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July 17, 2012 8:01:55 PM

My birthday is coming up and I would like to create my first build as I have been running on my current PC for around 5 years. I am currently in university so I would like a build which would last me down the road while being able to handle most upcoming games. I would also like it to be able to handle multiple processes at the same time since I tend to multitask numerous programs at once.

Thank you, I really appreciate the help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3ds max, movies, web surfing.
Are you buying a monitor: No

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July 17, 2012 11:53:17 PM

Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 59.99
PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 59.99
Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 149.99
CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 134.99
RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 58.99
SSD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 129.99
HD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 89.99
VideoCard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 293.99
Keyboard and Mouse: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 39.99
Speakers: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 24.99
Monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 129.99

Total: $1,172.89

First off you are overpaying for this video card, but I wanted to get a brand that matched the motherboard as I would not recommed it otherwise, but I would get a Saphire for $40 less...

But I feel like this setup gives you plenty of value, upgradeability, and performance.
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July 17, 2012 11:58:02 PM

Thanks for the build. I still going to wait for more replies before making a decision though. Also I would really prefer an Intel CPU and an Nvidia card just based off personal experience.

On another note, I don't need a keyboard/mouse, speakers, or a monitor; my apologizes for not mentioning it before.
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July 18, 2012 12:05:28 AM

I would recommend this build it will get the job done and plus you can sli the gtx 570's if you want to on your budget.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $169.99
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $129.99

Mother Board: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $134.99

CPU/processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K $339.99

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H40 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $279.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R $54.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM $16.99

Total: $1257
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July 18, 2012 12:10:29 AM

Its fine, I always include complete builds as some people tend to forget some of the essentials like speakers or keyboard and mouse, spend all of that money and dont have everything they need :) 

As far as not going with AMD that is your choice to make, I personally can not see any reason not to. They perform fine, their price point is right on, and are by far less buggy. Anyone that make a big deal about a AMD/Intel or AMD/Nvidia performance difference simply is missguided. Yes there is a performance difference but never enough to matter and typically what performance difference you see are inflated by the software company. I assure you that you would be VERY happy with this build and it can handle anything and everything you throw at it.
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July 18, 2012 12:10:38 AM

Looks good but 2 questions,
1. From what I read, isn't the i5 better than the i7 in terms of game performance? The i7 is apparently better for multitasking, but correct me if I am wrong.

2. How is the 600 series for Nvidia? I haven't looked into it but was told that it wasn't that much of a leap compared to the 500 series.

About the operating system, go ahead and add one as I am not 100% if I have an extra one lying around.
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July 18, 2012 12:11:20 AM

one question do you have a operating system already
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July 18, 2012 12:21:00 AM

tesher07 said:
Looks good but 2 questions,
1. From what I read, isn't the i5 better than the i7 in terms of game performance? The i7 is apparently better for multitasking, but correct me if I am wrong.

2. How is the 600 series for Nvidia? I haven't looked into it but was told that it wasn't that much of a leap compared to the 500 series.

About the operating system, go ahead and add one as I am not 100% if I have an extra one lying around.

In single threaded programs or just 2 or 3 threads you will not notice a difference between a i5 and i7. It is not that the i5 is better it just stops at 4 cores and 8 threads... most programs stop at 4 threads so if you have a processor that has 12 threads like the i7 what is the other 8 doing for you?

Do you see the kind of point Im making? You paid $400 for something and only using 1/3 of it...

And the 600 series is better, about 10% difference or so... I honestly can not justify the cost difference as software is simply not keeping up with hardware... you can still get a 400 series and play 99% of games at super high detail levels and resolutions... You typically do not see big software changes untill new consoles come out, it is not untill then that new software engines are developed (notice that Skyrim is using the same engine that Oblivion is, and all the Fallout games are also using them. This is like a 5 year old software engine, get the point?)
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July 18, 2012 12:22:42 AM

1. I mean it's your preference whether you want the i7 or the i5. The i5 in most instances will not out perform i7's in gaming but they are a lot more cost effective and the difference is minimal as most games do not utilize more than 1 or 2 threads per core. My personal advice is to go with and ivy bridge just so you can future proof your system by optimizing it for best performance with pci 3.0 cards. It's basically your choice on this one but I would recommend an i7 if you have got the cash.

