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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ 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 ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master SGC-2100-GWN1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $977.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 21:03 EST-0500)

I need to keep this under 1k [Would like to stay as close to $900 as possible] and choose a gpu. What changes should I make and what GPU should I get? Thanks!

Will be used for gaming.

(I don't need a mouse/monitor/keyboard)
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  1. Updated list.
  2. Is this for gaming or what ?
  3. djangoringo said:
    Is this for gaming or what ?


    Sorry, yea. Gaming
  4. Well, my advice :


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    CPU:  Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($204.99 @ Newegg) 
    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  ($119.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Memory:  Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage:  Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($67.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Video Card:  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card  ($264.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Case:  Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($95.68 @ NCIX US) 
    Power Supply:  XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
    Optical Drive:  Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer  ($16.99 @ Newegg) 
    Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($89.98 @ Outlet PC) 
    Total: $990.57
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 19:19 EST-0500)

    That closed loop watercooler is no good, it's better an aircooler like the hyper 212 evo, also you don't need 750 w silver psu and a case that costs 150$, leaving only 100$ for a card, when the priority is the gfx card.
    Edit : changed the hdd for the proper one.
  5. just looking at a couple places to save some dough... 750W is overkill for a power supply, you could knock it down quite a bit (500W maybe). Also, the case you're selecting is huge. Check out the cooler master HAF 912 for 1/3 the cost.

    edit: looks like djangoringo beat me to it...
  6. Yes, that's also a good case, if he needs to get the total price cheaper :

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc912kkn1
  7. I actually own that PSU already. I didn't think 550w would be enough.
  8. 750w is for sli/crossfire configurations or dual gpu cards, and some exceptions like the 7970 lightning,etc.
    550w is plenty for a 660ti/670 gtx or 7870/7950.
    Also if you bought it already what's the rest of the budget then ?
  9. djangoringo said:
    750w is for sli/crossfire configurations or dual gpu cards, and some exceptions like the 7970 lightning,etc.
    550w is plenty for a 660ti/670 gtx or 7870/7950.
    Also if you bought it already what's the rest of the budget then ?


    I was planning on returning it so I could get something with more power. And I might would sli/crossfire. I want to be able to play everything on Max, or atleast damn good.

    And for the RAM wouldn't one of the first 5 of so of this list be better?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006069&IsNodeId=1&name=8GB%20%282%20x%204GB%29&Order=RATING
  10. The samsung ram is low profile and overclocks really well(it can oc really well to 2133mhz), for 8GB dual channel, it's the best value, and has a lifetime warranty.
    But if you said your budget limit is 1000$, and without a card, and it's sits on 900$, leaving 100$, that way you'll only get is a 7770, and that's really low for a 1000$ gaming system, also crossfire such cards is a waste.
    Edit : i see you made some changes, i recommend going with the 660 ti.
  11. Are you planning on OC the system? If not use the stock cooler and save the money. Get a less expensive case like DJ suggested, perhaps a Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid tower, or even Antec One Mid tower. The 750w is overkill if you're not going to go SLI, go with the 550w or a 600w as suggested. Do you really need Windows Pro, are you going to be in a domain? If not just get Home premium 64bit then put the savings towards the GPU.
  12. djangoringo said:
    The samsung ram is low profile and overclocks really well(it can oc really well to 2133mhz), for 8GB dual channel, it's the best value, and has a lifetime warranty.
    But if you said your budget limit is 1000$, and without a card, and it's sits on 900$, leaving 100$, that way you'll only get is a 7770, and that's really low for a 1000$ gaming system, also crossfire such cards is a waste.
    Edit : i see you made some changes, i recommend going with the 660 ti.


    So far the changes have brought down the price drastically, I've updated it. I'll look at the 660 and update when I find which one I prefer. Suggestions?
  13. Well, i recommend going with the 660ti like this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn66toc2gd


    or the 660 gtx evga non ti(only if you cannot pay the 660ti) : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42662kr
  14. djangoringo said:
    Well, i recommend going with the 660ti like this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn66toc2gd


    or the 660 gtx evga non ti(only if you cannot pay the 660ti) : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42662kr


    What is "Ti" and is it worth $100 more?
  15. 100$ ?

    $264.99 --->http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75183&vpn=GV-N66TOC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1033

    VS 199.99$ after mir evga 660 gtx, price difference 65$.
    The 660 ti has more cuda cores and texture units, also the gigabyte 660 ti has a dual cooling fan system and it's oc from factory.
  16. djangoringo said:
    100$ ?

