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June 8, 2013 10:36:35 AM

CPU/Processors: Intel Core i5-3570K $234
Motherboard: Biostar Intel BOXDH77EB Intel 7 Series Motherboard $129
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu KHX1600C10D3B1/8G 8GB Desktop Memory $74
Hard drive: WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Drive $99
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 or EVGA Geforce 660 GTX (Torn between these) - 2GB $214 - $229
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case - ATX/Micro-ATX, USB, Audio, 120mm Blue LED Fan, Black (RC-430-KWN1) $49
Power supply: Azza PSAZ-500C12 Alpha 500W Power Supply - 500W $29

$828 - $843

800 dollar budget, store's (Tigerdirect) gonna assemble it for me because I want a warranty and I'm lazy. Is this a good build? What should I change up (If I should change anything up)?

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a c 247 4 Gaming
June 8, 2013 12:08:20 PM

Looking as you don't plan on overclocking, don't grab the "K" series of the processor. Also, grab the new Haswell processors.
The i5-4570 + Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) will do you good.
That's expensive RAM. Get this one instead: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Why is the HD so expensive? WD Blue 1TB is only 69.99: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
That PSU is going to blow up on you. You must not skimp out on a psu. This is a great quality psu: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

What really sucks is that TigerDirect is limited on parts. If you are willing to build it yourself, you can order from other retail stores and get better bang for your buck.
June 8, 2013 12:20:27 PM

realchaos said:
Looking as you don't plan on overclocking, don't grab the "K" series of the processor. Also, grab the new Haswell processors.
The i5-4570 + Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) will do you good.
That's expensive RAM. Get this one instead: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Why is the HD so expensive? WD Blue 1TB is only 69.99: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
That PSU is going to blow up on you. You must not skimp out on a psu. This is a great quality psu: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

What really sucks is that TigerDirect is limited on parts. If you are willing to build it yourself, you can order from other retail stores and get better bang for your buck.

Yeah, I wanna build it but the thing is I want the warranty so if they end up screwing it up I'll get money back or something like that. I also took into account the average price, not the discount.
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a c 247 4 Gaming
June 8, 2013 12:26:58 PM

Each individual part gets a warranty so if something does happen you can send in only the defected part for a refund and keep everything else.
How much are you paying them to build it for you?
June 8, 2013 1:53:12 PM

realchaos said:
Each individual part gets a warranty so if something does happen you can send in only the defected part for a refund and keep everything else.
How much are you paying them to build it for you?


An extra hundred, it's fine tbh I'd rather let them build it. I'm too lazy.
June 8, 2013 5:50:06 PM

Okay, so in a suspenseful turn of events I sold my watch, so I have an extra hundred. Buying a 670, will that processor and motherboard work with that?
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 8, 2013 6:33:13 PM

Yes it will, but I would like to note that the motherboard nor the PSU supports SLI if you choose to SLI the 770 in the future.
June 8, 2013 6:34:15 PM

realchaos said:
Yes it will, but I would like to note that the motherboard nor the PSU supports SLI if you choose to SLI the 770 in the future.


Nah, one is enough for me lol. Thanks for the help.
June 8, 2013 6:48:12 PM

If you're stuck between choosing the 7870 and the 660 look up NVIDA PHYSX and see if that matters to you or not, makes a big difference.
June 13, 2013 2:31:29 PM

Sorry to bring this back up, but would a Zalman Z11 work with this set up?


CPU/Processors: Intel i5-4570 $209
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H Z87 Motherboard - $109
Memory: Crucial Ballistix BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S0 Desktop Memory Kit - 8G
Hard drive: WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Drive (3.5) $69
Graphics Card: Zotac Geforce 670 GTX - 2GB $359
Case: Zalman Z11 plus $86
Power supply: XFX P1550SXXB9 Core Edition Power Supply - 550W, 80 Plus Bronze, 135mm Fan, Active PFC, Single +12V Rail $64
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 3:08:58 PM

Grab the i5-4430. It's cheaper and the difference in stock speeds are negligible.

There are much better cases in the price range but if you are set on the Zalman z11 plus, then whatever. I'll just recommend some different options:
-Fractal Design Define R4
-Corsair 400r.
-NZXT Phantom 410.
June 17, 2013 9:46:17 PM

God, I'm sorry I keep bumping this.

I might be getting an i5 3570k, and a 670. Will that 500W power supply be enough? Is the stock cooler enough? Yeah, I know. It's an extra 9 dollars, though. I know, it's probably overkill, but it's only 9 dollars and it's probably enough for me.

That is unless the 500w PSU or stock cooler isn't enough, then I'll go to either one of the processors you mentioned.
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 17, 2013 10:08:33 PM

-Why are you grabbing ivy bridge when haswell is out?
-Are you planning to overclock?
-Hope you know that the i5-3570k and i5-4430 are different sockets, thus requiring different motherboards.
June 18, 2013 7:15:41 AM

realchaos said:
-Why are you grabbing ivy bridge when haswell is out?
-Are you planning to overclock?
-Hope you know that the i5-3570k and i5-4430 are different sockets, thus requiring different motherboards.

O, in that case I'll just stick with those other processors, and no but overkill sorta sets my mind at ease, but I'll stick with the other processors you mentioned. They're probably better, newer y'know.
Sorry if I seem like I'm ignoring what you're saying, I'm not.
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 18, 2013 10:08:01 AM

Oh and when you said that 500w psu, I really hope you're not talking about the Azza Alpha 500w psu.
If you are, don't even bother getting that psu. It's low quality and I can assure you that it will blow up eventually.
June 18, 2013 10:22:57 AM

realchaos said:
Oh and when you said that 500w psu, I really hope you're not talking about the Azza Alpha 500w psu.
If you are, don't even bother getting that psu. It's low quality and I can assure you that it will blow up eventually.


Nah, the XFX.
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 18, 2013 10:24:30 AM

Oh okay that should be able to run any single-gpu set-up.
June 18, 2013 10:26:58 AM

realchaos said:
Oh okay that should be able to run any single-gpu set-up.


Great! Thanks!
June 18, 2013 10:29:23 AM

here you go .. I think this is the best deal your going to get
If you want you can switch the i7 for the i5 3570 which is $60 cheaper and get a GTX 660 Ti
Remember with this build you can always SLI and get extreme performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.62 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($66.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.02 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $809.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-18 13:27 EDT-0400)

a c 247 4 Gaming
June 18, 2013 10:41:18 AM

^You're using Canada prices, Ivy bridge processor when you can get Haswell for about the same price, a psu that I doubt can even handle sli.
You can build a MUCH better gaming system for that price.
June 18, 2013 10:47:36 AM

Well I'm suggesting.. i think its a decent build. What you mean about the psu ? Sure yea if he's in the states switch aroud to haswell for about the same price. But i think the rest is fine. I'm questioning you about the psu because I'm building this for a firend and putting 2 GTX 660 so lemme know
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 18, 2013 10:49:26 AM

I already posted it in your thread. Please don't try to over-take this thread without even looking at your own thread.
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