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June 5, 2012 5:45:42 AM

Hubby and I are looking to upgrade our [two] gaming machines:
(with probably an identical build, for convenience and so (I) don't have a better machine =P)


Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or two (no later than the end of this month)

Budget Range: Up to $1400 per machine, after rebates (though it's hard to take advantage of manufacturer rebates when buying x2 of everything - thoughts?)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Netflix

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) Monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, cases, storage drives, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com (exclusive rebates, good warranties), Amazon.com (price-competitive, tax free) (though open to suggestions elsewhere)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Newegg Wish List: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
This is basically the $1600 Newegg Customer Choice Gaming PC, but with a different/larger SSD (see SSD question below in Additional Comments).
In doing our research we thought we would start with the Newegg Customer Choice Gaming PC build, and customize as needed/recommended.
Also, out of coincidence we both are already using the Newegg Customer Choice Antec Nine Hundred cases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sure we are happy with the idea of 2 graphics cards each (see graphics card question below in Additional Comments).

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not unless 2 card performance is worth it (see above and question below in Additional Comments).

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Questions:

-- Is it worth an extra combined $40 (as of 6/4/2012, after 1 rebate) to purchase the:
Corsair 240GB CSSD-F240GBGT-BK synchronous drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
over the Corsair 240GB CSSD-F240GB3A-BK asynchronous drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ?

-- Is it better to go with 2 graphics cards, or just invest in a single higher end graphics card? What single higher tiered card would you recommend? (we have been referencing the Hierarchy Chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... )

Thank you very much in advance!

More about : 1400 gaming build

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June 5, 2012 6:50:49 AM

Anything linked to Amazon down below can also be found on newegg and for pretty much the same price. A good single card works fine. It all depends on how often you upgrade. Personally I usually sell whatever card I have atm and buy whatever is new and shiny atm.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3550-Processor-BX80637... $209.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

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.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.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

Total: $1,059.93 *not including shipping and rebates

*** Optional psu for that build up above (modular)

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Silencer-compati... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom


***For a dual card set up (option to add a second card later on) then change out the psu and board with this down below.

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... $329.98 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 i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
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June 5, 2012 8:30:18 AM

If you live by a micro center they have grate deals on the CPus and MoBo Combos ATM 50 off

MOBO CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... sli/crossfire MOBO case you like to sli down the road.

GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( you wont need to SLI your GPU for along time with this card )

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

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( 1600 ) if you need to OC your CPU in 4 years, then pick up a CPU COOLER Then.

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 750W ( in case you will sli down the road )

DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( what do i need to say ? )

You said you have a case ?

Anyways a little differnt then Why_Me build both will get the job done...... This one you have the option to SLI your GPUs

Price ? 1,205.93 + tax and shipping = 1,310.79 -10 MIR based on shipping it to my house in SoCal

Question is do you think ( going off base prices ) lets just say 100 bucks, because the build i made has a little better CPU..... Is worth it to you for a might sli down the road ? Thats for you and your other to talk about.

I made my build with the intent to sli/crossfire down the road and i never have.... i would sell my GPU take the money is was going to use for the 2nd GTX 560 and buy something better.


Anyways hope it helped :pt1cable: 


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June 6, 2012 5:30:45 AM

Why_Me and Niklas_13, thank you so much for your replies and suggestions.

I have gone through your suggestions, as well as through a number of the most recent threads asking about $1200-$2000 gaming PCs in this Forum. I have put together a revised build based on the combination of all recommendations read. I still have a number of questions on each part below and would appreciate your additional thoughts/suggestions. Also if you could please verify compatibility I would greatly appreciate it!

Motherboard:
--ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--OR--
--GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---->Question: Which is a more reliable brand? Can't decide between these two. The ASUS is currently cheaper, but the GIGABYTE is offered as bundled with the Processor we are considering, per Niklas_13's suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Processor:
--Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
--CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--OR--
--Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 993995: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---->NOTE: We would only buy ONE set of (4x4GB) chips, and divide the chips up into (qty. 2) 8GB sets (since it is cheaper for both brands to buy 4x4GB rather than 2x4GB)
---->Question: Which brand would you recommend? The Mushkin set is $8 cheaper, but we know of the Corsair brand more.

