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#1Solid LinkPosted 5/31/2012 10:44:39 PM
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19500132

Got a few combo deals going on there, but it only brings it down to about $950. Not sure about the motherboard, the hard drive or the PSU. I went with the 3570k over the 2500k because I figured it might overclock better (down the line), and it's only $20 more. Still, considering I only need a tower (already have a monitor/inputs and available OS), I was hoping to spend less than nearly $1,000. For reference, the rig in my sig was $1,020 (after MIR) when it was new, including mouse & keyboard and 23" monitor.

MIR is okay as long as it's not a prepaid card.
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Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD
#2Snuckie7Posted 5/31/2012 10:49:04 PM
Well that GTX 480 seems a little out of place. It's $40 more than standard versions, but it's an old card so I would try to get the standard $210 one, a 7850 instead (same price) or cut down to a 560ti. The psu is overkill and you can cut on that too.

Also the Hyper 212 EVO is $5 more expensive, but it's better, so that is something I would upgrade to.
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#3Solid Link(Topic Creator)Posted 5/31/2012 11:02:14 PM(edited)
I went with the 480 based on benchmarks placing it above the 560 Ti in terms of performance. Comparing them statistically, they've got pretty similar clock speeds, but the 480 has 480 cores compared to something like 384 in the 560 Ti. Either way, I'm aiming for an Nvidia build, as I heard the Nvidia drivers tend to have fewer problems with lots of games. But, are the benchmarks flawed? (I'm sure you know the ones I'm referring to.)

Any suggestions on a PSU? That one there combos with an ASUS DVD drive for $11 off. It's also cheaper than a 650w I was looking at. I'm aiming for a PSU that I won't have to replace to overclock the CPU, or to SLI/Crossfire.

Edit: Oh yeah, and $10 MIR with the 212+, so it's essentially $15 cheaper. =P
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CM HAF 912|MSI 890FXA-GD65|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz|XFX HD-6870 1GB
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD
#4Solid Link(Topic Creator)Posted 5/31/2012 11:58:32 PM
Bump. Still looking for suggestions on a PSU, and opinions on the motherboard.
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CM HAF 912|MSI 890FXA-GD65|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz|XFX HD-6870 1GB
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD
#5BMANZZSPosted 6/1/2012 12:39:17 AM(edited)
I'd suggest getting the GTX 570 over the GTX 480, but that's just because GPU fan noise level is a huge factor in the quiet gaming PC I want. So it's up to you. I'm also against buying hardware that's two generations old

You'd have problems with that PSU ESPECIALLY if you're planning on SLIing two 480's and overclocking at the same time. I'd suggest getting something a bit higher quality, with a high amp rating on the 12V rail and something above 750W. Also make sure it's a quality brand (SeaSonic, Corsair, Coolermaster)

Motherboard looks okay. Could go with something less expensive if you want, unless you want the extra DisplayPort, eSata, and a couple of more Sata 6gb/s ports.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

Other than that looks good.
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#6Solid Link(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 1:11:02 AM
Check again, just updated. Bunch of MIRs and a single combo deal in it now.

I haven't heard of ASRock until recently, but I'm definitely willing to swap the motherboard with one of those two if the extra DisplayPort, eSata and a few more internal Sata are the only pros to the current board? Not planning on RAIDing in this thing, so I doubt I'll need like 6 Sata.

Might still have to change PSUs even with this card?
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CM HAF 912|MSI 890FXA-GD65|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz|XFX HD-6870 1GB
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD
#7jordandrakoPosted 6/1/2012 1:43:42 AM
Ya, the ASRock z77 extreme 4 is godly for the price, I definitely recommend switching to that one.
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#8Solid Link(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 1:57:44 AM
Updated again, but I guess I'm waiting until tomorrow to buy anything. Earlier, two of my combo deals broke, and now, half the MIRs disappeared, so instead of getting $60-70 back, it's only worth $30 back now. I figure it's best to wait until tomorrow to see if any new deals come up, or if any e-mail deals pop up overnight.
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CM HAF 912|MSI 890FXA-GD65|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz|XFX HD-6870 1GB
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD
#9Solid Link(Topic Creator)Posted 6/1/2012 3:24:55 PM
Okay, bump. Now I'm pretty pleased with what's on the wishlist, just need to know whether that PSU is good enough for overclocking and SLI in the future? If not, how is this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

Currently $10 off instant, has a $20 promo code and another $20 MIR (though it's a prepaid card, so it might not be useful anyway).
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CM HAF 912|MSI 890FXA-GD65|AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz|XFX HD-6870 1GB
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600|1TB SATA Spinpoint HDD|XFX 650W PSU|ASUS 23" LED LCD
#10SpacewhizguyPosted 6/1/2012 3:30:04 PM
You want to cut costs? Then start being smart and stop buying everything from one site.
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