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December 3, 2012 10:07:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: About 2 weeks, after my finals are done.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming> Everything else.
Budget Range: ~1200-1300 US +
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any.
Location: City, State/Region, Country: California
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I'm not picky on a brand as long as its reliable and great performance.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080. As noted above, I need a monitor to be included.
Additional Comments: I need a reliable gaming pc with compatible parts as well as required air flow and power.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ever since going to a university, I've been using a laptop for everything. I miss having a desktop and I would finally like to be able to play those newer games.

Below is some of the parts Im thinking to get and would like any suggestions and input.
Also, I did not include a processor and a Mobo because I bought a combo deal at MicroCenter during black friday.

My processor and mobo:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qIGZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qIGZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qIGZ/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($106.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $856.31

For the monitors, I was looking between these two. Though, Im only looking at them SOLEY based on the number of reviews on Newegg and I don't have a clue on how great they really are.
ASUS VW246H
ASUS VH242H

What I need from you guys are suggestions for a PSU, a monitor and any other inputs.

Also, I was wondering if it is worth getting the Sapphire 7970 GHz Edition over the Sapphire 7970. I am trying to save as much as I can but if its worth getting the GHz edition, then I'll just have to wait for a few weeks longer to get more funding, which will prolong purchase date. Also noting, I only picked Sapphire based on that I've read on other suggestions posted on this forum. If you guys have any other suggested GPU, I am totally open to the change.

Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it that you guys are taking your time to give your input and help.

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December 3, 2012 4:13:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qKsg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qKsg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qKsg/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($414.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1279.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 13:10 EST-0500)
because you really dont have a budget i made it around 1000$
somethings to look at the case(i didint bother to but a nice 1 cause most people have diffrent preferances) also the gpu will be taking up 3 slots and not 2 like most now
also i put in the dh-14 because u had that in your build
Also its not really worth geting an oc'ed card because u can easly do it yourself
and if u can push the budget some more u can add an ssd to put ur os on and other things
December 3, 2012 4:21:55 PM

Your build is really nice. You will be able to blow away any game that is out on the market. One thought, because RAM is so cheap upgrade to 16gb for another $37. I have that same GPU and on WOW and SWTOR on Ultra settings i get huge FPS. On WOW in the main city with 70 people around i get over 100 FPS.
Goo build and good luck. Also you can find good savings at MicroCenter on CPU/MOBO
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December 3, 2012 5:15:40 PM

I personally would keep your original build - I can't see anything standing out that I'd be leery of.

Both the Asus monitors are nice, and I'd be happy with either.

As for PSUs, I'd go with a 550/600w from seasonic, corsair, antec, PcP&C... basically any tier 1 or 2 from this list: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Also, don't know how to put this nicely, but... ignore the posters above me. There's no reason to get 16GB of RAM. Even if it's cheap, with BF3, GIMP, and 20 tabs in chrome... I still don't use 6 of my 8GB, and I have no pagefile. As for WoW, it's an ancient game that's silly easy to max out, and more CPU limited than GPU anyways.

As for monstersti's point about overclocked cards, it's not quite accurate - the GHz edition isn't just overclocked, it has a bit of voltage play as well, so after overclocking, it'll still be faster.

Oh, and you want an SSD. At this price point it's baffling to not have one. (The one you had in your original post is a good pick.)

December 3, 2012 5:22:21 PM

ty for the tips darksable :)  but ya even if it is cheap 16gb of ram will wont be needed unless ur going to be doing video editing or something like that
and ya if u can add an ssd on this and it will be good to go :) 
December 3, 2012 6:33:04 PM

Thanks for the replies. With my build listed, there is already a SSD on it :) 

The only thing I was missing in the build is a monitor and a PSU.
December 3, 2012 8:58:32 PM

Get the 16gb of RAM - it will help and its so cheap. Choose a Corsair or Seasonic PSU around 550 to 600 w PSU like this:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active $59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Modular choices:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 4, 2012 4:08:45 AM

So a PSU of 550 or 600 would suffice even if I will be overclocking?
December 5, 2012 5:58:44 PM

I wouldn't purchase a D14 on such a low budget. Nice cooler but it's really meant more for higher end systems where you'll get more out of it.

This build is pretty decent:

Quote:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($414.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1279.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


But I'd switch things up a bit and do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1073.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-05 14:58 EST-0500)

Then add whatever monitor you wand and you're good to go.
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