First $1500 Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime over the summer (Probably around July)

Budget Range: $1500 (Willing to spend a bit extra if necessary)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SPEED!!!, Work, Hi-def Movies, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speaker, operating system (Windows 7 Ult)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel Core i7-3770K (need for my photoshop uses)

Overclocking: Maybe (if I figure out how to do it safely)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but not now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

My Selections so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K -------------------------------------->$339.98 @ NCIX US

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO -------------------->$29.99 @ Newegg

Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 ----------------->$99.99 @ Newegg

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) --------------->$46.99 @ Newegg

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB ----------------------->$79.99 @ Newegg

SSD: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ----------------->$199.99 @ Newegg

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ---------->$419.99 @ Newegg

Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ------------->$109.99 @ Newegg

Power Supply: XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ---->$119.99 @ NCIX US

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ------------->$17.99 @ Amazon

Total price before Tax: $1464.89

This is just a final check up on my parts before I start buying everything. It will be my first time so please leave all suggestions and tips for me please!

If you read my last post, I am a first timer in building pc's. The computer I'm typing with is stone age technology, and I hope to get a future proof rig (for about 4 years for so).

Speed is really what I care about and since many of you recommended I get a GTX 670 for future proof (and because I play a decent amount of games) I included it in my build. Many of you also recommended an i5-3570K, but I don't only play games. I use photoshop pretty frequently and I'd like a system that can cut through programs like butter. The only other thing you guys suggested was a different PSU, but I think the one I chose is pretty decent. An 850W modular power supply at about $120 and has 5 stars from newegg, I don't see what is bad about it. Please tell me if I'm wrong.

Thank you :love: for checking my thread out and please leave any tips or suggestions you may have for a noobie like me.

Thank you (once last time) :D
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  1. Define "work"?
  2. azeem40 said:
    Define "work"?

    Photoshop, High school work, maybe a bit of video editing
  3. Looks good, but unless you OC both GPUs, 750W is fine.
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