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May 11, 2012 8:28:37 AM

Budget Range: $1900-$2650

Mostly for playing games, listening to music, surfing the internet, and rarely video editing.

Will be overclocking cpu to 4.4-4.5, maybe gpu also.

Everything comes up to like $2650 when tax is added.

QUESTIONS
Do they all work together?
Am i missing any parts?
Does the intel 10/100/1000 desktop adapter allow me to connect to my modem? If it does is there one that adds both wired and wireless connectivity in one card?
Do you guys suggest anything different?


Cooler master haf 932 advanced full tower:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar black 1tb 6.0gbs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Force series SSD 60gb:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blue ray drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua d-14 Cpu cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5 3570k:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock z77 motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermalake Toughpower Grand 1050w:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 670:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 10/100/1000:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Xonar DX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SD card reader/writer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

May 11, 2012 9:20:45 AM

everything is good and compatible but one you which i wanna change so that is SSD 60 is too lower for that system if you takes my advice then get ocz vertex 3 128gb i know it will cost you higher but this one is amazing choice... Otherwise system is incredible.
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May 11, 2012 10:29:29 AM

xtreme5 said:
everything is good and compatible but one you which i wanna change so that is SSD 60 is too lower for that system if you takes my advice then get ocz vertex 3 128gb i know it will cost you higher but this one is amazing choice... Otherwise system is incredible.

Well i was planning to use the ssd to install windows 7 and i didn't know what else to use the ssd for so i went with a smaller size. I checked some benchmarks and reviews. The corsair ssd is slightly faster than ocz vertex 3 120gb in max sequential read and write. But ocz is better at smaller random writes. I didn't do much researching into ssd drives so which is more important? Also what would you recommend i install on ssd?
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May 11, 2012 11:11:51 AM

good choices but some of them are overkil(like psu and sound card).here's $2.5k rig-
phantom full tower-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
f4 2tb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus 24" LED monitor-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
silverstone 850w silver certified modular unit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mushkin 8gb 1600mhz 1.5v dual channel kit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gigabyte-z77x-ud5h-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM 612 pwm cooler-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG black 12x blu ray-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
corsair force gt 180gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gigabyte gtx 680 2gb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$1925

you don't need a sound card for listening music,onboard is great.same rule applies for network card,onboard is fine.
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May 11, 2012 11:16:01 AM

xtreme5 said:
if you takes my advice then get ocz vertex 3 128gb i know it will cost you higher but this one is amazing choice... Otherwise system is incredible.

FYI,OCZ has the highest failure rates in SSDs.my dad has also suffered two SSD failures(vertex 3 60gb ssds)and ended up getting a mushkin enhanced chronos deluxe 120gb.
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May 11, 2012 11:35:23 AM

^i agree but they are slow.corsair force gt is one of the fastest SSD with reliability of corsair(a very reputed brand).
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May 11, 2012 12:23:51 PM

hellfire24 said:
good choices but some of them are overkil(like psu and sound card).here's $2.5k rig-
phantom full tower-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
f4 2tb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus 24" LED monitor-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
silverstone 850w silver certified modular unit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mushkin 8gb 1600mhz 1.5v dual channel kit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gigabyte-z77x-ud5h-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM 612 pwm cooler-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG black 12x blu ray-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
corsair force gt 180gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gigabyte gtx 680 2gb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$1925

you don't need a sound card for listening music,onboard is great.same rule applies for network card,onboard is fine.

