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March 1, 2013 1:41:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June 2013

Budget Range: $700-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg, Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Virginia, USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever gets me the best performance at the lowest price.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 or 1920x1080 (based on best performace)

Additional Comments: I would like a PC build with a monitor under $1400 that will allow me to play Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, and Skyrim (with mods) all at max settings with good fps.

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March 1, 2013 1:45:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: June 2013

Budget Range: $700-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg, Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Virginia, USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever gets me the best performance at the lowest price.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 or 1920x1080 (based on best performace)

Additional Comments: I would like a PC build with a monitor under $1400 that will allow me to play Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, and Skyrim (with mods) all at max settings with good fps.
March 1, 2013 1:47:16 PM

sorry for the double post everyone
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March 1, 2013 2:03:33 PM

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($77.34 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1330.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 2:22:24 PM

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($77.34 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1330.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
March 1, 2013 2:47:12 PM

burrito bob could you give me the link to the pc part picker of that build and is the 7950 really good enough to do that?
March 1, 2013 3:13:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.74 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($99.88 @ Mac Connection)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1433.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 12:14 EST-0500)

Btw you can swap cooler for cm evo -30$
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 3:27:52 PM

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burrito bob could you give me the link to the pc part picker of that build and is the 7950 really good enough to do that?

It will be WAY more than enough to play games at your resolution, you will be maxing EVERY single game that there is. You really won't see much better performance. Unless you want to go over by a little and splurge on a 7970 GHz edition which at this price point is overkill. In the next post there will be a link to the build.
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 3:28:00 PM

The above build only works if you have a Micro Center near by. OP already has OS.

So here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1425.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 12:27 EST-0500)

And then add whatever monitor you want.
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 3:35:10 PM

Re-ran the system chose some different parts but this will perform the EXACT same way as the one above.
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 ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1188.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Saves you $200 for anything you want, you could take your girlfriend or wife out to dinner with those saving XD. If you want to splurge ill link you to the 7970 version as well, though you really don't need to get any better hardware.
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 3:37:01 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The above build only works if you have a Micro Center near by. OP already has OS.

So here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1425.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 12:27 EST-0500)

And then add whatever monitor you want.


You really do not need to go $200 over budget here is one without the OS that performs the EXACT same as above.

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 ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1188.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 3:51:18 PM

burritobob said:
You really do not need to go $200 over budget here is one without the OS that performs the EXACT same as above.

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 ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($344.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1188.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Wait, you're not seriously pairing a CX430 with a 7950 are you? :heink: 

If you want to stay under $1200 I'd just get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1105.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 12:50 EST-0500)

Monitor is kind of a personal preference thing so I leave it open ended.
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 3:52:58 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Wait, you're not seriously pairing a CX430 with a 7950 are you? :heink: 

If you want to stay under $1200 I'd just get this:


Monitor is kind of a personal preference thing so I leave it open ended.


Problem with the monitor thing is that most cost $150+ you really have to include that in the price otherwise you really do not have an accurate value point.

EDIT: Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Higher watt psu you really do not need that much power to run this sucker.
March 1, 2013 3:58:57 PM

i would like to stay under 1400 that is all, including a monitor. and a 7950 performs the same as a 7970 ghz??? i dont think so.
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 4:01:43 PM

burritobob said:
Problem with the monitor thing is that most cost $150+ you really have to include that in the price otherwise you really do not have an accurate value point.

EDIT: Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Higher watt psu you really do not need that much power to run this sucker.


Corsair makes some good power supplies, but the CX series definitely aren't one of them. I fried a CX430, shorted out another, and overloaded one when I tried to connect my Radeon 5800 to it. I'd rather get a Seasonic or Super Flower unit any day of the week. Corsair was quick to replace all the defective ones so I give them props for that, but I'd rather take a much stronger PSU to run a good video card.

Quote:
i would like to stay under 1400 that is all, including a monitor. and a 7950 performs the same as a 7970 ghz??? i dont think so.


That is correct. However if you want to stay in budget you will have to cut corners somewhere.
March 1, 2013 4:04:25 PM

i am only using one monitor. doesnt amd 7970 ghz only worth it is i am going with 2 monitors? how about the 670?
March 1, 2013 4:14:03 PM

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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.75 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1252.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 13:12 EST-0500)

March 1, 2013 4:25:30 PM

granthomas99 said:
i am only using one monitor. doesnt amd 7970 ghz only worth it is i am going with 2 monitors? how about the 670?


a little headroom for future games, and maybe a possible 1440p/1600p monitor can't hurt. you can definitely afford it with your budget. now if this was a dual CF/SLI build, that's overkill for a single 1080p monitor.

