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January 15, 2013 11:07:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early February/Late January

Budget Range: 800 without MIR, has to include shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/internet use, that's about it, maybe light use of Microsoft word

Are you buying a monitor: No, I'm planning to use a tiny hdtv 19" if I remember

Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Location: PA

Parts Preferences: Either a new AMD FX processor, or i5 3570k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I don't know

Additional Comments: Far Cry 3 (high settings) Streaming League of Legends, dow2, ARMA 2, DayZ

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This laptop is going to burnout and die


This is the build I have so far

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xO8X

I'm mostly wondering if it's worth it to get i5 3570k over the AMD 6300, and whether or not it's worth it to get that mobo, overclocking would probably done at a future date, and I'd like to know if my tiny hdtv 19" will be okay to use as a monitor


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.39 @ Amazon)
Total: $772.89

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January 15, 2013 11:29:11 PM

In my opinion this is what you should do : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xOB5

I don't see any cooler on that cpu, and if you don't plan to overclock, you can save some for a better card,like the 7950 from sapphire, the i5-3470 offers the same performance as the i5-3570k stock, and it's better than the FX-6300, for that you just need a h77 mobo, also there's a much better psu for about the same price, a 1.5 TB for 69.99$, and also, in my opinion a better case like the corsair 200R.
January 15, 2013 11:34:50 PM

I think you would be happy with that rig you listed. You will need a heatsink for that cpu, I recommend the Coolermaster 212 EVO, its cheap and works great. Your TV should work fine as a monitor.
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January 15, 2013 11:43:55 PM

maestro0428 said:
I think you would be happy with that rig you listed. You will need a heatsink for that cpu, I recommend the Coolermaster 212 EVO, its cheap and works great. Your TV should work fine as a monitor.


Is there anyway to shave a few dollars off of the PSU? or maybe a cheaper mobo?

I put on the heatsink suggested, but it'd be nice to be able to scrape a few more dollars off
January 15, 2013 11:47:32 PM

djangoringo said:
In my opinion this is what you should do : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xOB5

I don't see any cooler on that cpu, and if you don't plan to overclock, you can save some for a better card,like the 7950 from sapphire, the i5-3470 offers the same performance as the i5-3570k stock, and it's better than the FX-6300, for that you just need a h77 mobo, also there's a much better psu for about the same price, a 1.5 TB for 69.99$, and also, in my opinion a better case like the corsair 200R.


For me a case is a case (cheaper is better as long as it fits/ USB 3.0 header too), I switched to the PSU you suggested, but I'd really like to stick to the 3570k

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January 15, 2013 11:50:29 PM
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You need to tell the priorities, if it's for gaming, you need a much better GPU,like the 7950, the i5-3570k will not bring any gains in fps than another i5 from ivybridge family.
If you don't know how to overclock or plan to, the i5-3470 is fine.
But if you want to keep the i5-3570k and a cooler,like the hyper 212 evo, change the mobo for another series, you'll get about the same results in overclocking, if you want to do more oc, you'll have to buy a much better cooler anyway : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xOOT
January 15, 2013 11:56:11 PM

djangoringo said:
You need to tell the priorities, if it's for gaming, you need a much better GPU,like the 7950, the i5-3570k will not bring any gains in fps than another i5 from ivybridge family.
If you don't know how to overclock or plan to, the i5-3470 is fine.
But if you want to keep the i5-3570k and a cooler,like the hyper 212 evo, change the mobo for another series, you'll get about the same results in overclocking, if you want to do more oc, you'll have to buy a much better cooler anyway : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xOOT


It's my mistake, sorry, and I do plan to OC, just not right now, I plan to have a friend walk me through it in a few months (I guess when I have some more cash too), will the mobo suggested by you get the job done? Or will I need to get a new one and a better cooler?
January 16, 2013 12:00:57 AM

Best answer selected by TheAngryAnchor.
January 16, 2013 12:01:22 AM

Then that is the best answer, thank you very much!
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