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Hi Sniperoflords,
Here's a little magic to help you along. The following build, is the exact same price as your latest PCpartpicker build, but manages the following:
UPGRADE TO....
  • a 256GB 830 SSD
  • the 750W capstone PSU to help support the potential future upgrade to dual GPU
  • an HD7950
  • a faster mechanical drive that runs cooler and quieter.
  • a CPU cooler that is far less boring, and far better for the system as a whole
  • a motherboard with purpose built "higher end than typical" on-board sound.
CPU/MOBO/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1081155
$25 combo savings and the MOBO comes with a free 2x4GB 1600-999 1.5V kit. The color scheme on the heat spreaders even matches the mobo color scheme. [the board does not have SPDIF from what I can tell, but you should be using HDMI when you want to connect to the home theater anyway.]
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103100
DOWN BLOWING is better for the system as a whole. Less top heavy is easier on the mounting, and the cooling it provides for the various components on the board is healthy.
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164
HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
Yes, this drive is faster than the WD black right now. This is single platter drive, higher platter density translates to better seek times, higher transfer rates, lower power consumption, etc etc. [hint, this drive is available for about $5-10 less from other vendors if you want to split up the order to save even more money]
Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1080932
It's a well designed mid-tower. It has room for this build. If you can't fit a regular ATX build into a regular ATX mid-tower then you probably shouldn't be trusted with a screwdriver smile.gif I suggest giving it a go and enjoying the smaller footprint.
$1115 shipped
$1065 after MIRs if you want to send them in.

Makes sense and yeah i don't have a problem with a smaller footprint i just figured maybe since the other was a full tower i'd have a ton of room and good cable management and possiblely better cooling. But thanks for a run down. This is why i come to overclock.net before building what i've researched to be pretty solid.
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post #12 of 39
if you have a microcenter they always have the $50 off a MB when you buy a processor. its most definatley cheaper then new egg that way plus if you have an issue with either part you can always go directly to the store and get it replaced as opposed to having to pay to ship it back.

also microcenter price matches alot of large e-tailers like newegg, so if newegg has something cheaper you can get it price matched at MC, and even though you pay tax the ability to return something to the store if there is an issue kinda pays for itself.
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post #13 of 39
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Here's what i came up with http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kA7W
I am not as big of a gamer as i used to be, But the latest games i have played are WOW before mist of pandaria, Diablo 3, Elder Scrolls Skyrim to name a few.
I also have my current rig hooked up to my home theater system so it's kind of nice to have a decent onboard audio as well as a SPDIF out as well.
But just seeing if this is a good build or not and maybe some places i could save some money if possible because that is always good lol, Thanks in advance.
"Edit Forgot to add i have a micro center about 45 mins away and if anyone wanted to look at deals on there you can use zip code 43055 maybe for like something on clearance etc"
you sure you need such an expensive case ? $170 for a case seems too much too me..
also that $120 psu is expensive.
you could find just as good one for around $50-60
    
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Does the antec have good air flow and real good cable management ? Also will all my components fit in it i just know with my old rig i had a hell of a time getting my aftermarket cpu cooler on and it hit where my psu was.... lol. But are the performance gains worth the extra hundred dollars ? I have heard a lot of good things about the 7950s when overclock compete with the 7970s. Just wanting to know if its worth the extra hundrdd lol.

here is a review of the ANTEC 302. supports 12.5 inch graphics cards. tool- less 5.25 inch bays. two USB 3.0 ports in the front. a 120mm rear fan and a top 140mm fan with provision for two 120mm fans in front and a 120mm fan in the side. very spacious.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5462/antec-three-hundred-two-stay-cool-budget-enthusiasts

HD 7950 is definitely worth getting. HD 7950 (1.15 Ghz) would be around 40 - 50% faster than HD 7850 (1.2Ghz).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/31.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_PCS_Plus/31.html

HD 7850 (1245 Mhz) - 50.2
HD 7970 Ghz (1050 Mhz) - 72.3
HD 7950 (1135 Mhz) - 74.8

If you are only going to use a single GPU a 80 plus gold certified 550w modular PSU like the ROSEWILL CAPSTONE is enough. 750w is only required for dual GPU.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262

Also since you are near a microcenter grab the 3570k at 190 bucks.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor
Edited by raghu78 - 10/17/12 at 8:35pm
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post #15 of 39
OP, you should also look at picking up your mobo at Microcenter as well as your processor. They usually have really good bundle deals, and quite a few ASRock boards to choose from. Might be a good way to trim a few extra bucks off of your budget to place elsewhere since you have the Microcenter close by.

EDIT: Just realized that TurboMach1 said pretty much the same thing before me...sorry about that.
post #16 of 39
I would save on the case and get a better graphics card, either a HD7950 or a GTX 660 ti. I like the LIAN LI Lancool, but there are tons of other good cases for under a hundred dollars out there.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239&name=Computer-Cases
Edited by Crazydood - 10/17/12 at 8:42pm
post #17 of 39
OP if you do in-store at Micro Center you get the following pricing:

Core i5-3570K $189.99
AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 $84.99

That's $90 savings right there. Now you can get that HD7950.
Go with a less expensive case (the Switch 810 is more geared for watercooling) and you can upgrade to the 256GB SSD.
BTW that is a great deal on that Capstone psu. I haven't seen a single bad review about them.
If you do the Micro Center deal then pre-order online and do in-store pickup. It is really convenient and it's ready within 18 minutes IIRC.
post #18 of 39
The CM GeminII S524 is a good top down cooler, but it is not as good as a Hyper 212+ or EVO.
A case with good airflow cools motherboards as well as top down, or there wouldn't be so many. There are advantages in tight oem type cases. Usually not in good gamer cases.
CM HAF 912, Antec 302 is an updated 300, mostly very good, like the Rosewill Case/PSU DEAL.
post #19 of 39
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OP if you do in-store at Micro Center you get the following pricing:
Core i5-3570K $189.99
AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 $84.99

TOTAL 275
That's $90 savings right there. Now you can get that HD7950. If you do the Micro Center deal then pre-order online and do in-store pickup. It is really convenient and it's ready within 18 minutes IIRC.

Excellent deal . grab this combo. thumb.gif
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Alright so here's my build so far after some tweaking. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kEx6
-50 dollars if i go to micro center for cpu and mobo -18.48 has a 15% promo code i think it might have expired today but when i logged in it let me use it "EMCJNJJ36" was the code for http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?submit=ChangeItem
Should bring me to 1052.72 or 1032.72 after 20 dollar rebate from the gfx card.
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