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$1800 Ivy Bridge build, feedback please

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April 8, 2012 7:07:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: May 1st

Budget Range: 1200-1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing internet, watching movies. Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, general internet browsing, media storage & playback. Maybe some more GPU intensive games such as BF3 or Batman AC.

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, zipzoomfly

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel IB CPU, GeForce GPU

Overclocking: Maybe, only if simple

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, maybe in a year if not upgrading to GTX 680

Requirements: IvyBridge/with SSD/One GPU card/little to none overclocking/quiet system. Well-reviewed, reliable parts with a minimum of fuss/modding necessary. Doesn't glow in the dark when on due to ugly LED bling bling.

Current PC is self-built mid-2005, it can handle StarCraft 2 on low settings (AMD Sandiego 3700+). This and the last build were AMD, I always liked them from a price-performance basis. Was looking forward to Bulldozer, but they had bad reviews so I made the decision to switch to Intel. I generally keep builds for at least 4 years and usually do not upgrade them past the initial build.

Planning on building a new PC within the next month or so, in time for Diablo 3 on May 15th. Budget is not a limiting factor, but I don't like to buy top-tier components when the 2nd tier is almost at good for a better value. Wanted to go for a GeForce 680, but those are ridiculously overpriced at the moment, so I will save that for a future upgrade. Looking at a GeForce 560 Ti or maybe a 570.

I realize that since IB isn't out yet, it's hard to do a full comparison on CPU and motherboard. Although from what I understand, IB is already supported by most 1155 Intel motherboards.

The components thus far (only the case has been ordered):

Full wish list, with some alternates:
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Case: Fractal Design R3 (only $79 with $20 coupon) -- Already purchased, good noise-reduction features
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold -- this doesn't use fan when idling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: TBD, likely IvyBridge Corei5 3570K. From what I've heard, most people don't need i7's hyperthreading (and i5's supposedly do slightly better in gaming, on SandyBridge at least)

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

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB -- might go for a 570 for a bit more $
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fan: GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm Case Fan with Intelligent PWM control
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions welcome on a good widescreen monitor (not too big)? I had this ASUS in mind on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure if I need a Blu-Ray burner. Probably wouldn't use it much if any.
Sound card isn't needed anymore right? I'm not in the market for THX or Dolby sound.
Hard drive, don't really care, WD 2TB 7200 RPM basic vanilla.

Anything I'm missing? I think 16 GB memory is overkill, correct me if I'm wrong. Still a bit in the dark as to what DDR/PC speed I would need for an IB-compatible motherboard.

Also looking for a good mechanical keyboard around $100. Hear those things are cool.

So, what do you think? I'd like to future-proof it as much as possible, except for the GPU. That's why I'm not going for the SandyBridge right now, unless you can convince me otherwise.
April 8, 2012 11:41:07 PM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks



http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050... $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4GHz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

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... $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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