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June 8, 2012 6:34:17 AM

It's my first time building a desktop, and I decided I might as well go all out. I've kinda picked out some parts, but I wanted opinions on it -- not 100% sure what I'm doing.

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Approximate Purchase Date: In a Month or Two (I'll shop for deals!)

Budget Range: ~$1800 before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, photoshop, watching movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Probably in the future

SLI: Probably in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I care about aesthetics and I love the white look; I want a case with a windowed panel


This is what I have already picked out so far (after many hours of research, but I'm always looking for more opinions)

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Processor
i5-3570K Intel ($240)

Graphics Card
GTX 670 EVGA FTW ($420)

Motherboard
Z77 Asus Sabertooth ($240)

RAM
8GB Corsair Vengeance ($55)

Power Supply
750W Corsair AX White ($160)

Heatsink
H100 Corsair Liquid ($105)

SSD
128GB Samsung 830 ($140)

HDD
2TB WD Caviar Black ($200)

Optical Drive
DRW Asus ($24)

Case
600T SE ($170)

Others
Xonar 5.1 Sound Card ($24)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9GeB


What do y'all think? I'm particularly unsure about the SSD and HDD.
June 8, 2012 6:52:16 AM

If I was to build a PC today, pretty much everything you've listed would be in my PC as well.
Its nice and balanced build. If anything, I'd personaly get the WD caviar blue or maybe even green, to safe couple quid as it propably wont make any difference for storage drive.
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June 8, 2012 6:54:48 AM

Oh, one more thing - Get an IPS panel, they will be bit more expencive than the usual LCD/LED but its really worth it. I have dell myself and I'm pretty pleased with it!!
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June 8, 2012 7:06:16 AM

I'd cut the price of the motherboard and double the SSD storage. It's pretty useless for 2 drives and maybe two GPUs to pay such a high price for a motherboard. You'd get all the features you need and equal performance with a 100$ motherboard. Games are getting bigger and bigger, load times longer and longer, I think it's a better choice to have more SSD storage...
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June 8, 2012 7:12:07 AM


Drop the MOBO, go with this ASRock Extreme6 instead : ( saves $80, same performance and features )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drop the caviar black, too expensive, no gains go with this : ( saves $50 )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would switch to this SSD Vertex 4 : ( save $20 )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


There, Now you're $150 closer to SLI. And all without losing performance or features.


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June 8, 2012 8:47:44 AM

Your parts are actually very similar to the one I'm planning to get. Why do you want the Sabertooth btw, I'm curious because I choose the Asus Z77V Pro instead of that Sabertooth.

Here are my parts that I planned to get in my other thread:

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case $120 After $20 MIR and Promotional code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-na-_-na

CPU: I5 3570k $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0388577

Mainboard: Asus Z77 V-Pro $209.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-M [...] 179&sr=1-1

Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850W Gold $139.99 after $30 MIR
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Fully-Mo [...] 239&sr=1-1

CPU Cooler: Silverarrow air cooler $82
http://www.amazon.com/THERMALRIGHT [...] 311&sr=1-1

or Corsair H100 $106 -- dont know which one is better? con/pro for each?
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extr [...] 361&sr=1-1

Memory: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance Red 1866 Mhz CAS 9 $55.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Veng [...] pd_cp_pc_0

Video Card: EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2 GB $ 419.99
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Li [...] 490&sr=1-1

SSD: Muskin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240 GB $229
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chro [...] 539&sr=1-1

HDD: Seagate 2 TB HDD for storage $115
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST20 [...] 599&sr=1-1

Optical: Liteon Blue ray burner $68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106369
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June 8, 2012 8:57:50 AM

I want to get the Sabertooth because 1) it performs very well; for a bit more than the Asus Pro, I'll feel much more comfortable having the Sabertooth based on the reviews I've read and 2) it's aesthetically pleasing and matches the look I'm going for.

I was actually browsing through all of the threads, and yours actually caught my attention too; I will probably go for the Mushkin SSD you picked out. I'm also considering the NZXT 410 and 500r cases as well.

I'm planning to build this in the month or so, so I will be using Windows 8 until it releases. I'm going to try and swing by a Microcenter to pick up the i5-3570k too :) 
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June 8, 2012 9:15:30 AM

DesuX said:
I want to get the Sabertooth because 1) it performs very well; for a bit more than the Asus Pro, I'll feel much more comfortable having the Sabertooth based on the reviews I've read and 2) it's aesthetically pleasing and matches the look I'm going for.

I was actually browsing through all of the threads, and yours actually caught my attention too; I will probably go for the Mushkin SSD you picked out. I'm also considering the NZXT 410 and 500r cases as well.

I'm planning to build this in the month or so, so I will be using Windows 8 until it releases. I'm going to try and swing by a Microcenter to pick up the i5-3570k too :) 


I see.. I regret not being able to buy the 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD on Tigerdirect for 200 bucks last night. Its out of stock now and it was the perfect SSD for me but now its gone.....damn just couple hours late...

Btw newegg has Seasonic X 750W for the same price as the one you listed, that Corsair AX 750W is a rebranded Seasonic X 750W btw so might as well get the real one. Just FYI.

Have you tried wins 8 yet? I heard its touch screen based and not very good compared to Wins 7.
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June 8, 2012 9:28:25 AM

I was about to suggest you change the mainboard to Z77 V pro because its essentialy the V Pro with the thermal armor on top, but I guess you prefer the Sabertooth after reading your response to Flare01 post.

Change the SSD to Scandisk Extreme 240 GB SSD (using 24nm toggle NAND Tech) which is on sale atm on amazon.com for 179.99 free shipping (not sure how long its gonna be in stock at this incredibly cheap price for a Tier 1 SSD so grab it while you still can)
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive-SD...

Flare you should also change your SSD to Sandisk Extreme link above as well since its significantly cheaper than the Muskin Deluxe for the same speed (both using toggle NAND)

Change the HDD to Seagate 2 TB like the one linked on Flare01 post for 115 bucks
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June 8, 2012 9:30:16 AM

Yup just found out about the X750 -- gonna go for Seasonic. Not sure about how well Win 8 works yet, just want to use a free OS temporarily until I figure out if it's worth using over 7. Eitherway, if I'm building a desktop, I want to have the latest gear --> hence Win8. I saw that deal last night too! I figured I have another month or two to look for better deals....hopefully it gets better!
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June 8, 2012 9:49:21 AM

jacknhut said:
I was about to suggest you change the mainboard to Z77 V pro because its essentialy the V Pro with the thermal armor on top, but I guess you prefer the Sabertooth after reading your response to Flare01 post.

Change the SSD to Scandisk Extreme 240 GB SSD (using 24nm toggle NAND Tech) which is on sale atm on amazon.com for 179.99 free shipping (not sure how long its gonna be in stock at this incredibly cheap price for a Tier 1 SSD so grab it while you still can)
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive-SD...

Flare you should also change your SSD to Sandisk Extreme link above as well since its significantly cheaper than the Muskin Deluxe for the same speed (both using toggle NAND)

Change the HDD to Seagate 2 TB like the one linked on Flare01 post for 115 bucks


Ok I just bought the Scandisk Extreme SSD on Amazon, thanks a bunch !!! 180 bucks for a 240GB Tier 1 SSD is a steal!!!!
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June 9, 2012 9:42:03 AM

Best answer selected by DesuX.
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