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June 3, 2012 3:33:23 AM

Hey y'all,

This is my first attempt of building a new PC and would love to get feedback from the knowledgeable crowd here on this site. Well, here is what I have so far.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (for the most part)

Parts Not Required: Do not need a mouse, keyboard, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have been using Newegg to search for parts and will (most likely) use it to buy parts

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No preferences whatsoever

Overclocking: Maybe. I am a bit intimidated by it, but have read it is not too bad so might try it

SLI or Crossfire: In the future (hopefully)

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice, but would rather go for performance (as long as it is not too loud. I do not want to hear a jet engine all day long).


And here are the parts I have in mind so far!

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ($219.99)

Processor Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 ($29.99)

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($239.99)

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($234.99)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ($46.99)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($169.99)

SDD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($124.99)

DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($17.99)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($149.99)

Network Card: TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 ($21.99)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($99.99)

Case: AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($114.99)
or NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($99.99)

Newegg wish list (if I did this correctly): Wishlist Link?

The case is what I am really unsure of. I do like the LED fans of the AZZA case, but from what I read, the Phantom might be a better case (or maybe y'all can recommend a good case that can replace either of these two). I would like to install a processor fan and these two cases should be large enough to handle them. And other than that, I am planning on adding a second GPU later on, which I think either of these two cases can accommodate, but not completely sure about that. I just do not know what to do about the case really. I am really lost in that department.

With the parts I have selected, the price comes out to $1471.88 (or $1456.88 with the phantom case). I do not know a lot of computers in general actually, so any input from y'all would be greatly appreciated. I am not married to any of these parts so if there is a better part out there, I would love to hear about it. I thank you in advance for any aid you can provide!

Edit: I also have a question about the output ports. The graphics card has a couple of DVI outputs (and a mini HDMI output) and the motherboard has an HDMI output. If I were to connect a TV to the motherboard HDMI output (so I can get sound), would it take like the graphics from the GPU? This is not really that important and I may be an idiot for asking, but I was just curious.

Edit 2: Changed monitor resolution from 1440x900 to 1920x1080

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June 3, 2012 4:15:16 AM

I would build something like this for your budget

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

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( less your really need 3 TB ) i dont even use 500

GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( This GPU is a grate card ) its over kill for your rez but you will beable to upgrage your Rez

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( you will have the power to run SLI GPUs and room to OC )

OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( Nothing to say )

SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( For OS/Programs )

RAM-CASE http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO-CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This build is 1,433 - 35 MIR + tax and shipping well be about 1530

For got the CPU COOLER and 20 bucks

IMO this is more like a 1500 build SLI ready ( If you dont what to sli and OC down the road ) you can do it a little cheeper.

IMO i dont see why you need to OC or Sli with this setup and your rez monitor ( That i hope you would setup to a 1920X1080 rez soon.

You can cut cost by going with a CM HAF 912 case, MOBO with 1 PCI E 3.0 , 550w PSU, also a AMD 7850 whould work well ( but not in a 1500 build.





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June 3, 2012 4:20:09 AM


Edit: I also have a question about the output ports. The graphics card has a couple of DVI outputs (and a mini HDMI output) and the motherboard has an HDMI output. If I were to connect a TV to the motherboard HDMI output (so I can get sound), would it take like the graphics from the GPU? This is not really that important and I may be an idiot for asking, but I was just curious

^^^ Not sure i have not try this,
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June 3, 2012 4:49:02 AM

@ the OP. Get a network card that has at least 300Mbps so if you ever decide to upgrade your router your already set. Also that's an awful large storage drive you have up there for a build that's supposed to be primarily for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express x1 Up to 450Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, 802.1x

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $178.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab | 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Concurrent Dual-Band Transmissions for Strong Signal Strength and Ultra-Fast Connection Rates up to 900Mbps


Here's a copy & paste from a build I posted earlier on another thread.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I2H0YS/ref=ox_sc_a... $76.81 & 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/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-BRONZE-Certifi... $106.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $359.98 save: $25.00 | $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <---- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 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/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.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/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $97.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $430
GTX 670 2GB

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,336.71 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT25... $199.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2
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June 3, 2012 4:51:59 AM

The pricing on that SSD is amazing, and the 670 he'll get you is a ton better than the 560ti.
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June 3, 2012 5:13:20 AM

farsuka said:
The pricing on that SSD is amazing, and the 670 he'll get you is a ton better than the 560ti.

