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    New Build - Opinions?

    CPU - i5 3570k
    MoBo - AsRock Z77 Extreme 4
    GPU - MSI 660ti GTX 2gb
    PSU - Corsair 650HX
    RAM - 16gb (2x8gb) Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600
    SSD - Samsung 830 128gb
    HDD - 1tb Seagate Barracuda (salvaged from my old machine)
    Case - Fractal Design Arc Midi

    Did this build for ~900.00 USD

    Primarily playing WoW and other MMOs; occasionally playing other games.

    What could I have done differently? Thoughts?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litherium View Post
    CPU - i5 3570k
    MoBo - AsRock Z77 Extreme 4
    GPU - MSI 660ti GTX 2gb
    PSU - Corsair 650HX
    RAM - 16gb (2x8gb) Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600
    SSD - Samsung 830 128gb
    HDD - 1tb Seagate Barracuda (salvaged from my old machine)
    Case - Fractal Design Arc Midi

    Did this build for ~900.00 USD

    Primarily playing WoW and other MMOs; occasionally playing other games.

    What could I have done differently? Thoughts?!?
    perhaps aftermarket cpu cooler? or not into oc'ing? , else a very solid build already.

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    If you dont mind paying an extra $39 you could get something like this.


    Gaming 940
    MoBo: ASRock Z77 Pro4 – $109.99
    CPU: Intel i5 3570k – $214.99
    RAM: G.Skill 1600MHz Ripjaws 2x4GB – $34.99
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7950 – $299.99
    HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB – $109.99
    PSU: Seasonic S12II 520W – $67.99
    Heatsink: Xigmatek Gaia – $20.99
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 – $79.99
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    Estimated Total Price – $939
    ||i5 3570k @ 4.4GHz||H100 push/pull||AsRock Z77 Extreme4||16Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz||Gigabyte Windforce GTX 970|| Coolermaster Storm Trooper||Corsair TX850 Enthusiast Series||Samsung 840 Pro 128gb(boot drive)||1TB WD HDD, 2x 3TB WD HDD, 2TB WD HDD||

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    Why would you chose ATi 7950 over 660 ti?

    I see no reason for it, beside he's buying an SSD as well.


    Oh the MSI cards have been really solid, got myself 2 - 560 ti's working wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litherium View Post
    Been playing with the idea of a new CPU cooler, but I'm not OCing for the time being (trying to get a handle on how everything is running before delving into that). Also toying with the idea of adding new aftermarket fans to the build...
    well for a small price you can unlock quite some more performance. (cpu oc'ing scales really well with wow due to engine build)
    for +- $20 you can get a evo 212 which can cool stuff easy in the 4,0-4,2 Mhz range.

    @gpu's , for wow the nvidia card is better. in general the 660Ti and 7950 go pretty much head to head in benchmarks so for the price the 660Ti is a likely better choice.

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    I've purchased most of the components (save the GPU) through my local MicroCenter (deals on the CPU and MoBo can't be beat right now). They don't offer SeaSonic PSU's or G.Skill RAM. Is an aftermarket heatsink worth the price if I'm not OCing in the near future? Additionally, for MMO play why go with a 7950 over a nVidia product?

    Additionally, I'm looking to build a machine for a friend in the next month or so centered around an i3 processor, utilizing a salvaged Radeon 5670 GPU. I'd ideally like this build to come in around $400-500 USD. Thoughts?
    Last edited by Litherium; 2013-01-01 at 11:01 AM.

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    Due to really bad experience with ATI cards and drivers, i prefer sticking to nvidia.
    Also, i would add some minor cash and drop that GTX 660ti for gainward gtx570 "fantom 3" which is far superior to 660ti.

    That should be around 70$ difference and gain is far to big not to buy it if you have chance.
    Also, if you pick GTX570 phantom, you need more power, so PSU needs to be AT LEAST 750W, count for sure +750W if you want to pull maximum out of it.

    i5 is also decent, it can work without issue with stock cooling if you dont force it to much. My i7 is on stock cooler and he survived summer (38c) without a issue, hes now well cooled with T-Virus water cooling setup.

    Also, for memory, i can highly recommend you one of Kingston 4x4gb 1600MHZ HyperX modules (there are 3 classes with 3 subclasses, so choice is up to you and your pocket).
    The 4x4gb module feels more comfortable, i personally like my slots full, not to get dusty but you can go 2x8gb, its up to you.

    Its nice combo if you ask me, but i would try to save up a bit more cash for that 570 Phantom and with that a bit powerful PSU, i have 2of them in SLI and 650w power just for them.

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    If you are not going to OC there is zero reason to buy a k series CPU, microcenter also offers 40 off a motherboard with a i3-3225. You have two options:

    1. Get the kseries and Overclock it with z77 motherboard (these parts are made to be overclocked) and get a aftermarket cooler.
    2. Buy the 3225 with a h-61 motherboard and save 100.00+ and put that elsewhere in your build. An i3 will game pretty much identical to an i5 at stock clocks.

    I will also add you can save money on your PSU, todays video cards draw hardly any power at all and 650w is massive overkill for a single video card.

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    They're so cheap you might as well... $25 for a + and $30 for an Evo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravuno View Post
    Why would you chose ATi 7950 over 660 ti?


    because the 7950 is more powerful and the 660 Ti is usually overpriced atm. 660 Ti also has low bus memory but I doubt that will ever be a problem for anyone who doesn't use a resolution higher than 1920x1200

    that is the only thing I would have done differently. the 660 Ti is a good card no doubt, but there are better options for the price. I probably would have gotten the 7950 as well sayin how they are often similarly priced.

    you only really need 8GB of memory since most people will never even reach that amount but RAM is cheap so if you have the money who the hell cares.
    Last edited by Asurakai; 2013-01-01 at 07:45 PM.

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