$1000 new gaming rig... cheaper?

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: $900?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Blu-ray movies, video and photo editing in Adobe CS5.

Parts Not Required: HDDs, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter nearby, cheapest

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, small form factor, electricity-sipping PC if possible.

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So far, I have come up with this:
$189.99 Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/microcenter/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k

$29.99 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

$59.99 (MC Combo price) ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387629

$44.99 G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/gskill-memory-f31866c9d8gab

$399.99 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670oc2gd

$99.99 Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/fractal-design-case-fdcadefminibl

$42.99 OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/ocz-power-supply-oczzs550w

$56.23 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/amazon/asus-optical-drive-bc12b1stblkbas

Total (before mail-in rebates): $951.63
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I like the idea of an m-ATX board in the Fractal case, but I have been going back and forth with an Extreme4 in a NZXT Source 210 Elite. Comments?

Also, I already have 4 HDD (2 750GB and 2 500GB) - will buy a ~250GB SSD in the future.
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  1. you're good to go but i worry about the psu it has lower wattage get one with 750w. Then proceed...
  2. you're good to go but i worry about the psu it has lower wattage get one with 750w. Then proceed...
  3. xtreme5 said:
    you're good to go but i worry about the psu it has lower wattage get one with 750w. Then proceed...


    Why do you think a 750w is necessary? On PSU calculator the requirement is something like 430w for this build.

    Any comments on Motherboard: m-ATX Pro4 vs ATX Extreme 4?
  4. You could save some money by getting 1600mhz RAM and getting a cheaper case.
  5. have you calculated it along with cpu and gpu when overclocked, i don't think you did it with overclocking if 750w not then 650w is necessary for safety when you intend to overclock both cpu or gpu.
  6. That processor will be pretty power hungry with overclocking. A better alternative for relatively power efficient overclocking is the i5 2500K.
  7. xtreme5 said:
    have you calculated it along with cpu and gpu when overclocked, i don't think you did it with overclocking if 750w not then 650w is necessary for safety when you intend to overclock both cpu or gpu.


    I just checked again.
    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

    With a GTX 680 (instead of 670), 3 HDD, 1 SSD, a 3570K @ 4Ghz (1.4V)... 452w.

    So... maybe 650w if I found a deal. Otherwise, no reason to dismiss 550w?

    Quote:
    That processor will be pretty power hungry with overclocking. A better alternative for relatively power efficient overclocking is the i5 2500K.

    A 3570K definitely uses less power (on that calculator) than a 2500K to reach the same frequency/same V.
  8. as you wish but i'm still not sure what about overclocking?
  9. Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
  10. xtreme5 said:
    as you wish but i'm still not sure what about overclocking?


    When I entered the PSU calculator, I had the 3570K at 4ghz at 1.4V. I didn't have the GPU OC'd, but I am using a 680 in the calculation (they don't have 670 listed) so an OC'd 670 is probably even less than a stock 680.

    I'm thinking 600W MAX for my needs...
  11. hmm, yes 600w but with good brand like cooler master gx 600w. Or an antec.
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