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February 15, 2013 3:51:40 AM

This is my current setup. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($379.88 @ Mwave)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1065.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 00:37 EST-0500)

It says that the card is a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950, but it is actually a Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-X OC with Boost. Also, is it normal for total system prices to fluctuate $100+ in a day, because one of my previous builds did that. If so, when will the prices drop in the near future? Lastly, the i5 3570k actually costs $224, because micro center is pick-up only.
February 15, 2013 4:16:59 AM

Anyone else want to back up what Properbuilds is saying? Please.
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February 15, 2013 4:54:36 AM

Will the 7970 be able to play crysis 3 on ultra?
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February 15, 2013 5:13:50 AM

As per what proper is saying the board has a 1x8gb stick of ram bundled with it so grab another 1x8gb stick to dual channel

Free 8G Memory with purchase, limited offer
(grabbed the exact same stick to match it)

Seriously yes get a 7970 or 670 at that price
I can play crysis 3 2xMSAA 1080p high for 45 min, 60fps avg and 70 max so hitting ultra should not be that hard for the 7970
and the 7970 will do better than the 7950 anyways so if the 7950 can play crysis3 then the 7970 can
You might want to bump the PSU a bit if you are gonna OC the i5 and OC crossfire 7970's

With the 7970 and even cheaper

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1043.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 02:20 EST-0500)


With 850W PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1068.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 02:21 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 5:36:01 AM

The i5 is pick-up only, and none of their stores are near me. Also, the gigabyte 7970 is faster, so i chose that one. Lastly, I hear that the haf 722 is a better case than the phantom, so I switched. Final price for me is $1097.12. I wish that I lived near a microcenter. Also, do you think that there will be any price drops in the near future? Thanks guys.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1063.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 02:29 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 5:44:10 AM

Its all good but the 7970's are pretty overclock able and you're better off doing that yourself if you feel up to the challenge

the 922 is a good case

If you select preferred merchants when doing the bb code, it takes away the in store options AFAIK

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 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1097.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 02:43 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 5:48:58 AM

Thanks. Do you also have a list of diagnostics/stress tests that I should run and in which stages I should run them. By stages I mean, Pre-Parts install (Out of case test), Pre-OS install, and Post OS install. Thanks so much.

Also, thanks for the tip about preferred merchants.
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February 15, 2013 5:57:15 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DEl6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DEl6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DEl6/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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1019.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 02:57 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 6:02:07 AM

^600W will not be enough to CF 7970's in the future

If you have another computer, best to just see if everything will work on that system first and do a breadboard before you put it in the case (like put motherboard ontop of mb box and install everyhting there [i sometimes even install windows before I put it in the case]) you can updage the bios then too and also stress the test the gpu with games or synthetic stuff
be careful not to short anything or electrucute yourself

there is not much pre-OS except to run mem-test

POST-OS I tend to install my drivers then from online downloads (to be really safe, do a reboot between drivers)
I install some monitoring apps like coretemp, cpu-z, gpu-z, speccy and run prime95 just to make sure I have a good connection for the CPU heatsink (had issue in the past which is why I do this now)

Then install a game to stress grpahics or run something synthetic

Some people liek to run Intel Burn Test for a while

No problem, We're here to help :D 

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February 15, 2013 6:05:00 AM

Best answer selected by daniel404.
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