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June 6, 2012 11:43:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: When I have all the parts together I'll purchase it then.

Budget Range: $0-$1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies and surfing

Parts Not Required: Don't need mouse,keyboard, screen

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg but if you know better sites go ahead.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel build. I was looking at the CM storm trooper case, I want a full tower. Also I was looking at the ASUS sabertooth z77 and a gtx670. A SSD for the OS would be good to.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1800

Additional Comments: Nope

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a c 288 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 11:58:48 PM

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Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel build. I was looking at the CM storm trooper case, I want a full tower. Also I was looking at the ASUS sabertooth z77 and a gtx670. A SSD for the OS would be good to.


That board is kind of overkill - you most likely won't be needing all the features it offers.

Try this build:

Case: NZXT Phantom - $119.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $134.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $239.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $119.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,463.81

It's close to the build in my signature but with a different case, PSU, and GPU.
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June 7, 2012 12:22:44 AM

I can see no reason to get a 2 tb hard drive. 1 tb is the max I could ever think of using. I would spend the saved money on the slightly more expensive I5-3750k because it is a newer generation, and although it is worse at overclocking, it does about 7% better than an I5-2500k at the same clock. Also, Ivy bridge was recently pushed to a 7 GHz overclock which is higher than you would ever need.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 12:43:05 AM

I could squeeze this case to where it became tall skinny and narrow and call it a "full tower". Fact of the matter is that's probably the best CM case on the market atm. Cooler Master just released this case a few months ago and they gave it all the latest bells and whistles.

I didn't throw in an optical drive in this build because I don't know if you want the usual $20 optical drive or blu-ray.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

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

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

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $33.99 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

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: $1,289.93 *not including shipping & rebates


Either of these SSD's are top of the line and it's a coin toss to say which one to choose. Both are bargains atm.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

*** Optional side fan for that CM case in this build.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $16.46 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red) 200mm LED Megaflow
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June 7, 2012 1:54:57 PM

So you don't think a sabertooth is worth the money?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 2:37:43 PM

nope. its basically a p8z77-v PRO with a plastic shell
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 2:38:57 PM

and the pro is like a more expensive version of the gigabyte z77x-ud5h. only that the ud5 has more features than the PRO
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June 7, 2012 2:55:45 PM

TheBigTroll said:
and the pro is like a more expensive version of the gigabyte z77x-ud5h. only that the ud5 has more features than the PRO

What more features does the Gigabyte has? I though ASUS was overall a better brand.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 4:03:37 PM

the ud5h has dual gigabit lan and will perform a bit better (less than 3% more). its also 20 bucks cheaper than the asus. yes asus is a good brand, but not the most value
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June 7, 2012 4:10:31 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the ud5h has dual gigabit lan and will perform a bit better (less than 3% more). its also 20 bucks cheaper than the asus. yes asus is a good brand, but not the most value



So the gigabyte z77 ud5h would be the best board for the money eh?
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a c 288 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 4:17:37 PM

DerpHerp said:
So the gigabyte z77 ud5h would be the best board for the money eh?


I think so - my last three boards have all been Gigabyte boards and they've all been pretty flawless. I have the UD3H and it's been great so far.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 4:18:34 PM

since your budget is higher than 1500$, it is. otherwise the asrock extreme will fit mot people. the asrock extreme4 has most of the features that you need at a very low cost (135-145$)
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 7:55:18 PM

Here's two higher end boards that both combo with the 3570K to save a few dollars. In fact these boards combo with SSD's and h/d's also.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <---- that Asrock board in a review done here on toms.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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June 7, 2012 8:37:25 PM

Why_Me said:
Here's two higher end boards that both combo with the 3570K to save a few dollars. In fact these boards combo with SSD's and h/d's also.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <---- that Asrock board in a review done here on toms.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Which board do you think is a better deal? If im just going to be using it mostly for gaming what's the difference between the UD5H and the UD3H
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 8:42:30 PM

DerpHerp said:
Which board do you think is a better deal? If im just going to be using it mostly for gaming what's the difference between the UD5H and the UD3H

It's a flip of the coin between those two boards. Go for color scheme if anything. Both those boards have pretty much the same everything although the Asrock has a better (easier) bios interface to work with.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2012 10:43:23 PM

both bioses are about the same. not that much different
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June 8, 2012 1:31:16 PM

Why_Me said:
I could squeeze this case to where it became tall skinny and narrow and call it a "full tower". Fact of the matter is that's probably the best CM case on the market atm. Cooler Master just released this case a few months ago and they gave it all the latest bells and whistles.

I didn't throw in an optical drive in this build because I don't know if you want the usual $20 optical drive or blu-ray.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

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

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

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $33.99 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

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: $1,289.93 *not including shipping & rebates


Either of these SSD's are top of the line and it's a coin toss to say which one to choose. Both are bargains atm.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

*** Optional side fan for that CM case in this build.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $16.46 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red) 200mm LED Megaflow

If I order this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Do I need to order any extra cables? Someone in the reviews section was saying something about a SATA cable
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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2012 1:33:01 PM

im sure the mobo has enough sata cables
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a c 288 4 Gaming
June 8, 2012 4:17:34 PM

DerpHerp said:
If I order this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Do I need to order any extra cables? Someone in the reviews section was saying something about a SATA cable


No - your motherboard comes with at least 3 - 4 cables, no need to order extra.

And I wouldn't get any Sandforce based drive as they're far more prone to issues and errors than any Marvell / Indilinx drive is.
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June 8, 2012 4:38:15 PM

g-unit1111 said:
No - your motherboard comes with at least 3 - 4 cables, no need to order extra.

And I wouldn't get any Sandforce based drive as they're far more prone to issues and errors than any Marvell / Indilinx drive is.


What is sandforce?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2012 5:38:31 PM

the ssd controller. its inside the ssd
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June 9, 2012 10:54:58 AM

g-unit1111 said:
No - your motherboard comes with at least 3 - 4 cables, no need to order extra.

And I wouldn't get any Sandforce based drive as they're far more prone to issues and errors than any Marvell / Indilinx drive is.



Last question (hopefully) Im going to get one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820239049
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 20-147-134
The samsung one comes with a game and it's cheaper and 8gb more but I heard Kingston HyperX was a good reliable brand.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 11:06:02 AM

DerpHerp said:
Last question (hopefully) Im going to get one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820239049
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 20-147-134
The samsung one comes with a game and it's cheaper and 8gb more but I heard Kingston HyperX was a good reliable brand.

Both are solid SSD's. Samsung makes their own controller, and Kington Hyper X SSD's use a toggle nand. Whatever one is on sale atm is pretty much what it comes down to.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 11:24:44 AM

each one will have its own advantages and disadvantages. you cant go wrong with either one
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