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June 8, 2012 1:07:05 AM

Here is my parts that I plan to purchase

Country: U.S.
Where to buy: anywhere cheapest
SLI/CF: Yes in the future
Time to build: ASAP

Microcenter/Fry's Closeby: Yes
Overclocking: Yes

Parts already have: Mouse, keyboard, OS, monitor 1920-1200 resolution 26''

Please give me opinions on the following parts, computer is mainly for gaming:

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case $120 After $20 MIR and Promotional code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=lkAJvLEG...

CPU: I5 3570k $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mainboard: Asus Z77 V-Pro $209.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-Motherboard-P8Z77-V-PR...

Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850W Gold $139.99 after $30 MIR
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Fully-Modular-80PLUS-Performa...

CPU Cooler: Silverarrow air cooler $82
http://www.amazon.com/THERMALRIGHT-SILVER-ARROW-DUAL14C...

or Corsair H100 $106 -- dont know which one is better? con/pro for each?
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liqui...

Memory: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance Red 1866 Mhz CAS 9 $55.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-15000-1866m...

Video Card: EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2 GB $ 419.99
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...

SSD: Muskin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240 GB $229
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-Deluxe-2-5-Inch-M...

HDD: Seagate 2 TB HDD for storage $115
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

Optical: Liteon Blue ray burner $68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions? Are they all compatible?

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June 8, 2012 1:14:48 AM

You're actually on a very good track. Here are the only things I'd change:

CPU: Stay
Mobo: Er... I like ASUS, but look at the ASRock Extreme4 Z77 as well
PSU: Despite what many will tell you, the ZX OCZ PSUs are good. It's the other ones (AX? OX? Something like that) you have to watch out for. Gold vs Bronze isn't THAT huge of a difference, so if you need to save money on something, a bronze PSU won't kill you
RAM: You don't have any ;)  I'd put in 2x4GB of DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5v or lower RAM
CPU Cooler: Are you sure you want a "liquid cooler"? I'd go with the Hyper 212 Evo typically, but for performance, just look at some really nice HEATSINKS. Then, get a couple of really nice FANS (separately) for a push/pull. Some heatsinks can accommodate three or four fans, which is really nice. Make sure if it's a large one, you get some low-profile RAM
GPU: I'd try for a 680... however, availability is an issue. A 670 is good as well, but it seems like a crime not to put in a 680 in an $1800 build. If you're interested, ask me about trying to put in a 690 in this build... it's possible! However, it seems WAY too high-end for me (I don't like to max out the GPU at the point where it's just... pointless). I CAN try to work it in, though... won't be impossible.
SSD: Take a look at some Crucial M4s, as well.
HDD: Do you REALLY need 2TB? That's a hefty amount. Just make sure that 1) the HDD is 7200rpm and 2) the HDD isn't "green"
Case: You're missing one. I'd generally go for a Corsair 400R or 500R. If you're looking at aesthetics or anything, go ahead and tell me and I'll give you some more options. Corsair 400R/500R is very nice, though.

Overall, it looks pretty good! This is going to be a heck of a build. If you have any questions/concerns, go ahead and post them!
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June 8, 2012 1:33:42 AM

ddan49 said:
You're actually on a very good track. Here are the only things I'd change:

