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October 18, 2012 4:59:13 AM

okay, so I am planning on building a pc to game on (as well as every day use), don't want to go over $700 budget really, already have a single 1920x1080 monitor, wont be using more than one, and already have the OS here is what I have that i need to get so far, please help fill in the blanks with suggestions asap! thanks people!

CPU: intel core i5 3570k ~ $205 ~ Amazon
GPU: yet to be decided ~ about $200 preferably (would love a 680 or 7970 for $200)
PSU: yet do be decided ~ hopefully $70 yet still quality
SSD: yet to be decided if will be included into the build ~ $75 would be nice for 64-128gb
MOBO: Asrock z77 extreme4 (w/ 2x4gb 1600ghz PC3 12800 SDRAM free) ~ $135 ~ Newegg
CASE: Rosewill Challenger ~ $45 ~ Newegg
HD: 1 TB 7200 RPM 3.5" ~ already bought for $50
Wireless Adapter ~ $20 ~ Amazon
Logitech Wireless Keyboard ~ $25 ~ Amazon
OS: Windows 8 ultimate ~ FREE ~ perks of my job
1920x1080 Monitor ~ already have (price ignored)

Total as stands at all these prices ~ $825

Still would like to cut 125 dollars if possible w/o performace loss, please comment/share thoughts and ideas! All thoughts appreciated!
October 18, 2012 5:09:33 AM

About $200 for a GPu is not going to get you a 7970 or a 680. It WILL get you a nice HD7850 though.

As for the power supply, go for this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This should do nicely.

You do also know that you will be needing a CPU fan for that processor as well if you have intentions to overclock.
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October 18, 2012 5:22:48 AM

btw i also have two nvidia gtx 560 ti's that i could sli instead of getting a different card, i just figured a single, better card, would be a better route, was wanting a total new build, the cpu fan can wait till i overclock, and the other cost if i do the SLI is that i will need a 850w psu, so still preferring a single card
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October 18, 2012 5:24:30 AM

SLi is a good idea. 850W PSU is not too hard
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October 18, 2012 5:25:29 AM

im most likely going to have to lose the ssd anyways to cut my budget down, so without that i am at 750 and still want to drop 50 bucks, i dont have to but it would be nice somehow through a miracle
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October 18, 2012 5:26:26 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.05 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $633.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

My advice

EDIT: Mobo includes free 8GB RAM @ Newegg.
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October 18, 2012 5:26:59 AM

i hear everyone bash SLI especially since im only going 1 screen
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October 18, 2012 5:27:39 AM

and where do you find a quality $70 psu that is 850w lol?
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October 18, 2012 5:28:08 AM

If you have the cards already there's no reason not to.
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October 18, 2012 5:31:23 AM

The $85 one in my build is made by Seasonic and is one of the best.
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October 18, 2012 5:34:42 AM

i like your build except i want a 1tb hard drive and then the graphics card.. puts it over the budget again =/ gotta decide if i go solid state or just regular at first and add the other later.. =/
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October 18, 2012 5:40:43 AM

I thought you already bought the 1TB HDD.

If you already own a pair of 560Ti why would you add another graphics card?
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October 18, 2012 5:53:58 AM

yeah thats what im saying though, after that $50 is added youre at 683.23, and then the card will put that like 900, i was planning on selling the 560 ti's or using them for something different, preferably was gonna sell them and buy a 7950 or gtx 680, but i would have to find a sweet deal.
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October 18, 2012 5:55:54 AM

eventual goal is to push the 3570k to its supposed max of 4.9 ghz, i know that i will later need water cooling for that but that is a later project ;) 
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October 18, 2012 5:56:51 AM

what size of PSU is required for a 7970 or a gtx 680? like 650? i hear you always want your PSU to be between 20% and 80% of its wattage, never lower or higher for good use
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October 18, 2012 5:57:50 AM

OK.

Get a i3-3220 and drop the SSD then. That should save about ~$200.
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October 18, 2012 5:58:47 AM

tbh i dont want to mess with the headache of SLI on single screen when i dont HAVE to necessarily
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October 18, 2012 6:02:42 AM

SLi shouldn't be any more of a headache on single screen than not. I can make you a build with a 7950 (I think) if you want.
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October 18, 2012 6:06:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $640.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 18, 2012 6:08:16 AM

im in love with the 3570k </3 =(... here is what i may do...

i5 3570k~ $205
Asrock z77 extreme 4 (w/ 2x4gb 1600ghz PC3 12800 SDRAM)~ $135
Antec 650w 80 plus~ $70
1tb HDD 7200 rpm 3.5"~ $50
Rosewill Challenger case~ $40
optical drive~ $20
logitech wireless keyboard~ $20
wireless adapter~ $20
attempt to find a 7970 or 680 by the end of the month on a sweet deal~ $250

total~ $810

and cry bc i wanna be at least 60 dollars less and im still not having the SSD, i need to figure something out.. gotta be something..
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October 18, 2012 6:10:18 AM

You won't find a 7970 or 680 or 670 at that price. You might be able to find a 7950 that low.

