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First Gaming Build - Budget of Around $1100

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January 6, 2013 11:02:53 PM

Here's the Build. It will be a huge upgrade to my current Compaq Presario (I think it's either a sr5710f or sr5250nx).

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wgq6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wgq6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wgq6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1115.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 6, 2013 11:35:53 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Everything looks good with a couple of exceptions:

- Better cooler (I have a huge problem with Xigmatek coolers) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Get a 128GB SSD - won't cost much more money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Better power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you make those suggestions that should be a killer rig.


Those are good suggestions, I'll think about the SSD. The only problem though is that I am really trying to keep within the budget. And that's a reason why I didn't get a Hyper 212 cooler, and opted for a Zigmatek instead. As for the power supply, are you saying it's under-powered or unreliable?
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January 6, 2013 11:38:24 PM

seacucumber3000 said:
Those are good suggestions, I'll think about the SSD. The only problem though is that I am really trying to keep within the budget. And that's a reason why I didn't get a Hyper 212 cooler, and opted for a Zigmatek instead. As for the power supply, are you saying it's under-powered or unreliable?


Rosewill is kind of a mixed bag - some of their brands are good and some aren't. I hear good things about the Capstone and Fortress lines but PC Power & Cooling is a company that knows power supplies so I would go with them. Xigmatek coolers are horrible - they're a pain to install and the one I was using fried a motherboard because of the cheap thermal compound included.
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January 6, 2013 11:44:16 PM

the capstone and tachyon lineup from rosewell is made by superflower, a company on the level of seasonic. good choice to go for it. the hive series are also good

id get this instead though
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wgRO
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January 6, 2013 11:51:04 PM

Unless you're planning to do a SLI/Crossfire setup, a good psu with 550w is enough, i rather get the 660ti with the assassins creed 3 game, it's even better than the 7950...
Also the ram is out of stock, changed for Samsung 30nm ram, highly overclockable.
Also if you want a ssd, get a good reliable one with at least 120/128GB.
My suggestion :

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wgUR

You can put the asus mobo, if you like, but the msi offers everything the asus have at a lower price.
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January 6, 2013 11:59:49 PM

I'm not sure what it is with 120+ gb SSD's. Don't take that the wrong way though. I plan on using it solely for Windows 7 and maybe one or two games.
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January 7, 2013 12:04:53 AM

Only the windows takes ~20GB, depending on the games, even two can take all the space of the 60GB SSD, and you don't want a 60GB ssd full, it's speeds are worthless, either get a 120/128GB or ditch the ssd...
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January 7, 2013 12:06:43 AM

What if I don't completely fill it up? As in, plop in one game (Probably something around 1-2 gbs).
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January 7, 2013 12:11:10 AM

The 60GB has already limited speeds vs a 120/128GB ones, besides you chose a ssd with Asynchronous MLC NAND...you'll want synchronous it's worth the extra $...
Like a crucial m4 128GB.
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January 7, 2013 12:12:17 AM

Alright, alright, I'll se what I can find.
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January 7, 2013 12:18:21 AM

Here's Revision 1:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/whcY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/whcY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/whcY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.53 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1147.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 21:17 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 12:25:06 AM

Get the xfx 550w pro, in case you didn't know the xfx 550w is a seasonic oem psu.
It's really expensive psu when you can get a quality one for 60$.
You can get the samsung ram for more 4$, since you're gonna oc the cpu, you can oc the ram, and there's no better ram at that price for oc.
Also get the crucial m4, not the samsung 840, it uses TLC NAND...
And why pay more $ for a dvd drive ? get the liteon at 16.99$.
I recommend going with the 660 ti, it has the assassins creed 3 game, it pays off.
Also see this : http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...
http://techreport.com/review/24022/does-the-radeon-hd-7...
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January 7, 2013 12:27:54 AM

Do you have a recommendation for a PSU that is modular?
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January 7, 2013 12:32:36 AM

Revision 3: Still looking for a good, modular power supply that still fits within my budget.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1143.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 21:31 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 12:46:52 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1146.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 21:46 EST-0500)

gives you a better case(imo) and a good PSU for SLI/CFX
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January 7, 2013 12:50:43 AM

