$1400-1600, How does this look?

Looking to build a new PC that will last a few years with minimal performance loss. Will be used mostly for gaming and heavy photo editing. Also a fair amount of 3D fractal rendering.


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: 1400-1600 US dollars after rebates, shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Photoshop, 3D rendering of fractals.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes Catleap 27", not in build price.
Do you need to buy OS: No.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever is cheapest. Microcenter 2 hours away.
Location: Loveland, Colorado USA
Overclocking: Yes.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the near future.

This is what I am thinking...

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.98
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/coole [...] 212e20pkr1

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $239.99 Wife has a new LaCie external HD that will support Thunderbolt.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xup5th

G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $159.99 Wife wants this for Photoshop.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskil [...] l10q32gbzl

Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $89.99
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pc128bww

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 for everything but OS.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $139.99 for picture storage.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd30ezrx

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $387.86 @ Newegg
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111970140g

Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case $149.93
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc650dw1

Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $109.99
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu750hx

Total: $1560.70 after rebates.

System Build.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jRmz

Looking for suggestions on RAM and MOBO, and anything else that might be beneficial.

Thanks for your time.
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  1. Looks like an enviable rig for sure. The only thing I would mention is that since photoshop and rendering could be a substantial use for the system, an upgrade to an i7 could be justified if you want to spend the extra cash.

    Normally we wouldn't recommend it for a gaming only build because an i7 adds nothing to the performance of games, but it can speed up photoshop and other editing programs that use hyperthreading.
  2. If you are going to overclock, then you can coax the same amount of performance out of a HD7950 as a 7970GHz edition. Other than that and what stormweaver mentioned the build looks great.
  3. Your wasting a lot of money on the motherboard and the ram, everything else is good but i would switch out that motherboard for this one here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    and for ram i would just go for 16gb ram as 32gb is pointless and will not help much
    and its ddr3 1600 the fastest one out there

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233280&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=


    Also why play $400 for a GPU when a $250 GPU will play any game out there at the moment on ultra with 60+ FPS?
    Try out this GPU instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418


    change out these and youll save yourself close to $350
  4. raj00 said:
    Your wasting a lot of money on the motherboard and the ram, everything else is good but i would switch out that motherboard for this one here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    and for ram i would just go for 16gb ram as 32gb is pointless and will not help much
    and its ddr3 1600 the fastest one out there

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233280&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=


    Also why play $400 for a GPU when a $250 GPU will play any game out there at the moment on ultra with 60+ FPS?
    Try out this GPU instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418


    change out these and youll save yourself close to $350


    The OP mentioned that he needed a MB with Thunderbolt support. Granted, could probably find one cheaper than the one he selected, but the Asrock there won't do it.

    If it were soley for gaming, I'd agree completely about the RAM being way overkill. However, I have little experience in high end editing/rendering, so perhaps 32gb would be useful in that setting. I honestly don't know.

    As for the GPU, he may want to buy the more powerful one so that he can play games in 2 years at 60 FPS.
  5. Quote:
    Also why play $400 for a GPU when a $250 GPU will play any game out there at the moment on ultra with 60+ FPS?

    Try out this GPU instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418



    One of the thoughts on the GPU was it will be pushing a 27" IPS display @ 2560 x 1440... not sure if that GPU suggested will do that @ 60fps... and will it do it in 2-3yrs?

    Quote:
    If you are going to overclock, then you can coax the same amount of performance out of a HD7950 as a 7970GHz edition. Other than that and what stormweaver mentioned the build looks great.


    What if I want to overclock the HD7970?
  6. vodu2040 said:
    Quote:
    Also why play $400 for a GPU when a $250 GPU will play any game out there at the moment on ultra with 60+ FPS?

    Try out this GPU instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418



    One of the thoughts on the GPU was it will be pushing a 27" IPS display @ 2560 x 1440... not sure if that GPU suggested will do that @ 60fps... and will it do it in 2-3yrs?


    Exactly. Keep your original.
  7. Then you would need a 7950 at minimum if you want to play that resolution with good FPS
  8. vodu2040 said:
    What if I want to overclock the HD7970?


    The HD7970 is about 5% faster clock for clock. Both the 7950 and 7970 can reach about the same clocks when OC'd. If you have the money, then get the 7970, but keep in mind that an OC'd 7970 isn't going to outperform an OC'd 7950 by much.
  9. TheShepherd said:
    The HD7970 is about 5% faster clock for clock. Both the 7950 and 7970 can reach about the same clocks when OC'd. If you have the money, then get the 7970, but keep in mind that an OC'd 7970 isn't going to outperform an OC'd 7950 by much.



    These were the 2 GPUs I was looking at...

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $357.91
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111960240g

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $387.86 @Newegg w/rebate
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111970140g

    With only $30 between them I chose the 7970, I suppose the performance difference would justify 30 bucks?
  10. vodu2040 said:
    These were the 2 GPUs I was looking at...

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $357.91
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111960240g

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $387.86 @Newegg w/rebate
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111970140g

    With only $30 between them I chose the 7970, I suppose the performance difference would justify 30 bucks?


    Since the price difference is only $30, I would go with the 7970. On average you can stably overclock the 7970 to about 1.2-1.25GHz. That will put its performance outside the range of what an OC'd 7950 can achieve.
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