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Gaming Build Upgrade

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November 16, 2012 4:39:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 12/1/12

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Interwebs, Graphic Design

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe


Parts to Upgrade:
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: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Monoprice mini display port -> DVI ($6.65)
Other: Monoprice HDMI Cable ($2.50)
Total: $1443.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 13:14 EST-0500)

Do you need to buy OS: Maybe. Going to try and keep Win7 Ultimate unless someone has a good reason not to...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Please see list above with merchants.

Location: Chicago, IL

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 yet may upgrade to 1920x1080 (Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor) or other depending on input. Currently I have 2 nice 19" Viewsonics which are working well...

Additional Comments: I play mainly FPS games like Bioshock Infinite yet some RPG like Company of Heroes 2 and Civ 5. I have the Antec Performance One P180 case which I like. I may replace/add fans so if anyone has suggestions for non LED case fans, that would also be appreciated.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently running an Intel E6750 2.66GHz OCd to 3.2GHz with an 8800GT 1GB and I was replaying Bioshock 2 and it's jerky...

I'd like to leave some room to upgrade monitors later (again, I'm probably going to stick to 1280x1024 for a bit unless someone convinces me otherwise) and I'd like to have a CPU and GPU that can handle a few generations of games. Possibly start with a minor OC and increase for more intense games down the road...
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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November 16, 2012 4:54:42 PM

Why 7970?
GTX 670 provides better performance and it's cheaper as well,or you should take a look at GTX 680 which is on average 15% faster than 7970 and it has CUDA cores which help in rendering in certain softwares.
Everything else looks fine.Good luck!
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November 16, 2012 5:16:56 PM

dhruvdd said:
Why 7970?
GTX 670 provides better performance and it's cheaper as well,or you should take a look at GTX 680 which is on average 15% faster than 7970 and it has CUDA cores which help in rendering in certain softwares.
Everything else looks fine.Good luck!


I looked here and chose the 7970 GHz Edition:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/618?vs=598
Am I missing something?
GTX680 pushes out of my price point...
Thanks for any further assistance.
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November 16, 2012 7:42:52 PM

Your welcome!
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