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March 13, 2013 2:12:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks

Budget Range: $1,600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, and Amazon.com

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, and ASUS.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Needs to be the best portable and powerful rig for $1,600

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: All I have currently is my laptop, which can't play anything but minecraft :( 

Also would it be smarter to wait for Haswell or it won't be worth it for gaming right now?

More about : 600 lan gaming rig

March 13, 2013 2:25:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($115.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($128.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1356.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 17:24 EDT-0400)

This is probably the smallest you're gonna get, unless you want to go with a Micro-ATX mobo and case, but you'll lose a few features. GPU is your choice really, if you'd like NVidia, then grab a 670 ASUS Direct CU II card, but the AMD offering (7970) is also extremely powerful, and offers an extra GB of VRAM.
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March 13, 2013 2:29:35 PM

Devilin said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks

Budget Range: $1,600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, and Amazon.com

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, and ASUS.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Needs to be the best portable and powerful rig for $1,600

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: All I have currently is my laptop, which can't play anything but minecraft :( 

Also would it be smarter to wait for Haswell or it won't be worth it for gaming right now?


2wenty said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($115.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($128.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1356.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 17:24 EDT-0400)

This is probably the smallest you're gonna get, unless you want to go with a Micro-ATX mobo and case, but you'll lose a few features. GPU is your choice really, if you'd like NVidia, then grab a 670 ASUS Direct CU II card, but the AMD offering (7970) is also extremely powerful, and offers an extra GB of VRAM.


Is the C70 easy to take to LANs?
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a c 288 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 2:34:13 PM

I would personally do this:

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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ 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: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1360.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 17:33 EDT-0400)
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March 13, 2013 2:44:18 PM

Do you think the Phantom will be hard to carry?
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March 13, 2013 3:11:38 PM

The C70 has a handle, not sure about the Phantom 410. It's mostly about weight though, and that remains pretty similar throughout all PCs.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 3:35:41 PM

For lan gaming rig, i suggest a mini itx build with the bitfenix prodigy, my suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1177.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It all fits in the case, you can see more information of the case here : http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/prod...

This includes a modular high quality psu(the 550W is more than enough for a single card) with a 670 gtx that has a good cooling system(3 fans and not loud ones) and the 680 reference pcb.
I didn't include hdd, instead a larger ssd for it, if you need more space you can get a second ssd or a 1TB hdd.
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March 13, 2013 3:41:38 PM

Isn't the Bitfenix prodigy like >15lbs
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March 13, 2013 3:41:57 PM

Like above ITX is your best bet
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March 13, 2013 3:51:00 PM

How about Haswell? Should I just wait?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 3:53:33 PM

Devilin said:
Isn't the Bitfenix prodigy like >15lbs


It's about 15lbs, it's a good case for lan events, see a review here :
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5867/bitfenix-prodigy-rev...

Well they're going to be released somewhere in the Summer(somewhere around June), if you need the rig now, get the ivybridge cpu, it's not going to be a huge difference between the haswell and ivybridge cpus by the rumors stated, but it's up to you if you want to wait or not.
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March 13, 2013 3:54:36 PM

Also will I don't think the EVO will allow me to overclock to 4.5Ghz
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 3:58:05 PM

It's a good cooler for the price, i can't say that it will allow you to overclock to that, because it also depends on the cpu, if you'll have a good chip or not, also you don't need those speeds for now.
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a c 288 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 4:36:13 PM

Devilin said:
How about Haswell? Should I just wait?


If you're going to buy now, buy now. If you're going to wait, wait. You will have to accept that no matter what you buy something better will always be coming down the pike. It's part of Moore's Law.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 12:39:31 PM

That's a eatx motherboard, the case is a mid tower case, some fit the eatx motherboards though, but i don't see the point in getting that motherboard and the case is what i not consider a good option for lan, if you want a rog board, there's the Maximus V gene, and the nzxt vulcan is a good case for lan, here's some modifications : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KkBM
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March 17, 2013 12:45:18 PM

The vulcan is hideous, are there any better looking mATX cases???
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March 17, 2013 1:10:43 PM

How about cooling? What is the best cooling to get an i5 to 4.5ghz?
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a c 288 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 9:24:03 PM

Devilin said:
Can you fit a Maximus V Formula in a CM Storm Scout II? I like the look of the Scout II. If you can't then how did this work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42uSMItmxrY


djangoringo said:
That's a eatx motherboard, the case is a mid tower case, some fit the eatx motherboards though, but i don't see the point in getting that motherboard and the case is what i not consider a good option for lan, if you want a rog board, there's the Maximus V gene, and the nzxt vulcan is a good case for lan, here's some modifications : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KkBM


I personally wouldn't recommend getting mATX in a full or mid tower and there's very few instances where you will need EATX or XLATX.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 9:29:12 PM

Well, my intention was to the op use the asus maximus v gene in a matx lan style case like the nzxt vulcan.
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March 19, 2013 3:17:35 PM

After some long thinking I have decided to go with the Prodigy. I will be ordering soon but here is what I came up with:

