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January 14, 2013 9:18:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: few weeks

Budget Range: $1350 including os, but not including monitor, keyboard , or mouse

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet browsing

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: yes, include windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: idc

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Missouri, United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: idc, as long is it's the biggest bang for my buck

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: n/a
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want higher performance on games

here's what i have so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xC6c

More about : 1350 gaming build

January 14, 2013 10:04:01 PM

Sorry but AMD CPUs are horrible, and are especially bad for gaming where their larger number of inferior cores are useless.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
-If you live near a Microcenter. This was put together with a non-Microcenter i5 though so it still fits in the budget if you don't use Microcenter

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($61.00 @ Amazon)
-This CPU Coolers little brother could cool a 4.2GHz i7-3960X, so I'm assuming this could do really well.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
-Gigabytes BIOS used to suck. It doesn't now. This motherboard also features Thunderbolt.

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
-Paying more for memory is stupid. Just get this.

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
-Decently fast (for a mechanical hard drive). 1TB, cheap, pretty reliable.

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.68 @ SuperBiiz)
-All the other cheap SSDs suck.

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
-Performs at around the same level as an nVidia GTX680. Except cheaper.

Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
-Cheap full tower. This case offers good airflow, EATX capability (for future upgrades) and USB 3.0. It's only cheap because the new Phantom came out.

Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
-PSU made by SeaSonic, also this has enough juice for CFX. Modular too.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
-Sub for Windows 7 if you want. There is a Microsoft utility that you can use to make a bootable USB to install windows with. Use that and don't get an optical drive.

Total: $1324.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 18:55 EST-0500)
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January 14, 2013 10:07:30 PM

How are they useless? Having more cores that is clearly detectable by the OS useless? Intel makes great CPUs, but charge more for what you're getting in terms of performance when compared to AMD. Also, I would advise the OP to stay away from Windows 8 due to the gamer unfriendly UI.
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January 14, 2013 10:33:18 PM

Cyan, please learn about instructions per clock and how they affect CPU performance.

Django, a Radeon HD7970 is more powerful than a GTX670, while being around the same price. For graphics cards I tend to stick to MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, Sapphire and Galaxy for the simple reason that they have far better coolers.
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January 14, 2013 10:51:15 PM

Did occur to you that he might prefer nvidia cards ?
Just gave my suggestion in the nvidia department.
And for that, the evga ones are one of the best, really on the top brands for nvidia cards.
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January 14, 2013 10:54:47 PM

UVB076 said:
Cyan, please learn about instructions per clock and how they affect CPU performance.

Django, a Radeon HD7970 is more powerful than a GTX670, while being around the same price. For graphics cards I tend to stick to MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, Sapphire and Galaxy for the simple reason that they have far better coolers.

AMD 8350: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-8350+Eig...
Intel i5-3570K: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-3...

You sound too narcissistic to even bother getting technological with. Please, do your research before posting and trying one up people like you're so much better. Even if you're right, some people's information may be flawed and that's how we learn. Not from people like you.

I won't be replying any more of your posts from here on out. Next time, act a little more mature to prevent yourself from getting in a flame fest.
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January 14, 2013 10:56:23 PM

EVGA has the worst coolers and they charge a premium for their products. Many other products have just as good of a warranty and have far better cooling.
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January 14, 2013 10:59:45 PM

Did you see the signature card coolers ? and for warranty and support, the evga ones are the best in that department.
Also, keep in mind some evga cards are expensive, cause they offer the best overclocking speeds from factory and good potential of overclock, if you see the FTW 670, it has the 680 pcb.
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January 14, 2013 11:01:20 PM

680PCB on a 670 has been done by so many companies it's not even funny. Additionally, Gigabyte, Zotac and Galaxy all allow crazy overclocks. BTW, EVGA uses a stock cooler with a different shape and a white stripe on the side. It's still a stock cooler with a blower fan.
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January 14, 2013 11:05:06 PM

