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New gaming pc, <$2000, checking compatability or parts suggestions

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August 7, 2012 1:09:42 PM

Hi there, I'll be returning from Afghanistan in about a month or so, and plan on using some cash to build a new rig for the home. This will be mostly used for gaming, as well as the media server for the home theater. This is my 4th build.

As of right now, trying to stay under $2k, when all is said and done. I'm just looking to the community to make sure I'm not missing anything, or if you see some serious compatibility issues/suggestions. Also, the monitor was an afterthought, since I have a 22" at home, I just felt like upgrading and the price seemed good :)  These are all based on current Newegg availability and pricing:

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60.00
MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: $240
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor: $230
MEM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): $105
HHD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s: $110
GPU: GA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready: $408
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE: $110
HS: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm: $60
OPTIC: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS: $53
MONITOR: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor: $200
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM: $190
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack : $14

Total: ~$1750, less if I decide against the monitor.
I have a builders copy of Windows Home I can use, but the Ultimate seemed a little more Ultimate-y, so I figured why not.

Thanks, greatly appreciate your guys' help!
August 7, 2012 2:28:57 PM

the ASUS SAbertooth is a great MB, I think it is over priced. if you need a specific feature that it offers then get it, otherwise I would look at a lowerprice MB's like these:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...
my choice would be the ASRock or Gigabyte.

I would also add an SSD the bigger you can fit the better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

not sure if Ultimate is worth it for gaming and home theater
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August 7, 2012 4:24:47 PM

- I second stepping down the mobo to the $140-180 range unless there is some specific thing you need on the Sabertooth as well as getting at least a 128GB SSD
- agree Ultimate gets you nothing for your stated purpose(s)
- 8GB of RAM is plenty but can't hurt to go 16 (though you may never use it unless this is going to last a *very* long time)
- make sure you have a backup solution if you are going to rip movies onto the HDD - nothing worse than spending weeks/months doing rips to have it disappear if the drive crashes

Edit: And thanks for your service!
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August 7, 2012 4:38:02 PM

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Edit: And thanks for your service!


+1

Oh, and an SSD for your OS is a GREAT investment.
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August 7, 2012 4:38:02 PM

I was about to buy the Sabertooth as well but then I realised that a more budget board, say the Gigabyte Z77x-D3H, would do the same thing for what I was doing.

8GB of ram definitely.

And thank you for your service, as the above poster said.
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August 7, 2012 4:41:18 PM

Forget about the monitor. Upgrade the CPU to a core 7 with the savings. Consider just getting Windows 7 Pro. Do you see yourself needing the extra crap? I have yet to use it.

Consider liquid cooling for the processor. It's pretty mainstream now, and the products are simple to install.





drifteractual said:
Hi there, I'll be returning from Afghanistan in about a month or so, and plan on using some cash to build a new rig for the home. This will be mostly used for gaming, as well as the media server for the home theater. This is my 4th build.

As of right now, trying to stay under $2k, when all is said and done. I'm just looking to the community to make sure I'm not missing anything, or if you see some serious compatibility issues/suggestions. Also, the monitor was an afterthought, since I have a 22" at home, I just felt like upgrading and the price seemed good :)  These are all based on current Newegg availability and pricing:

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60.00
MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: $240
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor: $230
MEM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): $105
HHD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s: $110
GPU: GA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready: $408
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE: $110
HS: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm: $60
OPTIC: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS: $53
MONITOR: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor: $200
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM: $190
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack : $14

Total: ~$1750, less if I decide against the monitor.
I have a builders copy of Windows Home I can use, but the Ultimate seemed a little more Ultimate-y, so I figured why not.

Thanks, greatly appreciate your guys' help!

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