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November 11, 2012 4:06:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 23 November

Budget Range: 1000-1200$

System Usage: Gaming(photos,movies rarely)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Overclocking: No

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Hy I'm planning on buying a computer and wanted to ask you some questions.Here's my current configuration:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.23 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450HM 24.0" Monitor ($249.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1170.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:04 EST-0500)

So there are some points where i need help:

1.I'm searching for a case with good airflow and quiet(no more than 100$)...but can't make up my mind between CM haf 912<->Corsair Carbide 400R
Or much cheaper(in my country this case is half the price of carbide or haf912) http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/c [...] e-review/1

2.As I will be using the SSD for OS and latest games or photoshop,could I get a WD green or seagate instead of black for movies,music,storage?

3.I have put a seasonic 620W because in future I'll probably buy one more hdd/sdd or maybe a better graphics card.But I have seen the trend is going towards minimising power consumption so should i get a 500W?Should it be modular/non->does it affect the airflow so much?

I hope I made all the points as clear as possible,I'll be waiting for any advice...tks

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November 11, 2012 4:17:59 AM

Nice build!

except I would pick an i5 3450, the same thing except with worse integrated graphics.

also, the gtx 660 ti is not that good becuase of its memory bandwith, a radeon hd 7950 is on par with the gtx 670 and when overclocked can reach gtx 680 level.


Here is good one

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100352...

$279 after mir

November 11, 2012 4:19:38 AM

Quote:

1.I'm searching for a case with good airflow and quiet(no more than 100$)...but can't make up my mind between CM haf 912<->Corsair Carbide 400R
Or much cheaper(in my country this case is half the price of carbide or haf912) http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/c [...] e-review/1


The HAF 912+ is a good choice, and the Corsair 400R is also a good choice. Can't go wrong with either.

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2.As I will be using the SSD for OS and latest games or photoshop,could I get a WD green or seagate instead of black for movies,music,storage?


I'd actually suggest dropping the SSD for now and upgrading your GPU. The 660TI is decent but the 670 or 7970 would be better for gaming, Photoshop, and everything else. Alternately if you wish to keep the SSD I'd suggest going with the Radeon 7950 as your GPU.

Although I'm in the minority here when I say I really hate Intel SSDs. Go with a Samsung 830, Crucial M4, or Plextor M3 instead. A green drive will be a massive bottleneck on your system. Stick with a 7200 RPM.

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3.I have put a seasonic 620W because in future I'll probably buy one more hdd/sdd or maybe a better graphics card.But I have seen the trend is going towards minimising power consumption so should i get a 500W?Should it be modular/non->does it affect the airflow so much?


For the most part a single GPU setup will not use anything beyond that because the current GPUs are some of the most energy efficient ever produced and as such they use very little power. The trend is indeed going to lower power consumption, but 500W will be stretching it if you want to use any decent GPU.

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except I would pick an i5 3450, the same thing except with worse integrated graphics.


?

The 3470 and the 3450 are identical CPUs, the difference is a +.1GHz in speed but that's not enough to make a significant speed bump. They both use the same integrated HD 3000 graphics.
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November 11, 2012 4:24:25 AM

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I'd actually suggest dropping the SSD for now and upgrading your GPU.


To add to what g-unit said, since your h77 motherboard has intel smart response you can add a small ssd later and it will give a performance boost.

However, smart response only supports 60 gb ssds.
November 11, 2012 4:29:11 AM

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.23 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.33 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1147.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Alright, gonna get your questions out of the way first. :) 

1. You're link to the other case is broken. I highly recommend you go with the Cooler Master HAF 912. It is an excellent case. It has high airflow and is fairly roomy. It's a fairly decent case to work with. If you want some more recommendations, here ya go...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Antec Three Hundred Two
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%20HUND...

