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post #11 of 59
I'd never buy a PC, apart from a laptop because I haven't found a show which sells laptop componenets.

Are you looking for full performance or something which has good performance but doesn't break the bank?
If so, go for a 3570K or 2500k.
Also an Nvidia 670 or 660TI is really good.
post #12 of 59
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Originally Posted by TopicClocker View Post

I'd never buy a PC, apart from a laptop because I haven't found a show which sells laptop componenets.
Are you looking for full performance or something which has good performance but doesn't break the bank?
If so, go for a 3570K or 2500k.
Also an Nvidia 670 or 660TI is really good.
Well, laptops generally aren't very customizable in their components, so I doubt you could change much by building one.

I'd have to agree that the 660 ti is a good option, if you are at a $300 price range.
post #13 of 59
Here is my build for $1198... copy and paste from newegg cart. Please excuse the no links and messiness of it all. You gain fast 7950 gfx, larger SSD, good HDD (-1 TB), good RAM (-4 GB). CPU you can overclock. A system you can call your own and upgrade with ease. and a cheap keyboard smile.gif


GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950 GV-R795WF3-3GD Video Card
Item #:N82E16814125414
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$349.99
$329.99

AMD Gift - Free Sleeping Dogs Coupon


Microsoft Keyboard 200 6JH-00001 Black Wired Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823109233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$11.99
$10.99



ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157293
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$134.99
$114.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99


G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231416
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$43.99


Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820148442
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$149.99
$109.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$149.99
$109.99


Rosewill RNX-N150PCe (RNWD-11011) IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCIe 2.0 1T1R Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps
Item #:N82E16833166047
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$19.99
$11.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99
$59.99


CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$79.99
$69.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
Item #:N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$219.99


SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB
Item #:N82E16827151256
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$17.99
$15.99


Grand Total: $1,197.88
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post #14 of 59
Thread Starter 
So, I'll probably build. I do have an SSD (128gb Crucial M4) that I'll pull out of my laptop before I sell it, as well as a DVD drive that I forgot about. I'm not sure if I want to go with a 2700k or a 3770k though.

Here is my current build sans CPU and mobo which I'll grab at Microcenter. I'll get Windows from Amazon to save a few more bucks too.

I will grab an aftermarket cooler for the CPU at some point, but that's not urgent for me. See any glaring issues? For the mobo I'm leaning towards a Sabertooth or going mATX and getting a Maximus V Gene.
post #15 of 59
Here's a quick build. A MUCH better system for gaming. You can swap out the case for a different one that suits your style. But you do not need an i7 for gaming, it is actually pretty useless for gaming over an i5. With the i5, 670, and SSD, you will have a beastly rig. thumb.gif$1200 build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.89 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11001 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Wireless card ($29.99)
Total: $1167.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

wireless card link
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074


EDIT:
Just saw your last post, if you have a MC near you, grab the i5-3570k and the Z77 Extreme4 (and get $50 off). thumb.gif
Edited by Ironman517 - 8/31/12 at 7:29pm
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Wifey Rig
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Xbox PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz stable ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 MSI GTX 980 Ti 32GB (4 x 8GB) 1866Mhz Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer 28" 4K Corsair AX750 Corsair 800D SWTOR Razer Naga 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium XSPC RS120 8 x GT AP-15s White Sleeved Cables for Corsair AX750 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus EVGA GTX 680 2x4 GB 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
500GB WD Black 64 GB Crucial M4 Sony CD/DVD burner H40 w/ GT AP-15s 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Home 64 bit Corsair CX430 APEVIA X-Plorer2 Pink 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium G620 Foxconn H67S ITX Intel HD 2000 2 x 4GB 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
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post #16 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post

Here's a quick build. A MUCH better system for gaming. You can swap out the case for a different one that suits your style. But you do not need an i7 for gaming, it is actually pretty useless for gaming over an i5. With the i5, 670, and SSD, you will have a beastly rig. thumb.gif$1200 build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.89 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11001 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Wireless card ($29.99)
Total: $1167.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
wireless card link
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074
EDIT:
Just saw your last post, if you have a MC near you, grab the i5-3570k and the Z77 Extreme4 (and get $50 off). thumb.gif
Gaming is only a fraction of what I do on my PC. Thanks for the build though! Rep for all.
post #17 of 59
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Originally Posted by Art Vanelay View Post

You can save some money and get a 480 instead of the a 570. Its performance is about the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

^This

You can find pre-owned 480s for less than $180 shipped nowadays and you'll get almost the same exact performance as a 570, I can vouch for this as I actually traded a 570 for a 480 last year and I don't regret it. I could swear I even saw a performance boost over the 570 but it's was probably just me. tongue.gif
post #18 of 59
i5-2500K for $160 at microcenter is a nice buy. If you are not o/c'ing hardcore i'd get a cheaper mobo than saber and put money to the gtx 670 as ironman517 suggests.
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post #19 of 59
Thread Starter 
I'm gonna end up spending $1500.tongue.gif I considered a GTX 480, but between the heat and the power draw I opted against it. I'm a nut for silence.
post #20 of 59
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Originally Posted by Fateful_Ikkou View Post

^This
You can find pre-owned 480s for less than $180 shipped nowadays and you'll get almost the same exact performance as a 570, I can vouch for this as I actually traded a 570 for a 480 last year and I don't regret it. I could swear I even saw a performance boost over the 570 but it's was probably just me. tongue.gif
I got mine for $210 new, that's not much of a deal. I can get my 480 up to stock 580 performance, so it is definitely a good card; hot, though.
Quote:
I considered a GTX 480, but between the heat and the power draw I opted against it. I'm a nut for silence.
The 570 draws almost as much power, and if you don't like the noise from the cooler:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1237219/tript-cc-620-920-h50-h70-gpu-brackets-fan-grills-custom-case-badges
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