Thanks for the info and build. I like it but i rather go with an ivy bridge cpu since its newer. I don't want to have to upgrade anything for like 3 years.
The blu ray drive is nice but im not going to be burning blu ray discs so a blu ray reader is fine for me. The 670 is pretty close to 680 in performance, most benchmarks have it only 5-10 fps slower and its $100 cheaper. I might overclock it and then it will be just as good as a 680. For the 670 one website said a 750 watt power supply will be enough so i added extra 100 for other parts in the case and then extra 100 in case i add something. Thats about 950 watt but i couldn't find any PSUs at 950 that were as good as this 1050w one so i just decided to go with this. The 2tb hardrive is great but i want something with 6.0gbs. The sound card isn't necessary but i want really good audio and a sound card is a decent amount better over onboard audio. But i totally forgot that the motherboard had a network card thanks for that you saved me $30. I like the monitor but the difference i see between it and the one i chose was it uses less power, is less bright, and has no speakers. I like the less power but seeing its the same price it will come down to which has better picture quality.
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May 11, 2012 12:28:42 PM

Oh i keep forgetting to ask how much thermal paste am i suppose to buy? The one im buying has 3.5 grams of paste. I know i need the paste for the cpu cooler and cpu but is there anything else in the computer that will need it?
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May 11, 2012 12:35:02 PM

if you want 670 then go ahead,it's a good value card but remember that 680 is more powerful and overclocks great.you need 1000w+ for 680 or 670 SLI?that's bullshit.you need no more than 750.i suggested 850w so that you can overclock.for speed,you have ssd,the difference between a 3gb/s and 6gb/s is unnoticeable.you don't need TIM,stock coolermaster paste is fine.
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May 11, 2012 12:51:39 PM

hellfire24 said:
^i agree but they are slow.corsair force gt is one of the fastest SSD with reliability of corsair(a very reputed brand).

Slow? have you ever used HDD as a boot drive? it's even slower lol... I guess you been on SSD for your whole life? Crucial is great for their reliability.... Every single SSD in this world will out perform HDD and Crucial can do 170MB/s on a 120GB which is nearly 3 times the performance of a HDD... for me I dont need SSD because as long as everything is loading and working, i need no SSD... As long as my Windows boot into Windows than I dont need to worry as long as it boot under 1 minute, since I use Windows 7 Manager to clean my system, I boot below 40 seconds from press of button, if I hadn't it be like 1+ minute already...
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May 11, 2012 12:59:02 PM

hellfire24 said:
if you want 670 then go ahead,it's a good value card but remember that 680 is more powerful and overclocks great.you need 1000w+ for 680 or 670 SLI?that's bullshit.you need no more than 750.i suggested 850w so that you can overclock.for speed,you have ssd,the difference between a 3gb/s and 6gb/s is unnoticeable.you don't need TIM,stock coolermaster paste is fine.

Ok i switched the hard drives thanks for help. Whats TIM, sorry im still kinda new to this.
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May 11, 2012 1:53:04 PM

hellfire24 said:
if you want 670 then go ahead,it's a good value card but remember that 680 is more powerful and overclocks great.you need 1000w+ for 680 or 670 SLI?that's bullshit.you need no more than 750.i suggested 850w so that you can overclock.for speed,you have ssd,the difference between a 3gb/s and 6gb/s is unnoticeable.you don't need TIM,stock coolermaster paste is fine.

Ignore last comment about TIM i figured it out. Alright i'll go with 850w but i'll keep it the same type thermalake toughpower. Its $50 less but newegg doesn't have it so i'll get from amazon. Thanks for the help. Just one question no one really answered. What can i use the ssd for besides the operating systems. Some other stuff i read online were like using it to cache or something but was kinda complicated.
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May 11, 2012 4:15:17 PM

^remember brother,we are here to help you,there is always a reason behind every particular suggestion.thermaltake is one of the worst psu maker IMO.their units simply fail to deliver the advertised power.better stick with seasonic or super flower rebranded units,they are excellent.silverstone is one of the best and most reliable brand,so i would suggest getting that silverstone 850w unit.you can use the ssd for anything from OS to games.i would suggest throwing your OS and 'main games' on SSD and putting other stuff(movies and music)on hdd.
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May 11, 2012 5:42:54 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $389.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 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.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- That Asrock motherboard included in that review. Notice: over clocking, temps, and power consumption on there.

