$2000 build. First build need advice. Willing to go up to $3000

I mostly play RTS computer games such as SC2 and Supreme Commander 1&2, but I'm tired of playing them on low to medium settings. I found this thread on this site and wanted to know if anybody had any tweaks or recommendations that might better suit me. My budget is $3000, but I'm trying to stay under $2500. If anybody has any recommendations for monitors as well it would be appreciated. Even if it's overkill for what I want to do I just want to have a really nice gaming computer as an end of deployment present to myself.

$2000 - Gamer (Enthusiast) - $1,946.90 w/rebates $2,041.90 w/o rebates


CPU : Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116501


Motherboard : GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128552


RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231445


CPU Cooler : ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] pk=cnps12x


SSD : OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB $130 ($180 norm)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227791


HDD : Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB $95 (norm $99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136939


PSU : SILVERSTONE Strider Gold ST85F-G 850W $155 (norm $170)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817256067


GPU : EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB X2 $485 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130785


Case : Corsair Vengeance Series CC-9011016-WW $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139013


Extra Case Fan : COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835553002
(Use on the window slots for exhaust)
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  1. That extra fan isn't needed and that motherboard is major overkill. Drop it to the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H. You also won't need the 3770K for a gaming system - if you get the i5-3570K you will save $100 there.

    A single 4GB GTX 670 will max out everything at resolutions beyond 1080p for the next couple of years. Take that money you'd be paying for SLI and invest it in a good ultra high resolution monitor.

    I'd also say swap that fan for a Noctua D14.
  2. Would you recommend the Z77 ASUS or the Z77 GIGABYTE? Also, would an ultra good high resolution monitor be much better than connecting it to a 32" HDTV? This is more of an asthetics question, but what's a good brand for cool looking cases that light up and things like that and would work with all of the components here. Your reply was very helpful and I appreciate the input.
  3. brandon0326 said:
    Would you recommend the Z77 ASUS or the Z77 GIGABYTE? Also, would an ultra good high resolution monitor be much better than connecting it to a 32" HDTV? This is more of an asthetics question, but what's a good brand for cool looking cases that light up and things like that and would work with all of the components here. Your reply was very helpful and I appreciate the input.


    If you're going to connect to an HDTV that's fine - that's what I do on my build.

    Either one is fine - Asus and Gigabyte are the best board makers in the industry.

    If you want a case with plenty of fans and things like that try the Corsair Carbide 500R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
  4. Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245#top

    Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146095#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top
  5. holy cow that is overkill. you can probably max those games with a 1200 dollar PC.

    heres my pick. its around the 1600 dollar mark but you can always reduce it by using a hyper 212 evo instead of a silver arrow, using a asrock extreme4 motherboard instead of the ud5h, and using a cheaper case than the haf xm

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aNHl
  6. 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=N82E16811139010

    Case:Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100#top

    Case:Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191#top
  7. TheBigTroll said:
    holy cow that is overkill. you can probably max those games with a 1200 dollar PC.

    heres my pick. its around the 1600 dollar mark but you can always reduce it by using a hyper 212 evo instead of a silver arrow, using a asrock extreme4 motherboard instead of the ud5h, and using a cheaper case than the haf xm

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aNHl


    You could do that for even less:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99 ($20.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $179.99
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - $109.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $1,329.90
  8. i know i can. i changed this one up a little more for a lower price. you can hit the 1300 price point by dropping the SSD

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aNKG
  9. Some of your links seem to be a problem.

    Games rarely use more than 2 or 3 fast cores. The extra hyperthreads of the 3770K are not worth the extra $100 over a 3570K.

    All Z77 motherboards will do. Pick your favorite vendor, they are all good.
    There is no need for an expensive enthusiast model that is oriented to high level overclockers and multi way sli.
    Here are my thoughts:

    1) With your budget, look for a great monitor first. Yes, it will be expensive. A 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor will be $1200 or so.
    Or, a 2560 x 1440 27" monitor would be a second choice. About $800. A great monitor is one of the most "future proof" pc components you can buy today.

    2) You pay a steep premium for the 4gb of ram, and it is of questionable value. Better to go ahead and spend $500 or so on a GTX680. Here is a superclocked evga GTX680:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130769

    3) The zalman cooler looks great. But, I do not like the proprietary fans. For a bit less, you can get a Noctua NH-D14 which is about the best air cooler, and the fans are as good as it gets.
    Actually, a $30 cooler like the cm hyper212 would do just as well.

    4) For reliability, I would look first to Intel or Samsung for a SSD. They make their own nand chips, and can do a better job of validation. They seem to have fewer issues. 120gb is a good size. It will hold the os and a handful of games. The wd green is fine for overflow storage.

    5) I don't know who makes silverstone psu's; I think they are good. But a GTX680 only needs a 600w psu. And, you will never recoup the price premium for a gold rated psu from electricity savings. I will pay the premium for gold, and modular when mounted in a small form factor case, past that no.
    I would suggest the PC P&C silencer750w unit. silver rated, for only $90 after rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027

    6) Cases are a personal thing. Buy the one you love. You will be looking at it for a long time.
    For glamor, I like the looks of the Corsair Carbide Series 500R White :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    For top quality, look at lian li cases too.
    Personally, I prefer smaller cases, check my sig.

