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$1200-$1500 New Build Advice

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March 25, 2012 4:37:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around April 1

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/live streams, Video editing, music, web surfing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitors, Speakers, Data drives

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Cooler Master HAF 932

Overclocking: Yes, eventually

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 Depending on which Monitor I use

Additional Comments: I would like advice on this build and if possible a way to bring the price down a bit. I will be eventually running Dual Video Cards. I will be adding in 3 or 4 data drives.

Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




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March 25, 2012 6:31:30 PM

The haf 922 has plenty of room for 4 hard drives. No need for full tower case. Of the video editing is not intensive, you can drop down to 8gb ram and i5-2500k.
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March 25, 2012 8:22:39 PM

You don't need an 850W PSU to power a build with two 7870s. A high quality 650/750W with four PCIe connectors is what I would suggest, so that is one possible way you could save money.

Rosewill Capstone 750W 80Plus Gold $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingwin Lazer Gold 700W 80Plus Gold Modular $115 ($2 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...

Obviously the HX 750W. Although it is more expensive (on newegg) than any of the above and I don't really think it's necessarily worth the extra.
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March 25, 2012 8:30:29 PM

azeem40 said:
The haf 922 has plenty of room for 4 hard drives. No need for full tower case. Of the video editing is not intensive, you can drop down to 8gb ram and i5-2500k.


I agree - and the 16GB of RAM isn't necessary either - drop that and upgrade the hard drive to a 1TB Seagate or Western Digital drive.

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NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power [...] 62&sr=1-95


I've heard good things about the NZXT Hale, I might need to check those out.
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March 26, 2012 8:32:35 AM

Ok, here is the new list.

Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That comes out to $1421, $1432 with shipping

I want the HAF 932 for future proofing.
I will be putting in a second GPU as soon as I am able to get another, I just have another major expense that I can't really put off. I will also more likely than not max out the drive bays and install a blu-ray drive too. I would like to also someday go to water cooling. I knew I could go with the mid tower but I would just rather have a full tower. I don't mind the extra for it.
As long as this build goes off without too many/any hitches I would like to do more building. With the full tower, when I build my next major upgrade I would like to use this case over.

I had originally went with the 16GB's of RAM simply because I am a major multi-tasker. I will have a game up on the main display and either a video playing on the second or a couple of live streams and IRC running. With this new system I would like to go to 3 or 4 displays which will have me running more stuff.
If necessary I will add another 8GB of RAM.

The power I just wasn't sure about. The computer I am on now is 6 years old and it came with a 750W psu so I figured I would need more power now. If I stay with 750W will I be ok running dual cards, 4 or 5 HDD's and overclocking?

As to the overclocking, is there a cooler than anybody would recommend for this build? I really have no clue but have read enough to know that the stock fan will be fine unless I overclock. I went with the HX750 mostly because the NZXT Hale90 is out of stock atm on newegg.

I didn't go for the 1TB HDD simply because I already have a 1TB and a 500GB that I will be putting in for data drives. I'm running 4 drives in this computer and I will just pull the 2 out for the new one.

I also switched out Win7 Pro with Home Premium.

Thanks for all the advice.
Is there anything else anybody see that should/could be changed?
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March 26, 2012 1:31:57 PM

ok... here is what i recommend...

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K - $220

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) - $110 after rebate

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB 996995 - $45

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $25 after rebate

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W - $130 after rebate

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB - $85

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner GH24NS90 - $18

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 - $125 after rebate

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

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB - $500


total: $1358 after rebate excluding shipping....

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