Best Gaming HTPC build for under $1500

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month

Budget Range: (e.g.: 1200-1500) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, HTPC, surfing web)

Are you buying a monitor: No using HDTV


Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com, amazon.com)

Location: Ponchatoula,Louisiana - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No

Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: i would like the pc to be able to max out graphics on most games and stay at 60fps at 1080p, also would like the video card to be able to play bluray 3d and out put HD audio

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want a new computer for everything
Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

4 Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $599.96
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $469
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Hot Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse $25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126197

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233143

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS$189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K $339.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Total $2310.86 as you can see i need to cut out a lot so can you please help me I am kind of new to this!
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  1. johnhowell08 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 1200-1500) After Rebates

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire:No



    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922XM-KKN1-External-X-Dock/dp/B007Q7EG7I/ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344394488&sr=1-8 $124.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master RC-922XM-KKN1 HAF XM Mid Tower ATX Case with USB 3.0 and External SATA X-Dock

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344395104&sr=1-6 $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Silencer-compatible/dp/B0064XAIXQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344394235&sr=1-4 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping rebate: $20.00 Price after rebate: $69.99
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1030161 $326.98 save: $13.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99 - $29.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3000DM001/dp/B005T3GRLY/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344396309&sr=1-1 $149.91 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-147-163 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code NESAM10, ends 8/8
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $91.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637 $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423 $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios
  2. Well your build looks pretty solid but you need to change your motherboard that motherboard would need a bios update anyways also the ram you chose will conflict with your aftermarket cpu cooler speaking of cpu coolers that's not a very good one i recommend you get the evo the case you chose is great but cost quite a bit you could save almost 80 dollars by going with one of these cases i recommend and you can get a different reliable psu for cheaper anyways here my suggestions PSU:Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182133#top


    mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157295&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=#top


    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


    RAM:G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231534#top

    Case:Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053#top
  3. johnhowell08 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 1200-1500) After Rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, HTPC, surfing web)

    Are you buying a monitor: No using HDTV


    Do you need to buy OS: Yes
    Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com, amazon.com)

    Location: Ponchatoula,Louisiana - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

    Parts Preferences: none

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire:No

    Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

    Additional Comments: i would like the pc to be able to max out graphics on most games and stay at 60fps at 1080p, also would like the video card to be able to play bluray 3d and out put HD audio

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want a new computer for everything
    Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.

    COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $199
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    4 Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $599.96
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

    GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $469
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $129
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Hot Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse $25.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126197

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 $94.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233143

    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS$189
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K $339.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler $29.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Total $2310.86 as you can see i need to cut out a lot so can you please help me I am kind of new to this!


    WOW that is one heck of a build for an HTPC! You can definitely lower that price.

    1) 12TB of storage? Holy ***. That's how much storage Maximum PC put in their DREAM MACHINE. For a gamer and an HTPC, you only need around 1TB. Keep in mind that a TB is 1000GB which is a buttload of storage space.

    2) Your card looks good, but you could consider a GTX-670 Superclocked 4GB

    3)Switch to a Corsair TX-750W V2 which is manufactured by Seasonic

    4) For a highend gaming system consider getting a better keyboard and mouse. It may not seem important but a backlit, laser etched, mechanical keyboard is heavenly compared to a stamped rubber dome keyboard. I would suggest a Cooler Master CM Storm Quickfire, Pro, or Trigger. They are amazing keyboards. If you want highend, spring for a Max Nighthawk x9. It's around $150 bucks, but I have one and HOLY GOD it's the greatest keyboard EVER. Period. As for a mouse pick up a logitech or cooler master, you can't really go wrong with those two.

    5) RAM is great!

    6) That motherboard is great, but has way to many features that you don't need. I would spring for a cheaper but just as good ASRock Extreme4

    7) An i7 is completely unnecessary for gaming. Unless you are doing hardcore rendering, get an i5-3570K

    8) Havent heard much about that cooler, but I'm sure it's ok. If you are looking for great performance pick up a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (Seeing a trend of Cooler master yet :P)

    9) You can find a much cheaper Blu-ray drive on Newegg. Sony, LG, Liteon, Asus all make great optical drives but really you can't go wrong

    10) That's a great SSD, if you want Newegg is having a sale on the 256GB version which is what I use!

    I didn't have the willpower to add that all up but based on sale prices, I would say it's around $1400-$1500 buckaronies. Let me know if you have any other questions!
  4. Case Recommendations to help you save money take your pick Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119257#top


    Case:Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021#top


    Case:Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197#top

    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009#top
  5. You can grab a Rosewill THOR V2 Full Tower for about $119.99. Not only is it a great case with TONS of cooling, but it has enough room that you can use it as a vacation home on holidays!
  6. johnhowell08 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 1200-1500) After Rebates

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire:No
  7. Dupontrocks11 said:
    You can grab a Rosewill THOR V2 Full Tower for about $119.99. Not only is it a great case with TONS of cooling, but it has enough room that you can use it as a vacation home on holidays!
    Good recommendation i already listed it though. ;)
  8. bigcyco1 said:
    Good recommendation i already listed it though. ;)


    I saw immediately after *facepalm*
  9. Dupontrocks11 said:
    I saw immediately after *facepalm*
    :lol: no big deal i do that sometimes as well nobody is perfect. :)
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