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April 27, 2013 9:43:40 AM

Hello,
I'm going to buy a new computer soon and I need help to make sure that the parts are compatible, to lower the price of the whole build while maintaining as much performance as I can from the parts I chose so far, and to get a good power source and case (maybe other components that I need and forgot of as well lol).

Here are the components I chose so far, I'm gonna link to Newegg however I'm not buying the parts from there:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - should I get 3570 If I can't overclock with the stock cooler?

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SuperClocked 2GB DDR5 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1866MHz 2x8 GB CL9 Dual Channel Kit - (couldn't find a link on newegg)

Hard disk: Hard disk Western Digital 7200 RPM 2TB SATA-III - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: SSD Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA-III - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD writer/reader/whatever: DVD-Writer Asus DRW-24B5ST - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here's the form from the sticky:

Approximate Purchase Date: probably this week

Budget Range: 1400-1500$ more or less when converted to usd, but components in my country are more expensive so on a normal site such as newegg it would probably cost around 1000$.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, multitasking, browsing internet and stuff

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm using a Romanian site to get the parts, pcgarage.ro , since I'm from Romania, and because international sites usually don't ship to Romania as far as I'm aware.

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Overclocking: No, unless I can afford overclocking without buying custom coolers over the stock ones.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, I'm probably going to get a higher resolution later, not sure how high however.

Additional Comments: I want fast and good quality 16 gb ram and 120 gb SSD, the hard disk should also be reliable and quick.

Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is horrible at anything and everything.

In summary,
Need cheaper counterparts for some of the parts, make sure everything is compatible with each other, and a fitting power source and case.

It's very important to get cheaper counterparts of what I've listed because I'm currently over the budget without including the power source and case.

Thanks for reading.

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April 27, 2013 10:08:51 AM

Well you've got a few areas where you can save.

16 GB of RAM really isn't necessary. Especially if you're gaming. No game can take advantage of more than 8GB.

That motherboard is a bit overkill. You can cut down to the cheaper version and never know the difference.

Do you really need 2TB of HDD space?

I went ahead and included an aftermarket cooler because you have an overclocking CPU and motherboard.


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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($267.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $980.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 13:07 EDT-0400)
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April 27, 2013 10:56:49 AM

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16 GB of RAM really isn't necessary. Especially if you're gaming. No game can take advantage of more than 8GB.

I want to make a RAM drive as well, and I have my own RAM intensive tasks, so I'm going to stick with the 16 gb.

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That motherboard is a bit overkill. You can cut down to the cheaper version and never know the difference.

I wasn't sure what I needed which is why I picked that one, but I went with your suggestion and changed it.

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Do you really need 2TB of HDD space?

Not really.

Here's my new list from what I could find on the site I'm buying after following your suggestions:


Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 660 OC TwinFrozr III 2GB DDR5 192-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (not sure if the Newegg counterpart is correct)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1866MHz 2x8 GB CL9 Dual Channel Kit - (couldn't find a link on newegg)

Hard disk: Western Digital 1TB SATA-III 7200 rpm 64MB Caviar Blue - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA-III - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD writer/reader/whatever: DVD-Writer Asus DRW-24B5ST - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500M - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I sticked with the Corsair SSD because I'm not sure about the quality of Samsung SSDs.
The price is fine for me, but is everything compatible? Are the PSU and Case I picked fine? Is there an obvious bottleneck which I'm missing?
Thank you for your help.
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April 27, 2013 11:17:37 AM

Everything looks very good. My only concern is that the case you picked does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports and your motherboard supports them. Not sure if that's important to you or not.

Both the Samsung and Corsair SSDs are great. I personally have 2 of the Samsung units.
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April 27, 2013 11:27:28 AM

JD88 said:
Everything looks very good. My only concern is that the case you picked does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports and your motherboard supports them. Not sure if that's important to you or not.


So if I can't use those 3.0 ports in the front panel I can't use them anywhere else, and I lose 2 3.0 usb ports?
In that case, is this case better? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooltek-Skiron-Housing-External...
I'm not sure where to look for ports and stuff like that.
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April 27, 2013 11:40:47 AM

Yeah the 200R is just as good, just not quite as fancy. It has the front USB 3.0.
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April 27, 2013 11:42:49 AM

I don't care as long as the components fit in it.
I'm good to go in that case.
Thanks a lot.
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April 27, 2013 11:44:34 AM

No problem. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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April 27, 2013 12:12:38 PM

Have you thought about going AMD and using the difference in money for a higher quality video card?
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April 27, 2013 12:23:05 PM

hybird9012 said:
Have you thought about going AMD and using the difference in money for a higher quality video card?

Yeah, I have thought of purchasing the FX8350, but it's not that much cheaper and the benchmark tests showed that the i5 is better overall. I'm also more comfortable with purchasing intel for some reason, and from what I've read FX8350 heats up more and uses more power, so you also need a better fan which makes it more expensive as well + a more expensive electric bill. Oh, let's not forget a more expensive power source.

So yeah I think I'll stick with the i5.
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April 27, 2013 12:25:35 PM

Robby250 said:
hybird9012 said:
Have you thought about going AMD and using the difference in money for a higher quality video card?

Yeah, I have thought of purchasing the FX8350, but it's not that much cheaper and the benchmark tests showed that the i5 is better overall. I'm also more comfortable with purchasing intel for some reason, and from what I've read FX8350 heats up more and uses more power, so you also need a better fan which makes it more expensive as well + a more expensive electric bill.

So yeah I think I'll stick with the i5.


Good call..
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April 27, 2013 12:56:08 PM

I have one more question, because I'm afraid of purchasing a power source that's too weak.
Is 500W really enough for my build? Because a friend purchased a computer that was a bit cheaper, and he had a 550W power source, and it wasn't enough. Should I get a more powerful one just to be sure? Especially since I'll be overclocking the processor.
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April 27, 2013 1:00:55 PM

500W should be plenty as long as you aren't adding a second GPU for SLI later on. Ivy Bridge and Kepler really don't use all that much power. Also as long as the PSU is from a decent brand as that one is.
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April 27, 2013 1:06:32 PM

Thanks. I hope it's gonna work out fine.

EDIT: Just to be 110% certain, I'm gonna get the corsair PSU which is almost the same as the one mentioned, but at 600W because it's only slightly more expensive. I don't wanna have to buy another PSU afterwards if something goes wrong. Or I might as well install other stuff later which require more power.
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