Graphics Card:
--EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---->Question: Does the brand of the GTX 670 matter (i.e. should we wait for an ASUS or GIGABYTE GTX 670 to come back in stock)?

Solid State Drive:
--Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--OR--
--Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---->Question: Which would you choose? Is Crucial a better brand than Corsair for SSDs? (We are leaning toward the Corsair due to the faster read/write ~ we like that both are synchronous)

Power Supply:
--Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---->Question: Is 620W sufficient (versus 750W+)?
---->Question: Hubby prefers Modular (and Antec was recommended); any other Modular suggestions in this price range that are SLI/CrossFire ready?

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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--NOTE: Only I will need this (hubby already has a drive)

Why_Me said:
Anything linked to Amazon down below can also be found on newegg and for pretty much the same price. A good single card works fine. It all depends on how often you upgrade. Personally I usually sell whatever card I have atm and buy whatever is new and shiny atm.


--Are warranties/return policies more of a concern when buying on Amazon? (I ask because Newegg seems to have a pretty good return policy for most items, and there are a lot of different sellers offering these parts on Amazon).

Niklas_13 said:
You said you have a case ?

Question is do you think ( going off base prices ) lets just say 100 bucks, because the build i made has a little better CPU..... Is worth it to you for a might sli down the road ? Thats for you and your other to talk about.

I made my build with the intent to sli/crossfire down the road and i never have.... i would sell my GPU take the money is was going to use for the 2nd GTX 560 and buy something better.


--Yes, we both already own/use the Antec Nine Hundred case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Antec-_-11129021
--I think at this point we are going to leave our options open as far as SLI/CrossFire capabilities are concerned (so yes to SLI/CrossFire ready).


Thank you very much in advance! :) 
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June 6, 2012 6:09:13 AM

That Antec 620w or that PC Power & Cooling (Seasonic OEM) will do fine for a single card build. For dual cards I would go with a 750w psu just so you have some headroom for whatever. Look at Seasonic or XFX modular 750w psu's for that.

As far as those boards go both that Gigabyte and Asus board up above combo (bundle) with all the Ivy Bridge cpu's to save some money. For another board to throw in the mix that also combo's with all the Ivy Bridge cpu's this Asrock board down below. Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock....all decent and it's a flip of the coin when choosing them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Here's a decent 750w psu to have a look at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

For those two SSD's I lean towards the Crucial although other than OCZ all these new SSD's are about on par with each other.

Amazon like newegg has a great return policy. If it doesn't work you send it back on their dime and they send you back a new whatever or you can have them put it back on your credit card.

With the RAM, Mushkin, G.Skill or Corsair...it's all the same. I mean one isn't better than the other so whatever price break you get then go for it.

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June 6, 2012 6:12:31 AM

MOBOs ..... Both Mobos will work just fine, and are good brands with good reps ( Ford or Dodge ) really

RAM..... You want the Dual Channel Kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233198

GPU.... The ( FTW) is a factory OCed card, you can OC the base card yourself or buy the one thats done for you....... EVGA is a good card. You all will perfrom the same long as the clocks are set the same. The one thing to lookk for on a GPU is Cooling, some have 2 fans VS one.

SSD.... I will let someone else input on this, as i dont really know alot about them ( as for gaming they will lower load times in games ) but not really needed if coin is tight.

PSU .... you need a 750W if you leave your option open to sli down the road, a few to look at

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

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

About PSUs

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDFAQs

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2383

^ PSU is a very inportant part of your PC, as it can bring your PC to life or take it out ( just keep that in mind )

Feel free to ask the questions untill your 100% ready to buy your parts.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 6:13:40 AM

At 1080p, one 7850 is plenty.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 6:22:15 AM

There going for : Longevity
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June 7, 2012 3:01:25 AM

Why_Me and Niklas_13, thank you again for your time, feedback and additional suggestions! Please see below for Round 3 (I have a revised build and a few more questions for you if you don’t mind):

MOTHERBOARD UPDATES:
Why_Me said:
As far as those boards go both that Gigabyte and Asus board up above combo (bundle) with all the Ivy Bridge cpu's to save some money. For another board to throw in the mix that also combo's with all the Ivy Bridge cpu's this Asrock board down below. Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock....all decent and it's a flip of the coin when choosing them.


