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October 21, 2012 4:58:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: N/A

Budget Range: 900-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet surfing, the usual


Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but that's not included here.


Parts to Upgrade: Anything that will improve performance for only slightly more/less or keep same performance for less.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, in this case, Windows Home Premium 64bit OEM


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com. pcpartpicker annoys the crap out of me, I hate it. sorry. you can use it if you must though.

Location: Paint Lick, Kentucky, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel in my opinion, is better for higher end PC's like this one, but AMD is way better for 700 and below price range.

Overclocking: Yes. a little on the CPU and maybe some on the GPU

SLI or Crossfire: Later on I'll buy another GTX 670, sure. don't wanna spend more than 80-90 bucks on a psu tho ;-;

Your Monitor Resolution: The highest I can manage I guess, I'm not good with this kind of info.

Additional Comments: Here's a list of parts I have picked out right now. this is the absolute MAX my budget will go, NO MORE.:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Running on a 3 year old 200 dollar laptop

PS: to create a public wishlist on newegg, paste http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx... before your wishlist number (the last 8 digits of your wishlist) make sure the wishlist is public.

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October 21, 2012 5:13:05 AM

Sorry If I wasn't specific. I want that list of parts to be altered to give better performance for the same/SLIGHTLY more, or the the same performance for any less. also I need a psu that can support 2 GTX 670's in the future. will 700 watts be enough ? thanks
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October 21, 2012 5:18:49 AM

Everything looks okay, but drop the CM PSU.
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October 21, 2012 5:21:05 AM

If you really want more performance for the same price, swap the 670 for a 7970.
A 750w PSU would be in order for SLI/CF, not 700.
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October 21, 2012 5:21:18 AM

a few things:

1) the wrist strap is totally unnecessary
2) Cooler Master PSUs are decidedly 2nd class

heres is a build that is all-newegg, larger hard drive, better power supply

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1129.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 21, 2012 5:21:40 AM

How many watts will I need for my PSU? Any suggestions for one less than 100? I'm kinda cheap xD
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October 21, 2012 5:22:44 AM

I got the wrist strap because it's 5 dollars and I plan on building more computers in the future, so why not.
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October 21, 2012 5:23:58 AM

^that kingston ram runs @ 1.65v and will void the 3570k's warranty.
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October 21, 2012 5:24:02 AM

And I'm kind of a derp at installing aftermarket fans, is the one you suggested here easy to install? if not, im willing to pay like 50 bucks for one if it's easy to install xD
Thanks, I'll stick with the normal Gskill 8 gigs from newegg (EDIT)
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October 21, 2012 5:24:39 AM

because its $5 wasted. I've been building computers since the 1980s (over 25 years!), and I've never used a wrist strap and never had static discharge. And the Antec HGC 750 is a great psu for $70
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October 21, 2012 5:25:57 AM

It's 5 dollars that could potentially save me 140 bucks, I'll buy the freaking thing. lol.
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October 21, 2012 5:26:13 AM

Couple of suggestions: Get the Extreme4. It OCs better, and you get 8GB free RAM.

CM PSUs are fairly crappy; get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vertex4 is $10 cheaper and faster.

Get the 212 Evo.

I'd suggest a 7970, especially if getting a 1440p screen or 5760x1080. It does well at high-res.

That should keep it at much the same price point or cheaper.

EDIT: Missed everyone else!
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October 21, 2012 5:27:22 AM

installing the heat sink isn't that hard, but it does replace the mounting frame on the motherboard.
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October 21, 2012 5:27:46 AM

I don't plan on buying within this month, so combo deals are useless atm.
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October 21, 2012 5:29:39 AM

I will get th eextreme4 asrock though, because OC
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October 21, 2012 5:30:34 AM

And I've head the hyper 212 evo is heavy and can bend your mobo. true or false?
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October 21, 2012 5:31:55 AM

False, never heard that before.
Though yes, it's fairly big.
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October 21, 2012 5:32:14 AM

And my opinion on the 7970 is that Radeon cards appeal is the bang for the buck, which kind of stops at the 7870. after that price point I'd rather go with nVidia. and since I'm paying 400 dollars for a Graphics card.... GTX 670.
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October 21, 2012 5:32:51 AM

is the hyper 212 evo easy to install?
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October 21, 2012 5:33:24 AM

and is it better than the 212 +? they're priced about the same.
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October 21, 2012 5:37:03 AM

