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November 27, 2012 11:45:44 PM

Im building a new computer for gaming/work/video editing. I will probably OC in the future but not now. My budget is around 1000 but preferably less before rebates. Here is what I have so far.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($250)

MOBO 1: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($105)

MOBO 2: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($120, $105 after MIR)

CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($30)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50)

SSD: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($160, $130 After MIR)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($250, $230 after MIR)

PSU: NZXT HALE82-N 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65, $30 After MIR)

Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($100, $70 after MIR)

Total: $1010, $895 after MIR

Already ordered psu, case, and ssd.

My first question is what MOBO is better? ive looked at the specs and both seem very similar and cant decide.

I know i can save a few dollars on the cpu cooler but dont know which is good cpu cooler for cheaper. I also i know I could get a cheaper case but it just called out to me lol, I didnt want to spend that much on a gpu but i want the card to last me for a while since i dont plan on upgrading anything for a while. I think its a good build for the price especially after MIR but they arnt always 100% so i dont like counting them in the budget. I would like to bring down the cost a little though.

Any suggestions or replacements?

Thanks in advance

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November 27, 2012 11:55:45 PM

The extreme 4 is better because it supports two video cards if you ever decide to crossfire. If you want to save some money, you can drop down to the 3570k and you will see no difference in games, and very little, if any in video editing.

For CPU cooling get the Cooler Master 212 EVO.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This GPU is just as good, just out of stock at the moment on Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, you should be good. Looks like a good build.
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November 28, 2012 12:35:15 AM

^+1

I mean You could do better with that build budget. Check out my $1000 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
Since you won't need the HDD or SSD, that's $160 off. Which is roughly totaling the build at the same cost.

Similar price, better PSU, better GPU, better MOBO, performance pretty much where it matters. Sure it'll be nice to have 16GB of ram, but no one will need that much for a WHILE like a LONG while.
Plus, with the better PSU, instead of buying a newer GPU you only have to get another 7950 to Crossfire by which time will be cheap.

Overall, I'd try and return the PSU and well SSD is solid

If you want to save some money but get equal performance, check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
Honestly, the i5 3570K will perform at 95% of the i7 and it'll cost much less. Not to mention the i5 3570K can still overclock if you feel the need. Quite honestly, the average person wouldn't even notice the difference. As for the GPU, I'd try getting the 7950 but that's your choice if you want to or not. The 750w Hive will be a solid replacement for the GPU, try and get a PSU you can CF with in the future because that means to upgrade your GPU performance, you can just buy another 7870/7950 for much less as it'll drop in price by that time you want to upgrade graphics.
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November 28, 2012 12:36:50 AM

Thanks for the answer, ya i saw that GPU but didnt know how long it would take to restock them. I guess ill wait and see for a little bit. and ill switch cpu and cpu coolers too. saved me ~$80 =) thanks.
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November 28, 2012 12:46:23 AM

hmm..alright so it looks like i will switch the i7 to i5 with the cooler zared suggested. Ill probably get the exreme 4 as the mobo as well.

Will crossfire require that much more power? I usually just OC a little but have never really looked into crossfire, though ive wanted to.
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November 28, 2012 1:28:07 AM

It'll require at least a 750w for the 7870 or the 7950 in CF with an OC'd i5 3570K.
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November 28, 2012 1:42:57 AM

If you use a system builder, a system with 7870 in crossfire with a stock i5 comes to around 530 watts, so a 650 watt should be sufficient.
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November 28, 2012 2:29:23 AM

IF the OP goes 7870 CF, yeah a 650w would be good enough to supply power to an OC'd i5 3570K + 7870 CF. I'd question how that'd work out if both were OC'd though.
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November 28, 2012 2:40:06 AM

To be honest though, what can't crossfired 7870's not handle stock?
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November 28, 2012 3:36:27 AM

Haha it can handle everything, but personally, I like to overclock anyways just to push my GPUs to their limits, benchmarks typically though. I mean Oc'd 7870's are unnecessary but are kinda cool, IDK, I guess just for the sake of even more performance.
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November 28, 2012 12:10:14 PM

Yea, its more or less just for fun. Since the OP was more budget minded I figured I would try to keep everything on a functional level. I completely agree with you though. It's fun to make stuff unnecessarily powerful.
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