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August 18, 2012 6:46:17 PM

Hi guys, getting stuff shipped to my apartment is a nightmare, so I was originally planning on getting a computer made by either AVADirect or Digital Storm and getting it shipped to my parents, however based on reviews, AVA seems very slow, and prices on Digital were way higher, and I came across microcenter that is right by my apartment. So, I am going to buy everything from there, so if you recommend any parts over what I have, make sure that microcenter carries it :) !

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 10 days

Budget Range: $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Below are the items I am getting, can you please let me know if everything is compatible, and any recommended upgrades? Also, I want to confirm whether everything will fit fine in the case and how easy would corsair h80 installation be if I decide to get that?

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor - 289.99 (I realize i5 is all that is needed for gaming, but prefer to get i7 with $100 dif)
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard - 129.99
Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" - 115.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" WD1002FAEX - 109.99
Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000) - 67.99 (9-10-9-27 1.5v)
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked 2048GB GDDR5 PCI - 530.77
Corsair CMPSU-850AX Professional Series Gold AX850 High Performance 850 Watt Modular ATX Power Supply - 225.41
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - 184.11
LG 24x DVD±RW Burner - 17.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler (or should I get H80?)
Total: $1702.22

Acer S231HL bid 23" Widescreen LED Monitor - 169.99

Overclocking: Yes / Upto 4.4 ghz (will 212 Evo be fine or Corsair H80 be better)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Within a year

More about : 000 gaming build

August 18, 2012 7:21:47 PM

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $109.06
Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $179.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Heatsink-Technology... $69.21 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Heatsink Cooling Pad with Vapor Chamber Technology (RR-T812-24PK-R1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Phoenix III FM-25S3-240GBP3 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.72 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <----- review of that Gigabyte 670 w/benchmarks

http://www.overclock.net/t/1253432/gigabyte-gtx-670-oc-... <----- EVGA 680 back plate for that Gigabyte 670

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case

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August 18, 2012 8:14:38 PM
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here you go. the performance difference between the 670 and the 680 is not worth 100 dollars. the card i provided is about the same as the 680 in performance. its the only 670 out there than can overvolt using software

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eYem

i chose the monitor because its great, fully adjustable, and not too expensive.

the build i provided can overclock and SLI in the future when you need more performance
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August 18, 2012 9:11:13 PM

Thanks for the input guys, unfortunately I am purchasing everything from microcenter, so some of the items you listed are no good.

680, 3770k, and case are more for spoilage factor even though they are obvious overkill.

In regards to my build, do you guys see any red flags or compatibility issues?
August 18, 2012 9:20:03 PM

belgarion50 said:
Thanks for the input guys, unfortunately I am purchasing everything from microcenter, so some of the items you listed are no good.

680, 3770k, and case are more for spoilage factor even though they are obvious overkill.

In regards to my build, do you guys see any red flags or compatibility issues?


I suggest you choose a preoverclocked GTX 670 or a HD 7970 Ghz edition instead of that GTX 680. Those 2 can be had for cheaper and in the case of HD 7970 Ghz edition it is as fast if not faster than GTX 680 in many cases.

Also step down on the PSU, a 750W PSU is all you need and use the extra money to get a better CPU cooler to cool down that hot 3770k, trust me you will need all the cooling you can get. Get at least a high end air cooler like Nocture NH D14, Silver Arrow or the Phantek one. If the price of these are similar to the corsair H100, get the corsair H100 instead.
August 18, 2012 9:39:30 PM

belgarion50 said:
Thanks for the input guys, unfortunately I am purchasing everything from microcenter, so some of the items you listed are no good.

680, 3770k, and case are more for spoilage factor even though they are obvious overkill.

In regards to my build, do you guys see any red flags or compatibility issues?

The 680 and 3770K aren't overkill, they are what is known in PC gaming language as a "hose job". Look at the benches I posted and then take in account games do not take advantage of hyper threading. Then see what you can do with that $200 difference like step into a 240GB - 256GB SSD that will improve your times of loading levels (maps), etc...
August 18, 2012 10:22:52 PM

Thanks for the input guys, couple changes I am going to make are the following:

RS-800-80GA-D3 Silent Pro Gold 800W ATX Power Supply - Instead of 850 (no 750 gold at microcenter)
Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Kit i Instead of Hyper 212 EVO

I'll have to do further thinking on 670 versus 680 and 3570k versus 3770k. I understand that they provide minimal upgrades, but I've wanted both for quite a bit especially since this is my first pc in 4 years. Anywho, I'll think on those!

Also, anyone have opinion on ASRock Z77 Extreme6 versus ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard?
August 18, 2012 10:28:29 PM

belgarion50 said:
Thanks for the input guys, couple changes I am going to make are the following:

RS-800-80GA-D3 Silent Pro Gold 800W ATX Power Supply - Instead of 850 (no 750 gold at microcenter)
Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Kit i Instead of Hyper 212 EVO

I'll have to do further thinking on 670 versus 680 and 3570k versus 3770k. I understand that they provide minimal upgrades, but I've wanted both for quite a bit especially since this is my first pc in 4 years. Anywho, I'll think on those!

Also, anyone have opinion on ASRock Z77 Extreme6 versus ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard?


What is that RS-800-80GA-D3 Silent Pro PSU? Is it a Cooler Master? You don't need a gold rated power supply as long as its from a reputable brand ie Corsair TX, HX, AX, OCZ ZX, Seasonic X, PC Power and Cooling, XFX etc... That coolermaster PSU is not a good one.

