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June 5, 2012 1:56:25 AM

Hey guys, I've been researching for a long time now and already ordered a couple parts. Just want to do one last check of the parts before I order the rest. This is my first build, but think I have everything and the lowest prices I can get them at.

Approximate Purchase Date: Would like to start ordering as soon as possible. Need to have all the parts by the 18th

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Engineering/programming software, Android emulators, internet surfing, ect

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or whatever is cheapest

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: NVIDA/Intel

Overclocking: Yes (4-4.2Ghz)

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like it to be as quiet as possible, but still cool and efficient, basically like everyone.

-ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 - $90 (already ordered)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

-i5- 3570K - $190 (already ordered)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0388577

-Gigabyte GTX 670 - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(if this doesn't come back in stock, would you recommend the EVGA OC version?)

-Corsair Carbide Series 500R - $116
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-...

-Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - $158
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRLY/ref=ox_sc_a...

-Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB - $98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Asus DvD burner - $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 - $107
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MYFODI/ref=ox_sc_a...

*possible combo
COMBO Case + RAM - $213
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total With Combo: $1458

*Here is my build on NewEgg
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks for all the advice in advance!
June 5, 2012 11:27:48 AM

Mainly curious about the GPU brand, if it matters that much. Was thinking the EVGA if the Gigabyte didn't come back in stock. And if the wireless adapter would be good. Pretty confident about everything else.
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June 5, 2012 11:37:41 AM

Great hardware choices. Some people recommend the Asus DCII. EVGA is known to be a great maker for Nvidia.
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June 5, 2012 2:33:52 PM

hopz said:
Hey guys, I've been researching for a long time now and already ordered a couple parts. Just want to do one last check of the parts before I order the rest. This is my first build, but think I have everything and the lowest prices I can get them at.

Approximate Purchase Date: Would like to start ordering as soon as possible. Need to have all the parts by the 18th

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Engineering/programming software, Android emulators, internet surfing, ect

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or whatever is cheapest

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: NVIDA/Intel

Overclocking: Yes (4-4.2Ghz)

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like it to be as quiet as possible, but still cool and efficient, basically like everyone.

-ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 - $90 (already ordered)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

-i5- 3570K - $190 (already ordered)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0388577

-Gigabyte GTX 670 - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(if this doesn't come back in stock, would you recommend the EVGA OC version?)

-Corsair Carbide Series 500R - $116
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-...

-Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - $158
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRLY/ref=ox_sc_a...

-Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB - $98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Asus DvD burner - $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 - $107
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MYFODI/ref=ox_sc_a...

*possible combo
COMBO Case + RAM - $213
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total With Combo: $1458

*Here is my build on NewEgg
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks for all the advice in advance!


500r and 16gb combo is great,you are saving 25 bucks.you build looks cool and i would suggest pulling the trigger before anything goes out of stock.
one more thing,if gigabyte 670 is not restocked then go with Asus DCII 670-
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GeForce-GTX-670-DC2T-2GD5-GT...
it's 10 bucks more but i hope you can manage before it gets out of stock :sweat: 
overall once again,this is a great build,good luck and post a build log if possible ;) 
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June 5, 2012 2:43:09 PM

Thanks hellfire, I'll look at the right Asus right now. If you could choose between the Gigabyte and the Asus assuming both were in stock which would you choose?

What SSD would you choose between the M4 and Samsung 830? The Samsung needs to be faster and a little, and with that new package deal it's only $20 more.

Also what is a build log?
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June 5, 2012 2:50:29 PM

both are great,i would go with the cheaper one.
both 830 and m4 are great drives,it's your choice,if you are willing to spend 20 bucks extra for better performance then go ahead.
step by step building of your rig is build log.you can post pics of your progress.
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June 5, 2012 2:57:41 PM

The Asus seems to be a bit OC, is that a noticeable difference at all? Also, if I want to SLI in the future, would I need to stick with the same brand? or could I SLI a Asus 670 with a Gigabyte 670?

Thats a good about the build log. How log would you say it normally takes for a first time builder to put together a rig once they have all the parts?
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June 5, 2012 3:15:49 PM

Would you say the Asus is reliable, I know i'm not suppose to base everything off the newegg reviews, just the 3 stars a little dis-concerning lol.

