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August 11, 2012 5:41:03 AM

Edit: First post was merged with another post. Sorry for the mess.

I could spend more than this if someone gives me a legitimate reason, but I like this as a budget/pricepoint.

I copied this down per guidelines. Feel free to ask questions. This is my first full build, but I have done CPU changes andupgrades for years. I would like a system that is overclockable and expandable. I tend to only upgrade every 3 to 5 years. I am willing to spend more now to extend life of system longer if there are legitimate options.



Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Budget Range: $1700+

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Video Editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Everything will be purchased through newegg

Location: Detroit, MI

Parts Preferences: High End and Reliability, but open to brands, although I tend to go with Asus.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually I will crossfire a second video card.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 HD

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:Using a Core2 Duo which just CPU dies when I stream Xbox, and trying to stream pc games is nigh impossible without huge nerfing to quality.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/elJO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/elJO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/elJO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
I like this due to its overclocking reviews. I am open to anything from 25xx to 3xxx if someone can give me a good reason.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Just picked it as it was on sale and coolermaster and seems solid.

Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($288.94 @ Newegg)
I want an EATX Board as I expand a lot and jack multiple controllers and am always short on slots.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
I would be willing to go to 32GB if anyone sees any reason to even if its just future extended life of system.

Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Low cost SSD option. I will transfer in a Black Caviar 1TB from my current system.

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Will crossfire one day. the 690 seems just a bit to harsh for my budget. But I read it is essentially 2 GPU's on one card would this be the biggest bang for your buyck investment for long term viability?

Case: Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case ($112.00 @ Newegg)
Good reviews clean great cooling, and it sits under desk on a mount so I don't care about see through.

Power Supply: Antec 900W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Seems like a solid PSU, is it huge overkill? Was on sale.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Unfortuantely I only have OEM so got to purchase this even with 8 close.
Total: $1721.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
August 11, 2012 9:07:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1057.86 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1803.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 05:05 EDT-0400)

This leaves around 200$ for a case.
List of ATX cases sorted by rating
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August 11, 2012 9:20:45 AM

Thanks for the build do you feel pairing the 690 gpu with that mobo/cpu is the best combination. Could you please say why?
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August 11, 2012 10:25:27 AM

@ the OP. You have the wrong RAM up there. That RAM is 1.65v and it's made specifically for an X79 board (Socket LGA 2011). Look for 1.5v RAM. Something like one of these sets down below or something similar.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1866C9

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 994015



You want an Ivy Bridge cpu for all the obvious reasons including native 3.0 USB and 1600Hz mem support just for starters. It runs circles around the older Sandy Bridge cpu.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $289.99 (in store pick up only) 32800 Concord Drive Madison Heights, MI 48071 Phone: (248) 291-8400
Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor



That Kingston SSD you have up there uses SF Asynchronous NAND controller not to mention it's slow as molasses. This Sandisk down below uses SF Toggle NAND controller and it's almost twice as fast as that Kingston. It's a better SSD all the way around.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJ8UI/ref=s9_hps_... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25



A 750w psu would do you just fine for dual 670's but this one down below is a steal at that price. It's modular which makes for a cleaner build not to mention it's a Seasonic which is about as good as it gets.

http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-850-BRONZE-Power-S... $118.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same psu @ Newegg



This is the new and improved version of the CM 212 and it has a way better mounting system, is adjustable and it's twice the cooler for only $10 more.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $32.39 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)



This board is worth taking a look at. It's gotten killer reviews across the net and has plenty of room for expansion. It's solid...just make sure to update to the latest bios as you would with any new board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $304.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <---- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks


Also Microcenter has deals on the walk in only specials including discounts on motherboards when you bundle them with either the 3570K or 3770K. Seeing how you live in the Motor City and they have a Microcenter there it would be worth checking into to save some serious money.
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August 11, 2012 10:42:43 AM

Thanks for the feedback why me I need to digest your post a bit. Would it be worthwhile to go to a X79 Board? And how do you tell if you are matching the right memory? I swore I pulled that right from there approved vendor list of memory for that motherboard.

Thanks for all the info,
Ray
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August 11, 2012 10:58:05 AM

Moves327 said:
Thanks for the feedback why me I need to digest your post a bit. Would it be worthwhile to go to a X79 Board? And how do you tell if you are matching the right memory? I swore I pulled that right from there approved vendor list of memory for that motherboard.