Alright, here's Revision 4: I also plan on keeping this computer for a very long time, and updated when necessary instead of buying a whole new system. How much of a improvement do you guys think it is over my older computer?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1120.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 21:50 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 12:55:49 AM

The one thing I'm stuck on is a 7950 vs 660 TI. I prefer Nvidia's driver support and software over AMD's, but does anyone know the performance differences?
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January 7, 2013 1:12:06 AM

Alright, thanks, I'll adjust the setup.
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January 7, 2013 1:14:17 AM

Oh, and what's the difference between a 2 gb GPU vs a 3 gb one (other than the obvious)?
And here's revision 5:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1120.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 22:15 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 1:16:26 AM

Nothing, 2GB is plenty for 1080p and any game...
You picked a good 660 ti gtx, but in my opinion it's overpriced, i'd get the gigabyte one, it's 30$ less or 40$.
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January 7, 2013 1:18:22 AM

Gotcha. Whatcha think of the build above? I went for the EVGA over the Gigabyte because the Gigabyte is ugly. If it's necessary I'l choose the Gigabyte though.
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January 7, 2013 1:19:58 AM

Gigabyte is way cheaper, offers good cooling, same performance, and it's 40$ cheaper, get the gigabyte.
Yes, your build is fine.
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January 7, 2013 1:33:55 AM

Woah $300 for a 660Ti, that is way overpriced. I would get a 7950 over it just because it performs on par with the 670
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January 7, 2013 2:09:23 AM

I changed the GPU to a PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card. It will look great with my case, and had good reviews. It's a tad more expensive than the Nvidia (I will miss their driver support), but I have had others say to get a 7950 for performance. Oh, and I won't be using mail-in-rebates unless I have to.
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January 7, 2013 2:12:43 AM

28 answers!? ermahgerd lol
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January 7, 2013 2:14:13 AM

lxgoldsmith said:
28 answers!? ermahgerd lol

The more the merrier. What'd you think of the build?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1105.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 23:14 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 2:16:52 AM

seacucumber3000 said:
I changed the GPU to a PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card. It will look great with my case, and had good reviews. It's a tad more expensive than the Nvidia (I will miss their driver support), but I have had others say to get a 7950 for performance. Oh, and I won't be using mail-in-rebates unless I have to.



Don't get powercolor, it sucks the 7950 is on par with a 660 ti, but it has better percentile fps, lower latencies, period.
Get the 660 ti gigabyte it's cheaper still and comes with the AC3 game, show the others the links i gave you...
http://www.techpowerup.com/178129/AMD-to-Fix-GCN-Latenc...


This my last recommendation, good luck with your build...
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January 7, 2013 2:20:40 AM

Urgh. I'm not sure whether to get the 660 TI or the 7950...
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January 7, 2013 3:15:30 AM

AC3 will only last so long and Pirating it is pretty easy. For the 7950 get the Sapphire one, comes with 2 fans for optimal cooling and it is a better brand overall
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January 7, 2013 3:32:53 AM

Alright, I don't plan on playing AC3 anyways. Mostly Skyrim, Fallout: NV, Sims 3, etc.
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January 7, 2013 3:36:09 AM

Nevermind, here's the most recent build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1112.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 00:38 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 3:39:01 AM

I don't recommend pirating games...buy the games, support the developers, if you have $ for parts, you have money to buy games...
As for the card, i still recommend the 660 ti, have you seen the links i gave...the 660 ti beats the 7950 in that game(skyrim), you get a cheaper card, with better performance, and a free legit way of getting the game(nvidia offer).

If not you're gonna spend more than 300$ : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx670xp...
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January 7, 2013 3:41:22 AM

djangoringo said:
I don't recommend pirating games...buy the games, support the developers, if you have $ for parts, you have money to buy games...
As for the card, i still recommend the 660 ti, have you seen the links i gave...the 660 ti beats the 7950 in that game(skyrim), you get a cheaper card, with better performance, and a free legit way of getting the game(nvidia offer).

If not you're gonna spend more than 300$ : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx670xp...


