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~$1500 Gaming Rig - my first Build

So I've been reading a ton of threads on TH and figured it was time I registered so I could get some feedback on my planned first ever build :hello: . Here's what I have in mind:

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month or so

Budget Range: ~$1500-$1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, watching movies, little bit of video editing

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon and Microcenter

Country: USA

Overclocking: Modest overclock in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Future upgrade (is my PSU okay?)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 -- $140 (is there an equivalent Asus/Gigabyte MB? The styling of the ASUS ones are more to my liking. Any other suggestions? Is Z77 worth it?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

PSU: Corsair HX750 --$150 (is modular worth it?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz -- $290 (can get another $50 off my MB if I buy it with the CPU at Microcenter)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388575

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 -- $300 (may replace this with a GTX 660Ti or HD 7850, not sure yet)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600 DDR3 -- $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB -- $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm -- $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Optical: ASUS Black 12X Blu-ray reader -- $58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212+ -- $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen 250 cd/m2 -- $180 (Any other suggestions? Is this a decent monitor?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153

KB: Logitech wireless K800 $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126194

Mouse: Razer Deathadder $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153055

Case: Having a hell of a time finding a mid tower case. I like the sleekness of some of the Lian Li (9F, K9B, B25FWB), unfortunately not many of them have a side window. Also like the NZXT M59 (looks very crowded though?) CM Elite 430 (also very cramped?) and Antec 900 (why no dust filters?)

Any other suggestions for a case with decent cable management, a side window, dust filters and not super huge? I don't like anything TOO over the top, but I like a side window and I'm okay with some LED fans.

TOTAL: $1590 still leaves room for a decent case
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    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

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    ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <----- review with benchmarks of that Asus 7870

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588 $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    Low profile RAM

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    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366600 $89.99 - $74.99 after rebate savings
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case
  2. I'm also building one about $1500, I'm looking at:

    CPU: i5-3570k with Hyper 212 EVO
    MOBO: GA-Z77X-UD3H
    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8 GB 2x4 1866
    GPU: EVGA GTX 570 Classified
    HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5 TB 5900 RPM Sata 6
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SATA III
    Case: HAF 922
    OS: Win 7 64 Bit

    = $1,439.91

    edit: I already have a 700w power supply, add $120 for the total price

    I never see the HAF 922 in system build cases but it's my favorite case because of it's width, allowing cables to fit behind the motherboard panel, and also it's large fans are quiet (HAF=High Air Flow)
  3. I like that Corsair 400R case in the post above, I haven't seen that in person yet
  4. Changed a few things, ended up buying:

    PSU: 750AX (pretty good deal on Amazon)
    CPU: 3570K (don't really need the i7, saved $150 going to i5 and buying my MB in a combo package at Microcenter)
    MB: Asus p8z77-V (wanted the built in wi-fi and seems a bit nicer board than the Asrock)
    SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (decided to splurge)
    Speakers: Klipsch Promedia 2.1

    About the only things left to get are my HDD and maybe headphones. I don't really know much about headphones. I was thinking something cheap like Sennheiser HD202 II's. What do you guys suggest for a decent pair of headphones and maybe like a cheap add-on mic.
  5. triplej said:
    I'm also building one about $1500, I'm looking at:

    CPU: i5-3570k with Hyper 212 EVO
    MOBO: GA-Z77X-UD3H
    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8 GB 2x4 1866
    GPU: EVGA GTX 570 Classified
    HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5 TB 5900 RPM Sata 6
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SATA III
    Case: HAF 922
    OS: Win 7 64 Bit

    = $1,439.91

    edit: I already have a 700w power supply, add $120 for the total price

    I never see the HAF 922 in system build cases but it's my favorite case because of it's width, allowing cables to fit behind the motherboard panel, and also it's large fans are quiet (HAF=High Air Flow)



    get a 670 as it has tons of performance and get a crucial 256gb ssd as they are known to be reliable. also dont think about getting green drives. they are slow as hell. Fractal cases are more silent
  6. Best answer selected by m3tric.
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