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July 27, 2012 11:28:03 PM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

Is there any computer parts that aren't compatible with each other or am I missing anything or even improve on? I made this build just yesterday and this is my first time, so please give me some slack :D . I don't want the best of the best, just a pretty good PC rig that can last me a long time. Thanks for your time.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2012 11:36:13 PM

Did you already purchase the parts? :)  Or is it still in the planning process?

Also, what is your budget? There's a few things you could improve on and I'd like to know so I can add some input :) 
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July 27, 2012 11:37:53 PM

If anything I'd like to keep it at a 1000-1500 price range if possible. I have not purchased the parts yet (: I just want a PC that can last pretty long without upgrading for awhile. Thanks! (:
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2012 11:42:26 PM

elitecreations said:
If anything I'd like to keep it at a 1000-1500 price range if possible. I have not purchased the parts yet (: I just want a PC that can last pretty long without upgrading for awhile. Thanks! (:


Okay got it, I'll make a parts list in a moment but I have one more question, what is the intended use for this system? Is it mainly for gaming or will you use this system to video edit as well?
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July 27, 2012 11:45:14 PM

mocchan said:
Okay got it, I'll make a parts list in a moment but I have one more question, what is the intended use for this system? Is it mainly for gaming or will you use this system to video edit as well?

To be honest the key objective in mind was to build a pretty decent PC rig that I wouldn't be needing to upgrade for a while, and I thought that a Gaming PC rig is powerful enough for me to last for awhile.

In short, making the PC last long so I don't have to upgrade (:
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2012 11:46:53 PM

elitecreations said:
To be honest the key objective in mind was to build a pretty decent PC rig that I wouldn't be needing to upgrade for a while, and I thought that a Gaming PC rig is powerful enough for me to last for awhile.

In short, making the PC last long so I don't have to upgrade (:


Alright got it! :)  I'll make a list right away.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2012 11:59:30 PM

Intel Core i5 3570k $229.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Currently $15 off due to promo)

Hyper 212 EVO $34.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8-Z77-V Pro $199.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Currently $10 off due to promo)

Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit 1600Mhz $49.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Currently $5 off due to promo)

EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition $409.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair TX650V2 $89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Currently %15 off PLUS a $10 mail-in-rebate)

128GB Crucial M4 SSD $109.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1TB Samsung Spinpoit HDD $89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On DVD Burner $17.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced $159.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 64-Bit OEM $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price of build after promotion codes and mail-in-rebate - $1439.49

There's a few parts you could swap out of this build if you would like to reduce the cost even further. Like the SSD for example, I threw that in there due to the budget, but you could get rid of that if you so desired.

I went with the i5 3570k over the i7 to be able to throw in a beefier GPU. However, if you need more CPU power than GPU, you could switch back to your original configuration of an i7+GTX570.
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July 28, 2012 12:13:31 AM

Thanks for the help! I'm aiming for a more entertainment based PC rig, so I don't really need a powerful GPU.

I have a question about the your build, though. I am wondering why you gave me a 1TB Samsung Spinpoit HDD $89.99 AND a 128GB Crucial M4 SSD? Simply for more space? Sorry for the dumb question.

And final question. Was there anything wrong with my initial build? Compatibility wise? Thanks!
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2012 12:20:16 AM

elitecreations said:
Thanks for the help! I'm aiming for a more entertainment based PC rig, so I don't really need a powerful GPU.

I have a question about the your build, though. I am wondering why you gave me a 1TB Samsung Spinpoit HDD $89.99 AND a 128GB Crucial M4 SSD? Simply for more space? Sorry for the dumb question.

And final question. Was there anything wrong with my initial build? Compatibility wise? Thanks!


Ahhh okay I got it :) 

If your PC is based more around entertainment, you could take off the GTX670 I listed and throw in a GTX570 (cheaper and still performs extremely well). I would still recommend you to stick with an i5, though :) 

I threw in an SSD AND a Hard drive in the list so you could use the SSD for a boot drive, and the Hard Drive as storage. SSD's are extremely fast nowadays and I'm sure you'll be satisified with the performance for the years to come.

