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Hello everyone, I am getting ready to put together a new rig to replace my five year old sig rig. I haven't been building PCs on an enthusiast level since my last rig and I really haven't been keeping up with the latest and greatest. I've been reading a good bit of reviews and I just want to double check on everything before I sink my money into the build.

What I am shooting for is a HD gaming rig (1080p res) that can play pretty much every game on high/ultra. I will also be using it to do minor things for work like Photoshop and video/audio encoding.
I am getting a bonus from work and the wife has conceded to let me use it for this purpose, so my budget will be around $1600-$1650.

What I am looking at so far:

CPU Intel Core i5 3570k

MOBO ASUS Maximus V Formula

RAM Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8) DDR3 1600

SSD OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III

CASE NZXT SWITCH 810 Still deciding on black/black or black/white.

GPU MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Reviews say this comes on the 7970 PCB.

MONITOR Zalman MZ240ED Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LED Current monitor is only 1680x1050.

FANS Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition CO-9050007-WW 120mm High Static Pressure Case Fan x3 I am just ordering 3 for now until I can see how my rad is going to fit in the case. I may have to mod the drive bay to fit push/pull and I will order more when I am sure.

Newegg total w/shipping: $1,364.73

I am planning on bringing a few things over from my previous rig:

TFC X-Changer 360mm Radiator

PSU Corsair TX850

HDD Hitachi Deskstar 1TB For extra storage.

Pump Swiftech MCP655b

New watercooling gear:

CPU Block XSPC Raystorm

Tubing Primoflex Advanced LRT tube - 1/2 - 3/4 about 6 feet. Colors not specific yet.

Fittings Enzotechnology Compression Fitting - 1/2" - 3/4" - Matt Black x6

Reservoir Bitspower Single/Dual D5 Top Upgrade Kit 250

Water Cooling total w/shipping: $156.17

Total Cost: $1520.73

I plan on either parting out my sig rig or selling it as a whole after I get the new rig built. I am also going to sell my Alienware M11x laptop as well. Hopefully I can get enough to maybe add another 7950 for crossfire and maybe a mechanical keyboard.

What do you guys think?
Edited by str8maniac - 1/27/13 at 12:47pm
post #2 of 61

What would you say to selling your TX850 and getting a very nice modular one for roughly $100, perhaps less?

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post #3 of 61
Take the plunge and get a 7970, as of today I dont htink you can fully unlock it yet. It will be worth it trust me. No matter who says... 16gb is overkill for gaming, stick with 8gb and put it towards the 7970.

Report back with your opinion
     
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

What would you say to selling your TX850 and getting a very nice modular one for roughly $100, perhaps less?
I'm up for that but it wouldn't be until after the new build as my spare PSU is inoperable now.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pedroc1999 View Post

Take the plunge and get a 7970, as of today I dont htink you can fully unlock it yet. It will be worth it trust me. No matter who says... 16gb is overkill for gaming, stick with 8gb and put it towards the 7970.

Report back with your opinion

Looking at the 7950 and 7970 benchmarks, I don't see but maybe a maximum of 10 FPS difference at an extra $90-$100. Unless I am missing something, can you elaborate why I should spend the extra money on a 7970 or even a 680/670? I was originally going for a 670 but I cut back to fit in more gear. I do eventually plan to put which ever video card into my water loop as well so I can get a really nice over clock going. I know 16gb maybe overkill with RAM, but right now on my current rig when gaming I use all 6GB and even some page file. However this could be off as I am using Rainwater desktop GUI to monitor.
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The 7970 is a very, very good overclocker, it will fly by the 670's and get into the 680 zone sometimes. The 7950 is still good and with a decent OC it will match the 670. If you havnt got enough then stick with the 7950, but if wont break the bank... get the 7970
     
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I'm up for that but it wouldn't be until after the new build as my spare PSU is inoperable now.

 

Aw man.  I'll wait until then.  :)

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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Originally Posted by Pedroc1999 View Post

The 7970 is a very, very good overclocker, it will fly by the 670's and get into the 680 zone sometimes. The 7950 is still good and with a decent OC it will match the 670. If you havnt got enough then stick with the 7950, but if wont break the bank... get the 7970

Thanks I do love more performance, but I want to get a well rounded out rig too.
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Aw man.  I'll wait until then.  smile.gif

Yeah, sorry! I would now but I am currently using it lol.
post #8 of 61

Get a 240GB SSD. The 840 (non-Pro) and the Sandisk Extreme have all been around $179.

 

Do you really need that high-end of a mobo? A UD3H will be fine more most people.

    
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A good mobo overclocks better and is generally more reliable, if he can afford it. Then het may as well get. He is going for the 7970 from what i understand so no real improvments there. The mobo will be fine
     
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WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 500gb 7200RPM 120.5 Custom Loop 
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Hitachi 24" 70Hz Monitor Logitech EX110 OCZ ZT 550w Full Modular Zalman Z9 Plus 
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post #10 of 61

Well, I have to agree that the motherboard may be overkill.  A ~$179 board could be just as good.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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