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May 19, 2012 6:03:47 PM

I am trying to build a computer for the very first time and I need some help.
I'm trying to build a computer for high spec. required gaming,watching movies,school works etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: 1000-1500

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU & not much preferences for other parts.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I'll be getting few extra fans for the case and CPU coolers as well. I'd love to know if there is anything better than what I've listed for the same, similar, or even cheaper expanse (especially the video card, not very sure if it's best of all $400worth. Willing to go up 50$ more if I really have to). Storage.... I really don't get what to get to give the full performance. CPU, I first pick i7 but chose i5 after some researching saying that i5 is better for gaming. If wrong, going back to i7. I'll be doing very little overclocking since I'm not very comfortable of doing it. Or do I even have to do the O/C? isn't it enough? i7<i5 ?

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Motherboard - ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card - EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case - Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Hardware - LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM

Storage -
Memory -
Power Supply -

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May 19, 2012 6:27:27 PM

you can get a better board than maximus

it is only expensive because they put a lot of stuff in a micro ATX

Case/HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
500R with 1TB

MOBO/CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
i5 3570k and GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H
saves lots of money and has pretty much everything that maximus has

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W
nice PSU will run all your needs since you do not want to SLI/CF. not to mention it is a modular for easier cable management

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
nice looking memory goes nice with the board too

i would suggest going less on GPU since your monitor res isn't that high
but if you are going to upgrade your monitor to a 1080p then you should go 670

1680 res can be max by so much GPU lower than a 670

May 19, 2012 7:12:51 PM

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/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
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $344.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z77 Pro4 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%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98 save: $20.00
ASRock Z77 Performance 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=Fatal1ty%20... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

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/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <------ look at low profile RAM on there... RE: G.Skill Ares, Corsair Low Profile Vengeance, Mushkin, etc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- 120GB SATA 3 SSD's

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-Moni... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
May 19, 2012 7:36:16 PM

Trust me when I say this, Do not go for less of a GPU becuz of your Resolution.
I game at that res natively with an overclocked 560ti ( performs like a 560ti 448 core )
and even then I can't max every game ( 60fps/all graphics max minimum )... BF3 single player avgs fps are @ 55 with only 2x MSAA... and @47fps with 4xMSAA.

Now, I recomend the Asrock extreme series if over the Pro, They have more BIOS/UEFI features for overclocking.

Also, I know cases are a huge personal preference...but the extra fans will only give you noise and grief, not much better cooling. Especially from a Carbide. You should keep it stock if you really like the case so much.
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