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May 8, 2012 8:04:47 PM

Hello, I am looking at building a new computer and would like advice on components please.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 10 days

Budget Range: willing to spend approx $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com,tigerdirect.com are only ones I'm familiar with

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU and GeForce GPU Card

Overclocking: Unlikely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Concerned about cooling and power requirements... not too knowledgable in this area.

Parts/Components I am currently looking at buying:

Case : not sure what I need (BLING is not important)
Power Supply : Rosewill RBR1000-M (is this too much?)
Cooling : really need advice on this spot
Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z68X (this good but willl appreciate any suggestions)
Processor : i5-3570K
Memory : Corsair 16GB (2x8 GB)
Video : GTX 480
Hard Drive : Seagate Momentus Hybird
Optical Drive : LG 12x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
Any changes or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks All!
May 8, 2012 9:14:19 PM

Kheeva said:
Case : not sure what I need (BLING is not important)
Power Supply : Rosewill RBR1000-M (is this too much?)
Cooling : really need advice on this spot
Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z68X (this good but willl appreciate any suggestions)
Processor : i5-3570K
Memory : Corsair 16GB (2x8 GB)
Video : GTX 480
Hard Drive : Seagate Momentus Hybird
Optical Drive : LG 12x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
Any changes or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks All!
Here's my reco: $1436 at Newegg with $20 rebate at Newegg for the GPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($170.71 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Lian-Li PC-K58W ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.95 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1325.07
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 17:13 EDT-0400)
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May 8, 2012 9:15:21 PM

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May 8, 2012 9:17:53 PM

Here's what I would suggest:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $80.99
HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $109.99
Optical: LG DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1,246.90 - $25.00 MIR = $1,221.90

Use the difference for a nice monitor, OS license, or whatever else you may need. Or you could even upgrade your GPU to a 7950. But the GPU is way better than a 560TI - it even beats the 580 in some tests.
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May 8, 2012 9:55:20 PM

http://videocardz.com/32728/geforce-gtx-670-review-twea... <---- the gtx 670 w/benchmarks. That card is rumored to be released by the end of this week. It should hit the shelves @ $350 - $400.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98 save: $10.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

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

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GWAWZA/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
LG WH12LS38K 12X Internal SATA Blu-Ray/DVD Burner with Lightscribe Support Writer/Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
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_... <----- review of that Asus card w/benchmarks
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May 8, 2012 9:57:07 PM

Refer to my signature.

EDIT: Signature not working
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
3570K is all you need for gaming, i7 only brings 2MB more cache and hyperthreading for like $100 more.

CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler ($69.70 @ NCIX US)
This is one of the best, if not THE best air cooler on the market today.

Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Don't let the low price fool you, it's just a "discount" and the board is SLI capable.

Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Nothing special here.

Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($106.57 @ NCIX US)
SSDs dramatically increase system responsiveness.

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Nothing special here.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
It's a GTX 680, what else can I say?

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Sexy case with USB 3.0

Power Supply: NZXT 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
80+ Bronze PSU with enough power for potential SLI.

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Nothing special here.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Nothing special here.

Total: $1428.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 17:58 EDT-0400)

EDIT: Signature working again, but I posted it already so meh.
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May 8, 2012 10:06:24 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($439.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1291.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 18:06 EDT-0400)

Comes to about $1364.40.
Other choices for the graphics card could be the next 680 or the soon to be released 670.
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May 9, 2012 6:50:03 PM

Thanks for all the input/advice all!

Looks like this is what I am going with
MainBoard : ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

Memory : G.SKILL F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Case : Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply : Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V ...

Optical Drive : LG WH12LS38K 12X Internal SATA Blu-Ray/DVD Burner with Lightscribe Support Writer/Drive

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

SSD : Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card : think will wait a few days for the GTX 670 to release :) 

Total now is just barely over $1,000 without the Video card, so it looks like will be perfect. Thanks Again!
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May 21, 2012 12:36:03 PM

Best answer selected by Kheeva.
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