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February 12, 2013 10:57:48 PM

This is what I have so far coming from advice from people on the forum:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D7Zz

OR

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D798

I think this is the best I can buy for my price range?(850ish).

Just wondering peoples opinions on the build and if there are mistakes in it or anything that could be fixed, or better parts for same price, etc..

ALSO - Having a hard time choosing a video card.
I believe I'm stuck between the 660,660ti,7870.

So are the builds optimal? I was told the case isn't big enough.. Is this true?

I need everything to be perfect for this build, first built pc ever for me. It's for gaming (crysis, WoW, CoD,Bf3, etc..)

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February 12, 2013 11:16:50 PM

Hi, this would be better and cheaper. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $830.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 20:15 EST-0500)

The 7870 XT owns all those video cards you listed. Cheaper but still a great PSU for the money. It's a gold awardee because of the efficiency and quality built.

Got you a cheaper but still great motherboard and that reduced the price. :)  To clarify, the motherboard you bought is expensive because it supports CF/SLI which you clearly won't be needing at all in the future since you already have the 7870 XT. The z77 Pro3 is designed for 1 GPU so that's why it's a lot cheaper :) .

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
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February 12, 2013 11:22:06 PM

^I would be wary of trying to push the OC too high on that board but otherwise great build by beans

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February 12, 2013 11:25:34 PM

cutebeans said:
Hi, this would be better and cheaper. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $830.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 20:15 EST-0500)

The 7870 XT owns all those video cards you listed. Cheaper but still a great PSU for the money. It's a gold awardee because of the efficiency and quality built.

Got you a cheaper but still great motherboard and that reduced the price. :)  To clarify, the motherboard you bought is expensive because it supports CF/SLI which you clearly won't be needing at all in the future since you already have the 7870 XT. The z77 Pro3 is designed for 1 GPU so that's why it's a lot cheaper :) .

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.



I emailed my local computer store yesterday and they said never go cheap on a motherboard, so should I stay with the one you recommended? Everybody was saying that the Extreme4 (either 4 or 3 I can't remember) is better than the pro3 and that I should definitely go with it.
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February 12, 2013 11:27:41 PM

ALSO, is the 7860 XT really better than those other cards?
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February 12, 2013 11:29:42 PM

Hi, the Pro3 is not cheap. It just looks cheap compared to the Asrock Extreme4 because of the reasons I told you. :) 

YES! The 7870 XT is a beast. :)  It's a weakened 7950.

Better than the 7870 normal but weaker 7950. It's like in the middle.
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February 12, 2013 11:32:46 PM

Great - so this build is for sure better than the others? I'm probably making purchases tomorrow!
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February 12, 2013 11:38:05 PM

Yes!

7870 XT > 660,660ti,7870.
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February 12, 2013 11:39:27 PM

Thanks a lot :) 
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February 13, 2013 12:04:24 AM

The Pro3 has a weaker power delivery section AFAIK
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February 13, 2013 1:20:12 AM

Best answer selected by gregmillr.
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