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December 2, 2012 12:15:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of December / Beginning of January (Purchasing with Christmas funds J)

Budget Range: Total Price including a new Case don't worry about shipping - $850 US Currency (Really $1000 but reserving some for OS purchase)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Moderate gaming (World of Tanks, Borderlands 2, Planetside2, Xcom Enemy Unknown)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes – Would like to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit… Have a friend who’s a student checking to see if they can get it from their college bookstore but not sure now that Win8 is out…

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon… And I have a MicroCenter nearby to try and catch specials maybe.

Location: Plano Texas, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel leaning heavily towards the i5-3450 since I do not plan on doing overclocking

Overclocking: No… Unless there is some awesome reason to do so?

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 24” Widescreen Gateway monitor… 1920x1200 I think is the resolution… I know it’s 16:10 ratio.

Additional Comments: I bought an OCZ Vertex 4 128gb SSD on Black Friday special!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old computer is old... (Bought and assembled in early 2008)


What I have been looking at getting:

Case: Corsair Carbide 300R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the roominess (is that a word) of how this case looks, and I LOVE the fact that the HD trays face out towards the side of the case instead of towards the back…


Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts EA-650 Green 650 Watts 80-Plus Bronze Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
650 Watts should be enough right? And this one had good ratings on Newegg with an acceptable price point.


Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seems to have all the ports/connections I want… And I like that the SATA plugs face out towards the side of the case instead of towards the back of the case (Like my current MB which is a PAIN)


CPU: Intel i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 77W Quad Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
No plans on overclocking unless there is some amazing reason I should that I don't know about?


Video Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240 Pin DDR 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


Hard Drives:
1 - OCZ Vertex4 128GB SSD - Already bought on Black Friday for $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM Sata 3.0gbs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Optical Drive : Asus Blu-ray Burner Sata 12X BD-R 16X DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $65
PSU: $70
MB: $80
CPU: $195
GFX: $250
RAM:$40
HD: $85
Opt:$60
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Total: $845 + Windows 7 purchase...
December 2, 2012 12:23:37 PM

Everything looks good to me.
650w is overkill actually, you can get away with 550w.

You can get the H77 PRO4/MVP instead as well, the z75 is only ever usually bought if the CPU is unlocked.

You might want to get low profile RAM for convenience and futureproofing if you ever install a CPU cooler.
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December 2, 2012 12:27:35 PM

thanks Excella... the H77 Pro/MVP has more USB and more Sata 6gbs slots than the Z75 I linked also... Thats a good swap in my book :)  :) 
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December 2, 2012 12:52:52 PM

One quick question for any future responders: ..

Graphics Card.... AMD vs Nvidia? I used to always go with nvidia.. then switched to AMD a few years ago b/c they seemed to get better Performance for Price...

I saw the card I selected listed as one of the goto cards at its price point in Toms Nov 2012 Graphics Card roundups but was wondering if nVidia would be better/worse/same?

Like maybe this one:
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 2, 2012 3:19:31 PM

The 7870 would outperform that.
nVIDIA has been stubborn with their pricing, there's virtually no range as of yet that a nVIDIA card would win when price vs performance is considered.
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December 6, 2012 9:32:51 AM

No further comments advice from anyone? Thanks excella, I'll mark one of your responses as "best answer" assuming no more comments in the next day or so.

Hope to be ordering/buying all the parts the day after Christmas :) 
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January 5, 2013 6:52:45 AM

Wanted to come back and give an update... I ended up changing plans on quite a few parts... Also I had put a bunch of parts on a Wish List and shared it with friends/family before Christmas in case any of htem were feeling generous :) 

Ended up getting 3 things on the list for Christmas. Ram, HD, and BD Burner...

Final(Almost) Build:
Case: CM Scout 2
PSU: Seasonic XSeries 650X Gold
MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 1155 (Plan to do a small OC to about 4.2-4.4ghz)
CPU: Intel i5 3570K
Cooler: Hyper212 Evo
RAM: G.SKill Ripjaws 2x 8GB DDR3-1600 (Gift)
GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB
HD: Western Digital Blue 1GB (Gift)
Optical: LG 14x Bluray Burner (Gift)

I have everything except the MB, CPU, Case... I plan on going to local Microcenter this weekend where I can get the CPU for 169.99 the MB for 94.99 and the case. Really my only concern now is that the Hyper212 will block the tall heat sinks on the Ripjaws ram

Anyway... Hoping to start building this weekend or early next week.
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January 7, 2013 11:58:42 PM

The 212 EVO should still fit, albeit barely. It's in G.Skill's compatibility list.
Should've gone with the Ares though. ;p

Your build looks fantastic, IMO. I have a 7950 as well, and there's no game so far that I can't run on High/Ultra.

I wouldn't personally go past 4.2GHz with the 212 EVO though.
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January 8, 2013 12:12:08 AM

Thanks...

I would have gone with the Ares but I received the Ripjaws as a gift sooo....


I have all of the parts now except the Vid Card and the Hyper212 (Damn me for choosing Super Save shipping on Amazon instead of paying to get it faster!). So now I am just sitting here staring at the all the beautiful components without being able to put it all together and get it working.

As far as the OC I was planning on going to about 4.2-4.3ghz on the CPU and hopefully 1000-1050 on the GPU, from everything I've been reading both of these should be feasible.

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January 8, 2013 12:44:23 AM

If you can get to 4.3GHz without increasing the voltage, then by all means. :) 

Haven't tried OC'ing the 7950 yet, it's already a beast at stock clocks. :lol: 
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