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CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $283.99

CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $34.9p

Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 $127.86

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $58.37

Hard Drive Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" SSD $89.98

Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD $89.99

Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB $417.55

Case Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower $59.99

Power Supply Thermaltake 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $79.99

Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $55.35

1.2k total. Watcha guys think?
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  1. Best answer
    Most of the stuff you are buying is last generation ....

    CPU - As a gaming rig, the hyperthreading on the 2600k is unneeded. The 2600k is without a market niche at the moment as the price difference to the 2700k is negligible.....However, if its a gaming rig, HT is going to waste and I'd get a 2500k or current generation 3570k

    Savings $54
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    MoBo - Current generation is Z77, not that here's anything wrong w/ Z68 or P67 at this point what the new generations offer, isn't likely to be of concern for several years.

    Your MoBo / CPU Combo was $412, this one is $5 cheaper at $407 and is a huge step up in quality and features.
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO w/ i5-3570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.985625

    At 1866, I'd take the Corsair / Mushkin low profile over the GSkill tall toothy things that will hit ya CPU cooler.

    $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233240
    $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226223
    $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226302

    SSD- Why 2 different SSD's and no HD ..... I'd consider a hybrid SSD/HD if budget is tight.
    Seagate Momentus 750 GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837

    With IB, I'd move up a little in price to the 212's big brother, the Hyper 612 PWM
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103106

    The Asus toasts the EVGA
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-review/23
    EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
    EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
    Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review/23
    Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
    Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
    Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

    That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121638

    I'd really try and move up to a lil bit bugger case .....and one with USB 3.0

    This case is the same price, but still a bit small .... has USB 3 tho
    $60 Antec Gamer Series One Illusion
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129182

    Antec 900 V3
    $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Corsair 500R
    $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    The Thermaltake 650 won't do two cards in SLI.....for $5 more you can get an XFX 850 watter of higher quality
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
  2. Please fill this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    Build looks OK, check out my $1000 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Switch the 7870 to the GTX 670 and you're solid!
  3. JackNayorPE, i wouldnt fit a asus 670 into the antec one series. their max size is 10.5in which is right up against it

    heres my take on the build. use the SSD as a cache for the hard drive and set up intel smart response

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bCe7
  4. Thanks for all the quick and thoughtful replies. In retrospect, my initial post was not well thought out or worded at all. Let me start over:

    I'm totally new at this. My understanding of computer components is limited to the extensive research i've done on my own over the past 2 weeks. I've refined this build to what it is now via another forum, but thought to get some more opinions. I'll take a look at your suggestions and see what i want to change.

    PS i forgot to mention i was choosing between those two SSDs, i went with the Corsair. Hope to build this in 2 weeks
  5. But again.. Please fill this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    Stickied for a reason.
  6. The 650W is enough for two 670s at stock, but OCed, 750W is all you need.
  7. Alright here's what i got. I'm building this computer cuz i'm sick of underpowered - overpriced laptops that only last 2-4 years. 2 weeks ago i knew nothing about computer hardware, though i've always been into computers. I want this baby to GAME (BF3, rift) on ultra settings with no lag issues and especially no cooling issues. I run CAD software as well.

    Budget: up to $1200 give or take $100

    DO NOT INCLUDE IN BUDGET: keyboard, mouse, windows 7, microsoft office, monitor, speakers.

    Concerns: part compatibility. buildability. cooling. GPU power. bottlenecking.

    Approximate purchase date: July 28 in USA, build in USA, use in USA

    MAYBE overclocking, don't want the desktop to lack in performance ever. Want it to last a long time. I am not looking to do multiple graphics cards so no SLI or Crossfire or whatever.

    BUILD:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bE2w
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bE2w/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bE2w/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Thermaltake 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1194.45
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    I never paid much attention to the manufacturers...you're saying that ASUS makes a better GTX 670 than EVGA? I don't think the 612 (cpu cooler) is compatible with my setup.
  8. The Pro is not worth it over the V-LK.
  9. Yeah the motherboard is pricey....what's your justification azeem?
  10. Best answer selected by hxcheyo.
  11. The Z77 Pro isn't even worth what it costs. The Asrock Extreme6 Z77 is $50 less and would give you similar performance. The Z77 Pro has the worst price/performance ratio of the Z77 boards, pretty much all Asus boards are like that.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-22.html

    Go with the Antec EA650 not the Thermaltake, it'll be cheaper and better.
    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-650D-Green-BRONZE/dp/B004NBZAES%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004NBZAES

    This SSD, cheaper off Amazon and just the same speed.
    http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MKNSSDCR120GB/dp/B005CGFU4I%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB005CGFU4I

    ... The Hyper 612 is compatible..
  12. p8z77-v LK is the best bang for the buck or the gigabyte z77x-ud3h. the Lk board has all the asus features while being priced as well as the extreme4
  13. Alright here's what i got after reviewing all of your comments. Thank you especially aznshinobi for keeping up with this and giving me thoughtful critique and links.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bFEf
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bFEf/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bFEf/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($95.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.74 @ Mwave)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1119.21
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Ignore the price of the power supply, i know it's cheaper on amazon but pctpartpicker wouldn't pull the amazon price and i'm buying in 2 weeks anyway.

    The motherboard is a tie between: the p88z77-V LK and the Gigabyte z77x-ud3h

    Which one? They both fit in my budget...which has more usb ports (do the usbs even come from the motherboard?)
  14. Personally I think the Asrock Extreme4 Z77 should be put into your list of mobo options. Though they are all solid ones. The Asrock Extreme4 Z77 is currently cheaper.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.985159
    Remember to buy the Newegg combo.
  15. Very likely that I'll scoop up that combo if it's still priced at $347.98 from Newegg when i go to buy components in 2 weeks. If it's not for some reason, i'll have to settle for either the p8z77-V LK or the Gigabyte z77x-ud3h (still don't know which one)

    As far as my cpu is concerned, i'm sort of in love with intel i7. If i'm running CAD software and ultra settings mmo's and such, is there an i7 out there priced around the one i chose for comparable or better performance? Suggestions here?
  16. You mean the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro is not worth it? Cuz when you just said Pro, I assumed Pro3 lol. Silly me.
  17. Nope, No i7 is less than $280 I'm pretty sure, no SB/IVB at least. The i7 would help very little if anything at all in your Ultra setting gaming. But for CAD. Perhaps. I've heard that it's not a huge deal but not very sure. The i5 3570K has similar performance to the older i7 2600K so you should be fine. Honestly The i5 3570K will be more than capable to run CAD above average and smoothly.
  18. the LK board has all the asus features. the gigabyte one has all the needed features.

    doesnt asrock cheap out on their caps to get down to that price point.
  19. Just so that i understand you correctly: the gigabyte mobo has what i need and the LK mobo has what i need and more? What "features" depend on the mobo anyway? I know the usb ports come from the mobo but that's about it...
  20. you cant go wrong with either board. LK is just cheaper
  21. Couldn't the same logic about cheaping out on caps be used for Asus then on the LK board?

    The Asrock Extreme4 Z77 with the combo is cheaper and so I'd go with that. Honestly "features" of motherboards are generally never used I'll be honest with you. I overclock a lot but even I don't end up using a lot of the features that Gigabyte offers on the Z68X-UD3H-B3 even though it's a top line board.

    Honestly just go with the cheapest board. All are great choices.
  22. cheapest board it is. currently the LK board is at $128 which is cheaper than that combo for the extreme4. If prices change around over the next week and a half or so i'll scoop the cheapest of those 3 boards.

    I think i'm all set! Thanks everyone for walking me through this clearly and concisely. Final compatibility check?
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