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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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  1. Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7108921&sku=T925-1336 59.99
    PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=899124&sku=T925-6000 59.99
    Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=670049&sku=A455-3058 149.99
    CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1239961&sku=A79-6100 134.99
    RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1818722&sku=A79-1007 58.99
    SSD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1083887&sku=P33-8501 129.99
    HD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7288051&sku=TSD-1000EALX 89.99
    VideoCard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2297671&sku=YYAP-122304 293.99
    Keyboard and Mouse: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6572352&sku=L23-8134 39.99
    Speakers: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3832359&sku=L23-8622 24.99
    Monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=735812&sku=A179-2360 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. one question do you have a operating system already
  7. 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?)
  8. 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.
  9. http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=gno_flyout_viewcart here is a future proof build right at $1500 with no operating system
  10. The shopping cart is empty for the amazon link. So how does sli 570's compare to a GTX680?
  11. 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.
  12. do you want the OEM version of windows or the reusable one
  13. What is the difference exactly? Can I only use the OEM once?
  14. http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=gno_flyout_viewcart her is one with windows 7 if it shows up this time
  15. yes OEM can only be used on one motherboard
  16. devilofdeaths said:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=gno_flyout_viewcart her is one with windows 7 if it shows up this time


    Still no working, also which one would most here choose?
  17. i know why its empty tesher do you have an amazon account
  18. 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.
  19. Yah I have one.
  20. devilofdeaths said:
    yes OEM can only be used on one motherboard

    Actually Microsoft defines it on a per hard drive basis... not per motherboard.
  21. are you signed in on amazon
  22. http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=gno_flyout_viewcart ok this one should work just fine and under your budget
  23. I'm logged in but it says shopping cart is empty.
  24. yes now its working right
  25. 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
  26. Just make it into a wishlist and link it.
  27. Why are there 2 cpus?
  28. Best answer
  29. 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?
  30. 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
  31. 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?
  32. Yea, if your building something over $800ish I would not recommened anything without a solid state drive.
  33. 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
  34. Alright, and what about the GPU?
  35. the 670ftw gpu is an amazing addition to a $1500 build
  36. 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
  37. Is the 670 a quiet card?
  38. Best answer selected by tesher07.
  39. it is a moderatly quiet card but you will not be able to hear it outside the case with its fans on
  40. btw one question witch case will you be using because i suggest the hafx
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