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Looking for suggestions on a <$1500 first build

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August 20, 2012 6:48:13 AM

Hey i'm looking for suggestions before I go ahead and pull the trigger on this build. Any feedback would be appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 1200-1500 After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Coding, Video/Graphics Editing, Gaming

Already have monitors and OS

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 2x 1920x1080


Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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August 20, 2012 6:53:32 AM

Here are my recommendations: (i will list them on and assume that they can be found on the site you are using)

CPU: Intel i5-3570k [...] 6819116504 ($230)

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO [...] 6835103099 ($35)

MB: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 [...] 6813157293 ($135)

RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600 8Gb (2x4Gb) [...] 6820231544 ($44)

GPU: Radeon HD7970 3Gb [...] 6814125413 ($440)

PSU: Corsair HX-650 [...] 6817139012 ($125)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1Tb [...] 6822148840 ($90)

SSD: OCZ vertex 4 128Gb [...] 6820227791 ($110)

Optical: Samsung 22x DVD-RW [...] 6827151244 ($15)

Total: $1224 (before rebates, u could save another 30-50 $ from rebates, didnt really look) and not including case (probably about another $80-$100 depending on what you want/if you need one.

If u want to spend a bit more, you can add some more Ram, or upgrade the processor to an 17. Let me know what you think.
August 20, 2012 7:01:05 AM

Looks good. Get the Powercolor HD7850 and low profile ram
August 20, 2012 7:08:52 AM

Nice build two suggestions 1 you need low profile ram that ram is not compatible with your cpu cooler 2 cooler master makes great cases but psu are a no go switch it this is newegg prices PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1352.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 03:04 EDT-0400)
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