No hun, Radeon cards are currently the best bang for buck in general up to the 7970 GHz. It outperforms even the 680.
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October 21, 2012 5:37:36 AM

link me to a good 7970? I'm pretty much just copy pasting for the hundreds of articles I've read.
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October 21, 2012 5:37:57 AM

the evo is a bit better due to a better fan. both are equally difficult to install, and are similar to the GAIA I suggested - you replace the bottom mount on the motherboard, put in the cpu, then mount the heat sink, then put the mobo in the case. there are included instructions
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October 21, 2012 5:39:38 AM

also, the GTX 670 EVGA is on sale for 350 bucks, should I buy it like right now? or is it not as good as the gigabyte version?
I also intend to buy 700 dollars worth of the parts during black friday. (I have 700 now, getting another 800 in december) so I can save some money and put it towards my mouse and keyboard. (1500 total for the system, input devices, and monitor)
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October 21, 2012 5:40:17 AM

Ok thanks. also, will the HAF 912 fit all these parts well? I know it's a good case.
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October 21, 2012 5:45:01 AM

I don't generally advise EVGA 'cause they insist on reference cooling.
That's gonna prove inefficient under heavy load and SLI.

HAF 912 is spacy, so it should.
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October 21, 2012 5:45:15 AM

that one will be fine as a single card. in SLI it'll be blowing all its heat on the second card
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October 21, 2012 5:46:17 AM

Okay, so, does that mean go with the 7970? I'm really looking to lower the price, I only first intended on spending 700 bucks on this thing, kinda snowballed. but that's okay. ALSO, do you think the radeon 8XXX series will be out by december?
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October 21, 2012 5:46:35 AM

Ok, so 7970 ;-;

EDIT: Does the 7970 take up more or less wattage?
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October 21, 2012 5:47:10 AM

i dunno. most likely january/february
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October 21, 2012 5:51:16 AM

Okay... Okay, so I'm gonna be honest. I have 700 bucks right now. (260 or some odd number in my room and almost 500, like 480 i think, in the bank) My mom breeds dogs for a side job she loves. webs.hihatstandards.com or some crap. My dog is the guy. she sells pups for ~800 bucks a piece. I get the money from 1 puppy each litter for helping her out/letting her use my dog as the "stud". female dog is having pups in mid november, plus, like, 10 weeks before she can sell them. so I won't have money for a while. Should I wait till after the 8XXX series come out to get the 7970??? LOL, sorry if tmi.
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October 21, 2012 5:58:20 AM

Please don't die, thread, please don't die.... ;-;
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October 21, 2012 5:59:01 AM

Maybe you should buy the GPU last, if you don't mind using the current one you have or the integrated graphics til then.
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October 21, 2012 5:59:47 AM

I might just buy like a 50$gcard and buy the 7970 then, would that do ok? i can't stand IG >-<
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October 21, 2012 6:03:03 AM

WOULD THAT DO?

edit: caps
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October 21, 2012 6:10:09 AM

maybe the 550 ti?
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October 21, 2012 6:23:00 AM

What about the GPU you're using right now?
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October 21, 2012 6:30:06 AM

I'm currently on a laptop
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October 21, 2012 6:30:37 AM

that was 200 dollars 3-4 years ago.
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October 21, 2012 6:30:57 AM

8 fps on minecraft minimum settings. >.>
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October 21, 2012 6:32:06 AM

yes,yes the 550Ti will be a good entry level card or maybe a 650Ti or just 650
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October 21, 2012 6:40:39 AM

There is little point in getting a 650 Ti now and then upgrading again in more or less a month.
It's a waste of your hard earned cash.

How much do 550 Ti go for these days?
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October 21, 2012 6:41:11 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Or a 7750 or 7770.

+1 i forgot about AMD cards for a second
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October 21, 2012 6:42:20 AM

excella1221 said:
There is little point in getting a 650 Ti now and then upgrading again in more or less a month.
It's a waste of your hard earned cash.

How much do 550 Ti go for these days?

$110-$140
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October 21, 2012 6:42:23 AM

7850 is good too, though at the pricey end.
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October 21, 2012 6:50:20 AM

Both the 550 Ti and 7750/70 would just be a waste imo. He just needs a temporary GPU 'til he buys the 7970/670 in more or less a month.

The HD4000 from the 3570K should suffice for that, but he doesn't want IG. :l
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