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July 7, 2012 10:03:48 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two.
Budget Range: $1200-$1400 (including monitor, OS)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming!
Parts Not Required: n/a
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel processor/compatible board.
Overclocking: Nope.
SLI or Crossfire: Would like the option to in a few years.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 probably
Additional Comments: First time building my own PC, so all advice appreciated. I’m open to suggestions on everything, and really need help picking out a motherboard. I have a lot of general build questions at the end too. Thanks!

Here's the parts I've picked out so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3550
Mobo: No idea! Need help here! Don't care about overclocking but do want option to SLI later on.
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 (big card so need to take that into account with mobo sli)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance? Ripjaws? Which is best for gaming? What's the difference?
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM Bare Drive
Optical: Whichever good 24x DVD-RW is on sale when I order.
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 750W?
Case: Cooler Master Mid Tower HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23-inch 60hz LED
Accessories: Windows Wired Keyboard/Mouse, power strip, etc.

All of that comes in at about $1300 give or take. If there's anywhere to save any money, I'd probably put it into a nicer monitor. I'm really only concerned with gaming performance. Along with the questions in the parts section, I have a few more as this is my first time building a PC from the ground up:

-The cheapest I've found Windows 7 for the OS is $75. Does anyone know any cheaper options to legally get it? It just cheeses me to spend so much on the OS (No, I don't want to go Linux because it would get in the way of my gaming).
-What extra parts do I need to buy? Silver thermal paste? Wires?
-Even though I don't intend to overclock anything, the case I've picked out only comes with two 120mm fans (I think). It can take a few more fans (1x 200mm, 2x 120/140mm), but do I need them?
-Any other suggestions, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Tom's has been a huge resource in this project. Thanks!
July 7, 2012 11:43:43 PM

get a i5-3570k
Great everything else get a GA-Z77X-UD5H :) 

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July 7, 2012 11:53:00 PM
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ud5h is total overkill for his usage

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bAxz

heres my take
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July 8, 2012 12:30:41 AM

Hmm, $1,200/1,400 seems like you are spending more than you need to for a first time gaming build. But considering your huge budget you can build something really nice. Okay this post is long, I am going to give you two builds to pick from. I am going to give you an Intel build that is going to go a little over your budget but you will have one hell of a PC (I am giving you an insider link to a good deal on an i7/mobo combo)

. The other (which I think you should more so go for) is an AMD build. Don't let Intel gear heads steer you away from AMD. You can save ALOT of money. I will explain more below. First, the intel build

INTEL BUILD ($1,400 bucks)
Go this link:
http://www.evga.com/articles/00688/

EVGA is having short time motherboard/CPU combo on an epic i7 CPU that will smoke that i5 you picked. The total for that is $650. The CPU I'm pretty sure comes with the heatsink that is good. That takes care of your CPU/motherboard needs. All you gotta do is hit the "buy now" button. I would honestly go for this that is probably one, if no the best CPU/motherboard combo out there right now for that price on that processor.

RAM, you have the option for four slots on that motherboard. I have the ripjaw series and love it. Pick this quad channel series this will work with that motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-2133MHz-Memory-...

That is very fast memory. That puts you up to $870 bucks. Power supply, consdering your budget I would start with something small like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Power-Supply-240-Pin-...

That puts you to around $940. That is only a 600 watt, the 670 gfx doesn't take as much power to operate (correct me if I'm wrong). If you are going to do dual SLI in the future though you may want to upgrade to an 850 watt or even 1000 watt but that's gonna cost you big bucks and I think spending alot on a power supply is silly unless you really need the extra power.

670 Graphics card $400 bucks. That brings you on your budget to around $1,400 bucks.

Now, you mentioned other stuff, monitor, keyboard, tower, etc. I will let you decide on that. But for this price so far you would have an amazing gaming computer that will last you many many years to come.

AMD
Have you ever built a computer before? Do you know anything about matching parts/motherboards, grounding the motherboard to the case correctly to prevent electrical problems, have you ever changed a CPU before even? If you answered NO to any of those questions, then I highly recommend you go with something cheaper for your first time computer. Also it sounds like you want to save money. I'm an AMD guy these days. I think with intel you are paying for the name and for better numbers in your performance rather than just a good computer. I think you should go with this pick.

This gigabyte motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-990FXA-UD3-990FX-SATA...

Basically the same as the EVGA except it's AMD based, FAR CHEAPER at only $139. This unlocked processor that can probably match the stats/performance of that i7 or come very close to it for around $200 bucks:
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-8150-8-Core-Processor-Sock...

