$1500.00 build *questions*

Hello,
I have a 1500.00 budget for a new pc. I've been out of the "scene" for about ten years and the I saw this build that caught my eye. This would be mainly for gaming on my living room TV.

1. Is the combo mobo and proces be good for OC? If not, what other mobo would be better?

2. What GeForce card be good/better then the radeon combo? Like to have a GeForce card/cards...

3. Should I wait to buy this? Since intel is coming out with new stuff in a few months?

Lastly
Thank you for your time.


I5-3570k
Phanteks PH-TC14CS
ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Samsung 4GB x2
Crucial M4 128GB
Seagate Barracuda 1tb
MSI Radeon HD 7950 x2
Cooler Master HAF XB
Corsair Enthusiast 750W
Lite-On iHAS124-04
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  1. Great build stick with the 7850s they will own all games with ease, I would change the CPU cooler to a noctua d14 (http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14)better cooling. Also change the ram to something more like this http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m2a1600c11
  2. For question 3) there is no point in waiting there will be not much increase in anything from ivy bridge and the price will be a lot higher
  3. EasyTransfer said:
    For question 3) there is no point in waiting there will be not much increase in anything from ivy bridge and the price will be a lot higher


    Do you believe with the new stuff coming out that the i5 3570 would drop in price? The main reason why I ask is cause if I wait I could fund this new pc with a bit more money *bday in may*
  4. You should consider a larger PS for more headroom.
  5. Honestly, if you are gonna pay $1500

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1432.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 17:32 EST-0500)

    Thats what I would get $1500...
  6. giltyler said:
    You should consider a larger PS for more headroom.

    Headroom? Upgrades down the road?
  7. blake1243 said:
    Honestly, if you are gonna pay $1500

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1432.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 17:32 EST-0500)

    Thats what I would get $1500...


    Why z77extreme4 and not the 6?
  8. If you feel the need to then yeah the 6 would be even better. But the extreme4 does the job just fine..
  9. My rule has always been go with the best biggest display you can afford then GPU, then CPU on down. If you wait a couple more months the next GPU series from both AMD and Nvidia will be out and be about 20-30% better than current models. But overall good build, I would change out the 128Gb SSD for a 256 one spend a little more on that would be worth it IMO.
  10. blake1243 said:
    If you feel the need to then yeah the 6 would be even better. But the extreme4 does the job just fine..

    Got ya. Thank you for that build and your time.
  11. blake1243 suggested and excellent build, but I would suggest you drop that penny pinching cheap Asrock board for a UD3H or at least something that you can trust with all that highend hardware.
  12. If you are willing to spend another $100

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($376.48 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($376.48 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1576.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 18:29 EST-0500)
  13. redeemer said:
    blake1243 suggested and excellent build, but I would suggest you drop that penny pinching cheap Asrock board for a UD3H or at least something that you can trust with all that highend hardware.


    Thank you for your input. I thought asrock was a good brand. I diff will look at that UD3H board.
  14. Anonymous said:
    My rule has always been go with the best biggest display you can afford then GPU, then CPU on down. If you wait a couple more months the next GPU series from both AMD and Nvidia will be out and be about 20-30% better than current models. But overall good build, I would change out the 128Gb SSD for a 256 one spend a little more on that would be worth it IMO.


    Thank you for your input. I forgot that there was new gpu coming out in a few months. Would that make the older models go down in price?
  15. Price drops are slow even when new things come out and when new arrives it will be the flagship and the rest will come later. 7870 7950 670 all will be good now and can be Crossfire os SLI should you need a boost later. One place NOT to save money is the power supply. Look for a Gold rated 850
  16. giltyler said:
    Price drops are slow even when new things come out and when new arrives it will be the flagship and the rest will come later. 7870 7950 670 all will be good now and can be Crossfire os SLI should you need a boost later. One place NOT to save money is the power supply. Look for a Gold rated 850

    Got ya. I havent been in the market for a gpu in a long time...would the 850ps be enough power for a 3way sli?
  17. Here is a link to recomended SLI Power supplies.
    For 3 way SLI you need bigger than 850.
    http://www.geforce.com/Active/en_US/en_US/pdf/PSU.pdf
  18. giltyler said:
    Here is a link to recomended SLI Power supplies.
    For 3 way SLI you need bigger than 850.
    http://www.geforce.com/Active/en_US/en_US/pdf/PSU.pdf



    Sweet! Thank you!
  19. Ok, so I mixed in all the input and it looks a little like this... Am I missing anything?

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($192.16 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.49 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1555.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 20:49 EST-0500)

    Remember gaming, on 55hd tv in the living room...
  20. Quote:
    If you don't plan on getting a 2nd 680 in the near future I'd suggest getting 2 660s instead. Slightly cheaper and better performance.


    I prob will later down the road, prob Xmas-ish time....
    Do you have a link? If not ill throw into to google..
    Thank you for your input.
  21. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aco4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aco4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aco4/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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1391.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 21:58 EST-0500)

    would do the trick

    total price:1492$
  22. don't even bother with 3-way SLI/CFX in a z77 build.

