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November 24, 2012 3:45:20 PM

~Processor~
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...

PRICE: $169.99


~Motherboard~
GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/product/387556/GA-Z77X-UD3H_...

PRICE: $149.99


~Graphics Card-
02G-P4-3660-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.microcenter.com/product/397952/02G-P4-3660-K...

PRICE:$309.99 - 289.99 after rebate

-Hard Drive-
HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 240GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce SF-2281 Controller

http://microcenter.com/product/390990/HyperX_3K_SH103S3...(SSD)_with_SandForce_SF-2281_Controller

PRICE: $179.99

-Power Supply-
ModXStream Pro 600W Modular ATX Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/product/301547/ModXStream_Pr...

PRICE: $69.99

-RAM-
Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL10 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 8GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/383618/Vengeance_Ser...(PC3-12800)_CL10_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_8GB_Memory_Modules)
PRICE: $69.99

-Case-
Crafted Series Phantom 410 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - Black

http://www.microcenter.com/product/381663/Crafted_Serie...

PRICE: $79.99

-CPU Cooler-
Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

http://www.microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO...

PRICE: $29.99

-OS-
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit OEM (PC)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/361168/Windows_7_Pro...(PC)

PRICE: $129.99

-DVD Drive-
LG Blu-ray Disc Internal Combo Drive

http://www.microcenter.com/product/386987/Blu-ray_Disc_...

PRICE: $69.99

TOTAL : $1260

I'm looking to add a mechanical keyboard to my build and maybe a 1080p monitor!

Budget ~$1500

Let me know if anything can be improved!
November 24, 2012 3:57:02 PM

everything can ALWAYS be improved on... the question is how much more do you want to spend...

its a good build as it stands
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November 24, 2012 4:21:33 PM

PhenomX1995 said:
~Processor~
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...

PRICE: $169.99


~Motherboard~
GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/product/387556/GA-Z77X-UD3H_...

PRICE: $149.99


~Graphics Card-
02G-P4-3660-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.microcenter.com/product/397952/02G-P4-3660-K...

PRICE:$309.99 - 289.99 after rebate

-Hard Drive-
HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 240GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce SF-2281 Controller

http://microcenter.com/product/390990/HyperX_3K_SH103S3...(SSD)_with_SandForce_SF-2281_Controller

PRICE: $179.99

-Power Supply-
ModXStream Pro 600W Modular ATX Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/product/301547/ModXStream_Pr...

PRICE: $69.99

-RAM-
Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL10 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 8GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/383618/Vengeance_Ser...(PC3-12800)_CL10_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_8GB_Memory_Modules)
PRICE: $69.99

-Case-
Crafted Series Phantom 410 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - Black

http://www.microcenter.com/product/381663/Crafted_Serie...

PRICE: $79.99

-CPU Cooler-
Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

http://www.microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO...

PRICE: $29.99

-OS-
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit OEM (PC)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/361168/Windows_7_Pro...(PC)

PRICE: $129.99

-DVD Drive-
LG Blu-ray Disc Internal Combo Drive

http://www.microcenter.com/product/386987/Blu-ray_Disc_...

PRICE: $69.99

TOTAL : $1260

I'm looking to add a mechanical keyboard to my build and maybe a 1080p monitor!

Budget ~$1500

Let me know if anything can be improved!



If this PC is for gaming drop the 16 gb of ram to 8 gb.

Get rid of the ocz power supply and try to find a corsair, antec, seasonic, xfx, etc a good brand.

Get a 7950 same price for better performance.


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November 24, 2012 4:54:18 PM

^ thanks for ur input! what do you think about a GTX 670 instead of a 7950?
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November 24, 2012 5:48:53 PM

The GTX 670 is a little better than the 7950, but after an overclock the 7950 is better. Keep in mind the GTX 670 price resembles the 7970 more, and the 7970 is better and especially better after an overclock to 1GHZ it's even better than the GTX 680.
Proof: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toxic-hd-7970-eyefi...

OCZ is pretty solid, it's just that PSU. For the budget you could od much better.

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...

Now you don't get a 240GB ssd but hear me out. You will NOT need to get one quite honestly. A 128GB SSD is already saving you money and good enough to store Windows + a few games and maybe Photoshop and Premiere Pro if you do that stuff. With that said, you'll save money and get backup storage for media and other clutter on that 1TB instead of slowing down the system by putting it all on your SSD.

If you want you can add the 16GB of ram but honestly you don't need it. No one really does unless they're file creating or things like heavy video encoding or HEAVY coding.

