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June 18, 2012 7:30:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, movies, general internet usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS. I plan on hooking it up to my 55" Panasonic Plasma hdtv TC-P55GT30 and my sound system Yamaha HTR 3064.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, unless there's a better site.

Country: US.

Parts Preferences: Don't know a lot about building computers, so whatever's good.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what it is.

Monitor Resolution: Whatever would make it look good hooked up to a 55" hdtv.

Additional Comments: I've had my eye on this build: http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/page4.html
Is that a good setup? Anything I should change?

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June 18, 2012 8:33:34 PM

That build is more well-rounded, though this one will beat it in straight up game performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1551.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 18, 2012 8:49:13 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
^ He wants a new build like this one

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadode.asp?id=67...


Why are you recommending pre-built systems?

Try this for a $1500 build:

Case: NZXT Switch 810 - $169.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $87.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1497.89
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June 18, 2012 10:36:56 PM

What do you guys think about me running it on my 55" hdtv? Will it look horrible? Will I need SLI for it to look halfway decent?
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June 18, 2012 10:38:52 PM

bizzaro said:
What do you guys think about me running it on my 55" hdtv? Will it look horrible? Will I need SLI for it to look halfway decent?


Not at all - most modern GPUs like the 670 and 7870 are made for HDMI output. I run mine through a 42" Vizio and it looks great - your GPU will scale its' resolution to meet your monitor accordingly.
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June 18, 2012 10:57:19 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Why are you recommending pre-built systems?

Try this for a $1500 build:

Case: NZXT Switch 810 - $169.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $87.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1497.89

Looks pretty nice. What if I wanted a Blu-ray reader instead? Also, my budget isn't that strict. Is there anything you would change if I was willing to pay more that would be a big benefit, or would it just be marginally better?
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June 18, 2012 11:08:48 PM

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Merueth said:
That build is more well-rounded, though this one will beat it in straight up game performance.
I would say Meruth's choice has all around gaming ability as well as future proofing in areas where u need it most the EXPENSIVE ones. :hello:  :D 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1551.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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June 18, 2012 11:16:36 PM

bizzaro said:
Looks pretty nice. What if I wanted a Blu-ray reader instead? Also, my budget isn't that strict. Is there anything you would change if I was willing to pay more that would be a big benefit, or would it just be marginally better?


2 x 670 won't benefit you in resolutions at 1080p or lower. If you're using an ultra high resolution monitor then there's a benefit there. However if you don't there's no point in getting anything less - all the components in there are all brands that I recommend and use a lot myself.

If you want a BD-R burner I highly recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 18, 2012 11:32:29 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Why are you recommending pre-built systems?

Try this for a $1500 build:

Case: NZXT Switch 810 - $169.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $87.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1497.89

g-unit1111 said:
2 x 670 won't benefit you in resolutions at 1080p or lower. If you're using an ultra high resolution monitor then there's a benefit there. However if you don't there's no point in getting anything less - all the components in there are all brands that I recommend and use a lot myself.

If you want a BD-R burner I highly recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alright, thank you very much g-unit1111 and everyone else who put in their two cents. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on this.
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June 18, 2012 11:32:42 PM

Best answer selected by bizzaro.
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June 18, 2012 11:33:03 PM

ryder57 said:
:D 


This is just about the best system you can get for 1500$.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE - Those don't yield an actual increase is detail or picture quality they just increase the FRAMES and PERFORMANCE by about 60-120% depending on how well the game utilizes DUAL-GPU set-ups. But with CFX or SLI there many many other issues that may arise, like optimization for games and cooling/noise etc.

And there is no game out today that will push a 670 pass it's limits unless you play at 2560x1600. With a 670, you'll be good for everything at 1080p
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June 19, 2012 12:33:43 AM

bctande1 said:
This is just about the best system you can get for 1500$.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE - Those don't yield an actual increase is detail or picture quality they just increase the FRAMES and PERFORMANCE by about 60-120% depending on how well the game utilizes DUAL-GPU set-ups. But with CFX or SLI there many many other issues that may arise, like optimization for games and cooling/noise etc.

And there is no game out today that will push a 670 pass it's limits unless you play at 2560x1600. With a 670, you'll be good for everything at 1080p

Is it much better than what gunit posted? If I went with gunit's setup, could I decide later if I wanted to use another 670?
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June 19, 2012 12:37:48 AM

bizzaro said:
Is it much better than what gunit posted? If I went with gunit's setup, could I decide later if I wanted to use another 670?

Yes, you can add a second 670 to his build later on. On the other hand, you can also add an SSD to my build whenever you want, so both options give you some expandability. In terms of actual performance, my build will be slightly better, but not a whole lot better. If you are going to triple monitor soon, then the two 670s will be far better than a single one. If not, Gunit has a better all-around build.
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June 19, 2012 12:57:37 AM

Merueth said:
Yes, you can add a second 670 to his build later on. On the other hand, you can also add an SSD to my build whenever you want, so both options give you some expandability. In terms of actual performance, my build will be slightly better, but not a whole lot better. If you are going to triple monitor soon, then the two 670s will be far better than a single one. If not, Gunit has a better all-around build.


The only area where 2 x 670 will benefit is if you're running 2500x1600 resolution or you're running three or more displays. If you're not running either than a single one will do.
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June 19, 2012 1:08:16 AM

bizzaro said:
Is it much better than what gunit posted? If I went with gunit's setup, could I decide later if I wanted to use another 670?


Im not sure if I entirely understand your question, but SLI will increase multi-monitor performance and performance with resolutions higher than 1080p. But it will cost more money and when you go sli with such a high powered card you will most likely have to manage power and temperatures very efficiently, as well as look into water cooling
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June 19, 2012 1:32:56 AM

bizzaro said:
Is it much better than what gunit posted? If I went with gunit's setup, could I decide later if I wanted to use another 670?

If you have an SLI enabled MOBO, yes you could add another 670 in the future.
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