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December 30, 2012 4:14:45 AM

Hello there! This is what I have for my build, but the price is a little on the high side. I could pay it if I need to, but I'd rather bring it down a little :sweat: 

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

It will be used for gaming, hopefully with most games on Ultra at 1920x1080. I already have a disk drive, moniter, keyboard, and mouse. Am I missing any parts?

I've heard that the CPU cooler is really big. Do you think there will be any issues with it fitting, blocking RAM, or anything else? I am planning on overclocking down the road, so I think I should get a good fan now.

The other thing I'm not sure about is whether or not to get an SSD for OS. The internet has told me yes because of faster bootup times and such, but I don't care that much about how long it takes to start; I care about performance in games. Would it be worth it to, say, drop the CPU cooler (for now, until I with to OC later) and reduce the HDD size to reduce cost and get an SSD?

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm trying to stay within the budget of around $1000, with $1200 being the max that I'd rather not pay, but I could if need be.

Thanks

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December 30, 2012 4:21:01 AM

HDDs are fine for gaming, SSDs will only make a difference in applications, but at less than $1500 always prioritize graphics. Here's my build, with an excellent 7950 which is better than your 670. Add $99 for Windows OEM and it comes out to about $1120
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 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.98 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1009.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 01:20 EST-0500)
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a c 108 B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2012 4:29:16 AM

Could buy the components through various retailers for the best price.

This Seagate drive is $10 cheaper ($20 cheaper if you use the promo code).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only a $1 less, more for the fact its low profile than its cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This case is $50 cheaper after a rebate and is pretty amazing.
Zalman Z9+. $50 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2012 4:34:49 AM

CPU http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=as_li_s...
Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21KBC/ref=as_li_s...
Memory http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00569K7LM/cupcr...
GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009GXZ8MM/ref=as_li_s...
Hard Drive http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRNW/ref=as_li_s...
Optical Drive http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0033Z2BAQ/cupcr...
PSU http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=as_li_s...
CPU Cooler http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=as_li_s...
OS Personal choice Gaming Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $1000ish
Now to give you a run down of my choices for the build for you and explain the details. Core i5 3570K. For those who know me and have me do their builds, you’ll know that it’s just about the best processor you can get for the money today. With plenty of performance, top notch overclocking capability and enough horsepower to run any game you throw at it, the choice is a no brainer.


You’ll notice throughout the build that i am using a lot of Corsair components, and it’s for good reason too. It was only a year ago that Corsair cases were among the most high end in terms of both quality, features and price, but lately it seems like Corsair is taking a huge step in providing more affordable solutions without sacrificing a ton of quality and features.


The Corsair Carbide Series 200R is one of those new budget oriented cases that comes in at a mere $59, but includes a ton of features to make it suitable for anyone looking to build a new PC, but is limited to a budget.


With support for up to 8 fans, dust filters for the PSU and intake, tool free design, and a clearance of up to 320mm for those extra long graphics cards, it’s a beast of a case that doesn’t carry a beast of a pricetag.




Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus


$25 cooler that will work magic. Seriously though, at this price, there’s no cooler out there can that beat this thing.





Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-D3H


Ever since Intel’s introduction of the Z77 chipset, motherboard giant Gigabyte has made huge leaps in in improvements on their motherboards all the way from the budget end to the extreme high end and the Z77X-D3H is a perfect example of what kind of top quality products can be achieved.


With support for PCIe 3.0, SATA 3 6Gb/s, 8 channel integrated audio, Gigabyte’s fully digital power delivery system, and ultra durable 4 features, it’s got a lot going for it.


That said, once you realize that Gigabyte only wants a mere $134.99 this makes the Z77X-D3H one of the best priced, fully featured Z77 motherboards on the market today!



Memory – 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 Low Profile 1.5v


I'm back to my usual memory configuration, and sticking to it! Thanks to another round of recent price reductions, the 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz kit is now only a mere $39.99! With excellent reliability, great performance, a low profile and an amazing price, there really isn’t a better option on the market.


GPU - MSI GTX 670 Power Edition


We’re building a gaming PC today, so that means we’re going to splurge a little on graphics and what better graphics card than the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition?


Based off Nvidia’s new Kepler design, the GTX 670 provides top notch performance with extremely high efficiency, so you’re guaranteed to be getting a ton of performance without a lot of energy or creating a lot of heat either. With MSI’s Power Edition GTX 670, you’re also getting MSI’s legendary Twin Frozr IV cooler, which will provide excellent cooling along with MSI’s triple overvoltage design that allows you to do a little overclocking to improve performance if you’re feeling adventurous.
Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM


Well, we had a budget of only $1,000 and you know some sacrifices had to be made in order to fit the budget. This is one of those sacrifices. For your build today, we’ll be going with a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, which if you asked me one or two years ago would’ve probably been my ideal choice when building a new gaming computer.



PSU - Corsair TX650 V2


Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot.This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it at high to ultra settings.It also be great for Video Editing/Rendering photoshop elect.This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it at high to ultra settings.
December 30, 2012 4:41:42 AM

bigcyco1 said:
CPU http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=as_li_s...
Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21KBC/ref=as_li_s...
Memory http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00569K7LM/cupcr...
GPU http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-...
Case http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009GXZ8MM/ref=as_li_s...
Hard Drive http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRNW/ref=as_li_s...
Optical Drive http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0033Z2BAQ/cupcr...
PSU http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=as_li_s...
CPU Cooler http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=as_li_s...
OS Personal choice Gaming Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $1000ish
Now to give you a run down of my choices for the build for you and explain the details. Core i5 3570K. For those who know me and have me do their builds, you’ll know that it’s just about the best processor you can get for the money today. With plenty of performance, top notch overclocking capability and enough horsepower to run any game you throw at it, the choice is a no brainer.


