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May 22, 2012 4:43:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: Around $800, I prefer not to deal with rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web, Photoshop,home theater streaming and D3

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Montior, Blu-ray drive and Win7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would prefer to use amazon prime, but can use any site available.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like this to be a quite PC

These are the parts I had in mind, but please note that I already have the 7970 on hand. It was handed down by a family member so I would have to build around the GPU. I do need help in terms of PSU, mobo and case.

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

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May 22, 2012 4:57:55 PM

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 along with links to professional reviews

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.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... <----- review of that psu

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 most recent bios update

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 save: $10.00
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $34.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

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

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-120GB-Solid-KW-S2... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1874/ <----- review of that Kingston 120GB SSD
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May 22, 2012 6:02:46 PM

Why_Me said:
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 along with links to professional reviews

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.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... <----- review of that psu

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 most recent bios update

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 save: $10.00
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $34.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

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

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-120GB-Solid-KW-S2... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1874/ <----- review of that Kingston 120GB SSD


Thank you for the input! I think the Corsair case is exactly what I wanted. How are ASRock mobos? I'm not familiar with that company at all. I have a Microcenter nearby so I can pick up a CPU cheaper than what I can find online.

There is only a $20 difference between the 2500k and the 3570k. Which one would be the best bet and which mobo would work best?

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May 22, 2012 6:10:12 PM

ASRock tends to get good ratings and have slightly lower prices than the Gigabyte and ASUS counterparts. I would recommend you go with the 2500k if you plan on major overclocking (>4.5GHz) and the 3570k otherwise (it uses less power). If you get the 3570k you need a Z75 or Z77 motherboard
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May 22, 2012 6:15:15 PM

cristenen said:
Thank you for the input! I think the Corsair case is exactly what I wanted. How are ASRock mobos? I'm not familiar with that company at all. I have a Microcenter nearby so I can pick up a CPU cheaper than what I can find online.

There is only a $20 difference between the 2500k and the 3570k. Which one would be the best bet and which mobo would work best?

Asrock is solid. They are the #3 board manufacturer in sales behind Asus and Gigabyte. With you having access to Micro Center I would look at these boards, CPU and RAM and then pick the rest from Amazon. Also look at the CM EVO cpu cooler on Amazon for $35 and free shipping.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $39.99
Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $89.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $59.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard
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May 22, 2012 7:50:45 PM

I just pulled a PSU from one of my storage boxes. Would you think this will suffice with my 7970? Don't want to have to buy another PSU if this works.

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May 22, 2012 7:52:02 PM

That should work fine for the 7970.
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May 22, 2012 9:02:42 PM

I'm split between the i5 2500k or the 3570k. It's about a $15 difference but which one would work best for me? I do not plan on OCing all that much and if I do it be on the safer sides of things.

i5 2500k @ Microcenter for $169.99 ($185.00 with tax)
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 @ Amazon for $105 - I'm not sure if this board works but I ran across it checking out amazon.
=http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z68-PRO3-GEN3-Intel/dp/B005N5Q2MW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337719730&sr=8-1
Total: ~$290

i5 3570k @ Microcenter for $189.99
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket @ Microcenter for $89.99 (including the $50 combo price)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Total with tax ~$305.00
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May 22, 2012 9:08:39 PM

cristenen said:
I'm split between the i5 2500k or the 3570k. It's about a $15 difference but which one would work best for me? I do not plan on OCing all that much and if I do it be on the safer sides of things.

i5 2500k @ Microcenter for $169.99 ($185.00 with tax)
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 @ Amazon for $105 - I'm not sure if this board works but I ran across it checking out amazon.
=http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z68-PRO3-GEN3-Intel/dp/B005N5Q2MW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337719730&sr=8-1
Total: ~$290

i5 3570k @ Microcenter for $189.99
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket @ Microcenter for $89.99 (including the $50 combo price)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Total with tax ~$305.00

There's hundreds of benchmarks across the net in regards to Ivy Bridge vs Sandy Bridge. I have yet to see a benchmark where SB did better than IB.

Ivy Bridge brings native 3.0 USB, PCI-E 3, Thunderbolt, more transistors, etc... The peeps pushing SB remind me of the hard core old school AMD freaks. Get the B cpu and call it good. Why buy old tech when you can move ahead and get newer and better? It's what technology is all about.
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May 23, 2012 4:23:08 AM

Fair enough. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to be missing out on anything. I'll head to MC tomorrow to see what else I can pick up for my rig. Thanks again to both of you guys.
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