    Good luck, and welcome back.
  10. 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: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($194.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1551.85
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  11. After seeing some of the recommendations I've changed a few things to better suit my needs. Anything to change or add to make this better would still be appreciated.

    CPU: 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=N82E16819116504 ($230)

    Motherboard: 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=N82E16813128545 ($189)

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler (Will this fit on board?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 ($105 $95 after rebate)

    Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130769 ($520)

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 ($47)

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 ($150 $130 after rebate)

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225 ($170)

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442 ($125)
    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ($17)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136939 ($95)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 ($100)


    Total: $1,748 before Shipping and Rebates :o
  12. brandon0326 said:
    After seeing some of the recommendations I've changed a few things to better suit my needs. Anything to change or add to make this better would still be appreciated.

    CPU: 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=N82E16819116504 ($230)

    Motherboard: 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=N82E16813128545 ($189)

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler (Will this fit on board?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 ($105 $95 after rebate)

    Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130769 ($520)

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 ($47)

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 ($150 $130 after rebate)

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225 ($170)

    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ($17)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136939 ($95)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 ($100)

    As far as a SSD goes, is it needed for the gaming use of this system or would the 1TB be sufficient. If you think that it would be better to have one which is better.
    OCZ vertex 4 128GB or Crucial M4 128GB

    Total: $1,623 before Shipping and Rebates


    That all looks good to me. You can't go wrong with the Vertex 4 or the M4. The Vertex 4 is based on a new controller called Indilinx that's as fast as Sandforce but with the stability of the Marvell controller used in the M4, read more about it: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/vertex-4-everest-2-benchmark,3172.html
  13. A very good revised list.

    A SSD is not needed for gaming.
    But with your budget, I would not omit one.
    It makes everything you do feel much quicker.

    Of the two, the crucial M4 is probably the better for reliability.
    Read this: http://www.behardware.com/articles/843-7/components-returns-rates-5.html

    Personally, I would prefer Samsung 830 or Intel 330 or 520.
  14. geofelt said:
    A very good revised list.

    A SSD is not needed for gaming.
    But with your budget, I would not omit one.
    It makes everything you do feel much quicker.

    Of the two, the crucial M4 is probably the better for reliability.
    Read this: http://www.behardware.com/articles/843-7/components-returns-rates-5.html

    Personally, I would prefer Samsung 830 or Intel 330 or 520.


    I have an Intel 320 and hate it - it's constantly having issues with Windows, system restore, and Windows update - and that's mainly due to the Sandforce controller being used. I'm planning on swapping it for a Vertex 4 in the next couple of months, hopefully while Newegg still has the price that low.
  15. It looks like a pretty solid build you don't need a SSD but it's a nice addition to a build if you do decide to get one i would go with the crucial M4 very reliable i have two had them around five months now and love them no issues whatsoever
  16. Revised to show SSD and Total. Input on changes to the build that will make a significant difference, but still keep me under $2000 will be appreciated. I'm set on My case, Graphics Card.

    CPU: 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/Prod [...] 6819116504 ($230)

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128545 ($189)

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler (Will this fit on board?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835608018 ($105 $95 after rebate)

    Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130769 ($520)

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428 ($47)

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139010 ($150 $130 after rebate)

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119225 ($170)

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442

    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204 ($17)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136939 ($95)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986 ($100)


    Total: $1,748 before Shipping and Rebates :o
  17. That build looks pretty badass. For the extra $60, 16GB of RAM might be helpful. You really don't need a computer like that to play RTS's, generally they don't really push the limits of technology. At least it will be future proof.
  18. Looks great to me i would switch the 680 for a 670 than pull the trigger on it whenever your ready lol
  19. Think the 680 is overkill but it's your dime :)

    Definitely put your games on the SSD for snappy load times -- that green drive will only be good for movies/music/photos.

    Thank you for your service and be safe out there.
  20. g-unit1111 said:
    That extra fan isn't needed and that motherboard is major overkill. Drop it to the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H. You also won't need the 3770K for a gaming system - if you get the i5-3570K you will save $100 there.

    A single 4GB GTX 670 will max out everything at resolutions beyond 1080p for the next couple of years. Take that money you'd be paying for SLI and invest it in a good ultra high resolution monitor.

    I'd also say swap that fan for a Noctua D14.


    +1 - that MB is a tad overkill. I personally like ASUS' Sabertooth models and would recommend the Z77 model for the 5 year warranty:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

    I like Corsair for RAM, get a nice set 4X4GB set of 1600:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233203

    I don't trust OCZ for their SSDs after a lot of personal strife with the Vertex2 line. I love my Intel 520 from my Desktop rig or the Samsung 830 from my laptop - both are smoking fast and uber reliable. If you go Intel, the 180GB model has a slight write-speed advantage over the 120GB but it's not that noticeable. I have the 120 and have never been happier with my boot time.

