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June 17, 2012 5:50:01 AM

NOTE: This list has been modified a lot! I'll make a post at the bottom to mark how recent this list is! At this point I'm hoping to reach something final soon.
EDIT: Just realized I don't have a network card.

So to start:
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: ~1500 rough budget (can vary) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, music, video production (rarely if ever)

Parts Not Required: Speakers (details below)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe (more info at bottom)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
Hi! So not only will this be my first build, it'll be my first desktop in general. I've been playing more games recently and my laptop can't keep up without getting really hot. I've also been keeping it in the same spot all the time, so I figured I might as well get a desktop. So this is kind of a rough list and I'll have a lot of questions and sorry if I did anything stupid in advance! XD

I'd still like for it to function well all-around. Of course, first is gaming - I'd like to get Skyrim as soon as this computer goes together. I hope to get into FL Studio / music in general again, and I want to keep open the option of video editing (I'd put my laptop in the fridge to keep it cool last time I tried this) although it won't be too often if ever.

I'll have electricity limits when I move in the fall but it's not a major factor; if I can save power though it would be cool!

I'll include everything I have on the list so far and questions will be next to their parts.

Okay, so here's what I have as my list:

CURRENT TOTAL COST before rebates and shipping: ~$1565

Case:
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-...

QUESTION: Do I need additional cooling?

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

QUESTION: I will most likely not be getting a second GPU, but I may overclock.Do I have room to downgrade to 650W?

CPU Cooling:
COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B...

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...

SSD:
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...

Monitor:
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito...

QUESTION: I am going with the smaller screen size (21.5 inches over 24) to cut corners and I'm upgrading from a 15.6 inch screen anyway. Does this have any impact on performance?

Mouse:
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Optical-Gaming-High-Prec...

Keyboard:
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-keyboard-jqd0000...


Edit!
Audio:
My dad just kind of handed me a speaker set that he had sitting around. All I really have is a horrible picture of it for you! Sorry :( 
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/20120617003912...
June 17, 2012 6:36:02 AM

CPU: Close, but you want the i5-3570k. the two are essentially the same, but the "K" on the end means you can overclock it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: for the rig, you will want something in the 78XX series. This is a 7850, but get a 7870 if you can afford it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: No reason for such old tech, for the processor your getting, look for Z77 boards.
Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is a good one and is in the rig I'm typing on right now. No issues so far.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: We must have similar tastes, I'v got the same sticks. They work and are compatible with the board, they aren't in the way of the CPU Cooler I will suggest. If you get serious about Video Editing, you may want 16GB of RAM, in which case you should get this set.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Close, but get the 64MB cache version. Its the same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Get the 922, but the 912 will also work. The noise comes down to the fans, the stock ones are fine but you can replace them with quieter ones if you wanted.

CPU Cooler: Again, very close. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO has a better baseplate than the 212+. Its keeping my i5-3570k at approx 25degrees at Idle and around 60 under 100% load (Dual non stock fans though).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste: The EVO comes with some, no need for more (I think its re-branded MX-5, not sure though)

Optical: If you are going to burn/read BLU-Rays, then get that you suggested.. If your not, any $20 SATA drive will do.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: No clue what makes a good monitor, but I can see an issue with it. Only got a VGA and HDMI port. Not a deal breaker, but you may want something that also supports DVI-D.

PSU is good, leaves the option of Crossfire (which the mobo supports) open in the future.

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June 17, 2012 6:37:03 AM

what i would suggest if you can swing it add the Monitor, keyboard,mouse, and OS with the left over money if you can Mobo + HDD:$189.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

bundled with:

1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ODD: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 $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1339DS1S00 $42.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU- SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)

Free BF3 & Dirt3 coupons w/ purchase, limited offer $199.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case:NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
CPU Cooler: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... $34.99 With this build you will have a kick ass mid end gaming beast! ;) 
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June 17, 2012 6:50:59 AM

Manofchalk:
Thanks! I've updated the list to reflect your suggestions. Two things though!

Should I expect to get two GPUs?
The motherboard you recommended does not have an IEEE 1394a port. I've had trouble with that on my current laptop in the past! Any other recommendations?
Edit: Third thing is I don't plan on doing video editing enough that it'd be worth spending the extra money to get all that RAM.

Looking at bigcyco1's recommendations now!

-The Motherboard you've suggested has the same problem (given it's the same motherboard).
-CPU has already been changed to this!
-I'm not sure how to compare the two optical disk drives that have been suggested (I'm also not sure it's worth the time!)
-Will the lower-wattage PSU allow for overclocking?
-It looks like the GPU that manofchalk recommended is better! But I am not sure if it would be overspending so I will keep it in mind!
-At first glance it looks like the new case would sacrifice some air flow. Gotta look again though.
-The cooler is already up there!
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June 17, 2012 7:02:13 AM

You did say you were considering Crossfiring the initial 6870's, so I threw that option in. If you wont be considering a dual card setup later, get the 600W version of the power suply and the AsRock Z77 Extreme4-M. Crossfiring another card on can be a good upgrade option down the path to relatively cheaply up your performance, but by then it may be worth just getting a better single GPU.

