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July 12, 2012 4:22:57 AM

I posted in the wrong forum, though I did get an answer want to ask in the proper forum to see if I get similar/more responses:

Approximate Purchase Date: In 2 Weeks

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Development, gaming, minor video editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU/Mobo/HDD/Memory/Video/Case (New build so all parts really)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: Arizona/US

Parts Preferences: Prefer intel build

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Need primarily for development using eclipse, photoshop, dreamweaver. Also for gaming such as WOW, COD, Left For Dead. For development I usually have a lot of browser windows open and system gets pretty sluggish after awhile. Have to restart browser(s) often. Use MS Office a lot for work as well.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I currently have an old computer that is very slow for development and gaming. Currently have a Intel Core2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz with 4GB DDR2, with GeForce 9500 GT 512MB video card.

More about : build 2000 budget

July 12, 2012 4:51:05 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1734.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 12, 2012 4:54:38 AM

Here's a build for you:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Desktop Processor - $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Video Card - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS - $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - $290 (Retail version including both 32-bit & 64-bit DVD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1747 :) 
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July 12, 2012 5:04:04 AM

Would it be worth the extra money to buy the 10k raptor drive instead of the cuda 7200rpm drive?
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July 12, 2012 5:05:31 AM

ujaansona said:
Here's a build for you:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Desktop Processor - $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Video Card - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS - $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - $290 (Retail version including both 32-bit & 64-bit DVD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1747 :) 

Get this, but swap the HDD with this one. 1.5TB for $90 is a heck of a deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 12, 2012 5:09:29 AM

@ujaansona your build comes up to $1746.89 not including tax
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July 12, 2012 5:11:21 AM

lol never mind see you fixed it
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July 12, 2012 5:11:34 AM

^ That's what I wrote! $1747
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July 12, 2012 5:12:27 AM

:) 
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July 12, 2012 5:13:15 AM

Any suggestions on going with the raptor 10k drive rather than cuda 72k drive? Any big performance difference?
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July 12, 2012 5:18:35 AM

Not as much as going from an HDD to an SSD. Those hybrid drives are a waste of $ when an SSD+HDD solution is faster and cheaper.
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July 12, 2012 5:19:07 AM

Would not get the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 read last page of review http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... i will quote it "The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex". P.S. On a side note i like asrock and usually makes solid motherboards but that one would be buyer beware type buy
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July 12, 2012 5:20:02 AM

azeem40 said:
Not as much as going from an HDD to an SSD. Those hybrid drives are a waste of $ when an SSD+HDD solution is faster and cheaper.


Well in that case wouldnt it be better to just buy a bigger SSD drive to house all the data instead of just a smaller SSD for the OS and a normal HDD for your storage?
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July 12, 2012 5:24:20 AM

Im also seeing a lot of bad reviews on that Cuda you both recommend.
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July 12, 2012 5:24:48 AM

You are installing OS+Programs on the SSD. So all program execution will be faster. Also bigger SSD's cost more & the biggest SSD is probably only 512GB.
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July 12, 2012 5:25:20 AM

No, because storage doesn't benefit from speed all that much.
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July 12, 2012 5:27:31 AM

ujaansona said:
You are installing OS+Programs on the SSD. So all program execution will be faster. Also bigger SSD's cost more & the biggest SSD is probably only 512GB.


I just saw 128GB for both recommendations, thought maybe that was to small for all the apps/games I have installed. Will have to look to verify this, but 128GB might not last to long. Maybe I should look to see if I can squeeze like 256 at least into my budget. BTW I really appreciate the help from everyone!
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July 12, 2012 5:29:25 AM

sillysoft said:
Im also seeing a lot of bad reviews on that Cuda you both recommend.


There will be bad reviews for EVERY product upto certain extent, & frankly speaking only 1 Seagate 'cuda out of 6 failed me in 7 years, whereas 2 WD Blue/Green failed out of 3 in 6 months!
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July 12, 2012 5:34:25 AM

+1 those are great SSD here you can fit it in your budget You could get cheaper case and PSU to to bring bill down PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1914.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 12, 2012 5:41:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1814.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 12, 2012 5:46:28 AM

Do you prefer a certain brand like Asus or Asrock or Gigabyte or MSI most people do but if you don't it's cool lol
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July 12, 2012 5:48:17 AM

Here's my final build for you:
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Desktop Processor - $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Video Card - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS - $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate - $290 (Retail version including both 32-bit & 64-bit DVD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1792 :) 
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July 12, 2012 5:50:52 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Do you prefer a certain brand like Asus or Asrock or Gigabyte or MSI most people do but if you don't it's cool lol


