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June 10, 2012 6:59:45 PM

Hi Everyone,

First off, great site and great help being delivered here so thanks to everyone in advance. Been looking to purchase a new desktop for the past few weeks and was originally leaning towards a popular brand like Dell XPS or AlienWare. However after looking at there price and specs, it was just too steep for me. In the end decided to explore the world of building one after watching a few youtube videos.

I'm completely new to building and computer knowledge in general, only surface level information so bare with me. The PC will be used for some gaming, mostly MMORPG type games and other everyday things. But undoubtedly I want to explore other games as well as heavier task duties. I want a system that's current but at the same time can hold its own for maybe a year or two given my budget (wishful thinking maybe).

Been surfing newegg and other sites for specs for a few days now but think the best thing to do is show the community what I have in plan and seek your suggestions. Couple of questions to keep in mind while you review the items

1. Most important is are all the items compatible with each other?
2. Any additional items that needs to be purchased such as cords? (i.e the paste that goes on the processor? @_@)
3. Is MOBO/Power/RAM compatible to potentially explore SLI/OC'ing in the future?
4. Is power unit sufficient/ is cooling enough?
5. Any similar products with better performance/cost, can lower cost as I am over my budget?
6. Any suggested forums/post directed to help noobies like me in the selection and also once I get the product, the building process?

Tower - Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (selected this because of the combo with tower)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (selected this because of the Ivy Bridge)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video - MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (No idea why this @_@)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) (Figured 8 was enough and can add more if needed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB (This is SSD and 128 should be OK or a period)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD/DVD - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power - Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V (combo with cd/dvd drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Moniter - Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Speaker - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
O.S - Windows 7 Home OEM

The total came out to about 1,400 :( .



June 10, 2012 8:28:12 PM

Corsair PSU, 7870 or GTX660 and some closed loop liquid cooling from Antec, Corsair or TT.
June 10, 2012 8:34:12 PM

Jackojacko2001 said:
Hi Everyone,

First off, great site and great help being delivered here so thanks to everyone in advance. Been looking to purchase a new desktop for the past few weeks and was originally leaning towards a popular brand like Dell XPS or AlienWare. However after looking at there price and specs, it was just too steep for me. In the end decided to explore the world of building one after watching a few youtube videos.

I'm completely new to building and computer knowledge in general, only surface level information so bare with me. The PC will be used for some gaming, mostly MMORPG type games and other everyday things. But undoubtedly I want to explore other games as well as heavier task duties. I want a system that's current but at the same time can hold its own for maybe a year or two given my budget (wishful thinking maybe).

Been surfing newegg and other sites for specs for a few days now but think the best thing to do is show the community what I have in plan and seek your suggestions. Couple of questions to keep in mind while you review the items

1. Most important is are all the items compatible with each other?
2. Any additional items that needs to be purchased such as cords? (i.e the paste that goes on the processor? @_@)
3. Is MOBO/Power/RAM compatible to potentially explore SLI/OC'ing in the future?
4. Is power unit sufficient/ is cooling enough?
5. Any similar products with better performance/cost, can lower cost as I am over my budget?
6. Any suggested forums/post directed to help noobies like me in the selection and also once I get the product, the building process?

Tower - Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (selected this because of the combo with tower)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (selected this because of the Ivy Bridge)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video - MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (No idea why this @_@)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) (Figured 8 was enough and can add more if needed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB (This is SSD and 128 should be OK or a period)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD/DVD - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power - Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V (combo with cd/dvd drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Moniter - Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Speaker - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
O.S - Windows 7 Home OEM

The total came out to about 1,400 :( .

Drop the SSD....you can pick one up later for cheaper. Also that CM EVO comes with a small tube of TX-4 thermal compound so don't worry about adding any to your list.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $199.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=XFX-750S $96.99 Free Shipping
XFX Core Edition PRO750W (P1750SNLB9) 750W 80Plus Bronze Active PFC Power Supply - P1750SNLB9;P1-750S-NLB9

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 - N560GTX-TI M2D1GD5 OC

http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
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June 10, 2012 9:34:21 PM

Wow!! Some great suggestions!!! the site's you guys are using is awesome... Some of the items are a lot cheaper!

@frozonic I will check out the link but it seems the version is not 100% success and a lot of people seem to be having issues. The site you used is absolutely great in comparing prices!!!!!!I will now actually pickup the i5 in store for 189$ at microcenter. I will also purchase the monitor from amazon, which just saved me another 20. I will invest in a 750w power supply as you suggested.


I'm now torn between the video card. The GTX 670 is very temping but I don't see any vendor having stock of it.

@Why_Me The SSD suggestion seems logical and the combo item of HD and mobo is a great offer. I am now leaning towards that and purchase SSD later on. The monitor looks great but I prefer a bigger screen so sticking to the 24" @ 169.99. It states to have a speaker, I wonder if i should still purchase the cheap Logitech speaker system.
June 10, 2012 9:57:00 PM

If you are a student - ways to get a legit copy of Win7. I thought Tom's was all about getting great builds/money - not getting stuff for free illegally.
-Bruce
June 10, 2012 9:58:19 PM

You should. Monitor speakers are awful.
June 10, 2012 11:10:28 PM

Thanks for all the advice everyone!! I'm currently trying to finalize the list of items and hopefully be ready to purchase it within a couple of days.

All the major vendors are out of stock on GTX670, but will keep shopping around. Does the mobo mentioned above support AMD 7850?

Any additional comments/suggestions on the build is greatly appreciated.
June 10, 2012 11:29:35 PM

Yes.
June 10, 2012 11:31:58 PM

And the 7850 can be OCed higher and outperform it while still using less power.
June 12, 2012 1:51:12 AM

So gtx 480 over a 560? @_@ planning on ordering tomorrow.
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