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June 9, 2012 2:19:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000 +/- $100,

System Usage: Surfing Internet, Moderate Gaming, Photo Editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, possibly dual-monitors

Additional Comments: Should look good



Parts that I think I'll get (not final)
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($240)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) ($120 w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($50 w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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 ($19)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer%20Cases%20-%20ATX%20Form)-_-Antec-_-11129021&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

The only parts I'm not sure about right now are the power supply, case and motherboard. I'm also slightly concerned about compatibility seeing as this is my first build. Assistance there would be helpful too.

Please tell me what you think.

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June 9, 2012 2:41:37 AM

First off, I would go with Ivy Bridge. An i5-3570K.

Second, on a $1000 build, you should not be spending anywhere near $240 on a motherboard. That board is not only overpriced, but has WAY more features than you will ever use based on your post. Try something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might like a case like this as well since you mentioned looks:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would then upgrade your GPU to something better than a 550ti. If you are a moderate gamer, try a 7850 like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, if you plan to OC, you will need an aftermarket cooler and that RAM has heatsinks on it that are not only unnecessary, but will most likely interfere with a cooler. Try this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That should put you right at around $920. You could add an aftermarket cooler for OCing. Maybe get an SSD? Bigger HDD?
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June 9, 2012 3:32:11 AM

@ the OP. Your build has no balance. It's going to struggle in every game you play unless you stick to mine craft and D3. You sunk a bunch of money into that case, motherboard meant for dual vid cards and hard core over clocking, and you shorted yourself big time where you need it...the video card. The 550 ti is a low budget card meant for sub $500 builds.



http://www.walmart.com/ip/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Case-... $69.99 Free shipping to store
Antec Three Hundred Two Case, Black

That psu you have up there is manufactured by CWT and isn't one to be recommended on here. This one down below is manufactured by Seasonic

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=XFX-550S $66.99 Free Shipping
XFX ProSeries Core Edition P1550SXXB9 550W 80Plus Bronze Active PFC Power Supply

Single card board that combo's with that hard drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $189.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Low profile RAM so you don't impede any after market cpu heat sink. That Corsair RAM you have up there is great if you plan on using it for a hair combo.

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

A video card that will allow you to play games unlike that 550 ti.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-56TIOC $218.99 FREE SHIPPING
MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card

Don't be getting last years tech like that 2500K. Your about to sock $1,000 into a new build, get your moneys worth.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 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
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June 9, 2012 5:52:36 PM

Ok guys,

Thanks for all of your feedback. I will most likely be changing to this motherboard as well as an i5-3570k.

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My only concern right now is compatibility. On the ASUS website it says this board will support ivy bridge processors. Does that mean that it will be compatible out of the box?

Thanks guys.
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June 9, 2012 6:25:28 PM

Z77 has compatibility because it is a Gen3 board, so yes.
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June 9, 2012 6:31:27 PM

yams_22 said:
Ok guys,

Thanks for all of your feedback. I will most likely be changing to this motherboard as well as an i5-3570k.

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My only concern right now is compatibility. On the ASUS website it says this board will support ivy bridge processors. Does that mean that it will be compatible out of the box?

Thanks guys.

You have a budget of $1,000 or less, no plan of dual vid cards and your planning on purchasing a board that runs for $190. I hope that works out for ya.
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June 9, 2012 6:35:41 PM

You really should get an AMD 7870. It will give you much better performance.
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June 9, 2012 6:45:04 PM

Not good value because if he can get a 7870, he can get a GTX 670 for $30 more.
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June 9, 2012 9:41:44 PM

The 7870 is $50 less.

As for the board. For the price/performance. It's a terrible board. Just go with the Asrock Extreme4 Z77 I recommended in my build The build i suggested would work out fine for your budget.
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