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February 13, 2013 8:58:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: $700 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 / GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

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

Location: Garland, TX, US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 on a 24' Monitor

Additional Comments: I really need your help building my friend a really good gaming computer than can play games on at least high. Would the build below be able to play all modern games on 1080p on High with no lag on multiplayer.



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CPU: i5 3470 $150 Micro Center
MOBO: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP $80 Micro Center
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB $45 Micro Center
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30 Micro Center
OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
GPU: MSI HAWK 7870 $260 Newegg
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Total: $714.45

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a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2013 9:48:35 PM

looks good to me
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a c 280 4 Gaming
February 13, 2013 10:44:47 PM

For the GPU, I suggest the 7870 XT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's basically a weaker version of a 7950 but stronger than a 7870. Overclocking it will bring it extremely close to a 7950. It's also free shipping and an extra $5 off the rebate card.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2013 10:49:19 PM

Yes the 7870 XT was the only one I was gonna recommend.

Overall, pretty great build.
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a c 203 4 Gaming
February 13, 2013 10:58:12 PM

when your in micro center see if that cpu and mb still on there combo list. in the flyer. with a good system like that dont go cheap on the power supply. the cosair ps and well build for there price. dont by the diabloteck or any other 20.00 no name power supply. most of these wont output the voltage that there stamped with and will just pop and take out your rig. the only other thing you might want to use is low profile ram to fit under the cooler so you dont lose any ram slots.
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February 13, 2013 11:10:57 PM

smorizio said:
when your in micro center see if that cpu and mb still on there combo list. in the flyer. with a good system like that dont go cheap on the power supply. the cosair ps and well build for there price. dont by the diabloteck or any other 20.00 no name power supply. most of these wont output the voltage that there stamped with and will just pop and take out your rig. the only other thing you might want to use is low profile ram to fit under the cooler so you dont lose any ram slots.


My friend gave me his Corsair TX750 V2, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, and NZXT Tempest 410. So I don't have to worry about that stuff at Micro Center :) 
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February 13, 2013 11:12:26 PM

realchaos said:
For the GPU, I suggest the 7870 XT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's basically a weaker version of a 7950 but stronger than a 7870. Overclocking it will bring it extremely close to a 7950. It's also free shipping and an extra $5 off the rebate card.


Awesome suggestion I really like that graphics card and it cost the same as the MSI HAWK 7870 and performs better ill deffinetly pick that up if I cant get the MSI 7950 Twin Frozr 3! Also will I be ok with a stock CPU Cooler or should I get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO to keep the cpu temps down when gaming for long periods of time?
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February 14, 2013 12:24:02 AM

How much of a difference in 1080p gaming will there be between the Sapphire 7870 XT and the MSI 7950 Twin Frozr 3 OC?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 12:34:43 AM

realchaos said:
For the GPU, I suggest the 7870 XT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's basically a weaker version of a 7950 but stronger than a 7870. Overclocking it will bring it extremely close to a 7950. It's also free shipping and an extra $5 off the rebate card.


This man would be correct :p . There is nothing wrong with a lower price + better performance.

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February 26, 2013 6:57:04 PM

*UPDATE 02/26/2013*

Got more for income tax than I thought! My new PC is below! It's already built and has no problems just gotta start overclocking now! Got everything at Micro Center just in case anything goes wrong I can swap it out since I'm only 25mins away!

CPU: i5 3570K $190
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 $190 (-50 bundle discount, Micro Center)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz $50
CPU FAN: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30
Extra CPU FAN: Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm 2000RPM $10
GPU: EVGA GTX 670 FTW $400 ($380 w/rebate)
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 $70 (Got it on sale a while back. Was $90 before rebate)
HDD: Seagate Barricuda 1TB 7200.12 $70
OS: Windows 7 $95
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 $70
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March 2, 2013 12:37:29 AM

Best answer selected by Suisiders09.
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March 2, 2013 12:37:47 AM

Best answer selected by Suisiders09.
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