Niklas_13 said:
MOBOs ..... Both Mobos will work just fine, and are good brands with good reps ( Ford or Dodge ) really


Good to know they are all decent. Right now we are leaning toward the following: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM UPDATES:
Why_Me said:
With the RAM, Mushkin, G.Skill or Corsair...it's all the same. I mean one isn't better than the other so whatever price break you get then go for it.


Niklas_13 said:
RAM..... You want the Dual Channel Kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233198


Great! We'll go with the Corsair, then. Thanks for pointing out the compatibility issue with quad versus dual.

GRAPHICS CARD UPDATES:
Niklas_13 said:
GPU.... The ( FTW) is a factory OCed card, you can OC the base card yourself or buy the one thats done for you....... EVGA is a good card. You all will perfrom the same long as the clocks are set the same. The one thing to lookk for on a GPU is Cooling, some have 2 fans VS one.


For an extra $20 each, we are opting to go with the FTW version. Glad to know EVGA is a good card (as I am not sure when ASUS/XFX will come back into stock). Why_Me, I saw in another of your replies (in a seperate post) about availability of the ASUS brand card so that is what prompted my question.

SOLID STATE DRIVE UPDATES:
Why_Me said:
For those two SSD's I lean towards the Crucial although other than OCZ all these new SSD's are about on par with each other.


Hubby is stuck on the Corsair (not sure why). Can you see any reason -not- to pull the trigger on this one? Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Do you prefer the Crucial brand more?

POWER SUPPLY UPDATES:
Why_Me said:
That Antec 620w or that PC Power & Cooling (Seasonic OEM) will do fine for a single card build. For dual cards I would go with a 750w psu just so you have some headroom for whatever. Look at Seasonic or XFX modular 750w psu's for that.


Niklas_13 said:
PSU .... you need a 750W if you leave your option open to sli down the road

About PSUs: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

^ PSU is a very inportant part of your PC, as it can bring your PC to life or take it out ( just keep that in mind )


Thank you both so much for all the awesome information on PSU's. I combined both your feedback and revised to the following: XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--Recommended brand of XFX + the above was listed in the Eggxpert Tier 1 Brands. I hope it is not overkill.

Why_Me said:
Amazon like newegg has a great return policy. If it doesn't work you send it back on their dime and they send you back a new whatever or you can have them put it back on your credit card.


Excellent to know, thank you! Will definitely consider purchasing from both once we have our parts list set. I am thinking of purchasing all that we can through Amazon, except for those that are a better deal through Newegg (i.e. bundled, with rebate, etc). Just trying to get our wanted parts decided on now, then I will price-compare the parts at both places.

azeem40 said:
At 1080p, one 7850 is plenty.


Our monitors have a resolution greater than 1080p (1920x1200): DoubleSight DS-245W Black 24" 5ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Niklas_13 said:
There going for : Longevity


We are definitely, definitely going for longevity. We haven't done a serious upgrade in over 4 years. Hubby is a more active gamer than I am, but we both game nightly. Some of these parts may be overkill for our use, but we are hoping to not (seriously) upgrade for another 4 years.

Niklas_13 said:
Feel free to ask the questions untill your 100% ready to buy your parts.


I really appreciate the feedback! Here is the full revised build as of tonight:

Motherboard:
--ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
--Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
--CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---->NOTE: We will only buy ONE set of (4x4GB) chips, and divide the chips up into (qty. 2) 8GB sets (since it is cheaper for both brands to buy 4x4GB rather than 2x4GB)

Graphics Card:
--EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid State Drive:
--Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
--XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--NOTE: Only I will need this (hubby already has a drive)


REMAINING QUESTIONS:
----->Are all the parts in this build on similar levels performance-wise? (A friend of mine had one part that was his performance bottle-neck, and I don’t want to get into a similar situation)
----->Is a Cooler necessary?

Thank you so much in advance!
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June 7, 2012 3:25:45 AM

All the parts are fine and wont bottle neck each other, its a very solid build that will last 5 + years.

You only need a CPU Cooler if you plan to OC the CPU ( IMO you wont need to OC for years to come ) only when your games demand a high clocked CPU......... Then OC the poop out of it to squzze every last drop out of it .

