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post #11 of 50
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

An overclocked 7870 can come pretty close to a 7950 for like $60 less

Maybe the 7870 XT.
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post #12 of 50
Its nothing fancy, still could use a hyper 212 but this rig is the best bang for the buck he can get

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1598M
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1598M/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1598M/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $953.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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post #13 of 50
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Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

Maybe the 7870 XT.

The XT is about $50 more than a GHz Edition. Could probably do that and be at budget for $1000. However, the 7870 XT does about 700 points more in 3DMark11 Performance than a 7870 GHz Ed. Which is a nice sized jump, but of course that depends on if someone thinks that jump is worth the $50. Either is a good choice, and with a modded bios both will come close to 7950 performance is my point - obviously easier for the XT. However, at $260 for the XT you might as well grab a 7950 which can be had for $300 these days. thumb.gif
post #14 of 50
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Originally Posted by ThatKidIsCrazy View Post

Honestly, I believe you should at least attempt to fit a 7950 into that as it will give you a lasting build

I think there is room in the price for the 7950. That being said, the 7870 is still a great GPU, get a Sapphire one and OC it to the moon.

Sapphire Vaper-X 7950 3GB $287.98 I have heard good things about the cooling for the Vaper-X version of the 7950. If Sapphire's 7950 is as good of quality and cooling capability as my Sapphire 7850 (which OC'ed like a champ) then it is a good investment to future proof the GPU a bit within that $1000 budget.

Will the 7950 require more wattage on the PSU though? I'm not sure and it's late.... nodding off at PC.... Cheers.
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post #15 of 50
A reference 7950 is around 250 -270 now and will kill a 7870 easily with a 1100 core overclock for 35 more

My finally ivy build over 10k 3dmark 11 ... faster than most gtx 670 and some 680. I've never seen a 7870 make 9k
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6603468
post #16 of 50
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ Amazon.com)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-W1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $943.74
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Here's a much better build for the money. If you live by a Micro Center you can save a much larger chunk of money on CPU + Mobo combo and perhaps add in a small SSD with those savings.

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I second this build, but if you can get your hands on 7870 XT or 7950 get one, they are much better overclockers
post #17 of 50
Everyone, we are talking about a build for someone who has never even built a PC before, let alone over clocked. Yes an oc'd 7870 would probably be his best bet but I highly doubt he will be comfortable ocing anytime soon. Keep this in mind when making suggestions
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post #18 of 50
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Everyone, we are talking about a build for someone who has never even built a PC before, let alone over clocked. Yes an oc'd 7870 would probably be his best bet but I highly doubt he will be comfortable ocing anytime soon. Keep this in mind when making suggestions

Anyone can do GPU overclocking and CPU overclocking with just slight research. Trying to overclock my PC is what got me into PC hardware and these forums, i did it before i had much knowledge of how PCs work.
Also, hence the name "overclock.net" we here like overclocking wink.gif

Oh i forgot to mention, as your budget allows, you should go for other CPU cooler like a noctua one or AIO watercoolers like corsair h80i or swiftech h220, they will run you CPU much cooler than the Hyper 212, which is often considered a budget solution for aftermarket cpu cooling.
Edited by EPiiKK - 6/11/13 at 7:14am
post #19 of 50
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Anyone can do GPU overclocking and CPU overclocking with just slight research. Trying to overclock my PC is what got me into PC hardware and these forums, i did it before i had much knowledge of how PCs work.
Also, hence the name "overclock.net" we here like overclocking wink.gif

Oh i forgot to mention, as your budget allows, you should go for other CPU cooler like a noctua one or AIO watercoolers like corsair h80i or swiftech h220, they will run you CPU much cooler than the Hyper 212, which is often considered a budget solution for aftermarket cpu cooling.

True statement. All you have to do is read some on these forums and, bam, you can fiddle with oc'ing your GPU and CPU. With AMD CCC it was real easy to OC, just slide and test. To not OC is a crime...
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post #20 of 50
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Originally Posted by EPiiKK View Post

Anyone can do GPU overclocking and CPU overclocking with just slight research. Trying to overclock my PC is what got me into PC hardware and these forums, i did it before i had much knowledge of how PCs work.
Also, hence the name "overclock.net" we here like overclocking wink.gif

Oh i forgot to mention, as your budget allows, you should go for other CPU cooler like a noctua one or AIO watercoolers like corsair h80i or swiftech h220, they will run you CPU much cooler than the Hyper 212, which is often considered a budget solution for aftermarket cpu cooling.
oh I know overclocking is easy but remember the op isn't the builder. Its ops friend, who isn't even doing the research for his own build. Not the first person i would suggest to overclock his components out of the box.
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