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post #1 of 23
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I was originally looking to build my computer for under 500, but I wanted to buy Intel and I definitely needed a gpu ready for anything I could throw at it. So now I have come up with this build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9r
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9r/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9r/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $714.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 12:02 EST-0500)

I tried to cut corners wherever I could but still the price climbs quickly. I can't see myself paying 180ish for an i5 and not paying the extra for the unlocked one. I also need it to be quad core eventually, but I don't want to spend 125 now for an i3 than turn around and buy a new processor in a year. So anyway how does this build look? Am I spending any unnecessary money? Will this handle any game I throw at it on atleast high settings?
post #2 of 23
Thus should max out MOST GAMES at high, and maybe with the AA turned down a little bit. This is a very good build as far as price for preformance. But you probably wint be able to play games like metro 2033 all maxed out, but it is a POSSIBILITY withoverclocking. May I reccomend spending a bit more and going with a hd 7950. This card overclocks to 7970 preformance, and can be found for a steal. I would also get a larger power supply as 500w seems just a little Low.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 2x SAPPHIRE DUAL-X HD 7970 OC 3GB in Crossfire ... Corsair Vengeance 2x8 GB  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 Crucial m4 256GB SSD Seagate Baracudda 2TB 7200 RPM  LG Blu-Ray x64 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 push/pull with stock fans and GT-A... Windows 7 Home Premium  Sony Playstation 3D Display 24 Inch Asus PB278Q 1440p 5ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ CORSAIR AX 1200w CORSAIR OBSIDIAN 800D  Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Sphex  My custom setup (7.2) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820k ASUS X99M-WS GIGABYTE 980Ti 32GB (4x8GB) Hyper-X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 128GB (OS) SAMSUNG 850EVO 1TB H100i GTX Winblows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS PB279QM 1440p Logitech G710+ Corsair RM850i Phanteks Ethnoo Evolv (Pearl White) 
Mouse
Deathadder Chroma 
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Tsar Bomba
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 2x SAPPHIRE DUAL-X HD 7970 OC 3GB in Crossfire ... Corsair Vengeance 2x8 GB  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 Crucial m4 256GB SSD Seagate Baracudda 2TB 7200 RPM  LG Blu-Ray x64 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 push/pull with stock fans and GT-A... Windows 7 Home Premium  Sony Playstation 3D Display 24 Inch Asus PB278Q 1440p 5ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ CORSAIR AX 1200w CORSAIR OBSIDIAN 800D  Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Sphex  My custom setup (7.2) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820k ASUS X99M-WS GIGABYTE 980Ti 32GB (4x8GB) Hyper-X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 128GB (OS) SAMSUNG 850EVO 1TB H100i GTX Winblows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS PB279QM 1440p Logitech G710+ Corsair RM850i Phanteks Ethnoo Evolv (Pearl White) 
Mouse
Deathadder Chroma 
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post #3 of 23
I would get a stronger PSU for future upgrades, or if you ever use crossfire / SLI.

also look for 20-30 more you could upgrade that card to one with the tahiti le chip that would crossfire with the 79xx, like this one ::

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484

I think they are out right now, but they are at other stores too. EVGA makes one with that chip also, they overclock to be as good as the 7950
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Would 600w be enough?
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by jtown98 View Post

Would 600w be enough?

it would be enough power assuming it had enough six pin connectors. my GPU takes two six pins, some take one. I would reccomend getting one with 4 - 6 pin pcie power cables. 600 watts is the minimum I would get.
post #6 of 23
I built this one http://www.overclock.net/t/1353170/dualing-asus-build for 1000 dollars, but I already had the case, some HDD's, and a PSU. If this was all new purchases it would have run close to 2000.

not enough 6 pin cables is my current problem, If I want to go with crossfire, I will have to replace the PSU again.
post #7 of 23
here are specs for what I just built (typing on it now) smile.gif

board: ASUS P8z77-LK -LGA
GPU: PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (in the mail still)
Processor: Intel Corei5 3570k
16 gig ram: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333
HD: Seagate 500gig SATA3
HD2: Seagate 1.5TB SATA2
DVD: ASUS DVD multi recorder
OS: Windows 7 x64 Pro

fans:

CPU: dual Cougar Vortex 120mm on CoolerMaster Hyper212
rear exhaust: Cougar Vortex 120mm
front intake: single Cooler Master 120mm Sikle Flow
All PRM, controlled by ASUS utilities.

all that except the 1.5 TB drive, the case and DVD player cost $1000 at newegg. you could get a great case for 80 bucks, and many of them include a PSU, so you could save some there too. If I could do it over, I would change the speed of RAM that I chose, and get one step better motherboard. I can live without crossfire untill my new GPU can't handle the games anymore.
Edited by AbidNibBeE - 1/30/13 at 9:37am
post #8 of 23
the parts you chose are pretty good, they will work well together too. I didn't see what you chose for a CPU cooler though, the hyper 212 is good and cheap, but it is huge, make sure it will fit your case. it also covers the first ram slot on some boards, but you can lift the fan up a bit and it goes over the ram stick. The CPU will come with one, but if you overclock, get a real one.
Edited by AbidNibBeE - 1/30/13 at 9:45am
post #9 of 23
do you happen to live near a Micro Center?
you can get $40 discount if you buy 3570k with a compatible motherboard.

are you in a rush to get this built?
if you follow deals-websites, they often post parts with good prices but often they do require rebates

did you also plan on getting a CPU cooler? probably a good idea if you are doing some gaming
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
What about this for a psu:

Power Supply: Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Secondly, Are there any ways I could effeciently cut down the price of this build yet not lose too much performance, like I said I originally wanted to be around 500, but at this point I atleast want to get as far away from 700 as possible? I still want to be able to play any games I want for atleast the coming future on atleast mid-high settings.
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