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June 29, 2012 5:22:03 PM

Hi everyone! :hello: 

Been reading through a lot of the threads here the past few weeks and have learned a ton. I've never built a computer before, and decided that now would be a great time to try it out.

My budget is right around $1350, although it would be awesome if you guys had any suggestions to cut down the price without sacrificing performance. However, most importantly (since I'm a newb) I want to know if everything will work together, and if the parts are of good quality. Essentially, I want to be sure that my computer won't end up as a pile of smoking steel and silicon sometime in the near future.


In any case, here's what I'm aiming for:

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Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next few weeks

Budget Range: ~$1350

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing, school work

Parts Not Required: keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: NVIDIA GPU, Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Lots of deals on newegg right now, so looking to score some discounted parts within the next few days! :) 

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Parts selected:

PC Parts Picker:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b49O

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($115 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45 @ Newegg) *-$5 from deal on Newegg
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 648GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($75 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($420 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($96 @ Newegg) *-$24 from deal on Newegg
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($90 @ Newegg) *-$10 from deal on Newegg
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" 2ms HDMI LED Monitor ($160 @ Newegg) *-$10 from deal on Newegg

Total: $1333

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Notes:

I'm pretty set on most of the components. Main questions I still have regard the quality of the motherboard, and whether or not I need 750watts of power (I have a pretty good deal on the one I chose, and the extra juice might prove useful for overclocking/SLI later on?)

Also, I chose the case based on a 20% off deal + positive reviews on its cooling capabilities. If anyone has any insight to give on the Thor v2, or if there's a better case within this price range or cheaper, please share!

Finally, thanks for reading all of this and for any input you might care to share.

More about : 1350 build

June 29, 2012 5:31:38 PM

It's a very good build, but a 64GB SSD is a bit tight, I suggest you change that to 128GB.
The case should be fine, although it will be VERY big. I prefer mid tower cases like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

750W is overkill for even SLI 670's. But it's a good deal so you should get it.
June 29, 2012 5:37:46 PM

Thanks for the input. Will definitely browse through some 128gb SSDs and see how they'll fit into the budget.

Regarding the big cases, I realize that the Thor is a full size - for me, space isn't too big of an issue. Any reasons in particular you prefer mid tower cases?
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June 29, 2012 5:41:14 PM

If you want a full tower case, go for it - it gives better airflow because of the space, and it also gives you more room to fit in your stuff. The only other thing about the Antec is that it's highly rated - check the reviews.
June 29, 2012 6:03:28 PM

If you're getting a case like the Thor with plenty of airflow, would recommend getting the Gigabyte 3-fan model of the 670 GTX. I have the EVGA reference one, and tho it's quieter than any card I've had, it's still the loudest thing in my PC. If I could go back I'd get an open fan design.
June 29, 2012 6:29:58 PM

CPU+MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASrock extreme4 and i5 3570k $329.98 don't forget the $15 promo code for the CPU

this is changeable, if you just want a board to do what you want it this is for you, i find uses for some other stuff that other MOBOs provide such as their software
2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 and i5 3570k $349.98

if you don't think you will be fiddling with your computer much go with the ASrock extreme4

CASE: i'm not much of a fan of full tower space as they take to much room and a mid tower pretty much has all the space you need unless you are doing some hardcore water cooling which people don't even do much since the price is very high

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this is actually a good PSU given the reviews, i have used this PSU for a few friends and they had no problems what so ever, the least you need is 500W supply for 1xGPU if you want to get 2xGPU move up to 700W but you seriously don't need to go for 2xGPU if you are aiming for that 670

HDD: i find 500GB to go kind of fast, it will last about a year for me but you can pretty much move up to a 1TB for only $40 more and has faster speeds with a more updated firmware than what you put up there
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner: if you are like me, i just go and take out the Burner from my old computer and put it in my new one since you don't even need it really, if you do not have a old computer to take out from, buy a real cheap one like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

other than these things everything is good and i will be putting up some mid towers that i like a lot as they don't take a lot of space, will be ordering by prices

