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Best CPU/Mobo/GPU Combo for under $500-$600

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February 14, 2013 11:35:42 PM

I have all of the parts for my new PC build except the most important three-CPU, Motherboard, and Video Card. I would like to spend less than $600, preferably closer to $500 if it is possible. I have a 24" main gaming monitor and a 14" older dell flat screen side monitor. I would like to get a Radeon card, because at the moment AMD is offering some games with their cards that I wwould probably end up buying anyways (Bioshock Infinite/Tomb Raider). At the moment this is what I am considering:
CPU: Core i5-3570k
Mobo: Asrock Z77 Extreme4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Z77 Extreme6: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 Double D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any thoughts/suggestions?
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February 14, 2013 11:54:30 PM

Excellent choices. All you need is a hyper 212 evo to slap on top. IF you dont want to overclock you can get this -

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DB0w
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DB0w/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DB0w/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $464.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 20:55 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2013 11:56:03 PM

looks good
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February 14, 2013 11:59:43 PM

I would change your graphics card to the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT , its basically a 7950 under the hood.
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February 15, 2013 12:22:56 AM

As a matter of fact, I already have a Hyper 212 EVO! I do plan to do some overclocking down the road when the CPU starts to show its age.
I really liked the transferrable lifetime warranty on the XFX card. Is the performance boost that I would get with the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT worth sacrificing that warranty?
Also, how quiet is it? I'm a bit of a quiet freak when it comes to my PC.
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February 15, 2013 12:24:32 AM

Also, any thoughts on the Powercolor HD 7870 Myst Edition?
Despite the power of it, I'm a bit wary of the cooler. Its also supposed to be rather loud and hot under a gaming load.
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February 15, 2013 12:42:39 AM

You dont need to overclock the XT. Just run it at stock until the warranty expires ;) 
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February 15, 2013 12:43:28 AM

Sapphire makes excellent coolers. I have a 7870 ghz running im my rig and it is whisper quiet.
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February 15, 2013 1:00:28 AM

I didn't explain myself very well. I would like to overclock the CPU at some point, but i don't see myself messing with the Video Card. It just seems like the minimal gains that come with it wouldn't be worth voiding my warranty.
I'll have to think about it a bit more, but I'm starting to lean towards that Sapphire 7870 XT.
Does anyone know if there are any benchmarks that compare it to the standard 7870?
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February 15, 2013 11:11:44 PM

Thank you! Since I have a multi monitor setup, I really like the dual DVI outputs of the XFX. The lifetime warranty is also another good point for it. I will have to think about whether or not the power gain with the Sapphire XT is worth it over these features.
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February 16, 2013 12:01:59 AM

siviline said:
Thank you! Since I have a multi monitor setup, I really like the dual DVI outputs of the XFX. The lifetime warranty is also another good point for it. I will have to think about whether or not the power gain with the Sapphire XT is worth it over these features.


Both are great cards, either one is great for the money so its a solid choice if you pick either. Have fun with your new build.
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February 16, 2013 2:36:06 AM

Thank you!
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February 16, 2013 2:36:27 AM

Best answer selected by siviline.
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February 16, 2013 2:57:02 AM

Your welcome
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