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$1500 build. Is it okay?

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November 3, 2012 12:31:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Between 15 and 31 of December

Budget Range: Between Up to $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d Modelling - Rendering - Adobe CS6 - Games - Movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: ALL

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It has to have Shipping, and payment by debit card.

Location: South Lake Tahoe, California.

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I already have a Dell ST2310 23' 1920x1080. Im planning to buy another 23' monitor. Two monitors connected to the pc.

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using) Programs: SolidWorks, Autocad, KeyShot, Photoshop, Illustrator. Full HD games.

Why Are You Upgrading: Im selling my mac mini, and a I need a new powerful pc.


I have made this list already, what do you think:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mkIN

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)

Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($31.98 @ Amazon)

Other: Wifi Network PCI Card ($18.00)

Total: $1390.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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November 3, 2012 1:15:01 PM

Basically fine, but a couple of minor observations:

SSD: Both OCZ Vertex4, and Samsung 830 are slightly better than the Crucial. Nothing wrong with the M4, just others slightly better.
GPU: Very good, and will work with CS6. However, assuming you are using Windows version of CS6, that uses Mercury Playback Engine, which utilises CUDA, for graphic acceleration. Therefore, at least, "favours" nVidia based graphics.
PSU: Some OCZ PSU's are "better than others". Suggest double-check that's one of the "good" ones. Seasonic, XFX, PC PowerCooling, Antec, Corsair, good alternatives.
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November 3, 2012 1:37:06 PM

Compatibility Notes

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.Therefore i would switch the case.And i agree with above comments.
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November 4, 2012 4:41:09 PM

Perfect. I change the SSD to the Samsung 830.

About the GPU, I'm between the 7950 and a 670.

About the case. I dont want to pay more than 50uss for it. I like the Haf 912, and I dont really care that is has 2.0 in the front. Is there a similar case with 3.0?
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November 4, 2012 5:03:46 PM

The HAF is hard to beat on price, for reasonable quality, as long as you are happy to only have front USB2.0.
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November 4, 2012 5:09:03 PM

As regards between 7950 and 670. The 7950 is probably better value, across a broad range of games. The 670 does, though perform particularly well, in certain games, like BF3, Borderlands, Starcraft, Portal. Basically, if you like to play lots of different games, get HD7950. If you only play two or three specific games, it's worth researching which is better in THOSE games.
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November 4, 2012 5:17:55 PM

Both are great cards i bought my son 7950 he really enjoys it i like his card as well overclocks decent.Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.

Pricing of the Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X is 330 USD, which is a 10% premium, or $ 30 over the reference design.
i bought myself MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks.That would be a solid choice for the price imo they currently are going for $389.99 $369.99 after rebate that doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.My personal experience is that Adaptive VSync makes my gaming experience smooth as silk. I don't use it on all my games, but it is nice to know that the option is there and that it works very well when needed. HardOCP, who did a full review on adaptive vsync, was impressed with it: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/16/nvidia_adapti...
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November 4, 2012 8:07:20 PM

Thanks for the responses to everyone!

I think I will stick with the 7950 and the Haf 912.

What about the keyboard and the mouse? Is there any alternative similar to those but wireless?
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November 4, 2012 8:10:13 PM

What is your budget for mouse and keyboard
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November 4, 2012 8:13:15 PM

Between $50 and $100 total for both.
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November 4, 2012 8:18:16 PM

No i don't know of any sorry
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November 4, 2012 11:08:25 PM

Its okay.

And about the wifi. It is better a wifi card or wifi usbs are fine? I have a Airport Express in my house (N signal)
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November 12, 2012 2:11:33 AM

Best answer selected by jototojo.
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