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4 March 2013 06:11:35

Hi I'm new at this, I've been stalking the forums for about 4 months now. My computer will be mostly for gaming and surfing the web. Trying to learn about overclocking so I do plan on trying to. My budget it about $2,300 and I don't live near a MircoCenter. I complied a list of parts on amazon. If you can tell me if I spending to much, short handing in areas or you want to recommend a new build let me know, thanks.


CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K - Intel
$214.99

CPU COOLER:
Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH100) - Corsair
$105.91

MEMORY:
Samsung Electronics - 30nm SODIMM 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM MV-3T4G3D/US - Samsung
$61.99

MOTHERBOARD:
AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4 - ASRock
$134.99

STORAGE:
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW - Samsung
$118.45

Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX - Western Digital
$166.19

POWER SUPPLY:
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze (TX750M) - Corsair
$112.49

GPU:
Two EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR) - EVGA
$374.99

CASE:
Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011012-WW) - Corsair
$117.98

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack - Microsoft Software; DVD-ROM
$91.17

MONITOR:
BenQ XL2420T Professional Gaming Monitor - BenQ
$389.99

EXTRA:
Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g - Artic Silver
$8.23


Subtotal: $2,272.36

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4 March 2013 06:28:31

LOL, laptop memory thanks for saying something
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4 March 2013 06:54:04

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2190.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 19:30 EST-0500)

I'm suggesting a new build for a couple of reasons, I will start from the top and work my way down explaining each step.

1st, I kept the i5, it's a fantastic CPU for the money, and it overclocks amazingly.
2nd, I changed your CPU cooler for 2 reasons. 1 it saves you $20, not that much but reason 2 its better: It actually will perform better than the water cooler that you have in place. As a general rule unless you are going to make your own water cooled rig do not go for water cooling.
3rd, The motherboard does not matter, you really can interchange the two they are at the same price I left that because it was my default from another build they are both fantastic.
4th, Memory you 1. suggested laptop memory :p , and 2. this is more than enough to keep your system running smoothly.
5th, Storage, The Vertex4 performs a lot better than the 830 series and also it is double the storage space.
6th, GPU, the 7970 performs a fair amount better than the 670s these cards are amazing and will be able to max ANY game without a problem, it's a fantastic price for a fantastic card, it is undeniably better than the 670.
7th changed the case to something a bit cheaper, there is no reason why you cannot switch between the two though, I have a 912 and it is simply amazing.
8th the monitor is one of the best rated for the price, read the reviews they are fantastic, there wont be much of a visible difference between the two, if you want to splurge get a 2nd one.

All of this together makes a better performing cheaper system.

(Just to clarify both the SSD and the CPU are available on amazon for within $10 of the micro center price.)
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4 March 2013 06:58:19

burritobob said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2190.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 19:30 EST-0500)

I'm suggesting a new build for a couple of reasons, I will start from the top and work my way down explaining each step.

1st, I kept the i5, it's a fantastic CPU for the money, and it overclocks amazingly.
2nd, I changed your CPU cooler for 2 reasons. 1 it saves you $20, not that much but reason 2 its better: It actually will perform better than the water cooler that you have in place. As a general rule unless you are going to make your own water cooled rig do not go for water cooling.
3rd, The motherboard does not matter, you really can interchange the two they are at the same price I left that because it was my default from another build they are both fantastic.
4th, Memory you 1. suggested laptop memory :p , and 2. this is more than enough to keep your system running smoothly.
5th, Storage, The Vertex4 performs a lot better than the 830 series and also it is double the storage space.
6th, GPU, the 7970 performs a fair amount better than the 670s these cards are amazing and will be able to max ANY game without a problem, it's a fantastic price for a fantastic card, it is undeniably better than the 670.
7th changed the case to something a bit cheaper, there is no reason why you cannot switch between the two though, I have a 912 and it is simply amazing.
8th the monitor is one of the best rated for the price, read the reviews they are fantastic, there wont be much of a visible difference between the two, if you want to splurge get a 2nd one.

All of this together makes a better performing cheaper system.

(Just to clarify both the SSD and the CPU are available on amazon for within $10 of the micro center price.)


^^ +1000. Take this build and run with it. I would only change the case to Haf XM since it's way better in terms of space and organization compared to Haf 912 mid tower. Take out the microcenter since he/she said they don't live near one.
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4 March 2013 07:26:05

Best answer selected by TieMonster.
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4 March 2013 07:54:35

Here is a build that is on the cheaper end of the build while keeping around the same performance

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($700)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek AEGIR SD128264 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1442.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 20:54 EST-0500)

then add another GPU a month later
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4 March 2013 07:57:29

@burritobob
The GHz are also not needed because it is very pricey and performs the same as a regular 7970 OCed

Spending only $50 on a case with $1500 worth of parts inside? you should spend more on a great looking case with more quality and features

You can get a much better PSU than the TX series

Overpriced board for its features
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4 March 2013 08:06:51

2 7970s is a ton for a single monitor set up. I'd follow boulbox's advice and stick with one. You can always buy another one if you find yourself 'underpowered'; whereas when you sell one you're typically gonna lose quite a bit of money. Just my 2 cents though, best of luck either way!

