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January 18, 2013 6:11:06 PM

Hi , I am finalizing my new gaming build and I would love to hear any comments or suggestions:

It was a tough decision for me between a 7950 or 670, but I went with the 670 since I worry about how over-clocking will affect the cards lifespan and warranty.

I am looking for suggestions for the SSD, I do want a fairly large one at about 250 for the OS, games, and some productivity software like adobe photoshop and illustrator. Suggestions for the case will also be helpful, I want one with good cooling and enough space for everything in it without it being crammed.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygTV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygTV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygTV/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 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($178.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00152400-R3M1 Wired Optical Mouse ($47.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1606.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Thanks for the input!
January 18, 2013 6:16:55 PM

Looks like a good build. There are many parts that I regularly recommend. I would move your SSD up to the 840Pro though. Although its more expensive, you get what you pay for in performance.
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January 18, 2013 6:21:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yh11
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yh11/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yh11/benchmarks/

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: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2000-MLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($32.54 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1563.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 15:21 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1618.39
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1563.38

heres my revised build for u :)  stock 7970 beats a 680 and when overclocked its surpasses it, alot more value than the 670.

and stability of the card and life span is fine if u dont mess with voltage on ur card. and monitor ur temps nicely.


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January 18, 2013 7:00:33 PM

Only thing I would add is maybe check around for a review of that PSU. If not good, look to Corsair, Seasonic, XFX.
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January 18, 2013 7:07:25 PM

16GB is overkill.
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January 18, 2013 7:08:44 PM

not really, its future proofing and just a like 40$ more than 8gigs so its def worth it.

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January 18, 2013 7:21:31 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yh11
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yh11/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yh11/benchmarks/

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: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2000-MLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($32.54 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1563.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 15:21 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1618.39
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1563.38

heres my revised build for u :)  stock 7970 beats a 680 and when overclocked its surpasses it, alot more value than the 670.

and stability of the card and life span is fine if u dont mess with voltage on ur card. and monitor ur temps nicely.


My only concern with that GPU card is that the reviews are pretty bad for it. The cheaper 7970s seem to all have some sort of problem or another, but if I can find a quality one for that price it will be nice. I am still leaning a bit toward the 670, but I will do some research regarding this. I have already spent a couple of days working on this list, it is a bit tiresome!

I think I will have to go with the 840 SSD, unless the performance boost of the 840 pro really warrants the significant price increase. The plextor SSD is currently out of stock.

Thanks for all of the replies!
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January 18, 2013 7:27:42 PM

hmm alright the xfx card is of high quality, u shouldnt read newegg reviews theyre false and have little regards to actual facts behind them.

anyways if u want a 670 heres the revised build.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhF4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhF4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhF4/benchmarks/

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: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2000-MLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($32.54 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1543.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 16:27 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1588.39
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1543.38

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January 18, 2013 7:53:51 PM

iceclock said:
hmm alright the xfx card is of high quality, u shouldnt read newegg reviews theyre false and have little regards to actual facts behind them.

anyways if u want a 670 heres the revised build.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhF4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhF4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhF4/benchmarks/

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: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2000-MLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($32.54 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1543.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 16:27 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1588.39
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1543.38


How would you manage the storage on a SSD? And at what point will it be too full to be efficient? I wanted 250gb to make sure it has sufficient space with a regular HD on the side, but a lot of people just use 128 GB. I also grabbed 650W originally for the PSU since it was affordable and efficient, but the 850 W PSU you suggest is only a bit more expensive for a lot more power, and will that power be useful? How much power would a single and sli/crossfire configuration typically need?

Thanks for your assistance!
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January 18, 2013 8:10:42 PM

iceclock said:
not really, its future proofing and just a like 40$ more than 8gigs so its def worth it.

Not futureproofing at all. Computers are using about 4GB these days, it's still a while before 8GB. By the time computers use 16GB your hardware will be VERY outdated.
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January 18, 2013 8:21:28 PM

no, games utilize 8 gigs of ram, u require some ram also to run backround apps and windows.

the extra power was too sli whenever u want to do so.

heres ur revised build with the pieces u wanted.

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

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: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG E2211T-BN 22.0" Monitor ($129.73 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2000-MLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($32.54 @ NCIX US)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1515.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 17:19 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1560.13
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1515.12

sli or crossfiring all depends on what cards ur using, theres too many to list and varies.

but to sli a gtx 670. should be about 433 watts about.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-670-2-...

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January 25, 2013 3:10:49 PM

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January 25, 2013 3:13:13 PM

cheers dude
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