CPU: Stay
Mobo: Er... I like ASUS, but look at the ASRock Extreme4 Z77 as well
PSU: Despite what many will tell you, the ZX OCZ PSUs are good. It's the other ones (AX? OX? Something like that) you have to watch out for. Gold vs Bronze isn't THAT huge of a difference, so if you need to save money on something, a bronze PSU won't kill you
RAM: You don't have any ;)  I'd put in 2x4GB of DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5v or lower RAM
CPU Cooler: Are you sure you want a "liquid cooler"? I'd go with the Hyper 212 Evo typically, but for performance, just look at some really nice HEATSINKS. Then, get a couple of really nice FANS (separately) for a push/pull. Some heatsinks can accommodate three or four fans, which is really nice. Make sure if it's a large one, you get some low-profile RAM
GPU: I'd try for a 680... however, availability is an issue. A 670 is good as well, but it seems like a crime not to put in a 680 in an $1800 build. If you're interested, ask me about trying to put in a 690 in this build... it's possible! However, it seems WAY too high-end for me (I don't like to max out the GPU at the point where it's just... pointless). I CAN try to work it in, though... won't be impossible.
SSD: Take a look at some Crucial M4s, as well.
HDD: Do you REALLY need 2TB? That's a hefty amount. Just make sure that 1) the HDD is 7200rpm and 2) the HDD isn't "green"
Case: You're missing one. I'd generally go for a Corsair 400R or 500R. If you're looking at aesthetics or anything, go ahead and tell me and I'll give you some more options. Corsair 400R/500R is very nice, though.

Overall, it looks pretty good! This is going to be a heck of a build. If you have any questions/concerns, go ahead and post them!


Thank you ddan for your fast response. The reason I ask about the Corsair h100 vs SilverArrow is because I worry about the heat of the i5 3570k. Reading lots of posts here I realize that Ivy bridge runs hot when overclock. Since Silver Arrow is already 82 bucks, its not that big of a difference to spend another 20 bucks to get the Corsair H100 for me if it helps with heat.

Another concern I have is that since I'm gonna be getting the corsair Vengeance Red onsale at Amazon and its kinda tall, I'm concerned that I will not fit with the Silver Arrow or other big air coolers.

Do you think its worth it to upgrade to GTX 680? I read my posts here that people recommend GTX 670 thats why i choose it over GTX 680. Regarding GTX 690... though I would dream to have it but it too much money for now and I can't afford it in this budget.

I also update my post with the parts price and where to get them, also include case and Ram as well. Let me know what you think.
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June 8, 2012 1:44:54 AM

Flare01 said:
Here is my parts that I plan to purchase

Country: U.S.
Where to buy: anywhere cheapest
SLI/CF: Yes in the future

Parts already have: Mouse, keyboard, OS, monitor 1920-1200 resolution 26''

Please give me opitions on the following parts, computer is mainly for gaming:

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case $120 After $20 MIR and Promotional code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=lkAJvLEG...

CPU: I5 3570k $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mainboard: Asus Z77 V-Pro $209.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-Motherboard-P8Z77-V-PR...

Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850W Gold $139.99 after $30 MIR
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Fully-Modular-80PLUS-Performa...

CPU Cooler: Silverarrow air cooler $82
http://www.amazon.com/THERMALRIGHT-SILVER-ARROW-DUAL14C...

or Corsair H100 $106 -- dont know which one is better? con/pro for each?
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liqui...

Memory: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance Red 1866 Mhz CAS 9 $55.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-15000-1866m...

Video Card: EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2 GB $ 419.99
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...

SSD: Muskin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240 GB $229
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-Deluxe-2-5-Inch-M...

HDD: Seagate 2 TB HDD for storage $115
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

Optical: Liteon Blue ray burner $68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions? Are they all compatible?


I would stick with the corsair H100 due to the size of the Ram you choose, otherwise that build is perfect, I wouldn't change a thing. Btw nice find on the 1866 Mhz CAS 9 Ram on sale and the Corsair 600T case on sale at newegg also.
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June 8, 2012 1:55:49 AM

So corsair H100 is the way to go or should I change to Hyper Evo like ddan suggested? Would that fit with the ram I selected? Ram can't be changed since I just hit purchased on Amazon :p  only 6 left so I don't wanna miss out on this deal lol.

Edit: I just read the reviews on Silver Arrow air cooler and its performance is crazy as well... dont know which one to buy atm.
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June 8, 2012 2:02:37 AM

Well... keep in mind that IB doesn't NEED to go to those higher overclocks, since clock-for-clock it performs better than SB. The H100 doesn't have SUPER cooling like most people think... it doesn't cool better, it just takes the heat somewhere else.