I don't suppose you live near a microcenter?
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October 18, 2012 6:11:23 AM

@someone somewhere, you are a beast man, i appreciate you trying to help me out! I just really wanna stick close to what i just posted, adding the SSD later for sure, and still try to figure out how to cut costs $60 if at all possible =/ i can live with 750 and having to add the SSD later and selling my two 560 ti's(btw, how much do you think i can sell them for and where? slightly used)
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October 18, 2012 6:12:13 AM

i do live near a micro center =) know of any hot deals they have going on stuff i have listed kinda? i never find their good deals!
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October 18, 2012 6:13:26 AM

i know of a couple places i can find the 7970 for around 290 but i really wanna hold out maybe and try to find that one for 250 ish, maybe someone would wanna trade me the 7970 or 680 for some reason (used is fine as long as work perfectly like mine) for my two 560 ti's?!? if im lucky!?!?
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October 18, 2012 6:16:40 AM

btw, anyone know of any decent cases with a side window and at least 3 fans for $50 or less?! i REALLY would love to get into a decent side window that has pretty good air flow, also, an afterthought.. im concerned with the size of the 7970, they say they are a pain in almost all cases =/
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October 18, 2012 6:23:44 AM

MOBO is definitely a spot where i WILL NOT cut back, the motherboard i have picked is the PERFECT motherboard for me for now and future! thanks though! and hmm, nice suggestion thor, i like the rosewill a little bit more though
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October 18, 2012 6:30:25 AM

NOT the Apevia - that has every sign of being a crap PSU. No 80PLUS, >70% efficiency, and a brand I wouldn't ever buy from.
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October 18, 2012 6:32:10 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
NOT the Apevia - that has every sign of being a crap PSU. No 80PLUS, >70% efficiency, and a brand I wouldn't ever buy from.


The reviewer's on newegg think otherwise, it's the top rated psu in that price range.
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October 18, 2012 6:36:57 AM

Sigh... Would it be better if I just ran my sli 560 ti's? I just heard they don't work we'll on all games because some games will only use one and not both, and if I did go with them then what 850w PSU can I get that's like 70 bucks and good?
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October 18, 2012 6:37:35 AM

I would never buy an Apevia PSU.
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October 18, 2012 6:39:07 AM

If I used the sli 560 ti's the. I would be at like 760 total.. Just still have to add the ssd later
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October 18, 2012 6:39:36 AM

A good 850w would be at least $100
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October 18, 2012 6:45:28 AM

Lol yeah that's weird I could not find any official reviews on the psu around the web either. I can understand why he might not want to use a less reliable brand, just that it had half off at the time. Some people are willing to take that extra "risk" so I thought I would post it.
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October 18, 2012 6:54:08 AM

Thanks for the link!
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October 18, 2012 3:38:26 PM

The problem with gettin the motherboard there though is that newegg is giving the ram free with the mobo, so I'm not saving any money for buying it there cause then I would have to buy the ram
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October 18, 2012 3:46:41 PM

Another question.. Would a 128 gb ssd be good enough an just add the hdd later? I can return the hdd since newegg has a bonus of for a 850w and a 128gb ssd, might wanna jump on that now.. But I don't want 128 gb to not be enough for running purposes..
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October 19, 2012 2:11:09 AM

128GB is pretty tight...

See what I said about the $50 off deal if you buy both MB and CPU in store.

The CPU is also $40 cheaper than Newegg, which will cover the extra RAM.
The MB is the same price.
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October 19, 2012 2:21:29 AM

I seem to recall that we just had this discussion...

The two 560 Tis from your friend for $100 is a killer deal, just stick with those. You aren't going to get better prices on that, and there's no way in hell you're going to find a 680 or a 7970 for $200, much less anyone crazy enough to trade you theirs. Furthermore, a 680 is a waste of money compared to a 670, the difference in performance is only like 10% for another $100-150.

You could get by on just an SSD and no secondary storage for a while if you are cautious with your installs.

For case, take a look at the Zalman Z11+ HF1 that just went on sale for $50 after promo code and rebate. It has everything you're looking for, and I recently got to do a build in one and was very impressed with the quality for the price.
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