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February 27, 2012 10:31:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week.

Budget Range: $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming; Movies, Blu-ray burning/playback

Parts Not Required: Hard Drive, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel - no gpu preference

Overclocking: most likely in the future

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Friend wants to get a build together this week. He wants to be able to burn/watch blu-ray so I'm looking for some input on a blu-ray burner. He also needs an OS and a monitor looking for something in the 22-24 inch range. Hard drive already purchased.

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February 27, 2012 11:01:06 PM

Here you go:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $104.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $224.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
SSD: 64GB Samsung 830 - $119.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $74.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570TI - $349.99
Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $199.99

Total: $1404.89

I didn't include OS but a Windows 7 Home Premium license will run you $99.
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February 27, 2012 11:14:28 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0: $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified: $60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor: $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- LG Black 12X Blue-ray Burner: $75

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz: $225

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO: $35

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $150 (has the connector for the front USB3.0 ports for the Antec case too)

http://204.14.213.185/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $45

http://204.14.213.185/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- XFX FX-795A-TNBC Radeon HD 7950 Black 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0: $470

TOTAL: $1,420
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February 28, 2012 12:09:17 AM

OK...I just saw the part about blu ray player...scratch this build. :( 

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $224.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $24.21 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/DirectCU-Overclocked-Eyefinity-Ca... $469.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7950 DirectCU II 900MHz Overclocked GPU and Eyefinity Capability Graphics Cards HD7950-DC2T-3GD5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-LCD-Monit... $144.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch LCD Monitor - Black

Total: $1,429.90
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February 28, 2012 1:29:44 AM

I want to start off saying that the builds above me are in no way bad, but I have a few alterations that I think would make a better all around machine. Here's my recommendation for you...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-This is without a doubt the processor for you. Quad core, sandy bridge architecture, unlocked multiplier, it's basically the perfect gaming CPU these days.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- The stock cooler simply will not cut it for anything but the most gentle of overclocks. Besides, it always pays to keep your CPU nice and frosty, and this does a phenomenal job, especially at this price point.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- It's a Z68 that has USB 3.0 and 2 PCIe 3.0 that support 8x/8x. I know you said you weren't interested in SLI or crossfire, but I think it's an important to keep an open mind about that. For not a large extra price this board supports that option. Overall a very solid choice.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Honestly, you could go for a different brand of RAM but Ive always had great results with G. Skill. Besides sticking to a good brand (others would include corsair, Mushkin, Crucial, etc;) you also would do good to get either 1600mhz, 2x 4Gb and 1.5 V.

Video Card: XFX FX-795A-TNBC Radeon HD 7950 Black 3GB ($469.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- These are part of the newest generations of video cards available. Very powerful and should be able to run nearly everything at max settings.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- As long as it has good air flow, cases are more of a preference than anything. This is a very highly recommended one used in a lot of builds.

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- This is actually a new product on the market by one of the hands down best PSU manufacturers. It's one of the few products to hold the 80+ Platinum rating which means ~93% of the power taken from your wall gets to your components which means a lot less takes the form of heat. Cannot recommend this enough.

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Your basic OEM blu ray reader/writer

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- A nice LED backlit monitor for a good price.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- You know what this is lol

Total = $1469.96

It's a bit over budget, but you're getting a lot out of that extra $70.

Here's another build to consider. This would be taking a chunk out of your graphics card budget to allow the purchase of a solid state drive. SSDs are EXTREMELY quick and will really enhance your basic computer experience. The only downfall is the price. So you might want to consider switching out the 7950 with this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
An MSI 560 Ti -448. These have awesome stock performance, but really shine when overclocked. With a bit of OCing these will easily keep stride with GTX 570s but for a good $50 less. Not on the same level as the 7950, but still a damn good card. With the money you save buying this you could then get....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 830, 64GB SATA III. Definitely not your only option on an SSD, Crucial and Munskin also have some great products. An SSD definitely improves the overall responsiveness and usability of a computer. I would give this some very serious thought instead of just going with the more powerful GPU. You decide what you want more though, it's your computer after all lol.

So if you go with this second build your total would come to a comfortable $1385.26

Hope this helped!
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February 28, 2012 1:39:49 AM

I appreciate everyone taking their time to help me with a build. Grand_Admiral_K thanks for being so detailed and informative. I will definitely take a look into your recommendation and talk it over with my friend, but this looks very solid.
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February 28, 2012 2:05:55 AM

the 7950 needs only a (good) 500w PSU - you would blow a lot of money on that Antec 650w one @ $120 - for half the price the Corsair 500w would be a better deal for you

and if you're building a new modern gaming PC - i'd recommend getting a setup with at least the 2 x front USB3.0's... that's what i don't like about that ASRock Z68 Extreme3 board - it lacks the front USB3.0 connector...

that's why i like the ASRock P67 Extreme4 GEN3 board - along with the Antec 300 Two - you get all the modern features (it's also a GEN3), along with 2 x front USB3.0...

