Home Build Budget ~$1200 USD +/- $50 (Pcpartpicker.com)

Alright guys, I've finally saved up enough money to be able to build my own PC. I CANNOT BUY PARTS FROM NEWEGG UNLESS YOU CONSIDER THE SALES TAX COSTS FOR MY STATE (TN).

Approximate Purchase Date: 4-7 Days.

Budget Range: 1150-1250 After Rebates, shipping, and (if applicable) sales tax.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Shoutcasting, recording gameplays and demos, commentating, school work.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pcpartpicker.com If you are going to suggest parts from newegg.com, please realize that I live in the state of Tennessee where newegg charges sales tax. Take this into consideration.

Location: Knoxville, TN, US.

Parts Preferences: Whatever works best.

Overclocking: Whatever works best.

SLI or Crossfire: Whatever works best.

Your Monitor Resolution: Going to need a monitor with 1920x1080 recommended resolution.

Additional Comments: Whatever you recommend for me, post here, please.
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  1. The high end gaming PC is going to be something that can run everything at 1080P at high to ultra settings. This machine will burn through any game on the market, and will have plenty of room for expansion as well.Now to give you a run down of my choices for the build for you and explain the details. Core i5 3570K. For those who know me and have me do their builds, you’ll know that it’s just about the best processor you can get for the money today. With plenty of performance, top notch overclocking capability and enough horsepower to run any game you throw at it, the choice is a no brainer.


    Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

    30 cooler that will work magic. Seriously though, at this price, there’s no cooler out there can that beat this thing price wise and performance wise it's best bang per buck.


    Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-D3H

    Ever since Intel’s introduction of the Z77 chipset, motherboard giant Gigabyte has made huge leaps in in improvements on their motherboards all the way from the budget end to the extreme high end and the Z77X-D3H is a perfect example of what kind of top quality products can be achieved.

    With support for PCIe 3.0, SATA 3 6Gb/s, 8 channel integrated audio, Gigabyte’s fully digital power delivery system, and ultra durable 4 features, it’s got a lot going for it.


    Memory – 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 Low Profile 1.5v
    With excellent reliability, great performance, a low profile and an amazing price, there really isn’t a better option on the market.

    GPU - MSI GTX 670 Power Edition

    We’re building a gaming PC today, so that means we’re going to splurge a little on graphics lol!

    Based off Nvidia’s new Kepler design, the GTX 670 provides top notch performance with extremely high efficiency, so you’re guaranteed to be getting a ton of performance without a lot of energy or creating a lot of heat either. ,
    With MSI’s Power Edition GTX 670, you’re also getting MSI’s legendary Twin Frozr IV cooler, which will provide excellent cooling along with MSI’s triple overvoltage design that allows you to do a little overclocking to improve performance if you’re feeling adventurous.
    Storage - Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM

    For your build today, we’ll be going with a Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM hard drive, which if you asked me one or two years ago would’ve probably been my ideal choice when building a new gaming computer.


    PSU - Corsair TX650 V2

    Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650 V2. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot. NOTE- This is using newegg only you might be able to save some money with buying it from a few different places just check pc part picker and pick which ever store works best for you. I did not add a monitor so feel free to add that yourself.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1094.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 13:40 EDT-0400)
  2. Here you go:

    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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($363.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1019.60
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 12:46 EDT-0400)

    Then add whatever monitor you want.
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    Here you go:

    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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($363.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1019.60
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 12:46 EDT-0400)

    Then add whatever monitor you want.


    I'm really liking this solution. Any other suggestions?
  4. Quote:
    Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650 V2. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot. NOTE- This is using newegg only you might be able to save some money with buying it from a few different places just check pc part picker and pick which ever store works best for you. I did not add a monitor so feel free to add that yourself.


    The TX650 V2 is made by CWT, not Seasonic: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

    It's definitely a good supply, just give credit where credit is due.
  5. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650 V2. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot. NOTE- This is using newegg only you might be able to save some money with buying it from a few different places just check pc part picker and pick which ever store works best for you. I did not add a monitor so feel free to add that yourself.


    The TX650 V2 is made by CWT, not Seasonic: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

    It's definitely a good supply, just give credit where credit is due.
    It's made by seasonic i gave credit where it was do http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page447.htm ;)
  6. bigcyco1 said:
    g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650 V2. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot. NOTE- This is using newegg only you might be able to save some money with buying it from a few different places just check pc part picker and pick which ever store works best for you. I did not add a monitor so feel free to add that yourself.


    The TX650 V2 is made by CWT, not Seasonic: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

    It's definitely a good supply, just give credit where credit is due.
    It's made by seasonic i gave credit where it was do http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page447.htm ;)



    According to this index it's made by CWT: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

    But that one says Seasonic. And why does it say discontinued?
  7. g-unit1111 said:
    bigcyco1 said:
    g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650 V2. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot. NOTE- This is using newegg only you might be able to save some money with buying it from a few different places just check pc part picker and pick which ever store works best for you. I did not add a monitor so feel free to add that yourself.


    The TX650 V2 is made by CWT, not Seasonic: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

    It's definitely a good supply, just give credit where credit is due.
    It's made by seasonic i gave credit where it was do http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page447.htm ;)



    According to this index it's made by CWT: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913-5.html

    But that one says Seasonic. And why does it say discontinued?
    I noticed that as well not sure which one is wrong i've always believed it was seasonic that made it.
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($426.99 @ Amazon)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1250.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 19:57 EDT-0400)

    Notes
    - You can go with Hyper 212 Evo instead of Corsair H60
    - HX750 for future SLI (if you want)
    - Everything is (sorta) blue
  9. bigcyco1 said:
    I noticed that as well not sure which one is wrong i've always believed it was seasonic that made it.



    The V1s were made by Seasonic and that's noted. The V2s are the ones that are made by CWT, I can't explain why Corsair made the switch.
  10. g-unit1111 said:
    bigcyco1 said:
    I noticed that as well not sure which one is wrong i've always believed it was seasonic that made it.



    The V1s were made by Seasonic and that's noted. The V2s are the ones that are made by CWT, I can't explain why Corsair made the switch.
    Yeah i find it really odd myself.
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