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June 29, 2012 4:34:49 AM

Hello everyone,

I would like to build a PC for playing Skyrim on ultra-high quality, graphic design (Adobe CS6), video editing (premiere, after effects) and general use like watching movies (especially blu-ray)

I am on somewhat of a budget but let's see $1500 tops.

Here is what I have so far. Perhaps you can tell me what you think may not be necessary for the build, what I can buy cheaper for better performance, what's not good enough, that sort of thing. It would be greatly appreciated since I don't know a lot about PCs.


CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4Ghz 6MB Cache Quad Core *

HEATSINK/ FAN Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Fan/Heatsink*

MOTHERBOARD Gigabyte GA-z77x-d3h (intel z77, 3xPCI-E, 8xSATA 4xDDR3)*

MEMORY 8GB (4GBx2) Corsair Vengeance 12800 DDR3 1600Mhz *

HARD DRIVE 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA3 6Gbps (Major Brand)*

CD DRIVE 12X LG UH12LS28 Blu-ray/ 16X DVD+/-RW DVD Burner SATA*

VIDEO CARD 1GB GeForce GTX 560Ti GDDR5 PCI-E Dual-DVI/HDMI*

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

MONITOR Acer 23in S231HLbid 1920x1080 LCD Flat Panel 5ms HDMI

CASE Thermaltake V3 Black Edition (4 5.25, 5 3.5) Fan, Audio/USB

POWER SUPPLY 650watt Antec EarthWatts EA-650 Green

NETWORK CARD 56Kv.92 Lucent Chipset Modem

WIRELESS CARD Wireless B/G/N PCI Adapter 150 Mbps

SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCI-ex

SPEAKERS Logitech LS11 Black/Silver 2.0 Channel Stereo Speakers
BX5as also look very nice

KEYBOARD/ Black Logitech MK120 Desktop wired Keyboard/Mouse


CARD READER Internal All in 1 Card Reader
Not really essential

NEON LIGHTS 12in Red Neon Light
Not really essential

THERMAL DISPLAY NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Control & Temp Display
Not really essential


Thank you so much!

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June 29, 2012 4:40:12 AM

Are you building your own or going through some place like Cyberpower? There's a lot of things in that build that are completely unnecessary (thermal display, neon lights, card reader, sound card, network card) and if you build yourself you can get a far better GPU on a $1500 budget than a GTX 560. Put your money in the GPU - don't get the junk or the little things initially.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ eCost)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($90.27 @ Amazon)
Total: $1463.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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June 29, 2012 4:48:11 AM

Hi g-unit111,

I think I'm going to avoid Cyberpower like sites and buy parts and then have someone I know put it together so these links are fantastic. Is the video card you listed better than the one I listed? Why do you list 2 hard drives? My brother suggests a separate case for my fan. What do you think?
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June 29, 2012 5:23:05 AM

If hes doing video editing wouldn't the i7 be a better choice?
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June 29, 2012 5:26:39 AM

If it is just a hobby, it is not worth spending $100 more for an i7-.
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June 29, 2012 5:29:29 AM

northtracks said:
Hi g-unit111,

I think I'm going to avoid Cyberpower like sites and buy parts and then have someone I know put it together so these links are fantastic. Is the video card you listed better than the one I listed? Why do you list 2 hard drives? My brother suggests a separate case for my fan. What do you think?


Yeah - I included two drives - first of all - never trust any ad listing that says "major name brand" - chances are good that it's refurbished and that's never a good way to go.

I included two drives - one's a Solid State Drive which will increase your load and boot times dramatically.

I'm not sure what you mean by "separate case for fan".
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June 29, 2012 8:28:37 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Are you building your own or going through some place like Cyberpower? There's a lot of things in that build that are completely unnecessary (thermal display, neon lights, card reader, sound card, network card) and if you build yourself you can get a far better GPU on a $1500 budget than a GTX 560. Put your money in the GPU - don't get the junk or the little things initially.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ eCost)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($90.27 @ Amazon)
Total: $1463.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


pretty good build but for an aircooled build,switch is not the best choice.a 400r/500r or nzxt phantom is a cheaper and *will get the job done well* thing.
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June 29, 2012 8:33:55 AM

Another option, because you don't have to get a $130 case on a higher budget, is the NZXT Tempest 210 for $55. It has good cable management. However, the 500R is amazing. I have it and everything is easy to manage.
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June 29, 2012 8:37:10 AM

^yes,nothing wrong with tempest.but i think a $1500 rig deserves a $100 case.
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June 29, 2012 4:33:21 PM

Best answer selected by northtracks.
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June 29, 2012 4:36:07 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b46n

id get this.

for the sound card, creative is crap. a asus dx 7.1 sound card is 80 bucks and sounds much much better

if you need wifi, just get the wifi version of the motherboard. the wifi version just comes with a wifi card

you can always shrink the size of the SSD to 128gb
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June 29, 2012 5:46:22 PM

hellfire24 said:
^yes,nothing wrong with tempest.but i think a $1500 rig deserves a $100 case.


I definitely agree there. I like the simplistic design of the Switch 810 and the expansive interior features it offers which is why I include it on $1400+ builds. I like the 500R don't get me wrong.

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if you need wifi, just get the wifi version of the motherboard. the wifi version just comes with a wifi card


But then if it dies you have to replace the whole motherboard.
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June 29, 2012 5:50:24 PM

the wifi card is seperate. it uses PCI-E x1 slot
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June 29, 2012 5:54:44 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the wifi card is seperate. it uses PCI-E x1 slot


I really hate taking up PCI slots especially if long term plans include 3-way SLI / Crossfire - you want to have all your options open.
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June 29, 2012 6:06:32 PM

well you cant anyways since z77 has only 2-way SLI/crossfire support.

i get your point though.
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June 29, 2012 6:13:01 PM

^no,it supports 3/4 way SLi/CF.
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June 29, 2012 6:18:22 PM

i was talking about the ud5h. the ud5h doesnt have a PLX chip
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June 29, 2012 11:01:21 PM

Thanks for the answers guys. I selected best answer but not sure if it's "solved" just yet. I ended up changing a LOT of things. Let me know what you think of this updated build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: NZXT 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2000-MLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($38.99 @ Mac Mall)
Other: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering
Other: Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows
Total: $1499.17
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I didn't price in the last two items. I am curious if that Wireless Adapter is even what I need. I've always used Mac airport express extreme. Does anyone know the equivalent for a PC?
Thanks so much guys
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June 29, 2012 11:29:47 PM

id spend a little more for a sandisk extreme 120gb. its 99 dollars and you get about double the capacity

i wouldnt get a reference 670. get the evga ftw or the gigabyte windforce 670. the gigabyte was a recomended buy from toms hardware so there isnt any going wrong

you should get yourself a 750w if you are in the future going to add another video card. if you are planning to only use one video card, a 550w will do. id recommend getting a pc & power cooling mk2 750w. its 80+ silver and is only 59.99 after MIR at ncix.com. i heard its pretty good from g-unit1111

why spend so much on the mouse and so little on the keyboard
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June 30, 2012 12:14:35 AM

What is a sandisk extreme 120gb? It has double the capacity of the hard drive I currently have?
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June 30, 2012 12:45:39 AM

its a SSD using toggle nand which is better than the nand on the crucial drive. toggle nand has much more write cycles and usually has a much higher IOPS.
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June 30, 2012 12:46:27 AM

well it has almost double the capacity of the crucial 64gb.
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