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July 13, 2012 6:02:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid August

Budget Range: $1,500 including shipping before mail in rebates

Hi all, this will be my first build ever. I am looking for feedback on the parts and stuff. Does this work together? Is there a bottleneck? That type of thing.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, OCR large PDFs, productivity

Kind of games: Pretty diverse but not many FPS- Dwarf Fortress, Stellar Impact, Total War, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Armada 2526, Victoria II, Hearts of Iron 3, Civ 4 & 5, Mount and Blade, etc. I would like to be able to play these at highest settings.

Are you buying a monitor: No. I have a Hp2207 I will use for the time being.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon
Location: I have no idea, could be Honolulu, or could be San Francisco
Parts Preferences: None.
Overclocking: Maybe in the future
SLI or Crossfire: not with the original build, but in the future, absolutely. I plan on buying a second card when the prices come down and I have more pocket change.
Your Monitor Resolution:currently 1680x1050. In the future might go 1920x1200.

Parts List:
case - AZZA Solano 1000R Black / Red Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$190

GPU - HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$315


PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189 ( I know this is overkill, but I am going to stick with this. I plan on crossfire later and this PSU might last until my next build with its 7 year warranty).

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$230


Storage - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199 (This is not set in stone ... I will probably just look for deals the day I am ordering. I will be using this as a primary drive and I have a few 1tb drives around that will serve as storage and backup)

RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$98 ( Here I am not picky about the brand at all)


LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 (I want a bluray burner, don't care if it is this one)



Additional Comments:
I have mouse, keyboard, etc. As I said above I have a few large hdds that are fairly new that I will use as storage and backup.

I might be missing fans and cables. If you think so please let me know.

The only thing I do not want to change is the processor and the PSU, everything else is open.

Thanks in advance for your time

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July 13, 2012 6:36:40 PM

it looks good to me the PSU is overkill but you don't want to change it you need a aftermarket cooler for if you plan to overclock and low profile ram
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July 13, 2012 6:48:42 PM

bigcyco1 said:
it looks good to me the PSU is overkill but you don't want to change it you need a aftermarket cooler for if you plan to overclock and low profile ram



thank you, I knew I forgot something!

I was thinking about the

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65.
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July 13, 2012 6:48:45 PM

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...
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July 13, 2012 6:53:38 PM

bigcyco1 said:
waste of money doesn't cool good


Thanks.
Also wow, that COOLER MASTER V6 is huge!
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July 13, 2012 7:08:12 PM

CorusMaximus said:
Thanks.
Also wow, that COOLER MASTER V6 is huge!
lol yeah it's big you also need low profile ram it won't be compatible with the ram you picked this will work http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 20, 2012 2:03:20 AM

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