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October 7, 2012 3:37:29 AM

Hey everyone! I need some help here I'm building a new gaming rig!

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: $1200 nothing more

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school, movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Basically everything but fans, soundcard, and disc drive

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Bay Area, California

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if needed

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I have a build already but need help! Advice on the build I already have, does my build work?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old rig sucks!

--------------- BUILD FRIENDS SUGGESTED ON MY BUDGET --------------------------------

Case- Cooler Master HAF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hardrive - Western Digital Caviar Blue http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - Asus P8Z77-V LX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - GSKILL Ripjaws X Series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card -

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

XFX Double D FX-795A-TDFC Radeon HD 7950http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a Corsair M60 FPS gaming mouse!

Need help!
Any suggestions?
I am concerned does this build work?

More about : build 1200

October 7, 2012 3:41:32 AM

I think you could do a little better for the price.

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
Save a little money and get more for the buck. A better MB for the money, a better CPU (as you'll be able to OC in the future if you wanted) a nicer case in my opinion, and you'll also get a SSD.
October 7, 2012 4:01:59 AM

aznshinobi said:
I think you could do a little better for the price.

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
Save a little money and get more for the buck. A better MB for the money, a better CPU (as you'll be able to OC in the future if you wanted) a nicer case in my opinion, and you'll also get a SSD.


Thanks I will look into it and put it into consideration.
Just a quick question, from the graphics cards that I put which one do you like better?
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October 7, 2012 4:08:02 AM

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XFX its alot cheaper and unless you gonna go overclock crazy the 3 fans arent necessary.


Alright thanks a lot, a lot of people prefer the ASROCK Z77 Extreme 4 mobo, am I right?
What do you like better? The current MOBO I have up or the ASROCK z77 Extreme 4?
October 7, 2012 4:11:05 AM

Both the above builds are great, but let me throw in my own :D 
Here you go,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.62 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ 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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1092.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I've taken into consideration the suggestion your friends gave as well. :) 

You can OC anytime with this build, the motherboard is made for it, the CPU cooler will be enough for mild OC.

The RAM is low profile so you won't have a hard time installing your CPU cooler, and there is no performance loss over tall-heatfin'd RAMs.

I threw in an SSD where you'll install the OS, your favorite games, and your most used softwares/programs for faster boot-up and loading. The HDD is where you'll store your large files, downloads, etc.

The Gigabyte 7950 is arguably the best out there with it's Windforce x3 cooling. You can OC the hell out of it when you're ready.

With that PSU, you can add another 7950 anytime in the future for Crossfire without having to upgrade wattage.

Lastly, the Rosewill Blackhawk is amazing for its price. Very spacy on the inside, 5 pre-installed fans(some are LED) for great cooling, and great cable management features.

After all that you'll have $100 to spare from your budget!

If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to ask.
October 7, 2012 4:32:05 AM

excella1221 said:
Both the above builds are great, but let me throw in my own :D 
Here you go,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.62 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ 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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1092.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I've taken into consideration the suggestion your friends gave as well. :) 

You can OC anytime with this build, the motherboard is made for it, the CPU cooler will be enough for mild OC.

The RAM is low profile so you won't have a hard time installing your CPU cooler, and there is no performance loss over tall-heatfin'd RAMs.

I threw in an SSD where you'll install the OS, your favorite games, and your most used softwares/programs for faster boot-up and loading. The HDD is where you'll store your large files, downloads, etc.

The Gigabyte 7950 is arguably the best out there with it's Windforce x3 cooling. You can OC the hell out of it when you're ready.

With that PSU, you can add another 7950 anytime in the future for Crossfire without having to upgrade wattage.

Lastly, the Rosewill Blackhawk is amazing for its price. Very spacy on the inside, 5 pre-installed fans(some are LED) for great cooling, and great cable management features.

After all that you'll have $100 to spare from your budget!

If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to ask.


Thank you I really like this build. But one quick question, Do you think the CPU Cooler is 100% needed?
October 7, 2012 4:32:54 AM

Also I'm getting the computer probably next sunday or so, I don't think the SSD deal will be up then!
October 7, 2012 4:58:03 AM

The CPU Cooler will be needed when you start OC-ing.
Until then, the stock cooler will do.
October 7, 2012 5:04:59 AM

excella1221 said:
The CPU Cooler will be needed when you start OC-ing.
Until then, the stock cooler will do.


Thanks a lot!
October 7, 2012 6:37:32 PM

... Isn't that build just like mine? And... Looks good.
!