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June 27, 2012 6:21:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as you guys help me figure out if this setup works and if it's worth it. Or within the next month.

Budget Range: $1500 at the very most and preferably closer to $1250 (which means I gotta cut something unfortunately, possibly the SSD entirely, or just cheaper parts, or wait until things come down)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (on awesome graphics mode), surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Completely new computer so I need all the parts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Things that will keep me from buying new parts for awhile

Overclocking: Maybe?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?

Monitor Resolution: I'll buy the monitor locally but it'll be 1920x1200 at least

Additional Comments: Never built a computer before so I'm very inexperienced at all of this. And as I said these parts come to over $1500 and I'd like it to be closer to $1250 so that I can spend $175-200 on the monitor.


Parts List:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Not sure if the "Mini" works or not. This is and the graphics card are the only components I'm not very confident about getting.

Graphics: 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.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I definitely want a graphics card that'll be able to play everything on max settings and preferably one that'll do it for a couple years.

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Could go down to the 64GB or just get rid of it altogether to keep the price down.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD-drive: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
I guess this one's alright?

Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

+Thermal compound/Anti-static wristband. I guess there's nothing else I need. I can get Windows 7 at a student discount.

Comes to $1530 as of the moment I posted this.

Thank you very much! :wahoo: 
June 27, 2012 6:43:15 AM

You can possibly cut $45 by going for the TX750 instead of HX750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD can probably be cut. OS can now be installed via USB. That's $20 savings more...

Sorry I can bring it down by those amount only because I like the build as it is & cutting from HX to TX is breaking my heart already... :( 
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June 27, 2012 7:06:58 AM

Was able to get it down to $1373.59 you lose a little bit :??:  but not a lot 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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($167.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1373.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 27, 2012 7:09:43 AM

Note: The 650W Corsair PSU is that price only after a $20 MIR.
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June 27, 2012 7:14:15 AM

Or another option could be the one located here: http://newbcomputerbuild.com/newb-computer-build-home/gaming-pc-build-june-2012/#build3

You could swap the SSD for the one you liked and the graphics card for the 670 and you would still be cheaper. Also in the build I linked, there is 16GB RAM included which is not needed, however defined in the article. How come you state that you are looking for parts from newegg.com and amazon.com if you ar elinking hardware form amazon.ca?
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June 27, 2012 7:18:25 AM

The build bigcyco1 posted is better than the build you linked.
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June 27, 2012 7:18:52 AM

azeem40 said:
Note: The 650W Corsair PSU is that price only after a $20 MIR.
+1 hes right i didn't realize that till he pointed it out sorry about that :( 
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June 27, 2012 7:20:06 AM

Still a good deal. It is the best price/performance at its price range.
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June 27, 2012 7:42:48 AM

That's true it still worth it i could give you the ingredients to build a top notch rig and maybe even get it cheaper the problem is you mention your not buying till next month and by then any build i did for you using combo deals wouldn't be valid anymore so i would suggest you look for combos when you are ready to buy they can save you anywhere to $10-$50 and i know that doesn't seem like much but it adds up anyway good luck if you have any questions just ask.
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June 27, 2012 8:13:32 AM

http://www.directcanada.com <----- Free Shipping on orders over $50*


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC3384&v... $73.50
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0516&v... $89.55 MIR $69.55
Ocz Zt Series 750W ATX12V 20/24PIN Modular 80+ Bronze Active Pfc Power Supply 140MM Fan 5 Year Wrty

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $145.92 MIR $125.92
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $244.40
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD7145&v... $54.43
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V Memory Kit

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $18.97
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... $74.20
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $111.76
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD8406&v... $324.45
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC 1100MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&v... $92.08
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&v... $139.93
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 50M:1 250CD/M2 HDMI VGA


Total: $1,400.65 *not including rebates



http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-66... $300 (due for release sometime next month)
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD1898&v... $406.64
MSI GeForce GTX 670 OC 1045MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
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June 27, 2012 6:11:08 PM

bigcyco1 said:
That's true it still worth it i could give you the ingredients to build a top notch rig and maybe even get it cheaper the problem is you mention your not buying till next month and by then any build i did for you using combo deals wouldn't be valid anymore so i would suggest you look for combos when you are ready to buy they can save you anywhere to $10-$50 and i know that doesn't seem like much but it adds up anyway good luck if you have any questions just ask.


Well I'll buy it whenever I get a final list and the one you gave seems good to me, I just said within the next month because it looked like a better purchase date than "As soon as you guys help me figure out if this setup works and if it's worth it." Really, as soon as I'm done with all the help from everyone on this site I'll go buy it, well, maybe waiting a day or two to sleep on it haha.

As for the combo deals, I'm up to doing that if I can find any that fit into the list and of course save me money haha.
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June 27, 2012 6:12:07 PM

Also, I don't live in Canada, I'm not sure how I linked from there, I must've just gotten onto the .ca site by accident somehow. Sorry for the confusion.
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June 27, 2012 7:01:28 PM

I also went through Why_Me's post and looked it up on newegg.com 'cuz I don't live in canada, sorry about the mixup but anyways here's the list he gave just from newegg.com and it saved quite a bit i believe

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sure if this one will work, it says compatible with Sandy bridge and I'm pretty sure the processor/motherboard are Ivy bridges right?

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

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard: MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Kingston SSDNow V+200 SVP200S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan: 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...

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All of this as of the moment I posted this is at $1470 and that includes the monitor too.
I don't need the OS 'cuz I'll get that at a student discount.
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June 27, 2012 11:31:22 PM

That looks like great value for your money. Go for it.
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June 28, 2012 9:00:43 PM

looks good to me but Why_Me build has 21.5IN Widescreen i would go with a 23 or 24 also yes that OCZ ZT Series 750W is compatible and will work fine the rest looks solid i say go for it
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