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Ok guys i've a friend who is building a MID Budget Gaming pc.. he isn't into too much detail he got the monitor already keyboard and mouse and wants a new pc as his console is dead and so he want to change back to PC gaming. i've put a build within his budget and i want your opinion about certain stuff.

Remember guys i'm not in the USA and the parts here are not that easy to be found. we are so limited on brands and models.

1- CPU: i5 3570
2- MB: Asrock Extreme 4
3- RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB 1600 CL9
4- HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
5- GPU: Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X Ghz
6- PSU: Seaonic S12II 520W
7- Case: Corsair Carbide 500-R
8- Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO turbo

so here are my questions

1- I don't want to get him the (K) version cause it will overshoot the budget. although it's manageable But he isn't a geek and he wouldn't know how to overclock it and i've no time to spend 3 days stabilizing it for him. so the question is will the Non-K survive 2-3 Years with him?

2- I chose that motherboard because the price it's compared to is the d3H and this one seemed to have more features.

3- GPU. the vapor-X 7950 has a competitor which is the gigabyte 7950 OC. same price but i chose the vapor-x because it's more overclockable and i would just set it and leave it without having to spend 2-3 days stabilizing it as i should do to the CPU. also it's clearly advertised that it includes 3 games. so does all AMD cards include games?

4- Should i go for an aftermarket cooler even if i will not overclock?? in my deep self i believe i should as the stock one sucks and that cooler will be enough to keep his cpu Running fine.

Btw my friend is my Father in Law biggrin.gif
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Im pretty sure the i5 will last for many years, as most people say gaming bottlenecks are more often due to graphics cards than anything else. Heck until recently my brother was gaming on a single core, 3ghz intel chip that dated back to the DDR era, paired with a 46XX series AMD graphics card. So pretty sure the far more powerful i5 will last a long time.

I really cant comment on the motherboard or graphics card debate as i dont really know enough about either category.

Aftermarket cooling tho, you do want to keep that. Not even for the cooling factor, but more the quiet of the aftermarket cooler. I used to game on the stock cooler in my Carbide 400R and you could hear the fan going nuts to keep my CPU (2500k stock clocks) cool. Largely the fault of the massive mesh panel and the fact the case is right next to my head for why the fan was so loud, so i imagine the 500R the problem would be just as bad due to the larger mesh.

All in all, your father in law should be very happy with his new computer! thumb.gif
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thanks for the input M3nta1. appreciated smile.gif
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You could get the D3H and the 3570k and keep the budget ,the D3H does very good performance wise in benchmarks,as for the GPU gigabyte cooling is the second after the HIS,I dont know about the gigabyte OCing abilities tho
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well as i said i wont have the enough time to keep stabilizing the OC for the K version and the Extreme 4 would be fun.. i'm also really considering the D3H.. but the difference between it and the extreme 4 is like literally 4$
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Switch the motherboard for a Gigabyte or Asus one thumb.gif
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott1541 View Post

Switch the motherboard for a Gigabyte or Asus one thumb.gif
I won't get asus.. so overpriced for the budget. So apart from the build quality what makes the D3H better than the extreme 4... i'm talking about the DH3 not the UD3H..
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intel i7 3770K Gigabyte Z77 UD3R Sapphire Radeon r9 290x Sapphire Radeon r9 290x 
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Corsair Vengeance 8GB seagate barracuda 7200 RPM 1 TB PNY 120GB SSD PNY 240GB SSD 
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ek supermacy full nickel Mayhem Pastel white  Mayhem blue non stain dye ek FC r9 290x 
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ek fc r9 290x  swiftech mcp655 Koolance COV-RP450  EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240mm 
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Swiftech MCR320 360MM  Primochil ghost rigid compression fittings Primochill PETG Tubes X-star 
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Nixeus moda v2 EVGA SuperNova GS850 NZXT H440 Logitech G400 
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Razer Goliathus Asus Xonar DGX 
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intel i5 4430 Asrock z78 pro 4 Sapphire 7870 XT G.Skill Aries 8GB 
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A LOT OF THEM Corsair H80 Windows 7 ultimate Samsung 
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Cooler Master Quickfire TK Corsair 650XT Thermale take armor revo 4 Cooler master storm xornet 
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Steelseries CKQ Steelseries Flux luxury edition 
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Intel i7 3770k GigaByte GA-Z77x-UD3H sapphire R9 290X Corsair Vengeance 8GB  
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western digital caviar blue Samsung HF-132B Corsair Sp120 Corsair AF AF120 LED 
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Alphacool ST30 AlphaCool XT45 EK supremacy Clean CSQ Full Nickel PrimoChill Advanced LTR tubing 
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Swiftech MCP50X Alphacool Cape Corp 100ml Koolance VID-290X Windows 7 Ultimate 
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X-Star Dp2710 @ 92HZ BenQ E2400HD Cooler Master Quickfire Ultimate seasonic M12II 750W 
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Corsair Carbide 500R logitech G400 Cooler Master SteelSeries Syberia V2 
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post #9 of 19
I would take the gigabyte over the ASrock myself but if you are not OCing or running multiple GPU's you don't really have a reason for the z77 chipset anyway. You can go with an H chipset and save some money. The Z chipset is compatible with the K cpu's and overclocking. And most of the extra features you mentioned are only really useful if you are OCing. GL!
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Q6600 G0 1.275vid @ 3.6Ghz Gigabyte UD3R MSI 4870 1g (852/995) 2x2gb G.Skill 1066 PC2 8500 
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250gb Barracuda/150 VRaptor Vista Home Premium 64 46" LCD HD Antec NeoPower 650w Modular 
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Q6600 G0 1.275vid @ 3.6Ghz Gigabyte UD3R MSI 4870 1g (852/995) 2x2gb G.Skill 1066 PC2 8500 
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250gb Barracuda/150 VRaptor Vista Home Premium 64 46" LCD HD Antec NeoPower 650w Modular 
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post #10 of 19
Build looks good.

I would try and reduce the price somewhere to get the 3570k. Overclocking it to around 4.4Ghz is as easy as increasing the Turbo Multiplier. A lot of these games coming out that are well threaded see really good gains from a faster CPU. I only use a HD 7850 at the moment and even it needs my i5 2500k at around 4.2Ghz to keep the frame rates up in high action scenes.
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