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Ordering today. (Gaming Build.)

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November 13, 2012 6:51:58 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $611.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 15:50 EST-0500)

I'll be using it for gaming. I plan on buying a 7870, or possibly a 7950 in a month or so. I would like to know if everything is okay. (Compatible and parts are somewhat decent). Thanks.
November 13, 2012 7:09:27 PM

Most 7950s won't fit in the Challenger, so that's something to keep in mind. Looks good to me other than that.
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November 13, 2012 7:11:02 PM

you didn't mention your budget. if you can add another $100-$150, then use an SSD for your boot drive (128gb is fine for OS, apps, games). You can still use a standard HDD as a secondary drive for your data. you'll think about doing it later, and it'll save you a lot of time and effort if you just do it at the beginning.

everything else looks fine - don't see any glaring incompatibilities.
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November 13, 2012 7:12:09 PM

cuecuemore said:
Most 7950s won't fit in the Challenger, so that's something to keep in mind. Looks good to me other than that.



great catch. my 7950 barely fit in my case. but most 7870s should be fine in this case. frankly, don't see a huge leap in performance from the 7870 to 7950; i just happened to catch a good newegg deal (ended up the same cost to get the 7950 as the 7870 AR).
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November 13, 2012 7:29:31 PM

The ASRock Extreme 4 is a reasonable budget board, and when price wasn't far above $100 it was easy to forgive its slight shortcomings. At $128, I might be inclined to think about the better quality, and better performing Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, when it's only $20 more.
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November 13, 2012 7:40:19 PM

If you cannot afford the SSD now, partition your C: drive to only 128GB (111GB usable), which will ensure you'll be able to clone it onto the SSD later. Partition the rest of it as D:. If/when you get the SSD, use the old partition as an image backup.
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November 13, 2012 8:53:07 PM

jjhuang42 said:
great catch. my 7950 barely fit in my case. but most 7870s should be fine in this case. frankly, don't see a huge leap in performance from the 7870 to 7950; i just happened to catch a good newegg deal (ended up the same cost to get the 7950 as the 7870 AR).

All very true. And of course, any Nvidia card that's not a 690 will fit in the Challenger, they're pretty tiny this generation.
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