Yes, tell us what companies got the 680 gtx pcb, cause many are custom pcb, but with the 680 GTX only the 670 FTW, like i said, i'm talking about the Signature, see what's the cooler like...
And if you see reviews of them, you'll see they're in the top for overclocking(FTW,SC,Classified ones).
That's all, evga are well known, i don't need to defend them.
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January 14, 2013 11:13:12 PM

heres a clone of the evga ftw. wanna take a look?
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71127&vpn=67NPH6DV5ZVX...

the signature isnt nearly as good as any other cooler. any closed cooler will lose to a open cooler. thats just what things are. i have a gigabyte windforce 670 (also happens to use a 680 pcb + 1 more power phase) and it will never get above 60c even at max overclock (which is 1175 base and 1312mhz boost). i am limited by the fact that nvidia has put in a voltage lock, whcih the msi pe has unlocked (although you risk frying your card)
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January 14, 2013 11:14:55 PM

Didn't MSI un-unlock the voltage because nVidia got mad?
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January 14, 2013 11:17:11 PM

yes but theres always a chance you get a older batch
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January 14, 2013 11:18:20 PM

So guys, can I get an overall build within the budget with all your new ideas?
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January 14, 2013 11:21:20 PM

They suck, don't they ?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-...
http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/...

The signature ones, keep the temperatures at that rate, with high overclock from factory, they're good, with good warranty and support, i'm not dissing other brands, there are also good alternatives, but the signature cards are pretty good ones.

lukethebeast12 said:
So guys, can I get an overall build within the budget with all your new ideas?



Your build is good, like i said change the HDD for a 1.5 TB seagate and a 670 GTX, better value, there're at least four good ones : EVGA Signature, MSI Power Edition, Gigabyte Windforce 3x and Asus DCII.
I suggested the EVGA, cause you had an EVGA one.
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January 14, 2013 11:30:36 PM

^looks at the temperature both at regular speed and top speed. my gigabyte at 20% fan speed at full load (folding@home) roughly sits at 50-60c (60c if i let it sit for 24 hours). at my max fan setting, its around 40c
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January 14, 2013 11:37:54 PM

Best answer selected by lukethebeast12.
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January 14, 2013 11:41:25 PM

This discussion started when UVB076 said evga were the worse brand of cards, which isn't true, they're good ones, they have some advantages and some disadvantages like any other, good overclock potential, good warranty and support, overall good cards.
It's always like this, when someone suggest a brand, there's always criticizing, cause there're other ones, etc.
In my opinion, i'm not attached to a single brand, just happen to suggest the evga which is perfectly fine, but like i said there're indeed others.
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January 14, 2013 11:46:22 PM

he didnt say anything about evga being the worst. just said that there are better options out there, in which there are
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January 14, 2013 11:49:58 PM

I just said their COOLERS were the worst.
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January 14, 2013 11:51:06 PM

The evga is as good as the others, not worse, for the price you could say there're cheaper ones, but the evga is as good as the others.
If you go with high-end like the classified one, you'll see that overclocking records are on the evga classified 680 GTX with evbot.
Also the FTW are good ones, overall, with warranty and support, they're good.
That's all.

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January 14, 2013 11:51:42 PM

Yeah...overclocking with a waterblock and a radiator.
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January 14, 2013 11:53:37 PM

Well the MSI 680 GTX lightning with the same thing doesn't reach the evga one...or do you think to obtain records, you'll go with the cooling that the card has.
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January 14, 2013 11:59:08 PM

dude, LN2 doesnt really count any more. they dont use their coolers
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January 15, 2013 12:05:30 AM

The evga one watercooled is better, i was talking with waterblocks.
Some don't have a clue about evga gpus, i just pointed they're good, i'm not here to discuss more, i also like other 670 gtx like the asus, msi, gigabyte(i often recommend them also).
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January 15, 2013 12:11:17 AM

EVGA waterblocks are just painted EK blocks iirc. The GPUs are the same between vendors really.
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January 15, 2013 12:14:44 AM

swiftech actually
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