$1,500 - How does this build look?

I've been reading this site pretty much daily for the last few months. I think I have a good build going here, but figured I would post and get some opinions. This will be a first time build for me. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week.

Budget Range: $1200-1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: At at later date.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: US - TN

Parts Preferences: Intel, corsair, top name brands

Overclocking: Yes - Going to try at least.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but probably not.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, but I will be upgrading my monitor soon for the normal rez people use now.

Additional Comments: I've been wanting a better computer for the last few months. It came down to building one myself for around 1500 or paying Maingear over 2 grand. I'm fairly tech savvy so I just figured why the hell not, and everyone here seems to agree.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Although my core i7 920, 6 gigs ram, ati 4670 is still kicking it surprisingly well, I just felt like it was time.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009
Corsair Carbide Series 500R - $129.99

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 - $169.99

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&Tpk=3570k
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz - $229.99

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $30.99
or
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
Noctua NH-D14 - $89.99

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $43.99

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB - $119.99

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB - $89.99

Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
LITE-ON DVD Burner - $17.99

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB - $409.99

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $99.99

TOTAL w/ Evo: $1,487.80
TOTAL w/ Noc: $1,546.89


Some of this stuff has mail in rebates and promo codes, so will probably be around $100.00 less.
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  1. not bad not bad, IMO ASrock makes a nice cheap motherboard, its the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 not the 4-M
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    knocks off 30 bucks
  2. Shockattackr said:
    not bad not bad, IMO ASrock makes a nice cheap motherboard, its the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 not the 4-M
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    knocks off 30 bucks


    That won't really make much of a dent in the overall cost of the build. That looks really good to me - I say go for it.
  3. 30 Bucks can go a long way. it buys me smokes for a week
  4. Thanks for the quick reply. I know this is silly, but the only reason I picked that mobo was because I thought the 3d bios looked cool. If it's really not worth it I may go with that ASRock one you mentioned.
  5. Rogue32 said:
    Thanks for the quick reply. I know this is silly, but the only reason I picked that mobo was because I thought the 3d bios looked cool. If it's really not worth it I may go with that ASRock one you mentioned.


    Holy crap that looks pretty damn nifty.
  6. Rogue32 said:
    Thanks for the quick reply. I know this is silly, but the only reason I picked that mobo was because I thought the 3d bios looked cool. If it's really not worth it I may go with that ASRock one you mentioned.


    It's pretty awesome, I have the UD3H and it's one of the easiest I've ever used.
  7. I built my cousin's PC with the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H and I didn't find the 3D bios that helpful. The advanced bios is easy to use already. I have not used the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, but I installed the Plus onto my cousin's PC. Unfortunately I do not have load temperatures, but on idle it ranged around 35C. Personally, I built my PC with the Noctua NH-D14 and sit on stock 29-35C on idle and 38-40C load (gaming, have not done prime95 test yet) on an i7-3770k. Overall, the PC looks really solid. If you use an internet adapter like the "Medialink - Wireless N USB Adapter", plug into USB 2.0 ports. When plugged into USB 3.0, the system would not shutdown.
  8. I guess your build pretty fine You can Save alot if your attending to buy getting a cheaper case since ur using an ATX mid one for around 40-50 and ur OS..last thing would be the power supply i think an amazing psu but you can get cheaper one your system's total usage is about 530W suggest getting a 650 for around 70 bucks.

    And good luck.
  9. 7Ghost said:
    I built my cousin's PC with the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H and I didn't find the 3D bios that helpful. The advanced bios is easy to use already. I have not used the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, but I installed the Plus onto my cousin's PC. Unfortunately I do not have load temperatures, but on idle it ranged around 35C. Personally, I built my PC with the Noctua NH-D14 and sit on stock 29-35C on idle and 38-40C load (gaming, have not done prime95 test yet) on an i7-3770k. Overall, the PC looks really solid. If you use an internet adapter like the "Medialink - Wireless N USB Adapter", plug into USB 2.0 ports. When plugged into USB 3.0, the system would not shutdown.


    The only differences between the 212+ and 212 Evo are a stronger PWM fan with LED lights, and it comes with MX-4 thermal compound.
  10. g-unit1111 said:
    It's pretty awesome, I have the UD3H and it's one of the easiest I've ever used.