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 $29.99
this case is if you want the basics of the basics/save a few bucks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $59.99
has a decent size but it can use a few more fans

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 300R $59.99 with rebate and promo
very nice size, great air flow, and a low profile case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $69.99
has a clear side panel to show off your system, not much spacing issues, and some LED lights to be flashy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel $99.99
same as above but has blue LED lights and has a nice color to it(by color i mean the finish on it as they tend to be different from case to case)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel $139.99
i myself loves this case, a lot of space inside, LED lights that has on/off switch, air flow is just wonderful with the side fan, cable management in is a breeze, and it has one of the nicest white finish on the case that i have seen
June 29, 2012 6:54:24 PM

Thanks for the responses everyone! Some great suggestions so far.

Regarding the larger SSDs:

I looked into the two bigcyco1 suggested, >$100 is definitely attractive, but I am willing to pay a premium for reliability. How are those in terms of quality?

I am perfectly willing to grab a Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III for $120 ($90 after MIR), or the Crucial M4 128GB for $130 if it means the things will work longer for me.



I looked around newegg and the only GTX 670 model from GIGABYTE is this one.

Does the 3-fan system as opposed to what appears to be just 1 fan on the EVGA really make it quiter? Does it help in cooling at all? Seems to be a bit slower (and cheaper) than the EVGA one, and does factory overclocked mean I can't OC it any further?

Thanks again!
June 29, 2012 7:55:00 PM

PC Part Picker includes rebates on it's total price so I don't put much stock into it.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCNDHB29, ends 7/4
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $149.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $174.98 save: $20.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off w/ promo code EMCNDHB34, ends 7/4
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=N82E168... $30.00
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON 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 iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD 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... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $138.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

Total: $1,313.90 *not including rebates, promo codes, and shipping



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
July 5, 2012 2:44:17 PM

Hi everyone, about to pull the trigger on my last few components. Would like any final thoughts you guys might have.

I opted to spend a little more to get a 128gb SSD and a better motherboard, which did ultimately boost the total purchase price above what I wanted to spend, but hopefully it'll be worth it.

Changes I made to the initial build denoted in bold:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($165 @ Newegg) *Upgraded from an Extreme4

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($115 @ Amazon) *Upgraded from the 64GB model

Video Card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($400 @ Newegg) *Opted for the GIGABYTE model after looking into it

Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($96 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($90 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($22 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" 2ms HDMI LED Monitor ($160 @ Newegg)

System Total: $1243
System + Monitor: $1403

Will spend $70 more than my first build, but hopefully the better mobo and enlarged SSD capacity will be worth it :) 

Thoughts on value added by these upgrades? Worth $70 bucks?
July 5, 2012 3:05:56 PM

Can I ask the thought behind the 6 vs the 4? Do you need firewire and a couple of extra USB ports for the cost? The power delivery system is identical and I couldn't find a reason to get the 6. Great build!
July 5, 2012 3:31:06 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Can I ask the thought behind the 6 vs the 4? Do you need firewire and a couple of extra USB ports for the cost? The power delivery system is identical and I couldn't find a reason to get the 6. Great build!



Thanks! Definitely a decision I'm not 100% on. But after doing a little reading about the two I decided to go with the "6" mainly due to the normal sized board (apparently the Extreme4 is weirdly shaped?) and the better heat sinks on it. The extra features, to be honest, are something I don't really need - but I guess it can't hurt to have.

Final note, I definitely would've gone with the Extreme4 if the price hadn't been bumped back up to $130 + S&H from $115 and no shipping... Plus, the 6 was $10 off from $175, so I thought why not.

Hope that clears up my decision process ;) 
July 5, 2012 3:47:29 PM

Alrighty then :)  The important thing is to be happy with your purchase. Think it's a win (but for reference, not touching the right-hand standoffs hasn't made any difference, in my case anyway)!
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