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April 24, 2012 5:15:22 PM

This is a first time build for me. Please let me know if there is anything on here that is incompatible or if you have any suggestions.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks (mostly this week to take advantage of certain deals and for the stuff that isn't on sale right now I might wait until next week to see if the new month adds any specials)

Budget Range: $1200-1400 preferably in the low end

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, work (Word, spreadsheets, PPT, photoshop), internet, light home movie editing

Parts Not Required: Monitor (1920x1200) 26 inch, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter and Amazon, but will buy from others if cheaper

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Don't care as long as they are reliable

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 26inch

Additional Comments: Windows 7

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Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2BAA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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=N82E168...

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - Retail - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This build is roughly $1,200 (a little over) with all the rebates. I am debating between adding an HDD or going all SSD, which is why I only have 256GB of drive space on this build. If I go all SSD I will just buy SSD's as what I have fills up.

Also, debating whether to get Ivy. I haven't seen any for sale yet, so I'm not sure of their price point.

My ultimate goal is always to hit the sweetspot for performance and cash like the i5 2500k has been.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
April 24, 2012 5:43:41 PM

Well getting a Ivy i5 isn't gonna be any different than the Sandy Bridge i5 so unless you get a I7 with hyper threading... your not gonna get the best work horse....

For gaming all you need is a Intel Core I5 2500K or I5 3570K but if your gonna be doing video rendering or things of that line... You need a I7
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April 24, 2012 5:48:55 PM

Very minor video rendering. It would just be me screwing around with it. I don't need video rendering for work.
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April 24, 2012 6:00:39 PM

Ok then a I5 2500K is plenty for you
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April 24, 2012 6:02:47 PM

Get your Mobo at Micro center too and they will give you $50 off the Mobo besides the $180 on the i5 2500K processor...

Also the 7850 is a great card. What games do you play?
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April 24, 2012 6:04:57 PM

@Rock Thanks, uou helped confirm what my research suggested.

@pacioli Sweet! I didn't know that.
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April 24, 2012 6:14:49 PM

Speaking of Graphics card, this system is definitely Graphics limited.If you do have a bit more money to spare, I would definetly pour that into a better card, such as 7950 or 570 GTX.

Question about All SSD: I have a 256 gb ssd and I love having all my frequently played games on it. But I dont think I would get another SSD. I complemented my storage by swapping out my 320 gb laptop hard drive with a 128 gb ssd, and then using it in my desktop. This gives me ample storage. Also, there is no benefit of saving things like music and movies on SSDs, as the load times for these media are already pretty low on hard drives. SSDs make most sense for boot drive and programs, such as games and photoshop etc.

Finally, imo its worth spending the extra $15 to get Ripjaw or Vengence Ram.
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April 24, 2012 6:25:56 PM

+1 I agree put all the extra $$$ into graphics
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April 24, 2012 7:14:40 PM

pacioli said:
For less than you can get that MSI board you can get this bad boy...

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

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard



That is nice upgrade for only $10 or so with the $50 off at Microcenter. Thanks, I will probably do that.
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April 24, 2012 7:28:01 PM

pacioli said:
Get your Mobo at Micro center too and they will give you $50 off the Mobo besides the $180 on the i5 2500K processor...

Also the 7850 is a great card. What games do you play?

You're suggesting a SB Processor but an IB MOBO. Why?
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April 24, 2012 7:47:32 PM

kulladoctor said:
Speaking of Graphics card, this system is definitely Graphics limited.If you do have a bit more money to spare, I would definetly pour that into a better card, such as 7950 or 570 GTX.

Question about All SSD: I have a 256 gb ssd and I love having all my frequently played games on it. But I dont think I would get another SSD. I complemented my storage by swapping out my 320 gb laptop hard drive with a 128 gb ssd, and then using it in my desktop. This gives me ample storage. Also, there is no benefit of saving things like music and movies on SSDs, as the load times for these media are already pretty low on hard drives. SSDs make most sense for boot drive and programs, such as games and photoshop etc.

Finally, imo its worth spending the extra $15 to get Ripjaw or Vengence Ram.



Thanks for the recommendations.