7970 ghz > 670, with maybe the exception of a few Nvidia optimized games.
March 1, 2013 4:27:18 PM

bf3, fc3, c3, and skyrim are the games i will be playing. i will go with amd, yes? or are they nvidia optimized?
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 4:32:51 PM

granthomas99 said:
i am only using one monitor. doesnt amd 7970 ghz only worth it is i am going with 2 monitors? how about the 670?


They're both solid cards. But for gaming - especially first and third person games, you want one monitor or three. Two won't cut it. I'd personally get the 7970 GHz edition if I had your budget - it's entirely possible.

Quote:
bf3, fc3, c3, and skyrim are the games i will be playing. i will go with amd, yes? or are they nvidia optimized?


Games don't necessarily favor one GPU or the other. The software developers would have a lot of unhappy customers if they did.
March 1, 2013 4:37:04 PM

ok thanks g-unit. i wont be getting 3 monitors in the foreseeable future, not because i dont want to, but because i dont have enough room on my desk! :)  i will go with your previously suggested build and replace the 7950 with a 7970 ghz, yes?
a b C Monitor
March 1, 2013 4:39:01 PM

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  • $1400 Build
    March 1, 2013 4:39:14 PM

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GNEA

    CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core - $223.79 @ Amazon
    CPU Cooler - Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid - $65.24 @ Amazon (IMHO, a much better solution than big air, doesn't bend your motherboard, new 2013 design, 5 year warranty, fool proof installation, no maintenance)
    Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 - $129.99 @ Microcenter (one of the best budget Mobos for LGA1155)
    Memory - Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 - $83.72 @ Amazon (plenty of Ram for now and future, won't have to run 4 DIMMS to get 16GB later)
    Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - $73.52 @ Amazon
    - Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD - $127.97 @ Amazon (best SSDs are the Sammy 840 Pros)
    Video Card - Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $297.98 @ SuperBiiz (Nice factory OC, really good cooler)
    Case - Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower - $79.98 @ Amazon (decent case, choose one you like, this is just an example)
    Power Supply - Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V - $119.00 @ Newegg (SuperFlower OEM, modular, 5 year warranty)
    Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $18.98 @ Outlet PC
    Monitor - Acer H226HQLbid 21.5" - $148.99 @ Amazon (IPS 5ms response)

    Total: $1369.16
    a b C Monitor
    March 1, 2013 4:41:55 PM

    granthomas99 said:
    thanks alot man


    Seriously - don't buy a CX430 with a 7950. Just don't do it. Cheap power supplies are not worth it, I've seen what happens first hand. Pay a bit more for the power supply or risk your entire system going down with it. Get the Seasonic one I recommended - it's a far better power supply.
    March 1, 2013 4:41:55 PM

    granthomas99 said:
    bf3, fc3, c3, and skyrim are the games i will be playing. i will go with amd, yes? or are they nvidia optimized?


    i seriously wouldn't worry too much over it. if there were ever any new games that oddly underperforms with a 7970ghz, it's usually a game of patiently waiting for a driver update.
    March 1, 2013 4:42:18 PM

    @inknowhowtofixit do i really need 16Gb of ram and a 750w ps? couldnt i bring the money down with a 8 GB and 600 or 650w?
    March 1, 2013 4:43:39 PM

    ok g-unit i was just thanking him for his reply, i am smart enough to know not to get a 450w, lol
    a b C Monitor
    March 1, 2013 4:44:11 PM

    granthomas99 said:
    @inknowhowtofixit do i really need 16Gb of ram and a 750w ps? couldnt i bring the money down with a 8 GB and 600 or 650w?


    No you don't need 16GB of RAM, the H60, or a 750W PSU. That's a good supply but really not necessary. Again I'll say don't get the CX430 - horrible power supply from a good manufacturer. Get the Seasonic instead.
    March 1, 2013 4:48:07 PM

    ok g-unit thanks...could you put all your suggestions into a build for me real quick? thanks again for your help!
    a b C Monitor
    March 1, 2013 4:52:33 PM

    granthomas99 said:
    ok g-unit thanks...could you put all your suggestions into a build for me real quick? thanks again for your help!


