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Hello, will be getting a new PC soon. As for games I want it to be able to play Dayz easily, I know it will be running on the Arma engine which is horribly optimized and I want it to run fluently at 1920x1080 (I may get another monitor in the near future as well). I also play League of Legends which isn't very demanding so I doubt that would be an issue. I will from time to time be using it for Video editing and some Virtual machines. I am also wondering if it would be worth it to wait for Haswell, I want to stretch my dollar as far as possible. I have a quick build below, I would like to know your input on it. Here is my current PC:
AMD Phenom II 1075T @ Stock 3GHz
Cooler master Hyper 212 Plus
4x4Gb 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance
Asus M4A87TD EVO
ATI Radeon 5770 1Gb
WDC 1502FAEX 1.5Tb 7,200RPM
Cooler Master CM 690 II


Approximate Purchase Date: In about a month, can wait longer however... depends which is the most cost efficient

Budget Range: Max is $2,500 Prefer to spend around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Virtual Machines, Video Editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, some decent color coding

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Prefer not

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, May add another monitor in future

Why Are You Upgrading: Arma II is giving my PC trouble on low (want to play Dayz standalone fluently on max settings), League of Legends will drop to 30FPS in teamfights, rendering videos are taking longer than I would like


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Gunmetal) ATX Full Tower Case ($194.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1817.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-06 08:52 EST-0500)
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    Your build is very good, and appropriate for your needs.

    I might make some suggestions:

    1. Lots of ram is good for VM and editing. But, I would buy a single 32gb kit. ram vendors do not support ram from disparate kits. It will cost you less too:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233304

    2. Your cooler is a downdraft type cooler. Suitable more for a restrictive case.
    A cm hyper212 tower type will send hot air out the back of your case more effectively. Costs less too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    If you want the very best for low noise and great cooling, $80 or so will buy you a Noctua NH-D14 or Phanteks.

    3. Nothing wrong with Samsung 830 SSD. The 830 has been superseded by the cheaper to produce 840 series. Whichever is cheaper to you is ok, they both perform about the same. But I think I would buy a 240gb unit with your budget. As a SSD fills to 80-90% capacity, it will start to slow down and lose longevity.
    If you find Intel 330 or 335 series for less, that would be equally good.

    4. Your GTX670 needs only a 500w psu. Corsair is fine, but Look at the Seasonic units.
    A 650w unit will be $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106
    You will never recoup the price premium for gold or silver rated units through electricity savings.
    If you like gold rating, then the X series are very good. 650W for $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088
    or X750 for $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

    5. Is there some needed feature of ultimate that the less expensive pro version does not have?
  2. id probably wait o\it out. the phenom 6 cores are still pretty good for now.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HUsK

    ram. its cheaper and its kingston. pretty good
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78420&promoid=1026


    SSD. 256gb is the size id get and this one is by plextor.
    http://microcenter.com/product/398906/M5s_PX-256M5S_256GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD)_with_Marvel_88SS9174_controller

    hard drive
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1324

    if you want a bit more storage, the 1.5tb seagate is also good.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70854&promoid=1324

    GPU. much better than the evga in terms of cooling
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72914&promoid=1393

    psu. better unit than the hx 750
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081XXIRA/?tag=pcpapi-20

    case. the 630 is overkill. id get something smaller and simplier
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75047
  3. geofelt said:
    Your build is very good, and appropriate for your needs.

    I might make some suggestions:

    1. Lots of ram is good for VM and editing. But, I would buy a single 32gb kit. ram vendors do not support ram from disparate kits. It will cost you less too:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233304

    2. Your cooler is a downdraft type cooler. Suitable more for a restrictive case.
    A cm hyper212 tower type will send hot air out the back of your case more effectively. Costs less too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    If you want the very best for low noise and great cooling, $80 or so will buy you a Noctua NH-D14 or Phanteks.

    3. Nothing wrong with Samsung 830 SSD. The 830 has been superseded by the cheaper to produce 840 series. Whichever is cheaper to you is ok, they both perform about the same. But I think I would buy a 240gb unit with your budget. As a SSD fills to 80-90% capacity, it will start to slow down and lose longevity.
    If you find Intel 330 or 335 series for less, that would be equally good.

    4. Your GTX670 needs only a 500w psu. Corsair is fine, but Look at the Seasonic units.
    A 650w unit will be $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106
    You will never recoup the price premium for gold or silver rated units through electricity savings.
    If you like gold rating, then the X series are very good. 650W for $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088
    or X750 for $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

    5. Is there some needed feature of ultimate that the less expensive pro version does not have?


    Thanks for the help. To the question about Windows is I have heard unless you had ultimate it wouldn't support more than 16Gb even in x64.

    Also, do you think I should wait for Haswell as it is under a new platform?
  4. Here is a link to a comparison of all the windows 7 versions. And, yes, Pro does support up to 192gb of ram
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions

    Haswell should arrive perhaps in June, and have a 4770K that will be perhaps 10-15% more efficient than the 3770K.
    The integrated graphics will be much enhanced, but that is irrelevant to the gamer with a discrete graphice card.

    If you need a replacement now, buy now.
    If you have the itch now, scratch it now.

    Otherwise if the need is not so urgent, then wait.
  5. Best answer selected by koreanoverlord.
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