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August 16, 2012 12:16:17 AM

Hey Everyone,
I'm looking to build a nice HTPC/Gaming rig I can set up in the media room that would be able to handle any game I throw at it, while at the same time being the main computer I would be using at home. I haven't picked out a sound card yet, as I am hitting my limit on budget for the month and figure I can make due with the onboard chipset for a month or two. Let me know what you think of the build, or any suggestions on better-priced or generally better spec'd components for the price.


Approximate Purchase Date: the next week or two

Budget Range: 2,000 - 2,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Center, Gaming, General Photo/Video Editing

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Brand new build

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg all the way

Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Parts Preferences: Big fan of Intel/AMD, just from past experience.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Your Monitor Resolution: I would be running this through a 60" LCD Flat-Scrreen along with a 1920x1050 27" monitor
Additional Comments: Definitely want it compact and quiet.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want to future-proof for a few years, at least.

Parts I have so far:


LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C60B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz

ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB

G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback




Thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2012 12:30:48 AM

do you do a lot of video editing? if you do, a i7 would be good. if not, a i5 can still do it fine
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August 16, 2012 12:31:58 AM

I've never really done it before, but I did just get a GoPro 2, as well as having a desire to record music but not having a rig to do so effectively.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2012 12:36:43 AM

ok then you probably dont need a i7
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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2012 12:40:47 AM

here you go. when you build the rig, install the cooler last. its big and will interfere with your hand when you try to install motherboard standoffs
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eJSQ

its pretty much dead silent trust me
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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2012 12:56:37 AM

You will not need 32 gig of RAM

Unless you have a full copy of a 64 bit photo editing program like Adobe CS5 [ or a 64 bit video editig program ] , you wont even ever be using 8 gig , and so far no game is going to use more than 4 gig .

Both these silverstone cases are cheaper than the Lian Li and just as good , if not better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a build with either 7970 or a GTX 670 will need a 550 watt psu
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