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May 4, 2012 9:34:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as the advice is finished.

Budget Range: $1000 > Can go over but would like to try to stay close to this budget

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming: Wow and Knight Online will be the only games, Home theater, browsing etc)

Parts Not Required: HDD, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Optical Drives,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Local Micro Center store *want to get the best deals possible*

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later prolly not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 going to be hooked up to the flat screen

Additional Comments: Mainly what I'm doing is going to be processor intensive on the KO, Will be running multiple accounts. I want to play around with water cooling too love how some of the rigs look and it just seems fun but I'm a novice at it, Ive read the articles here on tom's I feel I have a decent understanding but would like to hear from the pros.

Case: Corsair 400R
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V Pro
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU: i5 3570K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

COOLER: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler *Defiantly open for suggestions here - Not exactly the coolest looking cooler mainly I choose it because I know it will fit and it looks very easy to install*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill 750W *really unsure about the power supplies.. would like some advice here*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM: Kingston HyperX 2x 4GB 1600
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GTX 550 Ti Superclocked * I know I want Nvidia.. But for what I'm doing is it even worth it to get a better card?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Total = $974.92 before rebates.

Thank you guys I appreciate it. :) 
May 4, 2012 10:22:07 PM

You don't want that old school 1.65v ram like that Kingston you have up there. You want 1.5v ram for these 1155 boards.

http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-Series-Certifi... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $252.98 save: $20.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

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

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

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.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $39.99
8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 U-DIMM Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZK/ref=pd_lpo_... $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G
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May 7, 2012 2:31:47 PM

Ram noted i'll change that out. Still don't want a fan cooler. Rather stick to liquid cooling. Also thank you for the psu advice will defiantly switch that as well. That mobo / ssd combo is a good price too. Might have to consider swapping that out.

Anyone else got advice tips hints? Anything? Especially with water cooling!! Anything i should change let me know.

Thanks!
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May 7, 2012 5:48:36 PM

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COOLER: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler *Defiantly open for suggestions here - Not exactly the coolest looking cooler mainly I choose it because I know it will fit and it looks very easy to install*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] r%20cooler


It's easy to install but they're not known to be the most reliable coolers out there. The Noctua D14 is much safer if you're going to spend that kind of cash on a cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PSU: Rosewill 750W *really unsure about the power supplies.. would like some advice here*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817182067


Yeah Rosewill makes some pretty decent cases for the price but they're not known for their PSUs - a better PSU in its' class would be something more like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GPU: GTX 550 Ti Superclocked * I know I want Nvidia.. But for what I'm doing is it even worth it to get a better card?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0363754


On a gaming system the GPU is the most important part of the build and you don't want to skimp or compromise. I'd actually recommend dropping the SSD for a 500GB mechanical HD and dropping your cooler to a Hyper 212 Evo - you'll save about $150 which you can use to upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7850 or a GTX 560 / 570. That would be a much wiser investment.

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http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0388577 $189.99
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor


I got mine from Circuit City via Amazon - they're selling it for $229 and I had a $50 gift card for Amazon - price came out to about $5 less than Micro Center.
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