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March 11, 2013 3:49:00 PM

So as the title states, I am looking to build a gaming pc with a budget of roughly $1500-1600. Please note, I require everything.
Note: I am not counting mail in rebates towards pricing, and I will only purchase from newegg.com

The following is the parts list I came up with, and would like some feedback on the parts.

CPU: I5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 Ghz ----------------$314.99(Combo with windows 7)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V -------------------$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB -----$409.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Kingston 120 GB SSD ---------------------$109.99
NOTE: I have a 2 TB 7200 RPM drive already that will also be incorporated into this build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair HX750 -> 750W Gold certified -----$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill 8 GB DDR3 1600 (2 x 4GB) --------$62.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill Thor V2 (comes with 4 fans) -----$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -------$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Lite-On Dvd Burner ---------------$17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus 23" Widescreen LED (1080p) -----$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

TOTAL ---------------------------------------- ~ $1500 pre tax/shipping.

Note on the video card: I am purchasing a single 7970 and will be purchasing a second in the future when the price drops to run in Crossfire, so please do not recommend 2x 7950s.

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March 11, 2013 3:52:58 PM

Are you going to be overclocking? If so, you may want to get an i5 3570K instead of the i5 3570 with the locked multiplier. Otherwise you could probably drop to a less expensive chipset if you don't plan to, but with a $1500 build, overclocking will probably be worth it.
March 11, 2013 3:55:50 PM

2wenty said:
Are you going to be overclocking? If so, you may want to get an i5 3570K instead of the i5 3570 with the locked multiplier. Otherwise you could probably drop to a less expensive chipset if you don't plan to, but with a $1500 build, overclocking will probably be worth it.


I do not plan on doing any overclocking. Additionally, the selected cpu is a 3570k.
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March 11, 2013 4:02:56 PM

nk352k said:
2wenty said:
Are you going to be overclocking? If so, you may want to get an i5 3570K instead of the i5 3570 with the locked multiplier. Otherwise you could probably drop to a less expensive chipset if you don't plan to, but with a $1500 build, overclocking will probably be worth it.


I do not plan on doing any overclocking. Additionally, the selected cpu is a 3570k.


If you're paying that kind of money for a rig you should be prepared to overclock, you will get the most from your build that way.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1327.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-11 19:04 EDT-0400)

Then add whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.

March 11, 2013 4:04:39 PM

You don't need the Big CPU cooler either, stock cooler will do just fine and a 3570 if you are not overclocking and cheaper
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March 11, 2013 4:13:30 PM

nk352k said:
2wenty said:
Are you going to be overclocking? If so, you may want to get an i5 3570K instead of the i5 3570 with the locked multiplier. Otherwise you could probably drop to a less expensive chipset if you don't plan to, but with a $1500 build, overclocking will probably be worth it.


I do not plan on doing any overclocking. Additionally, the selected cpu is a 3570k.


oops missed this. Since your not overclcocking than the CM Evo is fine. Keeps heat of CPU much lower than stock cooler.
March 11, 2013 4:14:30 PM

g-unit1111 said:
nk352k said:
2wenty said:
Are you going to be overclocking? If so, you may want to get an i5 3570K instead of the i5 3570 with the locked multiplier. Otherwise you could probably drop to a less expensive chipset if you don't plan to, but with a $1500 build, overclocking will probably be worth it.


I do not plan on doing any overclocking. Additionally, the selected cpu is a 3570k.


If you're paying that kind of money for a rig you should be prepared to overclock, you will get the most from your build that way.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1327.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-11 19:04 EDT-0400)

Then add whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.



envy14tpe said:
This cooler is better for overclocking at your price range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your Monitor link leads to an Acer G245HQ. ??


Yes sorry, I meant an Acer when I originally posted, it has been a very long day over here.
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March 31, 2013 3:30:41 AM

what did you decide?
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