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First time Builder Gaming PC $1k-1.2k ~ Must Be Pretty!

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May 11, 2013 2:10:15 PM

First off, a huge thanks to all of you awesome people here. I'm learning so much and I truly appreciate how kind all of you are with your time, knowledge and advice.


That being said, I'm open to any and all advice you share, the exception being case choice. This computer will be in an open area viewable by everyone in my home and it must be pretty and it must be white ;)  It's the only one I've found that fits my personal taste.

I do need a monitor and it' not included in my options so far. I prefer 24" and 1900 x ??

I live in the USA and I have no particular preferred merchant but I do not live close to a micro center.

I have experience replacing parts and pieces but this will be my first complete build. I am looking for confirmation of sizing, compatibility issues etc.



My system is 5 years old...it's time!

Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget: $1000-$1200
System Usage - Gaming
Overclock - CPU Maybe Future, GPU YES


So far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($249.70 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.01 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1016.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-11 17:55 EDT-0400)


I look forward to your input and thanks for your time.
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May 11, 2013 2:27:37 PM

namdlo said:
You might want to spend the extra couple of $ on at least 1600Mhz memory.

There are tons of white cases out there -- Newegg alone:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

I agree on the memory but I'm worried sitting at the $1k price point already without a monitor that I'm going to be over budget. This is one place I scrimped for the time being. As for the tower, my heart is completely set on that particular one ;) 




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May 11, 2013 2:53:40 PM

Most of the less expensive memory appears to be Team which I have no experience with.

There are a limited number of reviews for them on Newegg but they appear to all be positive.
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May 11, 2013 2:54:15 PM

Xandalay said:
namdlo said:
Unless you're dead set on that specific memory there are other options at that price or less for 8gb of 1600.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Not dead set, just a brand I'm familiar with. What other brands would you recommend?


Top tier RAM brands would be: Corsair (as long as you get low profile), G.Skill, Crucial, Mushkin, Kingston (though they charge more for 1.5V) and Patriot.

Stay away from: GEIL, Team Elite, Pareema.
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May 11, 2013 3:02:32 PM

Thanks for the info all, I'll check out the other options. Also, any real up/down side to going 2x4 vs 1x8?
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May 11, 2013 3:42:22 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Buy the i7-3770k from micro center, huge rabate.

Buy asrock z77 extreme 6
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

Buy the msi hd 7950 twin frozer , when overclocked its fast as hd 7970/gtx680.
Its easy to do, silent, cool
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7950twinfr...



Unfortunately on that CPU as stated in original post, I don't live near a Micro center and it's pickup only.
Budget doesn't allow for the more pricey GPU.
I simply chose the Z774 vs 6 for the price and the smaller size
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May 11, 2013 4:42:09 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Buy the i7-3770k from micro center, huge rabate.

Buy asrock z77 extreme 6
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

Buy the msi hd 7950 twin frozer , when overclocked its fast as hd 7970/gtx680.
Its easy to do, silent, cool
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7950twinfr...



It's not needed for a gaming rig, and that deal is walk in only, if the OP doesn't live near a Micro Center it's not going to happen.


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