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November 14, 2012 10:11:15 PM

Ok you have all convinced me to go with the i5 3570k cpu :D . Now whats pretty awesome with this cpu? i wanna overclock my comp but i also game a lot and want games to run awesome and nice frame rates but dont wanna blow like 1500 bucks lol. So what build can some of you reccomend for all that oh and i want an affordable badass looking case :D  thx cant wait to see your guys build ideas!!! :sol: 

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November 14, 2012 10:26:00 PM

With respect, it's all very well saying you don't want to blow $1500, but you need to say what you do consider reasonable cost. Basically, whilst there are better or worse ways to spend a budget, the more you spend, the more you get. If you say you want the best system, that doesn't cost 1500, you're going to get suggestions at $1499. Also, what needs to be included. Just tower and components? Or do you need OS, monitor, keyboard etc? If in USA, do you have local Microcenter, as they've got effectively $50 off i5-3570K at moment (do know how long for).
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November 15, 2012 12:31:51 AM

OK keep it under 1000 and i just need the tower and components no os i have all that and i do not have a micro center unfortunately :( 
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November 15, 2012 12:49:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($285.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $948.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 21:51 EST-0500)


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November 15, 2012 1:01:42 AM

wow that build looks pretty sick >.> i have a pretty noob question this is my second build my first didnt have a ssd what exactly is that for
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November 15, 2012 1:04:40 AM

Faster boot times. Faster Windows (SUPER FAST). FASTER LOAD TIMES IN GAMES.

It makes Windows and games faster if you install it in the SSD.
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November 15, 2012 1:35:37 AM

Freaking sick! Sounds awesome :D 
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November 15, 2012 9:58:20 AM

Only thing I might suggest, as you have a little spare in budget, is better quality/performance motherboard, like Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H.
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November 15, 2012 7:29:49 PM

So is it possible to build a mini-ITX thats a mean gaming machine?
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November 15, 2012 8:50:57 PM

Yes, if you use a decent case, like Bitfenix Prodigy. Need to be a bit careful with component compatability, and what you can stick in it obviously has limits, but you can certainly make it pretty powerful.
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November 15, 2012 9:01:48 PM

I liked the thermaltake Armor a30 but i read it has major heat problems :/  and i just worry bout heat cant decide mini or matx
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November 15, 2012 9:35:28 PM

Unless you have a real need for small, you're much better with mid-tower. It doesn't have to be large, unless you really want to "stuff" it. Other than adequate width to house any cooler, vent is more important than sheer size. If you want small, use decent mini. Micro cases really are just cramped midi's.
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November 15, 2012 9:40:17 PM

Might be worth looking at the new Corsair Carbide 200R. They're full width, but otherwise reasonably compact. Not seen one "in the flesh" but hear they're quite good.
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November 15, 2012 9:42:08 PM

ok mid tower it is
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November 15, 2012 10:01:55 PM

and i wanna be able to hit 60fps on average in games if possible :) 
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November 15, 2012 10:51:30 PM

iconicsin said:
what do you guys think about this case? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case is OK. Wouldn't be my "taste", but that's not point. Provided case is adequate, which that is, the important thing is whether you like it. It's going to be sat in front of you, for a while.
That build of cutebeans' will work well in it, and will give performance you're looking for, in virtually any current game. As mentioned, the only thing I might change would be to use a better (admittedly more expensive) mobo.
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November 15, 2012 11:16:50 PM

ok malbluff thanks and is there any cook looking cases around that price youd reccomend
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November 15, 2012 11:56:48 PM

That Zalman is OK. Just because it's not my taste is irrelevant, you're the one who's going to be looking at it . Rosewill have a couple of nice cases, around the price. NZXT Tempest or CooolerMaster HAF are quite good. Personally, for quality, I like Corsair Carbide, but they're fairly conservative.
If you avoid really cheap ones, almost any case with at least one input and one extract fan, in mid tower ATX, will DO. Just some are a bit better, than others. The easiest way is to look through all the offerings on Amazon, or Newegg, and pick two that YOU really like, and we can say if one is "better" than the other.
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November 15, 2012 11:59:38 PM

Wow last mssg said cook lol ment good
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November 16, 2012 12:01:02 AM

Ok thx a lot :D 
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November 16, 2012 12:05:38 AM

I've really been diggin the antec lanboy air what you think
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November 16, 2012 12:12:08 AM

iconicsin said:
Wow last mssg said cook lol ment good

Yeh, when you're talking about a case, to keep your components cool, "cook" is probably not the right idea. lol.
Antec do several good cases. The Lanboy, I think, is quite good.
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November 16, 2012 12:40:54 AM

Ya I was rereading that and was like omg started to look like my phone when it auto corrects me haha! And also the cooler master haf xm looks clean. One more question graphics cards I always hear about radeon HD what about 680 gtx cards idk was curious I know a lot of people use them
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November 16, 2012 9:06:34 AM

The GTX680 is a powerful GPU, but not necessarily best value. It's only slightly better, in most systems than GTX670 (in fact a good 670 can beat a weak 680), and is a good bit more expensive. If you could measure value in "average fps/$" the Radeon HD7970 would be better value, overall, though nVidia tend to give slightly more realistic gameplay, in things like explosions. nVidia also do well in certain specific games, like Bordelands 2, Starcraft, BF3.
I often say, if you like playing lots of different games, AMD Radeon is probably better value: if you only play two or three games, all the time, it's definitely worth checking how each perform, in those games, on a benchmark site, like "anandtech".
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November 16, 2012 12:58:10 PM

Oh ok I tend to play a lot of different games lol
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November 16, 2012 3:16:18 PM

If you are considering the "high-end", excluding the extremely powerful (and expensive) GTX690, there are effectively 4 basic cards; GTX670, GTX680, and two versions of the HD7970, standard and GHz. You can compare any pair, of those, on anandtech bench.
Bear in mind, they are testing "reference" versions. You can overclock, yourself, to increase performance further, and most manufacturers do "factory overclocked" versions, that give you a guarantee of added performance. Then, of course, they have differing prices, so it's a question of assessing what's best value, for you, which can depend on games you play, and your monitor resolution.
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November 16, 2012 6:00:48 PM

I like the one cute beans said just maybe the vapor x oc version
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November 16, 2012 6:51:26 PM

The VaporX will go fine, in that build. As I said, my only slight reservation would be mobo. The ASRock is OK, but very much "budget end". The Gigabyte, I suggested, is a good deal better, in performance/features/quality. Worth the extra cost, assuming funds are actually available for it. If not, the ASRock is at least adequate.
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November 16, 2012 8:49:32 PM

I have the funds for it I'll go with a better mobo
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November 16, 2012 9:21:27 PM

Should all perform really well. Happy building.
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