    Sure. Here you go:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1085.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 13:52 EST-0500)

    Much stronger PSU than the CX430 and you can Crossfire later on.
    March 1, 2013 4:55:02 PM

    granthomas99 said:
    @inknowhowtofixit do i really need 16Gb of ram and a 750w ps? couldnt i bring the money down with a 8 GB and 600 or 650w?


    8GB dimms are coming down in price, you can easily bump that down to to 2x4GB. The 750w power supply recommendation came from the awesome price that the Rosewill Tachyon is this week for the 750w model. I don't normally recommend power supplies larger than what is necessary. However, with a platinum rating on a Super Flower PSU at this price, you can't go wrong with a 750w in this case. You should be able to keep that PSU for multiple future builds unlike the Corsair CX series garbage others have recommended. (Also, the Seasonic S12II that g-unit recommended is a good PSU, but a poor value at that price)
    a b C Monitor
    March 1, 2013 4:59:51 PM

    iknowhowtofixit said:
    8GB dimms are coming down in price, you can easily bump that down to to 2x4GB. The 750w power supply recommendation came from the awesome price that the Rosewill Tachyon is this week for the 750w model. I don't normally recommend power supplies larger than what is necessary. However, with a platinum rating on a Super Flower PSU at this price, you can't go wrong with a 750w in this case. You should be able to keep that PSU for multiple future builds unless the Corsair CX series garbage others have recommended.


    Yeah I definitely agree here, you will reuse your power supply should you decide to rebuild your system a couple of years down, so getting a good one is important. The Corsair CX is made by Channel Well which is not a very well respected PSU manufacturer. Like I said I've had several problems with them and won't recommend them on builds costing more than $700. Seasonic and Super Flower are among the best you can get, and you don't want to use a junk power supply with any decent video card.

    However I will disagree in that RAM is not the place to spend tons of money on a build. It will not really affect the performance of your games at all. Better would be to put that money in the GPU or getting a bigger SSD.
    March 1, 2013 5:08:23 PM

    g-unit1111 said:
    Yeah I definitely agree here, you will reuse your power supply should you decide to rebuild your system a couple of years down, so getting a good one is important. The Corsair CX is made by Channel Well which is not a very well respected PSU manufacturer. Like I said I've had several problems with them and won't recommend them on builds costing more than $700. Seasonic and Super Flower are among the best you can get, and you don't want to use a junk power supply with any decent video card.

    However I will disagree in that RAM is not the place to spend tons of money on a build. It will not really affect the performance of your games at all. Better would be to put that money in the GPU or getting a bigger SSD.


    My build is based on the best you can do with a monitor and no OS for under $1400. The OP is welcome to bump the ram down as he sees fit (around a $30 savings). There wasn't enough there to take that away to offer a better GPU or SSD, hence the result. These builds should be used for ideas for the OP to make their own decision, not bibles that they need to abide by.

    I agree with you on the CX series that everyone, including the writers at Toms, seem to use at the defacto standard, when the reality is that these are just cheap PSUs without surprises. It bugs the you know what out of me that nobody cares about the quality of the PSU until the build is over $2000. There are usually always deals running that can get you a quality Gold or Platinum PSU that will run its rated wattage all day long for a reasonable price.
    a b C Monitor
    March 1, 2013 5:18:43 PM

    iknowhowtofixit said:
    My build is based on the best you can do with a monitor and no OS for under $1400. The OP is welcome to bump the ram down as he sees fit (around a $30 savings). There wasn't enough there to take that away to offer a better GPU or SSD, hence the result. These builds should be used for ideas for the OP to make their own decision, not bibles that they need to abide by.

    I agree with you on the CX series that everyone, including the writers at Toms, seem to use at the defacto standard, when the reality is that these are just cheap PSUs without surprises. It bugs the you know what out of me that nobody cares about the quality of the PSU until the build is over $2000. There are usually always deals running that can get you a quality Gold or Platinum PSU that will run its rated wattage all day long for a reasonable price.


    Yeah to me that makes no sense whatsoever. You get a cheap, crappy PSU and suffer the consequences, don't say we didn't warn you. That's incredibly bad advice. That PSU index that Tom's put together a couple of weeks ago has been incredibly helpful in determining what power supplies are good and which ones are cheap junk. I was surprised to see that even a lot of respected manufacturers used junk OEMs like Enhance and Topower. The PSU is to me one of the most crucial components of a system and you need to carefully research which one you get.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...

    The other thing that I don't get is why people include garbage cases on everything but builds $1500 and up. If you have the budget, get a nice case. You will reuse it if you rebuild your system so having a good one is important.
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