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February 16, 2013 9:19:34 PM

I've been on the forums for a while talking about this pc that i swear i will buy someday but am still working out what is best, every time i get close i see something on the site:that thing sucks,get this instead,it has good reviews but is really lame etc. so then i try to do research and am just overwhelmed with where to go next.

I want to add about 300 bucks worth of improvement to current build. Looking mostly for good case-maybe quite with nice ports eg. 3.0,an os and some decent peripherals.


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here is what i have so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWTF


intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler $72.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $119.99

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $50.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.99

Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $119.00

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $295.66

Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Total: $967.59

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Approximate Purchase Date: may

System Usage: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: not sure i have a 22" vizio 720p so i am open

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website: the best

Location: live in US but moving soon not sure where but will know in a month

Parts Preferences: started a thread for this but still no answer not sure which gpu is the better bargin: Power cooler,sapphire or xfx 7950 3gb card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Thanks for reading and if you can offer any input it would be most appreciated.

More about : 1200 gaming rig

February 16, 2013 9:45:42 PM

moondogy42 said:
I've been on the forums for a while talking about this pc that i swear i will buy someday but am still working out what is best, every time i get close i see something on the site:that thing sucks,get this instead,it has good reviews but is really lame etc. so then i try to do research and am just overwhelmed with where to go next.

I want to add about 300 bucks worth of improvement to current build. Looking mostly for good case-maybe quite with nice ports eg. 3.0,an os and some decent peripherals.


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here is what i have so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWTF


intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler $72.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $119.99

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $50.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.99

Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $119.00

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $295.66

Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Total: $967.59

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Approximate Purchase Date: may

System Usage: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: not sure i have a 22" vizio 720p so i am open

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website: the best

Location: live in US but moving soon not sure where but will know in a month

Parts Preferences: started a thread for this but still no answer not sure which gpu is the better bargin: Power cooler,sapphire or xfx 7950 3gb card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Thanks for reading and if you can offer any input it would be most appreciated.


Not sure but would i be better of with the pro over current ssd? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/m5s-256gb-ssd-bench...
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February 16, 2013 9:57:41 PM

Win 7 or 8 depending if you want the classic menu or you want the Metro interface

I would change the monitor for at least a 24inch 1080p and potentially a 120hz one as 720p is a really low resolution for a 7950, if you keep the 720p one, change the gpu for a 7770, it'll more than enough !! (however better resolution and a better screen will be a more suitable option as the GPU will be faster for newer games and better resolution will look way better than 720p !! (trust me, 1050p vs 1080p is an awesome quality improvement so imagine 720p vs 1080p !!)

I'd get the Sapphire card (own several Sapphire cards and never had any trouble, all of them overclocks well and run silent)

I use NCIX.ca or NCIX.com depending on where you live, they price match almost anything and they ship really fast (i had all my components about 2 days after ordering and it was black friday when i build my rig) they also had a fantastic RMA service (i build 4 PC from them and 1 GPU was DOA, i had a new one 2 days later by Expresspost even if i shipped the DOA card 2days (same day that i recieve the new one) after i had claim the DOA and they also paid the shipping for the DOA card...)
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February 16, 2013 10:52:45 PM

When i said os i meant more of where to get it cheap,but definitely going with 7

As for the card im not gonna need it with that tv,i know but no point in downgrading just to have to upgrade later when i do get monitor,i want a nice rig.

Thanks
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February 17, 2013 12:32:19 AM

moondogy42 said:
I've been on the forums for a while talking about this pc that i swear i will buy someday but am still working out what is best, every time i get close i see something on the site:that thing sucks,get this instead,it has good reviews but is really lame etc. so then i try to do research and am just overwhelmed with where to go next.

I want to add about 300 bucks worth of improvement to current build. Looking mostly for good case-maybe quite with nice ports eg. 3.0,an os and some decent peripherals.


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here is what i have so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWTF


intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler $72.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $119.99

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $50.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.99

Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $119.00

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $295.66

Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Total: $967.59

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Approximate Purchase Date: may

System Usage: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: not sure i have a 22" vizio 720p so i am open

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website: the best

Location: live in US but moving soon not sure where but will know in a month

Parts Preferences: started a thread for this but still no answer not sure which gpu is the better bargin: Power cooler,sapphire or xfx 7950 3gb card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Thanks for reading and if you can offer any input it would be most appreciated.


You said you might SLI/Crossfire I would get a beefier psu if you really plan to crossfire. If not I would still change from the corsair builder. The builder series is a little cheaper than their standard psus. I would spend the money and get a Seasonic Gold (like I did)
The one I got is still good http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could spend quite some $ on the case or you can go with a cheaper model.

I would probably double the size of the SSD. Bigger SSDs are also faster.

I also agree getting a better monitor is a must. Tom's just did an article on the 27 inch ones.
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February 17, 2013 12:58:00 AM

I did mention the case,i want something quiet if possible but honestly don't care,and something that has good ports,usb 3.0 and good design; like what i don't know ha,thats why i asked.What would be something to look for in this kind of budget case wise?

For the ssd did you mean i should get the Plextor M5S 256?I was considering that one overall unless you have a better idea.

I don't want to spend that much for a psu,rather get a monitor and i plan on doing so,i was just saying my tv will be temp. but i'm sure i need a better psu but cheaper maybe?