    I think with your budget, you could just as easily upgrade to a 680 so you won't have to think about SLI'ing for several years. The 670 is still a phenomenal card and is more than capable of handling today's games with ease - just something to consider. I prefer EVGA or ASUS for graphics cards but everyone has their preference.

    Just my two bits...
  21. Your links no workie.

    1. Your gaming and have no need for hyperthreadinhg....the 3570 is therefore the way to go. The Sniper abit expensive and I'd look for a MoBo / CPU combo to save a few bucks:

    Asus Sabertooth w/ 3570k - $445
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975526

    RAM - Too cut down on IB's heat output, low voltage RAM might be a plus
    Corsair CAS 9 DDR3-1600 1.35 V - $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199

    The Top Coolers with hi end thermal performance and low noise output are the Thermalright Silver Arrow and Phanteks coolers.....Zalman not in the same league....Phanteks has 5 year warranty and comes in choice of colors
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=phanteks&x=0&y=0
    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe_cpu_cooler_review,14.html

    SSD - One with premium toshiba toggle mode flash .... for extra long life and unmatched performance....and since budget allows, why not 240 GB ....especially since well at $0.83 per GB
    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_deluxe_120gb_solid_state_drive_review/index13.html
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226

    HD If ya going WD, ya want the black, green = slow

    GFX - Asus TOP trounces the EVGA SC

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-review/23
    EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
    EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
    Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review/23
    Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
    Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
    Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

    That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage.

    Case Alternatives (both w/ 10.0 jonnyguru performance rated PSU's).

    $280 - Corsair 500R - $125 w. Corsair HX850 - $155 after MIR and $10 promo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    $260 - Antec DF-85 ($140) w/ CP-850 ($120)
    $280 - Antec 1200 V3 ($160) w/ CP-850 ($120)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100
  22. brandon0326 said:
    Revised to show SSD and Total. Input on changes to the build that will make a significant difference, but still keep me under $2000 will be appreciated. I'm set on My case, Graphics Card.

    CPU: 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/Prod [...] 6819116504 ($230)

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128545 ($189)

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler (Will this fit on board?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835608018 ($105 $95 after rebate)

    Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130769 ($520)

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428 ($47)

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139010 ($150 $130 after rebate)

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119225 ($170)

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442

    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204 ($17)

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136939 ($95)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986 ($100)


    Total: $1,748 before Shipping and Rebates :o



    1: boost the SSD size to 256gb. 128gb is kinda limiting on what to put inside the SSD
    2:personally, the evga 670 ftw will be about as good as the 680 but 100 dollars less
    3:you wont need the extra space in the haf x so i would get the haf xm. same design but smaller
  23. Hes already decided on his case you guys lol and his links ain't working but hes already revised his build which is solid recommending him to get a 680 is bad advice a 670 is only 5% slower what justify the extra $100 for a 680 not a dam thing it's a no brainer the 670 is the way to go i sure as hell wouldn't pay a extra $100 for a 5% increase in performance doesn't make any sense .
  24. oh ok. didnt see that
  25. g-unit1111 said:
    I have an Intel 320 and hate it - it's constantly having issues with Windows, system restore, and Windows update - and that's mainly due to the Sandforce controller being used. I'm planning on swapping it for a Vertex 4 in the next couple of months, hopefully while Newegg still has the price that low.


    Strange. My son has been using a 320 for years with no issues. Possibly there is a firmware update for it.

    But, I was talking about the newer 330 series, which is apparently similar to the 520 series, just at a lower price point.
  26. Thanks everyone for your quick responses and recommendations. I’ve got a friend that has done a few gaming builds and is currently deployed with me. Based on everyone’s recommended changes and opinions he has sorted out what he feels would be all around best. He definitely agreed on going with the 570 over the 580 because of the $100 price difference. What does everyone think about the second revised build? I'd like to get something finalized within the next couple days and appreciate all the help.
    Iv'e put an * next to everything iv'e changed.

    CPU: 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975526

    *Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($445 Combo)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975526

    *Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($420)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ... ($150)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    *Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR ($49)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler ($105)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    *Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($100)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    *SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($124)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121

    *Case: Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (I still like the HAF 942 though) ($140)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087

    Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($17)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($100)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total $1,650 before shipping and rebates
  27. get the antec 302 instead

    get the gigabyte z77x-ud5h instead of sabertooth
  28. TheBigTroll said:
    get the antec 302 instead

    get the gigabyte z77x-ud5h instead of sabertooth


    My orginal plan was to get the Gigabyte z77-ud5h but with the sabertooth having the 5yr warrenty vice the 1yr i decided to change it. Anyone else have thoughts on this?
  29. it wouldnt matter that much. within 5 years, this platform is pretty much dead
  30. brandon0326 said:
    My orginal plan was to get the Gigabyte z77-ud5h but with the sabertooth having the 5yr warrenty vice the 1yr i decided to change it. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

    You are paying about $40 for a extended warranty. from year 2-5.
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