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March 1, 2013 3:34:01 AM

Hi All,

Looking at purchasing my second custom build hardware and looking for people's opinions on it:

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX MB
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W Modular
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti
Case: Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case
HDD's: Seagate Barracuda 2TB with Samsung 840 Pro Series 120GB SSD

I know the 560Ti is kinda out of date, but as I only have a budget of around the $1000 mark at the moment, I will have to upgrade that at a later date, I also plan on getting a better CPU Cooler when the need comes to overclock the CPU. This system with be designed with gaming in mind and also a little bit future proof.

Anyway how does it look and would you change anything before I decide to go ahead with the purchase?

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March 1, 2013 4:12:12 AM

Looks pretty solid, I'm not sure why you would buy a GTX560Ti though. The only time it's going to be good value is if a retailer is trying to shift stock and is selling them off at a good price. Stuff like the GTX660 and HD7850 have kinda taken over its value niche.
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March 1, 2013 4:29:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Kingston 2x4gb RAM ($39.99)
Other: Noctua NH-D14 cpu cooler ($69.99)
Other: WD Cavier Blue 1tb ($67.99)
Other: xfx 650w 80+ bronze psu ($69.99)
Other: PNY GTX 670 ($329.99)
Other: i5-3570k + Asus p8z77-v lk ($319.99)
Total: $1047.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 01:29 EST-0500)

Everything is from ncix.com except for the os and case. You can cut down the cpu cooler for now to get it under $1000. Since ncix has a sale on a lot of things, so much stuff is cheaper there :) 
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March 1, 2013 4:30:23 AM

Lose the SSD and go for aa better GPu, 1GB of VRAM isn't enough in these new games that have come out (Crysis 3 is a great example) even BF3 uses close to 2GB of VRAM. Also, I don't know if it matters to you, but I personally think this motherboard looks better, and it's cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you take the SSD out you could afford something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That'll be closer to 2x the performance of a single 560Ti

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March 1, 2013 5:05:23 AM

I am not buying the 560Ti it is coming out of my old system.

And even if I drop down to the ASRock and lose the SSD it's still going to cost over my budget which is $1000 I think with a new GPU
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March 1, 2013 5:08:09 AM

My build without the cpu cooler is under $1000, and most of the things are from one place so shipping is easier
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March 1, 2013 6:06:15 AM

So I shouldn't upgrade the computer until I can afford a new graphics card as well?
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March 1, 2013 6:12:48 AM

mclovits said:
Lose the SSD and go for aa better GPu, 1GB of VRAM isn't enough in these new games that have come out (Crysis 3 is a great example) even BF3 uses close to 2GB of VRAM.

that is just not true, while at highest detail settings it will crack over 1gb, it will not do this if you dont have every setting on the highest.
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March 1, 2013 9:44:13 AM

Ok I have made it a bit more affordable for myself to get a new computer with a graphics card. Hows this build look?

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $99.00
CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 $195.00
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M $89.00
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB $99.00
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC Edition V2 $329.00
Case: Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case $115
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $59.00
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W Modular $99.00

How's this look? How would it go with gaming? I know I wont be able to overclock it but not that interested in OC'ing anyway. Maybe further down the track I could get a Solid State Drive

Kind Regards,
Slim
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