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May 16, 2012 9:02:59 PM

Okay, so I am selling my old computer and rebuilding. I have a cap of $1400 that I can budget for my new PC.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 or 3 weeks

Budget Range: $1400 maximum

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, picture editing, internet browsing, and watching video.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon. Maybe Ebay... but that is generally a judgement call on an individual item basis.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I don't have major brand preferences. I will generally go by individual products and how well they are rated. Though I do have an affinity for G Skill as they have taken very good care of me in the past when I had an issue with some RAM.

Overclocking: Yes (not a lot)

SLI or Crossfire: Prefer a single card, would consider SLI if the rig starts to show its age after a few years.

Monitor Resolution: Two monitors each at 1920x1080.

Here is what I have so far:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Using Amazon and a few combo deals on Newegg, I can lower the price by about $50, putting it just in my budget after shipping.

Sadly, I am at work at the moment and don't have the time necessary to link to each individual item. I will try to come back later and link to all the combo deals/exact items I am getting from amazon so everyone can see exact pricing.

My main concerns:
I have never used a Asrock motherboard, but have read many good things about them. Are they a reliable company for the most part? Also, how will that motherboard fair for overclocking? I am not huge into overclocking. I only put an i5 2500k to 4.1 before I was satisfied, but I would like the option to go high as this computer will need to last me for 4+ years.

I may also be able to up the SSD to 240 GB if I am willing to wait for the mail in rebate (comes out to the same price). Is Corsair good about honoring their mail in rebates? And does it take them months to finally get it out?

I may also be able to save a few dollars by switching to regular voltage RAM instead of the low voltage I have selected. It would only be a $5 or so difference. Is the lower voltage RAM worth the $5 difference? I plan to keep the RAM at its recommended frequency and timings and would stick with G Skill Sniper RAM if I were to change.

I have always used the Hyper 212 Plus or Hyper 212 EVO as my CPU coolers. I am going with the V8 for appearance more than anything to be honest, I would assume by the price that it will perform equal to or better than the Hyper 212s, right?

The hard drive is mostly going to be for media and recording FRAPS to. I assume a 7200 RPM drive won't give me issues when recording FRAPS as long as the game and FRAPS are both on my SSD, am I correct about this?

System noise can sometimes annoy me, are any of these parts notoriously loud?

If anyone knows of a reliable power supply that is at least 80+ Bronze and over 500W for less money, I am open to changing out the PSU. I also prefer modular, but I could live without it.

I am open to basically any suggestions. Thank you in advance, I will try to get on here soon to link to the exact combo deals.

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May 16, 2012 9:16:26 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8mey

this build is better. it has a non reference 670, a top-performing SSD (i have one) and much more overclocking headroom and better mobo than asrock.

fractal cases are pretty nice but i dont know if you like black with white accents.

check out ncix. they always have an extreme deal of the day which are great.

oh btw the cpu cooler is a vapour chamber+heatpipes so plenty of oc right there. i would recommend getting some noctua fans or some gentle typhoons
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May 16, 2012 9:19:19 PM

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I have never used a Asrock motherboard, but have read many good things about them. Are they a reliable company for the most part? Also, how will that motherboard fair for overclocking? I am not huge into overclocking. I only put an i5 2500k to 4.1 before I was satisfied, but I would like the option to go high as this computer will need to last me for 4+ years.


I had trouble with an Asrock board when I was switching out my AMD rig for Ivy a couple of weeks ago but I think that's mainly due to the fact that I installed my CPU fan incorrectly. Although what's really weird is it's been over a week now and I still have yet to hear back from them other than the automated e-mail. :lol: 

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I may also be able to up the SSD to 240 GB if I am willing to wait for the mail in rebate (comes out to the same price). Is Corsair good about honoring their mail in rebates? And does it take them months to finally get it out?


First off Corsair does not make good SSDs - anything Sandforce and you're more likely to run into issues and errors than any other drive. My system has a Sandforce drive and I'm constantly having problems with it. My work PC has a Crucial M4 and I've had ZERO problems with it. But don't put any money in the storage than you need to - put that in your GPU.

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I may also be able to save a few dollars by switching to regular voltage RAM instead of the low voltage I have selected. It would only be a $5 or so difference. Is the lower voltage RAM worth the $5 difference? I plan to keep the RAM at its recommended frequency and timings and would stick with G Skill Sniper RAM if I were to change.


Do not go low voltage on a Sandy / Ivy build, and don't go over 1.5V either - I learned that lesson the hard way. You need 1.5V for *ANY* Sandy/Ivy based motherboard no exceptions.

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The hard drive is mostly going to be for media and recording FRAPS to. I assume a 7200 RPM drive won't give me issues when recording FRAPS as long as the game and FRAPS are both on my SSD, am I correct about this?


I have no idea what FRAPS are but if your SSD is the primary it will not matter what speed your second, third, fourth HDs are - as long as Windows is on the primary SSD it will recognize and calibrate your system as such.

Here's what I would get for ~$1400:

Case: Antec 1100 - $99.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Kingston Hyper X Grey 1600MHz 1.5V - $69.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $79.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,397.89
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May 16, 2012 9:45:41 PM

I suppose I should have mentioned, the case is one thing I am set in stone on. I really enjoy the HAF series and know it will do everything I need it to. I know its an expensive case, but I went with the 912 on my last build, and while I love it, I have really regretting not getting the 932 or HAF X.

