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August 13, 2012 10:17:14 PM

I've never built a desktop b/f, but I've thrown away the fear and decided to build my first desktop. I looked up parts from newegg and wanted to know if what i picked was good enough to play most games on relatively high settings on 1920x1200. I'm not a hardcore gamer, more of a hobby; and i also like to hook my computer up to a TV to watch movies. I do not know much about parts. I want my first build to last for quite a few years. Also, I would like to know if the parts I picked are good choices for when I want to upgrade in the future and so on. I value stability, reliability, and longevity over max performance.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: a couple months

Budget Range: 1-1.5k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, unless there's better

Location: NW Indiana

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Idk what that means, so maybe?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$10.00 Instant
$149.99
$139.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$40.00 Instant
$149.99
$109.99

EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130687
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$349.99
$319.99

Newegg Free CPU Magazine Coupon
Item #: N82E16800996204
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$24.99 Saving
$24.99
$0.00

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$109.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$4.00 Instant
$53.99
$49.99

ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131830
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$10.00 Instant
$209.99
$199.99

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$229.99

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835181015
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$10.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$74.99
$64.99

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820233223
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$25.00 Instant
$89.99
$64.99

Subtotal: $1,308.90

Also, is what i picked too much for my needs? Do I have everything I need? Are they compatible? Also, some 24" recs. Lastly, is this going to be hard to build? Thanks.

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August 13, 2012 10:40:20 PM

Better build 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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1256.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 18:39 EDT-0400)
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August 13, 2012 10:41:25 PM

For 1.5k you can build something MUCH better than what you picked.

here you go:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1464.88

This PC is SLI ready, you can add a second GTX670 anytime you want!
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August 13, 2012 10:43:34 PM

ncix is better (not prices but service) :D 

here is a more premium rig
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ebfx

here is the same rig but using a cheaper motherboard, cooler, and case. it performs the same and has about the same features

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7Jt


SLI/crossfire is the ability to use 2 video cards simultaneously to get more performance. one 670 is more than enough to max out games right now. in the future, if you need, you can run SLI to get more performance
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August 13, 2012 10:50:22 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Better build 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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1256.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 18:39 EDT-0400)


You forgot the monitor and the OP did not specified that he needed the OS
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August 13, 2012 10:53:29 PM

thanks for the replies so far! Yeah, I don't need an OS.
@thebigtroll: can you explain how ncix has better service? thanks
Also, what tools do I need to build? Do i need to buy thermal paste as well?
Another thing, how do you pick a mobo? It's very confusing to me
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August 13, 2012 10:55:04 PM

Fixed 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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1418.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 18:57 EDT-0400)
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August 13, 2012 10:56:45 PM

chpstckdrpkck said:
thanks for the replies so far! Yeah, I don't need an OS.
@thebigtroll: can you explain how ncix has better service? thanks
Also, what tools do I need to build? Do i need to buy thermal paste as well?
Another thing, how do you pick a mobo? It's very confusing to me


Read your messages, i left 2 guides there on how to build a PC.

I pick the motherboards based of professional reviews, performance, features and bang for the buck
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August 13, 2012 10:59:02 PM

aqualipt said:
For 1.5k you can build something MUCH better than what you picked.

here you go:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1464.88

This PC is SLI ready, you can add a second GTX670 anytime you want!
that CPU price ain't going to work out if OP doesn't live near mirco center
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August 13, 2012 11:00:44 PM

they just do. if you request it, they usually give you what you want or make a compromise. if you send them a mesage about a order, they usually reply within 24hrs.

you dont need many tools other than a nice screwdriver (preferably a magnetic one) and lots of time. if you get the noctua nh-d14 as i suggested in my build, id recommend installing the cooler last as it is HUGE.

you pick a motherboard for its features and what you need. for premium builds, i recommend the gigabyte z77x-ud5h since it has a ton of I/O options internally and externally. for slightly lower budgets, i recommend the ud3h
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August 13, 2012 11:03:15 PM

bigcyco1 said:
that CPU price ain't going to work out if OP doesn't live near mirco center


He hasn't told us where he lives, and if he doesn't live near a micro center maybe he has family near that can mail him the CPU or maybe there is a micro center a few hours from where he lives and he could drive there or simply buy it from somewhere else, that's why i left a few bucks.
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August 13, 2012 11:07:55 PM

aqualipt said:
He hasn't told us where he lives, and if he doesn't live near a micro center maybe he has family near that can mail him the CPU or maybe there is a micro center a few hours from where he lives and he could drive there or simply buy it from somewhere else, that's why i left a few bucks.
Very true that's why i said if :lol: 
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August 13, 2012 11:09:03 PM

aqualipt said:
He hasn't told us where he lives, and if he doesn't live near a micro center maybe he has family near that can mail him the CPU or maybe there is a micro center a few hours from where he lives and he could drive there or simply buy it from somewhere else, that's why i left a few bucks.


i live in nw indiana. i think there's a microcenter in the chicago area. would it be better to just go there and get all the parts?
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August 13, 2012 11:10:19 PM

chpstckdrpkck said:
i live in nw indiana. i think there's a microcenter in the chicago area. would it be better to just go there and get all the parts?
Yes it would ;) 
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August 14, 2012 6:08:38 AM

make sure to pick a best answer to close this thread. When your satisfied.
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August 14, 2012 6:22:15 AM

How far is Chicago from your location? Because if it is too far (over 2 hrs), it is not worth it since gas will negate any savings.
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August 14, 2012 6:27:42 AM

Best answer selected by chpstckdrpkck.
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