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November 7, 2012 5:08:41 AM

Hello! I'm building a gaming computer. trying to keep it > 1k at the moment, by getting a poop video card then getting, like, a 670 later on. maybe even crossfire 670's. ANYWHOO. here's the big fantastic thing all you guys want:

Approximate Purchase Date: right at/around Christmas

Budget Range: 1k at the moment!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, SOME video editing/rendering, not enough to justify i7 AT ALL. (on a different note, I saw an i5 2500k for 159.99 @ microcenter yesterday!)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.



Parts to Upgrade: starting from scratch, all I have atm is a little 100GB NOTEBOOK drive.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes! And it makes me angry! W7 should be like 40 bucks now that w8 is out!!


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only unless you can find something a WHOLE LOT BETTER. preferably not microcenter for reasons that would take to long to explain. I HATE pcpartpicker, send me a public newegg wishlist if you're going to send a list of parts, or jsut link to individual parts.

Location: Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and I like the z77 mobos. No ssd needed atm.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes later on though.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is plenty for me

Additional Comments: I want quality parts over performance if you can, want this thing to LAST. thus the 120$ case and the PSU. i know the PSU isn't that expensive, but it's so easy to just get like a 20 dollar psu that'll break in a day. lol. here's a list of parts! : http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: running on a cheapo laptop from like a million years ago! I swear the thing is 2 inches thick!

Once again, here's a list of parts: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Is all this compatible? good deals? anything else I should consider? thanks :D 
-Greed/Double

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November 7, 2012 5:30:40 AM

Why 500GB? the 2TB version is only 20 bucks more, i figured why not.
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November 7, 2012 5:33:48 AM

And I think you're right, I'll just get the 6670/go with IG till I have the money to upgrade. I don't actually HAVE a copy of bf3/crysis 2 to play yet anyway, so it'll only have to handle minecraft and combat arms until I buy those.

thanks for your help btw :D  -
-Greed/Double
November 7, 2012 5:36:45 AM

GreedFusion said:
Why 500GB? the 2TB version is only 20 bucks more, i figured why not.

Oh, I didn't notice it was 500gb. I thought I was linking a 1TB.
My bad. :lol: 

The one in your wish list isn't 2tb though, it's only 1.
November 7, 2012 5:39:46 AM

That was just a typo on my part, I know its 1 TB. also a pretty good deal, normal RPM speed 1TB for 80 bucks! man has storage changed. I remember when 32 mb flash drive was like. WOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHHH OMGOMGOMGOMG IT'S 32 *MEGA*BYTES!!!?/1!!!@!@!!
November 7, 2012 5:40:36 AM

I would get this instead then.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's the fastest 7200RPM HDD in the market according to benches, and since you won't be utilizing an SSD just yet, you'll probably want this.

Though it seems Seagate bought out Spinpoint, so I'm not really sure if they made any changes.
November 7, 2012 5:42:06 AM

Looks good to me, only a few small changes I would make:

I'd actually go with this HDD if you're not averse to buying from amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004L5GRQQ/?tag=pcpapi-20

The full ATX Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is actually cheaper than the mATX version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU is pretty monster overkill in terms of wattage unless you want to SLI in the future. I'm all for buying a quality unit though, and for a single GPU I think you'd be better served with something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even if you wanted to get a 7770 GE to hold you over for the time being, you can spend a little bit less money and get this model for $100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 7, 2012 5:47:29 AM

ckholt83 said:
Looks good to me, only a few small changes I would make:

I'd actually go with this HDD if you're not averse to buying from amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004L5GRQQ/?tag=pcpapi-20

The full ATX Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is actually cheaper than the mATX version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU is pretty monster overkill in terms of wattage unless you want to SLI in the future. I'm all for buying a quality unit though, and for a single GPU I think you'd be better served with something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even if you wanted to get a 7770 GE to hold you over for the time being, you can spend a little bit less money and get this model for $100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan on putting 2 670's in SLI later on, so, no, that PSU is not overkill. thanks for the mobo thing, didn't see this one was mATX. Amazon hates me. lol. <3 amazong but amazon doesnt <3 me. lost 600 bucks shopping at amazon once.
November 7, 2012 5:56:14 AM

any opinions on weather or not my system will support 2 670's? (btw, saw an msi 670 today for 369.99)
November 7, 2012 6:02:40 AM

GreedFusion said:
any opinions on weather or not my system will support 2 670's? (btw, saw an msi 670 today for 369.99)


Yeah, easy peasy.

I've actually seen a 670 going for as low as $320. Should be some good deals coming up for Black Friday too.
November 7, 2012 6:05:26 AM

Yes, the motherboard and the PSU can support SLI/Crossfire.

If you're looking at the MSI 670 Power Edition, forget it. It's proven to be overvolted by MSI to cheat on performance.
Get the Gigabyte 670 instead if you want nVidia.

Also, a 7970 is at the same price point which outperforms the 670.
November 7, 2012 6:10:41 AM

AYE: Thanks for the tip on the power addition! going to buy the FTW, for 380 and a high rated video card I figured why not. I've heard the 7970's have driver issues, and nvidia has all that super cool software stuff (PhysX etc)
November 7, 2012 6:18:15 AM

FTW..? If I remember correctly, that's EVGA reference cooling. It's gonna be a bit high on temps under high load and especially on SLI.

Just get the Gigabyte! :lol: 

Also, no AMD doesn't have driver issues(not anymore at least). The recent Catalyst releases actually improved performance of their cards even more. The 7950 is near the 670's performance.

PhysX isn't utilize that widely on games, but if you're playing one that makes use of it, sure. :) 
November 7, 2012 6:22:37 AM

Okay I'll have a look at the radeon cards. (i've heard the driver issues were fixed in 12.9 now), FTW has alot of cool features, check it out, (gigabyte is just so freaking ugly) and yeah.. borderlands 2 yay... xD
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