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So by the end of this month/beginning of next month, I plan on building my first PC.
I have a budget of $1000 to $1300 for this build.
I don't want to go crazy with the money and get super expensive parts, just things that are practical and will meet my needs.
I plan on overclocking, but I am not too sure about SLI or CFX.
My main priorities is gaming, some light 3D rendering, and just everyday use.

Parts I do not need:
OS, HDD, GPU, Optical Drive, RAM, Monitor

For everything else, I am a bit lost.
The only thing I have really decided on is the i5 2500K.

I originally wanted an SG05 build, but no Intel mITX MoBos current available can overclock (Gigabyte H55 mITX MoBo came into mind, but it's extremely difficult to get one nowadays).
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post #2 of 14
CPU: i5-2500k $200
Cooler: H80 2x AP-15 $130
MOBO: ASUS Z68 Maximus Gene Z Gen 3 $200
Case: Silverstone FT-08E $100
GPU: 7970 $550
PSU: A silverstone one with short cables + Sleeved extensions $200


$~1400, great looking beast performance biggrin.gif


(This is what im selling my stuff to downsize to TJ-11 just too beastly and my budget just doesn't work with the amount that is needed for watercooling)
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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Vestito View Post

CPU: i5-2500k $200
Cooler: H80 2x AP-15 $130
MOBO: ASUS Z68 Maximus Gene Z Gen 3 $200
Case: Silverstone FT-08E $100
GPU: 7970 $550
PSU: A silverstone one with short cables + Sleeved extensions $200
$~1400, great looking beast performance biggrin.gif
(This is what im selling my stuff to downsize to TJ-11 just too beastly and my budget just doesn't work with the amount that is needed for watercooling)

Looks good.
I would just leave out the GPU.
My current one (HD 6770) serves me fine ATM (will OC eventually).
I also want to see what nVidia has to offer before jumping the gun on a new GPU (several of my games use Physx, so I'd like to take advantage of that).
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post #4 of 14
ah ops you had GPU in that list as well sorry i missed it.
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post #5 of 14
A 6770 with a 2500K? Get a new GPU, man. For $1,300 you could have a beast of a machine. With a 6770, you will have an OK machine.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by neatname View Post

A 6770 with a 2500K? Get a new GPU, man. For $1,300 you could have a beast of a machine. With a 6770, you will have an OK machine.

I was thinking of getting a new GPU.
I'll look into it, but I don't need anything more than a GTX 560 Ti.
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post #7 of 14
for that budget and excluding the parts you DON'T need, you can EASILY fit a 7970 GPU in there smile.gif

I would look into these parts

gene-Z
7970
AX850
TJ08-E
NH-D14
and a nice SSD for your OS and other programs you use on a daily basis
post #8 of 14
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I'm really looking into the HD 7970 since everyone here is telling me...and after looking at its overclocking potential and performance.
And it also seems as though everone is recommending the same parts to me.
Well, I guess all I have to do is wait now until I can get everything together and make the purchase.
Thank you everyone! smile.gif
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post #9 of 14
that really depends, if you are willing to wait alittle, you can see how the 7870 turns out. usually the x870 series is much more budget oriented and offer much better price/performance ratio at a pricing point generally in the high $200's to low $300's

the x970 and x950 series is much more performance oriented top of the line cards and carries the premium of that category. the current generation (7970 / 7950) is based on the 28nm manufacturing process and would offer much better performance per watt then any of the previous generation cards. that's why everyone is recommending it. it's more powerful, use less electricity and runs cooler. but whether you NEED all that power, is something you want to maybe wait to see how the 7870 performs. if you don't really need the power of a 7970, the 7870 might save you $200 and only take a 15% performance penalty.

like i said, if you are going to wait ANYWAY, then wait to see what the reviews looks like for the 7870 before making any decisions.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by psyclum View Post

that really depends, if you are willing to wait alittle, you can see how the 7870 turns out. usually the x870 series is much more budget oriented and offer much better price/performance ratio at a pricing point generally in the high $200's to low $300's
the x970 and x950 series is much more performance oriented top of the line cards and carries the premium of that category. the current generation (7970 / 7950) is based on the 28nm manufacturing process and would offer much better performance per watt then any of the previous generation cards. that's why everyone is recommending it. it's more powerful, use less electricity and runs cooler. but whether you NEED all that power, is something you want to maybe wait to see how the 7870 performs. if you don't really need the power of a 7970, the 7870 might save you $200 and only take a 15% performance penalty.
like i said, if you are going to wait ANYWAY, then wait to see what the reviews looks like for the 7870 before making any decisions.

That's something to think about, especially considering the price/performance ratio you mentioned.
I was hoping Kepler would show up soon, as I would like to see nVidia's offerings, but that will most likely take months.
I'll most likely use my HD 6770 for now and upgrade quickly after the next gen comes out.
Thanks for the help/advice.
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