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$800 BUILD CHALLENGE W/ REWARD!

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January 19, 2013 5:42:22 AM

Okay, so here is the deal: I am challenging you fellow Tom's Hardware users to create the best possible Intel build all purposes (gaming, video/music/photo edit, and everyday use). No holds barred, just has to have an intel processor and gpu. The build must include the processor, mobo, hard drive(s), gpu, psu, case, and ram. only include cooling if your build depends on overclocking. no need to include operating system, monitor, mouse, or keyboard. there will be 5 builds chosen as finalists, then there will be a vote for the ultimate $800 (not to exceed) build! Winner gets a free (legit) copy of Windows 8 professional as well as a (legit) copy of microsoft office ultimate. builds must be presented with standard formatting for this forum with the links included in the name and price of the parts. happy building!
January 19, 2013 5:47:12 AM

wow :)  is it real? is it allowed in this forum?
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January 19, 2013 5:51:48 AM

yes, i am sponsoring this contest, i work in the software industry and i get multiple copies of many different software programs, most of the time for free or little to nothing, This is going to be a 72 hour competition to find the finalists, I will proceed to private message the finalists, as well as make a public announcement. the final winner will be given the opportunity to contact me personally in order to stake claim on their reward.
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January 19, 2013 5:53:12 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($353.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $798.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 03:42 EST-0500)
first try :) 
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January 19, 2013 5:55:13 AM

this build cannot be accepted into the competition as it does not meet the requirements. feel free to delete your post and resubmit!

Correction: I meant to say nvidia not intel for the gpu! Sorry for the typo and happy building! :) 

P.s. feel free to edit your build! Just be sure to say edit at he bottom so I know to read it again!
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January 19, 2013 9:18:29 AM

^ I dont see an issue with that, has all the parts you specified were needed and it has an Intel CPU.
Also you seem to indicate that Intel make GPU's...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $757.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 06:35 EST-0500)

EDIT: Bit of shuffling and alterations to fit a 2GB 7850.
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January 19, 2013 10:07:32 AM

Here's my entry, nothing too fancy. Decided to leave a little over $30 unspent for contingencies, price hikes, etc.

Note that my first choice for motherboard (MSI's ZH77A-G43, $87.55 shipped after rebate from Newegg) isn't on PC Part Picker for some reason, so I had to fall back on the similar ASRock model.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $767.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 07:01 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 5:20:25 PM

Nothing too flashy
Went with a z77 board to gain the ability to OC the 3470 to 4.0ghz (will not require a AFC for such a low OC)
Also gained SRT to use with the 64GB SSD so get the best of HDD and SSD


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.47 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $791.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 14:37 EST-0500)


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.47 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $791.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 14:38 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 5:38:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ 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: $799.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 14:37 EST-0500)

Here's my build. Got a 7950 in there with a good SSD and 1TB storage drive.
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January 24, 2013 3:31:21 AM

I think its been more than 72hrs :) 
Eh, wasn't expecting this to turn into anything.
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January 24, 2013 3:35:09 AM

^dosen't matter, gave me excuse to play around with PCPartpciker :p  :) 
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January 24, 2013 3:41:32 AM

Just noticed in your build you have a 3470 and a Z77 board, chip cant overclock but the board allows it. Only the "K" series processors have unlocked multipliers.
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January 24, 2013 3:51:32 AM

Try to beat this out :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G440 1.6GHz Single-Core Processor ($43.34 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($140.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($8.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate 250GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 610 1GB Video Card ($23.57 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Viper (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 1600W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $775.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With 1600w necessary for the specs listed, you can't beat the cpu and gpu combination, it's lethal.
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January 24, 2013 3:54:58 AM

manofchalk said:
Just noticed in your build you have a 3470 and a Z77 board, chip cant overclock but the board allows it. Only the "K" series processors have unlocked multipliers.


With the Z77 you can OC to 3.8 (using manual 24/7 OC way) or 4.0ghz (using the turbo method). So you can set the turbo to the max and OC it that way, given the chip is constrained by power or voltage (you can loosen those controls using a Z77 board as well)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/intel-core-i5-3470-r...

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Intel-Core-i53470-QuadCo...

PSST don't tell anyone :p 
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January 24, 2013 3:57:36 AM

e7300
2 x1 gig of DDR 2 1050 Mhz
Gigabye P45 mb
160 gig SATA1 hard drive
Raidmax case with included psu
GS 7600 graphics card
CD ROM

SCORCHING
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January 24, 2013 4:23:08 AM

A great nvidia build, ready for overclocking...
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zh4Q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zh4Q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zh4Q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $789.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 01:21 EST-0500)
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