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July 31, 2012 6:01:36 PM

I am in the process of selecting parts for a new pc. It will be used almost exculsively for gaming. Most likely going to use cyberpower as the prices new egg are only marginally cheaper if that. the total cost with a coupon is just over 2000. Heres what I am thinking so far.
In particular im looking for advice on the mobo, cpu cooler (it was there default), case, hard drive (i dont intend on doing any media storage on this computer other than some music so 240gb should be fine), and monitor. The smaller items like mouse, speakers, networking, i dont really care about as i have quality items at home.

BASE_PRICE: [+1135]
•BLUETOOTH: None
•CAS: * Apevia X-Trooper LED Light Mid-Tower Case w/ Side Window [-16] (Blue LED Light Color)
•CASUPGRADE: None
•CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
•CD2: None
•COOLANT: Standard Coolant
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
•CS_FAN: Default case fans
•ENGRAVING: None
•FA_HDD: None
•FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
•FLASHMEDIA: None
•GLASSES: None
•HDD: 240 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 500MB/s Write [+29] (Single Drive)
•HDD2: None
•IEEE_CARD: None
•IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
•KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
•MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)
•MONITOR: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-P LCD [+157]
•MONITOR2: None
•MONITOR3: None
•MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) ASRock X79 Extreme 4 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI bios, XFast LAN, Charger, & USB Technology, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+0]
•MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
•NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
•OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
•OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
•POWERSUPPLY: 750 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-750M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply [+61]
•RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS
•SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•SPEAKERS: None
•TEMP: None
•TUNING: None
•TVRC: None
•USB: None
•USBFLASH: None
•USBHD: None
•USBX: None
•VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+310] (EVGA FTW [+10])
•VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+439] (EVGA FTW [+10])
•VIDEO3: None
•WNC: None
•_PRICE: (+2135)

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July 31, 2012 6:07:09 PM

Marginally cheaper? That build can be done A LOT cheaper on newegg.

16GB is overkill for gaming. Get 8GB RAM. Get the Vertex 4 240GB or Crucial M4 256GB for cheaper than that. If you want much faster and more reliable, get the 240GB Chronos Deluxe for $180.
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July 31, 2012 6:07:26 PM

Marginally cheaper? That build can be done quite a bit cheaper on newegg.

16GB is overkill for gaming. Get 8GB RAM. Get the Vertex 4 240GB or Crucial M4 256GB for cheaper than that. If you want much faster and more reliable, get the 240GB Chronos Deluxe for $180.
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July 31, 2012 6:13:59 PM

get ivy bridge i5 3450 since it is faster in games

get 8gb gskill ares 1600mhz 2x4gb kit at newegg. they sell for 44.99

get a h77-v motherboard from asus. they sell for 125.99

get a power supply like the xfx xxx 750w or a hx750w. either one will allow for SLI. just pick the cheaper one

for the case, id get something like a corsair carbide 500R instead. has much better cooling

for the monitor either get the vs228h-p or the pa238q. the vs228h-p is a good choice since it has higher pixel density than a 23.6inch monitor resulting in a clearer image. the pa238q is another option since its color accuracy is very good and suitable for proffesional work or gaming.

for the video cards, grab a asus directcu2 gtx670. they have a much better cooler. one 670 is more than enough for 1080p gaming.

stop buying from companies. build it yourself and save money
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July 31, 2012 6:19:17 PM

thanks for the advice i priced out a system on newegg that uses the exact same parts as the first build i posted except for cpu cooler hdd (but similary priced) and it came out to be $2,283.87 . Even with your suggestions with the different ram and cpu/mobo it still would be more expensive than the same system on cyberpower
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July 31, 2012 6:29:00 PM

$2K system and you're using a junk, POS Apevia case? Absolutely not.

I can build that same system on Newegg for way less:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
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)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2039.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 14:28 EDT-0400)

Part of the problem with that build is that X79 isn't really needed for a gaming system. Go Z77. Add whatever keyboard and mouse you want. You could also drop one of the video cards as a single GTX 670 will more than max everything out for the next two years.
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July 31, 2012 6:33:59 PM

also forgot to mention that i live in the wonderful state of nj which is where neweggs warehouse is so i have to pay instate sales tax which adds another $200 to my cart thats why my price was higher
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July 31, 2012 6:35:28 PM

Good g-unit, but you didn't really save him much from the cyberpower build. For 1080p gaming, why did you suggest SLId 670s? One 670 can play on 1080p at very high fps. SLI is only needed on high res gaming, like 5760x1080.
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July 31, 2012 7:08:28 PM

azeem40 said:
Good g-unit, but you didn't really save him much from the cyberpower build. For 1080p gaming, why did you suggest SLId 670s? One 670 can play on 1080p at very high fps. SLI is only needed on high res gaming, like 5760x1080.


Well I suggested that he could drop one and save $400 there.

How about something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1374.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 14:33 EDT-0400)
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