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It's much more than enough. You could power this with a good quality-made 450W PSU.

Alright, that's what I thought. Thanks!
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$50 for a 7970 is very tempting since its faster than a 680 and 770 in some instances

True, both cards are at a great price...
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Alright, that's what I thought. Thanks!
True, both cards are at a great price...

You're welcome!
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post #13 of 18
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Yet another graphics card option: 7970 Ghz Edition. $327 after rebate and promo code. Also a good deal...
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I saw that deal too, it's a nice buy. However, two 7950's would thrash a lone 7970 (a proper OC on a 7950 can easily beat a 7970 on its own), even two 7870's would easily surpass a stock 7970. I'm tellin ya, take advantage of that free electricity, and use the proceeds to buy that Seiki 39" (29"?) 4K monitor that is coming (~$700), and REALLY put those cards through their paces! Done and done wink.gif
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I saw that deal too, it's a nice buy. However, two 7950's would thrash a lone 7970 (a proper OC on a 7950 can easily beat a 7970 on its own), even two 7870's would easily surpass a stock 7970. I'm tellin ya, take advantage of that free electricity, and use the proceeds to buy that Seiki 39" (29"?) 4K monitor that is coming (~$700), and REALLY put those cards through their paces! Done and done wink.gif

The $250 deal on the Sapphire 7950 isn't on anymore unfortunately. And I just noticed that the newer Vapor X cards have 2 8-pin connectors. My power supply has an 8-pin and 6-pin; I'd have to use an adapter, but I would rather not in order to keep the wiring neater. If I ever got two cards, I'd have to replace my power supply. I'll most likely just stick with one. Haha, tempting but I like the image quality on my monitor now smile.gif

Decided on the Phanteks TC12DX for my CPU cooler I think. Only $20 more than the EVO, and I like the looks of it. The CM Seidon 240M would be another step up, but its higher noise level and $30 higher price tag makes it not worth it, imo.

The Sandisk Extreme 240GB is $168 at Amazon now, I just don't see the 840 Pro being worth over $50 more.

Here's an updated build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $239.99)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $99.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (Purchased For $71.99)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($285.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $16.99)
Total: $1108.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-29 01:37 EDT-0400)

Just waiting for a better deal on the graphics card and maybe change the case.
Edited by nate911 - 6/29/13 at 1:20am
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post #16 of 18
Yes, two cards would complicate things in the wiring and PSU departments lol. If you're going to a Microcenter anyway, look at your store's open box GPU section online. One of the ones near me has a MSI 7870 OC for ~$170 after rebate, a 7950 for about $220 after rebate. If the card manufacturer uses a serialized warranty system (like MSI) you're golden. FYI if that is the lowest price you've seen thus far on Amazon for the Sandisk SSD, purchase it immediately. Ultra low prices on Amazon are especially volatile.
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post #17 of 18
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Yes, two cards would complicate things in the wiring and PSU departments lol. If you're going to a Microcenter anyway, look at your store's open box GPU section online. One of the ones near me has a MSI 7870 OC for ~$170 after rebate, a 7950 for about $220 after rebate. If the card manufacturer uses a serialized warranty system (like MSI) you're golden. FYI if that is the lowest price you've seen thus far on Amazon for the Sandisk SSD, purchase it immediately. Ultra low prices on Amazon are especially volatile.

Whoops, I didn't notice Microcenter was on the build. I don't have one near me, so that option is out unfortunately. The price is the lowest I've seen it within a few bucks, but I'll purchase it soon probably.
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Alright, so I've ordered the SSD. About to order the case, HDD, and CPU cooler from Newegg. Ended up deciding on the Seidon 240M to bring my total order above $250, which will give me a $25 promo credit in a few weeks to use on something else (I'm sure I'll be able to find something).

As far as the graphics card, it seems Newegg just stopped the gaming bundle (must have run out), so that's disappointing. I'm now looking at the equivalent of the Newegg Sapphire 3L at Superbiiz or the this Powercolor 7950, which I cannot find any information on (PCB design, voltage locked, performance, etc.). Any suggestions on which one I should go for? The free shipping on the Powercolor may be the deciding factor, unless that card would be worse than the Sapphire one for any reason.

EDIT: MIR on the Powercolor is gone now, so I went with the Sapphire. Thanks guys! This is what I ended up buying.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $239.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $69.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $99.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (Purchased For $71.99)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $169.99)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $59.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $252.98)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $111.98)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $16.99)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Edited by nate911 - 7/1/13 at 5:03am
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