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October 12, 2012 11:15:25 PM

I just want to make sure this build is ready and isn't missing anything crucial.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k923

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.88 @ NCIX US)
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: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($100.43 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1275.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I want to thank TOMSHARDWARE COMMUNITY for all the help they have provided. $90 In mail-in rebates I am proud!

PLEASE BE CRITICAL AND LET ME KNOW IF I AM MAKING ANY MISTAKES!

If the build is awesome, please let me know I have spent a lot of time on it = P

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October 12, 2012 11:30:25 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k96R i think this build will do better and also you wouldn't even need a 950w power supply if you had 3 7970's in crossfire
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October 12, 2012 11:37:36 PM

devilofdeaths said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k96R i think this build will do better and also you wouldn't even need a 950w power supply if you had 3 7970's in crossfire


I orignally had a 650W PSU, but someone told me I would want 850W+ in case I ever added a second graphics card. Also, why did you change the video card? I am not against it, but for the $40 wouldn't it be worth getting the one I had selected? Isn't the GHZ edition better than just the 7970 HD? I will gladly spend less money just want to know why.

Thanks!

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October 12, 2012 11:45:27 PM

beegeepee said:
I orignally had a 650W PSU, but someone told me I would want 850W+ in case I ever added a second graphics card. Also, why did you change the video card? I am not against it, but for the $40 wouldn't it be worth getting the one I had selected? Isn't the GHZ edition better than just the 7970 HD? I will gladly spend less money just want to know why.

Thanks!

to be honest the 7970Ghz is just a glorified 7970 which has higher clock and i believe memory which you can do on your own with a little overclocking plus i needed to save some money because the motherboard that you picked was complete crap so i picked a better one for you which in turn was more money
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October 12, 2012 11:47:26 PM

devilofdeaths said:
to be honest the 7970Ghz is just a glorified 7970 which has higher clock and i believe memory which you can do on your own with a little overclocking plus i needed to save some money because the motherboard that you picked was complete crap so i picked a better one for you which in turn was more money


lol that MOBO was a replacement for a different MOBO suggested by someone on these forums. I don't really get the difference between MOBOS (I am a bit of a noob). Can you explain the benefits of the mobo you picked. Also, isn't 1GB of memory a big difference for a video card?
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October 12, 2012 11:51:56 PM

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yea overkill on the psu and not enough mobo....
grab a 700-750w (more than enough for overclocking and crossfire down the road [rosewill hive 750w comes to mind, cheaper and is modular]) psu, and spend the savings on an asrock extrem4 z77 mobo (only 20 bucks more). Only get a ghz ed/factory overclocked model if youre not overclocking the card yourself (it is fairly simple, easier than overclocking your CPU which you appear to be set on doing), however if your comfortable overclocking you can easily coax the same performance out of a non ghz ed card (really you should be looking for a good non-reference cooling solution, this will allow a higher overclock and is much more important than stock frequencies). Also if you like the case stick with it, that being said theyre better ones avaliable for the same price IMO.


What about the 1 GB difference in memory between the two? Also, I would like to learn to overclock so if that is really the only difference I will go with the sapphire.

Lastly, the case was the very last thing I changed. I was going to get a Antec One, then I was going to get a Corsair 400r and I settled with the HAF 922. But, I would love for suggestions. The case I can't decide because I don't know much about them. I want the best performing case that will fit my needs for under $100. So PLEASE give some suggestions.

THANKS!
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October 12, 2012 11:53:09 PM

beegeepee said:
lol that MOBO was a replacement for a different MOBO suggested by someone on these forums. I don't really get the difference between MOBOS (I am a bit of a noob). Can you explain the benefits of the mobo you picked. Also, isn't 1GB of memory a big difference for a video card?

well biostar just isn't a reliable motherboard maker they are really low end also the extreme 4 for just $15 more has A LOT of bells and whistles at that price point and also the 7970 and 7970Ghz both have 3gb of memory which if you play at 1080p or 1200p you usually need 2gb but 5240 by 1600 is when you need 3 or 4gb of memory
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October 12, 2012 11:57:33 PM

beegeepee said:
What about the 1 GB difference in memory between the two? Also, I would like to learn to overclock so if that is really the only difference I will go with the sapphire.

