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$1000 budget build (tower) and $150-200 (Monitor)

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February 22, 2013 2:45:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.


Budget Range: $1000 budget for the tower, and 150-200 for the monitor.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming primarily and web browsing, with a bit of video editing.


Are you buying a monitor: Yes.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (I have prime) and Newegg.


Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.


Parts Preferences: I have two parts I'm interested in already including:


HIS IceQ Radeon 7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 32GB Sandisk SSD for caching, and using a 1TB hard drive for storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will however take better alternatives if they're given. These just seemed like a couple good choices to start off with.



Overclocking: Yes.


SLI or Crossfire: Not for the time being.


Your Monitor Resolution: I'm interested in the best monitor with the lowest latency that I can get for 150-200 bucks, cheaper if possible.



Additional Comments: Part of what I need is a new case, and I would much prefer a sizable case if possible. This is my first build and I like the option of having extra room to work with.

More about : 1000 budget build tower 150 200 monitor

February 22, 2013 3:33:55 AM

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($144.18 @ Amazon)
Total: $1108.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 00:33 EST-0500)
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February 22, 2013 3:43:44 AM

I don't intend to buy a full on SSD, as I've read that you can utilize a cheap 32GB Sandisk one as a cache while storing things like the OS on the larger hard drive. Video card looks interesting, but how does it stack up against the 7950 HIS Iceq?

Also, the monitor looks great but the response time seems a bit low. Does that make much of a difference with Grey-to-Grey?
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February 22, 2013 4:08:02 AM

cutebeans said:
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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($144.18 @ Amazon)
Total: $1108.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 00:33 EST-0500)


The SSD isn't a necessary component to the build, as there are some improvements that can be made to the rest of the hardware in general.
First, get the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 for $10 more than the extreme 3. It will help with overclocking, especially with a low tier overclocking cooler, such as the Hyper 212 Plus (I would say upgrade to the EVO for $5- 10). Change the GPU to the Sapphire 7870 XT. It has better fans than the powercolor version, runs cooler, and overclocks better. Upgrade the Power Supply to 600w, as 500w is a little tight for overclocking. With the money leftover, you can get a boot drive SSD.
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February 22, 2013 4:13:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($141.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($154.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1108.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Buy the motherboard in newegg and you'll have 8GB of ram totally free, so you don't need to buy ram, and you'll get a good board.

You can get the hdd here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302
And the case : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76376&promoid=1302
Get the 7950 in newegg.
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February 22, 2013 4:23:19 AM

Quality PSU that is only $41 after reabate and promo code, performs with 12v of 600w
gigabyte mb is even better than extreme4 and cheaper
212 EVO
The sapphire has a better cooler as mentioned
64GB SSD is much better price/perf than 32GB and can use Intel SRT
IPS LED screen with 5ms response time
(getting the 8GB of ram is gonna be single channel if you get the extreme 6 which means you will need another stick which bumps your costs)

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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1160.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 01:21 EST-0500)

7870XT is a better value buy as long as you don't need 3GB VRAM

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February 22, 2013 4:30:28 AM

You don't need to buy additional ram, it's fine with single channel, it won't take a hit in performance.
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February 22, 2013 4:34:03 AM

I plan on playing Battlefield 3 (Near ultra settings running@ 60 FPS), as well as Skyrim (HD/Texture mods). Would that extra VRAM help much more in getting to near such qualities; enough to offset the extra cost?
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February 22, 2013 4:57:03 AM

Alright so based on the suggestions, it's looking like:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($141.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)

Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($300)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($154.98 @ Amazon)


Total: $1162


I would go with the better suggested 550W PSU but I don't think I'll be ordering all the parts in time to make the promo offer.
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February 22, 2013 5:00:01 AM

I still wouldn't run it in single channel unless I had too though and it will take a performance hit, just don't know how much (likely not much but still gonna be some)
I would get the acer screen as it is IPS and LED backlit
Get this if you want a 23 inch model
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp

Tom's recent review saw gains in fps due to more memory bandwidth at the same latency levels

As dj mentioned, the 7950 is better but also costs more (the 7950 below are not the boost version AFAIK and boost is enabled by flashing bios AFAIK)




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February 22, 2013 5:00:07 AM

Vandam said:
Alright so based on the suggestions, it's looking like:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($141.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)

Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($300)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($154.98 @ Amazon)


Total: $1162


I would go with the better suggested 550W PSU but I don't think I'll be ordering all the parts in time to make the promo offer.



You can get it in ncix us, if you miss the promo : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
And the hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302
The one in microcenter is just 32MB of cache and you'll pay shipping, get the xfx psu and the hdd and since it totals more than 100$, you'll get free shipping.
And it won't take a hit in performance the ram, it's wrong.
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February 22, 2013 5:09:03 AM






faster ram @ same latency = more fps
more bandwidth = faster

bf3 is not really effected



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February 22, 2013 5:20:04 AM

Would the free promo offer (Crysis 3/Bioshock infinite) make up for the difference with the 7870 in this particular case? As that's only applied to the 7950's. As for the RAM, would you say then that running dual channel 4GB with a lesser board is better than getting the A6+free ram and then buying another 8GB of ram to make it dual channel for maximum performance? 16GB RAM is pretty overkill.
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February 22, 2013 6:29:16 AM

Well if do get get the extreme 6 I would grab another 8gb stick
You can try selling it :p 
2x4Gb > 1x8gb IMO
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February 22, 2013 4:14:22 PM

Vandam said:
Would the free promo offer (Crysis 3/Bioshock infinite) make up for the difference with the 7870 in this particular case? As that's only applied to the 7950's. As for the RAM, would you say then that running dual channel 4GB with a lesser board is better than getting the A6+free ram and then buying another 8GB of ram to make it dual channel for maximum performance? 16GB RAM is pretty overkill.


You can run just fine at single channel, you won't notice the difference, those benchmarks just showed that at any speeds or timings the difference is negligible, also didn't show anything that proves that you'll get less fps with single channel ram, i'd get the asrock extreme 6 with the ram, you can always add later more 8GB, when it's needed(for now it's not).
The 7950 will always be better, because the 7870 tahiti le is a crippled 7950, so the 7950 will be better in terms of performance and it has crysis 3, if you want it get the 7950.
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February 22, 2013 7:19:12 PM

I guess you could run single channel if you wanted to but grab another stick in the future when you feel/need it

Its only like a 5% perf hit (about the same as running pcie 3 cards on 2.0) so guess its not much to be worried about at this point



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February 22, 2013 10:57:23 PM

7870xt has no problem running BF3 on ultra preset on 1080p at 80 FPS (which you'll only see 60 unless you get 120hz monitor). Figured I'd share my experience with the card (I'm running 1440p at 50+fps, changed to 1080p just to see the numbers).
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