    $264.99 --->http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75183&vpn=GV-N66TOC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1033

    VS 199.99$ after mir evga 660 gtx, price difference 65$.
    The 660 ti has more cuda cores and texture units, also the gigabyte 660 ti has a dual cooling fan system and it's oc from factory.


    So you suggest Gigabyte over the MSI version?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696


    EDIT

    Also, I saw several places where people said the Ti was limited by Bandwidth, making the 660 a better value.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127699
  17. The msi pe is a bit better, but more expensive, it's cutting close to a 670 gtx.
    Yes, in terms of bandwidth both have same specs.
    But the 660 ti is better if you can pay the price.
  18. djangoringo said:
    The msi pe is a bit better, but more expensive, it's cutting close to a 670 gtx.
    Yes, in terms of bandwidth both have same specs.
    But the 660 ti is better if you can pay the price.


    I updated the list; Whats the difference in the HDD you chose and the one I put on there?

    Also I think 1TB is too much. I could never imagine myself using that much. Should I just get a 500GB then get a SSD down the road when the technology becomes cheaper?
  19. The hdd on ncix is 64mb cache vs 32mb cache in outlet, also it's cheaper and it has free shipping(ncix)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003

    Yes you could get the 500gb, but price per GB, the 1TB is better, and since you have a decent budget, you should get the 1TB.
    Yes, a ssd is also good.
  20. djangoringo said:
    The hdd on ncix is 64mb cache vs 32mb cache in outlet, also it's cheaper and it has free shipping(ncix)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003

    Yes you could get the 500gb, but price per GB, the 1TB is better, and since you have a decent budget, you should get the 1TB.
    Yes, a ssd is also good.


    Alright, sweet. Also I changed my case to one for the same price but I like it 100x more. What 120mm Green LED fans would you suggest for the two on the side? I couldn't decide between sickleflow (cheaper) or the regular.

    Oh and Windows 8 or Windows 7? I like 8, but I don't think it's quite ready.
  21. Get the windows 7 hp 64 bits, like the one you have now, the windows 8 is horrible.
    As for the case, i really can't recommend leds, i hate flashy cases, but it's just me, the case is a good one.
    Also if you need to lower the total price, you can get the HAF 912, as suggested by goatwax.
  22. djangoringo said:
    Get the windows 7 hp 64 bits, like the one you have now, the windows 8 is horrible.
    As for the case, i really can't recommend leds, i hate flashy cases, but it's just me, the case is a good one.
    Also if you need to lower the total price, you can get the HAF 912, as suggested by goatwax.


    I actually changed the case earlier to the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2. You've been really helpful man, thanks. So you think this setup is good to go?
  23. Yes, but the 660 ti msi is a bit expensive for a 660 ti, the gigabyte on ncix is 265$ and it's a good one.
    I guess it's cause of the game, i can't see the ncix offering the game, but in nvidia page it says ncix : http://www.geforce.com/landing-page/assassins-creed-3/where-to-buy
  24. Basically i have ran my own tests as i been finding sites claims a bit far fetched if you want to game on high settings with decent fps 1080p get the 660 if you want to game on ultra settings 40+fps 1080p get the 660ti or 670 for 60+fps 1080p.This will also depend on which games but for the most part that's what my results were in my testing.
  25. djangoringo said:
    Yes, but the 660 ti msi is a bit expensive for a 660 ti, the gigabyte on ncix is 265$ and it's a good one.
    I guess it's cause of the game, i can't see the ncix offering the game, but in nvidia page it says ncix : http://www.geforce.com/landing-page/assassins-creed-3/where-to-buy


    Well as of tomorrow it will be back to $299.99 not the $265.

    "Savings Code 75183-1033. SAVE $35.00 off our regular price of $299.99 if you buy today! Special price ends 01/02/2013."

    I won't be able to buy my parts till next week or later, so I'm willing to pay $10 more for MSI. (Which that $10 will be gained back in the rebate NewEgg has, making it cost the exact same as the Gigabyte)
  26. Best answer
    Yes, i was thinking right now, you could still have it on newegg for less : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125441

    But the msi is a good card.
    Either of those two will do really good on 1080p resolution.
    Good luck with your build.
  27. djangoringo said:
    Yes, i was thinking right now, you could still have it on newegg for less : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125441

    But the msi is a good card.
    Either of those two will do really good on 1080p resolution.
    Good luck with your build.


    Thanks
  28. Best answer selected by Synapse79.
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