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[New Build] ~$1300 Gaming PC

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April 25, 2012 4:34:53 AM

My computer is 4 years old and I'm looking to upgrade. I've been lurking the forums and am finally posting a build I came up with. This is my first build so I do have that first build anxiety of buying something that isn't compatible, not buying the best, etc... Any feedback and advice would be appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: May - June

Budget Range: ~$1300 after Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2, Diablo 3, ME3), Fraps/Video Streaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, I live <10mins from a Microcenter

Country: Virginia, USA

Parts Preferences: None, but I am more familiar with Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 22" 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Pure gaming PC

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Build
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CPU:
i5 3570K - ~$240?

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Replacing above with: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive 1: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" SSD

Hard Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Full Tower

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply

Total: ~$1325.93

I don't believe I missed anything... After looking at reviews after reviews, this is the best build I found for my budget. The only thing I'm kind of unsure about is the motherboard I chose. From what I've searched, it is compatible with the i5 3570K Ivy Bridge, but is another motherboard recommended over over the Z68 Extreme3? Let me know, thanks!

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April 25, 2012 4:42:59 AM

You should get the new z77 motherboards instead of the z68
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April 25, 2012 4:48:02 AM

brialona said:
You should get the new z77 motherboards instead of the z68


Just edited the post as you responded.

Going to replace the Extreme3 with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4
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April 25, 2012 5:12:17 AM

Are you going to use the SSD for SRT to cache the HDD or as a OS drive?

Think it looks like a solid build.
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April 25, 2012 5:24:30 AM

I was planning on using it as a dedicated OS drive and fill the rest of the space with my most played games.
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April 25, 2012 5:53:26 AM

If you don't plan on using dual vid cards in the future then give this board a look.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board.

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $89.99 & 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... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
Kingston SSDNow V+200 KW-S2120-4B 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (Stand-alone Drive)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
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April 25, 2012 5:35:56 PM

Nice find on the cheaper Seagate HD, I'll be adding that.

I never had a dual video card setup, but my idea with this build was to expand/upgrade in the future (~1-2 years?). I think the extra $20 is worth it to leave my options open, but thanks for the suggestion.

That 120GB SSD is really tempting...I will see if I can scrounge up some extra money.
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April 25, 2012 5:50:40 PM

I will pass along some info another helpful Tom's member gave me yesterday. Microcenter is having a special until 4/29. If you buy your motherboard and processor there they are giving you $50 off your motherboard. That will make the ASrock Z77 Extreme4 $89 and their intel processors are already the lowest price.
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April 25, 2012 9:35:01 PM

Nice, I will definitely have to stop by this week. Thanks!
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