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August 20, 2012 2:43:31 AM

Hello, this is my first computer build. After a while of researching and finding out what I needed I gathered the components at Newegg and Amazon. I plan to use this computer for HD video editing and high to mid-level gaming. The specs are as follows;

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

Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

Total~ $1200

I don't really know what case I'm getting yet, but I'm looking the the Antec Nine Hundred or the Cool Master HAF 922.
Also, I'm trying to get a dual monitor setup, but can't seem to find one.
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August 20, 2012 2:56:16 AM

On the case, HAF all the way. I just got a HAF X and I can't even begin to tell you how great it is.

I would scrap the 560ti and get a 660ti if you can, newer tech, lower power usage, and much more performance for a slightly higher investment, plus you get Borderlands 2 free with the 660.

Plan to Overclock? If so go with the i5-3570K if not go with an i5 3550. Also, if you plan to OC grab an aftermarket cooler. CM 212+ or EVO should do the trick.

I prefer MSI and Corsair for all of my parts, but I know Gigabyte is a good quality brand too.

Looks great but adding ~$60 puts it on the next level, good luck!
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August 20, 2012 3:05:44 AM

Bolivious said:
On the case, HAF all the way. I just got a HAF X and I can't even begin to tell you how great it is.

I would scrap the 560ti and get a 660ti if you can, newer tech, lower power usage, and much more performance for a slightly higher investment, plus you get Borderlands 2 free with the 660.

Plan to Overclock? If so go with the i5-3570K if not go with an i5 3550. Also, if you plan to OC grab an aftermarket cooler. CM 212+ or EVO should do the trick.

I prefer MSI and Corsair for all of my parts, but I know Gigabyte is a good quality brand too.

Looks great but adding ~$60 puts it on the next level, good luck!


Does this Gigabye 2gb 660 ti look good? ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
Since this is my first computer, I don't plan to overclock. Is there are major differences that I should know about? Also, It seems that I can get the i5 3570k for a cheaper price at Micro center than the 3550 at Newegg. Should I stick to the 3570k? I was even thinking to maybe downgrade the CPU to a Inter i5-2500k to make a little bit more (money) room for the GPU
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August 20, 2012 3:16:03 AM

That Gigabyte 660 looks great. Great choice.

The K series are unlocked so that you have the option to Overclock. If you think you might do it anytime down the road, grab it. Also, do you live near a Microcenter? They have a deal where you can get a 3570K for $189 and then you save $50 on a Z77 board.

I personally don't need 1TB of HDD space, don't know about you and you could save a few bucks by getting a 500GB on Amazon.
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August 20, 2012 3:17:55 AM

Bolivious said:
That Gigabyte 660 looks great. Great choice.

The K series are unlocked so that you have the option to Overclock. If you think you might do it anytime down the road, grab it. Also, do you live near a Microcenter? They have a deal where you can get a 3570K for $189 and then you save $50 on a Z77 board. You could also save some money by going down to a 60GBish SSD. I use mine as a boot drive and I have Office and Chrome on it and thats about it and I love it.

Actually, I live right next to one. Is there any SSD you would recommend?
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August 20, 2012 3:24:47 AM

Bolivious said:
The Samsung is really good but I have an OZC Agility 3 in my rig as well as in my wife's and it has been great so far. Quite a bit cheaper than the Samsung too right now on Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725

Going back to the original post, does the PSU and Motherboard look alright?
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August 20, 2012 3:47:59 AM

I like them both Corsair and Seasonic are the only PSU brands I would consider. I use all Corsair personally and have had no problems.

The motherboard looks great. I use MSI personally but I have a friend who uses all Gigabyte boards in his builds and hasn't had any problems.
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August 20, 2012 3:53:55 AM

Also the Corsair TX650 is a pretty decent upgrade for $20.
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August 20, 2012 4:32:33 AM

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