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November 19, 2012 9:47:11 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oof7

Ok, so I have a basic idea for my build. I am most concerned with my choice of power supply, case, video card, and overall compatibility.

I am looking for recommendations on alternate selections.

As far as usage, I am looking to allow for overclocking and possibly the addition of a second GPU in the future.

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Thanks for looking!

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November 19, 2012 10:08:30 PM

Don't mess with low voltage RAM on a Z77 build, you will need 1.5V. I'd also consider dropping the SSD and then investing the difference in upgrading to the Radeon 7950 and a stronger power supply. Otherwise everything else looks good.
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November 19, 2012 10:35:26 PM

If you want to crossfire later on get a 750w psu and a 7950 3GB.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ooP6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ooP6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ooP6/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 ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $835.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 19, 2012 10:57:33 PM

Thank you both for the input!

I did notice though that Partpicker brings up the point that the Cooler Master case only has 2.0 instead of 3.0 USB Front ports. Any comments on that one?
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November 20, 2012 3:45:17 AM

thedude_dude said:
Thank you both for the input!

I did notice though that Partpicker brings up the point that the Cooler Master case only has 2.0 instead of 3.0 USB Front ports. Any comments on that one?


That doesn't really matter. Cooler Master sells a 5.25" USB 3.0 adapter for $10 if you really want one.
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November 20, 2012 4:21:11 AM

I am a big proponent of the SSD drives. Your original build included an SSD and I would recommend keeping it. It will noticeably improve your boot times and will enable faster loading of new levels for your games. The downside is they are small and you won't be able to install many of your games on it.
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November 20, 2012 4:51:35 AM

Yes, an ssd would be nice, but in the end is pretty much irrelevant if he is looking for the best performance for gaming on a budget of around $900. If you could fork out the extra money an ssd is a welcome edition to any build as it will drastically increase boot times as atomic states, however boot times on a conventional 7200 rpm hdd should not bother you too much. Cooler master is a good case and I would recommend it, but their are easily several competitors you could substitute it with minimal price difference.
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