Lastly, the case was the very last thing I changed. I was going to get a Antec One, then I was going to get a Corsair 400r and I settled with the HAF 922. But, I would love for suggestions. The case I can't decide because I don't know much about them. I want the best performing case that will fit my needs for under $100. So PLEASE give some suggestions.

THANKS!

GET THE 400R that case is so good with 2 120mm fans in the front and one rear one already installed and it has rubber gromets,black interior,usb 3.0 to usb 2.0 converter all of these the HAF 922 doesn't have
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October 13, 2012 12:19:01 AM

devilofdeaths said:
GET THE 400R that case is so good with 2 120mm fans in the front and one rear one already installed and it has rubber gromets,black interior,usb 3.0 to usb 2.0 converter all of these the HAF 922 doesn't have


what about the Antec Three Hundred Illusion compared to 400r what would you go with?
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October 13, 2012 12:27:51 AM

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Both are 3 gb, 2gb is more than enough for 1080.

Yeah i had would say the corsair 400r (although the antec one is money aswell, and half the price) but honostly if you like the HAF 922 stick with it, you pick a case you are happy with.

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What I don't get is why wouldn't I get the 950W 80 Plus Silver Certified for $100 instead of the 750W 80 Plus Bronze certified for $91. Isn't an extra 200W + Silver worth $10?
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October 13, 2012 12:35:19 AM

beegeepee said:
what about the Antec Three Hundred Illusion compared to 400r what would you go with?

400R all the way i LOVE corsair cases i will never have a build without a corsair case
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October 13, 2012 12:37:15 AM

beegeepee said:
What I don't get is why wouldn't I get the 950W 80 Plus Silver Certified for $100 instead of the 750W 80 Plus Bronze certified for $91. Isn't an extra 200W + Silver worth $10?

if you want to get a 950w psu then get it but you will have 350w of power not being used so i would say to get the corsair TX650
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October 13, 2012 12:40:33 AM

devilofdeaths said:
if you want to get a 950w psu then get it but you will have 350w of power not being used so i would say to get the corsair TX650


Would this be enough power if I wanted to add another video card or another monitor?
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October 13, 2012 12:44:52 AM

^Yes, but very likely to bring the PSU to its max. Remember that i5 is only a walk-in deal from Microcenter, make sure you have one nearby. You also get $50 off your mobo when you also buy from Microcenter.
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October 13, 2012 12:46:39 AM

ahhhh good catch. I think there is one relatively close. I will have to look into that.
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October 13, 2012 12:47:58 AM

Nw333 said:
^Yes, but very likely to bring the PSU to its max. Remember that i5 is only a walk-in deal from Microcenter, make sure you have one nearby. You also get $50 off your mobo when you also buy from Microcenter.


wait, the i5 is listed on Amazon for $199 are you sure about the microcenter thing?
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October 13, 2012 12:51:17 AM

It says in the OP that its from Microcenter lol. Only place you'd find the i5 3570K for $190 unless its on sale or something.
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October 13, 2012 12:52:55 AM

devilofdeaths said:
for 1 card 500w is enough 2 cards 700w is enough so if you want to add another i would say get a good quality 750w psu like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 after rebates or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 after rebates


I noticed one is not modular, is that a big deal to you? Also, do you know a better case for less than $100? I want the best performing case. I was thinking the Corsair 400r but I don't know if it is better than the HAF 922
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October 13, 2012 1:08:04 AM

beegeepee said:
I noticed one is not modular, is that a big deal to you? Also, do you know a better case for less than $100? I want the best performing case. I was thinking the Corsair 400r but I don't know if it is better than the HAF 922

modular or not i don't care because i can usually stuff those unused cables somewhere not as for the case
air flow:HAF 922
cable management:400R
bells and whistles:400R
good looking(my opinion):400R
better all around:400R
cheaper:HAF 922
i hope this clears a little bit up for you in deciding the case
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October 13, 2012 1:09:37 AM

devilofdeaths said:
modular or not i don't care because i can usually stuff those unused cables somewhere not as for the case
air flow:HAF 922
cable management:400R
bells and whistles:400R
good looking(my opinion):400R
better all around:400R
cheaper:HAF 922
i hope this clears a little bit up for you in deciding the case