Get this OCZ ZX 850W Gold Rated PSU its very well reviewed by various professional sites. Its on microcenter website so I think its available in store.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
August 18, 2012 10:29:57 PM

belgarion50 said:
Thanks for the input guys, couple changes I am going to make are the following:

RS-800-80GA-D3 Silent Pro Gold 800W ATX Power Supply - Instead of 850 (no 750 gold at microcenter)
Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Kit i Instead of Hyper 212 EVO

I'll have to do further thinking on 670 versus 680 and 3570k versus 3770k. I understand that they provide minimal upgrades, but I've wanted both for quite a bit especially since this is my first pc in 4 years. Anywho, I'll think on those!

Also, anyone have opinion on ASRock Z77 Extreme6 versus ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard?


1: get a nice psu like a xfx xxx 750w. cooler master isnt all that great

2: the h80 is expensive, loud, and not worth the cash. get something like a noctua nh-d14 and it would cool better and much quieter. the hyper 212 evo is already a good choice

3:i personally chose the route of going with a i7 3770k and a 670. i decided it because they werent too far from each other in pricing (got one on sale) and that i need my rig to last 5+ year. i decided to get a 670 because most of the custom 670s perform the same or better than a 680 at stock speeds
August 18, 2012 10:30:57 PM

It is a good one, just overpriced.
August 18, 2012 10:32:03 PM

belgarion50 said:
Thanks for the input guys, couple changes I am going to make are the following:

RS-800-80GA-D3 Silent Pro Gold 800W ATX Power Supply - Instead of 850 (no 750 gold at microcenter)
Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Kit i Instead of Hyper 212 EVO

I'll have to do further thinking on 670 versus 680 and 3570k versus 3770k. I understand that they provide minimal upgrades, but I've wanted both for quite a bit especially since this is my first pc in 4 years. Anywho, I'll think on those!

Also, anyone have opinion on ASRock Z77 Extreme6 versus ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard?


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

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


http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $89.99 - $69.99 after rebate savings
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750 Watt ATX Power Supply 80 PLUS Silver Certified
August 18, 2012 11:00:10 PM

I'm building this set up next week:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155

G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW

Case Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower

OCZ 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Its gonna run me around $1400 :o  it'll really help out if you could do some online ordering and by pass some taxes. Also microcenter was having a great deal on the i5 + mother board combo.
August 18, 2012 11:22:01 PM

Steverl22 said:
I'm building this set up next week:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155

G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW

Case Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower

OCZ 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Its gonna run me around $1400 :o  it'll really help out if you could do some online ordering and by pass some taxes. Also microcenter was having a great deal on the i5 + mother board combo.


dont get the h80. its not worth the money when i can get something about as much but performs better

dont get the ftw. what is up with EVGA cards? it doesnt cool as well as other brands' solutions such as asus, msi, and gigabyte and it isnt the cheapest either. the msi or the gigabyte gtx670 is the one id chose

no thanks on ocz. get something like the xfx xxx 750w psu instead
August 18, 2012 11:38:16 PM

TheBigTroll said:
which?

The Silent Pro.
August 18, 2012 11:40:15 PM

okay......

never knew they were close to being good

August 19, 2012 12:10:51 AM

i dont read hardwaresecrests....
August 19, 2012 12:14:39 AM

I don't see why lol. Jonny isn't the only reliable source for PSUs.
August 19, 2012 12:22:17 AM

i dont read any :lol: . i come across one and i just read it
August 19, 2012 9:54:46 PM

Hi guys, what do you all think about ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77? That mobo looks pretty awesome, on newegg I noticed couple of graphics cards having issues with the mobo though, would EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked 2048GB GDDR5 PCI be fine with it?

Also, is 750 80 plus bronze certified enough for 2x 680 SLI and OC or should I shoot for 850 to be on the safe end? Was thinking of getting OCZ Technology 750 Watt Fatal1ty Series Modular ATX Power Supply. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 19, 2012 10:01:21 PM

the deluxe is a rip off. id rather get the gigabyte z77x-ud5h

i dont recommend any 680 or evga in general (use evga if you have a case with bad airflow). id get a gigabyte or msi gtx670

id get the xfx xxx 750w as i might have stated before.
August 19, 2012 10:14:27 PM

Unfortunately microcenter does not carry XFX TBT. Anywho, is the psu that I linked enough if I do SLI 2x 680s and OC? (linked newegg to show stats, purchasing everything from micro).
August 19, 2012 10:40:27 PM

you could order it at us.ncix.com. free shipping and they carry the lowest price
August 19, 2012 10:55:12 PM

Like I said originally, shipping is a nightmare at my apartment thus purchasing everything from microcenter lol.
August 19, 2012 10:58:26 PM

lol. the packages arrive generally at 9-10 in the morning and only on weekdays. generally by UPS or Purolator
August 27, 2012 12:27:11 AM

Best answer selected by belgarion50.
August 27, 2012 12:27:14 AM

Final was the following:

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz
ASUS p8z77- V - Deluxe
Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5"
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" WD1002FAEX
Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000)
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked 2048GB GDDR5 PCI
OCZ ZX Series 1000W Gold Certified
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower ATX Computer Case
LG 24x DVD±RW Burner
Corsair H80

More or less stuck to the build I wanted, but going to give TheBigTroll best answer since he provided great information.
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