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December 8, 2012 10:20:53 PM

Anything that can make this build cheaper, the better. The link is below:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ryjg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ryjg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ryjg/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 ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.24 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1135.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-08 19:20 EST-0500)

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December 9, 2012 5:13:33 AM

That looks good except for the power supply - Raidmax is a truly awful, awful, awful brand. Stay very far away from them.

Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case is decent but that's one of those things that is subjective. Otherwise the rest of the build looks really good.
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December 9, 2012 5:31:36 AM

I would say that too.

And if you want to save a few bucks for a quick bite to eat, you can find cheaper DVD burners out there.
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December 9, 2012 5:16:17 PM

What would y'all recommend, and do you think this will last me 2-3 years?
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December 9, 2012 7:42:33 PM

Something from Antec, Seasonic, or Corsair should do you well.

This build will last you as long as you want it to last. If you don't care about ultra high settings all the time, then it will last you awhile. But some people really like to play on like ultra all the time, and they have to upgrade more often.
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December 9, 2012 8:09:01 PM

Deemo13 said:
Something from Antec, Seasonic, or Corsair should do you well.

This build will last you as long as you want it to last. If you don't care about ultra high settings all the time, then it will last you awhile. But some people really like to play on like ultra all the time, and they have to upgrade more often.


Most of the new video cards will last for years without having to upgrade. I have a Crossfire setup with dual 7870s and that is pretty amazing if you ask me.

I'd say Corsair (save for the Builder or Gaming series) will do well, and Seasonic is always a safe bet.
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December 9, 2012 8:09:35 PM

I plan on playing it on Ultra for about 2-3 years?
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December 9, 2012 8:15:09 PM

I believe the card will last a long time, yes. I have 2 GTX570's, and they're more than a year old and play everything on high. I just bought them for $300. :) 

You should be fine for awhile.
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