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Azazello
Tennessee Fan
Denver, CO
Member since Sep 2011
1237 posts

Build Ready

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - $189.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $127.99 @ Amazon
Memory - Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Amazon
Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ NCIX US
Storage - Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $112.98 @ Newegg
Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $279.99 @ Newegg
Case - Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply - RAIDMAX RX-1000AE 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $109.00 @ NEWEGG
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $22.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1059.05


After posting a few threads and reviewing everything on this site and reddit buildapc, I have final put this together. My budget was ~$1,000

1. I could definitely get a cheaper case but I am sold on the Fractal Design.

2. I originally had a 650W PSU but the raidmax 1000W is on sale for the exact same price. That leaves the door open for crossfire in the future as well.

3. I haven't decided if I really need the optical drive yet or not.


I am going to sit on it a few more days and keep my eye out for better prices.

Let me know what yall think.




:usa:


dizerik
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Lake Chuck
Member since Mar 2009
8311 posts

re: Build Ready
You planning on overclocking your CPU?


Azazello
Tennessee Fan
Denver, CO
Member since Sep 2011
1237 posts

re: Build Ready
yes


dizerik
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Lake Chuck
Member since Mar 2009
8311 posts

re: Build Ready
I don't see any problems with the parts. I would save my money on the optical drive. I just built a new rig 5 months ago and I never bought one. Install windows from a jumpdrive and you can pretty much just download anything else you may want or need.

I almost went with the Z77 also but got an awesome deal on a Z68. Not enough difference between the two for me to pass it up.
This post was edited on 1/16 at 6:47 am


Azazello
Tennessee Fan
Denver, CO
Member since Sep 2011
1237 posts

re: Build Ready
Yea I think I will probably get rid of the optical drive.

As far as the OC, I have seen numerous guides and stuff on people with the i5-3570k running anywhere between 4.3-4.5 GHz.


dizerik
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Lake Chuck
Member since Mar 2009
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re: Build Ready
Totally. I was looking at the 3570 also but went with the 2500K and just decided if I want the extra power I'll just OC.

This your first SSD? I put my first one in this rig and I don't know how I ever lived without one.


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DrSteveBrule
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2009
7063 posts

re: Build Ready
For the money, that is a really solid build. No regrets.


dizerik
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Lake Chuck
Member since Mar 2009
8311 posts

re: Build Ready
frick. Just noticed that video card.. Wish I would've seen that 3 weeks ago..


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DrSteveBrule
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2009
7063 posts

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For the money, that is a really solid build. No regrets.


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The Sockster
LSU Fan
Grayslake, Illinois
Member since Oct 2006
964 posts

re: Build Ready
The Samsung RAM are phenomenal. Your power supply might be a little iffy. I also have a HD 7950 and I can tell you that you don't need a 1000w power supply. You are getting some nice components, why not go with a better power supply than Raidmax.


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jcole4lsu
Virginia Fan
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Member since Nov 2007
27848 posts

re: Build Ready
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Power Supply - RAIDMAX

it will either flake in the first week or last you 5 years. seriously, there isnt an in between with raidmax.


fwiw i have a raidmax in my computer and my mother's computer.


puffulufogous
USA Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2008
5328 posts

re: Build Ready
have the same cpu, mobo, ram, ssd, and case. It's perfect and yours is a lot cheaper than when I bought mine although I did get a 240 gb ssd and a noctua nh-d14. I have OCed that same ram to 2133 without changing the voltage at all. Looks like you hit the sweet spot right there. You will be very happy with that build at that price.



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Azazello
Tennessee Fan
Denver, CO
Member since Sep 2011
1237 posts

re: Build Ready
My choice is between the raidmax 1000w or the seasonic 650w. They are the same price


jcole4lsu
Virginia Fan
The Kwisatz Haderach
Member since Nov 2007
27848 posts

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that board only has one x16 pci 3.0 lane. if you crossfire, you will have to do it in 8x8 mode.

given that, i would forget about xfire in the future and just buy the 650w SeaSonic
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Azazello
Tennessee Fan
Denver, CO
Member since Sep 2011
1237 posts

re: Build Ready
Why is it that there seem to be so many PSU's that fail?

It seems like every single PSU that has reviews, people report ones that are faulty.



ILikeLSUToo
LSU Fan
Central, LA
Member since Jan 2008
14829 posts

re: Build Ready
That applies to nearly every computer part. In reviews, what you want to look for are common themes in negative reviews -- for example, there is a motherboard on newegg with multiple reviewers claiming that a mosfet caught on fire. That would be a motherboard to avoid.

For PSUs, most negative reviews are going to say DOA. For the cheaper PSUs, like the ones that come with cheap cases under $50, reviews will range from "DOA" or "it failed in a month" to "it fried all my components" or "it started smoking," and a lot of reviews might say the PSU doesn't output its advertised continuous or peak power.

I have to remind myself, even with 4 out of 5-star products, that the reviews are not a representative sample of customer satisfaction. A pissed off customer is far more likely to write a review than a satisfied customer. And many times, once the pissed customer writes his review, he realizes that it's not that big of a thing to complain about, so he saves face by exaggerating a little.

Here's a good document by IBM about why PSUs fail. It really does come down to simple poor design and cheap components: LINK
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brucevilanch
Alabama Fan
Fort Worth, Tejas
Member since May 2011
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re: Build Ready
quote:

. I would save my money on the optical drive. I just built a new rig 5 months ago and I never bought one. Install windows from a jumpdrive and you can pretty much just download anything else you may want or need.


Same with me.


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