That RAM was a good find, by the way :) 

Do you want me to try to fit in a 690? I'm sure I could. Definitely get a 680, though... it's better than the 670 ;) 
Just sayin', I'm pretty sure I could fit in a 690 for that budget. $800 for components excluding the GPU is actually a very large amount... I'm used to making entire builds for $800. You'd keep the i5 CPU and cooling.
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June 8, 2012 2:09:25 AM

ddan49 said:
Well... keep in mind that IB doesn't NEED to go to those higher overclocks, since clock-for-clock it performs better than SB. The H100 doesn't have SUPER cooling like most people think... it doesn't cool better, it just takes the heat somewhere else.

That RAM was a good find, by the way :) 

Do you want me to try to fit in a 690? I'm sure I could. Definitely get a 680, though... it's better than the 670 ;) 
Just sayin', I'm pretty sure I could fit in a 690 for that budget. $800 for components excluding the GPU is actually a very large amount... I'm used to making entire builds for $800. You'd keep the i5 CPU and cooling.


Ok if you can fit GTX 690 in that budget, I'm game. I do have about 200 bucks headroom, so maximum is 2000 dollars please. Please keep in mind Memory is already purchased and can't be changed.
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June 8, 2012 2:12:40 AM

Flare01 said:
Thank you ddan for your fast response. The reason I ask about the Corsair h100 vs SilverArrow is because I worry about the heat of the i5 3570k. Reading lots of posts here I realize that Ivy bridge runs hot when overclock. Since Silver Arrow is already 82 bucks, its not that big of a difference to spend another 20 bucks to get the Corsair H100 for me if it helps with heat.

Another concern I have is that since I'm gonna be getting the corsair Vengeance Red onsale at Amazon and its kinda tall, I'm concerned that I will not fit with the Silver Arrow or other big air coolers.

Do you think its worth it to upgrade to GTX 680? I read my posts here that people recommend GTX 670 thats why i choose it over GTX 680. Regarding GTX 690... though I would dream to have it but it too much money for now and I can't afford it in this budget.

I also update my post with the parts price and where to get them, also include case and Ram as well. Let me know what you think.

Do not use RAM with those cake cutter heat sinks unless you plan on using them for a hair comb. Get low profile RAM.
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June 8, 2012 2:23:48 AM

Hahaha... prepare to be amazed. This squeezes in just below $1800:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.12 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1007.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 950W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1777.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-07 22:18 EDT-0400)

Add the RAM, and you're just over. Replace parts as wanted, but this will be quite satisfactory. The CPU will probably NEED to be OCed at this point to accommodate the 690's blazing-fast speeds. If you want extra cooling, feel free. Keep in mind that if the CPU cooler overhangs the RAM slots, you can just shift the two sticks into the dual-channel slots that aren't closer to the CPU (still a slot apart, just one down). However, I don't think you'll really need extra cooling... 4.5GHz on this IB is comparable to about 5.0GHz on SB, because IB performs about 10-15% better clock-for-clock.
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June 8, 2012 8:26:55 AM

ddan49 said:
Hahaha... prepare to be amazed. This squeezes in just below $1800:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.12 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1007.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 950W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1777.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-07 22:18 EDT-0400)

Add the RAM, and you're just over. Replace parts as wanted, but this will be quite satisfactory. The CPU will probably NEED to be OCed at this point to accommodate the 690's blazing-fast speeds. If you want extra cooling, feel free. Keep in mind that if the CPU cooler overhangs the RAM slots, you can just shift the two sticks into the dual-channel slots that aren't closer to the CPU (still a slot apart, just one down). However, I don't think you'll really need extra cooling... 4.5GHz on this IB is comparable to about 5.0GHz on SB, because IB performs about 10-15% better clock-for-clock.


