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February 23, 2012 11:10:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 1-4 months

Budget Range: $1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Editing, Gaming, Web Browsing, Recording Console, Music Making/Listening, School

Parts Not Required: Windows 7, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes, but just a bit

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, not now but later on

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 right now but hoping to upgrade to 1920x1080 soon

Additional Comments: Prefer it to have a window and have blue led fans. Also I will be editing with Adobe After Effects and Sony Vegas/ most liely at the same time while also web browsing. Want games to run at 50+ fps on high/ultra setting. The 6570 that i have now cant even do that at low settings :sol: 

Here is what I have so far, definitely willing to change:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Xornet
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: EVGA M020-00-000234 Superclock CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would I need to get my own thermal compound for this? Also I was thinking if I would be able to get a 7970 at this price range and upgrade it later and still have to PSU be able to handle it. I would like a full tower atx to help with cooling and cable management because I am wanting to overclock the CPU and GPU. Also I wouldn't mind an ssd, maybe a monitor, a copy of windows 7 so i can just use this as an all new one but it is not necessary as I can just bring my Hard drive from the PC im on now.
February 23, 2012 11:22:06 PM

a few minor changes and other

1 asus p8p67 mobo instead of asrock
2 change psu to corsair ax850
3 change hhd to western digital caviar black 500gb
4 change cpu cooler to cooler master hyper 212 evo
5 change gpu manufacturer to evga
6 put just your os on this ssd and make it your boot drive corsair force series 3 60gb
7 you would need a thermal compound a very popular one is the arctic silver 5
8 dont go and look at arctic silvers guide to applying the compound look for a video on youtube
9 remember to either buy a static wrist ban or repetitivley touch you pc case in order to discharge the static electricity from your body
10 this might be a little out of your budget range
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February 23, 2012 11:28:59 PM

Overall, I'd say that's a pretty good build but I suggest you get a 1TB drive instead of 500GB. You'd be surprised how quickly even a 1TB is filled up these days

An SSD is pretty good as well since it can load your game files quickly and make your system more responsive. If you're planning on buying one, get the crucial M4, it's the most reliable SSD at this point in time and I suggest you get the 128GB if you're planning on installing your OS on it since 60GB is a bit too small.

Change the cooler as well to a thermaltake frio or a noctua NH-D14, it's much better if you're planning on overclocking your cpu which I'm assuming you would since you pick the k series cpu.

While the HX1050 is a great psu, it's way overkill for that build. The HX850 is more than enough and with plenty of room for future upgrade
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February 23, 2012 11:33:05 PM

EzioAs said:
Overall, I'd say that's a pretty good build but I suggest you get a 1TB drive instead of 500GB. You'd be surprised how quickly even a 1TB is filled up these days

An SSD is pretty good as well since it can load your game files quickly and make your system more responsive. If you're planning on buying one, get the crucial M4, it's the most reliable SSD at this point in time and I suggest you get the 128GB if you're planning on installing your OS on it since 60GB is a bit too small.

Change the cooler as well to a thermaltake frio or a noctua NH-D14, it's much better if you're planning on overclocking your cpu which I'm assuming you would since you pick the k series cpu.


I was thinking about going with a 1tb hard drive but the one i have now is 1.5 tb and it has 600 gigs left so i thought i could just get another one later on.

and with the cpu cooler i didnt know if the extra money for the noctua would be worth it or if it would be too big for my mobo if i was planning on getting 8 more gigs of ram later on and i didnt want it to get in the way of the slots
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February 23, 2012 11:35:23 PM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
a few minor changes and other

1 asus p8p67 mobo instead of asrock
2 change psu to corsair ax850
3 change hhd to western digital caviar black 500gb
4 change cpu cooler to cooler master hyper 212 evo
5 change gpu manufacturer to evga
6 put just your os on this ssd and make it your boot drive corsair force series 3 60gb
7 you would need a thermal compound a very popular one is the arctic silver 5
8 dont go and look at arctic silvers guide to applying the compound look for a video on youtube
9 remember to either buy a static wrist ban or repetitivley touch you pc case in order to discharge the static electricity from your body
10 this might be a little out of your budget range


is there an easy way to transfer an os from a hard drive to an ssd?
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February 23, 2012 11:44:41 PM

then get the frio. it's much smaller and perform almost as well as the d14
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March 1, 2012 11:02:01 PM

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