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June 22, 2012 1:49:50 PM

Hey everyone,
I have put together a list for a gaming PC and need some confirmation/advice. Here are some basic info:
Approximate Purchase Date: ~2 weeks
Budget Range: ~$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (any other useful sites?)
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel and Nvidia but am open to suggestions
Overclocking: maybe
SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: um....the higher the better, right?
Additional Comments: I prefer function/performance over looks / Quiet pc is a good idea!

Parts:

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
No reason for buying the 3570 when using a graphic card, right?

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PCIex3.0 cards are very expensive now :( 

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997046
I think this is enough for gaming...for now.

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Really wanted to do RAID for better performance but the it would cost twice as much for two 500GB units

Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
I prefer Samsung but this one was cheaper and larger (although a bit ugly).

ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
This is a cheap drive but I don't think optical drives would be needed in near future.

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I could not find a case that looked better at a lower price. I was wondering if water cooling would be a good option, and if the case should be compatible as well or not. Is it expensive? Any suggestions?

*****PSU: Have no idea at this point. I think 700W would be enough but cannot decide on specs! Do I need special connectors for PCIex3.0 graphic cards later?

How long do you think this build would last? Any way to make it cheaper but keep the performance? At this point the price after rebates is about $1050.

...and the most important question: are these parts compatible with each other?

Many thanks in advance. I appreciate any suggestions.

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June 22, 2012 2:45:11 PM

It should last 4 years before you have to upgrade anything but I would change the ram to gskill snipers, kingston hyper x, or corsair vengeance.

It is a very good looking build!

I will let you know what fps you can get on MW3 give me a sec...
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June 22, 2012 2:49:15 PM

Go to the 3570k @3.4 and you can get 114 fps on mw3 on extra settings!! You do need a 800watt psu though...
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June 22, 2012 7:25:23 PM

Thanks for the reply. I will look into the ram modules. Why do you think 3570 is better though?
Do you think buying a gtx 670 is worth it now?
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June 22, 2012 9:15:16 PM

do not let 2fast fool you

most you need is extreme4 instead of extreme6 to save money

most you need for power is 750 if you want to SLI down the road which i never do because there will be newer and better ones that i would rather get

get the 2nd card if you can get it after a 2 month period or you will be too lazy to get another one

so here is my build for you to put inside an 7850 which will be better than a 570

MOBO+CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
don't forget to use the code fort he $10 off on the CPU

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
these will do the job

Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
you went way overboard on yours unless you are going to watch some hardcore movies that you can just download/stream to your computer

CASE: mostly preference will put some listings
300R- cheap low profile case, will fit all you need
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
nice side panel, LEDs $79.99 with rebate and has a $10 off promo code



HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$15 off promo code EMCNDJA23

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the least you need if you want to upgrade to 750W that is your choice i am just putting what would be best because at the time a 670 or a 7850 would run out, you would probably want to build a new system with all the new options

with the extra money(which should be a good amount) get the best GPU you can get with at least a 500W power supply
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June 23, 2012 10:44:42 AM

Thanks. Will do more research and post the results.
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June 26, 2012 7:07:31 AM

So I did some more research and this is the list that I have come up with. All prices are from Newegg, but I will check other websites to see if I could lower the total at the time of purchase.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K AND ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard NEWEGG COMBO @349.98

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply @69.99 after rebate

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card @399.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL @46.99

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @49.99

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive @99.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM @16.99

Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop @17.99

Total: $1135.97 (including all discounts and rebates) --> is eBay a good place to shop for PC parts?

PCPARTPICKER.COM list

I will be using my old 19" BenQ monitor...for now :( 

Please let me know if you see any conflicts or problems and above all let me know of any suggestions that would improve this build without breaking the bank :) 

Many thanks for your help.
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June 26, 2012 1:29:28 PM

I checked the prices in amazon (not includingsrock extreme4 mobo) and this is what I got:
Order Summary
Items (8): $870.44
Shipping & Handling: $36.19
Super Saver Discount: -$36.19
Total Before Tax: $870.44
Estimated Tax To Be Collected: $2.46
Order Total: $872.90

Qualifying offers:

Super Saver Discount

No tax????
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June 27, 2012 8:12:40 AM

anybody out there? ;) 
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June 27, 2012 5:29:53 PM

not really a fan of CM PSU as i have had a bad experience and never came back to it

i choose some more quality brands over it such as Seasonic(any of them), Corsair(mostly HX, and TX v2), XFX(made by Seasonic), and NZXT(HALE series is there newest and best one currently not to mention pricing is pretty standard and a bit more on the cheaper side)
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June 27, 2012 5:45:08 PM

You don't pay tax at amazon, at least I don't. And if you have amazon Prime, most items are free 2 day shipping. I just built a $1100 dollar PC with no tax and free 2 day shipping on all items.

