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I've been going back and fourth from the i7-3820 to the i5-3570K for about a good week now, I'm kind of stuck in a bind about my decision. Spending about $500 for a decent x79 platform breaks the bank a little bit and doesn't leave room for a SSD for me. I'm planning on building a complete new computer and just giving my FX-4100 computer to my mom, so here's my build.

Case: HAF 932 Advanced
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
CPU: i7-3770K
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: Gigabyte 7950 WINDFORCE
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight
RAM: 8gb G.Skill Sniper
Optical Drive: Asus-DRW 24x
PSU: Corsair TX650
HDD: Western Digital 1TB
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB

If anyone could recommend a decent SSD that doesn't break the bank would also be appreciated, I want to keep this around a 1.5K build. I don't plan on upgrading to anything until 2014 or later, so I want something that will last and be able to max games for a good few years.

Total Cost Right Now = $1,470.89

NOTE: Opinions Appreciated
Edited by TKFlight - 11/5/12 at 4:14pm
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post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by TKFlight View Post

I've been going back and fourth from the i7-3820 to the i5-3570K for about a good week now, I'm kind of stuck in a bind about my decision. Spending about $500 for a decent x79 platform breaks the bank a little bit and doesn't leave room for a SSD for me. I'm planning on building a complete new computer and just giving my FX-4100 computer to my mom, so here's my build.
Case: HAF 932 Advanced
Motherboard: AsRock Extreme4(seen a lot of people recommending this on here)
CPU: i5-3570K
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: Sapphire 7950
Monitor: 2x Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight
RAM: 8gb G.Skill Sniper
Optical Drive: Asus-DRW 24x
PSU: Corsair TX650
HDD: Western Digital 1TB
If anyone could recommend a decent SSD that doesn't break the bank would also be appreciated, I want to keep this around a 1.5K build. I don't plan on upgrading to anything until 2014 or later, so I want something that will last and be able to max games for a good few years.
Total Cost Right Now = $1,428.89
NOTE: Opinions Appreciated
your build is a very well balanced one! for the SSD, i would get something like an ocz vertex 4, or samsung 830/840 series.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
Samsung 840 series 120GB
Samsung 830 series 128GB
post #3 of 24
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Thanks for input. Is the AsRock z77 a good motherboard to go with, not to familiar with AsRock.
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Thanks for input. Is the AsRock z77 a good motherboard to go with, not to familiar with AsRock.

Yep, I have no problems with mine.

The case is nice as well. Good airflow + lots of room to work.
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post #5 of 24
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Yep, I have no problems with mine.
The case is nice as well. Good airflow + lots of room to work.

The reviews on newegg are really good to, seems like a really good deal for that board. I'm probably going to go with the Crucial M4 128GB SSD I'll update the parts.
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post #6 of 24
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I've come down to a decision of these two motherboards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

The AsRock motherboard really catches my attention for the price and the features you get. But then Gigabyte is Gigabyte and you can't really go wrong with their motherboards, except for their weird USB 3 ports that seem to be a problem in the newegg reviews. Also I'm not sure if the AsRock board is just at a such good price that I think its a cheap board, and the Gigabyte board is higher quality because its higher price. I'm looking into everything with this build because I want the best I could possible get and could last a good couple of years.
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post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by TKFlight View Post

I've come down to a decision of these two motherboards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
The AsRock motherboard really catches my attention for the price and the features you get. But then Gigabyte is Gigabyte and you can't really go wrong with their motherboards, except for their weird USB 3 ports that seem to be a problem in the newegg reviews. Also I'm not sure if the AsRock board is just at a such good price that I think its a cheap board, and the Gigabyte board is higher quality because its higher price. I'm looking into everything with this build because I want the best I could possible get and could last a good couple of years.

I'm going to assume you don't live near a Microcenter? If you do, go there for the CPU/MB. It'll be cheaper than anywhere else.
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The nearest Microcenter is in Philadelphia which is like 45minutes away from me, and getting to Philly is a pain.
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Changed it up a bit, only getting 1 monitor now may get another one later on next year and I'm going to get the Gigabyte Z77 UD3H motherboard. Hopefully newegg gets the 7950 back in stock by next week so I can order.

EDIT: It seems the Sapphire 7950 is now discontinued, lol.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102963

EDIT2: Decided to go with the GTX 670 now since I'm only going with one monitor.
Edited by TKFlight - 11/5/12 at 1:05pm
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I just built two 3570K systems and one was on the UD3H, the other on ASUS. I can say that I prefer the Gigabyte board and I'm very happy with that build.

In fact, on the UD3H I have an M4 128GB as a boot drive and an HD 6950 for vid, so I can tell you anything you'd like to know. It's an extremely quick machine and boot time is the fastest of any PC I own. I'm also making use of the mSATA on-board with a Mushkin 128GB for games/Steam/overflow.

My sig rig is X79 based w/ 3930K, I use that at home and I use the 3570K/UD3H at work as my primary PC. Honestly if you're a gamer who's not going to do vid editing etc, you'll be extremely happy with the 3570K/Z77 and you absolutely shoud budget an SSD, the largest you can afford. 256GB would be preferred IMO.

You should look at Samsung 30nm 2x4GB for RAM.
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