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December 22, 2012 2:32:19 PM

This is my rig so far. If there's something that could be changed I'm open to suggestions, though I want to keep it in the range it's in now, $1500. I didn't mean to include a 2nd GPU but I'll keep it there since I will down the road get another one.

For now this rig will be used mostly for Gaming & regular web surfing, watch movies online. But within a year or 2 I will have to upgrade to handle some heavy programs.

Examples:IBM Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Word, Excel, Coral Word Perfect software, Photo shop, Graphic Software,data base software. Of course they may change or be different but this way you have a rough idea on some of the software that the rig will run in the future depending on my degree's need. Granted not all the software will be on the rig, some software I can't have because it's not intended for personal use out side of a business or educational institution, but anything I can have that helps me with my degree will be on it.

So upgradeable is a must, Full Tower stays, you can pick a different full tower if you know one that has better air flow & room for more fans, I don't like water cooling so Air only please.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL200L1W2Z ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1509.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 11:12 EST-0500)

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December 22, 2012 3:48:47 PM

I wouldn't go with an AMD build at your price range. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($133.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1365.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 12:45 EST-0500)

Then later down the road you can add a second GTX 670 if you want. I decided go with a different case; the NZXT Switch 810 is one of the best full tower cases on the market. And at the $130 price range, it's a steal.

I switched out the GPUs for a single GTX 670. It's a strong card. If you plan on working with Adobe, you'll want CUDA. Also, if you plan on playing games such as Borderlands 2, you'll want an Nvidia card since it is optimized for Physx.

I also upgraded your SSD to the 256gb version. I'm sure you'll appreciate the extra space.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
December 22, 2012 8:18:15 PM

+1 to DeusAres's build. There's actually not a thing there that I'd change.
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December 22, 2012 8:21:41 PM

I have almost a replica of DeusAres' proposal. Run's like a champ, especially after overclocking the CPU and (I bought mine overclocked) the GPU. +1 to DeusAres
December 23, 2012 12:17:25 AM

DeusAres said:
I wouldn't go with an AMD build at your price range. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($133.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1365.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 12:45 EST-0500)

Then later down the road you can add a second GTX 670 if you want. I decided go with a different case; the NZXT Switch 810 is one of the best full tower cases on the market. And at the $130 price range, it's a steal.

I switched out the GPUs for a single GTX 670. It's a strong card. If you plan on working with Adobe, you'll want CUDA. Also, if you plan on playing games such as Borderlands 2, you'll want an Nvidia card since it is optimized for Physx.

I also upgraded your SSD to the 256gb version. I'm sure you'll appreciate the extra space.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!


Seems good, and within the price range, How is the 670 with multi monitor should I get it?

As for the SSD thanks, didn't see the 256g lol thought they only had 128gb ones >.< I'm falling behind on techs
December 23, 2012 12:47:51 AM

The GTX 670 is well worth it.

How many monitors do you plan on playing on?
December 23, 2012 10:29:48 AM

On a triple screen setup, a lot of games will really slow down so you'd need to be willing to drop settings. But that's true of any existing graphics card. Even a GTX690 (doubled up GTX680) will struggle in one or two of the more demanding games when maxed at 5760x1080 and AA. If you want to do three screens and want high/max settings, you could add a second GTX670. For a single card though, there's nothing I'd recommend more highly than the GTX670.
December 23, 2012 1:44:49 PM

sam_p_lay said:
On a triple screen setup, a lot of games will really slow down so you'd need to be willing to drop settings. But that's true of any existing graphics card. Even a GTX690 (doubled up GTX680) will struggle in one or two of the more demanding games when maxed at 5760x1080 and AA. If you want to do three screens and want high/max settings, you could add a second GTX670. For a single card though, there's nothing I'd recommend more highly than the GTX670.

+1

If you're gonna be running a triple monitor setup, I'd suggest you grab the HD 7970. It has 3gb of Vram and handles multi monitor gaming very well. If you're only going to play games on one screen and then check email on another screen, then the GTX 670 would be the superior choice.
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