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December 29, 2012 8:16:54 PM

I'm going to build a new computer for gaming, school work, and everyday use. The monitor and OS will be supplied by my uncle, and I will find a way to get the speakers, mouse, keyboard, etc later on. Any feedback is appreciated and if anything doesn't work/isn't compatiable, please tell me.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $763.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 17:16 EST-0500)
December 29, 2012 8:39:35 PM

It's a solid build, I wouldn't change anything. Well, maybe i would get a 1TB HDD because the price difference is not much. But then again, you probably won't need the extra storage.
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December 29, 2012 8:41:45 PM

oh thanks. i'll see if i can fit the 1tb in. i see you have a phenom processor. would you reccomend it?
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December 29, 2012 9:36:56 PM

the i5 3570k just nukes the phenom. dont bother. if you are on a tighter budget yes but then there are options that use 1/3 of the power that perform the same as a phenom

your build could use a good bit of work
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uSqX
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December 29, 2012 10:03:59 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the i5 3570k just nukes the phenom. dont bother. if you are on a tighter budget yes but then there are options that use 1/3 of the power that perform the same as a phenom

your build could use a good bit of work
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uSqX


Yeah the i5 is way better. I bought a phenom because my budget wouldn't let me buy an i5-2500 ant the time I built this. It does the job quite well. The only game I play is BF3 and I play mostly on the auto settings just because I don't notice such a big difference with Ultra. But I CAN play on ultra smoothly. So for the moment there is no need to upgrade it. And if I do upgrade, I will stay with AMD becaude I dont want to buy a new motherboard.
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December 29, 2012 11:46:08 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the i5 3570k just nukes the phenom. dont bother. if you are on a tighter budget yes but then there are options that use 1/3 of the power that perform the same as a phenom

your build could use a good bit of work
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uSqX

the build you linked me on, would you say that it;s better than the one i have? thanks too.
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December 29, 2012 11:47:49 PM

yes it has

-a 20% faster 7870 GPU compared to a 7850
-cheaper ram
-better hard drive that is made for a desktop not a laptop
-better case
-better psu
-cheaper dvd drive
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December 29, 2012 11:49:55 PM

TheBigTroll said:
yes it has

-a 20% faster 7870 GPU compared to a 7850
-cheaper ram
-better hard drive that is made for a desktop not a laptop
-better case
-better psu
-cheaper dvd drive

thats enough to convince me. i'm going to leave this thread open for a couple more days, and see what additional info i can get. thanks a lot! :) 
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December 30, 2012 12:10:30 AM

Well, I tweaked a couple of things in TheBigTroll's build to help lower the price. Overall, you'll get the same performance out of either build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $746.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 21:07 EST-0500)

It may be better to go with TheBigTroll's original build if you would like for your system to retain a little more reliability.

*WARNING*

I have heard of some people that have had issues with the Sapphire HD 7870. Their monitors go black and produce no video. I'm sure Sapphire and AMD have addressed this problem, and I don't believe you'll experience the same issues.

Likewise, older models of the Seagate Barracuda HDD experienced high failure rates due to faulty firmware or something. I'm quite certain this issue has also been resolved with newer Seagate drives.
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December 30, 2012 12:46:03 AM

DeusAres said:
Well, I tweaked a couple of things in TheBigTroll's build to help lower the price. Overall, you'll get the same performance out of either build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $746.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 21:07 EST-0500)

It may be better to go with TheBigTroll's original build if you would like for your system to retain a little more reliability.

*WARNING*

I have heard of some people that have had issues with the Sapphire HD 7870. Their monitors go black and produce no video. I'm sure Sapphire and AMD have addressed this problem, and I don't believe you'll experience the same issues.

Likewise, older models of the Seagate Barracuda HDD experienced high failure rates due to faulty firmware or something. I'm quite certain this issue has also been resolved with newer Seagate drives.



that is an awesome build. i think im going to buy that one. thanks a bunch man!
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December 30, 2012 12:48:39 AM

No problem; and good luck! :) 
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December 30, 2012 12:50:23 AM

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Core Clock: 1033 MHz
Boost Clock: 1098 MHz
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December 30, 2012 12:23:49 PM

watch for the 7870 from sapphire. has a lot of problems right now. just read the reviews
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December 31, 2012 6:39:18 PM

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