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August 21, 2012 8:07:00 AM

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Hello,
I'm building my first gaming rig. My budget is aroung $1100. This machine is mainly going to be used for HD video editing/rendering, and mid/high level gaming. I would like someone to look over my parts list and give suggestions as to what could be changed. I also need advice on what brand/wattage PSU I need. I'm looking for a brand name PSU that can power my machine efficiently.
Here are my specs;

CPU- Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
GPU- GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
RAM; Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM
PSU: ??? Up to $125
Internal HDD; 1TB SeaGate Barracuda HDD
Boot up SSD: 64 GB Samsung SSD
Drive; Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98
Case: CoolMaster HAF 922 OR Nzxt Phanton 421 red :pt1cable: 
Need advice on cooling.

Maybe a cold cathode lighting system later. (if getting a case with side windows)

Additional details;

I live REALLY close to a Microcenter (Dallas,TX) so I can take advantage to a lot of deals they have. I'm also close to a Frys electronics.

Since this is my first computer build, I'm not sure if I would like to overclock. But I am getting the overclockable version incase I decide to overclock in the future.

Suggestions to parts that have a better price to performance ratio would be appreciated.
Thanks for looking :hello: 

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August 21, 2012 8:29:19 AM

For Psu's, hx-530 and tx-550m are both really good quality in that price range. Otherwise, if you want to spend a bit more and future proof your build, allowing room for further upgrades, the hx-650 is great.

Cooling: Recommend getting the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO (probably about $30). It is the best cpu cooler in that price range and is a massive benefit if you are thinking of overlocking.

Other: Everything u have listed looks really great. How much are you paying for your RAM though?
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August 21, 2012 9:00:06 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $79.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code Corsair15PSU, ends 8/22
CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

or...

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)
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August 21, 2012 4:08:42 PM

TheBigTroll said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fdPA

what i would get. you will save quite a bit of money by buying a i7 at microcenter along with a nice combo deal with the motherboard

for the os, you can get it from him instead. much cheaper. ask for a dvd rom as well
http://us.ebid.net/for-sale/microsoft-windows-home-prem...

wait for the sale to start back up


I'm paying $50 for the ram.
I'm trying to keep the final price under $1200. Will upgrading to i7 make a big difference?
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August 21, 2012 4:28:21 PM

if you are rendering things, the 16gb of ram is very useful

in rendering times, the i7 will make a noticeable difference over the i5. comes down to your choice here
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August 21, 2012 5:36:54 PM

Should I downgrade the GPU from a GTX 660 ti to a GTX 560 ti in order to have enough to spend on the i7? Or should I keep my current setup?

I've been looking at the Antec High Current Gamer 620 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Looks good for the price, but I don't know how good the performance is.
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August 21, 2012 7:44:34 PM

Bluefusion said:
Should I switch out the new Gigabyte GTX 660 ti ($320) for a Radeon HD 7850 ($249) which will be getting price cuts later this week?
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6175/amd-radeon-hd-7800-s...


Don't down size on your vid card (FPS). If it comes down to $$$ then hold off on your SSD seeing how they drop down in price just about every other week. Also Microcenter has those bundle deals with the cpu + motherboard so chances are you will get that board down below for $40 - $50 cheaper than what it shows on here. Call Microcenter to be sure. Just make sure you talk to a sales person there with half a brain.


http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $90.00
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $79.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code Corsair15PSU, ends 8/22
CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $134.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $29.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $17.99
LG 24x DVD±RW Burner - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $86.63 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Soli... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25

Total: $773.92 *not including rebates & promo codes


http://www.amazon.com/GTX660-Video-Graphics-Cards-TI-DC... $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS GTX660 Ti Series 2GB Video Graphics Cards GTX660 TI-DC2-2GD5

or...

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $297.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $277.99
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5


*** Side fan for that case.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-MegaFlow-Computer-R... $14.42 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Red LED Computer Case Fan (R4-LUS-07AR-GP)


http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link on there to the latest bios update

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

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- Review of that board w/benchmarks


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
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August 21, 2012 8:01:16 PM

Best answer selected by Bluefusion.
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August 21, 2012 10:32:30 PM

i rather hold off from the hard drive. its much easier to add a hard drive to a exsisting system than reformatting the hard drive and cloning the hard drive to the SSD and then getting microsoft to reactivate windows

you could drop the video card to a 7870 from asus. they sell for 269.99
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