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June 21, 2012 12:19:02 AM



Approximate Purchase Date: Within one month

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming 95% Movies 5%

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Nvidia GTX670 and i 3570

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like to see if the parts mesh with one another and if there are any cheaper alternatives with equal performance. Thanks in advance.

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June 21, 2012 12:27:19 AM

This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1309.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 21, 2012 12:56:21 AM

Good list. The PSU is not a great one, being made by Sirtec (think OCZ, Rosewill Hive), so I would probably favor the Corsair 750TX V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With the promo code it's about the same price. You sacrifice a little efficiency for more reliability and better support from Corsair.

The Antec EA-750 Green, made by Delta, is also an interesting budget choice, but not reviewed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Having said all that, if it were my build I would get a bit better than any of those.

Rosewill Capstone, Superflower made
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic X750, fully modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 27, 2012 9:49:55 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I will go with the list that you recommended but I have already purchased a Cooler Master HAF912. Would the parts fit into this case and can I overclock with this build? Also, should I just get an external Blue Ray drive? Thanks.
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June 28, 2012 5:38:52 AM

If your intention is to watch Blu-rays, you need to understand that you will need to buy expensive software to do so.

No problem with the 912 at all, and you can fit an internal optical drive if you want.
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June 28, 2012 6:00:35 AM

Proximon said:
Good list. The PSU is not a great one, being made by Sirtec (think OCZ, Rosewill Hive), so I would probably favor the Corsair 750TX V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With the promo code it's about the same price. You sacrifice a little efficiency for more reliability and better support from Corsair.

The Antec EA-750 Green, made by Delta, is also an interesting budget choice, but not reviewed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Having said all that, if it were my build I would get a bit better than any of those.

Rosewill Capstone, Superflower made
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic X750, fully modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PC Power and Cooling PSU is a great quality unit.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/PC-Power-and-Coo...
"The PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750 W is a very good 750 W power supply: high efficiency, voltages very close to their nominal values (3% voltage regulation instead of 5%), very low noise and ripple on its outputs and an amazing seven-year warranty. In summary, it is a very good power supply that won't let you down.

This unit faces a very fierce competition from models that have similar performance and may cost a little bit less, like XFX 750 W Black Edition (USD 140, single-rail, modular cabling system), Seasonic S12D 750 W (dual-rail, no modular cabling system), Seasonic M12D 750 W (dual-rail, modular cabling system) and Corsair HX750W (USD 150, single-rail, modular cabling system). As you can see, both XFX 750 W Black Edition and Corsair HX750W cost less and have modular cabling systems, making them better options, in our opinion. This model from PC Power & Cooling has and Corsair HX750W come with an impressive seven-year warranty.

Of course there are more affordable 750 W units on the market, but not with the high efficiency presented by the models listed above. If you are looking for a more affordable 750 W unit, our recommendation is the OCZ Fatal1ty 750 W, which provides good performance for its price range."


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June 28, 2012 6:23:50 AM

All of that is true, but I don't have to be quite as impartial as Gabe :)  I will favor Seasonic built power supplies over Sirtec, probably for some time yet. I will also favor Corsair, Antec, XFX, and Seasonic brands over PC P&C, who after all are just a division of OCZ now.
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June 28, 2012 6:29:48 AM

So if it is your preference regardless of that review saying it is a quality unit to not suggest it?
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June 28, 2012 6:56:40 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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June 28, 2012 7:12:29 AM

I don't understand that question.

I don't consider the PC P&C a bad PSU, but if you are going to use a Sirtec PSU why not spend less and get the Rosewill Hive? That's what companies like Sirtec and ATNG are good at, producing cheap adequate PSUs.

Gabe hands out Golden awards like candy. He tests well and he would never recommend a poor unit, but he will give gold awards where others would grade lower.

Toughest to easiest: Hocp, Johnnyguru, Hardwaresecrets

It's completely reasonable to judge a PSU based on the overall reputation of the manufacturer and the brand reputation. Not as the ONLY gauge certainly, but as a major factor in your decision.

So if I were in the business of reviewing PSUs, I might very well hand out awards to all these Sirtec PSUs. But since I'm not, I can take in less tangible factors as part of my recommendations. I'll recommend Sirtec when the price makes sense... but if the budget allows or there is little difference, I would rather trust a Seasonic or Delta built model.

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June 28, 2012 7:15:15 AM

I would have linked a jonnyguru review, but there isn't one of that particular PSU.
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June 28, 2012 9:10:30 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case



Do you prefer the ASUS over the Asrock listed above? Also which SSD would you get? Thanks.
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June 28, 2012 9:16:35 PM

bamf888 said:
Do you prefer the ASUS over the Asrock listed above? Also which SSD would you get? Thanks.

With the Asus and Asrock boards it's pretty much a toss up. Six one way and half a dozen the other. As far as SSD's go I like the Sandisk Extreme SSD's for the fact they utilize Toggle Nand SF. That and they are reasonably priced not to mention they are faster than say the Crucial SSD's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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June 28, 2012 9:46:08 PM

Thanks to everyone for all the help. Here is the build I am going with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

and a random DVD.

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June 28, 2012 9:50:17 PM

bamf888 said:
Thanks to everyone for all the help. Here is the build I am going with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

and a random DVD.

Nice looking build. Combo that board with the hard drive to save another $20.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <----- this combo
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August 6, 2014 6:04:18 PM

I apologize if it is against the rules to bump old posts but I was wondering if it was worth it to upgrade any of the items below or would the upgrades not result in too much of a difference in performance. The rig is used primarily for gaming. Thanks.

bamf888 said:
Thanks to everyone for all the help. Here is the build I am going with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

and a random DVD.


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August 6, 2014 7:19:13 PM

graphics card if it isn't giving you what you want / expect or add another on in SLI.
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August 6, 2014 7:22:27 PM

Why_Me said:
graphics card if it isn't giving you what you want / expect or add another on in SLI.


If you upgrade the gpu, try and wait till the 800 series, though.
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