NZXT Phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Yup, you could get a WD green or seagate drive. Some people have had a bad experience with them, but I believe you'll be just fine. Mine are still running strong. The WD Blue drive I recommended above is going for a decent price these days in comparison to Seagate and Samsung.

3. If I were you, I'd just play it safe and grab a decent 600 watt PSU. It doesn't have to be by SeaSonic. Yes, they are an excellent brand, but there are other great brands out there for much less. Try the PC Power and Cooling PSU I suggested above. It's modular and highly efficient.

If possible, I recommend you grab an overclockable CPU. For not much more, you can easily have yourself a system that is 20-30% faster. Overclocking is simple these days. If you decide to go with an overclockable system, make sure you grab an aftermarket CPU cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. It's one of the best bang for the buck coolers out there.

One more thing, you don't need an Intel branded SSD. There's much better out there. The Samsung SSD I recommended is just as fast and reliable as the Intel 330. It even comes with 8gb of extra storage and at a lower price.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
November 11, 2012 4:32:36 AM

Here's a known quiet case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would get the 400R though if you need to choose between the two. The HAF912 is starting to show its age.

Yes, a green would be fine for a storage drive. Though about your SSD, I won't get the 330 series. Mainly 'cause it's using a SandForce controller that's known to have issues.
I suggest getting the Vertex 4, Samsung 830, Crucial M4, or Plextor M5S. Whichever you find cheaper.

550w should be more than enough for a single GPU system. HDD/SSDs don't take up that much power. Regarding modular PSUs, it's not that much of a necessity, it mostly depends on whether your casing has good cable management or not.

I'd like to point out though, the 7950 outperforms the 660 Ti in practically all aspects at the same price point.
November 11, 2012 4:41:44 AM

If you're purely gaming, the above builds would suit you well, but these two would suit you far better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1247.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:41 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1267.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:41 EST-0500)

With monitor

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:44 EST-0500)
November 11, 2012 4:51:41 AM

sonicers said:
If you're purely gaming, the above builds would suit you well, but these two would suit you far better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1247.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:41 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1267.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:41 EST-0500)

With monitor

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:44 EST-0500)


Keep in mind, the OP's budget is $1000-1200. These builds greatly exceed that.

However, those are extremely fast builds and definitely worth the extra money depending on the OP's usage.
November 11, 2012 5:07:03 AM

DeusAres said:
Keep in mind, the OP's budget is $1000-1200. These builds greatly exceed that.

However, those are extremely fast builds and definitely worth the extra money depending on the OP's usage.


If 20 dollars greatly exceeds your budget, you need to find yourself a job and find somewhere else to spend a thousand dollars...
November 11, 2012 6:01:26 AM

samuelohagan said:
Quote:
except I would pick an i5 3450, the same thing except with worse integrated graphics.


Sorry, I did not do my research properly. :pfff: 

Others might disagree, but you should take a look at the amd side as well.

You could get this phenom II x4 955 for $75

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=47459&vpn=HDZ955FBGMBO...

paired with a good motherboard

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


If you've got a $1K plus budget there's no point in purchasing a 965, it's 3570K or bust at this price range. There's nothing better.

Quote:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:44 EST-0500)


Why would you even consider dual 7950's when for the exact same price you could get a single 7970 GHz edition? And why such a cheap case on a $1200 build? :heink: 
November 11, 2012 12:52:16 PM

sonicers said:
If 20 dollars greatly exceeds your budget, you need to find yourself a job and find somewhere else to spend a thousand dollars...


It's not just over $20. The price quoted includes over $100 in rebates...this isn't including shipping. Also, some of the parts such as the processor are in-store deals only. The OP would only be able to get the 3570k for $170 if he lives near a Microcenter. Otherwise, that's another $50 he's gotta add to that total. Besides, there's really no need for two GPUs. A single HD 7950 can easily handle BF3 at 60 fps on Ultra settings. There's also huge overclocking potential with these cards.