The Asrock mobo looks very good ( and i am planing to upgrade my PC also and give my kids my i5 750 to replace there FX 4100 ) I already bought me a EVGA GTX 670 and gave them my GTX 560 to replace there HD 5850 :) 


The 2 MOBOs i am looking at for my build are

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

I can get the i5 3570K @ micro center for 189.99 and 50 bucks off one of thos MOBOs

This PSU might save you 20 bucks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ( you can look it up in the egg website if they have it updated )
^^
I did some homework for you

Tier 2 Brands - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1

OCZ Z(t)(s) Series Less than 1000W
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June 7, 2012 3:26:20 AM

Now back to Skyrim lol :) 
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June 7, 2012 11:32:04 PM

Niklas_13 said:
All the parts are fine and wont bottle neck each other, its a very solid build that will last 5 + years.


Excellent! That is what we are hoping for. Thank you :) 

Niklas_13 said:
You only need a CPU Cooler if you plan to OC the CPU ( IMO you wont need to OC for years to come ) only when your games demand a high clocked CPU......... Then OC the poop out of it to squzze every last drop out of it.


Good to know - we will skip on a CPU Cooler for now.

Niklas_13 said:
The Asrock mobo looks very good ( and i am planing to upgrade my PC also and give my kids my i5 750 to replace there FX 4100 ) I already bought me a EVGA GTX 670 and gave them my GTX 560 to replace there HD 5850 :) 

The 2 MOBOs i am looking at for my build are

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


Funny you mentioned/linked the GIGABYTE, because we are still considering that one as well. I am watching prices closely and will most likely just bite on the most cost-effective one when we are ready to order (which may be as soon as tonight!)

Niklas_13 said:
I can get the i5 3570K @ micro center for 189.99 and 50 bucks off one of thos MOBOs


I too live in SoCal, but right in between the two Micro Center locations: 100+ miles away from both. It's tempting to drive to the Tustin location for the extra savings on the Motherboard and Processor, but I might loose my sanity driving through Los Angeles!

Niklas_13 said:
This PSU might save you 20 bucks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I -am- considering alternatives since I can't find my preferred Power Supply on Amazon. We would save quite a bit of $$ purchasing the OCZ over the XFX.

In a side-by-side comparison, the following differences between the OCZ and XFX are:

SATA Power Connector: [OCZ] 9 vs. [XFX] 8
Energy Efficient: [OCZ] BRONZE vs. [XFX] SILVER
Input Voltage: [OCZ] 100-240V vs. [XFX] 90-264V
Input Current: [OCZ] 12A @ 115V, 6A @ 230V vs. [XFX] 10A @ 115V, 5A @ 230V
Connectors:
[OCZ]
1 x 20+4-pin ATX
2 x 4+4-pin ESP/12V CPU
4 x 6+2-pin PCI-E
6 x 4-pin Peripheral
9 x 5-pin SATA
1 x FDD

[XFX]
1 x Main connector (20+4-pin)
1 x 4+4-pin ATX 12V
1 x 8-pin EPS12V
8 x Peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
4 x PCI-E

Niklas_13, Is this OCZ the Power Supply you have/will be upgrading to? How is the OCZ brand overall for power supplies?

Niklas_13 said:
Now back to Skyrim lol :) 


Haven't tried Skyrim yet - been mainly playing Diablo 3 and League of Legends recently (also probably going to try Guild Wars 2 when it comes out).


Thanks so much for your continued help!
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June 8, 2012 1:06:18 AM

I too live in SoCal, but right in between the two Micro Center locations: 100+ miles away from both. It's tempting to drive to the Tustin location for the extra savings on the Motherboard and Processor, but I might loose my sanity driving through Los Angeles!

lol ( Tustin is whare i bought the parts :)  20 mins away from me, guess i am lucky.


I just picked up the Z77X-UD3H today along with the i5 3570K it was 330 with tax ( IMO its worth the drive ) if you have a little car with good gas milage ( remember one per customer ) so bring a friend )

You Can get the CPU for 189.99 and the UD3H was 109.99 or the Extreme4 will run 89.99 < call if you go they whare out of the Asrock board, but said they will have them in soon.