The build you linked above is great. However, after careful consideration, I decided not to go with the GTX 690 route because there are so many components that needs to be sacrificed ie SSD size, HDD size, cooling, PSU not being modular, no blue ray burner etc... There is nothing wrong with the build you link and I absolutely think it will work, its just that I feel like I only game on 1 monitor for now and putting this much sacrifice of other components so that I can get a GTX 690 is not worth it.

I think it would be better if I just get the GTX 670 FTW for now, see how it goes and i'll save some money in the future to upgrade to a 2nd GTX 670 and SLI later on, this would be the same as the GTX 690 route anyway.

If anyone can suggest any other changes to the parts listed on the first post, I appreciate it. For now, I guess I would stick with the Corsair H100 since I do love water cooling (looks cool and high end stuff since I do plan on doing cable management with the Corsair Graphite 600T case)
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June 8, 2012 8:47:40 AM

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... $389.98 save: $10.00 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 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- 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... $18.99
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... $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.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-670DC2G $424.99 Free Shipping
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - GTX670-DC2-2GD5

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: $1,372.92 *not including shipping & rebates


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 8, 2012 9:38:55 AM

Change your SSD to Scandisk Extreme 240 GB which is currently on sale on Amazon for $179.99
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive-SD...

Its a Tier 1 SSD, Toggle Nand, same as the Muskin Deluxe but 50 bucks cheaper. Grab it fast while its still in stock!!!

For the rest of the build, everything looks good.

The part suggested by Whyme are fine mostly, but I think he copied and pasted it from the other build similar to yours (hence he listed some parts such as OS and RAM which you indicated that you already had/purchased)and the difference between his build and yours are mostly personal preference.

The case Corsair Graphite 600T is a very good case, and usually go for 170 bucks or higher, its a good deal that you can get it for 120 bucks and so if you prefer it over the CM case, its perfectly fine. There is nothing wrong with both cases.

Memory: since you already purchased the Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 1866 Mhz CAS 9 1.5V for 57 bucks, its fine. Its actually a very good deal because 8 GB Kit 1866 Mhz is usually more expensive or has loose timing or higher voltage. So I suggest you keep it.

CPU and Mainboard: again this also comes down to personal preference. Asus Z77VPro that you picked is no doubt of high quality, the equivalent of Asus V-Pro is that Asrock Extreme 6 with some less features and there are couple minor difference. Asus VPro has 16 phases power while Asrock has 12, not a huge difference but its there. Asus Vpro also has Wifi integrated while Asrock doesn't. Now the quality of the Integrated Wifi is probably not as good as an add on card but at least you got it rather than none. Asrock is of course cheaper and if you dont need the features of Asus Vpro, Asrock is a good choice. Again, this comes down to personal preference really.

Video card: EVGA GTX 670 FTW is a fine card, don't be afraid of EVGA recall problem because the problem that affects the reference design EVGA GTX 670, not the FTW version. Also, EVGA has top notch customer service and really stands behind their product. People who are affected the problem with the reference design EVGA GTX 670 can be traded up for the GTX 670 FTW version at no cost, that's really awesome for a company to do that.

Power Supply: I too agreed with Ddan, OCZ ZX 850W is a very good power supply. Its reviewed extremely well by various professional PSU sites like JonnyGuru and others. It offers same amount of power and quality as the top competitors such as Seasonic X series and Corsair AX but at a much more affordable price. 850W Gold Rated in effeciency, completely modular and high quality, you can't go wrong with it at this price point for that kind of power.

CPU cooler: since you mentioned that you like water cool and you already bought that high profile memory, Corsair H100 is the best way to go. Reviews actually praised H100 for having the best cooling performance out there and only get beaten by a full custom water cool setup. If you worry about the noise issue, replace the stock fans with 2 pairs of Cougar fans and set up Push/Pull config and the performance will be even better. No air coolers on the market that can beat the H100 in performance even with only 2 fans set up, let alone 4 fans in Push/Pull config.