You’ll notice throughout the build that i am using a lot of Corsair components, and it’s for good reason too. It was only a year ago that Corsair cases were among the most high end in terms of both quality, features and price, but lately it seems like Corsair is taking a huge step in providing more affordable solutions without sacrificing a ton of quality and features.


The Corsair Carbide Series 200R is one of those new budget oriented cases that comes in at a mere $59, but includes a ton of features to make it suitable for anyone looking to build a new PC, but is limited to a budget.


With support for up to 8 fans, dust filters for the PSU and intake, tool free design, and a clearance of up to 320mm for those extra long graphics cards, it’s a beast of a case that doesn’t carry a beast of a pricetag.




Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus


$25 cooler that will work magic. Seriously though, at this price, there’s no cooler out there can that beat this thing.





Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-D3H


Ever since Intel’s introduction of the Z77 chipset, motherboard giant Gigabyte has made huge leaps in in improvements on their motherboards all the way from the budget end to the extreme high end and the Z77X-D3H is a perfect example of what kind of top quality products can be achieved.


With support for PCIe 3.0, SATA 3 6Gb/s, 8 channel integrated audio, Gigabyte’s fully digital power delivery system, and ultra durable 4 features, it’s got a lot going for it.


That said, once you realize that Gigabyte only wants a mere $134.99 this makes the Z77X-D3H one of the best priced, fully featured Z77 motherboards on the market today!



Memory – 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 Low Profile 1.5v


I'm back to my usual memory configuration, and sticking to it! Thanks to another round of recent price reductions, the 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz kit is now only a mere $39.99! With excellent reliability, great performance, a low profile and an amazing price, there really isn’t a better option on the market.


GPU - MSI GTX 670 Power Edition


We’re building a gaming PC today, so that means we’re going to splurge a little on graphics and what better graphics card than the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition?


Based off Nvidia’s new Kepler design, the GTX 670 provides top notch performance with extremely high efficiency, so you’re guaranteed to be getting a ton of performance without a lot of energy or creating a lot of heat either. With MSI’s Power Edition GTX 670, you’re also getting MSI’s legendary Twin Frozr IV cooler, which will provide excellent cooling along with MSI’s triple overvoltage design that allows you to do a little overclocking to improve performance if you’re feeling adventurous.
Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM


Well, we had a budget of only $1,000 and you know some sacrifices had to be made in order to fit the budget. This is one of those sacrifices. For your build today, we’ll be going with a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, which if you asked me one or two years ago would’ve probably been my ideal choice when building a new gaming computer.



PSU - Corsair TX650 V2


Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot.This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it at high to ultra settings.It also be great for Video Editing/Rendering photoshop elect.This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it at high to ultra settings.


Sorry mate but the 7950 eats 670 for breakfast and it's quite a bit cheaper
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2012 4:44:27 AM

angaddev said:
Sorry mate but the 7950 eats 670 for breakfast and it's quite a bit cheaper
In fanasty land maybe :lol: 
December 30, 2012 4:57:10 AM

ApocalypticCows said:
So I should be getting low profile RAM? Mine right now would be too big?
Thanks for the suggestions by the way.


You may not need it right now but if you ever buy a bigger cooler you'll need to buy a whole new set of RAM, so this is a good investment, and there is no effect on performance.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2012 5:04:39 AM

angaddev said:
Powercolor stock 7950 at newegg : $275
Galaxy stock 670 at newegg : $350
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/645?vs=598
It's about tied, but why spend $75 more for the same performance? dummy
Watch your mouth and those benchmarks are not up to date besides what happened to eats it for breakfast :pt1cable: 
December 30, 2012 5:06:40 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Watch your mouth and those benchmarks are not up to date besides you said eats it for breakfast :pt1cable: 

Lol. How are the benchmarks out of date, they have Crysis 2 on 2500x1600. It eats it for breakfast because it's bloody cheaper and it has the same performance.
December 30, 2012 5:14:40 AM

lol, the 660Ti is a complete flop. Nuf said. I think you're just trying to convince yourself that you made the right choice to put two overpriced 670s in your own system. If you purchase 2133 RAM I don't think you should be recommending builds.
December 30, 2012 5:18:53 AM

Also it seems your son is pretty privileged to have a nice pc, but I'm curious, if the 670 is only a "little" more and it's amazing, why doesn't he have one? Seems money is no object to you if you give your son high end graphics cards :/ 
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2012 5:21:19 AM

angaddev said:
Also it seems your son is pretty privileged to have a nice pc, but I'm curious, if the 670 is only a "little" more and it's amazing, why doesn't he have one? Seems money is no object to you if you give your son high end graphics cards :/ 
Hes amd fan i let him pick his card :pfff: 
December 30, 2012 5:27:18 AM

whatever mate, do what you like, pompous brat. Go home and fondle your crappy 670s.
a c 108 B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2012 5:40:53 AM

angaddev said:
whatever mate, do what you like, pompous brat. Go home and fondle your crappy 670s.

You realize your wrong though?

The 670 is ahead of the the 7950 even after the 12.11 Catalyst updates, along the lines of 12% better performance overall.
Review I pulled the table from.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_P...

I prefer AMD cards but I know your wrong.