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New PC -- Blade & Soul!~!

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January 17, 2013 4:09:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 6 months.

Budget Range: N/A

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Streaming, Work

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect, Microcenter...anything

Location: USA, NY

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: Prefer a quiet, high performance PC with durable components and cost efficiency is a plus.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: It's been 5 years.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZ5d

Please let me know what you think.

More about : blade soul

a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:14:26 AM

within 6 months? new generation CPU and GPU are coming :) 

btw your build are all greats except for 2500K, newer cpu is 3570K with z77 board :) 
January 17, 2013 4:16:50 AM

Yeah but that new generation stuff will be very pricey! Will look in to the 3570k
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a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:22:52 AM

and bigger ssd, 256 CRUCIAL M4 are always great choice despites its age

bigger ssd = more read/write performance
January 17, 2013 4:24:58 AM

Yeah but I'm not sure if I can afford a bigger SSD atm...unless the OC GTX 670 is overkill for blade & soul and future MMO's
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:35:11 AM

whats ur maximum budget, and do u need monitor, os, keyboard.mousse.?

January 17, 2013 4:38:50 AM

iceclock said:
whats ur maximum budget, and do u need monitor, os, keyboard.mousse.?


I'm not too sure about my budget. $1400 is pushing it...I don't need a keyboard or mouse. I do need an OS.
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:39:44 AM

so 1200?

January 17, 2013 4:40:58 AM

iceclock said:
so 1200?


I can comfortably say $1,350
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:43:11 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0596 88.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.62 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1251.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 01:40 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1266.25
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1251.24

thats the amd build



heres my intel build:



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y28I
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y28I/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y28I/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0596 88.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1214.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 01:42 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1261.62
Combo Discounts: -$13.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $12.55
Total: $1241.17

quite good for the price :) 




a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:56:14 AM

**PRINT THIS**

Z77 Sabertooth tips:
- BIOS. Flash to the latest. If you have issues (like me) flash to the second latest (before 1708 I believe)

- ASSIST FANS: Install AI SUITE II and adjust the profile so that these fans turn OFF COMPLETELY until 50degC (they whine and aren't needed so turn OFF)

- SOFTWARE: do NOT install the entire suite of software. It caused my PC to crash and would NOT reboot. I had to insert my Windows 8 disc and RESTORE to the last restore point before I installed the software.

- SETUP: make sure you select XMP so that your MEMORY timings and frequency are selected properly. Your BIOS can slightly overclock the CPU with the "overclock" feature but you may need to play around to make sure your memory doesn't default to lower settings.
* All things considered I'm happy with the motherboard but you need to know the above.

SSD:
A 64GB is simply NOT BIG ENOUGH. You need a 120GB SSD and I suggest you have a hard drive as well and use it to:
a) install STEAM and GAMES
b) Downloads
c) Media

Your SSD will fill up over time and I can guarantee a 64GB SSD is simply not big enough.

SSD tips:
- keep 20% free space
- flash the firmware (preferably before using)

Windows 7 or 8?
I recommend Windows 8 64-bit OEM rather than Windows 7, and buy Start8 from Stardock. I basically use it like Windows 7 and never use the new Start Screen. However, there are IMPROVEMENTS in Windows 8:
- boot time
- stability
- security
- Windows Explorer
- other minor changes
*Also, once the new Start Screen catches on you can use it if you want.

CPU: i5-3570K (I agree totally)

SUMMARY:
- tips for Sabertooth Z77 board
- i5-3570K
- 120GB SSD
- secondary Hard Drive
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 4:59:38 AM

*The Z77 Sabertooth could be replaced with a $130 motherboard with similar features but you need to also consider the Warranty which is 5 years.

**Again, a Z77 motherboard + Intel i5-3570K is the ONLY RECOMMEND for a gaming foundation.
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 5:11:09 AM

ive already covered his needs, solid mobo. processors, gaming cards. ssds. hd. good power and case. all ur suggesting is a more expensive mobo that doesnt really add anything interesting for the price.

January 17, 2013 8:07:09 PM

With respect, I was looking for opinions about the build, and minor changes that people may suggest. Such as getting the i5-3570k vs the i5-2500k. But I wasn't seeking to have my build dismantled and be given all new parts. I'm pretty set on it, just wanted some feed back. Thank you though.
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 8:13:59 PM

shur alright,

heres a revised pick of ur parts.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7x3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7x3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7x3/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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.68 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1215.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 17:13 EST-0500)

January 17, 2013 8:15:51 PM

Why not the Sabertooth
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 8:19:42 PM

its expensive for nothing, and doesnt add anything features ud need, versus the one i chose, doesnt overclock better either.

also the 3570k overclocks better imo than the 2550k and uses less power as its newer architecture.

January 17, 2013 8:25:45 PM

It has military grade components with a 5-year no questions asked warranty and heat dissipation - and graphics performance enhancement...why wouldn't that be worth it?
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 8:28:20 PM

one thats just marketing talk, and theres certain types of damage that it doesnt cover, doesnt really give u better heat dissipation thats just hyped, and doesnt enhance ur graphics, only graphics u get enhanced is from a videocard.

this has a 3year versus 5 year warranty, but if it hasnt broke within 3years i doubt it will change, also technology changes so fast ull prob upgrade within 3-4years anyways.

January 17, 2013 10:15:57 PM

Prices don't drop that much for the last generation hardware when the new stuff comes out (unless you're buying used). Look at the difference between an i5-2500k vs. the 3570k. It's the same for video cards. If you're going to wait 6 months anyway, you might as well get the new tech.

And +1 to not overpaying for a gimmicky mobo.
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 10:20:42 PM

yes thanks helz, this is true, this is a today build but in 6months u might get better for ur money.

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