If, however, you want to go air coolers, the CM hyper Evo linked above is adequate for moderate overclocking of Ivy up to around 4.3 Ghz, but you must review carefully to see if it fits with the high profile ram even if you place the ram in the next slot ie slot 2 and 4.
If you want to go beyond 4.3 Ghz, a better cooler like Nocture or Silver Arrow is needed, but I don't think these 2 behemoths can fit with the high profile Ram you already bought. So Corsair H100 is the last choice.

Is there a reason why you want 2 TB instead of 1 TB? If its 1 TB that you want, get the Samsung Spin Point as suggested by Ddan since its cheaper than the Seagate 1 TB, but if you have a lot of movies/pictures and want 2 TB of storage, your 2 TB HDD that you selected is fine.
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June 8, 2012 9:45:53 AM

Thank you jacknhut for letting me know a good SSD deal... Just bought it right before writing this lol!!! Knowing Amazon extremely generous return policy, I can just return to Amazon if I don't want it later but this deal is way too good to pass up... 180 bucks shipped for a Tier 1 240 GB SSD with Toggle Nand... Can't ask for anything more...

I guess I don't feel as bad for missing out like I did last night with the Samsung 830 256 GB hehe.
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June 8, 2012 11:08:23 AM

Thank you all for your suggestions, especially to jacknhut for that detail explanation of the parts I selected. I actually look at the CM case suggested by WHyme and I found that I prefer the Corsair Graphite 600T more. Like jacknhut said, that case is usually a lot more expensive and I'm glad people agree with me that the the Corsair Graphite 600T which is currently on sale at 120 bucks is a very good deal, so I decided to keep it.

Mainboard: I think I will go with ASUS mainboard due to its 16 phases power and Wifi funtionality, more phases power = more overclocking stabilities right? Also, this is my first build so I rather go with a quality brand to avoid potential issues... Also, I forgot to mention there is no tax for me if I purchase from amazon, but I do get taxed if I do it at newegg, thats another reason why I choose the Asus Z77V-Pro over the combo listed by Whyme.

HDD: I do want 2 TB because I have a lot of movies and data to back up. 1 TB is not enough for me.

CPU cooler: I'm still undecided whether I should go with the Corsair h100 or Silver Arrow actually...I do want to maximize overclocking potential of the CPU, probably 4.5 Ghz and thus I'm not sure if the Hyper Evo is able to keep it cool at that frequency. I read many reviews espeically the one on anandtech and they all said that at 4.5 Ghz the i5 3570k can get extremely hot on air coolers. Thats why I don't want to risk damaging the CPU by using the Hyper Evo. I guess I will have to do research to see if people got any problem with the Silver Arrow fitting with the high profile ram.

Here is the updated parts, any final suggestions before I purchase the rest ?

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case $120 After $20 MIR and Promotional code ------ PURCHASED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=lkAJvLEG...

CPU: I5 3570k $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mainboard: Asus Z77 V-Pro $209.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-Motherboard-P8Z77-V-PR...

Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850W Gold $139.99 after $30 MIR
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Fully-Modular-80PLUS-Performa...

CPU Cooler: Silverarrow air cooler $82
http://www.amazon.com/THERMALRIGHT-SILVER-ARROW-DUAL14C...

or Corsair H100 $106 - Still undecided between this and Silver Arrow
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liqui...

Memory: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance Red 1866 Mhz CAS 9 $55.99 -------PURCHASED
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-15000-1866m...

Video Card: EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2 GB $ 419.99
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...

SSD: Scandisk Extreme 240 GB SSD $179.99 ----------------PURCHASED
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive-SD...

HDD: Seagate 2 TB HDD for storage $115
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

Optical: Liteon Blue ray burner $68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 8, 2012 1:34:44 PM

Everything looks good! Again, I'm sorry we couldn't find a 680 to put in this... a 670 will do, though. By the way, a 690 is basically two 680s. Other than that, everything looks great!
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June 8, 2012 5:37:47 PM

Best answer selected by Flare01.
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November 3, 2012 3:28:02 AM

the best and cheapest site would be NewEgg
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