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May 11, 2012 9:32:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a week

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, no additional hard drives needed at this time

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no brand preference, monitor size 23-24"

Overclocking: Yes, but nothing crazy

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but not from the start

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I prefer the minimal clean look when it comes to cases.

Alright, it's been almost 10 years since I've built a pc so I've been doing research the past few months and with the Ivy Bridge processors and new gpus out I've decided now is a good time to bite the bullet. This is what I've put together, basically I want a rig capable of playing SWTOR at maxed settings at 1920x1080 with consistent ~60fps(who doesn't?). I will also be playing Diablo 3 but from what I hear that's a pushover hardware wise. I'm pretty solid on most of the parts I've picked except for the power supply and case which I'd like recommendations on. If you know of cheaper prices on components don't hesitate to say. Thanks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $244.99 plus $20 gift card, ...I'd kill for a Microcenter in state right about now...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm
CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.99 plus $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Already bought for $399.99 Had to pull the trigger on this as I watched other 670s sell out the last two days
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply $89.99 -13.50 (15% off)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89.99 -$18.00 (20% off)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
throw some recommendations at me if you've got them, mid tower would be best(for space and "portability"), also consider there will only be two hd's, two gpu cards(eventually), and 1 optical drive at most in it.

DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL(less gpu) including shipping: $963.18

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May 11, 2012 10:21:19 PM


Everything looks good! But for the power supply, I would go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750). It's just that they really have good reviews for their power supplies and it's one of the most reliable brands for PSUs in the market. :) 
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May 11, 2012 11:54:51 PM

What are your thoughts on these? I'm looking for something modular and of course future proof for the eventual second 670.

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $149.99 before $10 off special and $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair HX750W 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - Single +12V Rail Design $129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, 80+ Bronze, Active PFC, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included, Lifetime Warranty with Registration $119.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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May 12, 2012 12:05:05 AM

Could save a little more but still get equal performance.
OCZ ZT 750 $110 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great PSU, though many people think otherwise of OCZ, they're solid with the new ZS and ZT series releasing.

Also a solid PSU is the Rosewill Hive series, right now dirt cheap.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great performance out of this series, and solid reviews
Only $76.50 right now. Probably best bet.

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May 12, 2012 12:08:25 AM

XFX, but same difference. Keep in mind however, that XFX is non-modular. Also MIRs tend to take awhile it varies for each company.

Didn't look at it but you should stick with the Hive you already have. HOWEVER, I would drop down to 8GB of ram, it's all you'll need. Most never take advantage of 8GB in fact, gaming still only requires 4GB since most use the Graphics card's VRAM.
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May 12, 2012 12:15:18 AM

Its a Seasonic PSU with XFX stickers. Even if it takes awhile for the rebate its still cheaper up front than every other PSU that has been recommended.

The only one I would even think about getting over that XFX is the PC Power & Cooling one if I wanted that extra silver rating.
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May 12, 2012 12:19:56 AM

Actually, the HIVE is only $5 more, it's modular performs just as well and yeah.
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