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July 19, 2012 2:14:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: the end of this week

Budget Range: $1000-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies bluray 1080p, surfing the web, programming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: everything building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: doesn't matter too much amazon or newegg and open to others

Location: ventura county , CA

Parts Preferences: no

Overclocking: Possibly I have never OCed before but it's something I'd be interested in.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the line but for now no.

Your Monitor Resolution: I haven't picked one out yet but at atleast 1080p

Additional Comments: Here is my build so far

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - bought this awhile ago not including in total

CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.00 - newegg

Graphics : VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB - $370 - tigerdirect

MOBO : ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - $145.00 - $20.00 mail in rebate- newegg

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 - $46.00 - newegg

PSU : OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular - $90.00 - $30 rebate - $10 on sale - newegg

HDD : Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III - $115.00 - newegg

Optical : LG Electronics WH12LS39K M-Disc 12X Internal SATA Blu-Ray Rewriter - $83.00 - amazon

Total = $1028 not too bad still looking for a great monitor tho and I will also add a 1-2tb hard drive so I am open to any suggestions on that.

So this is what I have so far what do you think and does everything look compatible? I'm concerned about the video card the price and free 6 games/hdmi cable that come with it sound too good to be true I was previously thinking of going with a 670. Also not so sure about the MOBO but for the price it seems great and I assume the PSU can handle what I'm running.

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July 19, 2012 2:50:23 AM

Every thing looks good, great deal on 7970 but do you need the Blu-ray writer?
Motherboard is fine, only difference between this and the V-Pro or V is the extra Wifi and 2x SATA ports.

These are my recommendations:

Ditch the Blu-ray writer and get a Blu-ray combo instead or a normal dvdrw if you don't plan on watching Blu-ray movies on your pc.

Swap the Crucial SSD for an Intel 520 or Corsair Force GT. Both SSDS perform better than the Crucial and the Intel comes with a 5yr warranty!
Intel 520 -
Corsair Force GT -

Get an after market CPU cooler. You will be able to overclock (which is VERY easy with the ASUS motherboards). Look at these depending on your budget:
Coolermaster Hyper 212+
Corsair H80 -

You don't need a 700W PSU, 600 or 650W will be more than enough (my system is fine with a 650W)

July 19, 2012 3:54:09 AM

Thanks for all the input so far. I'm definitely going to swap the power supply for a better one in terms of quality and I also like that intel SSD. One of the main things I want is to play blu-ray movies and being able to burn them also is a nice plus if I decide to do that so I went with the writer and it comes with software to play blu-ray. Also any suggestions on monitors? for 1080p blu-ray movies and playing games.
July 19, 2012 3:59:49 AM

CPU: $220 Core i5-2500K

Board: $125 Asrock Z77 Extreme4

RAM: $54 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

HDD: $70 Western Digital 500GB

ODD: $18 LG SATA DVD Burner

GPU: $520 EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 680



Case: $45 COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus

Total - 1153 Plus Shipping.

Get the 3570K if you're not worried 'bout the temps @ higher clocks. Of course if you're looking at keeping your clock speed at around 4.5 or under, that shouldn't really matter much ;) 
July 19, 2012 4:13:04 AM

Thanks calguy but thats not really what I'm looking for. No blu-ray play, no SSD, nice video card but a bit expensive and I would have to down grade elsewhere too much. I was also wondering about my original 7970 how is tigerdirects/visionteks customer and rma service since I have never ordered anything from there or that brand.