    I have that board but it won't let me update BIOS to make use of TouchBIOS. :(
  11. azeem40 said:
    I have that board but it won't let me update BIOS to make use of TouchBIOS. :(


    Really - I had no problems. Are you using the @BIOS program to update it automatically or are you using a disc?
  12. It was from the mobo website.
  13. azeem40 said:
    It was from the mobo website.


    I use the @BIOS program - it should be located on the driver disc. It will contact Gigabyte's servers and download the driver update automatically - all it takes is a couple of clicks.
  14. you don't need that big of a power supply. 560w will be enough, get the seasonic x560 ($125 on amazon), capacitor aging doesn't happen anymore, so you don't need to go over the required amount of power. Also, 120gb should be enough storage (look at how much you use right now), and if not, get a 240gb ssd (mushkin chronos enhanced 120gb/240gb, not 180 or 90gb), it will still be cheaper than an ssd and an hdd, and faster also. You should definately get the d14 over the 212, it is a much better and quieter cooler. For the motherboard, you could save some money and get better quality by buying a used or new p8p67 deluxe on ebay(you don't need the integrated graphics of z77 or z68), and then replace the bios chip with another one you buy on ebay (came out to $110 total for me). The motherboard change isn't necessary though. You should also upgrade your case to the haf x, which has better airflow, but this isn't necessary, although your case, cpu cooler, and power supply will outlast your other components, so you should definitely go all out on those. You should also get a different gtx 670. The evga uses a reference cooler, so it will be louder and hotter, therefore, less overclockable. I suggest you get the asus card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637
    it's $20 more than the gigabyte card, and it runs cooler and quieter. Also for ram, I would go g. skill, but that doesn't really matter. The brands I mentioned are very reputable, and are the top manufacturers of the computer parts I mentioned. Brand loyalty will get you nowhere, it will limit your choices, and will prevent you from finding better brands and parts. Compare prices with amazon, some stuff will be cheaper there. I hope you found my advice helpful.
  15. Thanks for the replies everyone. I may look into that asus card. It was my initial pick, but was always out of stock when I looked.
  16. Quote:
    you don't need i7 for gaming...


    16GB isn't needed either.
  17. Quote:
    you're both right BUT... this guy has enough money to purchase both the i7 and 16GBs of ram so...why not?

    its like comparing a Corvette (i5/8GB) with a Ferrari(i7/16GB), they are both amazing but the Ferrari is simply better, and there is a chance that future games will be optimized for more cores because next gen consoles will most likely have 6/8 cores (HT creates 4 extra virtual cores)


    It will be several years before games catch up to hyper threading, if it's strictly gaming that's not really a wise investment. You can put that money elsewhere - maybe upgrading your SSD, getting a second GPU, what have you.
  18. g-unit1111 said:
    It will be several years before games catch up to hyper threading, if it's strictly gaming that's not really a wise investment. You can put that money elsewhere - maybe upgrading your SSD, getting a second GPU, what have you.


    I completely agree with this. If TC wants to spend more sure, but it's always good to provide options. And money saving is a very appealing option.
  19. Quote:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
    $229 ($214)

    MBD: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819
    $199.99

    HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    $34.99

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997043
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226295
    $54.99

    GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787
    $409.99

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    $89.99

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    $74.99

    DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    $19.99

    PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052
    $89.99

    CSE: Corsair Carbide Series 300R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011
    $74.99 - $59.99 after mail-in rebate card

    FAN: 2 x 140mm - XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1454 /
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233036
    $17.98

    MON: LG EW234T-PN Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LED
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005314
    $139.99

    -------------------------------
    $1436.88


    pretty Slick I like it
  20. Quote:
    verbalizer wrote :

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504
    $229 ($214)

    MBD: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131819
    $199.99

    HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099
    $34.99

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997043
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226295
    $54.99

    GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130787
    $409.99

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442
    $89.99

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767
    $74.99

    DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
    $19.99

    PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341052
    $89.99

    CSE: Corsair Carbide Series 300R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139011
    $74.99 - $59.99 after mail-in rebate card

    FAN: 2 x 140mm - XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1454 /
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233036
    $17.98

    MON: LG EW234T-PN Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LED
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824005314
    $139.99

    -------------------------------
    $1436.88]


    Sort of insignificant but I would go with the Samsung 830 instead. It's $5 cheaper and better performance.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=de8R5tqZEeGcQ-bHJGciMAYb27_28U63_0_0_0&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16820147163

    Looks pretty good!
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