Well, my old build crashed. Building new!

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#1 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

So my rig that I built in 2008 just crashed the other day. Rather than trying to figure out which part or parts are failing, I've decided to just build a new rig (carrying over only a few parts from the old rig). Here are the parts I'm looking into buying:

Video card

Motherboard

CPU

PSU

RAM

Case

CPU cooler

And that should about do it. I'm carrying over my hard drives, disk drive, monitor, keyboard, and mouse over from my old computer. I'm a grad student, so I will be buying Windows separately. Sound card will be coming down the road... Let's try to keep these under $1,000... preferrably less. I play most Blizzard games, will be playing a few new games, but don't need to max the new Crysis or anything. I mostly would just like it future proof, be able to play on 1080p, etc. I'm very out of the loop on new parts, so any help is appreciated. Also, I'm shooting for an Intel CPU and an nVidia GPU. I've always come to this site for help before, so help a fellow nerd out again! Thanks in advance.

UPDATE:

Here are the parts that I've decided on so far. Thanks all for your help!

Okay, here is what I have so far:

i5 3750K - $230

ASRock Z77 - $135

EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $370

NZXT Phantom - $100

Cooler Master CPU Cooler - $33

Corsair Vengeance 8GB - $53

Corsair 650W Gold - $100

Total is about $1,019 (I think I did my math right...)

#2 Posted by 04dcarraher (20580 posts) -

i5 3750k
ASrock Z77 motherbaord+8gb stick of memory
another 8gb DDR3
GTX 670
Corsair 650w psu
HAF 912 case

Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler

#3 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

I appreciate the links, my friend! I will take a look at these right now and let you know what I think. I will probably be finalizing my build tonight or tomorrow.

#4 Posted by david465 (657 posts) -

I'd get a 7950 if I were you. I'm in the midst of buying too, and I'm going to go with a 7950 over a 660ti or a 670 because the 7950 is better for overclocking and can easily reach 7970 performance when overclocked. Plus AMD just released the Never Settle: Reloaded bundle, where you get two free games with either the 78xx series or 79xx series cards. If you're considering Nvidia for PhysX, I wouldn't factor it in, as it's only used by ~10 games anyway.

Also, I bought a 750watt power supply. You might want to consider doing the same, just for some headroom. I bought the Corsair HX750.

#5 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

I was thinking about upping the PSU just for some extra roomas well, just in case. Good call.

As for the GPU, thanks for the suggestion. I will probably stick with nVidia for now though. I have a 4850 and I haven't had the best of experiences with it. I know they're both great brands though - I just want to try out nVidia. Unless I'm absolutely crazy to go nVidia right now, I'll probably stick with the 660/670...

Thanks for the input!

#6 Posted by 04dcarraher (20580 posts) -

I was thinking about upping the PSU just for some extra roomas well, just in case. Good call.

As for the GPU, thanks for the suggestion. I will probably stick with nVidia for now though. I have a 4850 and I haven't had the best of experiences with it. I know they're both great brands though - I just want to try out nVidia. Unless I'm absolutely crazy to go nVidia right now, I'll probably stick with the 660/670...

Thanks for the input!

Frantz22
A 650w psu is more then enough to handle any single gpu high end setup. Also a GTX 670 is faster then a 7950. and even though a 7950 can overclock so can the GTX 670 and with a slight OC can match the GTX 680. and the GTX 670 I linked has a great cooler and is already overclocked.
#7 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

[QUOTE="Frantz22"]

I was thinking about upping the PSU just for some extra roomas well, just in case. Good call.

As for the GPU, thanks for the suggestion. I will probably stick with nVidia for now though. I have a 4850 and I haven't had the best of experiences with it. I know they're both great brands though - I just want to try out nVidia. Unless I'm absolutely crazy to go nVidia right now, I'll probably stick with the 660/670...

Thanks for the input!

04dcarraher

A 650w psu is more then enough to handle any single gpu high end setup. Also a GTX 670 is faster then a 7950. and even though a 7950 can overclock so can the GTX 670 and with a slight OC can match the GTX 680. and the GTX 670 I linked has a great cooler and is already overclocked.

 

I should have mentioned - I do not intend to overclock in the near future. It sounds like the 670 will outperform the 7950 if neither are OC'ed?

#8 Posted by 04dcarraher (20580 posts) -

[QUOTE="04dcarraher"][QUOTE="Frantz22"]

I was thinking about upping the PSU just for some extra roomas well, just in case. Good call.

As for the GPU, thanks for the suggestion. I will probably stick with nVidia for now though. I have a 4850 and I haven't had the best of experiences with it. I know they're both great brands though - I just want to try out nVidia. Unless I'm absolutely crazy to go nVidia right now, I'll probably stick with the 660/670...

Thanks for the input!

Frantz22

A 650w psu is more then enough to handle any single gpu high end setup. Also a GTX 670 is faster then a 7950. and even though a 7950 can overclock so can the GTX 670 and with a slight OC can match the GTX 680. and the GTX 670 I linked has a great cooler and is already overclocked.

 

I should have mentioned - I do not intend to overclock in the near future. It sounds like the 670 will outperform the 7950 if neither are OC'ed?

GTX 670 is faster then a 7950 stock vs stock, however you can get a 7970ghz for the same price point as the GTX 670 but is only on average 10% faster (stock vs ghz edition ).

#9 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

Okay, here is what I have so far:

i5 3750K - $230

ASRock Z77 - $135

EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $370

NZXT Phantom - $100

Cooler Master CPU Cooler - $33

Corsair Vengeance 8GB - $53

Corsair 650W Gold - $100

Total is about $1,019 (I think I did my math right...)

A few notes:

I upgraded to a little higher mobo since I had never heard of the Asrock brand and it had only gotten 4 stars. This one is only $30 more though. Thoughts? Is it still compatible?

I downgraded to the GTX 660ti superclocked from the suggested 670. It's about $70 cheaper... Bad move?

I've been looking at the Phantom case for some time now. This should fit everything, correct?

Any other thoughts? Does everything look compatible? Thanks all for your help!

#10 Posted by darksusperia (6943 posts) -
Asrock is the 3rd biggest mobo manufacturer last year. They are expected to ship 18 million units this year. The board you have picked its fine. Reading the comments you may have to update the BIOS if you run into issues. I have done several builds (10+) with the extreme4 mobo that was originally picked and its been great in everyone. No issues. The phantom 410 case is fine I have the original phantom in my current build. If your going the 660ti Id change the to a 7950. same price, bigger bang. unless your really stuck on nvidia.
#11 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

Thanks for the input. Having both of you recommend the board helps. I will update my build to the Asrock. I think with spending less on the mobo, I'll go back to the 670 as originally recommended as well. I will update the links.

Thanks again!

#12 Posted by 04dcarraher (20580 posts) -
good plan
#13 Posted by Frantz22 (257 posts) -

Updated. See what you all think.

#14 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -

i5 3750k
ASrock Z77 motherbaord+8gb stick of memory
another 8gb DDR3
GTX 670
Corsair 650w psu
HAF 912 case

Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler

04dcarraher
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