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May 1, 2012 12:19:02 AM

Hey you guys, I want to make sure that i'm going to get the most bang for my buck.
I've been waiting since about mid december to make my build and i can't wait any longer... So when the 685 is released I'm going get two of them because I should have more funds by then. (Futerproofing as much as it can be to make it through the rest of college)


Base Cost: $2694
Cost after Promo:$2559
Cost After MIR: $2359

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window [+35]

Freebies: Tt eSports Azurues Optical Gaming Mouse FPS Battle Ready, 1600 DPI, Full Speed USB & Weight -in Design

Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Blue LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) - While Supply Last

Freebies: FREE! Mass Effect 3 Game

Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel [+29]

Cooling Fan: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA)

Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: High-Performance Coolant powered by Koolance [+19] (UV Red Color [+10])

Motherboard: [3-Way CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Wi-Fi GO!, 7.1 HD Audio, Dual GbLAN, Display Port, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2) & 4x PCIe x1 (All Venom Ultimate OC Certified) [+196]

Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68 & Z77: * 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 475MB/s Write [+85] (Single Drive)

Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+3] (Corsair Vengeance [+19])

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked [+13])

Power Supply Upgrade: * 1,000 Watts - Thermaltake TP-1000M ToughPower Modular, 80 Plus Silver Certified, Quad SLI Ready, CrossfireX Ready & Active PFC Power Supply [+55]

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-45] (Single Drive)

Data Hard Drive: * 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 475MB/s Write (Single Drive)

Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive [-20] (BLACK COLOR)

Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

Keyboard: AZiO Levetron Mech4 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard [+78]

Mouse Pad: Thermaltake eSports Conkor Gaming Mouse Pad [+16]

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Ultimate [+105] (64-bit Edition)



Please note I can't go any lower then the 1000watt power supply because I'm doing it under the Gamer Xtremem 4200 bundle pack(slightly cheeper then just doing it from scratch) Oh and the SSD's are free after MIR so might as well get them!(Can't justify spending top dollar for a little faster load times so it's free SSD's or none)

If you see anything that I should upgrade, or downgrade just let me know. I've done quite a bit of reserch into this build (except the mobo I have no idea what I'm doing there :sweat:  ). I relise that the 3770k isn't that much better then the 3570k, but I enjoy the bragging rights. I will change it however if you can point me where to better spend the $100

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May 1, 2012 12:35:58 AM

What are you going to use it for ?
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May 1, 2012 1:09:45 AM

oops, sorry for forgetting.

Mostly for gaming, browsing the internet, and other random stuff. However I'm going to be entering the computer field in college, so I want to make sure that I have a good computer if I need to use it.
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May 1, 2012 1:49:57 AM

Build it yourself! You can build a that computer for under 2k easy.
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May 1, 2012 2:14:21 AM

I'd love to see what fancy buisiness you have going on in that link, but it just goes to my wishlist. Which is empty.

But if i really could build this below 2k I would be extremly happy! thanks for letting me know.
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May 1, 2012 2:42:38 AM

racey1 said:
I'd love to see what fancy buisiness you have going on in that link, but it just goes to my wishlist. Which is empty.

But if i really could build this below 2k I would be extremly happy! thanks for letting me know.

sorry for the link. my wishlist is public i do not know what is wrong with newegg. look for all the parts you want on newegg then price check on amazon since they have lower prices on brands like silverstone and xfx sometimes.
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May 1, 2012 3:11:58 AM

Thanks for all the help you've tried to give me! I think i might go with building it myself now... especially since I've added it all up and it's gonna be like $300 less with better parts.

The only thing I'm not looking foward to is the waiting game... Ughh why is there so much waiting with good computer parts...
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May 1, 2012 3:13:39 AM

racey1 said:
oops, sorry for forgetting.

Mostly for gaming, browsing the internet, and other random stuff. However I'm going to be entering the computer field in college, so I want to make sure that I have a good computer if I need to use it.

Ok, (CIS is my major too) keep in mind that the gtx 6xx cards are built for gaming not computing (like programing) so if you wanted it more for college than personal enjoyment like games I would go with a 7970 instead of a 680
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May 1, 2012 3:18:36 AM

logox said:
Ok, (CIS is my major too) keep in mind that the gtx 6xx cards are built for gaming not computing (like programing) so if you wanted it more for college than personal enjoyment like games I would go with a 7970 instead of a 680

yes now they are priced very well and this one is a steal at 460$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also for you case I would get something like this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (price check on amazon). thermaltake cases have lots of plastic and feel cheap. also with this get 2 120mm fans for the front intakes- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... (the first two on the list are good choices. the top fan on the eleven hundred is blue so if you want a colorful case get the blue. the top fan's led lights can be turned off so if you want a simple case get the black fans)
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May 1, 2012 3:19:35 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
yes now they are priced very well and this one is a steal at 460$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also for you case I would get something like this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (price check on amazon). thermaltake cases have lots of plastic and feel cheap. also with this get 2 120mm fans for the front intakes- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... (the first two on the list are good choices. the top fan on the eleven hundred is blue so if you want a colorful case get the blue. the top fan's led lights can be turned off so if you want a simple case get the black fans)

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May 1, 2012 3:24:17 AM

IMO the P8Z77-V Pro is overpriced and the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a steal at 190$.

Also get a bigger ssd. The Crucial m4 128gb is 125$ now which puts it under 1$ a gigabyte which is amazing.

For your hdd get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb. Very reliable and fast.

I would not get a water cooler for your cpu. they are more expensive and louder than similarly performing air coolers.

And finally get windows 7 pro oem. ultimate is a waste of money unless you use something that pro doesnt have.
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May 1, 2012 3:29:48 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
IMO the P8Z77-V Pro is overpriced and the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a steal at 190$.

Also get a bigger ssd. The Crucial m4 128gb is 125$ now which puts it under 1$ a gigabyte which is amazing.

For your hdd get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb. Very reliable and fast.

I would not get a water cooler for your cpu. they are more expensive and louder than similarly performing air coolers.

And finally get windows 7 pro oem. ultimate is a waste of money unless you use something that pro doesnt have.

The GYGABYTE motherboard is the one I'm getting in a few days. And the only time I would get a water cooler is for heavy OC'ing. So I agree
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May 1, 2012 4:06:45 AM

the closed loop coolers from corsair are very loud. supposedly the pump is heard over the loud fans.
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May 1, 2012 4:21:13 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
the closed loop coolers from corsair are very loud. supposedly the pump is heard over the loud fans.

If he still wants water cooled then I think he should do it custom. But still air cooled is perfect for no/slight OC. (Assuming you get a good heatsink like noctua or hyper 212)
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