Semi-Flexible 600$ Build (MMO/RTS-Gaming| For Friend)

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the July/Weekend likely Depends on final amount spent.

Budget Range: 550-650$ *if anymore will be spent Purchase date will be pushed a bit* Before Rebates/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Internet, Moderate Gaming for now (WoW, GW2, Civ5, Arma II/Steam games, BF3/future), TV/Movie Streaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts needed: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Optical Drive, SSD, Case, CPU Cooler, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: &

Location: Hawaii (Sadface)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, G. Skill Ram, Corsair/Seasonic PSU, Buyer Prefers the CM Storm Enforcer Case (unless theres another case w/ more/better airflow)

Overclocking: Yes (Likely in the near future)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure tbh (using an '07 720p TV Connected thru HDMI)

Additional Comments:
like the preferences above, he prefers to take advantages on the Deals for the i5 3570k (-15$?) AsRock Extreme4 (-20) also prefers the CM Storm Enforcer (Good Air Flow is a must as hawaii is pretty much humid/warm year round and he intends on leaving this on 24/7)

he also brought up an interesting request, instead of buying an SSD+ HDD he intends on getting a 120GB+ SSD to cover his OS+ His most played games now and will buy a Few 1-2TB Harddrives later.

Also if you've read the post thus far you noticed i knocked the GPU off, Reason is he is on a waiting list for a few GPUs down here (Getting a 670 + i think it was a 7950 or 7970) which is covered. which ever one he feels is better he'll keep and he's selling me the other for half price (as payment, Good friend eh? :D)

If your wondering to ask why he has a budget for everything else outside of the GPU i believe he'll be using this computer until he graduates this winter and will likely be handing this "toy" down to a sibling :S.
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  1. i5 3570k with the AsRock board with CM EVO 212+ in Push Pull
    Gskill Ripjaws or Corsair Vengenaces (Low Profiles are nice) 8GB 1600Mhz (round 50$)
    SSD look towards a Crucial M4 (avg price is 120ish)
    A corsair Power supply 650watt or 750watt
    get the case he wants.
  2.'s my suggestion:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.81 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $595.31
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-25 11:57 EDT-0400)

    this assumes the 670, OS, and monitor are not part of this puchase
  3. awesome suggestions ;D
    question for the SSD, are there any that i should stay away from? i know the Crucial M4 series is highly recommended but out of the OCZ series is there any that i should stay away from? i personally don't trust Newegg reviews
  4. Vertex 3's and older, Vertex 4's are said to be better but i dont know right now
  5. Check out my $1000 build. Just drop the 7870 (-290) Drop the HDD (-80)
    Total: $661 before rebates.
  6. what about the Agility series? 3-4. and the mushkin series from azn's link? btw nice ;D
  7. Thanks! Ummm... TBH, I'm not a big OCZ SSD fan. I always like supporting the lesser knowns which is why I recommended Mushkin. They all perform pretty much the same since they all have pretty much the same controller.

    Honestly in RL performance you wouldn't notice the difference. I would have to say, go with whatever is cheaper. The Mushkins seem to be cheaper most of the time.
    The MX version, so "better" than the normal Chronos is better than the Agility 3 in RL performance, in Boot times the same as the Vertex 3-4.
  8. alright helpful just like my last topic last month. haha. thanks azn.

    ATM his cart looks like this:
    i5 3570k - 230$ -15 w/ promo code
    Asrock Extreme4 - 115
    Any SSD Ranging from 100-150 120GB-240GB(hopefully!) will be lookin for sales
    Case Ranging from Rosewill Challenger-CM Storm-HAF922 60-100
    8GB Ram: ill just say any between 40-45(50)
    Any Optical Drive 15-20
    PSU Likely a Corsair CX500-600W or TX 650-750W 60-100 for this.
    212 Evo - 30

    will be discussing this/will update after.
  9. Personally wouldn't suggest a Corsair as they're fairly expensive. Check out this Rosewill Hive 750w.
    After the promo, it's only $75 and it's modular plus the Hive series is solid.

    650w version review:
  10. oohh.. cool, wait is hive one of the better Rosewill PSUs? i've heard (thru RL & Forums) that their PSUs are subpar at best but haven't dealt with them personally
  11. Pretty solid PSUs as of late. Their best series are the Green, Hive and Capstone. Hive and Capstone are their most recents but really solid. Especially from what I've seen from reviewers.
  12. Alright something ill look for.

    unfortunately his deposit got delayed so i won't be ordering til later in the week :\ hoping stuff w/ still be on sale. already noticed the case is back up to 89
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