My first build, post-laptop, ~1300$ MAX budget (prefer to pay less, of course)


This is my first post and thank you very much for your attention. I would like your advice on the following configuration which I reached after a lot of careful research, mostly on this and one other site. I found you to be the most helpful. The prices I am posting are converted from another currency, so they are approximate.

First of all, I will be using this computer primarily for gaming and multimedia (watching full HD movies, video editing, possibly Photoshop as well). I am mostly a consumer. I do have an extensive music collection, so I need a lot of HDD space as well (hence why both SDD and HDD).

Second, I already have most peripherals needed - a monitor (LG IPS 235), keyboard (Black Widow 2013), printer, scanner, etc. I still need to get a mouse so any help in this department would be nice as well. I am considering buying a Razer Taipan but if you could give me a cheaper alternative that is still laser and gaming quality, I would be most grateful.

Third, ideally I would like for this build to have the option to be easily upgraded in the future, as well as to be able to be overclocked. I have just started looking into overclocking (I had a laptop for the last five years due to studying and travelling and had no interest in this) and I will not be doing any of that until I am MUCH more comfortable and knowledgeable with it. I don't want to ruin something by accident due to ignorance :)

So, what I figured so far is the following, everything is subject to debate:

1) Motherboard: ASROCK Z77 EXTREME3 /Z77/1155 ~138$
This is one of my most difficult decisions in this build. I don't want to shell out too much but at the same time want to have the option to overcloak at some point and add an extra GPU and/or RAM.

2) CPU: I5-3570K /3.4G/6MB/BOX/LGA1155 ~280$
I don't think there is any contest here.

3) GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760 Windforce ~348$
I believe this to be my best bet for performance at this budget. The reviews I saw stated it is relatively quiet, with good cooling and not taking up all the available space.

4) RAM: CORSAIR 2x4GB Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz 1.35V ~92$
These seem to take little space so as to not block anything important, such as cooling, and perform very well for the money they cost.

5) SSD: Samsung 840 PRO Series 128 GB 2.5 Slim SATA 6Gbs ~182$
I want an SSD because I've heard they are great for boot time and performance. Do you think it is really worth it? If I choose not to buy it at this time, can I simply add it later (granted I would have to re-install the OS and all programs on it)?

6) HDD: HDD 1B SATAIII Caviar Black 7200rpm 64MB cache ~110$

7) PSU: CORSAIR 600W Gaming Series GS600 ~108$
Another hard one for me. On one hand, I saw that there were a lot cheaper alternatives that provide enough power for my build. On the other hand, people seem to be of the opinion that those ones are badly built or lower quality, etc. ex. Coolermaster Quiet series, Corsair CX. I would be grateful for your advice.

8) Case: I have no idea where to even begin with this. I will have the help of a professional to assemble everything but I have no idea what to look for. I don't want to spend too much on it but want optimal noise levels and cooling for the money.

9) Extra fans: Would I need any, and if so - which one would give me the best bang for my buck?

This is all I can think of. Thank you very much for your time and effort, and keep up the good work! I really hope you can help me :)

P.S. Sorry for the wall of text.
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  1. 1. motherboard: Don't wanna spend too much and wanna overclock. Well go for MSI Z77-G45 Gaming or MSI Z77-GD65 gaming. MSI>ASRock

    2,3,4,5,6 all way to go.

    7. GS600 has fan whinning sound issues. Youtube it if you have doubts. Go for Seasonic S12 II 620W. i personally use it. Dead silent and excellent performer.

    8. Corsair 300R or 400R if you are tight on budget. Corsair 500R if you can afford. You'll get what you pay for.

    9. You won't need them if you buy 500R. Comes with 4 fans installed. Still in case you need them, buy cooler master 120mm 90CFM sickle flow fans.
  2. Best answer
    hey there, congratz on decision to buy a new pc.
    so here is what i think...

    1. could go a bit better on mobo or whichever is the cheapest from following
    asrock z77 extreme 4 / gigabyte z77x-d3h / msi z77-g45 / asus z77-a
    but still extreme 3 is an good decision.

