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Does this gaming build work?


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#1 crackjuice

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:59 AM

i have $1000 to spend including an OS but i have somebody who will instal windows for $80 so i just put it on the list anyways. this costs $1100 but pcpartpicker says i can get the price down to $1024 after rebates and discounts.

CPU- i5-3570k $219.99

Mobo- ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $179.99

Memory- Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $49.99

SSD- OCZ Agility 3 60GB, decided that i would load my OS on this and i wouldnt need a HDD until i start getting games, i want this to start and i will get the HDD within a week of building this. please recemend a good HDD (7200rpm) $59.99

GPU- Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB $309.99

Case- Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.49

PSU- Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $124.99

Optical Drive- MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer $23.99

OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit), what does SP1 mean? $88.73

- Total (before mail-in rebates): $1104.14

- Mail-in Rebates: $-50.00

- Total: $1054.14

- Lowest Possible Total: $1024.14

so here is my first computer build guys!!!!! or soon to be... tell me what you think!

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#2 nesto1000

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:05 PM

That build will definilty work when you piece it together assuming that all the parts are not DOA. The only problem area that I was worried about was the motherboard because when Ivy Bridge was released you would need to update the BIOS form some of the boards with a Sandy Bridge processor, but that board is fine. Where are you buying these parts from? I was assuming newegg but some the parts that you listed are cheaper. Maybe we can find you cheaper parts that work just as good as the ones listed and find you a mechanical hard drive because a 60GB SSD just won't do!

SP1 means Service Pack 1, basically it's more stable than when it was first released. Here's a better explanations:

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. SP1 also includes new improvements to features and services in Windows 7, such as improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices, printing using the XPS Viewer, and restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer after restarting.


Edited by nesto1000, 04 August 2012 - 12:06 PM.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

Personal opinion is to go larger on the SSD to at least double the 60Gb you listed. Then get a Intel 520 series or a Samsung SSD. If you do decide to use the OCZ be sure to read all the users reviews.

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#4 crackjuice

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:09 PM

yeah like i said the SSD is ONLY for my OS and maybe 2 0r 3 of my favorite games. will be getting an HDD within a week of building this. and im using pcpartpicker(newegg, microcenter, amazon, an superbiiz.)

Edited by crackjuice, 04 August 2012 - 05:10 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:17 PM

yeah like i said the SSD is ONLY for my OS and maybe 2 0r 3 of my favorite games. will be getting an HDD within a week of building this. and im using pcpartpicker(newegg, microcenter, amazon, an superbiiz.)

You'd be stretching it with two games... I don't really feel comfortable with my 60GB SSD myself, but I got it for $30 so I don't mind that much! Where were the original parts listed priced from? I assume that you're buying everything online?

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

i went on pcpartpicker.com. this site compares prices from other sites that sell parts, and finds the cheapest price, it also factors in free shipping and rebates and stuff. every part i have listed above is from a combonation of the 4 above sites. newegg has the least expensive optical drive, PSU, memory, MoBo, and SSD and im getting the 7870 from microcenter.com im getting windows 7 and i5-3570 from amazon and im getting the case from superbizz.com. these are where all of the original prices are from. im buying these parts from these sites

Edited by crackjuice, 04 August 2012 - 06:58 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 02:46 AM

This thread reminds me of a previous one you've started here. A few things to remember when comparing the two builds.

1) The AMD build I listed could be less expensive if you make the lesser choice of a 970-based board.
2) A non-modular 550W PSU will also further reduce the price.
3) Waiting for Windows 8, or using the Windows 8 Release Preview until it is released on October 26th, will reduce your price to about $40.
4) For gaming, the i5 3570k isn't going to offer a significant improvement over an FX-8120 given the power of your graphics card. Remember, most TV's and monitors max out at 60 frames per second, so anything above that could cause tearing.
5) The only thing that really sets that GPU apart from mine is the double fan, other than that, they are nearly identical.

In regards to this build...

1) Installing Windows is easy, you can do it yourself and save $80.
2) 60GB is pushing it for an SSD, you may want to double that. Keep in mind, your music, videos, game saves, and everything else will need space too, hence the need for a somewhat large traditional hard drive.
3) Speaking from experience, if you can find cheaper parts without a mail-in rebate, that would be best. Rebates are pain...

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:57 AM

For what it's worth three replies about the size of the SSD suggesting larger, none saying it's fine. I've seen 1 day sales of 120Gb (128GB) SSDs under $100 recently. Plus a SSD should not be filled full.

Personal opinion, Rebates are a royal pain. Plus if money is tight you have to spend more up front and wait for rebates to trickle in. Not to mention the extra work and the time spent tracking them.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:13 PM

ok so drop the ssd or upgrade it, question about a mobo though, would it be fine to drop the asrock z77 extreme6 to an extreme4? and maybe use the 50 dollars i save to upgrade my gpu or ssd. and be honest. if this was your own personal gaming build what would you go with the i5-3570 or the fx-8120? and i have a 30 something inch vizio LCD in my room, if the tv cant handle more than 60fps should i downgrade the gpu?

and for the psu i NEED modualr, im not ocd but im very neat and i dont mind paying more for that, then putting the money towards somthing else.

and i understand the rebate thing, if i cant get them to work great, if not i just have to work more to pay my dad the 150 he lent me for this

also the optical drive that i have listed, is that to much? all i need is something to instal the games i have.

Edited by crackjuice, 05 August 2012 - 06:34 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:27 PM

If I was only gaming, I'd go with the AMD processor. I do numerous CPU intensive tasks so I went with the i7. I wouldn't downgrade your video card because that will future proof you more. You can always enable vsync if you get screen tearing.

I'll look up the motherboard later.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:43 PM

ok im looking at a crucial m4 128GB at i think 81 cents a GB which seems like a great deal? is this a good reliable brand?

and i guess i lied, its not just for gaming, im going to be doing some video editing for my friends so is the i5 better than the FX?

Edited by crackjuice, 05 August 2012 - 06:53 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:54 PM

Keep the graphics card, it will indeed future proof you. I suggested AMD for this build given the limited funds and, with a budget of about $1000, you need to get the best bang for your dollar. 60 fps when gaming is an ideal framerate since, beyond that, you get tearing unless you are using a special 120 hz monitor. Most optical drives are roughly in the $20 range anyway, so unless you're really counting dollars, you are paying about what you should for a standard DVD drive.

As for the motherboard, if you want to stay Intel, the GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 seems good. Keep in mind that this motherboard chipset doesn't have the same PCI-E X16 bandwidth the AMD 990FX does, so, if you use more than one GPU, you may want to consider going AMD.

That SSD looks good, but again, you will be limited in terms of capacity, you really should supplement it with a traditional hard drive. For comparision sake, I've been using my PC as a DVR for the Olympics. NBC's primetime broadcast is about 4 hours or so long and is in 1080i, it takes up about 25GB per episode.

The FX will also do fine in video editing. Percentage wise, how much do you see yourself gaming on this machine as opposed to video editing? The FX's design is unique and all eight of it's "Cores" can help with rendering if the software can take advantage of the architecture.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:18 PM

um i would say 80% gaming and 20% editing a video on the game im playing.

and thanks guys for all the help

Edited by crackjuice, 05 August 2012 - 09:01 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:51 PM

wow i over looked BIOS. is this something easy to do, because it looks way above what i thought i was getting into...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:24 AM

What about the BIOS? You shouldn't be tinkering in the BIOS unless you are overclocking, which would mean you'd need a good cooler and be willing to work with stability issues. The BIOS is easy nowadays, especially if you get a motherboard with a UEFI BIOS.

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