I probably won't be spending more on the graphics card, as an extra $150 doesn't seem to buy much of an increase with the 7950 and zero increase from the 570 GTX based on Tom's Hierarchy Chart. Plus, Tom's lists the 7850 as "Exceptional for 1920x1200."
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
I will probably do your SSD/HDD suggestion. I will keep the 256 GB SSD and add a 1 TB Cavier Black since there is a special until the end of the month.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not against the extra $15. Is there a reason? More reliable? Faster? Etc. I'm just curious. Are these the Ripjaws you were talking about? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 24, 2012 8:17:32 PM

The advantage of the ripjaws is that they are more Overclockable. Not that it matters very much, its just my opinion that since ram is a big part of your system, you might as well get the best if you dont have to spend too much more in absolute terms. But I am not an expert in this, and maybe I just bought in to the fancy packaging and online reviews.

for +$100, you get the 7870 which gives you a 25% increase in performance. This may be worth it, because you can bump up details by 1-2 tiers with that kind of performance increase.

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April 24, 2012 8:47:53 PM

azeem40 said:
You're suggesting a SB Processor but an IB MOBO. Why?

They are compatible 1155 chipsets...
It is the latest and greatest with upgrade potential in the future...
IB is a mediocre increase in performance at best...
The combo deal is a great deal...
How could anyone be disappointed with the i5 2500K? No one complains, "Oh my i5 2500K is so slow. I have to get a faster chip because my FPS sucks."
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April 24, 2012 8:49:06 PM

Chad333 said:
That is nice upgrade for only $10 or so with the $50 off at Microcenter. Thanks, I will probably do that.


It is a nice upgrade that costs $10 less actually...
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April 24, 2012 9:13:14 PM

pacioli said:
It is a nice upgrade that costs $10 less actually...


Yep, not sure what I was looking at.
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April 24, 2012 10:00:31 PM

pacioli said:
This board also has SLI capabilities
Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
It also has the $50 off and starts at $139
So you could get it for $89 after the discount... pretty good deal



That's interesting. It has almost the same number of USB 3.0 ports and probably enough native 3.0 ports. It also has 2 3.0 PCI Express slots and 4 6GB SATA ports. I will have to seriously consider that. Thanks.
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April 24, 2012 11:16:07 PM

Asrock has built quite a reputation for themselves in the past couple of years... Pretty good considering they were once Asus's offbrand.
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April 24, 2012 11:17:22 PM

pacioli said:
They are compatible 1155 chipsets...
It is the latest and greatest with upgrade potential in the future...
IB is a mediocre increase in performance at best...
The combo deal is a great deal...
How could anyone be disappointed with the i5 2500K? No one complains, "Oh my i5 2500K is so slow. I have to get a faster chip because my FPS sucks."

They are compatible. I am not denying that. What I am getting at is that you need the i5-3570k and a Z77 mobo to get all the features of Ivy Bridge.
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April 24, 2012 11:48:07 PM

azeem40 said:
They are compatible. I am not denying that. What I am getting at is that you need the i5-3570k and a Z77 mobo to get all the features of Ivy Bridge.


An i5 2500K and a Z77 has all the same features as an i5 2500K and a Z68. If they cost the same why not go with the newer more commonly available motherboard...

All the z68 and P67 boards are getting phased out... They are becoming hard to find. The Z77 boards cost the same as the older chipsets... Why not get the Z77 if it costs the same and has the same available features?
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April 24, 2012 11:49:55 PM

What? I said to get the i5-3570k, not get Z68 instead.
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April 25, 2012 12:51:46 PM

Thanks for the help so far guys.

Ok, I have updated my build based on some helpful suggestions:

Motherboard Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 89.99
Processor i5 2500k 179.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 19.99
Memory G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 1866 49.99
Graphics MSI R7870 331.49
Case Rosewill Thor V2 Full Tower 119.99
SSD Drive Crucial M4 256GB 244.99
Hard Drive WD Cavier Blue 500GB 6Gb/s 84.99
Optical LG 22x DVD Burner 16.99
Power OCZ ZX 850W 80PLUS GOLD 129.99

1268.4


Motherboard Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 89.99
Processor i5 2500k 179.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 19.99
Memory G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 1866 49.99
Graphics HIS 7950 369.99
Case Rosewill Thor V2 Full Tower 119.99
SSD Drive Crucial M4 256GB 244.99
Hard Drive WD Cavier Blue 500GB 6Gb/s 84.99
Optical LG 22x DVD Burner 16.99
Power OCZ ZX 1000W 80PLUS GOLD 159.99

1336.9


These prices include all rebates and promotions except for the $20 gift card and $20 credit card promotion, so everything will be $40 less than the total listed. The Motherboard, Processor, and CPU cooler are all going to come from Microcenter, and the rest from Newegg.

Graphics:
1) Is the the 7950 worth the extra $39?
2) Are these good brands for graphics cards?
7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power:
1) Do I need the 1000watt if I plan to Crossfire in the future? I would just buy an extra 7870 or 7950 when the prices drop in 1-2 years.