There's nothing wrong with your initial build, however. I just think you're investing in the wrong areas :)  Like your power supply, I would get a 650w instead of a 750w as I feel it's overkill.
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July 28, 2012 12:27:41 AM

Ahh yes, the PSU. I was really confused in that area when building the rig. I couldn't decide which PSU to get, since I couldn't really tell the difference between the PSU and what is most effective for the rig. Thanks!.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2012 12:30:47 AM

elitecreations said:
Ahh yes, the PSU. I was really confused in that area when building the rig. I couldn't decide which PSU to get, since I couldn't really tell the difference between the PSU and what is most effective for the rig. Thanks!.


You're very welcome! :) 
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July 28, 2012 1:32:39 AM

Well if you are getting an entertainment PC guess your mainly usage will be watching movies and Gaming at FullHD or HD.
This build does include:
*Intel Core i7 CPU wich it's pretty great for multitasking and future proving, and it's overclocking capable, so you can get more performance out of it. You can upgrade to Sandy-Bridge in the future then.
*1080p gaming capable graphics card.
*120GB SSD to work as system and boot drive, the HDD included it's big enough for saving other programs and stuff.
*Future Possibility for dual-graphics cards.
-CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4Ghz (3.8Ghz Turbo) Unlocked Multiplier $289,99
-CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $34,99
-Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK $147,55
-RAM memory: 8Gb (2x4Gb) G.skill Ares CAS9 @1600Mhz $44,99
-Graphics card: AMD (MSi) Radeon HD 7870 Twin Frozr III $279,99
-Blu-Ray Burner: Lite-ON IHBS112-04 $64,99
-SSD: Corsair Force 3 SATA III 120Gb $124,99
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB @7200RPM $149,99
-PSU: Thermaltake SMART 750Watt Modular Power Supply $99,99
-Case: Corsair Carbide 400R $99,99
-O.S: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit $99,99

Total: $1437,45
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2012 1:57:26 AM

senupe said:
Well if you are getting an entertainment PC guess your mainly usage will be watching movies and Gaming at FullHD or HD.
This build does include:
*Intel Core i7 CPU wich it's pretty great for multitasking and future proving, and it's overclocking capable, so you can get more performance out of it. You can upgrade to Sandy-Bridge in the future then.
*1080p gaming capable graphics card.
*120GB SSD to work as system and boot drive, the HDD included it's big enough for saving other programs and stuff.
*Future Possibility for dual-graphics cards.
-CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4Ghz (3.8Ghz Turbo) Unlocked Multiplier $289,99
-CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $34,99
-Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK $147,55
-RAM memory: 8Gb (2x4Gb) G.skill Ares CAS9 @1600Mhz $44,99
-Graphics card: AMD (MSi) Radeon HD 7870 Twin Frozr III $279,99
-Blu-Ray Burner: Lite-ON IHBS112-04 $64,99
-SSD: Corsair Force 3 SATA III 120Gb $124,99
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB @7200RPM $149,99
-PSU: Thermaltake SMART 750Watt Modular Power Supply $99,99
-Case: Corsair Carbide 400R $99,99
-O.S: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit $99,99

Total: $1437,45


The i7 you linked is already Sandy-Bridge. 'Upgrading' to Sandy Bridge in the future isn't possible since it's last years technology. We're at Ivy Bridge today, and soon Haswell to be released next year.
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July 28, 2012 10:13:21 AM

I have a quick question. Does the Cooler Master HAF 932 case come with a SSD 2.5" to 3.5" converter?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2012 5:28:30 PM

elitecreations said:
I have a quick question. Does the Cooler Master HAF 932 case come with a SSD 2.5" to 3.5" converter?


Unfortunately I don't think the HAF 932 case comes with a built-in SSD mount. :( 
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November 16, 2012 12:48:15 AM

mocchan said:
The i7 you linked is already Sandy-Bridge. 'Upgrading' to Sandy Bridge in the future isn't possible since it's last years technology. We're at Ivy Bridge today, and soon Haswell to be released next year.


Sorry i meant Ivy Bridge - 3770K, i know Haswell LGA1150 it's coming out but woud never buy if you keep waiting for every generation to pull out.
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