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February 28, 2012 2:27:35 AM

$1500 build in my sig, minus the hard drive you already have :) 
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February 28, 2012 6:37:57 AM

Grand_Admiral_K said:
I want to start off saying that the builds above me are in no way bad, but I have a few alterations that I think would make a better all around machine. Here's my recommendation for you...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-This is without a doubt the processor for you. Quad core, sandy bridge architecture, unlocked multiplier, it's basically the perfect gaming CPU these days.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- The stock cooler simply will not cut it for anything but the most gentle of overclocks. Besides, it always pays to keep your CPU nice and frosty, and this does a phenomenal job, especially at this price point.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- It's a Z68 that has USB 3.0 and 2 PCIe 3.0 that support 8x/8x. I know you said you weren't interested in SLI or crossfire, but I think it's an important to keep an open mind about that. For not a large extra price this board supports that option. Overall a very solid choice.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Honestly, you could go for a different brand of RAM but Ive always had great results with G. Skill. Besides sticking to a good brand (others would include corsair, Mushkin, Crucial, etc;) you also would do good to get either 1600mhz, 2x 4Gb and 1.5 V.

Video Card: XFX FX-795A-TNBC Radeon HD 7950 Black 3GB ($469.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- These are part of the newest generations of video cards available. Very powerful and should be able to run nearly everything at max settings.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- As long as it has good air flow, cases are more of a preference than anything. This is a very highly recommended one used in a lot of builds.

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- This is actually a new product on the market by one of the hands down best PSU manufacturers. It's one of the few products to hold the 80+ Platinum rating which means ~93% of the power taken from your wall gets to your components which means a lot less takes the form of heat. Cannot recommend this enough.

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Your basic OEM blu ray reader/writer

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- A nice LED backlit monitor for a good price.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- You know what this is lol

Total = $1469.96

It's a bit over budget, but you're getting a lot out of that extra $70.

Here's another build to consider. This would be taking a chunk out of your graphics card budget to allow the purchase of a solid state drive. SSDs are EXTREMELY quick and will really enhance your basic computer experience. The only downfall is the price. So you might want to consider switching out the 7950 with this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
An MSI 560 Ti -448. These have awesome stock performance, but really shine when overclocked. With a bit of OCing these will easily keep stride with GTX 570s but for a good $50 less. Not on the same level as the 7950, but still a damn good card. With the money you save buying this you could then get....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 830, 64GB SATA III. Definitely not your only option on an SSD, Crucial and Munskin also have some great products. An SSD definitely improves the overall responsiveness and usability of a computer. I would give this some very serious thought instead of just going with the more powerful GPU. You decide what you want more though, it's your computer after all lol.

So if you go with this second build your total would come to a comfortable $1385.26

Hope this helped!

He could also get 64 more GB with the Crucial M4 and still be under budget. :) 
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February 28, 2012 4:57:02 PM

wasupmike said:
the 7950 needs only a (good) 500w PSU - you would blow a lot of money on that Antec 650w one @ $120 - for half the price the Corsair 500w would be a better deal for you

and if you're building a new modern gaming PC - i'd recommend getting a setup with at least the 2 x front USB3.0's... that's what i don't like about that ASRock Z68 Extreme3 board - it lacks the front USB3.0 connector...

that's why i like the ASRock P67 Extreme4 GEN3 board - along with the Antec 300 Two - you get all the modern features (it's also a GEN3), along with 2 x front USB3.0...



I know the power supply is a bit of an overkill, but I have reasoning behind it. First, as everyone knows, the power supply is the most important part of the build. It's the place you definitely don't want to settle. That being said, those 80+ Platinum certified power supply units by Antec are pretty much hands down as good as it gets. Second, I like to err on the side of caution with wattage, especially if we're looking at OCing and the effects of aging on a PSU. This would be something he could use for a long time. Lastly, the price difference on the different models of the Antec Platinum series is $10 for an extra 100 watts. Paying an extra $10 for 100 more watts... why the hell not?

As for the USB 3.0, if he's going to be using USB 3.0 devices heavily, that's a very good point.
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