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June 27, 2012 11:45:25 AM

I haven't had a desktop in over 8 years now so I'm a little rusty on this stuff (I haven't built a desktop in about the same time either). I researched a bit before coming up with this build, so just let me know if everything makes sense and if not, please offer any suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, the sooner the better

Budget Range: $1000-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Audio and Video editing

Parts Not Required: Don't need a monitor or speakers, and I can hold off on a mouse/keyboard for now

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Modular PSU, Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Although I'll be doing some audio/video editing, I really wouldn't mind waiting an additional few seconds for things to properly compile, thus my initial choice in an i5 rather than an i7. As for the case, I'm willing to go with something else provided it offers good cable management, is of adequate size for the system, and looks awesome.

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[all of the links below direct to newegg simply for convenience]

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

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

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

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

SDD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

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June 27, 2012 12:55:48 PM

PSU
You will need 750W to SLI 2x 670s.
Also, you are 100% sure you need a modular PSU? You could save some money going with a non-modular one.
If going modular, what about this one?

Case
Personally I think spending 180$ on a case is too much. Just make sure you find a case that you like the look of.

Use this list to browse cases sorted by rating.

I am a big fan of the CM HAF 912, which you can get for 50-60$.

SSD
Consider upping to a 100+GB SSD. Obviously depends on what you will be putting on it besides OS and most used programs.
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June 28, 2012 5:26:11 AM

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