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$1200 Birthday Budget Build, 2012!!

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June 13, 2012 11:17:00 AM

Hey there!

I am willing to invest in an expensive birthday gift -- a new budget build that will be used solely for (long-term) gaming -- and am sure to buy and build it on or before my lil' bro's birthday!! So, care to give me recommendations for the best value/quality-performance parts? :D 

Here are the planned specifications:

Processor: Intel core i5 3570K -- (o/c to no more than 4.0ghz to keep cool temps)
Mobo: Msi Z77A-GD55 -- (o/c features are pretty efficient, I've heard)
Graphics: Gigabyte gtx 670 -- (gtx 660, preferred. Will Sli in the future)
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8Gb 1600Mhz
Hdd: Seagate or WD 1Tb sataIII 7200rpm
Psu: Thermaltake 675W Toughpower XT TPX-675M 80 PLUS B -- (any better value psus out there?)
Case: Cooler Master haf 912 or Thermaltake Commander Ms-I -- (tt or cm?)
Cpu cooler: need help with this one. How about stock coolers? And, tt or cm?
Dvd writer: liteon or lg or sony or asus? -- does it make a difference :/ 

Tell me what you guys think, btw my bro is 13 :lol:  !

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Approximate Purchase Date: 25th June (birthday gift deadline!!)

Budget Range: $1200 max.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Vector Graphics, internet browsing

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

Country: Dubai, Uae

Parts Preferences: intel ivy bridge, debate: nvidia gtx 670 or 660 (est. release - 25th june, i wish it were to release earlier)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

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June 13, 2012 11:26:10 AM
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For the motherboard, I would recommend the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H or the ASRock Z77 Extreme4.

For the CPU cooler, the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO is more than enough to overclock to 4ghz with fair temperatures.
June 13, 2012 1:05:20 PM

1: get the asrock extreme4 motherboard
2:a good 670 out there is the evga ftw or the asus directcu2
3:recommend getting low profile ram such as gskill ares or mushkin blackline. you need them for large heatsinks
4:seagate has cheaper drives while WD has a longer warranty
5:the xfx core 750w is a much better psu and is completely capable of SLI and overclocks
6:p ersonally, i would just get a plain case like a antec 302 or a fractal core 3000
7:a hyper 212 evo will suit your neds fine. it also comes with great thermal paste
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June 14, 2012 7:29:16 PM

Thanks for the motherboard and cooler suggestions, but any reason (besides price) why the asrock extreme 4 is better than msi z77a-gd55?

Oh, and.. I was thinking about a mainstream thermaltake overseer case.. Is that a good case according to u guys?
June 14, 2012 10:38:25 PM

no they are about the same board.
July 31, 2012 5:41:13 AM

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