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October 5, 2012 12:55:12 AM

Hi all.


My parameters

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next month
Budget Range: $1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Case, Motherboard, Power Supply, CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, BD Optical drive, after-market cooling.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, EVGA.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



I want to be able to run games with high graphics

Here is my build thus far:



PCPartPicker part list / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 MotherBoard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX570 HD 2560MB GDDR5 SLI Ready Graphics Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer


Well, I really dont know about this things, so tell me if this is ok or I need change something

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October 5, 2012 1:00:49 AM

Swap out the i7-3770k with an i5-3570k, you'll see no benefit from HyperThreading inside games.

Swap out the GTX570 2.5GB for either a Radeon HD7950 or GTX670.

Swap out the Corsair CX600 for an XFX 650w or Seasonic 620/650w PSU. The one you chose is very nice, however, it does not have an 80+ BRONZE/GOLD efficiency certification. This may or may not be of relevance to you.

Swap out the P8Z77-V motherboard for an ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 Motherboard. It'll perform the same for a much lower cost. If you prefer to stick with the ASUS, there's nothing wrong with you decision, it's a very slick board.
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October 5, 2012 1:02:18 AM

change your cpu to a i5-3570k, change the motherboard to a asus p8z77-v lk or gigabyte ud3h, unluss you absolutely need blu ray then get it but if not then just get a normal dvd drive. with the 150-200 bucks i just saved you, get a current graphics card not last generation and get a gtx 670, i would recommend the gigabyte gtx 670 or evga ftw gtx 670.
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October 5, 2012 1:03:05 AM

mocchan said:
Swap out the i7-3770k with an i5-3570k, you'll see no benefit from HyperThreading inside games.

Swap out the GTX570 2.5GB for either a Radeon HD7950 or GTX670.

Swap out the Corsair CX600 for an XFX 650w or Seasonic 620/650w PSU. The one you chose is very nice, however, it does not have an 80+ BRONZE/GOLD efficiency certification. This may or may not be of relevance to you.

Swap out the P8Z77-V motherboard for an ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 Motherboard. It'll perform the same for a much lower cost. If you prefer to stick with the ASUS, there's nothing wrong with you decision, it's a very slick board.

^this works to, +1
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October 5, 2012 1:03:56 AM

^ If you're going with the P8Z77-V LK, then I would prefer to get the ASRock Extreme 4 Z77. Better power delivery system = better overclocks.
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October 5, 2012 1:04:16 AM

computernoob29 said:
^this works to, +1

:lol:  thanks :) 
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October 5, 2012 1:09:24 AM

* CPU is good, but the 3570k for less (even less if you live near a Microcenter store).
* You only have the 128 gb SSD, which doesn't leave you much room for things.
* $190 mobo is a bit much, IMHO.
* HAF 912 case is a good one, but I'd personally go for a case w/front USB 3.0 ports. You can always use any extender cable to get USB 3.0 connection from the back of the computer if you like.
* RAM is good, but I'd prefer to get RAM sticks with low profile heat sinks (for better clearance for aftermarket CPU HSF's if you need/want them).

Here is another option:
~$1k w/out SSD and Microcenter CPU discount if you buy in store +$40 if you have to order online.
Intel 3570k w/Corsair 300R Case w/GTX 670 ~$1k
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $931.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

** Forgot the CPU HSF that you requested Here's the CM Hyper 212 EVO for ~$30
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October 5, 2012 1:11:01 AM

kachus22 said:
Hi all.


My parameters

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next month
Budget Range: $1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Case, Motherboard, Power Supply, CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, BD Optical drive, after-market cooling.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, EVGA.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



I want to be able to run games with high graphics

Here is my build thus far:



PCPartPicker part list / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 MotherBoard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX570 HD 2560MB GDDR5 SLI Ready Graphics Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer


Well, I really dont know about this things, so tell me if this is ok or I need change something


-Save $100 and get an i5-3570k.
-Definitely do not get a 570! in the $200-$400 range I recommend these cards in order of power least to greatest: GTX 660, HD 7870, HD 7950, GTX 670, HD 7970 GHz (If you can find one at $400).
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October 5, 2012 1:15:14 AM

If you are gaming, do you not need an i7. An i7 is only useful for HT and video editing. I would recommend a i5 3570k, wou will save yourself around $100, for no gaming loss whatsoever. I wouldn't recommend the GTX 570, as its an outdated card, there are much better, power efficient cards available right now. I would recommend either a 7950, a 660 ti, or a 670. Your Power Supply is solid, no need to change anything there. Also 128GB isn't enough for full storage, you'll need a proper hard drive if you want to do anything without running out of space. The savings from the i7 should cover this, and maybe you'll save another $30

Overall, I will recommend this overall build. I'll use Newegg for the parts.

