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May 4, 2012 3:10:28 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000 but could go higher if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, KB, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg second

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia since I do mainly Blizzard games

Overclocking: Maybe but have never attempted

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future so want to be ready

Monitor Resolution: unsure, but WS 24" monitor currently

Additional Comments:

Have ordered SSD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2JL2A/ref=ox_ya_o... so will actually start with this.

Play WoW and getting Diablo III so I want to build my first system for these games and future proof the build. Money isn't a big issue, but don't want to go crazy so would like to keep the rest of the parts around $1000. I do need an OS also.

Would like to order from Amazon if possible but would swap to Newegg if great deal on part was available.

Any help for first time builder?

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May 4, 2012 3:32:37 PM

i5 -2500k
4gb x 2 Hyper X
ASRock Extrem3 Z68
GTX 560 Ti
Corsair 750W TX

everything else is up to you... any leftover i would bump up to GPU. 580 would be the goal... but i doubt theres that much leftover in the budget.
May 4, 2012 3:35:29 PM

Any reason not to go with the new Intel chip and associated MB?
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May 4, 2012 3:38:28 PM

mojorisin23 said:
i5 -2500k
4gb x 2 Hyper X
ASRock Extrem3 Z68
GTX 560 Ti
Corsair 750W TX

everything else is up to you... any leftover i would bump up to GPU. 580 would be the goal... but i doubt theres that much leftover in the budget.


Why would he buy 1 generation old hardware...
i5 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z75 Pro3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's cheaper and better. Don't even start with overclocking because all the raging has been blown out of the proportion big time.

Edit:
That's not the picture of Z75 Pro3 on newegg (shows only 1 PCIe x16 slot)
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z75%20Pro3&...
May 4, 2012 3:48:38 PM

gtechman said:
Any reason not to go with the new Intel chip and associated MB?

Only reason not to go IB is if you plan on doing overclocking over 4,6GHz which nobody sane should even attempt at running 24/7 even with SB.
IB reaches thermal limits at 1.3v so if you plan on overclocking you need to settle with I'd say 1.2v which would be enough for 4,3-4,5GHz at under 80°C during Linpack stress testing if you have a proper cooler that is.
May 4, 2012 4:07:09 PM

I only selected it trying to keep within budget. by all means go IB.

The only difference between that CPU and the one i selected is 100mhz. if you OC that is mute. The other big difference is $50.

May 4, 2012 4:20:43 PM

No it's not only 100MHz, IB has roughly 5-10% better performance per clock meaning that 4GHz IB is equally fast as 4,2GHz SB, consumes less power, has far superior QuickSync engine (both performance and quality wise), alot better IMC and GPU etc...

@gtechman
You'd be better off reading a full review on i7 3770K (same CPU as i5 3570K minus the HyperThreading)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-benchmar...

The only reason it wouldn't be worth buying is if you already own Sandy Bridge.

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May 4, 2012 4:29:52 PM
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$17.99
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COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$69.99
$59.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231308
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$39.99
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IB RUN HOT. :cry:  GET A GOOD CPU COOLER IF YOU WANT TO OC.

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835608018
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate


$99.99
$89.99
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----------------COMBO----------------------- 480 ABOUT EQUAL TO A 570..............WOW/D3 NEED NO MORE GPU THAN THIS.

EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130759
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817139010
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$80.00 Instant
-$16.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$469.98
$373.98
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--------------COMBO---------THE BIOSTAR IS PACKED WITH STUFF AND CAN HOLD IT'S OWN AGAINST 165+ MOBOS--------------------

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813138354
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
-$25.00 Combo


$419.98
$374.98
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $20.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.
Subtotal: $956.92
May 4, 2012 6:49:54 PM

So far settled on this:

i5-3570 +
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ($384.98 combo at Newegg with $20 giftcard)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($39.99 at Newegg)

Crucial M4 256GB SSD ($216.11 from Amazon already ordered)

I would like a decent but not completely top end Graphics card. I am unfamiliar with the 480 though but will read up on it.

Interested in info on Giga vs Bio motherboard...
May 4, 2012 7:24:23 PM

*****i5 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z75 Pro3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's cheaper and better. Don't even start with overclocking because all the raging has been blown out of the proportion big time.

Edit:
That's not the picture of Z75 Pro3 on newegg (shows only 1 PCIe x16 slot)
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z75%20Pro3&...[/quotemsg]*****



I agree with this build except for the card. Amd does not play well with blizzard products. 560 Ti is more then enough and will be much much less of a hassle.


*this was in reply to Soda-88's comment. I messed it up :p .
May 7, 2012 12:06:19 PM

Looked for sales over the weekend but no luck. Still only have the SSD.

Have HD
Still wavering on couple different MBs so a combo deal could sway me
Unsure on Video Card but researching

Rest have no feelings on except OS.
May 7, 2012 8:42:59 PM

Bought:

CPU: I5-3570
MB: BioStar TZ77XE4
RAM: G.Skill 2x4GB 1066
HD: 256GB SSD

Looking at:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R 9011014-WW ($75.84 Amazon)
PS: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ($89.99 with $30 rebate Amazon)

Still need much help on Video Card and Cooler. I am looking at the:

EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi)
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)

I can spend more but want best bang for my buck.
a b C Monitor
May 7, 2012 8:52:35 PM

Why did you choose the Extreme6 over the 4?
May 7, 2012 9:46:41 PM

azeem40 said:
Why did you choose the Extreme6 over the 4?


*edit* I actually bought the BioStar mother board.
May 8, 2012 12:24:45 PM

Final build...if there are no problems..

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7V0G

Already have on order the: CPU, MB, RAM, HDD. The rest I plan to order today.

The 480 video card seems to be a good "bang for your buck" breakpoint right now. Glad to hear any input on remaining items. Will wait to order in the afternoon.

Thanks for all the help!!
May 8, 2012 5:58:39 PM

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