That is a very very sexy card, but I probably won't be using the mail in rebate, and certainly not playing the game. I look in to though.
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January 7, 2013 3:29:27 PM

TheBigTroll said:
-mushkin ram and all ram are equal. get the cheaper ones.
-the gigabyte board offers much more for not much more

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wkPs

Why do you say the Gigabyte board offers more? I will really miss the UEFI Bios from the Asus one, especially because I am new to over clocking. EDIT: I did see that the Gigabyte one has a 3d Bios, but my first question still remains.
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January 7, 2013 3:34:00 PM

The best uefi bios are the asrock and the msi one.

Consider this board : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z77agd55

Pretty good one.
Also like i said, it's a no brainer going with a 7950 for skyrim(and other bethesda games), the 660 ti is better for that game and cheaper...
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January 7, 2013 3:36:32 PM

That MSI BIOS is really nice, but I still wonder, is there anything that says outright that one board is better than another?
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January 7, 2013 3:50:45 PM

id rather not get the msi given a analog power delivery circuitry. the asus LK is a great board ( i have one), but the gigabyte offers more given there are more ports and its only 2 bucks more after MIR than the asus. id spring for it anyday

both of the bioses are pretty easy to use with the asus being the easier one. it should be fine though
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January 7, 2013 3:51:08 PM

I will not say it's better, it has about the same functions as the asus one, but it's cheaper.
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January 7, 2013 3:52:31 PM

djangoringo said:
I will not say it's better, it has about the same functions as the asus one, but it's cheaper.

Alright, fair enough. It hasn't changed much, here's the latest build (I'll pass on the Mushkin RAM):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1140.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 12:52 EST-0500)
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January 7, 2013 3:55:59 PM

i dont see any problems with mushkin. customer support is great and they make a lot of ram and SSDs for a good price.

and can you change the psu back to this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you dont need 650w. and plus, you cant crossfire anyways given it does not have 4 pci-e connectors

id also consider the 300R is a better case given how corsair makes pretty good products and at 59.99 after a MIR, its a very good deal
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January 7, 2013 3:59:27 PM

TheBigTroll said:
i dont see any problems with mushkin. customer support is great and they make a lot of ram and SSDs for a good price.

and can you change the psu back to this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you dont need 650w. and plus, you cant crossfire anyways given it does not have 4 pci-e connectors

id also consider the 300R is a better case given how corsair makes pretty good products and at 59.99 after a MIR, its a very good deal


I won't be using mail-in-rebates, and I want to use this computer for a long time, and upgrade instead of getting a new machine every time. I'd spend 5 dollars more for RAM that will look good in my case, and I want to keep the case because it includes a lot for the price. Will 550w be enough to do some light (because I am new to) overclocking, and still having some room for upgrades?
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January 7, 2013 4:03:58 PM

Like i said 550w is plenty, didn't you choose that psu cause you wanted a modular one ?

Also you keep ignoring the 660 ti, when the 7950 is more expensive(if you don't use mail in) and that sapphire is out of stock, when the 660 ti is better for the games you want to play...
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January 7, 2013 4:06:49 PM

djangoringo said:
Like i said 550w is plenty, didn't you choose that psu cause you wanted a modular one ?

Also you keep ignoring the 660 ti, when the 7950 is more expensive(if you don't use mail in) and that sapphire is out of stock, when the 660 ti is better for the games you want to play...


I don't mean to be ignoring it, I just can't decide which one I want. I've gotten replies saying go one way, and people saying go the other way. :/  I'll do more research though, especially because I want a card that will look good in my case.
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January 7, 2013 4:07:09 PM

seacucumber3000 said:
I won't be using mail-in-rebates, and I want to use this computer for a long time, and upgrade instead of getting a new machine every time. I'd spend 5 dollars more for RAM that will look good in my case, and I want to keep the case because it includes a lot for the price. Will 550w be enough to do some light (because I am new to) overclocking, and still having some room for upgrades?


you dont see the ram inside the build. the heatsink dam sure will be covering it. asthetics are irrelevant if you dont stare inside your case
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January 7, 2013 4:07:29 PM

oh and components are only to use less power, not more
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