Isn't air flow pretty important? or is the difference negligible. Also, I believe the Corsair 400R is actually cheaper, not sure though. Thanks!
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October 13, 2012 1:14:04 AM

Nw333 said:
It says in the OP that its from Microcenter lol. Only place you'd find the i5 3570K for $190 unless its on sale or something.


Lol, you are right that's weird. But, when I click on the link it shows it's on amazon for $199. It might be worth going to a microcenter though if I can get a MOBO for %50 off. I could see how many of my parts I could get there I suppose for cheaper. Thanks!
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October 13, 2012 1:15:17 AM

beegeepee said:
Isn't air flow pretty important? or is the difference negligible. Also, I believe the Corsair 400R is actually cheaper, not sure though. Thanks!

well in the HAF 922 you have a 200mm fan in the front and top i believe plus a 140mm in the back in the 400R you have 2 140mm in front plus a 140mm in the back so not as muck flow of air but still has good air flow but the Haf 922 still wins but only by a little and the 400R is $85 right now and i think the HAF 922 is $80 right now so i say get the 400R because it just a better deal than the HAF 922 by far
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October 13, 2012 1:19:01 AM

devilofdeaths said:
well in the HAF 922 you have a 200mm fan in the front and top i believe plus a 140mm in the back in the 400R you have 2 140mm in front plus a 140mm in the back so not as muck flow of air but still has good air flow but the Haf 922 still wins but only by a little and the 400R is $85 right now and i think the HAF 922 is $80 right now so i say get the 400R because it just a better deal than the HAF 922 by far


OK thanks! That seems to be the general consensus
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October 13, 2012 1:22:15 AM

beegeepee said:
OK thanks! That seems to be the general consensus

ok now that you got your build sorted out i hope you enjoy it and also if you could give a best answer to the person that helped you the most
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October 13, 2012 1:37:36 AM

Best answer selected by beegeepee.
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October 13, 2012 1:50:42 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1216.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

a bit over(maybe a lot over w/o the rebates) but it can be changed if it is to much over.

inside leaves room for upgrades such as the 850W to get inside 2 7970 GHz.

has a good room for cable management(even a noob will be able to stuff cables inside and leave it)
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October 13, 2012 3:38:06 PM

boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1216.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

a bit over(maybe a lot over w/o the rebates) but it can be changed if it is to much over.

inside leaves room for upgrades such as the 850W to get inside 2 7970 GHz.

has a good room for cable management(even a noob will be able to stuff cables inside and leave it)


I am curious why you changed the CPU cooler. It is more expensive but seems about the same as what I had. I like the rest of it though especially the case.
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October 13, 2012 4:14:27 PM

the hyper 212 evo comes with extra brackets to install a second fan on it for a push and pull config.

the evo has a better contact system also and thats about it. it is fine going with the Plus version though not that much of a difference
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October 13, 2012 4:41:02 PM

boulbox said:
the hyper 212 evo comes with extra brackets to install a second fan on it for a push and pull config.

the evo has a better contact system also and thats about it. it is fine going with the Plus version though not that much of a difference



ahhh, I see. Thanks for the information. Unfortunately, now I have to decide what I want :D 
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October 13, 2012 5:19:44 PM

purgeofdarkness said:
If i'm doing a similiar build but using Nvidia cards instead, should I start a new topic or can I ask everyone who posted on here for their opinion?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kcK3


lol your build is very similar. I think people here will tell you to upgrade your MOBO. Unfortunately, no-one is responding to this post so you may want to start your own. I think your build is pretty good but I am a noob so, ya probably don't listen to me.
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October 13, 2012 5:22:05 PM

Thanks Guys, I'll start a new topic.
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