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December 24, 2012 12:32:13 AM

Hey guys, I'm planning on selling my current computer and building this.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1112.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 21:26 EST-0500)

I'm stuck on what case to get. I'm looking to spend around $100 for one. I'm looking for one that looks nice, supports the NH-D14, and has decent GPU cooling. It'd be a bonus if it had a side window. I'm also planning on getting a triple monitor setup for Eyefinity.

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December 24, 2012 12:54:29 AM

1.what are you doing with the computer
2.for god's sake take out the 7950s put in a 7970 and upgrade the other components
3.switch out that power supply for a good corsair TX/HX,seasonic,antec,ect.
4.for a $1200 system i recommend a 128/256gb ssd
5.why don't you get the asrock z77 extreme4?
6.way better system http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tQtT sorry couldn't keep it under $1200 but these are all quality parts and you won't be dissapointed
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December 24, 2012 1:27:10 AM

devilofdeaths said:
1.what are you doing with the computer
2.for god's sake take out the 7950s put in a 7970 and upgrade the other components
3.switch out that power supply for a good corsair TX/HX,seasonic,antec,ect.
4.for a $1200 system i recommend a 128/256gb ssd
5.why don't you get the asrock z77 extreme4?
6.way better system http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tQtT sorry couldn't keep it under $1200 but these are all quality parts and you won't be dissapointed


7950 Crossfire is much better than a single 7970. Also, what's wrong with the PSU? Could you recommend me a better one for the same price? I also don't need an SSD right now, I'll probably get one in the future. The reason I chose the extreme3 over the extreme4 is that there are no significant improvements with the extreme4 that I would find useful. Also, the 'way better system' you listed is much worse because it has a single 7970 instead of a 7950 crossfire.

orthokid said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the case I'm using, I love it.


Thanks for the recommendation. It looks nice, but I really hate all of the branding there is on it.
December 24, 2012 1:43:45 AM

Here's a good 750w power supply for the price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for a case in that price range I'd choose either this cheaper, but great option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(99 bucks after rebate, good deal!)

I built a system in the Challenger case and it looked super clean, with good airflow. That Storm Sniper is a steal too, good looking case.

Also, drop that Noctua cooler and save some cash, I promise a Hyper 212+ with another fan for Push/Pull will do just as good at half the price. My 3570k is at 4.4GHz running below 60 degrees even under full load. I'd expect to reach somewhere in the 4.6-4.7GHz range if I spent a few more hours on it.
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December 24, 2012 1:51:53 AM

Pingypoker said:
7950 Crossfire is much better than a single 7970. Also, what's wrong with the PSU? Could you recommend me a better one for the same price? I also don't need an SSD right now, I'll probably get one in the future. The reason I chose the extreme3 over the extreme4 is that there are no significant improvements with the extreme4 that I would find useful. Also, the 'way better system' you listed is much worse because it has a single 7970 instead of a 7950 crossfire.



Thanks for the recommendation. It looks nice, but I really hate all of the branding there is on it.

ok yes i do agree with you 7950 crossfire is better but unless you have a 120Hz monitor than any frames above 60 will be USELESS in game yes you will get 60+ fps on ultra easily but every frame above 60 you won't use while the 7970 overclocked can get about 55-65 on ultra in games like bf3 or witcher2 or skyrim but it won't waste as many frames as the 7950 crossfire sometimes 1 thing is better than 2 also i don't trust that psu corsair is a known trusted brand but EVGA ehhh not so much maybe in graphic cards ya but power supplies not really also look at this thread it is very usefull in why i'm telling you to only get one 7970 http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/363885-33-7950-crossf...
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December 24, 2012 1:55:08 AM

mclovits said:
Here's a good 750w power supply for the price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

actually the CX corsair power supplies are the worst build psu's that corsair make i think that the 750w only produces somewhere around 700w(don't quote me on that)and that is cutting it close on power
December 24, 2012 1:55:46 AM

devilofdeaths said:
ok yes i do agree with you 7950 crossfire is better but unless you have a 120Hz monitor than any frames above 60 will be USELESS in game yes you will get 60+ fps on ultra easily but every frame above 60 you won't use while the 7970 overclocked can get about 55-65 on ultra in games like bf3 or witcher2 or skyrim but it won't waste as many frames as the 7950 crossfire sometimes 1 thing is better than 2 also i don't trust that psu corsair is a known trusted brand but EVGA ehhh not so much maybe in graphic cards ya but power supplies not really also look at this thread it is very usefull in why i'm telling you to only get one 7970 http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/363885-33-7950-crossf...


I'm going to be getting a triple monitor setup in the future for Eyefinity.
December 24, 2012 2:35:23 AM

mclovits said:
Also, drop that Noctua cooler and save some cash, I promise a Hyper 212+ with another fan for Push/Pull will do just as good at half the price. My 3570k is at 4.4GHz running below 60 degrees even under full load. I'd expect to reach somewhere in the 4.6-4.7GHz range if I spent a few more hours on it.


Thanks for the recommendation. After looking at some benchmarks, I decided to go with the Hyper 212.
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