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June 30, 2012 10:50:20 PM

Hello guys,

Im new to tomshardware and would like your help about a new Desktop i am planning to build. Accordingly the template -

System Usage : Mostly gaming,watching movies,everyday stuff like browsingthe internet , music etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard(already have an intel one), Optical drive(Mainly because i think this is a dying form of data.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any site that has international shipping.


Parts Preferences:no preferences.

Overclocking: Yes , il be experimenting quite a bit.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe when the budget grows

Monitor Resolution: i would like one that can play all the new games at max res. which i dont know.

Well thats the template . heres the build ive come up with as of now -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($238.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($66.97 @ Newegg)
Other: steelseries diablo 3 headset
Total: $1403.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

The help required -
1) well mainly i just want to know if anyhting here is surplus or unrequired.
2) the MoBo Im confused whether to buy the sabertooth / Asrock Fatal1ty professional / the cheaper extreme 4 . Pls help me in this.
3) PSU HELP- i dont know anything about Psu's so any help on that would be awesome.
4) Monitors are not my thing. so any help on the monitor would be appreciated .
5) are there any better parts at the same price tag .

thanks for all the help!

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June 30, 2012 11:51:12 PM

well, to answer your questions:
1). excellent build overall, I don't see any problems.
2). the sabertooth board's one that can take a lot of punishment, hence I think it is a pretty good choice. the extreme 4 is a cheaper alternative, there isn't much difference between the two.

Additionally, note that the Asrock Fatal1ty board has additional power phases for a more stable overclock on the CPU, it also has more extensive support for SLI (it can run two pcie 3.0 lanes at 16x). it's the board I would pick.

3). is known for very good reviews on PSU, go by his recommendations and you'll be all set :) . generally, antec's a pretty good brand. if you can find a seasonic or corsair, those are awesome too. anyway, go for a 500W with the extreme 4 board if you don't want to crossfire in the future, otherwise go for a 700W and the fatal1ty:) 
June 30, 2012 11:52:53 PM

I am not in India, so it would be difficult for me to pick a monitor for you or look through prices.

I can tell you that for your system, generally, get a 1920x1080 monitor from ASUS or Dell and you should be all set
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July 1, 2012 12:53:43 AM

Better build that i would take would be this


500R white and ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $224.98

much more of a fan of 500R than NZXT phantom case

change PSU

Seasonic 620W, all u really need is 500W but this is a nice cheap 600W, if you want to go up to 2x GPU get a 700+W

also change HDD to something else like a cheaper seagate brand since you already have an SSD, speed wouldn't matter much for the HDD. don't forget to update firmware on both SSD and HDD to get the most performance, same with the MOBO

and i would change H100 to Noctua series. $10 cheaper and has just as much performance as H100. and if you want to stick with the H100, it will fit like 20 Mexicans in a van with the 500R
July 1, 2012 12:58:18 AM

About the motherboard - I was actually looking towards the Fatal1ty more than the extreme4 because on research i came across that the fatal1ty board takes overclocking more easily and supports most advancements better. PLus the case i really liked so i wont be changing that .
thanks for the info and suggestion though . Awesome dead u have there. maybe il get that on the secondary PC il be building for my dad.
July 1, 2012 12:59:04 AM

Oh and dont worry about the location . even though im from india i will be shipping most of the Products from the US .
July 1, 2012 1:02:59 AM

c0d3ine said:
Thanks for all the replies . And i have decided i will be going for the SLI in the future.
well as per your suggestion i went to the site and found this PSU that is 750w since il be going for Sli.

great find, silverstone's an amazing company all around :) 
July 1, 2012 1:05:28 AM

well, if you're shipping from the US, this monitor should do nicely

if you have a bigger budget, get a Dell Ultrasharp IPS panel. the color quality would be amazing. but for general gaming, the asus TN panel will do just fine
July 1, 2012 7:29:36 PM

i would switch out the PSU to something cheaper and just as good
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
pretty awesome PSU and very solid choice by many customers
NZXT HALE90-750-M 750W
one of the best series NZXT made for their PSU's and i have to say they are great with a nice color and ratings
same thing as above just bronze rating, cheaper overall, had no problems with this PSU, and is black instead of white
July 1, 2012 7:36:40 PM

Or even the OCZ ZT 750W. It is a lot cheaper than those PSUs and is also modular.
July 1, 2012 7:42:07 PM

still not a fan of OCZ, much rather get a rosewill PSU over them
July 1, 2012 7:45:13 PM

The OCZ ZT uses the same platform as Rosewill's good branded PSUs.