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy
Mobo: EVGA Stinger
CPU: i5 3570k
CPU Cooler: (Still Undecided)
RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 2133Mhz (16GB because I host game servers sometimes)
GPU: ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 (4GB Because its the ony ASUS 680 with two slots)
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB
HDD: Western Digital WD Black 1TB
PSU: CORSAIR AX760 (Because Corsair has great quality and it matches the build colour)

As you can see I am still unsure about the CPU cooler. I want something that will give me solid temps for when I overclock. I also need help finding a PCI-Express Wifi Card and USB Sound Card (because I can't stand crappy audio). I want to try to build this in a way where I won't have to upgrade for 2-3 years. Things like HDDs and SSDs I will upgrade because you can just add another one. I was also wondering how do people set up there HDD as a data drive for applications, games, music, etc? I know how to setup up the SSD as a boot drive but I don't understand how people use stuff from there HDD. Sorry if this sounds stupid because I have never had a computer with more then one hard drive.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 4:05:19 PM

You don't need a platinum unit nor 750W, the seasonic G550 is more than sufficient, the 680 gtx isn't a good value, the 670 gtx non reference cards will get about the same performance for much less, like the gigabyte 670 windforce 3x.
Also that ram is way to expensive, voltage above what's recommended (1.5v), you won't notice any performance difference with 1600 mhz or 2133 mhz with the intel cpu.
If you want a higher end cooler, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX is a good option, it has clearance for the stuff needed and it fits the case, also if you want a higher end mini itx board, get the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, it has a good amount of power phases, it has two nics(one being an intel), it has wifi, plenty of features, good onboard audio(realtek ALC 898), you don't need to buy a soundcard, also mini itx boards haven't got more than one expansion slot for a single card,
the asus is much better than the evga board for less(combo with case in newegg).
I recommend this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KQp8

If you don't need much space ditch the hdd.
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March 20, 2013 8:02:04 PM

Went back and revised. I switch from the GTX 680 to the 670. I choose the Signature 2 because I like EVGA's quality and the dual fans will help with overclocking. Anyway here is what I got:

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
CPU: i5 3570k
CPU Cooler: (Still Undecided)
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW Signature 2
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB
HDD: Western Digital WD Black 1TB
PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold

Now I just need help deciding on how I will setup cooling with the intakes and outtakes. I was thinking about a 200mm Spectre Pro in the front and a 140mm Spectre Pro in the back. Maybe a H100i for the 3570k so I can get maximum performance, since the ASUS mobo has DIGI VRM it will help a lot with overclocking. I will be ordering in 2-4 days. I want to order the parts ASAP, because I only have so much time off from school.
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March 20, 2013 8:17:19 PM

I can't figure this one out....
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a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2013 8:24:30 PM

The phanteks will do a good job, past ~4.5 ghz, you'll need a custom water cooling loop, not those low end aio watercoolers, idk if the h100i fits in the bitfenix, the phanteks will do for you, it's cheaper, will give you the results possible, and without any leak risks.
Also you don't need a 650W psu for those specs, the seasonic G550 will do just fine and it's cheaper, also a good psu.
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March 21, 2013 4:06:24 AM

How about the NZXT Havik 140?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2013 9:25:10 AM

Devilin said:
How about the NZXT Havik 140?


Also a good cooler, but it might not fit since it's 166mm, the phanteks will fit and it's as good as that one, it comes with several colors, same price, it will be a good choice.
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March 21, 2013 12:10:19 PM

The Prodigy excepts up too 180
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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2013 1:01:51 PM

It's up to 175mm, but i there're other factors, look for compatibility with it on the web, i said might not, i guess it can fit, i still recommend the phanteks, but if you're set with the havik 140, it's also a good one.
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March 22, 2013 7:01:36 AM

I found out my friend wants to get into PC Gaming so I decided to build him a rig also. He told me he has a $1,000 budget so I just switched out the 670 for a 660 ti, I switched out the SSD with a 1TB WD Black HDD, and I changed the power supply to a CORSAIR CX500M.
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March 22, 2013 7:24:02 AM

All from NewEgg (you can shop around for better prices)
i5 3570k ($220)
Hyper 212 Evo ($30)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($135)
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600 (free w/mobo)
XFX 850W SLI-Certified ($100)
2x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 ($740)
Case of Choice ($90)
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB ($240)
*Optional Optical Drive ($18)
Total: $1555 ($1573 w/optical drive)

Add additional storage as needed

EDIT: Nevermind. Didn't see you went with ITX. Your build looks fine. There was an box opening review somewhere on YouTube for that case. It's a really versatile case. You'll probably want to wait and see how the GPU fits in there before you make any fan decisions.

And if you're toting this thing around to LANs, I wouldn't stick a giant hs/fan in it. You have the benefit of the thing sitting horozontally, but there's still a bit of danger with a big fan setup damaging your main board and CPU in transit.
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March 22, 2013 8:39:42 AM

I like the Prodigy case more. Especially for LAN parties. The motherboard sits horizontally and will endure less stress from being moved. The drawback to mITX is you don't get SLI.
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