That brings you to around $340. That same power supply I picked for the intel setup at only around 80 bucks, with the money left over you can buy a bigger power supply. Also the same RAM I picked above is supported, that brings you to around $640 bucks. The graphics card will bring you to around $1,000.

Now you have all that money left for a nice monitor, hard drive, and etc.!

Intel will ALWAYS cost more than AMD. Are they better? Yes, in NUMBERS. Play two computers that are nearly the same for gaming. They aren't going to seem that much different. Intel CPU/motherboards will always cost more. Also, considering you didn't originally pick a motherboard I would look at cpu/mobo combos. Also, don't be inclinded to just buy just from amazon, try newegg.com they have awesome deals and warranties for stuff.

LASTLY, your hard drive... don't worry about size so much, a 2TB are you really going to use all of that? For your operating system/huge games, I would 110% recommend you get a solid state hard drive, look up the one I have the corsair vengence 120 GB. It was only $130 bucks. Windows boots in 7 seconds, I load faster than everyone in BF3. I would get a 1TB drive for your secondary hard drive for large media and huge games. But trust me, SSD is worth it, just don't buy a huge one you will be wasting your cash, get a 120GB for your OS and slow programs/games.

Sorry for my huge post. You said you wanted to buy this in a week, you should make sure of everything you want to get before spending that huge chunk of cash. Do not shun AMD because other people hate them, I just built a budget AMD system and it kicks ass, BF3 runs great, Diablo 3 runs great, this computer does it all. Also, this was my first build from scratch as well, I think AMD is good for first time builders. Once you know what you are doing and can see around all the corners is when you should go all out and buy an epic intel system down the road (you don't want to accidentally mess up or break a 300 dollar CPU for example if you've never changed one before).
July 8, 2012 12:32:33 AM

i have yet to see someone use more than 700gb on their drives.
July 8, 2012 12:47:49 AM

^That is true i have 1 tb and I only use 600gb including my back ups.
July 8, 2012 12:58:11 AM

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-The cheapest I've found Windows 7 for the OS is $75. Does anyone know any cheaper options to legally get it? It just cheeses me to spend so much on the OS (No, I don't want to go Linux because it would get in the way of my gaming).


I'll adjust the price to include OS - see below.

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-What extra parts do I need to buy? Silver thermal paste? Wires?


No - everything will be included with one part or another. PSU includes all power connectors, motherboard includes SATA cables, and your cooler will come with good thermal compound.

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-Any other suggestions, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Tom's has been a huge resource in this project. Thanks!


The HAF 912 will be an incredibly tight fit with the GTX 670 - especially the Gigabyte model.

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EVGA is having short time motherboard/CPU combo on an epic i7 CPU that will smoke that i5 you picked. The total for that is $650. The CPU I'm pretty sure comes with the heatsink that is good. That takes care of your CPU/motherboard needs. All you gotta do is hit the "buy now" button. I would honestly go for this that is probably one, if no the best CPU/motherboard combo out there right now for that price on that processor.


On a gaming system you won't use the extra features of the i7, stick with the i5-3570K.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1295.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 8, 2012 1:01:13 AM

you can throw it in a fractal core 3000. has removable hard drive racks

i dont see whats so good about silver 5 thermal paste when mx-4 does better and doesnt require curing at all. the stuff that comes with heatsinks is pretty good. max temp difference is probably under 5c tops
July 8, 2012 1:09:55 AM

TheBigTroll said:
you can throw it in a fractal core 3000. has removable hard drive racks

i dont see whats so good about silver 5 thermal paste when mx-4 does better and doesnt require curing at all. the stuff that comes with heatsinks is pretty good. max temp difference is probably under 5c tops


I never recommend buying the same part twice, and I also recommend that people don't waste money on things they don't need. The Hyper 212 Evo includes MX-4 and that's definitely better than most anything else you can get. I think the Corsair Carbide 300R includes a removable HD cage, and the Antec 1100 has room for XL-ATX boards so you can use that and not have to worry.

I realized I didn't include OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1370.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 8, 2012 3:30:10 PM

So is that a yes or a no on the extra case fans?
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i have yet to see someone use more than 700gb on their drives.

