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A quick once over on the new and first build I am about to purchase

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February 1, 2013 6:45:15 AM

CPU - AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $189.99

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $33.24

Motherboard - ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $69.99

Memory Storage - Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $129.99

Video Card - Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $379.99

Case Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99

Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $89.99

Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $16.98


Im going to order everything on newegg and the total is $975.47


I was wondering if I could get a 64 gb SSD instead of the 128 just for my OS, I already have a 2 tb barracuda, and I also already have a 2x4 corsair Vengance ram.


Also is there anyway to save a little more coin by downgrading anything but without me noticing a difference. I want to play some heavy games and video edit.

I didn't originally come up with this build I had help from someone on this forum but as I am about to purchase it all I would like any further help. Thanks all.

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February 1, 2013 9:19:58 AM

I might actually go for an intel after further reading reviews and such I don't know though
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February 1, 2013 9:30:33 AM

At this price range i would definitely go intel, something like this.

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 ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Re used 2tb baraccuda
Other: Re used corsair vengeance ram
Total: $939.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 06:30 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 10:05:06 AM

I know you said you're going to order everything from newegg. However, if there's a microcenter near you, it'll be worth getting the CPU and MOBO from there. The i5-3570k and the ASRock Z77 extreme 4 mobo cost me $290 after tax(combo deal), and I got a $10 MIB on top of that.
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February 1, 2013 10:39:22 AM

Would it be a big performance difference, Im still a little stuck on intel vs amd
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February 1, 2013 10:44:03 AM

eyeage said:
I know you said you're going to order everything from newegg. However, if there's a microcenter near you, it'll be worth getting the CPU and MOBO from there. The i5-3570k and the ASRock Z77 extreme 4 mobo cost me $290 after tax(combo deal), and I got a $10 MIB on top of that.

There isn't one near me I am in oregon, west coast.
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February 1, 2013 10:48:26 AM

also about the ssd will 64 gb be ok for the os
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February 1, 2013 11:09:32 AM

There is no contest between and and Intel at this price point. Intel all the way. You could get 64gb ssd but the norm is 128 now. Leaves you more room for games and programs.
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February 1, 2013 11:11:44 AM

meepdacreep said:
also about the ssd will 64 gb be ok for the os


for most people 64GB is a bit small, because SSDs function best when they are only about 60-70% full, so i would personally save a bit more for a 120GB one or even a 240GB one
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February 1, 2013 11:24:02 AM

I wanna stay near the 950 price range and I do have a 2gb hard drive but makes sense to have a bigger ssd
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February 1, 2013 11:30:38 AM

mikerockett said:
At this price range i would definitely go intel, something like this.

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 ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Re used 2tb baraccuda
Other: Re used corsair vengeance ram
Total: $939.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 06:30 EST-0500)


This build is probably your best option right now, this will dominate the one you had above
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February 1, 2013 11:31:56 AM

one last question, will that build be good for video editing and fraps.

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February 1, 2013 11:33:36 AM

meepdacreep said:
one last question, will that build be good for video editing and fraps.


Better than that of the original build yes.
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February 1, 2013 11:38:49 AM

Purchasing everything beside video card from amazon because the deal at microcenter is only instore pick up. but Thanks!
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February 1, 2013 11:42:31 AM

meepdacreep said:
Purchasing everything beside video card from amazon because the deal at microcenter is only instore pick up. but Thanks!


Newegg combos should save you a bit, but before you jump off the boat compare the amazon combos to the newegg combos to make sure you're getting the best deals possible, Unless you absolutely need to get it from amazon, then compare the two, it will save you some money, and for the time invested I would say that's worth it.
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February 1, 2013 11:45:50 AM

Ya I did the only better deal was the i5 and the video card which was on newegg.

I'll check the newegg bundles real quick
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February 1, 2013 11:49:43 AM

MSI Z77A-G45 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel® Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel® HD Graphics 2500


combo at 304
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February 1, 2013 11:57:02 AM

Also if I would like to chose another case, is there a certain compatibility im looking for
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February 1, 2013 12:35:28 PM

Now I play the waiting game, total came out to be 1017 dollars. Thanks everyone.
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February 1, 2013 2:05:53 PM

Best answer selected by meepdacreep.
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