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October 21, 2012 7:21:23 PM

I'll have enough money to buy a pretty good computer soon. I'll mostly use it for gaming and such.

So here's what I had in mind

GPU - Radeon HD 6870
CPU - I5-2500k 3.3ghz
MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77
PSU - Corsair 750w
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
HDD - Seagate 1TB 7200 rpm

I'll have around $1000(however I am willing to go over this price mark, but not by much) to spend on computer parts, not including the monitor. I don't really want something that would be overkill for playing most games on high settings.

Your thoughts?

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October 21, 2012 8:16:27 PM

I'd much more recommend this. Since you didn't list whether you had an OS I'll list one, if you do then you can increase the budget.


i5 3570k
Hyper 212 Evo
Asrock Z77 Extreme4
Sapphire HD 7870 GHZ Edition
Corsair CX600
Corsair vengeance LOW PROFILE 8GB DDR3
Seagate 1TB 7200RPM
CM Elite 430 (Case is just preference, I love this case for budget builds, absolutely fantastic)
Windows 7 64 Bit home Premium

I don't know what website/country you want to use/live in, so I'll leave this for now -- use your own website and just get an overall budget for it.
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October 21, 2012 10:31:43 PM

JJ1217 said:
I don't know what website/country you want to use/live in, so I'll leave this for now -- use your own website and just get an overall budget for it.


Live in the USA. I'm planning on using newegg for my wishlist and then I'd just go from there. I originally had the asrock z77 on my wishlist instead of the gigabyte one, I don't remember why I switched.

Sorry that I forgot to mention that I do have an OS ready for when I need to install it.

aznshinobi said:
/You could do better honestly.

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
OS: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...
Total: $936

A much better build IMO. Specially GPU side of things.


I kind of thought the 6870 good enough. I originally had plans to get the GTX 660 2gb but I figured that's a bit unnecessary for what I'm doing plus it was quite a bit of money. I'll consider the 7870 since it seems like it might be right up there with the gtx 660 but for a little bit of a better price.

Thanks for the suggestions!
October 21, 2012 10:51:09 PM

profaitor said:
Live in the USA. I'm planning on using newegg for my wishlist and then I'd just go from there. I originally had the asrock z77 on my wishlist instead of the gigabyte one, I don't remember why I switched.

Sorry that I forgot to mention that I do have an OS ready for when I need to install it.



I kind of thought the 6870 good enough. I originally had plans to get the GTX 660 2gb but I figured that's a bit unnecessary for what I'm doing plus it was quite a bit of money. I'll consider the 7870 since it seems like it might be right up there with the gtx 660 but for a little bit of a better price.

Thanks for the suggestions!


Sounds good! I'd go with the 7870 just so that you'll have some future proofing on the graphical side of things. It's your choice though, what games do you plan to play?

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^lol still with the shameless promotion, if you spent half the time on your blog that you do earning certain "spy" related badges, maybe youd have something of substance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l0mu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l0mu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l0mu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1018.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Best 1000 dollars you will ever spend. Will edit as you give more detail ( crossfire? overclock? os? )


The irony of your insults make me luls. You say that my builds are crap but they are pretty much the same as the builds you post but yours just has a total after the rebates. Before rebates your builds are just the same cost as mine. Maybe a few different parts IE SSD, but I don't see why you're so aggressive to me. If you feel like it warrants attacks every time you're on the same thread as me. I'd be happy to report to the moderators.
October 21, 2012 11:37:10 PM

Right now I'm just playing a few old games. LoL is really the only relatively new game I can play with what I have.

The games I want to play are BF3(this mainly), SWTOR, Mass Effect 3, and the new assassins creed when it comes out.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1018.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Best 1000 dollars you will ever spend. Will edit as you give more detail ( crossfire? overclock? os? )


That's not such a bad build, either. I think the 3750k might be a bit too much power. I also had that on my original list but I took it off for the i5 2550k. I don't really want an SSD either as it just doesn't seem like it's worth the extra bread for a few seconds cut off of loading time.

I do have an OS. It's Windows 7 64bit home premium. Not sure about overclocking. And I'm not exactly sure what Crossfire does.
October 22, 2012 12:34:24 AM

^ Of the games you listed, BF3 is the most demanding. The rest are pretty easy for most cards to run, at max settings 1080P maybe you'll want at least the 7850.

Crossfire/SLI is the dual card setup of AMD/Nvidia cards respectively. Just know that your performance will increase. You can google if you want a more in depth explanation. You typically want to have your board running PCI-e 2.0/3.0 at 8x/8x for the least amount of performance decay.

Quite honestly, you could just go with my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
And you'd be solid. Maybe upgrade the 7850 to the 7950 (+$125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $765

You honestly don't need to mess with OCing to have good performance anymore. The i5 3450 is pretty solid at stock, equivalent to the i5 3570K, the K just is the benefit as you can overclock. As you're not sure if you want to CF/SLI, I'll just be first to say, you probably won't upgrade to that path when you do have the chance. A single card is pretty good in current day gaming. Especially after overclocks on the GPU, a single card solution is fine.

October 23, 2012 8:42:37 PM

Thanks guys you've been pretty helpful. I think I'm deciding between the GTX 660 and the Radeon 7950 now, especially since black friday is in a month. If anyone has any feedback for those, I'd appreciate it.

Other games I'll also probably be playing are LoL, SC2, cs:go, but still bf3 the most. I know LoL doesn't need anything close to a GTX.. but the other ones might need something a bit more powerful than a 7850 imo
October 23, 2012 9:58:04 PM

The GTX 660 isn't even close to touching the 7950. Go with the 7950. It'd be good enough to run any of those games at High-Ultra settings at 1080P.
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