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First Time Build - Gaming Rig/HTPC 1500-2000$

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June 20, 2012 1:40:05 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next couple months. No real rush

Budget Range: 1500-2000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Internet/Music - Hoping to run it off my TV

Parts Not Required: I'm wanting to set the system up to run off my TV so I dont need a monitor, but will need everything else

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, wanting to run off 70" Sharp TV

Additional Comments: Alright so what I'm trying to set up is my computer in one room, hooked to my TV in the room beside through an HDMI cable in the ceiling. Going to need a long HDMI cable and a wireless keyboard/mouse with about a range of 10-20 ft but that can pass through an interior wall.

Not overly certain about any piece of the gear but especially not the motherboard or the graphics. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MotherBoard: MSI 77A-G45 LGA 1155 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Pro Series HX750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Wireless Adapter: Again not sure about this - Rosewill RNX-N250PC2 (RNWD-12001) IEEE 802.11b/g/n, PCI, Wireless-N Adapter (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data Rates - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there anything I'm missing? This will be my first build and any advice would be appreciated. Still need a good wireless mouse/keyboard that will work through a wall. Not building on a budget but I'm not a serious enough user to need anything too over the top.

Thanks and please let me know what you think

June 20, 2012 3:18:04 AM
June 20, 2012 5:21:27 AM

Just change your CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... & mobo pick one of these instead there all solid and get a GTX 670. ;) 



mobo: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...

mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 20, 2012 6:00:37 AM

Very decent build ...some other changes i suggest

Case - For $5 less, you could get a better case.

HAF-XM - 9.10 rating $129.99
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Corsair 500R - 9.25 rating Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99 ($10.00 MIR)
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
The main reason i suggest 670 is that it's a reasonably priced card with
enough power to run any current game on ultra/max settings
runs cooler,less noise and overclocks like a beast.
less power consumption and beats a stock 680 when mild overclocked.
bottom line-
GTX 670 is by far better than GTX 570 plus the GTX 670 is the sweat spot for a high end graphics setup and best bang for buck. GPU:EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... And,here the cases i highly recommend Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 20, 2012 4:42:50 PM

Ok thanks for the advice. I think I'll step up to the GTX 670. I'm still trying to decide between these different mobos. Those all look like nice cases. As far as cases go I was just looking for something quiet that would keep everything cool. Not too worried about looks as the pc will be in a closet.

Anyone have any personal experience with a wireless mouse/keyboard working through a wall 10-15 ft away?
Also will I have any problems running my tv as a monitor off the GTX 670.
Finally, would I be better going with 8gigs of faster memory?

Thanks
!