Me? No preference mainly because I dont know the difference anymore. Back in the days I was heavy into computers. I was a bench tech for Toshiba, worked at Intel (When Pentium Pros were the greatest), system administrator for a medium size company. So in those days I had to know a lot about hardware/setups etc. But I been away from it for many years, in fact my old computer Im getting rid of was ordered off Dell years ago, didnt even build it myself. These days so many different brands/sockets/slots, making my head spin!
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July 12, 2012 6:02:36 AM

A little justification for my last build:

Motherboard: Very good, with all necessary features.
CPU: You mentioned video editing, hence i7.
CPU Cooler: Decent for standard overclock.
RAM: Necessary for your multitasking.
GPU: A beast!
SSD: 256GB for all OS+Programs.
HDD: 2TB for storage.
ODD: All other brands failed me, hence ASUS.
PSU: For SLI with 2 GTX670 you NEED 750W PSU.
Cabinet (Personal Preference): Decent looking with all required features.
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Retail, what else to say?
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July 12, 2012 6:18:48 AM

lol i think that about sums my build as well at this point you just chose which you prefer and go with it what you could do if you can't decide is start another thread and take a vote which to go with lol
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July 12, 2012 6:28:41 AM

bigcyco1 said:
lol i think that about sums my build as well at this point you just chose which you prefer and go with it what you could do if you can't decide is start another thread and take a vote which to go with lol

+1
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July 12, 2012 6:40:01 AM

sillysoft said:
Me? No preference mainly because I dont know the difference anymore. Back in the days I was heavy into computers. I was a bench tech for Toshiba, worked at Intel (When Pentium Pros were the greatest), system administrator for a medium size company. So in those days I had to know a lot about hardware/setups etc. But I been away from it for many years, in fact my old computer Im getting rid of was ordered off Dell years ago, didnt even build it myself. These days so many different brands/sockets/slots, making my head spin!
o.k. well you won't be making a mistake going with either of our builds both are very good so take your time and think about it or whatever and then just let us know if you need anymore help or have any questions i am off to bed but will be around tomorrow have a good one! :) 
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July 12, 2012 2:06:34 PM

I really appreciate everyone's feed back. I had another question about the mobo, no matter what board I decide to go with should I always check to see if there is a newer bios version from the manufacturers website and flash the bios to the latest version, if the latest version is not already installed on the mobo?

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July 12, 2012 2:43:22 PM

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=as_li_s...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=as_li_s...

Motherboard: ASUS Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V PRO
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007G51UV0/ref=as_li_s...

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Z3HZIA/ref=as_li_s...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RFBIUU/ref=as_li_s...

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD10EALX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461LT6S/ref=as_li_s...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply – CMPSU-750TXV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MYFODI/ref=as_li_s...

SSD Hard Drive: SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJCWM/ref=as_li_s...

Computer Case: Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005X3E4YC/ref=as_li_s...

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=as_li_s...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit+64bit Installation Package
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium/...

Total Price: US$1553.52

Note: Price will be change without noticement.
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July 12, 2012 3:07:59 PM

sillysoft said:
no matter what board I decide to go with should I always check to see if there is a newer bios version from the manufacturers website and flash the bios to the latest version, if the latest version is not already installed on the mobo?


Yes.
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July 12, 2012 3:54:51 PM

All good recommendations above.

Quick note on the ASRock Extreme4--true that it doesn't reach the right-hand standoffs but in practice it was irrelevant. Maybe if you try to plug in the 24-pin with a hammer, but not in a normal build scenario.

Enjoy your build!
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July 13, 2012 6:32:15 AM

sillysoft said:
I really appreciate everyone's feed back. I had another question about the mobo, no matter what board I decide to go with should I always check to see if there is a newer bios version from the manufacturers website and flash the bios to the latest version, if the latest version is not already installed on the mobo?
Yes you should :) 
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July 13, 2012 10:32:57 AM

J_E_D_70 said:
All good recommendations above.

Quick note on the ASRock Extreme4--true that it doesn't reach the right-hand standoffs but in practice it was irrelevant. Maybe if you try to plug in the 24-pin with a hammer, but not in a normal build scenario.

Enjoy your build!
It's not irrelevant as it's something the buyer should be aware of ;) 
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July 13, 2012 3:47:31 PM

Sorry if that came out wrong. I mean that it had no bearing on my install, the quality of the board, or the functionality. Folks should always tread lightly when installing PC components.
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July 13, 2012 6:01:10 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Sorry if that came out wrong. I mean that it had no bearing on my install, the quality of the board, or the functionality. Folks should always tread lightly when installing PC components.

no problem yeah i believe you Asrock usually makes solid motherboards i have used a few in the past and i loved them :lol: 
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