According to Wikipedia (The fact I had to look it up tells me how important it is), IEEE 1394a is an internal header for a Firewire port (which your case doesnt support anyway). If you have any devices that plug in by Firewire, that may be an issue. But even then you can no doubt get a Firewire to USB adaptor, so I wouldnt consider this a problem. If inbuilt support for Firewire is a must, this throw this thing into a PCI slot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 17, 2012 7:07:04 AM

manofchalk said:
You did say you were considering Crossfiring the initial 6870's, so I threw that option in. If you wont be considering a dual card setup later, get the 600W version of the power suply and the AsRock Z77 Extreme4-M. Crossfiring another card on can be a good upgrade option down the path to relatively cheaply up your performance, but by then it may be worth just getting a better single GPU.

According to Wikipedia (The fact I had to look it up tells me how important it is), IEEE 1394a is an internal header for a Firewire port (which your case doesnt support anyway). If you have any devices that plug in by Firewire, that may be an issue. But even then you can no doubt get a Firewire to USB adaptor, so I wouldnt consider this a problem. If inbuilt support for Firewire is a must, this throw this thing into a PCI slot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I like the adapter option! Thanks!

Okay, so I've updated the motherboard! Is it worth it to bundle with the 32 MB cache version?

I am definitely considering the dual video card possibility. I might just start with 1 card and if I decide I could use the upgrade I'll just order another.

Also, as a thing to prepare for the possibility of overclocking, do I need any more cooling?
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June 17, 2012 7:20:06 AM

the 7850 is better than a 6950 yes but can you afford it ? If you can go for it also the case i listed is very good the one you mentioned this one COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is one of the best budget wise case
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June 17, 2012 7:25:45 AM

bigcyco1 said:
the 7850 is better than a 6950 yes but can you afford it ? If you can go for it also the case i listed is very good the one you mentioned this one COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is one of the best budget wise case


I just went and added everything up and I still have some room to work with. I'm still about at my budget after bundling the HDD and changing the case.
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June 17, 2012 7:30:57 AM

Alright, so everything's been changed! Thanks a ton for the quick response guys!

I guess all that's left is one final check to make sure nothing else is needed for the new case or any of the new parts! (Particularly do I need additional fans for the new case?)
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June 17, 2012 7:54:54 AM

Actually you could do this add the motherboard bundle with hard drive i listed and your mouse comes out to roughly in your price range PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg) this price is wrong not sure why it says that
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1222.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 17, 2012 8:04:04 AM

Oh wow! That's really cool! And with that video card I won't have to bother with getting a second one. Is this basically ready to order?
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June 17, 2012 8:13:00 AM

rste11 said:
Oh wow! That's really cool! And with that video card I won't have to bother with getting a second one. Is this basically ready to order?
correct plus you can play all current games on ultra/max settings ;)  Yeah you can order whenever your ready
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June 17, 2012 8:17:26 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <------ GTX 670 review w/benchmarks

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- make sure you update to the latest bios


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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $149.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98 save: $15.00
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 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $35.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

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

Total: $1,349.74 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Optical-Gaming-High-Prec... $34.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine (910-002277)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/other?redirect=true&rh=... <------ Headsets
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June 17, 2012 8:24:17 AM

Why_Me what am i missing extra in your build mine has 24' Inch Monitor but i know there must be something better in yours i am overlooking lol dam you.
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June 17, 2012 8:39:57 AM

Oh my. I should probably go to bed but I don't want to miss out on being able to ask you guys questions!

So what should the final build be then?

I could do Why_Me's list along with the mobo, cooler, mouse and keyboard I picked out. Or just go with bigcyco1's list+mobo/hdd combo+mouse.

Blur
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June 17, 2012 8:40:24 AM

NVM i see 750W PSU but if he doesn't plan to run X2 GTX670 in Sli he doesn't need 750W the rest is good OP i would just get what Why_Me posted but change Monitor to 24' Inch Monitor and PSU to 550W or 650W unless you plan to run two cards
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June 17, 2012 8:43:22 AM

rste11 said:
Oh my. I should probably go to bed but I don't want to miss out on being able to ask you guys questions!

So what should the final build be then?

I could do Why_Me's list along with the mobo, cooler, mouse and keyboard I picked out. Or just go with bigcyco1's list+mobo/hdd combo+mouse.

Blur
Either one s fine it's up to you.
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June 17, 2012 8:47:09 AM

I'll bookmark this and sleep on it. Thanks a ton for your help guys!
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June 17, 2012 8:51:32 AM

rste11 said:
I'll bookmark this and sleep on it. Thanks a ton for your help guys!
Your very welcome! :) 
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June 17, 2012 8:51:59 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Why_Me what am i missing extra in your build mine has 24' Inch Monitor but i know there must be something better in yours i am overlooking lol dam you.