2. The 600 series in my opinion is very overpriced for what you get. I would wait for the prices to go down on those before buying one. The 500 series proved to be very reliable and stable cards. Also right now the prices are pretty good on 500 series cards especially the 570 which can max out almost every game you can throw at it. If you can sli some 570's you will be in good shape for a while.
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July 18, 2012 12:33:40 AM

The shopping cart is empty for the amazon link. So how does sli 570's compare to a GTX680?
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July 18, 2012 12:38:25 AM

Here you go http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

This will tell you all about video cards :) 
They also have a CPU section

But DO NOT base your purchaseing decisions on this or any benchmark tool, even tho I see this being the most realistic one out there. Most of the time they are curved to give someone a edge, and hardly ever give a real world performance viewpoint.
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July 18, 2012 12:38:51 AM

do you want the OEM version of windows or the reusable one
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July 18, 2012 12:40:31 AM

What is the difference exactly? Can I only use the OEM once?
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July 18, 2012 12:41:40 AM

yes OEM can only be used on one motherboard
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July 18, 2012 12:42:43 AM

i know why its empty tesher do you have an amazon account
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July 18, 2012 12:42:58 AM

OEM offers no support is basicly the biggest difference, and might require a little more work to get to activate... I personally buy a retail when they come out and just use it, makes the whole process a lot easier.
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July 18, 2012 12:43:56 AM

Yah I have one.
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July 18, 2012 12:44:02 AM

devilofdeaths said:
yes OEM can only be used on one motherboard

Actually Microsoft defines it on a per hard drive basis... not per motherboard.
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July 18, 2012 12:46:28 AM

are you signed in on amazon
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July 18, 2012 12:53:40 AM

I'm logged in but it says shopping cart is empty.
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July 18, 2012 12:55:14 AM

i guess you cant view my cart well log out or click the new link its a awesome build if you can get to it
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July 18, 2012 12:56:03 AM

Just make it into a wishlist and link it.
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July 18, 2012 1:06:35 AM

Why are there 2 cpus?
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July 18, 2012 1:07:24 AM
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July 18, 2012 1:08:30 AM

I'm probably going to drop the OCZ solid state drive as it isn't really needed. I still have some extra left, so is there anything I can improve?
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July 18, 2012 1:12:41 AM

not really but trust me put your games and win 7 on you ssd because its just so fast please keep it you will love it trust me its just so fast
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July 18, 2012 1:16:16 AM

I'll think about it, how is the case compared to cooler master and Antec because one with good airflow would be nice. Also how is the 670 and is it quiet?
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July 18, 2012 1:20:08 AM

Yea, if your building something over $800ish I would not recommened anything without a solid state drive.
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July 18, 2012 1:21:44 AM

well i was torn between the haf932 because the airflow but the corsair is easy to use my opinion would be the 932 if you want airflow or maybe upgade to the hafx with the $20 left over actually if you could get the hafx that would be the best option but one thing that i advise is to keep the ssd you will thank me so much when win 7 or your games boot up in 5 seconds
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July 18, 2012 1:26:47 AM

Alright, and what about the GPU?
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July 18, 2012 1:30:38 AM

the 670ftw gpu is an amazing addition to a $1500 build
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July 18, 2012 1:33:09 AM

a bit much for a $1500 build but you will love it they're quality parts that work great together to make a monster build
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July 18, 2012 1:38:02 AM

Is the 670 a quiet card?
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July 18, 2012 1:38:07 AM

Best answer selected by tesher07.
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July 18, 2012 1:41:17 AM

it is a moderatly quiet card but you will not be able to hear it outside the case with its fans on
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July 18, 2012 1:44:28 AM

btw one question witch case will you be using because i suggest the hafx
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