New PC build 1200 dollars

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: 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.:

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 before your wishlist number (the last 8 digits of your wishlist) make sure the wishlist is public.
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  1. 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
  2. Everything looks okay, but drop the CM PSU.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. How many watts will I need for my PSU? Any suggestions for one less than 100? I'm kinda cheap xD
  6. I got the wrist strap because it's 5 dollars and I plan on building more computers in the future, so why not.
  7. ^that kingston ram runs @ 1.65v and will void the 3570k's warranty.
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. It's 5 dollars that could potentially save me 140 bucks, I'll buy the freaking thing. lol.
  11. Couple of suggestions: Get the Extreme4. It OCs better, and you get 8GB free RAM.

    CM PSUs are fairly crappy; get this:

    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!
  12. installing the heat sink isn't that hard, but it does replace the mounting frame on the motherboard.
  13. I don't plan on buying within this month, so combo deals are useless atm.
  14. I will get th eextreme4 asrock though, because OC
  15. And I've head the hyper 212 evo is heavy and can bend your mobo. true or false?
  16. False, never heard that before.
    Though yes, it's fairly big.
  17. 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.
  18. is the hyper 212 evo easy to install?
  19. and is it better than the 212 +? they're priced about the same.
  20. No hun, Radeon cards are currently the best bang for buck in general up to the 7970 GHz. It outperforms even the 680.
  21. link me to a good 7970? I'm pretty much just copy pasting for the hundreds of articles I've read.
  22. 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
  23. 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)
  24. Ok thanks. also, will the HAF 912 fit all these parts well? I know it's a good case.

    this, or the EVGA GTX 670 for 50 bucks less?

    personally I think I might go with the GTX 670, considering it's only 350 right now. o-o
  26. 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.
  27. that one will be fine as a single card. in SLI it'll be blowing all its heat on the second card
  28. 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?
  29. Ok, so 7970 ;-;

    EDIT: Does the 7970 take up more or less wattage?
  30. i dunno. most likely january/february
  31. 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. 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.
  32. Please don't die, thread, please don't die.... ;-;
  33. Maybe you should buy the GPU last, if you don't mind using the current one you have or the integrated graphics til then.
  34. I might just buy like a 50$gcard and buy the 7970 then, would that do ok? i can't stand IG >-<

    edit: caps
  36. maybe the 550 ti?
  37. What about the GPU you're using right now?
  38. I'm currently on a laptop
  39. that was 200 dollars 3-4 years ago.
  40. 8 fps on minecraft minimum settings. >.>
  41. yes,yes the 550Ti will be a good entry level card or maybe a 650Ti or just 650
  42. Or a 7750 or 7770.
  43. 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?
  44. Someone Somewhere said:
    Or a 7750 or 7770.

    +1 i forgot about AMD cards for a second
  45. 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?

  46. 7850 is good too, though at the pricey end.
  47. 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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