You cant go wrong with the OCZ or the XFX PSU both are good, XFX tier 1 OCZ tier 2

between tier 1 and 2

Tier 1 Banging rights and more money very little differnt then a Tier 2 PSU

^^^ what one do i use ? my TX750W Corsair http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/psus/2008/02/19/corsai... its 4 years old and still kicking :) 



I played
DAOC
WOW
Anarchy Online all that stucked the life out of me ( by having to get the next Epic Armor :)  lol

Skyrim is nice for me ( i get the same out of it :)  without the have to group 40 man raids :) 

My rig is in my Sig
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June 8, 2012 1:22:46 AM

Awesome, thank you, Niklas_13.

So here is the final build, probably going to order tonight. If you have the time and inclination to double check compatability and give your stamp of approval (again!) that would be awesome. I changed the links to reflect where I will be buying the parts. I will do one more price crunch before purchase, but I'm pretty sure hubby has veto-ed driving to Tustin (thanks so much for the info though, I love to research, compare and feel fully informed):

What do you think?:


Motherboard:
--Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JJK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Processor:
--Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM:
--Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9B: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058J1QYC/ref=ox_sc_a...
---->NOTE: We will only buy ONE set of (4x4GB) chips, and divide the chips up into (qty. 2) 8GB sets (since it is cheaper for both brands to buy 4x4GB rather than 2x4GB)

Graphics Card:
--EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Z3HZIA/ref=ox_sc_a...
-------->Question: This is NOT the FTW (factory OCed version) and is slightly less expensive; please confirm this is the base card and is still OK ~ we are opting for this one because it is sold directly from Amazon and not a 3rd party on their website (and well, it will save us $40). Think it's worth the "downgrade"?

Solid State Drive:
--Corsair Force GT 240 GB SATA III/6G SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive - CSSD-F240GBGT-BK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IZ4IRS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Power Supply:
--OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom: http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-Fully-Modular-Performa...

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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--NOTE: Only I will need this (hubby already has a drive)

Thanks so much (again) in advance! :) 
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June 8, 2012 1:49:36 AM

Yup looks good!!!

The GPU is the base GPU ( its fine thats the same one i bought 2 days ago for 399.99

I say its a go

If you need any help getting it up and runing, feel free to post back..... I am setting my drivers, updates and Bios now :) 

One think i did find on the mobo is USE the USB in the middle of the MOBO when first setting it up.

I hade my mouse next to my KB and it would not pick it up without the drivers in.


GL and Enjoy the build and gaming with the hubby :)  wish my wife gamed!!!
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June 8, 2012 5:34:28 AM

Niklas_13 said:
Yup looks good!!!

I say its a go

If you need any help getting it up and runing, feel free to post back..... I am setting my drivers, updates and Bios now :) 

One think i did find on the mobo is USE the USB in the middle of the MOBO when first setting it up.

I hade my mouse next to my KB and it would not pick it up without the drivers in.

GL and Enjoy the build and gaming with the hubby :)  wish my wife gamed!!!


Purchased! Should be a fun project for the weekend after next. Hubby will have the task of putting it all together (my roles are researcher and moneybags, ha) but I will definitely take you up on your offer to help if we have any questions on building the machines.

Thanks so much, Niklas_13. I really, really appreciate your advice and suggestions throughout this process! Also, thank you again Why_Me for your help. This is where the Internet really shines - kind, helpful people collaborating and helping others, all from the comfort of their own homes/lives. :D 

I will -definitely- enjoy gaming even more now with this build. Never have been able to run new games on max settings until this coming build. Very excited about that!

I grew up second-hand gaming/gaming with my older brother. I remember playing MUDs, Kings Quest, Arena... I started off young. We're already starting to corrupt, erm, I mean teach our 3 year old nephew to play Cave Story and other little games. Soon he'll be plat farming in MMOs for us, np! j/k :kaola: 
Look for some games for your wife to try that suit her personality - there's so much out there - and I feel there's a little bit of gamer in everyone. Don't give up yet! :hello: 
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June 8, 2012 5:43:09 AM

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June 21, 2012 3:27:54 AM

Computers built! We LOVE them! Just want to share a little bit of eye-candy =)





Thank you again! :D 
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June 21, 2012 4:40:58 AM

Looks good !!! :)  glad you guys are enjoying them :) 

I did a little work on mine also :)  new case 550D some other toys, you can click on more info and see my full Specs

http://s1154.photobucket.com/albums/p535/Niklas_13/?act...

I want your SSD lol :) 


BTW hows the PSU you get ones with a good fan controller ?
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