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May 9, 2012 3:35:00 PM

Hey guys I'm looking to get a new computer and I decided that it is about time I built one myself. Since this is my first build I decided it would be wise to get some input from the community on what to keep in my current configuration and what to scratch.

Approximate Purchase Date: 5/10/2012-6/10/2012

Budget Range: $1300-1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: Mouse, OS, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, whatever is cheapest!

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Nvidia for graphics card and Intel for CPU.

Overclocking: No (unless you persuade me)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (In the future I'd like to add another card)

Monitor Resolution: 1900x1080

Additional Comments: I really don't know much about case sizes so I would appreciate some input on the full size case I have chosen. I also don't have much of an idea what monitor I should get and would appreciate some suggestions.

This is my current configuration,

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.99 @ amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3770-processor-BX80637...

CPU Cooler: Stock intel fan. Do I need an aftermarket cooler if I'm not overclocking?
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=zaL8fpnd...

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2BAA 128GB 2.5" SATA III MLC Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB GDDR5 Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Rosewill BRONZE RBR1000-M 1000W ($124.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS 24x DVD Burner DRW-24B1 ($17.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=27-135-...

Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($156.86 @ NCIX US)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=38845

Would you recommend an LED instead for better blacks?

Total: $1656.77


Any advice is greatly appreciated, this is my first time building a computer and want to make sure I do it right!

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May 9, 2012 3:47:55 PM

Are you sure you need an Ivy Bridge Cpu? Sandy bridge will save you 100 bucks and it will pretty much give u the same preformance while working with ur existing setup. IMO ivy bridge was not worth the wait
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May 9, 2012 3:50:46 PM

I saw Rosewill for PSU, and ran away screaming! Not only is it overkill( a good 650Watt PSU, emphasis on "good" would be enough to power this PC), Rosewill is not one of the higher regarded PSU makers. I would suggest a Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, or PCP&C units in the 650-700 watt range(850 for SLI or crossfire).

16 GB of ram is also overkill as far as gaming is concerned, 4 GB would be enough but I would suggest getting an 8GB kit (2X4GB), It gives you an upgrade path should you ever need it.
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May 9, 2012 3:51:19 PM

firo40 said:
Are you sure you need an Ivy Bridge Cpu? Sandy bridge will save you 100 bucks and it will pretty much give u the same preformance while working with ur existing setup. IMO ivy bridge was not worth the wait


I echo this opinion. IB has about 7% better IPC thn SB, depending on application. Save 100 bucks and put it toward a better GPU, like a GTX 670 (supposed to be released tomorrow???).
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May 9, 2012 4:00:01 PM

Same here. 4gb x 2 1600mhz is plenty for now.
get a Corsair 850w TXV2 PSU. its great.
i would get an aftermarket cooler, just wouldnt go crazy there. an ok air cooler should be plenty. Hyper EVO 212 is only $30.

definately downgrade that CPU. i5- 3550 should be plenty.
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May 9, 2012 5:27:37 PM

After going over some of your suggestions I decided to make the following changes:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @Newegg w/ $20 promo gift card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 ($34.99 @Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 (estimated $399.99)



I was also wondering if anybody could give me some input on the current mobo i'm looking at. I've heard a lot of people talking about the AsRock z77 extreme 4 and the Gibabyte GA-z77x-D3H.

And again thank you for all of the help with this.
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May 9, 2012 5:43:43 PM

I have only ever used ASRock but can say i'm very happy... i have the z68 extrem4 and i believe it was in the top 3 for perfomance/options/value. but i know gigabyte is a well repsected brand as well. i'm not sure you can go wrong either way...
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May 9, 2012 6:10:45 PM

Have the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and love it (have had the other three brands as well). Sticking with ASRock unless something goes very, very wrong down the line.

If you get a mobo besides the extreme4, check which ram slots you have to use as the ones closest to the Evo may not clear the ram heat spreaders. Extreme4 uses the 2nd and 4th slot for only two sticks so plenty of room.

Good call on your latest part swap. Your PSU could drop to even 750W and still be fine to OC and SLI if you choose to.

On the case, it's fine but may be overkill. The Carbide 500R is a great case and a little smaller than the HAF at $140. If you can wait a little and like a military-spec looking case, the Corsair C70 comes out in June I think. If you like huge cases, the Thor V2 gets rave reviews and is also about $140.
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May 16, 2012 1:26:35 AM

Best answer selected by tmoser2525.
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