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post #1 of 7
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I'm fairly new to selecting the right parts for building my own computer and have gotten shown 3 builds that seem powerful. My question is which one would be best for me? Or is there something better that I could get?

My budget is around $1,000.00 (give or take a little) for the tower alone.

What I want: I'd like the machine to run any top of the line games on ultra settings without overclocking, but I'd like the ability to overclock when needed in a few years. (also easy to upgrade)

Basically anything that will be worth the money. I am interested in building this by Thanksgiving, so I'll purchase it anytime before then. All I need is a little help from you.

Here they are:

First:

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 ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1064.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Second:

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $930.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Third:

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 ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1005.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thanks for your time/ help!
post #2 of 7
None, I propose a hybrid.

i5-3570K
Asrock Extreme4
Samsung 830 128GB
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4GB 1600
CM690 II Adv.
SeaSonic 620w
LITE-ON DVD
CM Hyper 212 EVO
MSI HD Radeon 7950

That should allow you to drop in a second 7950 whenever you like. Plus the 212 will give you some OC headroom on the CPU, and the 7950 is a great OCer in it's own right.

EDIT: Not sure how this is off topic, a Mod will probably move it.
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Originally Posted by KyadCK View Post

None, I propose a hybrid.
i5-3570K
Asrock Extreme4
Samsung 830 128GB
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4GB 1600
CM690 II Adv.
SeaSonic 620w
LITE-ON DVD
CM Hyper 212 EVO
MSI HD Radeon 7950

yeah i was thinking the same thing thumb.gif
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post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by KyadCK View Post

None, I propose a hybrid.

So to get this straight, this is what you're suggesting?

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 ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1311.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Would you recommend going for 2 monitors then? Or crossfire them both to one monitor? Also, which monitor/s would you recommend then?
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by Fewd View Post

So to get this straight, this is what you're suggesting?
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 ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1311.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Would you recommend going for 2 monitors then? Or crossfire them both to one monitor? Also, which monitor/s would you recommend then?

... wha? drop a 7950. You buy that 2nd one later when you want to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by KyadCK View Post

... wha? drop a 7950. You buy that 2nd one later when you want to upgrade.

Should I go with a higher power supply? With 2 video cards in the future overclocking might get it past 620W-Bronze. Do you recommend Silver or Gold?

If I jump the total price to around $1,300.00, how much of an increase in performance could I get?
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The 620w is enough to run 2 7950s, but if you think it's too close, get a Corsair TX750 v2.

As for performance increase, it depends. At 1080p, you will see none. At 5760x1080, you'll see a fair amount. the 2nd 7950 comes into play when your single one is no longer enough.
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