At the end of the day, if you're gaming, the 7970 will give you much better performance, the build will give you a 750w that allows room to CF/SLI in the future and you'll have it be modular still, also you'll be getting a motherboard that's cheaper but just as good.
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November 24, 2012 5:59:13 PM

Best answer selected by PhenomX1995.
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November 24, 2012 6:00:44 PM

aznshinobi said:
The GTX 670 is a little better than the 7950, but after an overclock the 7950 is better. Keep in mind the GTX 670 price resembles the 7970 more, and the 7970 is better and especially better after an overclock to 1GHZ it's even better than the GTX 680.
Proof: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toxic-hd-7970-eyefi...

OCZ is pretty solid, it's just that PSU. For the budget you could od much better.

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...

Now you don't get a 240GB ssd but hear me out. You will NOT need to get one quite honestly. A 128GB SSD is already saving you money and good enough to store Windows + a few games and maybe Photoshop and Premiere Pro if you do that stuff. With that said, you'll save money and get backup storage for media and other clutter on that 1TB instead of slowing down the system by putting it all on your SSD.

If you want you can add the 16GB of ram but honestly you don't need it. No one really does unless they're file creating or things like heavy video encoding or HEAVY coding.

At the end of the day, if you're gaming, the 7970 will give you much better performance, the build will give you a 750w that allows room to CF/SLI in the future and you'll have it be modular still, also you'll be getting a motherboard that's cheaper but just as good.
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Thanks so much! I was really debating on a higher-memory SSD since I was just planning on putting everything on it, but I guess putting clutter stuff on a seperate 1TB HD works too. One problem is I don't trust AMD as I had a few of their cards in the past and it had all but failed on me, that's why I always look to Nvidia.
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November 24, 2012 6:06:57 PM

If you play BF3 a lot, go with the 670. If no, go radeon.

I second the vote for 128GB of ssd.

As for the ram... I can play BF3 on ultra, have Photoshop running in the background, and be brousing 20 tabs in chrome... and not break 6 gigs used. 16 is just pointless.
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November 24, 2012 6:11:49 PM

If you have 1500 dollars to blow go ahead and get 16 gigs. also a 7870 can max out BF3 with ease, so it doesn't super matter. go with an AMD card. right now, they're at the top. 64 gigs of ssd is plenty for me /just sayin/
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November 24, 2012 6:29:37 PM

Thanks guys! Not really an FPS guy so no BF3 for me :)  For the last hundreds of my budget, I'll probably blow on a keyboard and possibly a monitor, so I'm really trying to keep it under 1350 right now.
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November 24, 2012 6:33:54 PM

go with a 7870 then, it'll max out everything that's not stupid, like the witcher 2 and metro 2033
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November 24, 2012 7:07:43 PM

The 7870 will not max out all those games. My 7870 1GHZ stutters at 1680x1050 on max settings for games like BF3, ETC. I'd go for at least the 7950. If you can get the 7970 why not? You know? Never know the graphical demand so might as well "future proof the GPU if you can since it is below your budget of 1350 anyways. If you really want to conserve though the $1000 build in my link would work as well. Basically same build just using the 7950 instead.
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November 25, 2012 1:24:58 AM

After heeding everyone's suggestions, I decided that these are what I'm going to change.

-Changing PSU to

Corsair CX Series CX750 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply

-Changing Video card to

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2048MB


Why I have decided on this:

I decided that I do actually want a 256gb SSD Since I won't be downloading too much on my PC except for just music/games/ and a few programs which shouldn't hog it too much.

I decided that per everyone's suggestion, the PSU should be replaced and that I did from a 600 watt to a 750.

I decided to upgrade my video card to a 670 GTX because after some research, I based that @ stock, a 670GTX outdoes its Radeon counterpart - because I'm not really an OC guy, I don't think I will be OCing too much and the games I'll be playing won't really demand a hard OC.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I added a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 elite keyboard to my final build and the total comes out to be $1400+ which is just under 100$ of my budget! I might still be looking for a 1080p monitor so LMK!
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November 25, 2012 5:07:28 AM

You really don't need the CX750, Specially when the Hive 750 is better and cheaper plus modular...
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-HIVE-750-Bronze-ATX12V-C...

As for your consensus of the GTX 670.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's stock clocked at 1GHZ, at 1GHZ, the 7970 is better than the GTX 680:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toxic-hd-7970-eyefi...
If you look, the 7970 Ghz edition performs better than the GTX 680.

More proof: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...

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