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Is this a good final build?

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February 16, 2013 6:35:31 PM

Hey everyone,

how is this build? let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions/ improvement? id prefer to keep it at this pricepoint, but a cheaper build without sacrificing performance is always encouraged!

also- id like to get a nice mechanical keyboard (preferably cherry MX browns) and a good mouse for under $120 together. if anyone can suggest something that would be great.


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February 16, 2013 6:45:55 PM

Yea looks good to me. You might want to consider a 7870 LE. It performs almost as well as the 7950, just that its pretty loud. It costs $50 less.
February 16, 2013 6:49:51 PM

nah id prefer keeping my machine quiet. im going for a silent beast.
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February 16, 2013 6:54:20 PM

I don't think the sapphire is a quiet beast, you might look into the asus, msi or gigabyte cards for that.
February 16, 2013 7:05:47 PM

I upgraded your build significantly.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: A4Tech v7 Wired Optical Mouse ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Other: 120mm sickleflow ($6.00)
Other: 120mm sickleflow ($6.00)
Total: $1451.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 16:05 EST-0500)

And yes the CPU + Motherboard combo provides better performance through better overclocking.
February 16, 2013 7:19:04 PM

why not this build with a 7950? and is the sandisk ultra plus SSD better over the kingston hyperX 3K?
February 16, 2013 7:25:27 PM

I rather get the i5-3570k + z77 motherboard, no point in getting the i5-2500k for the same price, the i5-3570k is a better cpu and get a old motherboard, when you can get a z77 one like the asrock extreme 4 which is much better.
As for the ssd, both are good ones, either the kingston or the sandisk.
February 25, 2013 10:55:40 PM

Best answer selected by danielstern96.