I forgot to mention I do have a lot of videos plus I play a lot of mmorpgs that I like to keep on my hdd and up-to-date, so I feel I need the 2TB 7200rpm but I'm still debating getting a 120GB or so SSD for my boot drive & a couple main games that I'm playing at any given time. Is it very easy to transfer installed games from the hdd to the ssd?
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The HAF 912 will be an incredibly tight fit with the GTX 670 - especially the Gigabyte model.

Are we talking "tight fit" in terms of length or width, because the HAF 912 does have the removable bays and it says it is 6.9 in. wide and up to 15.4 in. in length inside once some of those racks are removed.
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ud5h is total overkill for his usage

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bAxz

heres my take

I still plan to stick with the 3550 and not overclock, so I don't need the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, do I? I also have to buy almost everything off of Amazon (I have a ton of gift credit and I'm going to finance a big chunk of this through them). A friend of mine is recommending Gigabyte mobos, but there's a lot of them to choose from and I can't quite tell the difference: Gigabyte GA-Z77-MXD3H , Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H , Gigabyte GA-Z77X-ED3H ????

Again, thanks for all the help everyone!
July 8, 2012 5:27:44 PM

Yea guigabyte rocks most namebrand motherboards are good you just have to make sure it has the right type of socket for the CPU you are getting as well as the right inputs and support for the ASTEST RAM
July 8, 2012 6:22:32 PM

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Are we talking "tight fit" in terms of length or width, because the HAF 912 does have the removable bays and it says it is 6.9 in. wide and up to 15.4 in. in length inside once some of those racks are removed.


I have an HAF 912 and I've used both a GTX 470 and a Radeon 5830 in it, and they both come close to clipping the drive bays. I have to remove the card if I need to install anything else in it.

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I still plan to stick with the 3550 and not overclock, so I don't need the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, do I? I also have to buy almost everything off of Amazon (I have a ton of gift credit and I'm going to finance a big chunk of this through them). A friend of mine is recommending Gigabyte mobos, but there's a lot of them to choose from and I can't quite tell the difference: Gigabyte GA-Z77-MXD3H, Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-ED3H????


If you don't plan to overclock or SLI, don't go Z77. You can get by with H77 and be perfectly fine. Try something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 8, 2012 7:03:05 PM

Funny that when people dont fill out the form designated for asking for advice they get directed to it to fill it out. Then when someone does fill it out no one reads it. He said he's not overclocking and a bunch of people are recommending an unlocked processor. He said he wants to SLI in the future and we have people recommending H77 boards...
July 8, 2012 7:13:02 PM

h77 is the same as z77 without the OC....
July 8, 2012 7:16:05 PM

TheBigTroll said:
h77 is the same as z77 without the OC....


Oh really? You are gonna SLI at x4? Have fun with that.
July 8, 2012 7:21:30 PM

are you stupid? SLI x 4 is meant for workstation boards and that means that you most obviously are getting a k chip since you are blowing 300 bucks on your board.

h77 is meant for people who want z77 features but without the OC since it isnt necessary.

quad sli/crossfire is stupid on z77 anyways as you are creating CPU bottlenecks even if you overclock a lot
July 8, 2012 7:23:25 PM

TheBigTroll said:
are you stupid? SLI x 4 is meant for workstation boards and that means that you most obviously are getting a k chip since you are blowing 300 bucks on your board.

h77 is meant for people who want z77 features but without the OC since it isnt necessary.

quad sli/crossfire is stupid on z77 anyways as you are creating CPU bottlenecks even if you overclock a lot


LMAO!

Point proven that you don't have a clue about what you are talking about.
July 8, 2012 7:37:35 PM

I'm in the same boat as you and g-unit1111 advice helped out a lot.

I'm going with his set up advice but I'm using ripjaw memory and a ocz power supply....


** Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$140 -

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

** Graphic 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

$420 - 

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

**memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

$47

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

**Power supply - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

$90-

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

**HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$120-

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

**SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$90-

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

**CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 

$230-

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

** CPU Cooler - 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+

$35-

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

** Case - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

$120-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-146-...

**DVD Burner - LITE-ON DVD Burner

$20 

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



July 8, 2012 7:39:33 PM

Steverl22 said:
I'm in the same boat as you and g-unit1111 advice helped out a lot.

I'm going with his set up advice but I'm using ripjaw memory and a ocz power supply....


** Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$140 -

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

** Graphic 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

$420 - 

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

**memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

$47

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

**Power supply - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

$90-

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

**HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$120-

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

**SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$90-

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

**CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 

$230-

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

** CPU Cooler - 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+

$35-

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

** Case - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

$120-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-146-...

