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$1000-$1200 Build

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January 18, 2013 1:32:10 PM

Overclocking: Yes, mostly for fun.

CrossFire: As a future upgrade, but not initially.

Watercooling: In the future (1-2 years) I want to learn and try this out but I won't have it in the initial build, so I want a case that will be great for WC and aircooling.

Budget: Somewhere around 1000-1200, but I am flexible and willing to spend more or less.

Accessories: I already have peripherals, monitors, HDD, ODD.


My initial Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.62 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Indigo Extreme Thermal Paste ($20.00)
Other: 200mm CoolMaster Megaflow fan. ($12.00)
Other: Sanyo Denki 12 VDC Fan 109E1212H142 120mm x 38mm ($7.00)
Total: $1146.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 11:16 EST-0500)


Reasoning:

CPU: FX-8350 is great for its cost and easily OC'd.

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake is one of the best coolers but a lot cheaper than the NH-D14.

Motherboard: I chose the Gigabyte 990FXA UD3 and I don't see any benefit to the UD5 or UD7 since going past 2 cards in Crossfire provides very little benefit.

Memory: I chose 8GB 1866 RAM even though there is a very small difference between it and 1600 or 1333, but RAM is so cheap why not?

Storage: 128GB Crucial M4, the Samsung 830 or OCZ Vertex 4 all seem about the same to me. M4 was cheapest when I looked so that's why I picked it.

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon 7950. Almost as good as the 7970 but a lot cheaper.

Case: HAF X. Expensive, but I figure I can use it for a long time and it's top of the line both air and watercooling.

PSU: 750w is excessive initially, but if I add another GPU and extra cooling I think I will need the power. Is 80 PLUS Gold worth it, or should I just get a cheaper one or even an 850w for the future?

Thermal Paste: Indigo Extreme. Might as well get the best if its only $5 more than the alternatives.

Case Fans: Sanyo Denki 120 x 38mm, and 120 x 25mm fans + stock case fans.


Let me know what you think, and what I could improve upon.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2013 1:49:09 PM

Well, I think it looks pretty good. I know some people might change a couple parts (or even all of them) but if that's your preference and you did justify those parts pretty good, I say go for it.

If you wanted to post the parts list in PCPartPicker, click on the BBCode Markup, copy it and paste it on the forums.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2013 1:53:02 PM

no list but go with an i5 better performance overall
hyper 212 evo is very good price to peformance
660ti power edition overclocked almost as good as a oc'd 670
if you do get a 7950 get the club3d very good overclocker
dont know what brand psu but get a good one corsair silverstone antec pc power and cooling.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2013 9:07:55 PM

I would go with this

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yiGT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yiGT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yiGT/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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1131.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 18:09 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 2:47:15 PM

This will run you around $1280 before rebates and then $1220 after. I would really take a look at this because this is a monster build and the best band for your buck. 3TB Hd, 256gb SSD, 7970 ghz edition, 16 gb ram

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

CPU: Intel i5 3570K 3.4Ghz Turbo 3.8Ghz ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($163.17 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1220.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 11:45 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 2:54:05 PM

Oh yeah if you already have a hard drive then this build will do bring down your bill even more!

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

CPU: Intel i5 3570K 3.4Ghz Turbo 3.8Ghz ($189.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($163.17 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1076.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 11:53 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2013 7:04:55 PM

Honestly... You don't need 3tb of HDD space and 16gb of ram.. You have put a psu in there that is suited for 500-750 budget builds. The gold rated 850w I put allows for crossfire in the future and it is way safer as it is practically top of the line with excellent ripple supression. The 256gb SSD is nice but my build could easily get that and still for cheaper
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January 19, 2013 10:24:57 PM

camohanna said:
Honestly... You don't need 3tb of HDD space and 16gb of ram.. You have put a psu in there that is suited for 500-750 budget builds. The gold rated 850w I put allows for crossfire in the future and it is way safer as it is practically top of the line with excellent ripple supression. The 256gb SSD is nice but my build could easily get that and still for cheaper

Yes you do not need 3tb of space, but since it fits in his budget he surely can. But he already has a hard drive so no point in getting it, what I'm really trying to get at is, if the pricing is in his budget why shouldnt he get? best bang for your buck. same goes for ram. 600 watts is enough for gaming and daily use.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2013 10:47:05 PM

600 watts is enough, but as you said "it fits his budget". He will always be using the psu but unlikely using the extra 2tb and 8gb of ram. The psu will make for more upgrades, and less likely his components getting fried.... I dont think i would want to overclock my i5 and have a 7970 overclocked running on just a $40 psu...
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January 20, 2013 4:01:38 PM

After reading around a bit more, it seems like the 3570 is just better than the 8350 in every way save a few benchmarks. I will probably build this in about a month or so with a few changes based your advice.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2013 6:38:22 PM

muffinofwoe said:
After reading around a bit more, it seems like the 3570 is just better than the 8350 in every way save a few benchmarks. I will probably build this in about a month or so with a few changes based your advice.


Remember to get the k edition if you want to overclock and a Z77 mobo. ;) 
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