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Old April 30, 2013, 03:43 PM
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well......i was never good at keeping a budget!
this is what im thinking now. yay or nay?

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ASUS P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard
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SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
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MSI GeForce GTX 680 N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Video Card
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NVIDIA Coupon Metro: Last Light
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Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory
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Old April 30, 2013, 10:28 PM
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No need for 16GB ram.. Extra ram will do nothing to speed up your system and if your just using it for general use / gaming, then it will be quite some time before it will be a problem.
That said, if your set on 16 GB, still try find cl 9, though the ram you picked is very much not bad for the price.

No need for such an expensive board unless it has some specific feature your looking for?

That SSD is far slower that the one I linked and only $20 in the difference.

If your set on a 680, look second-hand..
I really can't agree with their pricing vs 7970 at the mo (30% more for the same performance (depending on game)and 2 free games with the 7970, not to mention a further $30 MIR)
And this is coming from an Nvidia fan (have owned 2 AMD /ATI cards in the past)

Make sure you find the cheapest prices for your hardware then price-match to NCIX, Memory express or somewhere, you can save a substantial amount.
pcpartpicker is a decent start, but there are other services that will help you find bargains from other places too.
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Old May 1, 2013, 07:37 AM
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ncix as a 3570k with a msi Z77A-G43 for 340$ at the moment

a gtx 670 as almost the same performance of a 680, for a bit less $ (i've had both) and dint notice that huge increase.

16g of ram can be useful on many occasion's i've been filling up 10-14gig or ram on a daily basis, i am also a heavy multitasker (2-4 game clients running at once and tons of apps) so its not a waist if you plan to have tons of crap running at once :)
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Old May 1, 2013, 09:21 AM
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The above is also very true, my 670 (heavily oc'd) JUST keeps me happy on 2560x1440 with a second screen on desktop..
If your staying 1080, only the heaviest / worst coded games could stress the 670.
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Old May 12, 2013, 07:56 AM
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This is what i bought. I blew my budget by .....alot. oh well. I should be ok as long as the wife dont find out.
Asus p8z77-v deluxe
Intel 3570k
16gb corsair vengence 1600 cas9 2x8 LP
Corsair neutron gtx 250gb
Noctura nh-d14 cooler
Saphire vapor x 7970 ghz ed.

Now the waiting for the parts. Than on to oc... and 3 new games.
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Old May 12, 2013, 08:23 AM
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You shouldn't go wrong with what you selected, for a few hundred more than your original budget think you will be better off..Should be nice system...
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Old May 12, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Wonder why my message from my phone is in such small font?
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Old May 15, 2013, 05:14 AM
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This is what i bought. I blew my budget by .....alot. oh well. I should be ok as long as the wife dont find out.

Now the waiting for the parts. Than on to oc... and 3 new games.
Always the way :) Good thing you didn't need a new PSU too.



May I suggest you don't OC right away (if you've not already done it)
Enjoy the performance boost for a while, then when it becomes normal, oc it to a gentle 24/7 level.. and repeat once again this has become normal for you.
Keeps the joy coming for much much longer than if you OC it as soon as it's built and it'll already be a beast compared to your old machine.
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