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February 10, 2013 4:28:36 PM

Hello, I am trying to build a pure gaming rig whose purpose is running newest (BF3, Metro2033, etc.) games on max settings and a little web-browsing.

Currently I have 1440x900 monitor, but I plan upgrading to 1920x1080 nothing bigger.

Budget Range: $1000 - $1100.

So, what I have found so far is:

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K (3.4GHz, 6MB Cache, LGA1155) ($277.15)

Motherboard:Asrock Z77 Pro4-M ($113.71)

Power supply:Inter-Tech 650W, aPFC, 120mm fan ($57.34)

Video Card:Giga Byte Radeon HD7950, 3GB, GDDR5, UD ($382.27)

Memory:Kingston 8GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, CL9, Kit Of 2, HyperX Red ($61.16)

Storage:Hitachi 1TB, 7200rpm, 32MB, Sata II, Deskstar 7K1000.C ($86.18)

Case:InWin EC027, Black ($37.27)

Total: $1015,08

Is there any recommendations or changes I should make before buying it?

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February 10, 2013 6:42:59 PM

Observations more than anything

Never heard of the power supply . This is such a critical component that sticking with an 80+ bronze or better unit from a major brand seems like a better idea .
Your unit probably has those specs too since its active PFC . But read some reviews b4 buying .

The Radeons are near the end of their life . The 8XXX graphics cards could start appearing as early as next month . I know Im waiting for an 8870
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February 11, 2013 2:51:30 AM

This is basically maxed. I also second outlanders idea but if you cant wait, the 7970 is king of amd at the moment.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL/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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1032.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 23:50 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2013 3:17:20 AM

camohanna said:
This is basically maxed. I also second outlanders idea but if you cant wait, the 7970 is king of amd at the moment.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL/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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1032.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 23:50 EST-0500)


hehe, now that's a heck of a build....provided he lives near a microcenter. still...bravo.
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February 11, 2013 3:24:39 AM

Augray37 said:
hehe, now that's a heck of a build....provided he lives near a microcenter. still...bravo.


I do try :) 
February 11, 2013 10:12:25 AM

camohanna said:
This is basically maxed. I also second outlanders idea but if you cant wait, the 7970 is king of amd at the moment.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CLUL/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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1032.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 23:50 EST-0500)



This seems definitely something I would go for, but does my location changes anything because I don't live near Microcenter. (Latvia)
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February 11, 2013 12:03:59 PM

camohanna said:
Powercolor are ok..

Get this 7870 for $210 , cheap! Its an awesome card, i have the exact same in my computer. Runs amazing!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


no no, it's the tahiti version, as seen in the newest tom's article. pretty cool eh?
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February 11, 2013 12:13:42 PM

to quote Doc Holliday...

"oh...i apologize OP i forgot you were there, you may go now." lol JK JK. sorry, we go off on tangents sometimes.

anyway, i just noticed, are your prices in Canadian dollars? everything seems a little...overpriced for American.
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