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August 21, 2012 12:52:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month. No problem waiting additional month if something would be coming out that would save me an upgrade down the road.

Budget Range: $2000ish.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo Editing (Photoshop)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Completely new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 64 bit or maybe Windows 8)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've used NewEgg in the past and for the links below.

Location: Hickory, NC (Hour from Charlotte)

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes. Though I have never done this so I will be learning.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. When eventually upgrading graphics cards would I be better going SLI or getting a new just released card?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer is 6 years old and want to get a new one. I feel like building my own would be something fun to do.

I have never built a computer before so a lot of the parts and terms were pretty foreign to me. After looking at different websites and reviews this is what I came up with. If you see somewhere I could/should go with a different part for one reason or the other let me know nothing is concrete.

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
Processor: i7-3770k
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212
Video Card: Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Power SUpply: Corsair HX850
Hard Drive: WD RE4 500GB
SDD: Intel 320 Series 120GB
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
CD/DVD: ASUS 24x DVD Burner
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

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August 21, 2012 12:57:11 AM

if you need a building guide, newegg has a nice 3 part youtube guide for that purpose. its not the most up to date but the parts should still be relatively relatable
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August 21, 2012 10:29:10 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Mo... $149.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3770K-Quad-Core-Processo... $324.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $20.96 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D... $108.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC2... $198.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Wi... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Graphics Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.30 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,648.37 *not including mail in rebates


This EVGA backplate down below fits right onto the back of that Gigabyte GTX 670 I posted up above. Make sure to use the screws that come with the Gigabyte card and not with the backplate.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX-680-Backplate-M021-00-00... $23.81
EVGA GTX 680 Backplate (M021-00-000008)

or get it here...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Backplate Model M021-00-000008
August 21, 2012 7:28:39 PM

Thanks for the suggestions :D . If yall don't mind could you tell me why you would pick some of those components over what I picked out? Maybe I can learn a little more.

Thanks,
Chris
August 21, 2012 8:00:49 PM

NCSU_Chris said:
Thanks for the suggestions :D . If yall don't mind could you tell me why you would pick some of those components over what I picked out? Maybe I can learn a little more.

Thanks,
Chris

1) You don't need an 850w psu for dual 670's, a 750w psu suffices just fine and leaves you plenty of headroom. Those XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic for XFX.

2) That Gigabyte card has better cooling than the Zotac card and is a better quality card. Just make sure to add that back plate to it I linked for a couple of reasons. Stability and it helps to spread the heat so your PCB isn't cooking.

3) Larger storage drive (1TB) along with a larger SSD (256GB). That Samsung SSD utilizes SF Toggle NAND controller which is about as solid as it gets these days in regards to SSD's.

4) Way better case imo. That Corsair comes with a built in multi channel fan controller, an LED on/off switch, dust filters, has plenty of room, and a 200mm side fan.

5) Low profile RAM so you don't impede any decent size after market cpu heat sink.

6) As nice as that Asus Sabertooth looks, it's known to be over priced for what it offers. It's a board that's usually purchased by people that go for the gimmick look. It doesn't offer any more features than most boards out there.
August 21, 2012 10:33:07 PM

im pretty dam sure that samsung doesnt use toggle nand. im pretty dam sure
August 21, 2012 11:26:47 PM

wow. i thought they used the generic sync flash but they make their own which is even better
August 22, 2012 12:14:32 AM

Why_Me said:
1) You don't need an 850w psu for dual 670's, a 750w psu suffices just fine and leaves you plenty of headroom. Those XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic for XFX.

2) That Gigabyte card has better cooling than the Zotac card and is a better quality card. Just make sure to add that back plate to it I linked for a couple of reasons. Stability and it helps to spread the heat so your PCB isn't cooking.

3) Larger storage drive (1TB) along with a larger SSD (256GB). That Samsung SSD utilizes SF Toggle NAND controller which is about as solid as it gets these days in regards to SSD's.

4) Way better case imo. That Corsair comes with a built in multi channel fan controller, an LED on/off switch, dust filters, has plenty of room, and a 200mm side fan.

5) Low profile RAM so you don't impede any decent size after market cpu heat sink.

6) As nice as that Asus Sabertooth looks, it's known to be over priced for what it offers. It's a board that's usually purchased by people that go for the gimmick look. It doesn't offer any more features than most boards out there.


Awesome, thank you. Will let yall know what I end up going with.
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