Just trying to help out.
November 11, 2012 1:58:04 PM

Here my suggestion.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $928.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 10:57 EST-0500)
November 11, 2012 1:59:56 PM

Facepalm just read no overclocking and you need monitor as well my bad
November 11, 2012 3:33:14 PM

Thanks all for the help...I think I'll buy the SSD(maybe a samsung 830 128gb) later and invest more in a GPU.
And I'll buy for hdd a western digital black,seems more reliable and longer lifespan than a blue or seagate.
The case will be Antec 302,I think it's better than carbide 400r or haf912 as I don't plan on doing OC.
Anyway I'll be reading this forum and others +reviews...i still have 10-12 days tks
November 11, 2012 3:42:36 PM

Without overclocking

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1220.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 12:42 EST-0500)

November 11, 2012 4:01:01 PM

^there's no point in an unlocked CPU with an H77 motherboard.

Also, the H77M can't Crossfire. It might appear it could, but it only has 1 PCI-E slot that can actually hold a decent GPU which is the PCI-E 3.0 x16. The other one is a 2.0 @ x4, placing a 7950 there would bottleneck it.
November 11, 2012 4:04:41 PM

excella1221 said:
^there's no point in an unlocked CPU with an H77 motherboard.

Also, the H77M can't Crossfire. It might appear it could, but it only has 1 PCI-E slot that can actually hold a decent GPU which is the PCI-E 3.0 x16. The other one is a 2.0 @ x4, placing a 7950 there would bottleneck it.


The i5 3570k is somehow the cheapest i5 on the market right now, lol. Strange, but I'll go with it.

I didn't realise that was a mATX board, I'll revise that build, by bad.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1229.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 13:04 EST-0500)
November 11, 2012 4:06:45 PM

g-unit1111 said:
If you've got a $1K plus budget there's no point in purchasing a 965, it's 3570K or bust at this price range. There's nothing better.

Quote:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 01:44 EST-0500)


Why would you even consider dual 7950's when for the exact same price you could get a single 7970 GHz edition? And why such a cheap case on a $1200 build? :heink: 


The case doesn't matter as much if you're going for straight performance. I suppose he could get a better one, but that case would work for the build.
November 11, 2012 11:47:58 PM

The z75 Pro3 has the same expansion slots as the H77M. Crossfire support starts at the z77 Extreme3. :p 

Also, the $170 3570K is a walk-in deal only on Microcenter. It only works if he has one nearby or he can be bothered to go to one. If he could, then he's in luck. :) 
November 12, 2012 12:17:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1242.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 21:17 EST-0500)

That should be good?
November 12, 2012 12:36:26 AM

excella1221 said:
Crossfire support starts at the z77 Extreme3. :p 

Extreme3 would be the cheapest board that starts to support Crossfire correctly. The others would be the ones more expensive than it like the Extreme4, 6, and so on.
November 12, 2012 12:56:15 AM

sonicers said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1242.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 21:17 EST-0500)

That should be good?


No. Get a single 7970 and get a better case. Go for something like a Phantom 410 or Corsair 400R, the case is one area where I don't recommend skimping on this kind of build, two 7950's are overkill if you're gaming on 1080p. Go for a single 7970 instead.
November 12, 2012 1:25:25 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.66 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1190.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 22:26 EST-0500)

I'd say the HAF 912 would be a solid choice, too, and it could save him some money.
November 12, 2012 9:07:11 AM

Well thanks for the support.The only thing remaining is choosing a case and I think I'll go for something cheaper like antec 302 or haf 912,because I'm not planning on OC or SLI/Crossfire and WM is not a must as I will get a modular PSU.
Also I saw most cases under 100$ only have frontal,bottom PSU meshes so I think I'll go for a cheap one and buy some dust filters for rear,side...
November 12, 2012 10:28:21 AM

Moreover I think I'll go for a positive pressure after buying the system and case...as i'm not overclocking i see no point in negative pressure lower temperature and more dust...
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