**DVD Burner - LITE-ON DVD Burner

$20 

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



ocz modxstream are known for their failure rates (kinda) so is the vertex 3
July 8, 2012 7:53:26 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I never recommend buying the same part twice, and I also recommend that people don't waste money on things they don't need. The Hyper 212 Evo includes MX-4 and that's definitely better than most anything else you can get. I think the Corsair Carbide 300R includes a removable HD cage, and the Antec 1100 has room for XL-ATX boards so you can use that and not have to worry.

I realized I didn't include OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1370.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)



Since he's not OCing you dont need the unlocked processor. He can stick with the 3550 or get the 3570 for $5 more.

Since he's not OCing he doesn't need the CPU cooler.

Could save on the memory and get G.Skill for $47.

2TB is pretty overkill. How many games do you plan on having installed? Save some and reduce to 1TB or 500GB.

Don't know anything about that case, personal preference anyways, but you can save there if you want to aswell or you could go the other route and go crazy since you've saved on other parts.

Otherwise, good to go.

EDIT: Actually, you also forgot the Monitor/keyboard/mouse so you'll have to dump the SSD.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bDBg $110 left over for mouse/keyboard

You can save slightly more by getting the 3570 right now from newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 8, 2012 9:57:12 PM

Actually, that is wrong. A CPU cooler is not just for OCing. It can lengthen the life of a CPU and provide airflow for the case, and they are a lot quieter than the noisy stock coolers.
July 8, 2012 10:06:27 PM

azeem40 said:
Actually, that is wrong. A CPU cooler is not just for OCing. It can lengthen the life of a CPU and provide airflow for the case, and they are a lot quieter than the noisy stock coolers.


The stock cooler will handle the CPU just fine. $35 is not worth it to lower your computer a couple dB, but if you are into wasting money then by all means go for it.
July 8, 2012 10:09:14 PM

A couple of dB? Try half of the current stock cooler's dB.
July 8, 2012 10:50:36 PM

Steverl22 said:
I'm in the same boat as you and g-unit1111 advice helped out a lot.

I'm going with his set up advice but I'm using ripjaw memory and a ocz power supply....


** Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$140 -

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

** Graphic 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

$420 - 

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

**memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

$47

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

**Power supply - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

$90-

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

**HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$120-

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

**SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$90-

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

**CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 

$230-

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

** CPU Cooler - 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+

$35-

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

** Case - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

$120-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-146-...

**DVD Burner - LITE-ON DVD Burner

$20 

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


Don't get a Vertex 3 - avoid Sandforce based drives if you can help it at all. I'd also swap that PSU too - go with a Corsair TX 650 or 750 instead. Otherwise everything else looks good.
July 9, 2012 2:30:09 AM

g-unit1111: maybe you just got a bad experience with sandforce. the mushkin chronos deluxe 240gb is doing pretty darn well for me

yah change the PSU. avoid OCZ power supplies
July 9, 2012 2:31:52 AM

azeem40 said:
A couple of dB? Try half of the current stock cooler's dB.


if you manage to hit 90% and above with the fan speed, it gets loud. nevertheless quieter than stock cooler
July 9, 2012 2:47:27 AM

Thanks for all of the great advice everyone. I've almost got it narrowed down, I just have few more questions:

-I went back to the drawing board on the case & picked out the Corsair Carbide 300R . Any thoughts?
-It comes with 2 fans, do I need to buy more even though I'm not overclocking anything?
-I still haven't decided or narrowed-down a choice for a motherboard. I'm still really confused here. Please keep in mind I don't want to overclock, I'm getting a big GPU (GTX 670), and I would like the option to 2xSLI in a few years. I'd also prefer to buy it off of Amazon.

Thanks again!
July 9, 2012 2:55:13 AM

antec 302 suits you better. cheaper and still has all the needed features

for the 670, get the evga ftw or the asus directcu2 top 670
July 9, 2012 3:43:05 AM

LawnGnome said:
Thanks for all of the great advice everyone. I've almost got it narrowed down, I just have few more questions:

-I went back to the drawing board on the case & picked out the Corsair Carbide 300R . Any thoughts?
-It comes with 2 fans, do I need to buy more even though I'm not overclocking anything?
-I still haven't decided or narrowed-down a choice for a motherboard. I'm still really confused here. Please keep in mind I don't want to overclock, I'm getting a big GPU (GTX 670), and I would like the option to 2xSLI in a few years. I'd also prefer to buy it off of Amazon.

