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February 13, 2013 2:17:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1100 after taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, and Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU / Motherboard / RAM / HSF / OS / Case / PSU / GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center / Newegg

Location: Garland, TX, US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Never

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 on a 24' Monitor

Additional Comments: Prefer mATX due to me only ever needing 1 GPU / 1 SSD / 1 HDD.

Why Are You Upgrading: Ready to get rid of my 8 year old computer!

-=Build=-
CPU: i5 3570K $190 Micro Center
MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Gene $155 Micro Center
RAM: Samsung 8GB $48 Micro Center
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30 Micro Center
OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
Case: SilverStone SG09B $95 Newegg
PSU: Silverstone ST55F-G/PP05 Short Cable Kit $145 Newegg
GPU: ASUS 7950 DC2 V2 $340

Total: $1098

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February 13, 2013 2:29:43 AM
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February 13, 2013 2:52:09 AM



I have a Corsair TX750 V2 but didnt know if it would fit in a mATX case but if it does that saves me money on a new PSU! Also I dont plan on doing extreme overclocking so would getting the asus maximus v gene be a waste or would I be better off getting the Asus P8Z77-M Pro?
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February 13, 2013 3:05:08 AM

The gene has more features and it's better for overclocking, but yes, you can get a cheaper motherboard.
And it fits, the corsair psu, so you'll save some.
February 13, 2013 3:13:53 AM

djangoringo said:
The gene has more features and it's better for overclocking, but yes, you can get a cheaper motherboard.
And it fits, the corsair psu, so you'll save some.


Ill be overclocking to 4.5ghz on air for sure and i plan on OCing probably everyday for gaming only and I want this computer to last about 3-5 years so i think the -50 discount i get at micro center is worth it then. Will the Hyper 212 EVO be good enough for 4.5 or should I get the Noctua NH-D14 or H80i?
February 13, 2013 3:17:28 AM

The hyper 212 evo might do, but if you can get the Noctua NH-D14, i recommend that one or the phanteks PH-TC12DX.
Also for that stay with the gene board.
February 13, 2013 3:31:54 AM

djangoringo said:
The hyper 212 evo might do, but if you can get the Noctua NH-D14, i recommend that one or the phanteks PH-TC12DX.
Also for that stay with the gene board.


So the NH-D14 is better than the H80i even though the H80i allows better airflow in the case?
February 13, 2013 3:33:41 AM

The noctua nh-d14 is a better cooler, yes, the h80i is a good alternative for that kind of setup.
February 13, 2013 3:37:29 AM

If you are going with that motherboard, a Noctua NH-D14 may allow you to overclock above 4.5 GHz with decent temps. There's no point in getting a CM Hyper 212 EVO if your motherboard is capable of so much more. That being said, if you just want to reach 4.5, you can get a better cooler, such as the Noctua, and a cheaper motherboard, such as an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (it costs the same as the matx version. Since space isn't an issue, this is a straight upgrade). The money saved can be spent on a better GPU/ whatever you want
February 13, 2013 3:46:04 AM

djangoringo said:
The noctua nh-d14 is a better cooler, yes, the h80i is a good alternative for that kind of setup.


Updated Build based on your suggestions:

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Own:
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
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CPU: i5 3570K $190 Micro Center
MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Gene $155 Micro Center
RAM: Samsung 8GB 1600 $48 Micro Center
GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr OC $310 Micro Center
OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
Case: SilverStone TJ08B-E $100 Fry's Electronics
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 $81 Newegg
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Total: $1059.77 w/taxes

Would I get the same performance out of the build below but cheaper?

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Own:
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
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CPU: i5-3570K $190 Micro Center
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $80 Micro Center
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30 Micro Center
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB $42 Micro Center
GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr OC $310 Micro Center
OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
Case: HAF 912 $55 Fry's Electronics
Case Fans: 2 Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm $30 Fry's Electronics
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Total: $900.64 w/taxes
February 13, 2013 3:56:20 AM

It's all good.
Yes, you'll have the same performance, i thought, you wanted a matx build, but the second one will be cheaper and as good.
February 13, 2013 4:18:01 AM

djangoringo said:
It's all good.
Yes, you'll have the same performance, i thought, you wanted a matx build, but the second one will be cheaper and as good.


Yeah was just considering what someone pmed me. But I rather spend the extra money on a mATX build :D 
February 13, 2013 2:08:40 PM

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