If you are a college student, I think I read you can get amazon prime for free for 1 year. But that might've been a limited time deal I saw on Slickdeals, not sure though. But I am a big proponent of amazon and I trust their return policies more than a place like Ebay and NewEgg has tax and shipping on most items (so you need to find a good deal to beat MOST of amazons prices from w hat I found with the parts I ordered.

I can't really help with specs, as I am new to building, but the CPU I built last week has been working very well.
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June 27, 2012 5:49:49 PM

Also, I don't see an operating system. You don't mention it in the parts/software you don't need, so that's another $100+ for Windows 7. I got the $140 full version and not the $100 1 use version.
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June 27, 2012 6:56:50 PM

boulbox said:
not really a fan of CM PSU as i have had a bad experience and never came back to it

i choose some more quality brands over it such as Seasonic(any of them), Corsair(mostly HX, and TX v2), XFX(made by Seasonic), and NZXT(HALE series is there newest and best one currently not to mention pricing is pretty standard and a bit more on the cheaper side)


Thanks. I will look into those brands. I mainly chose the CM PSU because of the rebate.

firstheadstrong said:
You don't pay tax at amazon, at least I don't. And if you have amazon Prime, most items are free 2 day shipping. I just built a $1100 dollar PC with no tax and free 2 day shipping on all items.

If you are a college student, I think I read you can get amazon prime for free for 1 year. But that might've been a limited time deal I saw on Slickdeals, not sure though. But I am a big proponent of amazon and I trust their return policies more than a place like Ebay and NewEgg has tax and shipping on most items (so you need to find a good deal to beat MOST of amazons prices from w hat I found with the parts I ordered.

I can't really help with specs, as I am new to building, but the CPU I built last week has been working very well.


Not having to pay tax and shipping lowers my total greatly! I will look into Amazon Prime as well. The only reason I wanted to buy all parts from Newegg was the comfort of dealing with one company, but who could argue with ~$100 in savings!

firstheadstrong said:
Also, I don't see an operating system. You don't mention it in the parts/software you don't need, so that's another $100+ for Windows 7. I got the $140 full version and not the $100 1 use version.


Oops! I would go with the full version as well.


Thank you all. I will get on ordering and building!
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June 27, 2012 9:21:19 PM

I got this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=oh_deta...

It's only 650watt, so I am not sure it will work for all yoru specs, but mine is working well. It was highly recommended.

Also, if you just got amazon prime you can stream some movies (content isn't really great) for free online or on xbox360. IMO even if you pay for prime it pays for itself if you make a c ouple big online purchases. I saved about $40 in shipping on my build (and it was 2 day - when most other basic shipping for $40 was 5-7.) Ordered nearly all of my parts (had a shipping mix-up on 1 where I put in teh wrong address) on Monday and my case came tuesday.
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June 28, 2012 4:37:00 AM

firstheadstrong said:
I got this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=oh_deta...

It's only 650watt, so I am not sure it will work for all yoru specs, but mine is working well. It was highly recommended.

Also, if you just got amazon prime you can stream some movies (content isn't really great) for free online or on xbox360. IMO even if you pay for prime it pays for itself if you make a c ouple big online purchases. I saved about $40 in shipping on my build (and it was 2 day - when most other basic shipping for $40 was 5-7.) Ordered nearly all of my parts (had a shipping mix-up on 1 where I put in teh wrong address) on Monday and my case came tuesday.


According to Newegg's wattage calculator my rig needs about 500W's. While 650 is fine for now, I was thinking of future-proofing the PSU. But I will look into your suggestion as well. Thanks.
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July 3, 2012 4:39:49 PM

So I finally built my first gaming PC (phewww), and it is running with no problems :bounce:  . Have been playing Crysis 2 on Ultra settings with both Direct X 11 packs installed, with no hiccups. Diablo also runs veryyyy smooth on everything maxed.

A big thank you to all who helped. Here are my final specs:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K @ Amazon (Prime)

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2 @ Amazon (Prime)

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card @ Amazon (Prime)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL @ Amazon (Prime)

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @ Amazon (Prime)

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive @ Amazon (Prime)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM @ Amazon (Prime)

Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop @ Amazon (Prime)

Windows 7 Home Premium Retail @ Amazon (Prime)

I ordered everything from Amazon (Prime) and received all parts extra fast with the 2 day shipping. I only had to get the motherboard from Newegg, since Amazon strangely did not have it. No tax+free 2 day shipping :D 

Back to gaming...
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July 13, 2012 5:23:50 PM

Glad you t ook advantage of the trial prime membership. I think it's great!
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