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June 4, 2012 11:20:48 AM

Hello,
This is my first ever gaming PC build. I'll be using this PC mainly for playing contemporary games at max possible settings. I want this PC to be somewhat "future proof" , though I know in Computing, technology changes so often..


Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: $1000- $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: primarily for gaming ( BF3, Skyrim with mods, Crysis 2, Max Payne 3, GTA 5 when it comes out..) watching movies

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would definitely love to have a GTX 670 in my build.

Overclocking: Maybe in future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would love to have a relatively cool and quiet PC. Also, there are many vendors selling the gtx 670 card. Do tell me which one will be good in the long run..
I've selected these components for my build, let me know if its kinda slick. Open to all suggestions..
Thank You !!



Here is the link : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9jFj

Here are my selected components :

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill RANGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1139.88

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June 4, 2012 11:26:17 AM

i5 - 3570 k to make use of PCI Express 3.0 for GTX 670.

I would stick with WD Caviar Blue at the moment and get a 60 Gb SSD instead as a boot drive. I recommend Mushkin Chronos or Crucial m4.

If you plan to SLI that GTX 670 in the future, I would get a 750W PSU. That way you have headroom for whatever else you want to upgrade in the future.

Other than that, the rest of the build looks good.
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June 4, 2012 11:54:08 AM

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/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $430
GTX 670 2GB

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

Total: $1,138.73 *not including rebates
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June 4, 2012 3:09:18 PM

Thanks for all the info.. :)  I've heard that i5 3570k sort of bakes up after OC'ing to 4.2 ghz as compared to the i5 2500k.. Thats why i'm kinda reluctant to opt for an ivy bridge.
Just wanted to know that will an i5 2500k CPU running at stock speeds, has any chance of bottlenecking the gtx 670..? as I won't be OC'ing my CPU for quite a while.. And whats all the hype about PCI Express 3.0..?? (does it really matter that much?)


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June 4, 2012 5:17:27 PM

You don't need to OC over 4.2 GHz, on IB that is. Get the DCII GTX 670 by ASUS. No, it will not bottleneck. The i5-2500/3570k is a very capable GPU.
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June 4, 2012 5:35:06 PM

If you're going to get a processor from Microcenter in-store pick up, you may as well get your mobo there as well and save and extra $50 from the combo deal.

An i5 3570k is slightly faster per GHz. So a 4.2 OC on a 3570k is about the same as a 4.5 OC on a 2500k.
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June 5, 2012 1:00:40 PM

Well, thanks again for all the info guys!! :)  I guess I'll might go with the i5 ivy bridge now. Won't a 750W PSU be an overkill ??Also @azeem40 : The brand you mentioned DCII GTX 670 by ASUS looks pretty slick indeed, but is out of stock at the moment, might have to wait for a while I guess..
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June 5, 2012 6:02:57 PM

Some people say that 650W is enough for an SLI gtx 670 build. I, however, like to consider future upgrades other than SLI. Up to you to decide.
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June 6, 2012 6:59:00 PM

Yea well, agree with you @ l0v3rboi :)  Considering future upgrades, a 750W PSU will prove to be better..
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June 6, 2012 7:28:21 PM

Thank you all.. Why_Me, l0v3rboi, azeem40, moornix for your valuable suggestions. :D 
Appreciate everyone taking time to offer advice on this great forum, keep up the good work guys !! :sol: 
Based upon your considerations, I'll be finalizing this build :

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW edition 2GB Video Card

Case: Rosewill RANGER ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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June 6, 2012 8:12:51 PM

roy77 said:
Thank you all.. Why_Me, l0v3rboi, azeem40, moornix for your valuable suggestions. :D 
Appreciate everyone taking time to offer advice on this great forum, keep up the good work guys !! :sol: 
Based upon your considerations, I'll be finalizing this build :

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW edition 2GB Video Card

Case: Rosewill RANGER ATX Mid Tower Case

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

Don't forget to combo that board with the cpu to save a few dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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June 6, 2012 9:07:51 PM

Why_Me said:
Don't forget to combo that board with the cpu to save a few dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Sure thing !! :sol: 
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July 4, 2012 6:55:47 PM

Best answer selected by roy77.
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