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May 13, 2012 3:25:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month

Budget Range: 1000-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Music, Movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Don't Care

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want at least a TB of room to store all my music/games etc and I've heard that SSD is much faster than traditional HDs so if anyone would like to explain some more about SSD that would be fantastic.

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CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan - Cooler Master Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASRock Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB - Getting two of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Cooler Master
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - ASUS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Keyboard - Logitech G110
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboa...

Questions:
Any tips in general? Is this PSU powerful enough for my current setup? Is this motherboard solid? Will this case work fine for my setup? Is this too much RAM? I want this thing to run real fast. If I wanted more USB drives where would I get them and would they be hard to install? Any info about USB 3.0? And of course the before question about SSD vs HD. I will google a lot of this but any help is appreciated!

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May 13, 2012 3:38:26 AM

Yeah the 850W will do fine for the build. Even if you get another 570.

Nope. 16GB is on the high end but not too much.

Usb drives can be added with a card or drive that goes under the optical. Or I guess you could get a case that has more ports to begin with.

SSDs are absolutely worth it. You would only notice the speed increase of loading but that's really one apparent when you just upgrade the hard drive on the same system. It's gonna feel fast either way.
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May 13, 2012 3:59:23 AM

Yea I was thinking maybe getting a 64GB SSD and using it for like my OS and just the main stuff, then getting a 500GB HDD for everything else. I also have all my music and other stuff on a big external hard drive
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May 13, 2012 4:16:49 AM

1-why 16gb? for gaming and other daily stuff,8gb is more than enough.
2-why gtx 570?hd 7xxx and gtx 6xx cards are out.7870 will fit in your budget and is on par with gtx 580.
3-that is a good power supply but very expensive.go with is xfx unit-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4-why spend $70 on a keyboard?first make sure that you get the best core components for your money than think about fancy things.
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May 13, 2012 4:29:44 AM

The SSD boot drive is great but I would definitely get a higher capacity than 64GB. You can't install a lot of games and SSDs need spare room to garbage clean. Consider a higher capacity.
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May 13, 2012 4:41:29 AM

SSD isn't a thing that will improve the performance of your pc,it's a great utility that will cut the load times but no increase in raw power.it is better to buy a power gpu and cpu and add a larger ssd afterwards.
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May 13, 2012 4:44:39 AM

It can increase your framerate significantly to have a game installed on flash instead of a disk, especially ones that steam a lot of data in real time (GTA4, BF3 come to mind).

In that sense it does give you a very tangeable increase in power.
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May 13, 2012 4:52:34 AM

some benchmarks would be good.
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May 13, 2012 5:02:49 AM

ok thanks to both of you I will reconsider my build and get back to you with what I decide!
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May 13, 2012 6:26:57 AM

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

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-com... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $364.98 save: $10.00 FREE SHIPPING
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 along with the latest bios update

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

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $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/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $334.99 & 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 7870 w/benchmarks

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

Total: $1,160.71


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <---- review w/benchmarks of the gtx 670
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May 16, 2012 2:04:34 AM

Okay after reading this and doing some more research I've decided I'm going to get a smaller HDD (500GB) because I already have a TB external, I'm going to get a 128GB SSD, I'm only going to get 12GB of RAM instead of 16GB, and I'm going to get the Radeon HD 7870 instead of the GeForce GTX 570. My last questions are: !. Is this motherboard fine for what I'm doing? I'm not planning on OCing or anything crazy just daily gaming. 2. If I ever wanted to add another SSD, would it be hard to do myself? Would there even be room? 3. Is this Video Card a good investment? I don't mind spending $360 on it if it is worth it because I'd rather not have to replace it anytime soon. Are there any other better options that recently came out? Thanks a ton everyone this website community has been a huge help!
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May 16, 2012 3:28:25 AM

Lokomotiv193 said:
Okay after reading this and doing some more research I've decided I'm going to get a smaller HDD (500GB) because I already have a TB external, I'm going to get a 128GB SSD, I'm only going to get 12GB of RAM instead of 16GB, and I'm going to get the Radeon HD 7870 instead of the GeForce GTX 570. My last questions are: !. Is this motherboard fine for what I'm doing? I'm not planning on OCing or anything crazy just daily gaming. 2. If I ever wanted to add another SSD, would it be hard to do myself? Would there even be room? 3. Is this Video Card a good investment? I don't mind spending $360 on it if it is worth it because I'd rather not have to replace it anytime soon. Are there any other better options that recently came out? Thanks a ton everyone this website community has been a huge help!

You can't do 12GB of RAM on a 1155 board. You can do 2,4,8,16, and 32GB.

That board combo's with the WD 500GB Black Edition (nice drive) to save some $$$ and you can save more money by grabbing the 3570K off of amazon. That right there puts you into a gtx 670. That and SSD's are as cheap as $100 for a 120GB.

Adding another SSD is no problem. 4.2Ghz on that board without messing with the voltage and that gives you a nice sweet spot.

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May 16, 2012 4:20:29 AM

First off I might have misunderstood some of what you said because I'm new to this so your lingo is a little weird to me. I searched combos on newegg both for my motherboard and for the WD 500gb black hdd and didn't see it, so if you could link me to where you found it I'd really appreciate it! Second, is the i5 3570k CPU better than the 2500k? Also I have never put together a PC before so I was going to get newegg to do it for me, if i got the CPU from amazong that clearly wouldn't work. Would it be hard for me to put the CPU in the computer after they built everything else? (I'm a faster learner so I don't think I'd have much trouble) This is the CPU you were mentioning right ?
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063...

And and what do you mean that puts you into a gtx 670? As in I'd be able to run one if I wanted to? Or I should think about chosing it over the 7870? Thanks again
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May 16, 2012 5:07:21 AM

Lokomotiv193 said:
First off I might have misunderstood some of what you said because I'm new to this so your lingo is a little weird to me. I searched combos on newegg both for my motherboard and for the WD 500gb black hdd and didn't see it, so if you could link me to where you found it I'd really appreciate it! Second, is the i5 3570k CPU better than the 2500k? Also I have never put together a PC before so I was going to get newegg to do it for me, if i got the CPU from amazong that clearly wouldn't work. Would it be hard for me to put the CPU in the computer after they built everything else? (I'm a faster learner so I don't think I'd have much trouble) This is the CPU you were mentioning right ?
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063...

And and what do you mean that puts you into a gtx 670? As in I'd be able to run one if I wanted to? Or I should think about chosing it over the 7870? Thanks again

Putting it together is a piece of cake. There's like a million and one vids on it on youtube.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $209.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063... $228.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

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May 23, 2012 4:17:42 AM

Best answer selected by Lokomotiv193.
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May 25, 2012 3:54:06 PM

Sorry, one more question! Getting ready to order it this weekend and realized that next year I might not have access to wired connection. I guess that means I'm going to need a wireless adapter and I was wondering if there is any real difference between the PCI ones and the USB ones (speed and lifetime wise) and if you guys have any recommendations. ATM I am looking at these two

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

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


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May 25, 2012 4:03:33 PM

if you have spare pci e lane the go with pci otherwise usb card is just fine.
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May 25, 2012 6:20:10 PM

what about sound cards? any preferences?
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May 25, 2012 6:39:15 PM

Lokomotiv193 said:
what about sound cards? any preferences?

Check the on board sound out first. Unless your an audiophile chances are you aren't going to get a sound card. Otherwise a cheap Asus Xonar works decent enough.
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