Solved

$1,500 Compatibility Question also first build

Well I feel a little stupid doing this but I want to make sure my first build is a fun and strong build. I am an IT in the Navy so take into account I work with computers on a daily basis BUT would love to build a strong machine at home for variety of reasons. 1. Gaming so I won't go out drinking so much. 2. To show the wife I know what I am doing and I am not a slacker at work. 3. Just because to me sometimes its just fun to do from start to finish. And here is what I'm looking for as well, first I want it to be powerful. I heard the other day on of my buddies and he said most of us don't have a computer to run the new game Crysis. I don't want the game but I also don't want anyone to say my computer can't do it. lol I also would love a piece of art... for example I already have replaced the rear case fan with a BLUE Led fan and the front was already installed with a blue LED fan and may put one more bottle 140mm LED Blue fan on it. The side is a clear case obviously because I want people to look and go wow that's a work of art and a pretty nice machine. So here are the parts.

ZALMAN ZM-Z9 U3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

and a Blue 120mm LED rear tower fan.



I am presenting on how I should buy so if you see I could buy this differently please let me know. If you see I need upgrades or am buying overpriced then please let me know as well. What I have on the wish list:

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in ...

That would be my first purchase. Next:

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

LITE-ON H/H Internal BD Writer with Nero Essential SATA IHBS312-98

Then from there I would probably finish this bad boy up with:


MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Western Digital RE WD2000FYYZ 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GELID Solutions WING 14 UV Blue FN-FW14B-12 140mm Case Fan

And if I am missing something please add it to what I should by on the bottom.... Again this is a build I feel very strongly about and want to complete. I do also want to add I am worried about the Power Supply because out of all the things on my list that's the one I am not sure about. Also does anyone think it will be (Too Blue) inside? I am wondering but then again I can also turn the lights off. Any thoughts or suggestions or even criticism is appreciated. And also if anyone can give me a forum or something to help me overclock I would be very grateful. THANK YOU and be safe!
11 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about 500 compatibility question build
  1. that psu is garbage. the mobo is way overpriced and not worth the money IMHO. why go with a 660 in a 1500 dollar budget . check this build out. i'm assuming you already have the case .
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES312-98 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1344.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 08:41 EDT-0400)
  2. bodeen2012 said:
    that psu is garbage. the mobo is way overpriced and not worth the money IMHO. why go with a 660 in a 1500 dollar budget . check this build out. i'm assuming you already have the case .
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES312-98 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1344.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 08:41 EDT-0400)


    I heard on another page that maybe going with a 650w psu. Any thoughts?
  3. that's enough
  4. Best answer
    Navybonez said:
    bodeen2012 said:
    that psu is garbage. the mobo is way overpriced and not worth the money IMHO. why go with a 660 in a 1500 dollar budget . check this build out. i'm assuming you already have the case .
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONTr/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES312-98 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1344.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 08:41 EDT-0400)


    I heard on another page that maybe going with a 650w psu. Any thoughts?

    if you don't plan on sli. 550w is more than enough . but if your going to sli in the future get a seasonic 750 watt
  5. If you wanna rock all games (especially Crysis 3) then get a 7970 or 680.

    Sabertooth is an awesome board but not really necessary. Also, you should buy SSD first. You will install
    OS, programs, and maybe games on it. If you buy HDD then add SSD it would be hell moving OS.
  6. envy14tpe said:
    If you wanna rock all games (especially Crysis 3) then get a 7970 or 680.

    Sabertooth is an awesome board but not really necessary. Also, you should buy SSD first. You will install
    OS, programs, and maybe games on it. If you buy HDD then add SSD it would be hell moving OS.


    Agree with you on the GPU. But not sure which is best to go with and Yeah I got suggested the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard and have to say from what I am reading yes that would be a VERY smart idea. Also I did plan on SSD before HDD. Thank you!
  7. Take your time deciding. You'll find out that throwing a lot of money into components doesn't always make it faster. GPU is key in determining game performance where CPU for applications (other than games). If you want good gaming just get a high end GPU.

    Another thing that is important is the monitor. What are you gonna use?

    btw, thanks for serving our country.
  8. envy14tpe said:
    Take your time deciding. You'll find out that throwing a lot of money into components doesn't always make it faster. GPU is key in determining game performance where CPU for applications (other than games). If you want good gaming just get a high end GPU.

    Another thing that is important is the monitor. What are you gonna use?

    btw, thanks for serving our country.


    Sorry I am learning these things as I go along here. I have an updated list:

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM

    EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    LITE-ON H/H Internal BD Writer with Nero Essential SATA IHBS312-98

    GELID Solutions WING 14 UV Blue FN-FW14B-12 140mm Case Fan

    I really do like the help! And am very thankful for it. And thank you for recognizing my service.
  9. How about a 2TB Western Digital Blue and a 120GB SSD?

    550W is plenty for 680. 750W is for a system that has 2 x 680.
  10. envy14tpe said:
    How about a 2TB Western Digital Blue and a 120GB SSD?

    550W is plenty for 680. 750W is for a system that has 2 x 680.


    Hey thank you on that. I will do that 550W because yeah I don't plan for 2 680's. My SSD on the list is SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) and I think that should be fine by me. As for the 2TB that was the lower priced one.
  11. Gold 550W:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm

    Bronze 550W:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

    Important tip: Install OS to SSD, but don't plug the HDD in. After OS is installed then can connect HDD.

    I thought WD made a Blue 2Tb, but I didn't see it. The Black is fast.
Ask a new question

Read More

Build Systems