Thanks for all the info,
Ray

Stick to 1.5v and you will be fine. As far as the X79 route goes I would stick with the 1155 build myself. The 3770K beats the 3820 in gaming and hangs with it in other proggies while doing it for less $$$.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- look at these sets. Personally I would look at a set of 1600Hz CAS9 RAM. You won't notice the difference with the speed and it's easier to get your rated timings and speed (less hassle).


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- Look at the low profile Corsair Vengeance on there along with the G.Skill Ares and the Mushkin.
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August 11, 2012 3:24:56 PM

nafoni said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1057.86 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1803.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 05:05 EDT-0400)

This leaves around 200$ for a case.
List of ATX cases sorted by rating

no need for a 690 unless hes a hardcore gamer i just for 670 or 680
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August 11, 2012 3:26:06 PM

nafoni said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1057.86 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1803.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 05:05 EDT-0400)

This leaves around 200$ for a case.
List of ATX cases sorted by rating

and also i would go for 1600MHz Ram
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August 11, 2012 5:39:13 PM

iDaveeFTW said:
no need for a 690 unless hes a hardcore gamer i just for 670 or 680

I know, but since his budget actually is this high I thought it would be nice. But yes, a GTX 670 will be more than enough as well.
iDaveeFTW said:
and also i would go for 1600MHz Ram

Sorry, didn't notice that.
I guess these should be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 11, 2012 8:47:20 PM

Thank you for all the input. I got some work and thinking to do now. Using my interest free financing to purchase through newegg so not sure microcenter is an option as I can easily pay this off in 6 months, but otherwise I would incur a bit of interest killing savings I fear.
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August 12, 2012 12:16:20 AM

Revised build getting ready for purchase. Thoughts?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epii
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epii/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epii/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case ($112.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $1634.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 20:11 EDT-0400)

I am combo'ing MB and Windows for the discount. as well as going through newegg on everything. It is coming out to $1660 with shipping and I get $15 giftcard with the purchace of the cpu which closes gap on microcenter to $35 that drive is over 100 miles roundtrip, and I feel happy with this build it gets me 1 year interest free to budget it even longer if needed but I should be able to pay it off in a few months.

Mainly is that memory acceptable, also any last minute changes I am open to suggestions thanks for the input.
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August 12, 2012 12:24:39 AM

Moves327 said:
Revised build getting ready for purchase. Thoughts?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epii
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epii/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epii/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case ($112.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $1634.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 20:11 EDT-0400)

I am combo'ing MB and Windows for the discount. as well as going through newegg on everything. It is coming out to $1660 with shipping and I get $15 giftcard with the purchace of the cpu which closes gap on microcenter to $35 that drive is over 100 miles roundtrip, and I feel happy with this build it gets me 1 year interest free to budget it even longer if needed but I should be able to pay it off in a few months.

Mainly is that memory acceptable, also any last minute changes I am open to suggestions thanks for the input.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $383.98 save: $25.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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August 12, 2012 12:36:45 AM

Thanks Whyme not sure how I missed that combo in the first build up. I lose the 15 combo on the mobo windows combo though so only make out ten better guess I have to see if there is another windows combo.

Also, If you don't mind that is the right memory, correct?
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August 12, 2012 1:18:27 AM

Working combos I got it down to $1,602.90 with free year of Mcafee thrown in to boot as I think I am out of user license on my Norton.

I did switch to

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

versus the ASUS 670 card but both seem acceptable. I think I am about ready to finalize thanks for the talks this discussion has saved me an error, allowed me to get a system that will perform better and drill down my price by 8% while going up to an Ivy bridge. I appreciate the input.
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August 12, 2012 1:46:57 AM

Moves327 said:
Thanks Whyme not sure how I missed that combo in the first build up. I lose the 15 combo on the mobo windows combo though so only make out ten better guess I have to see if there is another windows combo.

Also, If you don't mind that is the right memory, correct?

Yep that memory will work fine. :) 
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August 12, 2012 1:51:36 AM

Thank you sir if you are ever in the Detroit area shoot me an email. I owe you a beer or three :-)
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August 19, 2012 1:01:13 AM

Best answer selected by Moves327.
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