$1500 build

Hey guys, been browsing these forums and researching for quite a while. The biggest problem I have is deciding on how much power I need to run a system. I'd love to have a system with the new GTX 680. I haven't built a PC for about 12 years. so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also I plan on building a system for my brother in the future and would like to know if buying a retail version of Windows would be better then 2 OEMs. Any advice would be a great help. Also I have an External Hard drive, however I do not know if it is SATA, Could I forgo the HDD for storage?


Approximate Purchase Date: within a week

Budget Range: $1500 - $ 1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, general use,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia, Intel

Overclocking: maybe, after I read up on it some more

SLI or Crossfire: future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 I believe

Additional Comments: I do not live near a Microcenter. Also do not know how much power I need for a single GTX 680. Would also like a nice large case for ease of installation, air flow, etc.

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Case: $130
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068

MoBo: $122
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

GPU: $500
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

PSU: $150
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

CPU: $220
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=N82E16819115072

SSD: $160
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

RAM: $47
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HDD: $80
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Optical: $18
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 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 AD-7280S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

CPU cooler: $35
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Total: ~$1463
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  1. Good luck finding a 680 but I'd suggest paying a bit more and getting a Z77 motherboard as it will be more future proof like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

    Otherwise everything else looks good. Good choice with the Phantom.
  2. The Z77 compatible with Sandy Bridge?
  3. PitchRed said:
    The Z77 compatible with Sandy Bridge?


    Yes.
  4. great build but i would suggest the following changes-
    the psu is good but overpricd.nzxt units are great.here's one 850w that will take care of your 680 SLi and overclocking-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116016
    the hdd you selected isn't a good choice.here's a better samsung 500gb drive-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    now your total is $1300(minus the asrock mobo).let's put $200 for some upgrades-
    Z77 boards are out.gigabyte z77x-ud3h is a good board-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
    for $130,F4 2tb is a great drive-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245
    now the looks great.and it's more 'futureproof'.
    good luck.
  5. Pretty good build right there.

    I'd agree with the Z77 motherboard. That case is awesome and a 650W would be plenty for a single GTX680 and 850W for two.
  6. Thanks guys, was a bit wary on my choices, but glad I came here to double check. Appreciate all the help.
  7. If I bought a GTX680 I'd buy a 950w Just for extra room and "future proof".
  8. BuBzXXL said:
    If I bought a GTX680 I'd buy a 950w Just for extra room and "future proof".


    The 680 is a lot more energy efficient than previous generations - the days of 1200W PSUs are nearing an end. Even a 950 should have enough room for a 3-way 680 SLI or 4-way 7970 Crossfire.
  9. Wow, Knew they got more on the efficient but, not that efficient. wowowowow
  10. BuBzXXL said:
    Wow, Knew they got more on the efficient but, not that efficient. wowowowow


    If I remember correctly the 680 uses about 250W on 39 amps where the 580 and previous generations required double or triple that. I might be exaggerating a bit on the 7970 comparison but they're just as energy efficient but I don't think more so.
  11. Thats awesome, so you could SLI 680's with like a 800?
  12. Ivy Bridge cpu's are due out April 29th. <---- PCI-E 3.0 with Z77 + Ivy Bridge + new gen cards

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-core-i7-3770k/9 <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks



    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866828&sr=1-1 $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=N82E16813157293 $139.99
    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-Processors-Launch-March-23-2012 $225
    Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $34.29 & 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=N82E16820231546 $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-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $22.48 & 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-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_8?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1334100651&sr=1-8 $99.99 & 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=N82E16820226236 $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=N82E16814121626 $499.99
    ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    or....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768 $499.99
    EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR 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-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_sim_pc_5 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,414.46 *not including shipping and rebates
  13. BuBzXXL said:
    Thats awesome, so you could SLI 680's with like a 800?


    800 might be stretching it a bit depending on how many drives, USB devices and anything else you plan to run. But it's certainly doable.
  14. g-unit1111 said:
    800 might be stretching it a bit depending on how many drives, USB devices and anything else you plan to run. But it's certainly doable.

    Hmm... Interesting...
  15. 850W is a safer bet. ;)
  16. Yup, I'd buy a AX850
  17. AX is too expensive IMO.xfx xxx 850w is great a unit for it's price.but nzxt hale82 850w is just $110 after rebate :P
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