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May 22, 2012 1:36:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: end of this week hopefully

Budget Range: want it around $1000 (without tax and shipping)

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

Parts Not Required: OS, monitor, mouse, keyboard, other peripherals

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA, New Jersey

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, but not for now

SLI or Crossfire: SLI in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want it to run quiet and as few LED fans as possible (in bedroom so the less light/noise the better)



CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$319.99

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-...
$29.99

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$209.99

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$97.99

PSU:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$174.99
(the logic behind the extra power is if I want to throw in a second video card for SLI in the future)

Case:
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-...
$139.99

Optical Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$17.99

Video Card- not included in $1000 price budget but any cost-saving recommendations are always appreciated :) 
EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-...
$319.99


Essentially, I want it to play all of the latest games (BF3, skyrim, yada yada) at 1080p with great frame rates. I decided to go slightly overboard with the PSU because I want to upgrade to SLI in the future with a second card.

However, the build came out to a tad bit more than expected. I want to cut the costs in the places that would sacrifice the least performance to get it to around $1000. Right now it totals to around $1173 without the video card.

I was thinking about going a bit cheaper on the CPU and motherboard, but I'm not sure exactly what my best option is here.
[edit] Also, it seems as though a cheaper case is an obvious solution. However, I want one with good air flow and cable management. I chose the one above because corsair seems to have excellent cable management in the back of the case.

Thanks in advance :) 
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:49:01 AM

You do not need a hyperthreaded CPU for gaming.

1x ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99
1x Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $239.99
Combo deal for $424
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Don't use a 4 DIMM kit for a build and you do not need 16GB. 8GB is plenty. Also stay away from tall heatsinks when possible.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

While I'm a WD fan, I can't see paying out all that. Seagate Barracuda, faster and cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you save a little more you can get an SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:56:58 AM

1: get a i5 3570k as its 100$ cheaper and they perform the same as i7 in gaming situations
2: i would get a beefier cooler so that its more quiet and better temps although hyper 212 plus is good.
3: 16gbs of ram is total overkill in non-gaming situations. 8gb is more than enough to power 50+ tabs in browsers. (most games dont even use 4gbs)
4: a gigabyte z77x-ud3h or a msi z77a-gd65 are great but cheaper alternaties to the ud5 board. wifi cards are pretty cheap too elsewhere.
5: a 650w nowadays is more than enough to power 2 cards. i suggest a hx750w if you have really high-end stuff in the future
6: if you like the 600t, i would get the black one because it is cheaper. or maye yo can get the corsair carbide 300r
7: i would go with a seagate barracuda 1tb with 64mb of cache. it is cheaper and performs about the same. also for this price range, i would recommend getting something like a crucial 128gb ssd
8: for a video card, i recommend getting a gtx670. it is so much better than gtx 580 or 570. you dont need the extra frame buffer since you are running at 1080p.
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May 22, 2012 2:08:05 AM

Your build is full of luxury components and is missing a SSD.

Get an i5 instead of i7 - $70
8 GB memory instead of 16 - $50
Corsair Enthusiast 750w PS - $65
Corsair 500r - $40
Seagate HD - $40

You could also save a chunk on the MB, but I wouldn't skimp here. Buy what you want and need.
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May 22, 2012 2:08:54 AM

Would the i7 help significantly with running computer algebra software such as maple or sage? I'm doing some research in my school's math department, but I'm guessing an i5 should still do just about as fine for running those things.

As for the case, I was going to get the cheaper black on but for $20 more the white one looks so much better :D 

Thanks for the replies though, guys. I think I'm going to drop down to the i5 and get only 8gb ram instead of 16. That combo deal Proximon provided for the mobo+CPU is also pretty sick. I think I might get that.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:15:04 AM

I'm not familiar with that software but you can look it up and see how well it supports multiple cores and hyperhtreading.
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