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    Planning on building my second computer - looking for some opinions

    Hi all,

    Long time reader of MMO Champion, first time poster on the forums.

    I'm planning on building a new computer. I got everything together on a Newegg wishlist here.

    Wishlist ID: 21520245 (Apparently I can't post links here, otherwise I would.) Just look at public wishlists and replace the id number with that one.

    I'm looking for some opinions from people here before I actually purchase anything here.

    I'm using it mostly for games (Blizz games mostly). I am going to make the SSD my boot drive and I'm bringing over a 1TB drive and a 500gb drive from my old setup.

    Any thoughts?

    (PS, not sure if this post is okay or not. I was going to put in the gaming rig thread, but that seems to be more about showing off - not looking for help.)

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    That ID number isn't working for me. What's the title of your list?

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    You can remove $100 from your motherboard and $60 from your PSU choices and put them on a better GPU.

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=21520245 link for everyone.
    Intel i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz | MSI Z77 Mpower | Noctua NH-D14 | Corsair Vengeance LP White 1.35V 8GB 1600MHz
    Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Windforce 3X @ 1372/7604MHz | Corsair Force GT 120GB | Silverstone Fortress FT02 | Corsair VX450

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    Thanks for posting the link. Any particular reason? My old computer i built had an expensive gpu and i dont think i really need anything crazy to run high settings on these games so i decided to go cheaper. Everything matches up right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barlow View Post
    Thanks for posting the link. Any particular reason? My old computer i built had an expensive gpu and i dont think i really need anything crazy to run high settings on these games so i decided to go cheaper. Everything matches up right?
    Mostly just the reason that the money spent on those parts will give you no performance increase at all, so if you don't want a better GPU you might as well keep the money in your wallet.

    A I5 3570K with a Radeon 7770 will pull about 250W at full load, even a 500W PSU would be overkill for that.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $891.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 21:30 EST-0500)

    Same performance, much lower price. 620W PSU is very much overkill but it was incredibly cheap anyway.
    Last edited by n0cturnal; 2013-01-27 at 02:31 AM.
    Intel i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz | MSI Z77 Mpower | Noctua NH-D14 | Corsair Vengeance LP White 1.35V 8GB 1600MHz
    Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Windforce 3X @ 1372/7604MHz | Corsair Force GT 120GB | Silverstone Fortress FT02 | Corsair VX450

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    That sounds good. I might consider your choices instead. I never knew about this part picker site. That's really helpful, but I'm not sure I want to get parts from all over the place.

    Now what are your opinions on Windows 7 or 8? I'm leaning towards 7.

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    I've hated Windows 8 up until recently. right now it's only $15 (until Jan 31st). It is a good OS, faster, and many improvements. It's biggest downside is the actual UI, however I just installed 8 on the laptop I'm writing this post from, and I used a Start Menu modifier to make it pretty much perform like 7 aesthetically. It pretty much makes me have no reason to buy 7 again.

    Also, seconded. Get a cheaper board, a cheaper PSU, and cheaper ram. You probably don't need 16gb. You can easily shave 200-300 bucks off this system at no loss. Also, get 1600 ram, there's no real reason to get 1866
    Last edited by chazus; 2013-01-27 at 08:24 AM.

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