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May 25, 2012 12:12:36 PM

Hello all and greetings

I am trying to set up a system which will be used for rendering and games.

Approximate Purchase Date: By end of May/First week of June

Budget Range: $1500 (+/- 10%)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multitasking, Web Browsing and graphic rendering.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not important. The specs are.

Country: NA

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia, Cooler Master Case/Thermlatake, high-rated for other parts.

Overclocking: Not Likely

SLI or Crossfire: Not atm, I'd like to keep it a possibility

Monitor Resolution: Minimum 1080

Additional Comments: Part choices up to you :) .

Thanks to all in advance

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May 25, 2012 5:03:18 PM

Intel core i7 3770k/$350
Motherboard: AsRock z77 extreme4 ATX/$135
GPU: Radeon HD XFX Double D 7850/$250
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600/$90
PSU: NZXT HALE 82 750w Modular Power supply/$120
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 EVO/$35
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1tb HDD/$110
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb/$125
Optical drive: Asus 24x OEM/$18
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM/$100
Monitor: ASUS 23" VH232H 1080p/$160
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912/$60

Grand total= $1553(I didn't calculate rebates but you're under $1500 if you count them)

Some notes: The CPU is the latest and greatest and you should be able to get even more performance if you OC. You should be able to reach at least 4.5Ghz with the Hyper 212 EVO
Your motherboard and PSU support crossfire,you def wanna keep this option open if you plan for this build to be future proof.
The video card has dual fans to keep it super cool. You should be able to OC this pretty high(1Ghz without voltage changes if you're lucky)

Good luck with your build!
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May 25, 2012 5:32:00 PM

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Intel core i7 3770k/$350
Motherboard: AsRock z77 extreme4 ATX/$135
GPU: Radeon HD XFX Double D 7850/$250
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600/$90
PSU: NZXT HALE 82 750w Modular Power supply/$120
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 EVO/$35
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1tb HDD/$110
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb/$125
Optical drive: Asus 24x OEM/$18
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM/$100
Monitor: ASUS 23" VH232H 1080p/$160
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912/$60


That's a good build but why such an inexpensive case? Pay a bit more and get something with better cable management and front USB 3.0. Also I've heard NZXT - while they make great cases, make extremely crappy power supplies. I wouldn't buy one.

Here's what I would get for $1500:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $99.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $149.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,551.89 - $20.00 MIR = $1,531.89

Add your monitor of choice and you're good to go.
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May 25, 2012 5:35:09 PM

I would get the Home Premium unless you need remote desktop connection to your computer or something. That will put you a bit under budget. :) 
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May 25, 2012 5:41:54 PM

azeem40 said:
I would get the Home Premium unless you need remote desktop connection to your computer or something. That will put you a bit under budget. :) 


I included Pro because rendering apps use tons of RAM and if you expand beyond 16GB, you won't forfeit use of it because you're using Home Premium. That board is the same one I have and it's rated to use up to a 32GB (4 x 8GB) configuration.
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May 25, 2012 6:00:38 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Intel core i7 3770k/$350
Motherboard: AsRock z77 extreme4 ATX/$135
GPU: Radeon HD XFX Double D 7850/$250
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600/$90
PSU: NZXT HALE 82 750w Modular Power supply/$120
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 EVO/$35
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1tb HDD/$110
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb/$125
Optical drive: Asus 24x OEM/$18
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM/$100
Monitor: ASUS 23" VH232H 1080p/$160
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912/$60


That's a good build but why such an inexpensive case? Pay a bit more and get something with better cable management and front USB 3.0. Also I've heard NZXT - while they make great cases, make extremely crappy power supplies. I wouldn't buy one.

Here's what I would get for $1500:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $99.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $149.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,551.89 - $20.00 MIR = $1,531.89

Add your monitor of choice and you're good to go.

I have an NZXT PSU and it has been excellent. Also reviews say they are very good. The HALE 82 series have seemed to have faired well. Though maybe other series haven't. As for the case, The HAF 912 is a excellent case for the budget though the cable management isn't perfect. If this guy is willing to spend $40 more than I am all in favor of getting a better case.
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May 25, 2012 6:28:40 PM

andystanley said:
I have an NZXT PSU and it has been excellent. Also reviews say they are very good. The HALE 82 series have seemed to have faired well. Though maybe other series haven't. As for the case, The HAF 912 is a excellent case for the budget though the cable management isn't perfect. If this guy is willing to spend $40 more than I am all in favor of getting a better case.


Interesting - I've heard like mixed reviews of these - either you get really good ones or really bad ones, but that could be said for about 80% of computer hardware on the market. :lol: 
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May 25, 2012 7:34:42 PM

I agree with these guys. For $1500 the key things you will want are:

Core i5 -xxxxK and Z77 mobo
GTX 670
128GB SSD
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June 4, 2012 12:29:47 PM

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