$1500 New Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within three weeks

Budget Range: $1400-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, general use.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon

Location: Michigan, US

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Your Monitor Resolution: Two 1920x1080 (1920x2160?)

Additional Comments: I would like it to be as quiet as possible without giving up power. Also, don't want it to be flashy or anything.


Here are the parts I have picked so far:
Click for Newegg Wishlist

CPU: i7-3770S
GPU: Gigabye GeForce GTX 670
PSU: Corsair HX750
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Case: Fractal Define Design XL
SSD(I already have 2TB worth of HDD): Crucial M4
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw X series 8gb
Case fans (to replace default ones): 4x XIGMATEK 140mm
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212


Thoughts?
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  1. It's useless to get the extra fans until you get your build up and running. You can only buy as many fans as your case has mounts for and your air flow and the size of the mounts will determine what fans you buy. The i7-3770 is going to not be of use on a gaming build, and the S series is worthless due to the low power consumption and power saving features it uses.

    For a $1500 build here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Plextor PX-M3S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1132.90
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-18 23:30 EDT-0400)

    The difference gives you more than enough room to add a nice monitor or anything else you need.
  2. For the fans, I already checked how many I'd use and what size they needed to be for the case. Plus it won't take me long to get it up and running.

    For the case, I picked the Fractal case because I wanted one which would be very quiet, durable, and didn't have any flashy lights.

    Is there any reason you chose that specific PSU?
  3. It looks good to me you just need to change to low profile ram the ram you chose might conflict with the aftermarket cooler and the i7 is not needed or of any use for gaming.
  4. iokau said:
    For the fans, I already checked how many I'd use and what size they needed to be for the case. Plus it won't take me long to get it up and running.

    For the case, I picked the Fractal case because I wanted one which would be very quiet, durable, and didn't have any flashy lights.

    Is there any reason you chose that specific PSU?


    I have the 950W model and it's an incredibly solid well built PSU. It's actually made by Seasonic too.
  5. Quote:
    Save a $100 and see if you can find an OS floating around on the internet somewhere ;)

    You must have gotten lost because your on the wrong site with that post. You don't recommend pirated software on here, take that somewhere else where it's welcome.

    @ the OP. Here's a few minor changes to look at.


    This case down below comes with a built in multi channel fan controller and a large 200mm side fan. Larger fan = better air flow at lower RPM which means quiet running case. Also this is a large case with great cable management so no need for a modular psu.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.994378 $214.98 save: $25.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


    Combo that board with a cpu that over clocks and again no need for hyper threading.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.985159 $337.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Your not going to notice any difference with the CAS latency.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO


    Now take the money saved and put it towards an SSD like this one that utilizes SF Toggle Nand.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B006EKJ8UI/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new $179.99 + $0.00shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-240G-G25
  6. iokau said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Within three weeks

    Budget Range: $1400-1600

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, general use.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon

    Location: Michigan, US

    Parts Preferences: None.

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

    Your Monitor Resolution: Two 1920x1080 (1920x2160?)

    Additional Comments: I would like it to be as quiet as possible without giving up power. Also, don't want it to be flashy or anything.


    Here are the parts I have picked so far:
    Click for Newegg Wishlist

    CPU: i7-3770S
    GPU: Gigabye GeForce GTX 670
    PSU: Corsair HX750
    Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    Case: Fractal Define Design XL
    SSD(I already have 2TB worth of HDD): Crucial M4
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw X series 8gb
    Case fans (to replace default ones): 4x XIGMATEK 140mm
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212


    Thoughts?


    I would suggest the 3570K instead of the i7. Unless you have a specific need for hyperthreading, the i7 won't add value. Power usage, and CPU fan noise, is not an issue - I have a 3570K hooked up to a Zalman CNPS cooler, and can actually run the system passively (ie CPU fan turned off), even under full load.
    In addition, if you have a microcenter near you, they have a continuous special on the mobo+3570K CPU combo ($50 off the mobo, and the 3570K is only $189).
    The 750W PSU is overkill unless you're planning on two video cards. You may end up running your system at less than 20% of max PSU power most of the time, and in that range, the PSU is not nearly as efficient. ie by going to a 600W PSU, you may save money not only on the purchase price, but also on the power consumption.
  7. @Why_Me Other than the noise issue, I picked this case because it lacked the flashy stuff like lights and what not. That case would light up my room >< I did swap out the SSD and CPU though.

    @canoeguy I do plan on buying another card later in the year.

    Here is the updated list.
  8. iokau said:
    @Why_Me Other than the noise issue, I picked this case because it lacked the flashy stuff like lights and what not. That case would light up my room >< I did swap out the SSD and CPU though.

    @canoeguy I do plan on buying another card later in the year.

    Here is the updated list.

    That case comes with an LED on/off switch so you never have to see those LED's.

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html/
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