CPU Cooler:
This is what I had in my previous build, didnt really have any issues, except when I tightened it down too tight it was having issues booting.
EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler - $51.99

As far as Video cards go, I had MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $209.99 But I was thinking about upgrading, since the old one cant be retrieved from USPS. Any suggestions at all for video cards would be appreciated.
October 4, 2012 6:59:15 PM

I would recommend a different PSU, but since you want that one, I will include it in this build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jlDY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jlDY/by_merchant/

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 ($25.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ B&H)

Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)

Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($147.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $1103.52

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This system will allow you to crossfire the 7870 when you want to.
I would recommend this PSU, because it is cheaper and it would free up cash for more storage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 4, 2012 8:13:38 PM

Like I had stated in the beginning, (although thanks for the suggestions) I have a SSD and a 1tb HDD I'll be allowed to salvage from my old computer. The HDD might be fucked, but the SSD should be perfectly fine.

My reasoning for the PSU is it will never be a limiting factor in my build; it should last quite a while, and it's gold rated, so it should save me on the electric bill. Worth the extra 50-70.

RAM shouldnt really matter, dont really plan on OCing that, just curious if I should go with an nvidia video card again. Never had probs with them, and they seem to outperform radeon in most of the benchmarks ive seen.
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October 4, 2012 9:01:25 PM

If you end up being able to save your old HDD and SSD, I would spring for a MSI 670. They are superior to the 7870. If not, just get the GPU I had suggested.
October 5, 2012 3:03:36 PM

well, what about a MSI 660ti vs the 7870, as it is only around $40 more, vs the 130ish more for a MSI 670.
October 5, 2012 4:00:32 PM

the 660ti is 8-12 % faster than the 7870. That gap is even less with the HAWK edition of the 7870. If it were me I would go for the 7870 HAWK. If you have the cash though, the 670 is definitely worth it.
My price-value rank.
1. 670
2. 7870 HAWK
3. 660ti
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