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June 24, 2012 9:53:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: $700-800, the closer to $700 the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web-browsing, DVD watching, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, possibly hard-drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: Massachusetts, USA

Parts Preferences: Nothing

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Was looking at this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) as it's on sale for $40 after coupons/rebates, but my heart is not set on it. Would like to be able to run games like Diablo 3 etc. on 1920 x 1080 - first build, father will be helping me. I have 640 gb hard drive I was planning on formatting and using on a new PC, will need Win 7. Unless it seems more prudent to get a new HD. Thanks.

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June 24, 2012 10:03:18 PM

If you have a larger storage driver already that's great! Means you can drop in a small SSD to make things a little snappier for windows, your programs, and a couple of games.

Something along these lines here.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aKUD
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June 24, 2012 10:05:19 PM

TIP:
and also when buying Windows 7 Buy the full retil version so when you upgrade your Mainboard/motherboard you can alwalys use the same one although a bit more expensive worth it in the end unless you plan on not changing parts for 2-4 years then get the OEM version
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a b 4 Gaming
June 24, 2012 10:45:36 PM

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310
$179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$84.;99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$279.99 and a $25 rebate makes the final price $254.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total for parts listed comes to $773.93 and while it's still under the $800 budget limit if you wanted to get the cost down some more you can shop at other sites for sales and rebates. If you live near a micro center , since you live in MA. there's one in Cambridge , you can get some real good prices there. Also Newegg has some combo deals that can help get the cost down as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
$241.98 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $226.98

This combo deal will save you $38

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$299.99 and a $50 rebatemakes the final price $249.99

This combo will save you $60.
The two combo deals will save you $98
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June 24, 2012 11:15:27 PM

Awesome, I really appreciate your help and suggestions. Two/three questions, if you don't mind. If I did end up deciding to get a new hard drive, do you have any recommendations? What would you trim back if a hard drive were to be added? Lastly, how low would you go on a PSU? Do you think I could get away with 550W or should 600W be the floor?

Thanks a ton again, really appreciate it.
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June 24, 2012 11:48:00 PM

question: what hardrive do you think on getting because there are Western Digital 500Gb for 99.00 at newegg and those hard drive are always great
and you can always get a Radeon HD 7850, to cut cost back a little, but the GTX 570 permforms better in some games, you can also cut back to a gtx 550ti to cut price but you'll see a pretty big performance cut too
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June 24, 2012 11:48:57 PM

1

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146075
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$39.99
1

XFX FX-785A-CNFC Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150608
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$254.99
$234.99
1

XFX Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800989011
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving


$49.99
$0.00
1

AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
Item #: N82E16800995124
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving


$59.99
$0.00
1

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$32.99 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$99.99
$67.00
1


ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157296
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo


$219.98
$174.98
1


Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$6.00 Instant
-$9.00 Combo


$254.98
$239.98
Subtotal: $756.94

newegg, note combos, and pick up an dvd drive. There is a 20 buck off code for the HDD that ends soon...the 570 build is also nice.
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June 24, 2012 11:54:47 PM

loops said:
1

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146075
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$39.99
1

XFX FX-785A-CNFC Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150608
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$254.99
$234.99
1

XFX Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800989011
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving


$49.99
$0.00
1

AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
Item #: N82E16800995124
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving


$59.99
$0.00
1

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$32.99 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$99.99
$67.00
1


ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157296
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo


$219.98
$174.98
1


Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$6.00 Instant
-$9.00 Combo


$254.98
$239.98
Subtotal: $756.94

newegg, note combos, and pick up an dvd drive. There is a 20 buck off code for the HDD that ends soon...the 570 build is also nice.



Giby: Modular = nicer looking case if you have a window, possibly better airflow since less cables will get in the way :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 24, 2012 11:58:33 PM

If you care about looks, you can just tuck the cables behind the tray.
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June 25, 2012 12:02:24 AM

azeem40 said:
If you care about looks, you can just tuck the cables behind the tray.

i still prefer fully modular but that's just me, but sometime it can be a fuss trying to fix all the cable so the case would close lol :pt1cable: 
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June 25, 2012 12:03:35 AM

Nevermind on my builds, as I didn't know you needed and OS.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 12:03:59 AM

Not with a case that has big enough holes to slide the cables through, like the Carbide 500R.
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June 25, 2012 2:06:25 AM

Okay, think I've settled on this (which is somewhat of a combo of the two suggestions). Any questions, concerns, etc.?

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130613

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017

GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128539

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144

This will exclude a hard drive and an optical drive. Speaking of optical drives, any recommendations? Or will pretty much anything suffice? Will this mobo be okay?

If you had to trim $100 from this build what would you change first?

Thanks again.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 4:26:31 AM

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506

Your list contains two cpu's. Your putting an Ivy Bridge cpu with a H61 motherboard?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 4:34:20 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.961065
Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$299.99 and a $50 rebatemakes the final price $249.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.953413
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
$241.98 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $226.98

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This all comes to $800 and includes a HDD.
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June 25, 2012 11:39:04 AM

inzone said:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
Item #: N82E16819116506

Your list contains two cpu's. Your putting an Ivy Bridge cpu with a H61 motherboard?


I am confused. Isn't the OCZ just a PSU only? Was it somewhere else in my components list? Or am I wrong? Would there be a problem with the Ivy Bridge / mobo combination (incompatibility, etc.)? That was a concern of mine, it's an area I am not particularly knowledgeable about.

Thanks again.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 5:36:03 PM

No the OCZ was a combo with an AMD cpu.
The Ivy Bridge since it's the new technology you suould matck it with a z77 , z75 or other newer motherboard and not the last years models.

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
$204.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136892

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

This list of parts comes to $808.92 and the reason is because a hard drive was added , so if you take out the hard drive and use the one you have then the cost is below $700. I took out the combo deals and found items with rebates and it ends uo with less confusion and the price is not all that bad.
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June 25, 2012 10:00:47 PM

inzone said:
No the OCZ was a combo with an AMD cpu.
The Ivy Bridge since it's the new technology you suould matck it with a z77 , z75 or other newer motherboard and not the last years models.

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
$204.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136892

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

This list of parts comes to $808.92 and the reason is because a hard drive was added , so if you take out the hard drive and use the one you have then the cost is below $700. I took out the combo deals and found items with rebates and it ends uo with less confusion and the price is not all that bad.


Excellent, thanks!! I think I'll roll with this build; appears that I might even be able to combo Win 7 with the GPU, it looks like, and save a few extra bucks. Very excited.
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June 29, 2012 11:39:19 PM

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