Thanks again!


The Asrock z77 extreme 4 is probably your best bet. One of the cheaper boards that comes with proper SLI support. If you want you could step up slightly and get the UD3H, better build quality and the proper size so you can use all the mounting points.
July 9, 2012 10:49:49 AM

id get the asus p8z77 LK instead of the extreme4. still has SLI and all the great asus features. asrock from what i heard cheaps out on the caps
July 9, 2012 3:51:09 PM

The LK is a more expensive and inferior board to the extreme4. There's no good reason for buying the LK other than color coding or just wanting the name.
July 9, 2012 4:53:07 PM

It is more expensive, but inferior? How so?
July 9, 2012 4:58:36 PM

Because it comes with the ASUS name. If you compared the 2 boards side by side you'd know why its inferior.

You get better power with the Asrock, doesn't really matter in this case since the OP is not OCing.

You get 2 more sata 6 with the Asrock.

They are both undersized so you are going to be missing mounting points on both boards.

Paying more for less features. Seems logical.
July 9, 2012 5:34:14 PM

cbsevenfifty said:
Since he's not OCing you dont need the unlocked processor. He can stick with the 3550 or get the 3570 for $5 more.

Since he's not OCing he doesn't need the CPU cooler.

Could save on the memory and get G.Skill for $47.

2TB is pretty overkill. How many games do you plan on having installed? Save some and reduce to 1TB or 500GB.

Don't know anything about that case, personal preference anyways, but you can save there if you want to aswell or you could go the other route and go crazy since you've saved on other parts.

Otherwise, good to go.

EDIT: Actually, you also forgot the Monitor/keyboard/mouse so you'll have to dump the SSD.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bDBg $110 left over for mouse/keyboard

You can save slightly more by getting the 3570 right now from newegg.

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


1. I didn't take into account no overclocking but that's a pretty solid system.

2. RAM doesn't make any difference - they all come off the same assembly line in Taiwan.

3. I know 2TB is overkill but that HD is the best bang for buck option you can get.

4. Fractal Design makes excellent cases. They have solid cable management and come with plenty of screws, mounts, HD and optical bays.

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g-unit1111: maybe you just got a bad experience with sandforce. the mushkin chronos deluxe 240gb is doing pretty darn well for me


Yeah I've had a bad experience with Sandforce - but the difference between that and the M4 I use on my work PC is like night and day.
July 9, 2012 5:37:07 PM

That first reason is a stupid reason to not get ASUS.
July 9, 2012 5:40:57 PM

azeem40 said:
That first reason is a stupid reason to not get ASUS.


Paying more for an inferior board is stupid, but to each their own. $15 ASUS sticker.
July 9, 2012 5:43:46 PM

I like the ASRock better too, but in no way do I think ASUS is inferior.
July 9, 2012 5:44:23 PM

g-unit1111 said:
2. RAM doesn't make any difference - they all come off the same assembly line in Taiwan.

3. I know 2TB is overkill but that HD is the best bang for buck option you can get.


2. So why pay more for it?

3. It might be the best bang for your buck but since you have to drop the ssd to fit his price range I wouldn't want a 5400 HDD as a main drive.
July 9, 2012 5:44:36 PM

cbsevenfifty said:
Paying more for an inferior board is stupid, but to each their own. $15 ASUS sticker.


You do realize that Asrock started as a subsidiary of Asus, right?

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2. So why pay more for it?


Because overall it won't make any sort of dent in your budget.

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3. It might be the best bang for your buck but since you have to drop the ssd to fit his price range I wouldn't want a 5400 HDD as a main drive.


Actually I do agree with that.
July 9, 2012 5:45:10 PM

azeem40 said:
I like the ASRock better too, but in no way do I think ASUS is inferior.



Can you come up with a reason of its equality or superiority other than "ASUS?"
July 9, 2012 5:46:40 PM

g-unit1111 said:
You do realize that Asrock started as a subsidiary of Asus, right?


Is there a point to this question?

I'm not trashing ASUS. I'm simply stating that the Asrock z77 extreme 4 is a better and cheaper board than the ASUS p8Z77-v LK.
July 9, 2012 5:47:03 PM

ASRock is better value for cheaper, but ASUS isn't as bad as you say. Some people like the extra features of ASUS boards.
July 9, 2012 7:47:06 PM

azeem40 said:
It is more expensive, but inferior? How so?


i meant superior
July 15, 2012 12:26:00 AM

Best answer selected by LawnGnome.
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