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#1 pb=life

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ryAj
I plan on playing fps's like bf3 and planetside aswell as a bit of video editing for school and other misc. things. How does it look?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

Swaped the GPU for an XFX (lifetime warranty).
The 3570 for a K version.
url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rLpT]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.97 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Other: SteelSeries QcK Mouse Pad ($9.99)
Total: $1081.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-09 22:06 EST-0500)

I would also change the motherboard for a different one, I don't really like AsRock, they have had really bad quality control in the past.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:11 PM

The other options is to get a 6870 and an i7, that would give better video rendering speeds.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:21 PM

Outside of Blade's suggestions, I'd go with a Western Digital HDD instead of a Seagate, but that's just personal preference.
EDIT: And at least a 600W Power Supply. (For future proofing)

Edited by Stix, 09 December 2012 - 10:22 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:12 PM

As stix said i would also recommend a 600w psu, i would recommend a seasonic or corsair. Both highly regarded psu manufactures (seasonic manfucatures crosairs psu's but corsiar designs them). Also do you plan on overclocking?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

My system is very similar and I thoroughly enjoy it. I'd also up the PSU
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:21 AM

the website KBMOD.com has a PC build guide every month with what they'd build at different price points: $500, $800(what they call the sweet spot), $1300, and $1800+

you can very easily either downgrade the $1300 build or upgrade the $800 build.

i've been pricing out a PC build for a while now and their builds are always super solid. I usually take the $800 build replace their suggested GPU with a higher end one(lately its been the EVGA 670 FTW card)

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:50 PM

the website KBMOD.com has a PC build guide every month with what they'd build at different price points: $500, $800(what they call the sweet spot), $1300, and $1800+

you can very easily either downgrade the $1300 build or upgrade the $800 build.

i've been pricing out a PC build for a while now and their builds are always super solid. I usually take the $800 build replace their suggested GPU with a higher end one(lately its been the EVGA 670 FTW card)

Can you link to the build?

The other option is to look at Tom's hardware, they are one of those "authorities on tech".

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

yea sure, heres the most recent one for december:
http://www.kbmod.com...-december-2012/

right now, id wait for their January 2013 guide since the december builds included a lot of black friday/holiday specials in their pricing.

like i said, you can always upgrade/downgrade parts as you see fit and have a really really solid system.
Also, read through the comments for any worthwhile changes to the guides. people will sometimes suggest parts that have a little more value, better performance, etc.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:54 AM

The problem with their builds is that they give shity PSUs and cases, even their enthusiast level one has a low end non-modular PSU with a meh case and motherboard.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

The problem with their builds is that they give shity PSUs and cases, even their enthusiast level one has a low end non-modular PSU with a meh case and motherboard.


then you can replace the parts with something you want?
Their builds are just a jumping off point, you could easily take the $800 build and swap out the case, GPU, and PSU and still be close to your range.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

I would drop the solid state drive. They aren't practical for the price. Id up the cpu, psu, and jump for 16 gb ram if you can. Or just drop the one harddrive and save the money.
EDIT: Nevermind, see the cpu and mobo are a combo. So yea, get a better psu, fuck the solid state.

Edited by gibbeepbroxzor, 24 December 2012 - 11:14 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:04 AM

I would drop the solid state drive. They aren't practical for the price. Id up the cpu, psu, and jump for 16 gb ram if you can. Or just drop the one harddrive and save the money.
EDIT: Nevermind, see the cpu and mobo are a combo. So yea, get a better psu, fuck the solid state.

Why? getting an SSD is one of the best ways you can speed up your computer. My laptop that has an SSD boots to desktop in 15-18 seconds.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:05 PM

I'll post my $1000 build in a few hours, it's good IMHO, I didn't sacrifice anything for price.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.38 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($125.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS324-99 DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1041.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Now, this isn't an extreme gaming build. It has future proofing (good case, good motherboard, good PSU), but the graphics section is a bit lower because of this. This will be a perfect build if your doing more video encoding (you can OC the CPU).

Edited by Blade of grass, 25 December 2012 - 10:18 PM.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:29 PM

Extreme in the sense that the GPU Isn't that great, outside that, everything in this would make an excellent PC. Down the road, upgrade the GPU to a 670 or a 7870 and you'd have yourself a really really good Gaming PC.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

Extreme in the sense that the GPU Isn't that great, outside that, everything in this would make an excellent PC. Down the road, upgrade the GPU to a 670 or a 7870 and you'd have yourself a really really good Gaming PC.

That's my EXACT plan :D

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

All the SSD will do is start things a bit faster. Once you are actually into anything, the ram takes over, so it doesn't really speed anything up except boot time. My desktop here boots in 30 seconds, with a 2 tb WD hdd. Albeit I'm running a hacked version of Windows 7 thats lacking many unnecessary programs, but still. I've never found regular hard drives to inhibit anything by loading too slow. It isn't bad technology, I just think it isn't worth the money, personally.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

All the SSD will do is start things a bit faster. Once you are actually into anything, the ram takes over, so it doesn't really speed anything up except boot time. My desktop here boots in 30 seconds, with a 2 tb WD hdd. Albeit I'm running a hacked version of Windows 7 thats lacking many unnecessary programs, but still. I've never found regular hard drives to inhibit anything by loading too slow. It isn't bad technology, I just think it isn't worth the money, personally.

I disagree.
Loading programs is instant with an SSD, boot is instant etc.
And, RAM only dedicates 100MB of memory for the system.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

You could also try reddit.com/r/buildapc
But if you're looking for a nice gpu, I have a 7950 and I love it. It is the one that is 280 after 20 Mir on new egg, it gets pretty smooth framerate on far cry 3 on the highest settings with little to know screen tearing. There is also a lot of room for overclocking.
I also think that the windows 8 for $15 is still in effect, and that could be a cheaper solution

Edited by evan15549, 30 January 2013 - 04:40 PM.





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