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May 21, 2012 4:26:45 AM

Hello! o-o
Approximate Purchase Date: Order before next Wednesday

Budget Range: Around $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming -> Facebook/memes -> Netflix/YT

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, sound system, microphone, monitor, and chair.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or Amazon

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Hoping to OC, but I have never manually done it.

SLI or Crossfire: No, because I've heard SLI is bad for gaming because you would have to wait for them to make a SLI profile or something.

Monitor Resolution: I want the highest resolution available on games such as Diablo 3, Heroes of Newerth, Maplestory, and League of Legends

Additional Comments: Sustainable for about 5 years, advice on an entirely new build is okay too, may want to upgrade in future. I am a beginner builder since I just decided to build a computer yesterday so yeah... Things on here may seem REALLY bad, help please!(: Oh and I have no idea how bottlenecks work.

$230 Motherboard - ASRock z77 LGA 1155 [Fatality]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws 8 GB (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$210/240 Processor - Deciding between i5 3570k or i5 3550k (Ivy Bridge)

$300/230 Video Cards - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi), EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

$115 Power Supply - Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply

~70 HDD- Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

~80 SSD - Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$100 Operating System - Windows 7

I need advice whether to buy the above things and a case (around or less than $100, I'm also thinking about picking at least one of these $30 cooling fans "All-star product & compatible w/ Intel Sandy Bridge" (suggest a number please)
May 21, 2012 4:27:45 AM

No SLI = no 750W PSU. At the most, get a 550W PSU.
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May 21, 2012 5:46:52 AM

Here's my thread I started earlier with a similar budget and requirements.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/346998-31-another-rev...
You can see my build list from Newegg and see what others have said about it.

I'm a newb builder too so I may not know what Im talking about but that motherboard seems like overkill if your not doing SLI. It has two PCI express 3.0 slots. The GTX only uses 2.0.
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May 21, 2012 6:24:12 AM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I2H0YS/ref=ox_sc_a... $77.03 & 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/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/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... $339.98 save: $10.00
ASRock Z77 Pro3 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%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $329.98 save: $10.00
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 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=Z75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $104.98 save: $13.00
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

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.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $96.48 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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May 24, 2012 8:51:03 PM

Thank you guys, but forced to have around a $1000 build instead.
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May 24, 2012 9:09:31 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $151.98 save: $8.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code Corsair52229, limited offer
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <---- another look at that case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $144.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
OCZ ZT Series 550W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios download

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637... $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

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/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $96.48 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $646.41 *not including shipping, rebates and promo codes


http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & 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 780 w/benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
GTX 670

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