I'm looking to spend about $900 for a new gaming rig, current games that I play are diablo 3 and starcraft 2. I'm not big on overclocking, just want a solid pc that's very up-gradable in the future. please look over this build and give any advice/suggestions on parts, and any changes I can make to save some $ without too much loss on performance. - will be placing order tonight. thank you!
Very nice build. If SC2 and D3 are all you play you will have no problem. This machine is way more than you need for those games. It's seems to be very up-gradable with room for 4-way SLI/Crossfire. And LGA1155 allows you to upgrade to an i7 in the future.
Why do you even bother posting lol? I dont think ive seen you share anything with even a shred of intelligence behind it.
No that 7870 is not a better performer. On the contrary its alot worse. The IceQ will let you overclock much higher, and it vents all the hot air out of the back of the case. Did i mention its cheaper too?
Hes not overclocking so the 3450 is just as good.
Clearly, based on his mobo and PSU choice he is thinking of crossfiring down the road. 750w is the perfect wattage for this.
The CPU is a hair faster than the one you selected, for roughly the same price. The motherboard is also roughly on par with the Extreme3 (I'm currently avoiding recommending ASRock while I look into some quality issues that were raised in another thread). The Caviar Black is a much faster hard drive and offers twice as much storage, as well as a 5-year warranty. The power supply is a great Seasonic-made unit, and has enough headroom to Crossfire with 7950s (and is modular, to boot!). There is a single $20 rebate, so even if that doesn't go through you're still under budget.
Just because he chose his all his parts from Newegg doesn't mean he's opposed to ordering elsewhere. Just because he chose a 750W power supply doesn't mean he's planning on Crossfire. Just because he chose a Caviar Blue doesn't mean he doesn't care about the warranty.
I'm not saying I didn't make assumptions - I don't particularly like to though, which is why I'm asking for some clarification. Nor am I saying all your points are invalid (or valid, for that matter) - the 3450 is much more affordable (I didn't see it in PCPP's list), and the D3SH isn't good for Crossfire (I thought it had 2 PCIe 3 slots; see, I'm assuming), I'll give you that.
However, I've not seen anything to indicate that the Barracuda 7200.12 is any faster than a Caviar Black. And on the PSU, it's only 'close' at its max load - see this and this.
One was from amazon which was still sale tax free for California at the time, and while the IceQ was cheaper and looked more appealing to me, I would have had to pay tax/shipping. I don't know if I would have noticed much of a difference either way.
Why would he include all his parts from newegg and include a 750w PSU? For shits and giggles? Maybe its some freak coincidence but until he specifies otherwise why assume differently?
Perhaps he assumed Newegg has the best prices on everything, or isn't sure where else is reputable? I don't get why you're making such a fuss over this.
64mb cache vs 32 mb cache = seagate faster.
That might be true if the Caviar Black had 32MB cache. But it's got 64MB, just like the Seagate.
Of course its only close at max load, but it will be at max load often when gaming furthermore it doesnt leave much leeway in terms of further expansion... Especially when those two wattages retail for the same price.
7950 Crossfire pulls ~290W during gaming; add in a 77W locked i5, and perhaps ~90W for the motherboard, hard drive, and fans, you get ~460W total under load. Considering the Hale82 puts out 636W max, I think he'll be fine, even taking overclocking into consideration.
Also, the most affordable 750W PSU I'd trust my hardware to is $10 more than the Hale, and that's with a rebate. Otherwise, it's $20.
Look at what hes got in the op and then tell me whose making assumptions ;(
The rest of my points are valid regardless.
You still, cannot assume that he wants to do crossfire, unless he states that he does.
And again, he is asking us for help, any tech smart person would not ask for help, if they really are tech smart (No offense to the OP, its ok, those who aren't as smart as some of us have plenty of room to learn more),
And again, that 7870 HAWK can still overclock like a monster, with the twin frozr on it, its unstoppable.
Again on the first point, don't assume anything, until the OP says its true, or false.