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$900 gaming build

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October 24, 2012 4:34:47 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($216.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $890.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


How long will this build last? (Slowly decreasing to low-detail graphics).
How fast can I OC the CPU without the risk of overheating?
What are your opinions on the build? Are any parts incompatbile? Anything I can go a bit cheaper on?

Thanks. :D 

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October 24, 2012 4:46:48 AM

The z77 board is wasted on a Sandy CPU, might wanna consider the 3570k.

Everything else looks good. Though I would swap the Ripjaws X for easier CPU cooler installation.
October 24, 2012 4:50:21 AM

@jrgong - You can't Crossfire with the Pro3, so the 750w is actually overkill.

Also, I believe the $190 CPU deal is for walk-in only at Microcenter.
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October 24, 2012 5:44:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lg85
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lg85/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lg85/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $883.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Added in the 7870. I've heard that the Ivy bridge series tends to overheat while OC'ing so I would rather stay safe with the 2500k. And the 650W that I have should be enough. :p 
October 24, 2012 8:04:05 PM

So, everything looks fine?
October 24, 2012 11:39:53 PM

How much OC will you be doing anyway? An OC'd Ivy to 4.5GHz is the same as a 4.7-4.8 Sandy.

If you're not gonna add a 2nd GPU, 550-600w would already be plenty.

There's really no point in skipping on Ivy for an older generation that's already getting obsolete. Especially when your budget can pretty much fit it.
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