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February 20, 2013 3:43:52 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month
Budget Range: Around $1500
System Usage: A little bit of everything (gaming, programming, photo/video editing, surfing the net, etc)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Location: Richland, WA, USA
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Potentially in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC build is several years old and hitting the end of its all-around performance capabilities. Looking to build another all-purpose PC that will hold up for several years like my last one. Reliability is important.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($182.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1420.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 00:35 EST-0500)

I'm looking for final feedback on this build before I move ahead with it. Thanks in advance for the help!

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February 20, 2013 4:33:40 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EHH6 This will perform better since the motherboard and Power Supply are not overkill. I used the money saved to get a better case (Corsair 400r) and a better GPU. This case has great airflow and cable management.
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February 20, 2013 4:37:01 AM

Looks good to me.

The ASUS board is okay, but you can pretty much the same features for less on an ASRock z77 Extreme4 or 6.

I suggest this monitor instead,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't really need that IPS panel you got unless you're doing media creations like 2D/3D animation.
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February 20, 2013 4:46:36 AM

programming/compiling loves alot of ram...games dont use more than 4-5 gb of ram.

i have that monitor...its great.

i say keep the psu...for sli down the road youll need 650-750 w
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February 20, 2013 4:48:59 AM

Most games are still x86 due to compatibility issues so really don't need that much ram but can run right up to the limit
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February 20, 2013 6:04:44 AM

The 16gm of RAM would be wanted if he does alot of video editing, and multi tasking while at it.
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February 20, 2013 6:06:03 AM

EDIT: Ugh, double-posted. The site is bugging on me.
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February 20, 2013 6:06:33 AM

excella1221 said:
The 16gm of RAM would be wanted if he does alot of video editing, and multi tasking while at it.


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February 20, 2013 9:00:34 AM

With video editing, may want to consider getting an nvidia GPU to take advantage of CUDA. Helps a lot when it comes to rendering previews.
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February 20, 2013 9:10:51 PM

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EHH6 This will perform better since the motherboard and Power Supply are not overkill. I used the money saved to get a better case (Corsair 400r) and a better GPU. This case has great airflow and cable management.


Thanks. Since I've been burned before on mobos, I'm wanting to stick to trusty ASUS and get a reliable and flexible mobo. The PSU was chosen to support adding a second video card later. The new system will also be visible in the room due to desk space, so I needed something that "disappears" into the background both visually and audibly to please my wife, thus the Fractal Design case.

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Looks good to me.

The ASUS board is okay, but you can pretty much the same features for less on an ASRock z77 Extreme4 or 6.

I suggest this monitor instead,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=

You don't really need that IPS panel you got unless you're doing media creations like 2D/3D animation.


Thanks. I'm a little leery of ASRock from what I've heard and researched. I'm sure they're fine, but I don't want to take any chances. I had read from others on these forums that this IPS panel has a much higher quality image for non-gaming than non-IPS panels. If there's no real advantage to the IPS, I'm all ears.

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With video editing, may want to consider getting an nvidia GPU to take advantage of CUDA. Helps a lot when it comes to rendering previews.


Thanks. I don't do a lot of video editing, nor do I use Adobe Premiere Pro or other software that utilizes CUDA.
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February 20, 2013 9:49:19 PM

Since you don't do a lot of video editing, it is better off to get the i5 3570k. I noticed you listed the microcenter price (so im assuming you live near a microcenter), there is a deal for motherboards to receive $40-50 off when bundled with an i5 3570k.
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February 20, 2013 10:29:07 PM

IPS has better colors and wider viewing angle, the drawback to this is considerably higher response time compared to TN panels which isn't ideal for gaming. As to what extent, I'm not sure.

I suggest considering getting the 7870 Tahiti LE version instead as this runs on the Tahiti, which is what the Radeon HD 7900 series use. It's basically a less powerful 7950, in other words.
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February 20, 2013 11:33:52 PM

The IPS i have chosen has a 5ms response time which is pretty good for gaming and the IQ is better even for gaming IMO

I agree with the 7870XT/Tahiti LE
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February 21, 2013 2:07:41 AM

Yes, I believe anything <=5ms response time would be ideal for gaming.
Most of the ones I encounter are around 7-14ms. Nice buy. (:

You should suggest the brand/model to OP, so he can enjoy the best of both worlds. :p 
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February 21, 2013 4:32:47 AM

Ah, I didn't even notice the 7870 XT/Tahiti LE (NewEgg did a good job hiding the Tahiti part)... Thanks, I'll definitely go for the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT (Tahiti LE) instead.

Regarding the monitor, I'm currently leaning towards http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp for the 23" size and quality. It's also 5ms response time.
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February 21, 2013 4:39:55 AM

^Yep that looks good

I have used ASUS stuff as well and their quality is one of the best (haven't used their screens before though)
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February 22, 2013 3:15:07 AM

Best answer selected by TheMcCann.
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