And thanks for the idea of the build log, I'll definitely do that.
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June 5, 2012 3:45:43 PM

Asus is one of the best brands out there.don' worry about newegg reviews,most of them are n00bs.they don't connect or do everything properly and then complaint on newegg.better checkout some reliable review site.here's a detailed review of Asus 670-
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
a solid 10
i hope you can make your decision.
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June 5, 2012 3:53:12 PM

That is actually really reassuring and impressive with a perfect 10 thanks. Just out of curiosity do you know what the Gigabyte version scored?
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June 5, 2012 3:55:36 PM

But I am sold on the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II now. lol Just hope it comes back in stock in time.
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June 5, 2012 3:57:45 PM

^good luck with the stock :) 
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June 5, 2012 4:00:12 PM

Haha thanks and thanks for the help and suggestion =) I completely blew over cause of the newegg reviews. Even though I know it's not good to base it off of that, just figured there were better ones out there.
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June 5, 2012 4:02:04 PM

Looks great!

I buy EVGA for the excellent customer service. It is the best in the business!
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June 5, 2012 4:03:24 PM

^but reference design cooling sucks!
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June 5, 2012 7:58:57 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$420 for the For The Win edition... in stock very nice.

Even the reference 670 runs cool and quiet with low power consumption to boot. Non-Reference cooling isn't going to help get you more FPS.

I'm not overly impressed by the Asus brand as a whole. The customer service is only average just like their reliability. EVGA has better customer service and reliability.
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June 5, 2012 11:40:15 PM

the the EVGA For The Win edition reference? or since it's "For The Win" it's OC and has a different cooler?
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June 5, 2012 11:43:37 PM

Which SSD would you choose between the Samsung and the M4?
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June 6, 2012 12:40:18 AM

hopz said:
But I am sold on the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II now. lol Just hope it comes back in stock in time.

Check your PM box on here Hopz.
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June 10, 2012 11:41:23 AM

^that's a really good power supply.a buddy of mine runs a 7950 CF with it and it's working well.
but if you want to get something cheaper than this one is good-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
modular,high performance,looks cool and over all a good deal.
if you can sacrifice modularity for price than TX750 V2 is a great buy-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 10, 2012 11:45:28 AM

Thanks, would you suggest modular? whats the real difference?
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June 10, 2012 11:56:53 AM

cable management.but it's also your talent,you can do good cable management with a non modular and bad with a modular one.
i would suggest TX750w V2,cheaper=better :) 
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June 10, 2012 12:06:10 PM

Ah ok makes sense, thanks for all the help, you've been a big help =)
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June 10, 2012 12:14:32 PM

Best answer selected by Hopz.
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June 10, 2012 1:38:43 PM

yes it's a great deal.but if you are willing to sacrifice modularity than TX 750w V2 is a better buy.
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June 10, 2012 1:57:31 PM

Why is the Tx 750W a better buy if the modular one is $20 cheaper?
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June 10, 2012 2:08:15 PM

TX is cheaper after rebates for $90 ;) 
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June 10, 2012 2:12:47 PM

Ah thats true, forgot about the mail in rebate lol. Probably not worth an extra $10 for modular. =)
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June 11, 2012 7:24:33 AM

Is there any benefit to ordering the rest of my parts from newegg over amazon? All together the parts on amazon might be roughly $20 cheaper.
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June 11, 2012 7:34:25 AM

both newegg and amazon are good.
cheaper=better.
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June 11, 2012 7:45:06 AM

K thanks, Newegg just seems more official. And wasn't sure if they had better return policies or any benefit to order one of the other.
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June 12, 2012 12:36:48 AM

I can get a free Windows 7 through my school.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (English) - DreamSpark
or
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 64-bit (English) - DreamSpark

If I want it mailed to me I can pay $25. Is it worth mailing it, or is it easy to install without the CD? Also whats the Dreamspark?
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June 12, 2012 2:20:54 AM

Also I can just burn it on my own DVD, or would it be better to pay $25 for their CD?
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