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1400$ gaming build - Boxing day

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December 10, 2012 6:14:31 PM

I built this pc principally for gaming and a bit of photoshop/illustrator. Since I only use Photoshop and Illustrator, I didn't take a i7-3770k, considering this useless for those programs. I already bought the GPU and the PSU, I'll buy the remaining parts in Boxing day sales.

The only reason I chose that power supply is because it was on huge sale at 100$. Same for the XFX Radeon HD 7970, which has 70$ in rebate and 3 games with it (2 of them, far cry 3 and Hitman absolution, that I would have bought anyway).

For the case, I had 3 cases in mind: HAF XM, Corsair 500R and Define R4. I finally chose the Define R4 because of the sound proofing material and the overall clean look. That case probably isn't as good as the XM or 500R for the airflow, but I'll improve that by removing the HDD cages at the front, which will allows airflow from front to back, and by putting the SSD behind the motherboard.

I also have a 3TB external HDD for my movies and music, so I keep the money I would have spent on a HDD for a bigger SSD since I won't need one.

Finally, I will be OC'ing the CPU, that's why I chose the K version and the H100.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($240.93 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($91.58 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.18 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.84 @ NCIX)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.55 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($378.55 @ NCIX)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.70 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($106.65 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($21.74 @ Newegg Canada)
Other: internal media reader ($6.99)
Total: $1349.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 15:13 EST-0500)

Do you have any build suggestion or opinion for the same price?

Thank you
December 10, 2012 7:05:20 PM

No suggestions.
Solid choice of parts.
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December 10, 2012 7:41:00 PM

butremor said:
No suggestions.
Solid choice of parts.


Well, thank you :D ... That's what I wanted to hear. That post was just to finalize to be sure everything is great, not making any mistakes.
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December 10, 2012 7:57:39 PM

I agree with above, however I am not a huge fan of the closed loop water cooling systems, they are a little overpriced, but some like them, just mainly my opinion and what I see on here.
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December 10, 2012 10:59:41 PM

chugot9218 said:
I agree with above, however I am not a huge fan of the closed loop water cooling systems, they are a little overpriced, but some like them, just mainly my opinion and what I see on here.


What would you recommend then? an air-cooling solution like the Noctua D14? I just don't know if the noctua will actually fit in my tower...
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