CPU: i5 3570k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (229.99)
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (30.99)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (189.99)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (44.99)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 128GB SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (109.99)
Main HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (79.99)
Video Card: MSI 660ti Power Edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (309.99)
Case: Haf 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (59.99)
PSU: Corsair CX600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (49.99)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (69.99)

Total: $1175.90

However, I recommend that you ditch the optical drive for now, and grab one later on, it seems very expensive. If you need the optical drive, you could even drop the SSD for now. Those are unneeded things to get this computer running, however I recommend them after you have the money to buy them later on.
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October 5, 2012 1:34:06 AM

Ah right, forgot about the 7950 price drops, I still treat them like they are $400.

Yeah thats the reason I think the 660ti is a terrible card, I don't know why I put it up haha. Yeah. So I'll put up a new build but with a 7950, give me a couple of minutes.
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October 5, 2012 1:37:03 AM

CPU: i5 3570k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (229.99)
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (30.99)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (189.99)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (44.99)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 128GB SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (109.99)
Main HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (79.99)
Video Card: XFX Double D 7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(269.99)
Case: Haf 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (59.99)
PSU: Corsair CX600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (49.99)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (69.99)

New Total, $1125

I recommend you grab that video card now, that is a fantastic deal that you shouldn't miss out on. $269 with rebates is extremely good, thats heading into 7870 territory, if anything its in the middle of it.
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October 5, 2012 1:44:51 AM

^ +1 ;) 

Very good rig with the edits! :) 

If OP really wanted to save a few $$$, he could swap out the P8Z77-V in your rig for an ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 :)  It'll save him around $50!
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October 5, 2012 1:56:50 AM

I have the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4, and if you are looking for quality, look in another direction. I swear to god, my motherboard almost snapped when I was plugging in the 24 pin. The entire right corner has no screws to screw in, and it doesn't use standard ATX screwholes, so its not very supportive. Pretty much every cable I plugged in bent the motherboard in some way.

Its cheaper for a reason, and its great if your on a low budget. But if you have a budget like $1100, might as well go for something better quality. Its well worth it. My budget was only $900, so it worked well with my build. Although I bought my case later on, I just had a generic one for like 3 months.
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October 5, 2012 2:07:34 AM

JJ1217 said:
I have the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4, and if you are looking for quality, look in another direction. I swear to god, my motherboard almost snapped when I was plugging in the 24 pin. The entire right corner has no screws to screw in, and it doesn't use standard ATX screwholes, so its not very supportive. Pretty much every cable I plugged in bent the motherboard in some way.

Its cheaper for a reason, and its great if your on a low budget. But if you have a budget like $1100, might as well go for something better quality. Its well worth it. My budget was only $900, so it worked well with my build. Although I bought my case later on, I just had a generic one for like 3 months.

Funny I have the Extreme 4 mobo and didn't have any issues with installation. I guess you have to be a bit careful when installing any mobo. Some have issues here and there and others don't. It's up to you on how you handle each mobo. For the $ the Extreme 4 is a good value, IMHO.
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October 5, 2012 2:14:15 AM

JJ1217 said:
I have the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4, and if you are looking for quality, look in another direction. I swear to god, my motherboard almost snapped when I was plugging in the 24 pin. The entire right corner has no screws to screw in, and it doesn't use standard ATX screwholes, so its not very supportive. Pretty much every cable I plugged in bent the motherboard in some way.

Its cheaper for a reason, and its great if your on a low budget. But if you have a budget like $1100, might as well go for something better quality. Its well worth it. My budget was only $900, so it worked well with my build. Although I bought my case later on, I just had a generic one for like 3 months.

I've used the Extreme 4 for a few builds in the past and I haven't run into any issues oddly enough. Though, yes, the board won't suffice in the 'support/stable/durable' department, I wouldn't trust it with any heavy CPU cooler.
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October 5, 2012 2:18:38 AM

Yeah its great value for money, but if I had more money at the time I purchased the parts to my computer, I probably would of bought something more expensive. Anyway, its a good board, and if you want to save $50 go ahead. Its not going to break easily, its just not as supportive as other motherboards in my opinion. Its still a good board.
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October 5, 2012 2:32:03 AM

JJ1217 said:
Yeah its great value for money, but if I had more money at the time I purchased the parts to my computer, I probably would of bought something more expensive. Anyway, its a good board, and if you want to save $50 go ahead. Its not going to break easily, its just not as supportive as other motherboards in my opinion. Its still a good board.

Always appreciate input from people who have had the board for awhile :)  I haven't heard back from anyone that I've built for in the past LOL so I wouldn't know in the long-run how the board holds up.
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October 5, 2012 2:32:32 AM

Best answer selected by kachus22.
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October 5, 2012 2:36:42 AM

Thank you

Now I know my options.
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October 5, 2012 2:54:32 AM

http://www.microcenter.com/product/354589/Core_i5_2500K...
Core i5 2500K - $160

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 - $140

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 - $20

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $85

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW - $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - $42

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W - $105

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed - $80

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 14X (WH14NS40) - $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $290


total after rebate exclude shipping - $1082







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