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July 1, 2012 8:33:33 AM

Usage: Gaming (skyrim), medium graphic design use, video editing, general use

Spent the last few days working on this. I'm a PC noob. Mainly I need a a compatibility check for all parts. Need to see if everything will fit in tower and parts will work with each other but feel free to throw more advice. I would like to finalize this build tomorrow.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Sandisk Ultra 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.72 @ Mwave)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($434.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($192.98 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Other: Sony SRS A3 Speakers $29.99
Total: $1647.09
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 1, 2012 9:38:48 AM

Everything other than the case looks good for the system. The 7970 will be a tight fit in that case if you even manage to fit it in. That power supply might be an overkill as well unless you are considering crossfire for later ( In which case you should definitely change the case). Might also want to consider a 7200RPM Harddisk instead of the 540RPM one.

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July 1, 2012 10:29:13 AM
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/baHe

this has the same or even better performance. 750w is enough to power 2 670s and a OC CPU. the monitor i chose is a 23.6 inch version of the one you picked. there is almost no difference in size.

i squeezed in a 240gb SSD and a very high quality case from corsair
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July 1, 2012 4:09:24 PM

Okay cool. I'm going to ditch the scratch since 2TB should be sufficient for now. The 850w I have listed is cheaper than the 750w with 4 eggs but the price is a little low.

I like your build but can you help me find a case for the 7970 in particular? My heart is set on that card now.

Thank you!
July 1, 2012 4:21:45 PM

the xfx is a much higher quality unit than the raidmax. the xfx psu is made by seasonic which makes the best power supplies in the industry

the 500R is a awesome case

why get the 7970? the 670 performs about the same or even better for a cheaper price. it also uses less power. if you do want a 7970, id get a xfx double dissipation 7970
July 1, 2012 4:29:29 PM

I was told that the 670 was supported by Adobe CS6 products. But I'm going to trust you.

So here's what I have so far...

July 1, 2012 4:29:39 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.85 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Raidmax 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($192.98 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Other: Sony SRS A3 Speakers $29.99
Total: $1603.79
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I nixed the scratch SSD drive to save some money. Trying not go over $1600.
July 1, 2012 4:32:54 PM

change the power supply like i said before to a xfx xxx 750w. its made by a reliable brand and will be much better than raidmax. you never want to cheap out on the power supply as it is the component that can either bring your system to life or kill it instantly

dont be tricked by the fact that it has a 80+ gold certification.
July 1, 2012 4:33:47 PM

since you are attaching a thousand dollars worth of hardware, id hate to see it get fried by a cheapo unit
July 1, 2012 4:35:54 PM

Alright, sounds good. Thanks for the help!
July 1, 2012 4:39:16 PM

Final build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.85 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($192.98 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Other: Sony SRS A3 Speakers $29.99
Total: $1624.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

One more thing, is the CPU cooler necessary?
July 1, 2012 6:01:49 PM

first of all id get a hyper 212 evo instead since it is cheaper and will perform about the same

its not necessary since there is a stock heatsink incluided with the i5 3570k. it is necessary if you overclock the system.

the benefit of a aftermarket heatsink is that it makes the CPu run cooler and quieter
July 1, 2012 6:46:27 PM

I would like to overclock but not sure how to do it. This is going to be one big learning process for me which isn't bad. I'll be around these parts often. :)  Thanks again for the help. I'm feeling pretty confident!
July 1, 2012 6:46:50 PM

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July 1, 2012 7:25:19 PM

I would agree strongly with TheBigTroll about the PSU Raidmax is a company which makes pretty good value cases and is trying to improve over time. They are getting better in most areas but I would not recommend any of their power supplies. That being said Hard OCP gave the 1000w model a pass based on the dollar value but did not call it particularly good with several problems including not living up to the advertised efficiency. I would label Raidmax with a buyer's caution.Honestly i always go by the better safe than sorry motto therefore i recommend you get a XFX, Seasonic,Corsair AX/ HX/ TX series only, or even silverstone.Antec offers several power supplies which tend to be hit or miss. The models made by CWT are unreliable but the Delta/Seasonic models are very good.As for the heat sink if you don't plan on overclocking past 4.2GHZ i would get the hyper 212 evo instead it's cheaper and preforms well for light and mild overclocking if you plan on OC hardcore the hyper 212 evo as well as the cooler master V8 are no goes neither are good for that also i noticed the ram you chose CORSAIR Vengeance with the big heat sinks i know it looks awesome but it will conflict with aftermarket heat sinks you need low profile memory dual channel here you go take your pick 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=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
other than that though nice build.

July 1, 2012 7:38:04 PM

the mushkin blackline i recommended works too
July 2, 2012 10:56:30 PM

What do you think of my changes here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($66.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($156.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 800W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($192.98 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech K800 Wireless Slim Keyboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Sony SRS A3 Speakers ($19.45 @ Sony)
Total: $ Somewhere around 1,949.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I will be checking in. Thanks so much.
July 2, 2012 11:49:04 PM

1: i dont see the point of a tpc 812 if you arent overclocking above 4.5ghz which you shouldnt anyways. if you aim for a quieter cooler, the tpc 812 isnt one. the thermalright silver arrow is much quieter and performs better. if you do not need the silence, the hyper 212 will suit your needs fine. max id overclock on ivy bridge is 4.5ghz and with the hyper 212, id max the overclock to 4.3ghz

2: i heard that asrock cheaped out on their motherboard power delivery so id get a ASUS board to be safe. it was said that a MSI 4 phase power delivery system beat the assrock 8 phase. get asus to be safe

3: vengeance ram doesnt fit under most heatsinks. get mushkin blackline as i recommended you earlier

4:aglitiy 3 is crap. go to microcenter and pick up a sandisk extreme 120gb for 99 bucks.

5: i would suggest to go with the haf xm as it is cheaper and is a better case

6;i told you again. go get a xfx xxx 750w power supply. its made by seasonic and is the best manufactuer of power supplies in the market. its also cheaper.

7: you spent too much on a blu-ray burner. this one is much cheaper for the same features

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

8:i see no point of a 24inch monitor when the 23.6inch is 20 bucks cheaper for about the size. it also has a slightly higher pixel density making images a bit clearer. go get the asus vs247-h-p

9:no point of windows 7 pro since you are never going to use more than 16gb of ram. just get the premium

10:you also spent too much on a wireless keyboard. at that price, i can get a mechanical keyboard which is 10x better. id just get a plain wired keyboard such as the microsoft multimedia 3000 (or something along those lines). it is around 20 bucks

11: id get all this stuff priced matched at us.ncix.com since they have a shipping promo where as long as the shopping cart does not weight more than 101 pounds, you can get everything shipped for 4.98 dollars
July 3, 2012 1:14:34 AM

Okay, making some changes.

6. Watched a video about Corsair being very reliable power supplies earlier.
7. It doesn't have Lightscribe which looks really awesome.
10. I like the keyboard. It's really awesome.
11. Will check into that!

I'll post my updated build soon.
July 3, 2012 1:29:16 PM

1:D ont get the aglitiy 4. it uses the lowest end nand in all of the SSDs. just pick up a sandisk extreme 120gb like a said earlier on.

2:read the monitor recommendation that i wrote before
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