AMD/INTEL Build: Need Review

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months

Budget Range: Roughly 15000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA, Idaho

Parts Preferences: GeForce

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Case has just been purchased.

All Similar Items in builds:
GPU: GeForce GTX 680
Power Supply: 750W
Ram: GSkill DDR3 1600 x2 (4)
Cooling: Hyper 212 Evo
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
CD Drive & Blue Ray

CPU: FX-8150
Total: $1,268.51

CPU: i5-2500k
[]MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
Total: $1,289.84

Let me know how these look and if I derped on any of the items. Also the AMD vs Intel is not the point here. Price vs performance. If the near 200 more is really worth it vs the AMD build.

Please and Thank you!
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  1. First, that's not a particularly good deal on the PSU. Thermaltake PSUs are almost never good deals. That one is adequate and made by CWT, and is worth $90 at most.

    You could get a Rosewill, made by Superflower, for less.

    or this Seasonic

    As to your other questions, I would need a lot more data.
  2. why get a 680 when ur only getting a 2500k CPU! Balance ur build better up CPU to 3570K

    Drop your RAM down to DDR3 1600 @ 1.5V no need for anything above that

    $239 on the Z77 forget that you most likely dont need all the extra *** on there stick with an ASRock Extreme4 or Extreme6

    Drop your Case down to one that is in the range between $100-$130

    BALANCE is key for a good gaming PC!
  3. 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 ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($483.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.30 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1416.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 19:56 EST-0500)
  4. Updated and I will come back and look this over soon. Dinner plans with the woman and all tonight.
  5. Side note the case is aesthetic my budget i not stricts on this just the general guide line.

    I would like the processors untouched in all of this. As well as the graphics card. The exact models are not up for change but that is about it.
  6. so you want ot keep the 2500k not matter how much of a better deal i got you....

    your gonna explain your reasoning behind this one (dont take that as me being offensive just want to know ur justification)
  7. if it stays a better deal that works but it says "in store pick up only", that store does not exist around here and i will double check prices on day of purchase.

    No offense taken, i gtg ill bbl.

    the list has been tweeked.
  8. Ah *** forgot to remove that deal from my search list since I have access to one locally
  9. I don't think the 2500K makes the rig unbalanced, but given a difference of $10 it would be good to get the faster 3570K. It's actually LESS than the 2500K if you factor in the gift card

    A single GTX 680 with no plans to SLI does not need a 750W PSU. It is far better to get a higher quality 650W given the same prices. The Seasonic X650 is one of the best ever made and is fully modular, not a hybrid. It's also one of the quietest as the fan won't even come on during normal loads.
    Your (Intel) PC as listed will only draw about 300-350W under load.

    Your usage is ONLY gaming, no video editing or such, so there is absolutely no reason to get the AMD build. IF you did need all the cores and were going to to use say GTX 670 SLI, I can see an argument for the FX-8350. Still not a great argument but if, say, you really wanted to support AMD and gaming was only half of your usage, then possibly. The FX-8150 would not be considered though.

    I think you had listed a Lian Li case earlier. I respect high quality cases a great deal. I upgraded from a Silverstone TJ09 to a CaseLabs M8. I do not believe that Lian Li case is worth the price.

    You only need 8GB of RAM and you should never buy two kits. Buy one set and leave the second pair of slots open.

    I'll cook up a newegg list as a counterpoint to Emelths good list:

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    MSI N680 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    NVIDIA $150 value in-game coin coupon
    CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C11
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $15.00
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel ...
    SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250KW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer ...
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
    TOTAL: $1,446.22
  10. Well the AMD was originally going to be SLI or Xfire with lower cards paired up but I figured I might as well just get the 680 and not deal with setting up two different set ups for the other cards.

    As for the ram you are right I forgot to change that.

    I actually do (off and on) use a high amount of photoshop and illustrator but only every so often when I get my tablet out for drawing. Even then the usage is minimal.

    Would simple video editing software take up much? I will have to look. been thinking about starting some DIY vids for Warhammer for Youtube but that would again be minimal effort nothing fancy.

    I swapped out the power supply after checking out the one you had linked as well as the processor for such a small difference.

    I appreciate all the input and help. With the 8gb of ram and the new power source/cpu everything seems solid to me.


    The video card will probably depend on deals for the various models/makers of the 680 around at the time of exact purchase.
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