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April 27, 2012 1:36:13 AM

So this will be my first pc build and was wondering what you guys think. Pretty much im trying to prove to my parents that this build will beat most imacs and will save us lots of money, just turn 15 by the way. so this is my build and feedback will be appreciated.

Uses: Gaming(need for speed, League,and COD series), Lots of web surfing, word proccesing, and some video editing

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+
$34.99

ASUS Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 Video Card
$139.99

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$219.99

NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Computer Case
$54.99

Asus VK278Q 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam
$329.99

Logitech MK520 RF Wireless Desktop
$49.99

ASUS P8H77-M PRO Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory
$99.99

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW060A3K5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$119.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W Power Supply
$89.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support
$23.99

Grand Total: $1,298.89

And by the way any bottlenecks or things i could cut back on to save a little bit more money and i have a salvaged 1tb 7200-rpm hard drive

Thanks for your time

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April 27, 2012 1:58:30 AM

alex2718 said:
And by the way any bottlenecks or things i could cut back on to save a little bit more money and i have a salvaged 1tb 7200-rpm hard drive

Thanks for your time
You could always go with a regular keyboard and mouse and save $30 bucks, but i'm guessing the wireless desktop was a personal preference.

you definately don't need a 600 watt psu, especially a $90 one. You can pick up an ANTEC NEO ECO 520 and save $25.

You ever only need 8GB ram , so that'll save you $55. 1333 will save $60. If you're really frugal, then 2x2GB (4GB) 1600 will save 70.

As for bottlenecks, the GPU will technically be a bottleneck but you won't ever notice it. Since you're running the OS off an SSD, then the HDD won't present a bottleneck.

Your motherboard doesn't overclock, so there is no point in purchasing a pricey OC CPU (neither is purchasing a CPU cooler). Try a i5 2400 (save $30) or a new Ivy Bridge i5 with the stock heat sink fan. If you're really hard up for cash, then there's no shame in getting a i3-2125 ($65 saved) instead :-)
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April 27, 2012 2:09:40 AM

yes wireless is a personal preference and i wasn't sure about the psu so i picked a 600 but i will definitely go with the antec and do you recommend overclocking the memory(is their a process to it) or just going with 1600
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April 27, 2012 2:17:20 AM

alex2718 said:
yes wireless is a personal preference and i wasn't sure about the psu so i picked a 600 but i will definitely go with the antec and do you recommend overclocking the memory(is their a process to it) or just going with 1600
Stock memory speed should be fine for 1600 (RAM OC guides are available though). Also, iMacs have i5 and i7 processors, so if you're looking to beat those machines, then I think you gonna need a serious quad cpu and a much better motherboard. i personally don't think macs can be beaten (different processes, os design and what not).

One note: if you choose to keep the 2500k and get a OC motherboard, then I highly recommended that you keep the 600w PSU, especially if you plan on oc'ing,
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April 27, 2012 2:32:47 AM

I like macs too my sister just got an air for college and its really fast for the ssd. macs base models arent badly priced and are very good but when you start adding upgrades is were it gets expensive and i would want an ssd but diy upgrade is a lot of work on an imac. Im now looking at the asus p8z77 mobos for they support ivy bridge, whats your thought on them
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April 27, 2012 2:37:37 AM

alex2718 said:
I like macs too my sister just got an air for college and its really fast for the ssd. macs base models arent badly priced and are very good but when you start adding upgrades is were it gets expensive and i would want an ssd but diy upgrade is a lot of work on an imac. Im now looking at the asus p8z77 mobos for they support ivy bridge, whats your thought on them
Z77 motherboards are highly recommended for overclocking CPUs such as the i5 2500k and its newer ivy Bridge cousin the i5 3750k. Asus is a very reputable and respected brand and I would recommend their products. Other cheaper but equally reliable brands are available with the z77 chipset such as Gigabyte and AsRock.
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April 27, 2012 2:58:42 AM

I think i will go with the asus p8z77-v lx and the i5 2500k cut back on memory, and get the antec psu you recommended. thanks for the advice :) 
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April 27, 2012 3:15:34 AM

alex2718 said:
I think i will go with the asus p8z77-v lx and the i5 2500k cut back on memory, and get the antec psu you recommended. thanks for the advice :) 
I recommended the Antec in the off chance that you would downgrade the cpu to a non-OC cpu to fit your original mobo (the non OC h77). now that you're getting an OC mobo with an OC cpu, then you should think about keeping the 600w if you plan on overclocking (the cpu that is).

If you plan on keeping the 2500k but not overclocking, then the Antec 520 should be fine.

***some extra research says that you should be fine overclocking with a 520w.***
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April 27, 2012 3:32:02 AM

I dont know honestly for doing what i do, do you think a core i5 is neccesary or an i3 would be just fine.
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April 27, 2012 3:38:50 AM

alex2718 said:
I dont know honestly for doing what i do, do you think a core i5 is neccesary or an i3 would be just fine.
The i5 is faster, and for the motherboard you've chosen, I think the i5 2500k is fine. And contrary to the private message i sent about the PSU, the Antec 520 should be fine. The 600w would just give you a little more headroom. Either will suffice.

Sorry about all the confusion. Just trying to make sure you got all the right parts.

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April 27, 2012 3:47:44 AM

Dont worry about ya so my final conclusion is to get a Sapphire 7850 2gb gpu(now that i can do gaming i probably will do it more than i think) the i5 2500k and the z77 mobo and 600w psu, with this i think i can get maybe 3-4 years before upgrade what you think

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April 27, 2012 3:53:37 AM

alex2718 said:
Dont worry about ya so my final conclusion is to get a Sapphire 7850 2gb gpu(now that i can do gaming i probably will do it more than i think) the i5 2500k and the z77 mobo and 600w psu, with this i think i can get maybe 3-4 years before upgrade what you think
That looks excellent. Its a well balanced, sufficiently powered, thoroughly researched setup. Should last through a few upgrades.

Have fun building!
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April 27, 2012 3:58:39 AM

Thanks for all the help will, didnt think i would make up my mind in a day but with your help i did.
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April 27, 2012 4:05:00 AM

alex2718 said:
Thanks for all the help will, didnt think i would make up my mind in a day but with your help i did.
no problem. :D 
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