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August 16, 2012 1:07:02 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the next month or so
Budget Range: not sure

System Usage from Most to Least Important: going to try computer gaming, web development, htpc, web, photoshop, some video editing (After Effects, Encore, Premier)
Are you buying a monitor: I listed one in the build, I am buying one, but only if I find a good deal now - not in a real hurry.

Parts to Upgrade: all

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: don't really care

Location: Northern VA

Overclocking: maybe, or probably

SLI or Crossfire: dunno

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: just because i want/need to

Here is what I've built out so far. I don't have anything but some hard drives and dvd drives that I can reuse.

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: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Dell ST2421L 24.0" Monitor ($183.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1436.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 21:06 EDT-0400)

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August 16, 2012 1:13:38 AM

Recommend either a 256GB SSD or pick up an SATA HD as a secondary. The 128 GB SSD will fill up quickly with the OS and other software.
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August 16, 2012 1:20:59 AM

SSD is just for the OS, I have some other drives I am using for everything else. Either 3 1.5tb Raid5 or 2 1.5tb Raid1 and will probably get some bigger drives to store movies on if I decide to rip all my DVD's to disk. I will also have another computer that will backup this computer.
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August 16, 2012 1:49:49 AM

Sorry....miseed your statement that you have some hard drives to use. Your listed parts have a lot of positive feedback and look good.

I'm an AMD CPU builder so perhaps someone will chime in regarding the i5 you chose. Good luck!
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August 16, 2012 2:22:32 AM

much better 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: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Dell ST2421L 24.0" Monitor ($183.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1418.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 22:22 EDT-0400)
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August 16, 2012 2:33:52 AM

Try this...

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 Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1349.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 22:33 EDT-0400)

Add in whatever mouse and monitor you want.
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August 16, 2012 3:16:27 AM

regina_49 said:
much better 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: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Dell ST2421L 24.0" Monitor ($183.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1418.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 22:22 EDT-0400)


Do you mind explaining the difference and why?
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August 16, 2012 3:18:52 AM

DeusAres said:
Try this...

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 Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1349.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 22:33 EDT-0400)

Add in whatever mouse and monitor you want.


Do you mind explaining the difference and why?
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August 16, 2012 3:29:04 AM

The gtx 670 is a much stronger card than the 560ti. The Asus version is faster and and runs cooler.

The 750w psu I recommended is on sale at NCIX. It's truly a steal. It's 80+ silver certified and fully modular. You don't need 850w. 750 is more than enough.

The SSD I chose is bigger and faster.

You don't need a mobo such as the sabertooth. That is an overpriced board. You can get the same features out of the asrock z77 extreme4 or the gigabyte z77 ud3h.

If you can afford it, I'd even suggest upgrading the CPU cooler to this...

Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this...

ZALMAN CNPS12X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 16, 2012 3:36:34 AM

boostdacr said:
Do you mind explaining the difference and why?
look here http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=598& see the difference lol and the sabertooth motherboard is overpriced you get all the features and more with Asus P8Z77-V PRO also for gaming and surfing the net no need for more than 8gb memory the 750w is more than enough to run two 670 It's 80+ silver certified and comes with a 7 year warranty
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August 16, 2012 4:15:18 AM

Yea I see the difference in the cards. The reason I am going with 16gb of memory is for web development, photoshop and video editing. The reason I was going with a 850w PS was because I will probably have about 5 hard drives plus the SSD.
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August 16, 2012 4:15:35 AM

Hard drives barely use much power. I doubt 5 hard drives will add 100W to the whole system. And 750W is not the required wattage. 2 560ti's use less than that in power consumption.
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August 27, 2012 3:54:38 PM

This is what I ended up going with. I got a deal from MicroCenter for the processor/mobo combo so I stuck with this mobo.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($228.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($176.98 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell ST2421L 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($30.69 @ Amazon)
Total: $1633.57
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 11:55 EDT-0400)

I am not really sure about the monitor yet, just left that one in there (haven't ordered one). I might try and use my TV for the time being
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September 4, 2012 4:15:14 PM

I have question about the power supply, instead of creating a new thread, I figured I would ask here.

I ordered Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($176.98 @ Amazon) from new egg since it was only ~$10 more than the HX750, on the product page it says its 80 PLUS GOLD Certified but the box says its 80 PLUS SILVER Certified.

I sent New Egg an email asking them but they said it will take 3-7 days before I hear anything back. Is the 80 PLUS SILVER Certified good enough or should I exchange it for one that is really 80 PLUS GOLD Certified?
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September 4, 2012 6:51:43 PM

It's good enough.

The HX850 really is 80+ Gold certified. It just received a new upgrade. It has practically been 80+ gold certified ever since they were first shipped.
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