I never had any issues with the 1.25V RAM on my i5 2500K. But maybe I was just lucky? I will probably switch it to 1.5V, just ot be sure, as I am fairly sure it offers very little power saving.

I actually had a Corsair 180 GB in my last rig, and it was flawless... again maybe I am just lucky. I had an m4 in my build before that one, and it was very nice, though the Corsair is noticably faster.

As for the motherboard, it worries me a little that the company is slow to respond. But then again I usually go with Gigabyte, and it took them over a month to respond to me once and I still like to buy their products... so obviously that isn't a deal breaker for me.

For the video card, yeah I would prefer the non-reference one, but just threw the MSI one in my cart as it was in stock and have it there as a placeholder for a $399.99 gtx 670 basically.

Thank you both for your quick responses, now I need to relook at things. Also, thank you for recommending NCIX, I always seem to forget about them whne I am pricing components. =/
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May 16, 2012 9:52:47 PM

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I suppose I should have mentioned, the case is one thing I am set in stone on. I really enjoy the HAF series and know it will do everything I need it to. I know its an expensive case, but I went with the 912 on my last build, and while I love it, I have really regretting not getting the 932 or HAF X.


That's fine. My work PC uses an HAF 912 and it's great.

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I never had any issues with the 1.25V RAM on my i5 2500K. But maybe I was just lucky? I will probably switch it to 1.5V, just ot be sure, as I am fairly sure it offers very little power saving.


Could be, Sandy Bridge is usually very picky about the RAM voltage because the RAM controller is on the CPU itself instead of the motherboard.

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I actually had a Corsair 180 GB in my last rig, and it was flawless... again maybe I am just lucky. I had an m4 in my build before that one, and it was very nice, though the Corsair is noticably faster.


Really that's interesting, Sandforce drives are a huge mixed bag at lease from my experience.

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For the video card, yeah I would prefer the non-reference one, but just threw the MSI one in my cart as it was in stock and have it there as a placeholder for a $399.99 gtx 670 basically.


I know EVGA uses a lot of reference designs but they have the best warranty and support department of any GPU manufacturer I've ever dealt with.
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May 16, 2012 11:28:58 PM

I gotta ask, why are you selling a 2500K and building new? If you have semi-current components on a SB base you're unlikely to see any real-world gains.
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May 17, 2012 2:10:47 AM

Because I got $1750 for my old build (its about 2 months old). It cost me about $1250 to build, so a $500 gain off of it after using it for 2 months is pretty awesome IMO (I posted it for $1350 on craigslist with the intention of taking lower than that and downgrading a lot, as I need the rest of the money for other more important things). I have a reputation for selling high-quality systems, so should have known I would get my asking price >.>

But thanks to Diablo 3 coming out I had about 10 people make offers on the 15th, and one of them refused to let other people out-bid him. I guess he wants high end without waiting for parts... who knows.

But yeah, he was happy with it and I am happy for a free upgrade (well, other than the video card very slight upgrades) as well as getting the cash I need lol.
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May 17, 2012 4:40:10 AM

That is insane. Congrats!
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May 17, 2012 5:40:07 AM

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Silencer-compati... $76.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $92.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $104.98 save: $13.00
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2G... $419.99 Free Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <------ gtx 670 review with benchmarks


Total: $1,288.41 *not including shipping and rebates

For the SLI option switch out the psu and board up above with this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

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

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board with benchmarks
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May 17, 2012 6:40:44 AM

g-unit1111 said:
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I suppose I should have mentioned, the case is one thing I am set in stone on. I really enjoy the HAF series and know it will do everything I need it to. I know its an expensive case, but I went with the 912 on my last build, and while I love it, I have really regretting not getting the 932 or HAF X.


That's fine. My work PC uses an HAF 912 and it's great.

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I never had any issues with the 1.25V RAM on my i5 2500K. But maybe I was just lucky? I will probably switch it to 1.5V, just ot be sure, as I am fairly sure it offers very little power saving.


Could be, Sandy Bridge is usually very picky about the RAM voltage because the RAM controller is on the CPU itself instead of the motherboard.

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I actually had a Corsair 180 GB in my last rig, and it was flawless... again maybe I am just lucky. I had an m4 in my build before that one, and it was very nice, though the Corsair is noticably faster.


Really that's interesting, Sandforce drives are a huge mixed bag at lease from my experience.

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For the video card, yeah I would prefer the non-reference one, but just threw the MSI one in my cart as it was in stock and have it there as a placeholder for a $399.99 gtx 670 basically.


I know EVGA uses a lot of reference designs but they have the best warranty and support department of any GPU manufacturer I've ever dealt with.

FRAPS is a program that records videos and shows the frames per second of games.
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May 17, 2012 9:12:50 AM

I don't feel like reading though those walls of text...

But 1.5v RAM and save ~$50
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May 17, 2012 9:28:43 AM

Check the $1500 build in my sig. The 2x HD7850's can be swapped for a GTX680 to better suit your purpose.
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