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October 9, 2012 4:30:26 AM

Hey everyone!

I've been doing a lot of research for a custom build, and I just cant really make up my mind of anything. :/ 

I'm building this PC in a very large briefcase, so size really wont be an issue for any of the parts.

All I'm really wondering, is what all should I get to make this PC as powerful, and with the most overkill as possible. BUT, I'm on a $1000, and need to get the most bang for my buck.

Leave some good suggestions please. :D 

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October 9, 2012 5:01:07 AM

Assuming the build you want is for gaming, open to Crossfire, and overclocking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($30.62 @ Amazon)
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: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $967.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If otherwise or any questions, please feel free to say so. :) 
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October 9, 2012 11:37:28 AM

Do you plan to OC? If you do Excella's build is good, otherwise replace the CPU and mobo with an i5 3470 and Asrock H77M (or the Pro4/MVP if you want ATX) repectively.
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October 9, 2012 11:37:34 AM

Excella's build is prett good but it lacks a case and a operating system.Ill try to make you a build, that includes both a case and a operating system and provides similar performance at the same price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ 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 ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.30 @ Amazon)
Total: $970.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Now ill make a pro's and cons list comparing modified version of his PC (made by me) and the original.

PROS:
Has case.And a good one.
Has a OS.
It's motherboard does NOT have a VRM overheating problem.
It uses the newer version of the WD Caviar Blue 1TB hard drive.
Slightly faster card with a better cooler.
Higher quality, modular power supply.
Features a much better optical drive.

CONS:
More expensive.
Lacks a SSD which means slower loading and response times but will not affect the PC's gaming performance.
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October 9, 2012 11:48:17 AM

He did say:
Vernonia1 said:
I'm building this PC in a very large briefcase, so size really wont be an issue for any of the parts.

I'm not exactly sure what that means but I assumed he already had a big casing.

Your build is great, but.. Biostar? I'm not very familiar with the brand to comment but I've read on some threads that they're not very reliable.

OCZ PSUs have a bit of a history of high failure rates, at that same price there's more reliable brands like Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic, or even Rosewill.
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October 10, 2012 12:15:39 AM

Best answer selected by Vernonia1.
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October 10, 2012 12:18:45 AM

Wow! Thanks everyone for your input! Happened a lot faster than I thought was too! :D 

This is really gonna help a lot! I'll show you all what it looks like when it's finished! :D 
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October 11, 2012 11:30:06 AM

excella1221 said:
He did say:

I'm not exactly sure what that means but I assumed he already had a big casing.

Your build is great, but.. Biostar? I'm not very familiar with the brand to comment but I've read on some threads that they're not very reliable.

OCZ PSUs have a bit of a history of high failure rates, at that same price there's more reliable brands like Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic, or even Rosewill.


I kind of agree on what you said.Biostar isn't generraly a reliable brand but there are some exceptions.The motherboard i listed is really good.
And yes OCZ CPU's are known for faliures but again this model is a exception.It's build quality is very good and it scores very good on review's posted by reputable sites.
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October 11, 2012 12:16:13 PM

Ah, okay then, cool. :) 

Happy building to OP!
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