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Hi,

I'm going to try to be as helpful as possible, I'm looking to build my first overclocked gaming machine. (I would also like the computer to be able to handle 2 concurrent programming IDEs and 10-20 active internet tabs which shouldn't be a problem)

I just purchased this SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

OS Windows 7

I have two packs of Ram laying around that I would prefer using unless there are extreme conflicts. Ripjaws f3-12800cl9d-8gbxl

What I need:

CPU i5 or i7
Motherboard

Case - Would prefer this not to be too pricey. I have full cases sitting around- would prefer medium size and efficient.
Power Supply

SSD for OS recommendation
I have several 7200 1TB's.

Kicker stay around 500 for the remaining parts.

Thanks a lot I will be around for input. Would like to wrap this up this week.
I am 60 minutes from the local Micro-center. Online retailers obviously, no local Fry's.
PS - Any overclock advice, deal advice, is useful thanks.
Edited by HaunterEva - 2/4/13 at 3:20pm
post #2 of 16
An i7 would do you good for programming.
That ram will be fine for your needs.
For a case the Phantom 410 and Antec 300 are pretty good.
For an SSD, go with a Samsung, Crucial, or Intel. 128GB is the sweet spot these days.
Get a Z77 motherboard, like an Asrock Extreme4 or a Gigabyte UD3H
I can personally recommend Rosewill PSUs. Seasonic is also well reviewed.
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post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Legonut View Post

An i7 would do you good for programming.
That ram will be fine for your needs.
For a case the Phantom 410 and Antec 300 are pretty good.
For an SSD, go with a Samsung, Crucial, or Intel. 128GB is the sweet spot these days.
Get a Z77 motherboard, like an Asrock Extreme4 or a Gigabyte UD3H
I can personally recommend Rosewill PSUs. Seasonic is also well reviewed.

Any exact prices the Phantom 410 seems kind of expensive.

What about these for i7 what is the difference between the two priced at 230?

http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966995&D=core_i7&ekw=i7&rd=1
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What about these for i7 what is the difference between the two priced at 230?
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966995&D=core_i7&ekw=i7&rd=1

Its the chipsets that they run on and their socket type.

The 3770k runs on the z77 chipset and 1155 socket.
The 3820 runs on the x79 chipset and 2011 socket.

They are both beastly CPU's and trade blows in benchmarks, but I would go with the 3770k since the motherboards associated with it should be cheaper.
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If I'm going to go to microcenter thinking about this case to save some money.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/386580/Z11_Plus_ATX_Mid_Tower_Computer_Case

Also if I pick up the i7 3770K, samsung 120gb ssd, while I'm there.

I have about $150 left for Motherboard and power supply.
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Don't skimp out on the power supply, just some advice I would like to offer. Buy cheap, buy twice.
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Originally Posted by HaunterEva View Post

If I'm going to go to microcenter thinking about this case to save some money.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/386580/Z11_Plus_ATX_Mid_Tower_Computer_Case

Also if I pick up the i7 3770K, samsung 120gb ssd, while I'm there.

I have about $150 left for Motherboard and power supply.

good case for the price, here is a good mobo at a good price also at micro center.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/401769/Z77A-G41_LGA_1155_ATX_Intel_Motherboard

good power supply that should fit your needs at a good price also at microcenter.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/399158/CX_Series_CX750_750_Watt_ATX_12V_Power_Supply
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I'm looking at past motherboard deals at microcenter, word is they show up every 2 months or so, last batch was end of November.

I'm going to go over my limit if I go in store and buy the i7, SSD 120gb, board, PS, and case. Although the case and the i7 are really good prices, the rest are not.
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Originally Posted by HaunterEva View Post

I'm looking at past motherboard deals at microcenter, word is they show up every 2 months or so, last batch was end of November.

I'm going to go over my limit if I go in store and buy the i7, SSD 120gb, board, PS, and case. Although the case and the i7 are really good prices, the rest are not.

I can understand, but be careful on the board if your looking to overclock going to cheap reduces the bios options to overclock.

here is another power supply not sure about raidmax never had one but 530 watt for 44.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

here is a asrock mobo not very good for ocing and only 2 memory slots but holds up to 16 gb of Ram only 54.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028
Edited by Bluelighting - 2/5/13 at 7:57am
post #10 of 16
It doesn't sound like you really have a lot of need for the i7, based on your usage, so you can save $50 by getting the i5-3570K instead (hard to say no to a $230 3770K though, if you can stretch the budget). You'll want to pair that with a Z77 motherboard so you can overclock it, something like the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H or the Asus P8Z77-V LK would work fine. As for PSU, I'm not sure what all Microcenter offers, but you don't need more then a quality 550W for what you are building - the Corsair CX600M is decent for about $60.
Edited by Forceman - 2/5/13 at 10:57am
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