    2-way should be max as you would need watercooling for 3-way
  23. 2 660tis can max out pretty much anything tbh at 1080p
  24. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aco4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aco4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aco4/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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1391.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 21:58 EST-0500)

    would do the trick

    total price:1492$


    Thanks, will look into these parts...
  25. shur no problem, anytime bud :)
  26. boulbox said:
    don't even bother with 3-way SLI/CFX in a z77 build.

    2-way should be max as you would need watercooling for 3-way


    Thank you for your input. I never had a watercooling build nor do I want to start. Thank you for your input.
  27. water coolers cost more, also u can get just as good temps with decent aircoolers.

    less messy also if ever theres a liquid leak :P
  28. iceclock said:
    2 660tis can max out pretty much anything tbh at 1080p


    Here's my train of thought, if I go 680 4gb, I could get away without upgrading or adding another 680 4gb (2way sli) for a long time period. When i do upgrade/ add an another 680 4gb ( 2way sli)i would be yet again have brought more time. future-proofing my build.

    Is my thinking incorrect?
  29. already the 680 is more expensive than its worth, u could get 1 670 now, than upgrade to another 670, overclocked 670 can equalize a 680 and somethimes beat it.
  30. the 660ti is already fast in sli, tbh games of today and tommorow will be using 2gbs of vram 4gigs is nice but not a must.
  31. iceclock said:
    already the 680 is more expensive than its worth, u could get 1 670 now, than upgrade to another 670, overclocked 670 can equalize a 680 and somethimes beat it.


    I see. "overclocked 670 can equalize a 680 and somethimes beat it." Are you saying that (1) OC 670 can = to a 680 or a 2way sli 670 can = to a 680?
  32. im saying 1 670 can equalize a 680, and yes 2 670s in theory when overclocked could equalize 2x680s.

    just saying its less costly and has more performance for ur bucks. but its up to u if u want to buy more expensive cards.
  33. iceclock said:
    the 660ti is already fast in sli, tbh games of today and tommorow will be using 2gbs of vram 4gigs is nice but not a must.


    So, you would not recommend a 670 4gb? Side question, if I got a 670 2gb could I sli with a 670 4gb? If so how much VRAM would that grant me?
  34. iceclock said:
    im saying 1 670 can equalize a 680, and yes 2 670s in theory when overclocked could equalize 2x680s.

    just saying its less costly and has more performance for ur bucks. but its up to u if u want to buy more expensive cards.


    I like your style. I have read that the asus gtx670 directCU II is a beast, would you recommend that, and if not which one would you?
  35. Get the 670 that is non reference(has more than 1 fan pretty much) and then try to find a good brand.

    i will list some 670s in a bit
  36. id recommand this. evga has 5 years warranty and good customer support.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42670kr

    thats what u want mang.
  37. Gigabyte 2xfan 670
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670wf22gd
    (decent price among the 670s, cheapest dual fan 670 and a pretty good brand)

    3x version
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670oc2gd
    comes with 3 fans instead of the 2 to get better cooling

    ASUS 670 direct cu II
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx670dc22gd5
    very solid card, comes with a backplate(better cooling and more protection for the card, also one of the few that comes with a backplate), and one of the only GPUs that have received a 10.0 for a rating.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html
  38. all those are nice, except evga has one solid warranty, 2years more than those 2. and customer service is a+

    but not bad bould
  39. EVGA is a great brand i just hate how they make there cards(seriously, when can they actually try to put more than 1 fan on the card)

    well i guess they have, but what overpriced *** it is
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130843
  40. meh the one i stated is 360$. not that much lol for that price id go for a 4 gig version :D
  41. Thank you guys for your time and input. I will start looking into those cards. Not going to lie, but once I get all this stuff in. Could I call upon you guys if some goes wrong with the build? I'm a bit worried.
  42. PM us when you start to buy so we can help and look for any quick deals that might be available.

    Also you yourself can make changes to the build(make sure to tell us before hand to not get scammed out of your money or something along the lines of that) and do not get to crazy with the build like "i want LED lights everywhere"
  43. sounds good. ya pm boulbox or me and well hook u up.

    shur no problem incsony
  44. boulbox said:
    PM us when you start to buy so we can help and look for any quick deals that might be available.

    Also you yourself can make changes to the build(make sure to tell us before hand to not get scammed out of your money or something along the lines of that) and do not get to crazy with the build like "i want LED lights everywhere"


    Sweeeet! i sure will do! I don't care for a box full of LEDs. Maybe 1 or 2. That's it. Man thanks again! Serious.
  45. The card with the least ram will be what the SLI will use so stick with like cards.
    The 670 2gig for 1080P single monitor would be great
  46. iceclock said:
    sounds good. ya pm boulbox or me and well hook u up.

    shur no problem incsony

    Thanks! I sure will.
  47. coolio :D
  48. most games will use 2gigs at most. or close to it, 4 gigs is a waste for the time being.

    http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Performance-2GB-vs-4GB-Memory-154

    only worth it if u run tri monitors if not, its not worth it.
  49. iceclock said:
    most games will use 2gigs at most. or close to it, 4 gigs is a waste for the time being.

    http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Performance-2GB-vs-4GB-Memory-154

    only worth it if u run tri monitors if not, its not worth it.


    Interesting read. Thanks for the link.
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