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October 8, 2012 3:24:40 AM

Want to spend a max of 1000 on my first ever pc build. Ive been looking up builds for quite awhile now and I just cant decide what to go with, so i thought id get some 1 on 1 help. I would like the build to include the os. I already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse. i would like to get high settings but medium would be ok. upgradability would be nice too. the games i wanna play include skyrim,bf3 and diablo 3. thanks

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October 8, 2012 3:45:46 AM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
OS: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...
Total: $935

Then you'll be solid, with the extra money left over you could buy the 7950 if you wanted
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It'll definitely a large performance increase but it is up to you.

With the factory overclocked gigabyte its is just a 3% increase from the gigabyte 7870 the the regular 7950.
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October 8, 2012 4:07:59 AM

loresr97 said:
I went little over budget but it has SSD, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jFNY


The Antec 900 is such an old and outdated case that it's hard to recommend it anymore. There's far better that you could get on the market - the Antec 1100 is a lot newer and has better cable management, and can support larger motherboards. The Corsair 300R is also a good choice in this price range.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1019.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 8, 2012 4:30:36 AM

CheesyHotDogPuff said:
With the factory overclocked gigabyte its is just a 3% increase from the gigabyte 7870 the the regular 7950.


The 7950 can still OC itself too... At which point it pushes it past limits the 7870 can attain performance wise. Obviously.
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October 8, 2012 4:43:33 AM

this build is not for upgrades but will perform onpar with a lot of good systems
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
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: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.44 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1056.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

this build will allow you to CFX with future upgrades but will be using a lower end GPU

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jG3W
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jG3W/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jG3W/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
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 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1006.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

like i said this build will allow for future upgrades such as CFX(using 2 video cards at the same time) which would mean more performance but uses more energy
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October 8, 2012 4:47:50 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The Antec 900 is such an old and outdated case that it's hard to recommend it anymore. There's far better that you could get on the market - the Antec 1100 is a lot newer and has better cable management, and can support larger motherboards. The Corsair 300R is also a good choice in this price range.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1019.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


boulbox said:
this build is not for upgrades but will perform onpar with a lot of good systems
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jEaW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
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: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.44 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1056.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

this build will allow you to CFX with future upgrades but will be using a lower end GPU

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jG3W
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jG3W/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jG3W/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
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 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1006.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

like i said this build will allow for future upgrades such as CFX(using 2 video cards at the same time) which would mean more performance but uses more energy


Both of your builds do not include the fact that the OP needs Windows...
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October 8, 2012 5:24:01 AM

aznshinobi said:
Both of your builds do not include the fact that the OP needs Windows...


And I also question pairing a 500W PSU with a 7970 while the 7870 build gets a lower end 750W model. :ange: 

Adjusted accordingly:

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 ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1044.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 9, 2012 3:11:54 AM

well both g-unit's and aznshinobi's builds look pretty interesting, but i cant decide. anymore thoughts?
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October 9, 2012 3:26:32 AM

i would go with g-units but switch out HDD and PSU and case if you want to

switch the PSU into a 500W or 750W, 750W if you are going to plan on adding another 7870 GHz down the road.

switch the HDD for this one instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cost a bit less for not that much of a difference in performance

for case it is just a preference. i like NZXT source 210 a little better for its look
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nothing wrong with the 300R it is a great case but it is a choice of preference.

for PSU would change to one of these
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-su...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-tx750...
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October 9, 2012 4:23:59 AM

boulbox said:
i would go with g-units but switch out HDD and PSU and case if you want to

switch the PSU into a 500W or 750W, 750W if you are going to plan on adding another 7870 GHz down the road.

switch the HDD for this one instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cost a bit less for not that much of a difference in performance

for case it is just a preference. i like NZXT source 210 a little better for its look
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nothing wrong with the 300R it is a great case but it is a choice of preference.

for PSU would change to one of these
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-su...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-tx750...


Nothing wrong with NZXT.

As for the PSU I know 650W would be cutting it close for a dual card configuration but a single will be fine. Also the CX 750 is actually a better choice than the TX 750 is.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 9, 2012 4:48:34 AM

My build is pretty much G-Unit's build but cheaper and before MIRs. That's about it. I'd go with mine but that's just me.

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October 9, 2012 4:32:58 PM

so g-unit's build but with the seagate HDD, the 500w or 750w PSU and the NZXT case? does this look good to you guys?

also sorry if this is to off topic but is buying refurbished ever a good idea? im assuming no but just thought id ask. couldnt hurt to save a few more bucks. thanks
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October 9, 2012 4:48:46 PM

The case is optional, as for refurbished items, you might run into a few problems or you might get lucky and get a perfect one or get one that doesnt work properly.

if buying refurbished i would ask why it was returned in the first place
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a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2012 12:04:12 AM

^+1

My build has a different PSU, MB and HDD than G-Units but you know :/ 
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October 10, 2012 3:20:14 AM

aznshinobi said:
The 7950 can still OC itself too... At which point it pushes it past limits the 7870 can attain performance wise. Obviously.
Just saying that if you oc the 7870 it sort of makes the 7950 useless when overclocked.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2012 3:29:34 AM

^ I don't understand what you just said.
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October 10, 2012 3:33:03 AM

I wanted to say "Just saying if you overclock the 7870 it sort of makes the 7950 useless when NOT overclocked" There. Better?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 10, 2012 3:36:51 AM

I get that the 7870 can overclock to the performance of the 7950. But it doesn't make the 7950 useless. The 7950 can overclock as well, and to an even higher performance. If the OP has money left over, why settle for a worse GPU when he can get the 7950.

Again, if you OC both, the 7950 will obviously win out. Also, with games getting more demanding, it'd be smarter to get a better GPU now rather than later.
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October 10, 2012 3:43:12 AM

Point taken. BTW, would you recommend a 7870 or a 660 ti? I'm going to overclock either one, but is the +$50 on the 660 ti really worth it?
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October 10, 2012 3:51:18 AM

7870. The extra $50 isn't quite worth it. The 7870 can overclock to great lengths and the money saved can practically get you an SSD to cache with or something.
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