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November 12, 2012 11:58:15 PM

I'm going to using this machine mainly for gaming, schoolwork, and a bit of web dev/design work (Photoshop/Illustrator). My budget is around $1200 (I'm good for OS/peripherals). I'm planning on playing at 1080p; do you think this build will be able to max everything out there right now? Also, I live in Canada.

I'd like to build a Hackintosh, so would prefer to stick with Intel parts.. I'm not planning on overclocking, although the option to do so in the future would be nice. Here's what I have so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1102.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 20:58 EST-0500)

Do you think it'll be quiet? What about temperature; should I be getting a cooler?

Thank you!

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November 13, 2012 12:24:37 AM

sandisk makes good stuff. still faster than crucial by a good bit from my testing

oh and back to your build.

-the prodigy is no where near small. get a micro case and it would be about the same size
-id rather get a 7950. and if i was to get a 670, it would almost never be evga. stock coolers are no good
-not quiet at all as well
-if you are not overclocking, makes zero sense to get a k chip

get this

CPU. its a e3 1230 v2 = i7 3770 underclocked a little. you get i7 performance but for 50 bucks cheaper

or just this combo and call it a day
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=77760&vpn=P8H77%...

ram
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=73133&vpn=F3%2D1...

the rest
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/nw48

price match the case at ncix to save yourself from neweggs ridiculous shipping rates
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November 13, 2012 12:26:36 AM

get a 7970 instead of a 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it is more, but you get the performance of a 680 for that price
also make sure that case can fit a full gpu, it looks like it can though
Also, I think you should just put windows on it, If you are going to game windows is the best os at this time.
November 13, 2012 12:43:38 AM

Hyper 212 Evo works great if you're overclocking. Just did a quick overclock to 4.4GHz in push/pull. Also, get an Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII TOP. It's a beast and destroys a 7950, and in some cases a 7970 in games.
November 13, 2012 12:55:12 AM

Hey guys,

TheBigTroll said:
sandisk makes good stuff. still faster than crucial by a good bit from my testing

oh and back to your build.

-the prodigy is no where near small. get a micro case and it would be about the same size
-id rather get a 7950. and if i was to get a 670, it would almost never be evga. stock coolers are no good
-not quiet at all as well
-if you are not overclocking, makes zero sense to get a k chip

get this

CPU. its a e3 1230 v2 = i7 3770 underclocked a little. you get i7 performance but for 50 bucks cheaper

or just this combo and call it a day
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=77760&vpn=P8H77%...

ram
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=73133&vpn=F3%2D1...

the rest
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/nw48

price match the case at ncix to save yourself from neweggs ridiculous shipping rates

I agree with sticking with Sandisk; from what I've read the Extreme drive's performance is a little better, although the reliability isn't as high (probably just because they haven't been around as long).

-The size of the case isn't a huge deal to me. I know that everything will fit as I saw a post with somebody else using a lot of the same parts. Plus I like the having the handles in case I ever want to hook it up to the TV downstairs.
-Good idea. I had read about the 7970, but thought I'd stick with the Intel option just because they have better Hackintosh support. But now that I think about it, I'm not even going to be using the GPU in OS X.
-Do you have any suggestions to help make it quieter?
-I'll look into the CPU you linked. Thanks.

lt_dan_zsu said:
get a 7970 instead of a 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it is more, but you get the performance of a 680 for that price
also make sure that case can fit a full gpu, it looks like it can though
Also, I think you should just put windows on it, If you are going to game windows is the best os at this time.

I forgot to mention that I'm planning on dual-booting Windows. Only reason I'd like the ability to use OS X is that there's some exclusive software I'd like to use.
November 13, 2012 12:57:50 AM

mclovits said:
Hyper 212 Evo works great if you're overclocking. Just did a quick overclock to 4.4GHz in push/pull. Also, get an Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII TOP. It's a beast and destroys a 7950, and in some cases a 7970 in games.

Thank you; I'm definitely going to look into these!
November 13, 2012 1:37:26 AM

I think for your budget the 7970 is the best option.
November 13, 2012 9:34:13 AM

7970 is your best option. it works better with OS X and Linux due to the fact that apple uses quite a few amd GPUs and nvidia doesnt have as much support for linux
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