New Gaming build, first timer $1,500

Approximate Purchase Date:This month

Budget Range:$1,500 with tax and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, web surfing, watching movies, photoshop and illustrator,

Parts Not Required: dont need mouse and keyboard, will get monitor later on black friday

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg and Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preferences, just want the best

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want to have the best gaming pc I can afford at $1,500. Want to max out every game in the market today. This is my first time building a computer.

Case: Corsair 400R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

Power Supply:Seasonic SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (Full Modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

CPU:Intel i5 (Ivy Bridge) 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

MotherBoard:ASUS Maximus V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830

HeatSink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

Dvd Burner:ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

SoftWare: Windows 7 Home 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Video Card: nVidia 670GTX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

This would all add to about $1.500 with tax and shipping.
Any thoughts? change parts?

Any tips for a first time builder??

Thanks!
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  1. Switch out your motherboard - mATX I never recommend on a full desktop build - you'll severely limit your expansion options. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

    And go EVGA if you're going with NVIDIA - the extra warranty and easy RMA service are more than worth it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

    Other than that everything looks good.
  2. If you wanna save money ditch the seasonic psu, theyre really nice but hella expensive, unless your specifically looking for a fully modular psu
  3. $1500 build in my sig with a single GTX670 (the dual HD7850's will push closer to $1600 with s & h).
  4. armandjordan58 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date:This month

    Budget Range:$1,500 with tax and shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, web surfing, watching movies, photoshop and illustrator,

    Parts Not Required: dont need mouse and keyboard, will get monitor later on black friday

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg and Amazon

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: no preferences, just want the best

    Overclocking: Probably not

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Want to have the best gaming pc I can afford at $1,500. Want to max out every game in the market today. This is my first time building a computer.

    Case: Corsair 400R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

    Power Supply:Seasonic SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (Full Modular)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

    CPU:Intel i5 (Ivy Bridge) 3570k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    MotherBoard:ASUS Maximus V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830

    HeatSink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    Dvd Burner:ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    SoftWare: Windows 7 Home 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Video Card: nVidia 670GTX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    This would all add to about $1.500 with tax and shipping.
    Any thoughts? change parts?

    Any tips for a first time builder??

    Thanks!

    Everything looks good but the psu and board. Both are crazy expensive. .. and change that CM 212 to a CM EVO.
  5. g-unit1111 said:
    Switch out your motherboard - mATX I never recommend on a full desktop build - you'll severely limit your expansion options. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

    And go EVGA if you're going with NVIDIA - the extra warranty and easy RMA service are more than worth it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

    Other than that everything looks good.



    I always thought ASUS had the best motherboards...
    maybe this is better?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

    And i think i prefer Gigabyte because the core and boost clocks are better than the rest.
  6. bavman said:
    If you wanna save money ditch the seasonic psu, theyre really nice but hella expensive, unless your specifically looking for a fully modular psu


    Yeah, im looking for a full modular psu.
  7. Why_Me said:
    Everything looks good but the psu and board. Both are crazy expensive. .. and change that CM 212 to a CM EVO.


    I prefer a full modular psu. mobo around $200, seems like a decent price. or should i get a mobo with 1 pcix16 3.0? because im pretty sure i will not use sli and all that.
    k changed to evo, it comes with a thermal compound right?
  8. armandjordan58 said:
    I always thought ASUS had the best motherboards...
    maybe this is better?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

    And i think i prefer Gigabyte because the core and boost clocks are better than the rest.


    My last 3 boards have all been Gigabyte and they've all been incredibly solid. Asus makes great boards as well. Just make sure that you don't get mATX or you'll limit your expansion options.

    I also agree with what was said about Seasonic PSUs - they are nice but they're incredibly expensive. If you look around you can find Seasonic OEM PSUs like this one for like 1/2 the cost: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
  9. armandjordan58 said:
    I prefer a full modular psu. mobo around $200, seems like a decent price. or should i get a mobo with 1 pcix16 3.0? because im pretty sure i will not use sli and all that.
    k changed to evo, it comes with a thermal compound right?

    The EVO comes with a small tube of great thermal compound. Here's a few options to check out.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296 $119.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <---- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703036 $89.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
  10. armandjordan58 said:


    I really like the Gigabyte board (I have the UD3H) but you can't go wrong with any of them. The Asrock board is fine - I had some problems with it but I think that's because I had my CPU cooler installed incorrectly.

    Get this for your PSU instead - Rosewill is not really a good choice, this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
  11. g-unit1111 said:
    I really like the Gigabyte board (I have the UD3H) but you can't go wrong with any of them. The Asrock board is fine - I had some problems with it but I think that's because I had my CPU cooler installed incorrectly.

    Get this for your PSU instead - Rosewill is not really a good choice, this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027



    Hmm ok maybe not rosewill, but i was thinking of getting a modular psu.
  12. armandjordan58 said:
    Hmm ok maybe not rosewill, but i was thinking of getting a modular psu.

    That psu I posted above is modular and no need for a 750w psu for a single card build. 550w is what Nvidia recommends on their website for a gtx 680 and they are taking into account the crappier psu's when they state that.
  13. armandjordan58 said:

    Everything looks good but I don't see the point in that $200 mATX board that's strictly for hard core over clocking and nothing else. It seems a bit excessive imo. If it's the color of the board that catches your eye then this board down below will o/c just as high as that Asus board and do it for cheaper. It also combo's with the 3570K to save a few $ and it has the red and black theme like that Asus board.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157298 $159.99
    ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20Z77%20Performance <---- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

    The CM 922 case is nice but it's a bit dated. All these new 1155 boards come with the front 3.0 USB header so you might want to add one to that case to take advantage of it. This one down below snaps right onto the front of that case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811996037 $12.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket

    Here's the new and revised version of that Seagate 1TB h/d (64mb cache). They worked the bugs out with the newer version.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937168 $104.98 save: $13.00
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
  14. Why_Me said:
    Everything looks good but I don't see the point in that $200 mATX board that's strictly for hard core over clocking and nothing else. It seems a bit excessive imo. If it's the color of the board that catches your eye then this board down below will o/c just as high as that Asus board and do it for cheaper. It also combo's with the 3570K to save a few $ and it has the red and black theme like that Asus board.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157298 $159.99
    ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20Z77%20Performance <---- another look at that board along with the latest bios update

    The CM 922 case is nice but it's a bit dated. All these new 1155 boards come with the front 3.0 USB header so you might want to add one to that case to take advantage of it. This one down below snaps right onto the front of that case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811996037 $12.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket

    Here's the new and revised version of that Seagate 1TB h/d (64mb cache). They worked the bugs out with the newer version.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937168 $104.98 save: $13.00
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM



    Is ASrock really a good and reliable brand?? compared to Asus?

    and hmm i just bought a external hard drive that is a usb 2.0, should i return it and get a external with usb 3.0??
  15. armandjordan58 said:
    Is ASrock really a good and reliable brand?? compared to Asus?

    and hmm i just bought a external hard drive that is a usb 2.0, should i return it and get a external with usb 3.0??

    Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte ( don't know much about MSI boards) are all solid boards imo. You can't go wrong with any of those three board manufactures.

    Keep your h/d.
  16. Ok im gonna e buying http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
    ASUS P8Z77-V
    mobo

    When i want to update it at http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_PRO/#download

    and there is like 3 files in bio 11 in utilities. When I update will I have to download all of the files and install them?
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