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4 March 2013 15:30:24

boulbox said:
Here is a build that is on the cheaper end of the build while keeping around the same performance

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($700)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek AEGIR SD128264 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1442.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 20:54 EST-0500)

then add another GPU a month later



I would go with this too,1 high end gpu is enough for a single monitor.If you want 1 more gpu then you could buy 2 more monitors(total 3),unless you want your crosshair be in the border of 2 monitors.Save your money on upgrades,with 800$ you can have high end rig playing on ultra for next 6years if you upgrade every 2 years.For GPU get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its the best custom 7970 out there,PLUS you get new Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite for FREE!


P.S. just change ---Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) to something like
-======================- Blue/black -====-7200RPM=------------------------
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5 March 2013 04:08:06

It is a 5400RPM drive because you already have an SSD inside and 5400 w/ SSD is pretty much the same performance as 7200 w/ SSD.

The monitor that i put inside is a 1440p monitor so you will not actually be able to run crysis3 with everything on the highest but it looks beautiful still with a few things turned off.
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5 March 2013 04:40:02

da3ndorphin3 said:
I would go with this too,1 high end gpu is enough for a single monitor.If you want 1 more gpu then you could buy 2 more monitors(total 3),unless you want your crosshair be in the border of 2 monitors.Save your money on upgrades,with 800$ you can have high end rig playing on ultra for next 6years if you upgrade every 2 years.For GPU get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its the best custom 7970 out there,PLUS you get new Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite for FREE!


P.S. just change ---Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) to something like
-======================- Blue/black -====-7200RPM=------------------------

Quick fact: The card you suggest is not custom, it is a "3rd party aftermarket cooler", the asus 7970Ghz is actually the best 7970 on the market... get your facts right. Still a great option just pointing out your untruths :p .
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5 March 2013 04:45:59

Well its discontinued right now anyways. >.>

only thing i hate about the sapphire 7970 is that it is more like a 2.5 slot card instead of a 2 slot. the shroud takes a bit of space infront of it and some people had problems CFXing it because of it
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19 March 2013 12:52:52

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.80 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1005.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2341.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 08:51 EDT-0400)

pew pew! All games dead by this build! Tiny bit over budget but worth every penny :}
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19 March 2013 19:52:15

xmutagenx said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.80 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1005.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2341.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 08:51 EDT-0400)

pew pew! All games dead by this build! Tiny bit over budget but worth every penny :}


Not really, if you have to time to spend your cash on a titan you might as well get a 7970 which is $600 less and lose about 20-30 frames and grab a 1440p monitor. You seriously put a 1080p monitor which a 670 can max all games on with decent frame rates and even if you did get over 60 FPS with the titan you will just be pulled back by the monitor's refresh rate and come back to 60 FPS.

Also the CPU is from microcenter and i do not believe he has one hear him.

Also not to mention crap board and only a 550W that won't allow for an SLI if he would so want to in the future.
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20 March 2013 13:16:25

boulbox said:
xmutagenx said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.80 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1005.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2341.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 08:51 EDT-0400)

pew pew! All games dead by this build! Tiny bit over budget but worth every penny :}


Not really, if you have to time to spend your cash on a titan you might as well get a 7970 which is $600 less and lose about 20-30 frames and grab a 1440p monitor. You seriously put a 1080p monitor which a 670 can max all games on with decent frame rates and even if you did get over 60 FPS with the titan you will just be pulled back by the monitor's refresh rate and come back to 60 FPS.

Also the CPU is from microcenter and i do not believe he has one hear him.

Also not to mention crap board and only a 550W that won't allow for an SLI if he would so want to in the future.


Titan allows monitor overclocking :3
550w is enough if you don't plan to overclock like a beast, titan is very efficient at power usage.. bumping to 700w wouldn't cost that much more.
@micro center refference, it was put there by pcpartpicker automatically =3
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20 March 2013 13:20:53

burritobob said:
da3ndorphin3 said:
I would go with this too,1 high end gpu is enough for a single monitor.If you want 1 more gpu then you could buy 2 more monitors(total 3),unless you want your crosshair be in the border of 2 monitors.Save your money on upgrades,with 800$ you can have high end rig playing on ultra for next 6years if you upgrade every 2 years.For GPU get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its the best custom 7970 out there,PLUS you get new Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite for FREE!


P.S. just change ---Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) to something like
-======================- Blue/black -====-7200RPM=------------------------

Quick fact: The card you suggest is not custom, it is a "3rd party aftermarket cooler", the asus 7970Ghz is actually the best 7970 on the market... get your facts right. Still a great option just pointing out your untruths :p .


the FACT is Vapor-X 6gb Toxic edition would be best if not ofr the noise and power consumption oh and availability :)  Regular Vapor-X only gets beat by asus if it's a TOP edition and that would cost considerably more than the Vapor-X
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