I don't see a hard drive in your build but you got some good deals there.


I figure if the OP ever overclocks and adds a second card later on that 650w might be cutting it a tad close so I threw in that 750w to give the OP some headroom in the power dept. Seeing how all these Z77 boards come with a front 3.0 USB header I put a case in that build with the front 3.0 USB ports.
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June 17, 2012 9:10:46 AM

Why_Me said:
I figure if the OP ever overclocks and adds a second card later on that 650w might be cutting it a tad close so I threw in that 750w to give the OP some headroom in the power dept. With the case it has the front 3.0 USB ports and seeing how all these Z77 boards have that front 3.0 USB header I threw that case in. But you got some good price deals on your build I see.
o.k. makes sense to me and thanks! :) 
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June 17, 2012 2:00:04 PM

Why_Me said:
I don't see a hard drive in your build but you got some good deals there.


I figure if the OP ever overclocks and adds a second card later on that 650w might be cutting it a tad close so I threw in that 750w to give the OP some headroom in the power dept. Seeing how all these Z77 boards come with a front 3.0 USB header I put a case in that build with the front 3.0 USB ports.
The harddrive is bundled with mobo in my build ;)  you can Mobo + HDD:$189.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

bundled with:

1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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June 17, 2012 2:37:46 PM

This Mobo / CPU combo saves money @ $340 for both and gives ya better MoBo IMO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The $240 7850's performance falls in between the $210 900Mhz 560 Ti and the $200 560 Ti .... so I can't get behind ya on that choice. I usually put a 670 in y $1500 builds.

900 Mhz 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya can squeeze the 670 into ya budget .... this is THE one to get,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-r...
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire...
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level).


RAM - I like to use these so as to put a lower voltage load (1.35) on those hot running IB CPU's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD is small and "low budget" performance. I'd opt for a 120 model w/ premium toshiba toggle mode flash .... Mushkin Chronos Deluxe unfortunately went from $100 to $115 on Friday.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_d...

Quote:
consumer' SSDs come in three flash flavors. Starting on the low end, you have IMFT 25nm asynchronous flash, a budget flash used in the Agility 3, Force 3, Chronos (non-Deluxe model) ......The final flash type used is 3Xnm Toggle Mode flash from Toshiba, a form of ONFi 2.x without the JEDEC classification. 25nm IMFT is rated for around 5K P/E cycles and 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle Mode flash is rated for around twice as many. Even though we are talking about writing a lot of data for a very long time, the 3Xnm flash will still last even longer.

To sum it all up with a bow on top, [with the Chronos Deluxe] you get amazing performance, extremely long service life and a hassle free low price point on a drive that literally has very little competition in the marketplace.


I'd forget about the 912..... no front USB port makes it a dead case in my book.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With a hot running IB CPU, I'd wanna move up from the 212 to its bigger brother the 612 PWM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd try and get a 23.6" model....doesn't seem like a 21" is alot smaller till ya sit in front of it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

HX750 is great PSU, but I would not do SLI in a $60 case. Given ya budget and case restrictions, I'd get a TX650 or XFX Core Edition and stick w/one card. Upgrade to say a Corsair 500R or Antec 900 case and keep the 750 watter but a TX will be good enough if your not going for huge OC's. If it's huge OC's ya want, the 850HX would be a good choice



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June 17, 2012 4:05:19 PM

***This is the marker post (the first and only, hopefully)***
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June 17, 2012 4:48:28 PM

nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 564W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough.And,850W not needed which cost more as well. I will also ask the same question Why_Me did yesterday I would like to hear from Jack Naylor why that Asus board warrants that price. Unless those heat sinks are gold plated I don't see the justification for the price when there's a dozen or so boards out there that do the same thing just as good. RStEll go with mine or Why_Me build there no point in getting confused your build already includes GTX670 and GTX560TI a less powerful card also the Asus GTX670 is not in stock and has not been for a long time i don't know why people post links without checking to make sure of the products availability must be copy paste jobs lol anyway,if you need anymore help just ask.
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June 17, 2012 4:58:04 PM

Alright, so to be COMPLETELY certain, 650 should do the job just fine? If so, I'll update the final parts list.

Will any old network card do or do you have a recommendation?

After this is all settled I'll be ordering - either today or tomorrow!
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June 17, 2012 5:07:06 PM

I would get 750W if you plan on buying another GTX670 later down the road otherwise for a single GTX670 650W is fine as long as it's a reliable good PSU
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June 17, 2012 5:10:11 PM

I'll keep it where it is then just in case. Thanks again! I really appreciate all your help!
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June 17, 2012 5:18:30 PM

What do you need network card for?
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June 17, 2012 5:19:41 PM

rste11 said:
I'll keep it where it is then just in case. Thanks again! I really appreciate all your help!
Your welcome! :) 
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