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$1000 New Gaming PC

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November 3, 2012 5:33:42 AM

Hey guys, I'm going to build my own computer for the first time, I have a basic idea of what I'm going to buy, but I'm stuck between the Radeon 7950 and the GTX 670. Also, any suggestions on a 120hz monitor?

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week
Budget Range: $1000 (Not including OS, peripherals or monitor)
System Usage: Gaming
Monitor: Yes, 120hz
Parts Preference: GPU - GTX 670 or Radeon 7950 (I prefer MSI so maybe 7950 Twin Frozr III or 670 Power Edition)
Overclocking: Yes
SLI/Crossfire: In the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I can't decide if I should get a GTX 670 or a Radeon 7950. I want to get the MSI 7950 TFIII and then overclock it so that it outperforms a GTX 670 and I know it is possible. The 7950 is also cheaper. But from the benchmarks I've seen, they only compare a 7950 Overclocked with a stock 670 so I don't know how a 7950 overclocked performs against an MSI GTX 670 Power Edition +overclocking. Also, the GTX 670 has Adaptive V-Sync, TXAA and PhysX. Adaptive V-Sync I can sacrifice because I am getting a 120hz monitor and I won't be using V-Sync often. TXAA also makes things smoother and PhysX also adds the cool particle effects and such, but are those two worth the extra price increase? I'm going to be playing Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3, do those games use PhysX? I guess we can't speak for Crysis 3 because it's not out yet, but it does use CryEngine 3 right?

Here's my basic idea:

CPU: Intel Ivy-Bridge i5-3570k (going to overclock it)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (for overclocking CPU)
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4x2) DDR3-1600
Storage: Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Some 24x DVD Burner
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black)
GPU: MSI GTX 670 Power Edition or MSI Radeon 7950 TwinFrozr III

More about : 1000 gaming

November 3, 2012 6:00:19 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $946.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Actual price will be 999.91$ unless you have a microcenter around u they have really good deals if you acctuly go to the store
The case can be changed out for something you like more but this whole rig should play anything that u throw at it
the 7970 will be alot better then a 670 for your money
if u want to see bench marks and other things go:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/618?vs=598
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November 3, 2012 7:05:31 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $946.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Actual price will be 999.91$ unless you have a microcenter around u they have really good deals if you acctuly go to the store
The case can be changed out for something you like more but this whole rig should play anything that u throw at it
the 7970 will be alot better then a 670 for your money
if u want to see bench marks and other things go:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/618?vs=598


The anandtech link you provided shows the 7970 Ghz edition, which I guess is pretty much the same as the ASUS 7970 Direct CUII Top but nonetheless, the build is solid, except you forgot to put in an optical drive . But is the ASUS Direct CUII Top really 352 dollars? I checked NCIX, but I couldn't find it. I did find the non-top version, but it was still 419.99 USD. I guess it's one of the November specials right?
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November 3, 2012 7:28:07 AM

^^great build.
Quick throwout idea, maybe you could add an SSD? Mainly benefits you if your impatient.
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November 3, 2012 7:56:49 AM

Ah shucks, the deal is off. The ASUS 7970 DCUII Top on NCIX is SOLD OUT. :( 
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November 3, 2012 8:12:37 AM

What do you expect, it's a top of the line card for 350 dollars, a full hundred less than the norm :/ 
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November 3, 2012 8:34:07 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $910.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The only thing i really changed on this was the gpu had to downgrade to a 7950 but now u also get a optical drive
If u have the extra money u could always still go for the 7970
like this 1
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100351...
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