So basically i want new case-maybe 60ish bucks
New psu
Added new ssd
and monitor

this won't work like i said 1200 build i'm already past that and still don't have peripherals
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZP9

Thanks for the reply and help
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February 17, 2013 1:00:53 AM

I'm gonna say 1300 as new optional build,not sure if i will do it but it is there to think about,rather get all the stuff listed and come in at like 1200 1250 making me feel sad
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February 17, 2013 1:43:37 AM

If coming to the US, just wait to know where you are going

http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/default.aspx
if you are going to any of these places, stop by microcenter and grab an i5 3570k and Asrock extreme4 for around $290, also grab 8GB of samsung ram while you are at it for around $40-50 and they can overclock like a beast

if not this is what i would build for you

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek AEGIR SD128264 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 850W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1294.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 22:43 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 1:52:37 AM

Try this build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E0u0

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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.21 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1083.75 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 22:50 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 1:56:20 AM

If you are up to spending more on your case I really like the Fractal Design case I have and my understanding is the R4 is a great case. You can choose window or not, Black, White, or Titanium color front. You can check them out at Newegg. Their fans are super quiet.
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February 17, 2013 1:58:27 AM

jnkweaver said:
Try this build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E0u0

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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.21 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1083.75 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 22:50 EST-0500)


All that came in at 1k,thats unbelievable. Only thing i would do is change case,i want something a little different,nothing fancy just that everyone has a 912 HAF,this looks like it could be it :bounce:  ALmost like you changed nothing expect found better deals right?

Should i spend the 200 on a monitor?

Thanks a lot for answer
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February 17, 2013 2:05:17 AM

boulbox said:
If coming to the US, just wait to know where you are going

http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/default.aspx
if you are going to any of these places, stop by microcenter and grab an i5 3570k and Asrock extreme4 for around $290, also grab 8GB of samsung ram while you are at it for around $40-50 and they can overclock like a beast

if not this is what i would build for you

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek AEGIR SD128264 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 850W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1294.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 22:43 EST-0500)


Only problem is that for 160 i could get 256 ssd,case is ugly(no offense)and expensive;honestly not my real concern just seems like im not paying for anything useful,not really seeing the need to spend 80 bucks more for the7970 and the power supply is a little much but i understand that thats what i asked for and there probably worth it;i was just looking to spend the extra bucks on peripherals really.
Build is definitely something else to consider so thank you very much for the help,looks great overall

Also i live in us now,virgina but im military and don't know where im going next.
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February 17, 2013 2:26:17 AM

the 850W is if you want to upgrade to 2x7970s(can OC like a beast and takes a bit of power)

the R4 looks great but that is my preference, you can go for a 500R if you really want that style

128GB SSD is all you need and you can just put everything else in the HDD

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February 17, 2013 2:36:17 AM

boulbox said:
the 850W is if you want to upgrade to 2x7970s(can OC like a beast and takes a bit of power)

the R4 looks great but that is my preference, you can go for a 500R if you really want that style

128GB SSD is all you need and you can just put everything else in the HDD


Yea thats how i always felt about the ssd(wasn't even going to get one to begin with) but its only 30 more for twice as much,that case isn't ugly more like no lights,i actually like it but i do like the 500r more.Thanks

Now all i need is a good monitor,looking at pcpartpicker for a 27" $200 screen but if quality suffers will go for 22-25
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February 17, 2013 2:47:33 AM

i just put in the vector because it is the current fastest in the market but it is your choice if you want to go with the plextor m5s

don't go for 27" unless it is a 1440p, the dense pixels on a 23-24" looks a lot better than the spreaded pixels on a 27"

also went for a low rpm HDD because it will produce less noise and won't really make a difference when you have a SSD inside your build
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February 17, 2013 3:07:57 AM

Cool thanks for the for that,1440p,i was afraid of that but i have a 21.5" screen now which looks huge on my desk and while using it so 23-24 would be perfect,guess i can find one for 150 now maybe 200.

I still need a decent gaming keyboard, I've played consoles my whole live but want to start using pc so i want a good mouse and keyboard but obviously won't be able to use the expensive models with all the buttons to well,need one for a novice
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February 17, 2013 3:21:38 AM

If you get one for around $150-$200 make sure it is LED backlit and an IPS monitor which looks tons better than if it wasnt either of those both.

for keyboards, just get a standard $10-$20 keyboard, then when you want to upgrade, get a Mechanical keyboard which will feel tons different but in a good way.

also don't go for wireless, they can be a pain in the ass time to time.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgk...

this board is on sale right now for a decent price, it is a mech brown meaning it won't be to loud and still feel tactile.

and then this mouse
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/steelseries-mouse-62022
just a standard mouse with a good amount of DPI and feels pretty nice
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February 17, 2013 11:19:57 PM

Hopefully price will drop and not rise by the time i do get it in may,not 100% on this but if i wasn't moving i would probably get the parts for this today
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February 18, 2013 3:12:35 AM

I plan on over clocking what more do i need to add,what kind of fans?
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February 18, 2013 3:51:30 AM

change the z68 board to a z77

also the c70 has very restricted airflow, i suggest you get fractal r4, 500r, or CM haf xm
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February 18, 2013 5:23:54 AM

get extreme4 so you can SLI/CFX in the future
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February 18, 2013 5:41:11 AM

Actually while i was changing things i startred looking at my video card,i read that most are the same and i figure i would need more than one fan on the gpu so i'm trying to decide which 3gb 7950 would be better for oc or better bang for buck;gigabyte or sapphire or any other ones
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February 18, 2013 6:09:09 AM

for amd cards i like HIS, gigabyte, and sapphire
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February 18, 2013 6:14:08 AM

also you can choose 7870 XT which is kind of like a watered down 7950
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