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I did this build for a friend of mine. He had a $700 budget, but we ended up breaking that just a tiny bit. It came out to about $710 total. We already had the CD-ROM drive so we spent about $19 less than what this is listed as, but we still broke the budget regardless.

Anyways, this machine is primarily for gaming. We couldn't quite afford an unlocked 3570K, otherwise that would have been my primary choice. We got the 3470 for about $180 though, so it wasn't all that bad for an alternative. Since we ended up choosing a locked CPU, I decided the H77 chipset would compliment it best. The RAM was chosen simply to match the PCIe slots on the board - I like to match colors if possible. The Seagate HDD was the cheapest choice for the size.

I like the performance the Radeon 7870 XT can output, so naturally we decided to go with that for this build. The Zalman Z5 Plus case was a surprise. I was expecting it to be a pretty cheap and flimsy case, but it's actually quite nice and durable. The only con to that case is that the front USB header doesn't plug into the motherboard's header... it plugs into one of the mobo's rear 3.0 USB ports. I was so disappointed with that.

The PSU, despite being non modular, was very easy to work with actually. I found it pretty easy to do some good cable management with it. Very satisfied with that and the price it came at. The case was great for that. I should also mention that we got a 600 watt because we intend to CrossFire in the future.

Overall this was a great build to work with and once we got it up and running, the gaming performance was excellent. My friend and I are very happy with it.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 8 points

How much did the hand add to the build? And you may want to reposition it somewhere else so it doesn't block the airflow.

Seriously though...good, clean build. Well done!

  • 84 months ago
  • 3 points

The hand actually depreciates the value of the whole rig. That's one hand you do not want to shake, haha.

Thank you though, I appreciate the positive feedback!

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

That feel when oil from hand breaks pc.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, for the price, this is a VERY well thought out build! Even the cable management is good 0.0

Should be able to handle anything you want as of gaming except Crysis 3 :/ at max settings :)

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

And don't forget about the Witcher 2 supersampling!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes, never forget about that, even though we want to.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't consider it a valid test. Supersampling on Crysis 3 would be so much worse.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks! Yeah I was surprised at how easy the cable management was. It did take me about an hour, but I was very satisfied with the way it came out.

Crysis 3 cheats. You need to run multiple GPUs for that game to be nice and smooth!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Poorly coded :)

Will even out soon, then he will be able to max that XD

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bro! You put the money where it counts for gaming - the 7870 has some nice benchmarks, and I'm guessing is on par with the 660. Check out this link: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=660

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I did a lot of searching around for the best GPU at that price range. We didn't stress test the GPU with the most brutal games out there, but we did test a couple just to see how well they would run and we were extremely satisfied with the performance. The 7870 XT is a great, great card.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Heck, that 7870 bests a 660 ti!

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Uh no it doesn't

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price, the 7870 is better in most cases. It really only depends on the games you play, as the 660 ti and 7870 are on par. Let me direct you to the GPU heirarchy chart on Tom's Hardware.

The 660 ti and the regular 7870 are on par, the 7870 XT uses a Tahiti board, so it's more of a "7930" per se. This card is on par with the 670 according to Tom's, so technically it is better than a 660 ti.

  • 84 months ago
  • -3 points

This is actually very far from true. The 660 ti competes with the 7950, not the 7870. I've done extensive research and testing myself on multiple different cards and can tell you the 7870 in no way competes with the 660 ti, let alone on par.. http://www.techpowerup.com/mobile/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/1.html

Yes this is from older drivers but the results in tier placement are still the same. It shows that the 7870 competes with the 660 not ti version.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think a team on a widely accepted medium like Tom's would publish inaccurate data - much less data that is widely accepted by consumers, enthusiasts, professionals and distributors alike.

Also, drivers are a huge part of GPU performance and everyone knows that the newer catalyst drivers made huge improvements to the Radeon cards' performance.

At the end of the day though, it's irrelevant because it always comes down to what game you play and what you do to benchmark them. I think it's pretty much just preference in these cases.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I was wrong, no arguments plz :P

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way, most games should be playable at max settings with both cards.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The 7870 xt will beat a 660 ti any day. A 7870 xt is basically a 7950.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

if you read what my response was to, frostbyter was saying a 7870 (not XT) bests a 660 Ti. I agree how ever that the XT version does it fits quite nicely between the 660 Ti and 7950.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, after I sent the response, I read what you wrote afterwards.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend was looking to get a good, cheap build because he's low on money. I will definitely show him this one. Great budget build and great cable management especially witha non-modular PSU

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you, I definitely recommend this one. It's handled very well thus far. If you were going with something like this though, just keep an eye out when prices drop. A lot of these components fluctuate in price often so you'll want to grab them when they're at their lowest.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build Kevdo. I see now why you recommended the parts you did. Mine will likely be similar. Very nice.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wounded why not the i5 3350p it is the i5 without the intel graphics. Since you are not oc the processor. And you have a gpu. It is cheaper to get the the 3350p. Great build

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Originally I was planning to, but it occurred to me that in case the GPU failed he could still use the integrated Intel graphics while he got a replacement GPU. Otherwise his computer would be rendered unusable without a GPU.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that makes sense. Just If you need to stick to the 700 budget the i5 3350p would have keep it in budget. Over all great build and how is the 7870xt? I was looking into it for a build for a friend.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

It performs great. My friend has played games like Skyrim, Bioshock Infinity and the new Tomb Raider and he says it's played them all at full settings without a problem.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I think i know what card will go into his future build lol Thank.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm getting that case too. How did you plug in the fan and fan controller?