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April 25, 2012 2:22:17 PM

pacioli said:
This board also has SLI capabilities
Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
It also has the $50 off and starts at $139
So you could get it for $89 after the discount... pretty good deal



Sorry to randomly jump in here, but I was looking at that mobo too... where are you seeing the 50$ off? Was it just a one day deal? Because right now it's back at $139



@OP: I could be totally wrong so don't take my word for it until someone says I'm right, but I'd personally go up to the 7950 for the overclocking abilities. I've read reviews that the Sapphire 7950 OC card can get up to over 1100 mhz with a little extra overclocking past the factory OC. Again, I'm a total noob at this, but it seems like that would be worth the 40 extra bucks now for increased performance in the future.
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April 25, 2012 2:42:51 PM

Brent H said:
Sorry to randomly jump in here, but I was looking at that mobo too... where are you seeing the 50$ off? Was it just a one day deal? Because right now it's back at $139



@OP: I could be totally wrong so don't take my word for it until someone says I'm right, but I'd personally go up to the 7950 for the overclocking abilities. I've read reviews that the Sapphire 7950 OC card can get up to over 1100 mhz with a little extra overclocking past the factory OC. Again, I'm a total noob at this, but it seems like that would be worth the 40 extra bucks now for increased performance in the future.



pacioli had it in an earlier link

http://viewer.zmags.com/publicatio [...] 5ab8bfc/27

You get $50 off if you buy the Mobo and processor at Microcenter. I just took the whole $50 on the mobo when I calculated it. Good through 4/29.

Yeah, I'm leaning towards 7950.
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April 26, 2012 10:49:46 AM

Ok, seems like there aren't any serious issues.
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April 26, 2012 4:38:29 PM

azeem40 said:
What? I said to get the i5-3570k, not get Z68 instead.


The i5 3570K isnt available
It costs more than the 2500K
As a CPU it performs the same as the 2500K

The integrated graphics on the 3570K are superior to the 2500K but both integrated graphics still suck compared to even the least expensive discrete GPU.
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April 26, 2012 7:55:14 PM

It does not cost more than the i5-2500k. It is releasing at $220, which is the current price of the i5-2500k. I will say this again; you NEED BOTH an IB CPU and an IB MOBO to get the full benefits of Ivy Bridge.
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April 26, 2012 10:37:23 PM

azeem40 said:
It does not cost more than the i5-2500k. It is releasing at $220, which is the current price of the i5-2500k. I will say this again; you NEED BOTH an IB CPU and an IB MOBO to get the full benefits of Ivy Bridge.


That's my point...
i5 2500K costs $180 at Micro Center! And you can go and buy it today!
$40 less for the same performance...

The 'features' of IB are just minor tweakings to differentiate SB and IB. It is an Intel marketing gimmick to separate fools from their money. Once Micro Center is charging $180 for the IB i5 3570K it will be a no brainer... but at the moment recommending a CPU you can't yet buy that has a future release price $40 higher than a similiarly performing CPU available today is silly.

Can the i5 2500K be installed on a Z77 board? Certainly! Will all the features of the Z77 be unlocked with an i5 2500K installed in it? Nope... Will you have a terrible gaming experience because of it? Not really... You will lose minor features that likely will not be noticed.

When the i5 3570K is released I will start recommending it. But it is not released yet... The 2500K will be replaced by the 3570K eventually. I'm sure the 3570K will cost $180 at Micro Center someday. Until then the 2500K is what I'd reccomend. If the 3570K release also means a price drop in the 2500K I may keep recomending the 2500K until availability wanes...
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April 27, 2012 3:07:29 PM

Chad333 said:
Ok, seems like there aren't any serious issues.


Yeah you are good! go for it!
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April 27, 2012 3:41:23 PM

@chad333

no you will not need a 1000 psu.

in real time a 800 watt will not pull "up to 800" it can actually get a lot higher if you are going to SLI or x-fire you will not need a 1000 watt

(not really a fan of ocz PSU i usually go for a Corsair or Seasonic but that's just my opinion as i had a very good time with them)

im not saying to switch because the 850 gold is more in your budget.

Depending on the games you will be playing Such as Ultra on BF3/Skyrim or Ultra on free games such as Combat Arms/League of Legends i would suggest getting the 7950 if you know you will be buying games. If its just free games i would probably say even a downgrade is available so you can spend it on more space or a cooler looking case.
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April 30, 2012 4:05:51 PM

OK Chad333...
Micro Center has the i5 3570K in stock! They cost $189.99 and you get a $50 discount on select Z77 Motherboards when you order them.

