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  1. Sound cards aren't necessary. The Rosewill Thor is major overkill and you only need it if you're using a monster motherboard, and Xion is a horrible choice for PSU as they make a lot of junk products.

    I wouldn't get AMD when it's based on such an aging socket it's hard to recommend it. What's the budget? I can configure a system if I knew that.
  2. Well I think you could make a couple of changes to the build and it would make a big difference in the performance, first of all if you have a little bit more money I would recommend you go with an intel processor maybe an i5 2500k and this motherboard (links at bottom of comment), Those two changes will drastically increase your performance in gaming and everyday use. Next that power supply is WAY to big, even if you do not make the processor and motherboard changes you can bring that power supply down to a 600w or 550w, you are just wasting your money on that power supply and you could put that money towards other components. Next you should get a cheaper CPU cooler, below is what I have and it does an amazing job, another thing is that the CPU cooler will come with thermal paste so you do not need to waste the money on better thermal paste because you will only see a temperature difference of about 1-3 Celcius. and lastly you are not going to need that much RAM, 8GB's is plenty for anything. Here are links to the new build.

    motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    CPU cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    graphics card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605

    Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Hard drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840&Tpk=seagate%20barracuda%20ST1000DM003

    case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053

    Power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Hope this helps.
  3. Oh yes, and that case is a little pricey and it is an overkill... go with a cheaper case, maybe this one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    Sound cards aren't necessary. The Rosewill Thor is major overkill and you only need it if you're using a monster motherboard, and Xion is a horrible choice for PSU as they make a lot of junk products.

    I wouldn't get AMD when it's based on such an aging socket it's hard to recommend it. What's the budget? I can configure a system if I knew that.


    thanks a bunch man, the budget is 1100 and below. i was originally going to get an intel CPU but I was mainly looking at the 3.6 ghz feature of the one up there. If you could make one for me that would be great.
  5. 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 ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1154.32
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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    jonahet said:
    thanks a bunch man, the budget is 1100 and below. i was originally going to get an intel CPU but I was mainly looking at the 3.6 ghz feature of the one up there. If you could make one for me that would be great.


    Here you go:

    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 ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1165.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  7. 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 ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1136.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  8. Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011

    Power supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Power%20Supplies-_-Corsair-_-17139020&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=#top
    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=N82E16819116504

    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=N82E16813131837

    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=N82E16814127675


    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=N82E16822148767

    RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416#top
    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#top
    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=N82E16835103099 total $1130
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  10. g-unit1111 said:
    Here you go:

    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 ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1165.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)



    Thanks again, that seems like a great build, any possible way to modify that to have Radeon for around the same price?
  11. jonahet said:
    Thanks again, that seems like a great build, any possible way to modify that to have Radeon for around the same price?


    Equivalent Radeon card would be this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102995

    Although you should read this about the 7970 and the recent BIOS update: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review-benchmark,3232.html
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