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

This CM cpu h/s down below is completely new to the market as in it was just released.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- that's one of several reviews done on that cooler. That review was done with a single fan configuration.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <---- that cooler again on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list

This fan down below clips onto the backside of that cooler to form a "push - pull affect" to help bring cpu temps down even more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $11.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan

Low profile RAM ftw so you don't have any problems mounting a sizeable cpu h/s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

This psu down below is over kill, but I would take it over that Thermaltake any day of the week. It's manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate card
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

Money saved gets you into a bigger SSD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $102.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

And this is just something to take a look at. This case came out on the market less than two weeks ago and it has everything you could wish for in a case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional reviews.
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May 11, 2012 7:33:48 PM

hellfire24 said:
^remember brother,we are here to help you,there is always a reason behind every particular suggestion.thermaltake is one of the worst psu maker IMO.their units simply fail to deliver the advertised power.better stick with seasonic or super flower rebranded units,they are excellent.silverstone is one of the best and most reliable brand,so i would suggest getting that silverstone 850w unit.you can use the ssd for anything from OS to games.i would suggest throwing your OS and 'main games' on SSD and putting other stuff(movies and music)on hdd.

I'll think about changing the psu. I haven't seen many reviews on that line of PSUs that say its bad and this one has 7 years warranty. I'll get either a 90gb or 120gb ssd withthe money saved. Only $10 difference so idk.
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May 11, 2012 7:44:26 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $389.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 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.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- That Asrock motherboard included in that review. Notice: over clocking, temps, and power consumption on there.

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

This CM cpu h/s down below is completely new to the market as in it was just released.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- that's one of several reviews done on that cooler. That review was done with a single fan configuration.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <---- that cooler again on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list

This fan down below clips onto the backside of that cooler to form a "push - pull affect" to help bring cpu temps down even more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $11.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan

Low profile RAM ftw so you don't have any problems mounting a sizeable cpu h/s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

This psu down below is over kill, but I would take it over that Thermaltake any day of the week. It's manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate card
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

Money saved gets you into a bigger SSD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $102.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

And this is just something to take a look at. This case came out on the market less than two weeks ago and it has everything you could wish for in a case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional reviews.

Thanks for the recommendations. But the motherboard i chose, does what i need it to do and comes with more usb ports. I checked to see if the ram im using will fit with the noctua d-14 and it will so no need to switch to low profile. I wanted to use a full tower case so mid tower will be a little cramped. I'll consider the psu.
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May 11, 2012 10:03:47 PM

I've been looking at some videos on how to build computers and they are talking about dual channel memory and stuff like that. I know its a stupid question but will my 4x4 16gb ram work with my motherboard or will i need 8x2 16gb?
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May 11, 2012 11:23:36 PM

Bob94 said:
I've been looking at some videos on how to build computers and they are talking about dual channel memory and stuff like that. I know its a stupid question but will my 4x4 16gb ram work with my motherboard or will i need 8x2 16gb?

Ya it works fine.

The board has 4 memory slots. So even numbers. 2 sticks of RAM or 4 sticks of RAM. Either works fine.
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May 11, 2012 11:46:12 PM

Why_Me said:
Ya it works fine.

The board has 4 memory slots. So even numbers. 2 sticks of RAM or 4 sticks of RAM. Either works fine.

Thanks, i think i have everything i need now. I will probably order the parts tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully 670 doesn't sell out by then.
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May 16, 2012 1:51:22 AM

Thanks for the help guys, i order my parts a few days ago. I was able to save $200 thanks to you guys. I didn't know newegg doesn't charge tax so i saved $400. So in all i payed $2,220! And i actually got to add some stuff like a bigger SSD. If you take away the monitor, mouse, and keyboard the computer itself is $1970! A nice number :D .
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June 1, 2012 4:47:58 PM

Best answer selected by Bob94.
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