Ya if he sizes down to a 1TB storage drive he can fit that wireless card I linked and then later on upgrade his router for a killer connection. When the GTX 660 ($300), gets released in another month or two your going to see a lot more people picking up larger SSD's imo.
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June 3, 2012 5:50:07 AM

o_O he's got a 1440x900 monitor (at least the OP thinks, please check)... it may need replacing if you're going to be upgrading to a gtx 670...
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June 3, 2012 2:47:40 PM

Thanks for the replies! I took my monitor out and it appears like I was wrong initially. The monitor is a 1920x1080 one (1440x900 is the resolution of the laptop I have which is probably what confused me, but this is besides the point).

That graphics card does look amazing, I did not realize that I could fit it in my budget, but y'all really do make great points about not needing that large of a HDD, so I will downgrade the HDD to the 1 TB Seagate Barracuda . And so I will go with what y'all suggested and go with a GeForce GTX 670 .

And you also bring up a great point Why_Me about the network card, and might go with it, but that might be the last thing I chose just in case I cannot get this under budget.

I believe I will now go with the Corsair Carbide Series 500R as suggested by Niklas_13 because I like the way it looks (I am a sucker for those flashy lights).

And for the motherboards that were suggested, I do not really know which is better. ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 has 2 PCI slots and 2 PCI Express x1 slots while the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 has 1 PCI slots and 3 PCI Express x1 slots. The rest of the specs look about the same (except for the number of USB 3.0 things, even though they each have 6 USB slots total). So I guess my question is which would be better to have?

Once again I appreciate the responses!
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June 3, 2012 3:32:52 PM

As far as the PCI E slots go, for a gamer rig doing SLI or Crossfire you want 2 that do 16X 8X or 8X 8X

When getting a mobo and your going to do sli/Crossfire down the road ( most GPUs are big taking up 2 slots, so you need to find one that will still let you fit in your network card < if your PCI E 1 slots are blocked this might unable the mobo of fitting in a network card or sli.

Also some look at the mobo layout and whare there fans and other stuff layout for cable manment.

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June 3, 2012 9:33:47 PM

Refuze said:
Thanks for the replies! I took my monitor out and it appears like I was wrong initially. The monitor is a 1920x1080 one (1440x900 is the resolution of the laptop I have which is probably what confused me, but this is besides the point).

That graphics card does look amazing, I did not realize that I could fit it in my budget, but y'all really do make great points about not needing that large of a HDD, so I will downgrade the HDD to the 1 TB Seagate Barracuda . And so I will go with what y'all suggested and go with a GeForce GTX 670 .

And you also bring up a great point Why_Me about the network card, and might go with it, but that might be the last thing I chose just in case I cannot get this under budget.

I believe I will now go with the Corsair Carbide Series 500R as suggested by Niklas_13 because I like the way it looks (I am a sucker for those flashy lights).

And for the motherboards that were suggested, I do not really know which is better. ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 has 2 PCI slots and 2 PCI Express x1 slots while the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 has 1 PCI slots and 3 PCI Express x1 slots. The rest of the specs look about the same (except for the number of USB 3.0 things, even though they each have 6 USB slots total). So I guess my question is which would be better to have?

Once again I appreciate the responses!

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW
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June 4, 2012 3:09:29 AM

Alright, after taking advice from y'all, I have decided on the following setup (I think)


Computer Case + RAM: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (I like them LEDs)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

SDD: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (for OS/programs)

CPU + Motherboard: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K + GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU Fan: 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+

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

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Windows: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


Overall Cost: $1409.29 (includes Shipping/Rebates)


I took what y'all said to make this build and so hopefully it looks good. And I decided against a wireless card for now because I was getting close to my limit and the router is right next to the computer anyways so I doubt I will need it for now. I would appreciate it if this was critiqued and I thank you in advance for the help
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June 4, 2012 3:18:37 AM

It looks alot better for your money, and will play games smooth with :hello:  eye candy.... Enjoy the build.
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June 4, 2012 10:40:30 PM

Niklas_13 said:
It looks alot better for your money, and will play games smooth with :hello:  eye candy.... Enjoy the build.



Thanks for the help! I definitely needed yall's expert opinions. Now hopefully I do not mess up any of these components as I put them together...
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June 15, 2012 2:29:26 AM

Best answer selected by Refuze.
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