Get that instead unless you have already purchased the 2500K.
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April 30, 2012 5:11:02 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- another look at that cas

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-com... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver 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.microcenter.com/storefronts/intel/3rdGEN_pro... $279.98 (cpu + board combo)
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.95 & 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-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (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... $118.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Total: $901.86 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99 - $349.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 5% off w/ promo code MSI425, ends 4/30
MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.overclockers.com/msi-r7870-twin-frozr <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI 7870

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99
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.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-radeon-hd-7870-o... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte 7870

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870

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May 4, 2012 10:31:02 AM

boulbox said:
@chad333

no you will not need a 1000 psu.

in real time a 800 watt will not pull "up to 800" it can actually get a lot higher if you are going to SLI or x-fire you will not need a 1000 watt

(not really a fan of ocz PSU i usually go for a Corsair or Seasonic but that's just my opinion as i had a very good time with them)

im not saying to switch because the 850 gold is more in your budget.

Depending on the games you will be playing Such as Ultra on BF3/Skyrim or Ultra on free games such as Combat Arms/League of Legends i would suggest getting the 7950 if you know you will be buying games. If its just free games i would probably say even a downgrade is available so you can spend it on more space or a cooler looking case.



Thanks. I realize an 850watt will not pull 850. However, all the power calculators I use (selecting crossfire 7950's or 7870's) puts me under that by 50 or more. If I go with a more power hungry graphics card then I would have to consider replacing my PSU.

I have done a lot of research on OCZ power supplies and almost everything I have come across is very positive. Per one article OCZ is using the same quality components Corsair and others use, but pricing low because they are just getting into the power game. Figured I would give it a shot consider it's 80 plus gold certified and when I factor in all the rebates and gift cards it's barely more than $100.
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May 4, 2012 10:34:54 AM

pacioli said:
OK Chad333...
Micro Center has the i5 3570K in stock! They cost $189.99 and you get a $50 discount on select Z77 Motherboards when you order them.

Get that instead unless you have already purchased the 2500K.



I actually didn't get the 2500k yet, though I tried. I went to Microcenter, but they didn't have any ASRock Extreme4 motherboards. All they had were the cheap crappy single GPU slot motherboards or the expensive ones, so I decided to wait. I also checked the 2nd Micro in my are and they don't have any either. Newegg is out too, so it appears ASRock didn't aticipate demand properly. I will keep checking all this month, as Microcenter continued that deal, and I will get the Ivy 3570k.

Thanks for the help.
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May 4, 2012 10:39:44 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- another look at that cas

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-com... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver 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.microcenter.com/storefronts/intel/3rdGEN_pro... $279.98 (cpu + board combo)
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.95 & 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-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (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... $118.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Total: $901.86 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99 - $349.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 5% off w/ promo code MSI425, ends 4/30
MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.overclockers.com/msi-r7870-twin-frozr <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI 7870

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99
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.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-radeon-hd-7870-o... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte 7870

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870



That doesn't save me much and it cuts my SSD by more than half. Though, I would like to get a Mushkin SSD as it's made in the US. But, their big ones are too expensive right now, so I will stick with just buying memory from them.

More than likely it will be one of those graphics cards unless someone has a special on the 7950's.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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January 13, 2014 12:56:36 PM

This is my build and is about your budget,I can tell you first hand that even though you can get haswell, DON'T fall into the PC gaming money trap, you can save money by going ivy bridge as that is still REALLY fast and you need the money to spend on the GPU, the GPU is just hitting the budget but it is worth it. The motherboard is perfect with room for Crossfire and other expansion along with built in WiFi. There is plenty of RAM and running games like Crysis 3, Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 4 still doesn't use all of my RAM. The HDD also has a 64MB cache which increases speed and to be honest there is not that much of a difference in speed or quality of Games and there is plenty of space for games and it is a cheap 2TB. The case really depends on you, but that is my case and it has 4 fans that run very well and are LED as well which looks cool. Power Supply gives plenty of headroom for future upgrades, it is also modular and very reliable. The DVD Burner is standard and cheap and is basically only for installing Windows and watching Films if you want.
CPU: Intel Quad Core i5 3570K
GPU: Gigabyte 7950
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue Desktop 8GB (2x4GB)
Storage: 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Case: CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case (Red)
Power Supply: Corsair CX750M
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
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January 29, 2014 1:23:18 AM

Scrap the SSD that is what my build was like then I said no SSD as it is not needed and get a 7950, that's what I did and I am so much happier now.
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