    2. 3570k is a premium choice. maybe you would like to think about 4670k as well. (along with z87 chipset motherboards) the difference would be like 30-50$ in total.

    3. I dont know where you live but 350$ on gtx760 is way too expensive lol you can get a gtx770 for that price. double check the vendors for better price tags.
    performance wise gtx760 is also a good choice. you may also want to check hd7970 for a similar price and slightly better performance

    4. 1.35V memories are intended for extreme overclocking which allows you to only increase the voltage as you want. there is absolutely no need. you can go for 1.5V version for much less cash. anyway the native voltage for memory controllers are 1.5V
    gskill 2x4GB 1600MHz CL9 1.5V ripjaws x or sniper will be perfect choice.

    5. if you are not benchmark crazy, every SSD will feel the same for real world performance. the difference between them is only visible in benchmarks. what you should look into is the life time of a SSD it shouldnt be less than 2M hours in my opinion. Leaving price tag aside, 840 Pro is a top choice.
    Could go for OCZ/Corsair/SanDisk/Mushkin/Kingston as well

    6. caviar blue 1tb comes for 2/3 of the price tag. there is no point in paying for black to be honest. there is almost no difference. other than warranty and packaging lol

    7. psu is fine.

    8. As for the case you choose the following, Corsair Carbide 200R or 300R, Zalman Z5 Plus or Z9 or Z11 Plus, Coolermaster Storm Enforcer etc... a decent case is usually costs 60-90$. make sure there are top side ventilation holes and psu is positioned at the bottom side. usb3 and mic/earphone should be on front top cover for easier usage.

    9. totally depends on the case and the setup. Sometimes adding more fans doesnt make good results. actually simplicity is best. It sounds easy but here you actually manage strict aerodynamics. As if you put the fans on wrong setup, it causes even worse temperature.

    here is a link for a decent setup from my view.
    the system is designed for medium overclocking.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.49 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($145.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1259.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 09:35 EDT-0400)

    good luck.
  3. Thank you very much for the responses!

    1+2) I think I'm going to go with the 4670 and MSI Z87-G45. @500$ total

    3) I live in Bulgaria, and stores here are greedy as ****. The GTX 770 is about 555$, and price differences between vendors are usually negligible (the prices I have given are the cheapest I have found), not to mention that there is also very little choice. Technology here is always more expensive than in the rest of Europe, not to mention the US.
    Due to the weird pricing, HD 7970 is about the price of the GTX 770, way out of my budget. HD 7950 is also more expensive than GTX 760, so that is out.
    The cheapest GTX 760 I found is PALIT GTX760 2GB D5, @ 310$, and the Gigabyte and Asus ones are 348$. Gainward is 320$. Please help me choose :)

    4) Believe it or not, the LP 1.35V are 5$ cheaper than the 1.5V with the huge thermal dissipation, and I prefer them because they take less space, so less clutter. Performance wise, are they in any way inferior? @92$

    5) I decided to save on the SSD for now. I can always get one later, when I have an excess of money.

    6) I'll be going with the Caviar black, I can live with the extra cost (30$). @110$

    7) The best PSU for cost from these in the stores I have access to is the Seasonic S12 II 620W (they have no M12), so I will be going with this. @92$

    8) The Corsair Carbide 400R is not in any store I found, so I will be going for the 300R instead. @110$

    9) I will be going for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler, @38$

    Which totals to 942 without the GPU. I wish I had your prices :(
    The GPU is the last thing I need to decide. Should I choose:
    - Palit for 310$
    - Gainward for 320$
    - Asus/Gigabyte (which?) for 348$

    Thank you so much for your help, you are great!
  4. if you are not going to overclock or buy a factory overclocked gpu doesnt really matter which brand you choose to be honest.

    If so, dont hesitate to buy Asus/MSI/Evga/Gigabyte as the quality of transistors and regulators makes huge freaking difference :)
    good luck :D
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