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I think I got it done for $800... Should I change anything?

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January 31, 2013 2:11:46 PM

Been throwing around a lot of combinations recently. This puts me just under $800 (about 750 if I pick up at microcenter). I'm thinking about pulling the trigger today, but I want to get your expert opinions first. I decided against an OC rig because I have no idea how to do that, and I don't want to fry something. Looking for a machine that will let me run games on high settings with AA, etc. MMO types mostly, FFXI, WoW, FFXIV. Maybe the occasional FPS (but mostly use PS3 for that). Thanks for your help.. again





PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($161.98 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $772.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 11:08 EST-0500)

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January 31, 2013 2:13:07 PM

Looks good to me. Make sure you have a power cord for that PSU because it does not come with one.
January 31, 2013 2:17:28 PM

Cball... I have an additional question. Would you consider changing the card to the 660ti since I won't use a multi-monitor setup? Would I see any benefits. I think the GPU has been the hardest thing to decide upon....
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January 31, 2013 2:31:50 PM

I managed to upgrade the PC you build quite substantialy without increasing the cost too much.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($78.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $821.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 11:28 EST-0500)

It now uses a faster CPU and a better motherboard which allows for CPU overclocking.
The memory kit is low profile and low voltage, making better in every aspect.
The graphics card is quite a bit faster than the HD 7870 and is also faster than the 660 Ti.It is however out of stock at newegg.
I've also upgraded the OS to a full windows 8
January 31, 2013 2:40:03 PM

eyeage said:
Cball... I have an additional question. Would you consider changing the card to the 660ti since I won't use a multi-monitor setup? Would I see any benefits. I think the GPU has been the hardest thing to decide upon....


The 7870 is pretty neck and neck with the 660 Ti. Check out these benchmarks with the new Catalyst drivers for AMD cards.

This is just for Max Payne 3, but you can check out other titles at the bottom.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/12.html

Personally, I would stick with the 7870 or if you can get the 7950, all the better.
January 31, 2013 3:18:53 PM

@Kamen: Like I said, I have no intention to overclock (it's just not within my abilities). I "could" overclock the cpu I have now, but haven't in 6 years, so I definitely won't with this one. You said it's a faster board, but it has some really terrible reviews. Seems QC is lacking with that particular mobo. Also, I have no interest in win8. Thanks for the layout, though. :)  The whole Powercolor brand is a bit sketchy to me as well, I've not heard a lot of good outside of the price.
January 31, 2013 4:30:55 PM

Actually the MSI motherboard gets great reviews, if you count out the fact that it's hard to tinker with.And you can fix that by updating it's software, so problem solved really.
Overclocking isn't that hard. Even if you don't know how to do it, cou could pay someone to do it for you and i'd be a pretty good investment.
And by the way i've got no idea what QC is.
And uhh it's not a good idea to buy Windows 7 when Windows 8 is around.
Windows 8 is faster (although not by a lot) and can be modified to look like Windows 7.
Powercolor is also a very reputable brand. And also it's normal that you haven't heard about it. It's not like people walk around every day discussing hardware.
January 31, 2013 5:04:33 PM

@Kamen

QC is Quality Control.

Click Here These aren't good reviews.

I've heard of powercolor, just haven't heard much "GOOD" about them, other than the price. A lot of what I've read says they have a tendency to use cheaper capacitors and such :) 

I prefer windows 7. Saying it's not a good idea to buy windows 7 because 8 is around is akin to saying it's not a good idea to buy XP because vista is around.

Again, thanks for the suggestion, just not something I'm interested in.

Granted, I've never done this before, but I'm rather adept to researching things. For instance, many people say this is the ram to buy for OC'ing, but again, I have no interest.
January 31, 2013 5:49:29 PM

I like your build.

Personally I would chose the 660Ti. You mentionned WoW which does tend to favour nVidia cards. cball's link supports this http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_P...

As cball said the 7870 and 660Ti offer similar performance, trading narrow advantages depending on the game. Choose the one that performs best in the games you play.

I like to plug in the GPU and forget about it, no tweaking or overclocking. I just want something that works hassle free and I have no interest in anything over 1080p. So I think nVidia is best for this.

However the 7870 is a stronger overclocker. So it does have more potential power available and will do better at higher resolutions.
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