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October 30, 2012 2:46:52 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this week or the next

Budget Range: I have a budget of up to around $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, but I have a $500 Best Buy gift card to use

Location: Paxton, Massachusetts, US

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Yes, as long as I don't end up breaking anything

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, either now or in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050, I might get a 1920 x 1080 monitor in the future though

Additional Comments: I would preferably like to have a quiet PC, but I wouldn't mind unless if it's incredibly loud. I would like to be able to run for example, Skyrim on max settings with multiple graphic enhancing mods. This may be a little too ambitious for this sort of budget at this time, but it would be alright if it would require and additional GPU in the future.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The current computer I own isn't made for gaming and can run most games on medium or low with still low FPS, and I would like to have a PC able to run things at the best settings or close while still maintaining a high FPS



I've also have already chosen out some parts already (not bought), but I still require a GPU, CPU Cooler, and Motherboard, the GPU is something that I'd like to possibly get, but I am open to better suggestions, which goes for all of the other components I've added so far.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lU94

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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 3:09:54 PM

Id get this instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lUkl

The performance difference from a 7870 to a 7950 isn't quite worth 100 dollars. Their performance difference is like 10-15% which you can easily gain back by overclocking

The arc midi case is way better than the haf 912

I included a a vertex 4 128gb sad for speedy boot times. It is reliable since it is based off of marvel hardware
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 3:15:15 PM

Case: COUGAR Challenger Black Steel Case Full Tower. ($85.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155. ($134.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870 GHz 2GB 256-bit GDDR5.($209.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5 7200RPM 64MB Cache. ($89.93)
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...

SSD : OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB. ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular. ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler : CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooler. ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

♣ TOTAL = $962

I added a liquid cooler just remove your fears from overclocking

EDIT : OS : Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit. ($91.99)
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...

GooD LucK :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 3:26:23 PM

if you are recommending a closed loop cooler, it would be one of the biggest mistake you can make on this forum. the hyper 212 will perform better than your h60. the h80 and h100 will also be matched with a noctua nh-d14. making closed loop coolers useless other than for asthetics

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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 3:45:43 PM

i think if someone is new to liquid cooling the closed loop will be better for him...
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a c 295 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 3:54:48 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
i think if someone is new to liquid cooling the closed loop will be better for him...


Yeah but closed liquid loops are completely pointless to have. If you're going to do liquid cooling, use the real thing or don't use it at all. I also wouldn't get an SSD on this kind of build either - that's something you can always add in later.

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if you are recommending a closed loop cooler, it would be one of the biggest mistake you can make on this forum. the hyper 212 will perform better than your h60. the h80 and h100 will also be matched with a noctua nh-d14. making closed loop coolers useless other than for asthetics


Recommending Cooler Master PSUs is also a faux pas, and I'm not too sure about that case either.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1141.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 4:07:49 PM

technically easier to add a hard drive in the future than a SSD. you at least dont have to reinstall windows and reformat the drive
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October 30, 2012 4:33:30 PM

How bout this.... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lTFD

if you want to save a little money you could buy a cheaper brand MOBO but i tend to always use asus and maybe cut down wattage of the PSU, but i strongly recomend this PSU...

-Jeff
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 5:46:22 PM

the board is great but the extreme4 has quite a few more features for not much ore or the same price

there is cheaper ram from patriot, which is just as good

the vertex 4 is a bit faster and just as good. id get that instead of the samsung

the arc midi is a lot cheaper for about the same features. both are great cases

beter power supplies out there such as the one from xfx

the 670 pe is a pretty good card but the 7870 is probably the best bang for the buck
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October 30, 2012 6:10:31 PM

I just started buying the parts for my new build. It's around 1200$ with OS and Monitor. It won't be able to xfire, but it's got good OC'ing ability.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
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 ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($98.48 @ 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 ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1215.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 6:41:46 PM

-change the ram to what i recommended
-not a board that i would use but ok
-the 1100 is useless to you. dont bother. get the case i suggested
-get the 7870 i suggested. you picked the wrong one
-get a smaller power supply like a xfx 550w fro ncix for 59.99 after MIR. 650w is overkill
-get the vs228h-p instead. slightly sharper images due to the same resolution put onto a smaller screen
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October 30, 2012 7:11:43 PM

Alright, I like the computer that TheBigTroll suggested, but I'd like to be sure if it will be able to crossfire when I end up getting another 7870 in a month or two.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 10:57:08 PM

ObscuryT said:
Alright, I like the computer that TheBigTroll suggested, but I'd like to be sure if it will be able to crossfire when I end up getting another 7870 in a month or two.


more than capable. but you better have a 120hz monitor or else the performance boost isnt quite worth it since the fps rate will most definitly go above 60
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2012 10:58:38 PM

AA can be high but dont expect to max it out. 2gb wont do that. not like you can see the difference between 8x aa and 16x aa
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October 30, 2012 11:38:08 PM

Alright, I'm going to go with that build unless anyone else has any suggestions.
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October 31, 2012 6:00:16 PM

Best answer selected by ObscuryT.
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