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April 15, 2012 9:17:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before May 15, 2012
Budget Range: ($600-$1200)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, possibly other games, Internet, Music, Videos
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Dont NEED monitor but would like one
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is lowest - Newegg, amazon, even cyberpower for complete build
Country: US
Parts Preferences: Intel, any quality brand for parts is okay
Overclocking: Maybe, would like to, but not necessary
SLI or Crossfire: No(unless needed)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, or possibly 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like the system to be mostly quiet and clean looking

I have been reading the forums for the last couple days trying to figure out what to get. I havent built my own pc, but I'm capable of putting it together myself. I know the basics and can read/watch videos if i have questions. I would like the cost to be low, but i realize that probably wont happen considering all the new parts coming out and the dropping prices of quality items. I want to run Diablo 3 at max settings with no hiccups or lag. I would also like fast loading of the PC and any games/music/internet/videos. I am going to get a external HD later for most of my data, and would like a SSD for now. Only installing basic programs and the game. Here is what i have gathered so far:

NEWEGG prices listed

Case: (Case+PSU combo price $171.98)
Corsair Carbide series 400R
Processor: (Processor+MB combo price $374.98)
Intel Core i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95w
Motherboard:
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
Cooler: ($34.99)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm
Graphics: ($249.99)
SAPPHIRE 11200-00-20G Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
Memory: ($46.99)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Hard Drive: ($169.99)
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
CD Drive: ($18.99)
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Wireless Adapter: ($22.99)
ASUS USB-N13 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter
OS: ($99.99)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Monitor: ($199.99)
ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

Total Price $1390.88 w/o monitor $1190.89

Im pretty sure this is a good system and i hope it all can be used together, however i would like the price to be a little cheaper if possible. I know Ivy Bridge comes out next week and i wonder if the prices will slightly fall or if there will be any big sales because of its release. I would like to be able to just upgrade later and not have to replace a whole system but i still might have been able to save in a couple areas. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!
*The SSD was on sale yesterday for $119.99 (-$50)
*The memory is on sale now for $35.96 (-$11)
**I can always downgrade to a z68 MB if worth price drop
April 15, 2012 10:17:41 AM

Well rated case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

50 bucks after MIR

cheaper 650 watt PSU but still Good quality:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

only 49.99 after coupon code

that saves 70 ish dollars?

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

after MIR AND Coupon code is 129.99

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

140 rather then 170ish. Still supports SLI etc and most of the features from the more expensive model.

I would love to see you wait for IB. You will regret it if you do not. they new i5 will cost basically the same and the current i5 will not go down much more then it already has.

If you live by a Microcenter you can save even more on many hardware pieces

the i5 for example

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

180 bucks there

Hope this helped and GL with you build!
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April 15, 2012 9:42:20 PM

Thank you for your reply. Anyone one else have thoughts?
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April 15, 2012 9:46:32 PM

Asrubbish isn't worth it. Consider Gigabyte of Asus. If this is purely for gaming drop the SSD and invest in the GPU. Loading time drops are irrelevant, you want to jack up the settings instead. For the GPU I wouldn't go lower than a 7870, preferably one that has already been OC'd from the get go. Also consider a Phenom 960T and 970 board if you really want to save a bit more.
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April 15, 2012 10:17:30 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $90.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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-Proce... $225
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $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=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... $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-Intern... $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=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5


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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April 15, 2012 10:41:17 PM

Smeg45 said:
Asrubbish isn't worth it. Consider Gigabyte of Asus. If this is purely for gaming drop the SSD and invest in the GPU. Loading time drops are irrelevant, you want to jack up the settings instead. For the GPU I wouldn't go lower than a 7870, preferably one that has already been OC'd from the get go. Also consider a Phenom 960T and 970 board if you really want to save a bit more.

Asrubbish? Excuse me?
Phenom? This is 2012.

Besides, maxed out D3 runs at over 100fps on my rig which is a generation (about to be 2) behind.
Also, keep SSD for boot drive if you can get a nice deal.
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April 15, 2012 11:19:58 PM

Why_Me said:


http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barr [...] 718&sr=1-9 $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




Just want to add a note that I noticed you can get the 2TB drive for $10 more. Seriously, I want to jump all over that SO bad :p  Haha

Edit: Quoted the ODD instead of the HDD >.<
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April 15, 2012 11:29:51 PM

I am in the same boat as you Vin. I have been looking around for the last 2 weeks and asking for some help from Toms and this is the build I have come up with. (Monitor not included, already have an ML248H)

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

The only thing I am still questioning at this point is the mother board.

People either seem to either love or hate Asrock. The board itself (Extreme3 Gen3 in my case) is pretty highly reviewed, but some people have described Asrock as being a lower quality manufacturer. Since this is the Mobo I would normally err on the side of caution and just go with a manufacturer that I know better. The only problem is, all of the competition in this price range seems to have issues with their boards unless you start looking at $200 plus motherboards.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Also considering going to as Z77 board as well, but im trying to avoid early adopter problems as much as possible.
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April 15, 2012 11:47:21 PM

bsoa said:
I am in the same boat as you Vin. I have been looking around for the last 2 weeks and asking for some help from Toms and this is the build I have come up with. (Monitor not included, already have an ML248H)

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

The only thing I am still questioning at this point is the mother board.

People either seem to either love or hate Asrock. The board itself (Extreme3 Gen3 in my case) is pretty highly reviewed, but some people have described Asrock as being a lower quality manufacturer. Since this is the Mobo I would normally err on the side of caution and just go with a manufacturer that I know better. The only problem is, all of the competition in this price range seems to have issues with their boards unless you start looking at $200 plus motherboards.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Also considering going to as Z77 board as well, but im trying to avoid early adopter problems as much as possible.


Wish List shows as empty.
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April 16, 2012 10:47:26 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $90.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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-Proce... $225
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $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=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... $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-Intern... $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=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5


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


+1 Here. This looks solid plus it uses Ivy Bridge. I didn't realize it was only $5 for the upgrade upon release. Also adds the HDD, which I mind as well get now. One last question; I see you upgraded the gpu to the 7870 for an extra $100. If i were to stay in the $250 range, which 7850 should i get? Is it worth the price to get the 7870 now?
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April 16, 2012 3:52:58 PM

vindog2424 said:
+1 Here. This looks solid plus it uses Ivy Bridge. I didn't realize it was only $5 for the upgrade upon release. Also adds the HDD, which I mind as well get now. One last question; I see you upgraded the gpu to the 7870 for an extra $100. If i were to stay in the $250 range, which 7850 should i get? Is it worth the price to get the 7870 now?


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks
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April 18, 2012 12:20:15 AM

Soda88 said:
Asrubbish? Excuse me?
Phenom? This is 2012.

Besides, maxed out D3 runs at over 100fps on my rig which is a generation (about to be 2) behind.
Also, keep SSD for boot drive if you can get a nice deal.


No Phenom in 2012? Says the person with an outdated 750? Its suitable for 1080p and asrock is junk.
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April 18, 2012 12:33:55 AM

Smeg45 said:
No Phenom in 2012? Says the person with an outdated 750? Its suitable for 1080p and asrock is junk.

Go back to 2005 and troll somewhere else. Asrock has a great rep and has done very well in the reviews/benchmarks not only on this site but many sites. And since Asrock split ways with Asus two years ago they are #3 in board sales and about to catch Gigabyte for the #2 position.
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April 26, 2012 12:01:53 AM

Best answer selected by vindog2424.
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