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puffulufogous
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


I wouldn't buy the saber tooth. The only really attractive thing about it is the warranty. By the time u get close to making it worth while it will be time to move to a new socket. In other words I would only buy the saber tooth if u were gonna get a 2011 chip. I bought a 3570k with an as rock z77 extreme 4. It overclocks well enough and is pretty inexpensive. Ask around as others have bought asrocks and been pleased with them.
I have a gtx 670 and it runs everything on ultra. A 660ti would be fine too as would a 680.
I know you are buying a 850w psu so that he can sli if he needs to but I wouldn't spend that much. For instance I went to bestbuy and got a 850w thermal take semi modular psu for 90 dollars. Buy a decent one by all means but u really don't need to dump 170 into one unless you are most definitely needing super high efficiency, silence, or definitely going to water cool and sli.
If u want a well made case look into fractal, cooler master, or corsair. I love my fractal define r4 and u can buy it with a window.






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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


I meant to add a could in there

*You COULD always add an SSD.

Puff, Seasonic is the best PSU bar none, and I have a 650w in my build now and plan to put 850w in my next one. I think it's well worth it



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jcole4lsu
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


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It looked like his first build was pushing $1500 (I liked that one better)

the x79 one?
what a waste of money in a gaming environment






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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


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what a waste of money in a gaming environment


If you have the money to spend on it, why not?






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jcole4lsu
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


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If you have the money to spend on it, why not?

because you can use that money on an SSD






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Azazello
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


which would you choose between the 7970 at the gtx 670?





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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


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7970 at the gtx 670


Between those 2? The 7970, and it's not close at all

Edit: The 7950 and 670 are on par while the 7970 and 680 are on par



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Azazello
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


I'm about done with my build and I'm trying to keep it as close to $1,000 as possible.

The Sapphire 7970 is $369 and the PNY 670 is $299.

Worth the upgrade?






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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


Are you using a 1920x1080 monitor? If you are I'd just go with the 670 since it would be cheaper to SLI in the future





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Mr Gardoki
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


Can u do max settings on a 1k build? Or does it just depend?





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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


Very easily. I 7950/670 will max out 95% of games on ultra





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jcole4lsu
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


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He increased the budget to 1350

ok lets do a full build at that price point.
Case: Lian Li $100
PSU: SeaSonic 850w $170
CPU: i5 3570k $230
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $130
Ram: Kingston HyperX 8GB $50
Vid: EVGA 680 $470
SSD: Kingston HyperX 120GB $90
HDD: WD Green 1TB $70

that comes to $1310. buy in NAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOW






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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


I haven't heard good things about the WD green drives... I'd get the seagate barracuda or a samsung.

Everything else is good to go!

EDIT: I'd go with the MSI lightning 7970 over a reference 680




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jcole4lsu
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


well there is an extra $40 in wiggle room so that could be changed out.

it will just be a data storage drive anyways. i have all my steam files stored on a 5400 rpm 2 TB drive and havent had any performance issues






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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


Check out my edit. Got a better mobo and cooler in there. It would be about $50 cheaper if he bought from multiple places


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Mr Gardoki
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


quote:

Message Posted by bluebarracuda Very easily. I 7950/670 will max out 95% of games on ultra


Does that include a monitor?






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jcole4lsu
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


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Does that include a monitor?

need to budget about $150 for a good 1080p monitor






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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


Here's something I mocked up. I'm on my phone so I just looked through parts that I know.

PCPartPicker part list: LINK
Price breakdown by merchant: LINK /
Benchmarks: LINK /

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($292.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 19:40 EST-0500)






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jcole4lsu
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


anyone else think its funny that the newegg house brand (rosewill) case is cheaper at amazon than at newegg?





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bluebarracuda
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re: Building a computer for my brother (Updated 1/23/13)


Amazon is

The case was the hardest part for me. I HATE cheap cases, so I didn't know which one to choose






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