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Sold my overkill intel rig, help with AMD?

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November 15, 2012 1:11:59 AM

my original rig was a 3820k in a rampage IV Extreme, 3 gtx 670 FTW sli'd, and 4x4gb of corsair vengeance, 1000 watt cooler master PSU, all water cooled. times got tough and i had to sell. now i have a couple dollars and im looking to buy another build, im looking between 600-1300$ i know i will not have anything close to what i had before and ill admit that i am an intel/nvidia fanboy but AMD is peaking my interest lately.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week-jan

Budget Range: 600-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, wifes school work (MS office)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Parts to Upgrade: all i have for main parts left are the corsair vengeange. will need PSU,CPU, graphics card (7870 ghz?) and MOBO

Do you need to buy OS: Yes was looking into windows 8 since i have OEM widows 7 now worthless

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg!

Location: yuma, AZ

Parts Preferences: ASUS,EVGA fan

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

the cheaper it is the sooner i get it and the happier i am, but id like it to run fast as well

Please gods of building send me your build suggestions

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November 15, 2012 1:20:30 AM

Hi friend! If your main interest is gaming, there is no reason for you to get an AMD CPU. Intel just owns everything right now in the CPU scene especially in gaming.

But AMD in the GPU department is the best. You are right the 7870 would be a great GPU for you to use.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ 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: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ 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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $853.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 22:27 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2012 1:26:56 AM

well then my friend, what would you suggest for the cpu and mobo? i had LGA 2011 and LOVED it, but cant quite afford it and was looking for a smaller electric bill anyway
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November 15, 2012 1:29:43 AM

Hi friend! I've edited my post that reflects the build. Yes it is very cheap compared to your 3 GTX 670 build but it can play most games at max with your 1920 x 1080p monitor. Although if you get a 27 inch monitor, it should already be 1440p.
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November 15, 2012 1:39:49 AM

2 more questions for you, why Z75 vs Z77, and is HIS reliable? i know everyone loves the price. but is price your reasoning? i forgot to mention i have a 250Gb SSD, and 2500GB's of HDD's and its going in a DD torture rack for now, i have a level 10 gt but i like the test bench set up
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November 15, 2012 1:42:14 AM

Hi, z75 and z77 is more or less the same and since you don't plan to OC or CF/SLI then it would be more value for the buck than getting a z77.

I haven't heard about anybody complaining about HIS ever. It's a good GPU maker but if you really want a well known one then it would be MSI and Gigabyte. ASUS is just too overpriced.
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November 15, 2012 1:45:23 AM

well sir you have made me a believer, i thank you generously for the reply's :wahoo: 
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November 15, 2012 1:45:39 AM

Best answer selected by gumby6288.
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November 15, 2012 1:48:15 AM

gumby6288 said:
well sir you have made me a believer, i thank you generously for the reply's :wahoo: 


Good luck, if you plan on crossfiring in the future then best get an Asrock z77 Extreme4 Board. Good OC and CF.
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November 15, 2012 1:55:12 AM

Here's a couple of builds you might want to consider. The first build is AMD based, the second is similar but with Intel CPU, mobo. Both fall within your $1300 budget. The peformance should be fairly similar.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Planar PX2710MW 27.0" Monitor ($248.89 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1296.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 22:44 EST-0500)

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 ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Planar PX2710MW 27.0" Monitor ($248.89 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1246.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 22:52 EST-0500)
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