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August 22, 2012 7:54:00 PM

Hey guys, I'm planning on buying my parts in a week or two, just thought I'd get them checked out first. I already have a case, it's an NZXT Phantom. I'm going to be gaming on an HDTV at 1080p.

Budget Range: around $1000-1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Parts:

CPU: i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 1155 (planning on OCing to at least 4.0 Ghz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 Gb (2 x 4Gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N660 Ti 2 Gb (Sticking with a 2 Gb model for the high resolution and future and PhysX for Borderlands 2, which this comes bundled with right now)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 1 Tb Western Digital Caviar Green
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60 Gb (Just for the OS basically)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LITE-On Internal 24x DVD Burner (I was gonna get an Asus but it wasn't compatible with Windows 7 and two people said theirs exploded so I went with a non-detonating model)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ZT series 750W Bronze (Fully Modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,050.91

Additional Comments: I'm going to buy a sound card once I get all my rebates in so its basically free, I can live with onboard audio until then. I've already got a good mouse and keyboard. I definitely want a fully modular psu like the one I have up there.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 22, 2012 8:01:53 PM

heres what i would get
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/exwL

if you want to save some cash, you could go with the 660ti or the 7870 which is currently 269.99. exploding dvd burners rarely happen. its the first time i ever heard of one. its most likely a defective one

most onboard sound is good enough nowadays.in order to tell the difference between the two, you would need something like a asus ds or dx card
August 22, 2012 8:04:48 PM

I only have a few suggestions:

The i5 2500K is a nice processor, but for a couple bucks more you can grab the Ivy Bridge i5 3570K. Might be worth the extra features.

Your RAM heatsinks are a little tall. With a Hyper 212 Evo, you would be better off with low profile memory.

Solid state drives are rapidly declining in price, and for another $40 you could probably get a 120 GB one which could hold a few games too, but its your money so don't feel too obligated to. I don't wanna push you over your budget.

Otherwise, I hope you enjoy a sweet rig!
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August 22, 2012 8:14:44 PM

PSU overkill?

Drop the CPU cooler and SSD and find a cheaper PSU....gun for a gtx 670....add ssd and cpu cooler later. No game out need an i5 to OC and the SSD can be added later.

Otherwise, looks fine.
a b 4 Gaming
August 22, 2012 8:20:14 PM

if he is to do crossfire/sli in the future, its not overkill. OC is a nice option to have but yeah, some people dont bother with it.

adding a SSD to a system to me is more difficult than adding a hard drive to the rig later since you dont have to clone the hard drive, reinstall windows on the new SSD, and get microsoft to reactiveate windows. adding a hard drive in the system only requires you to plug in the hard drive and activate in the control center
August 22, 2012 8:21:41 PM

loops said:
PSU overkill?

Drop the CPU cooler and SSD and find a cheaper PSU....gun for a gtx 670....add ssd and cpu cooler later. No game out need an i5 to OC and the SSD can be added later.

Otherwise, looks fine.


While this sounds like a good idea on paper, what with spending more money on parts now and upgrading later, I would argue that for the SSD, its nice to install your OS to the SSD, rather than transfer stuff over to an SSD later when you upgrade. I ended up transferring, and I've had some weird errors because of it (e.g. Netflix will no longer play videos on my computer because it thinks the time/date is wrong).

I agree that the PSU is a little overkill.
August 22, 2012 8:35:39 PM

Yeah, I went for the bigger PSU so I could SLI my 660 Ti (or 670, depending) when it gets a little outdated.
I'm going to upgrade to the 3570k, and get low-profile RAM for now, maybe change some more stuff up later. I think I might swap to the GA-Z77X-UD3H you posted, looks like there's more room for the cooler on there and its cheaper.
I'm keeping the SSD for my OS though, I definitely don't want to have to move Windows 7 down the road. Its a hassle.
August 22, 2012 8:37:07 PM

PoSpoon said:
Yeah, I went for the bigger PSU so I could SLI my 660 Ti (or 670, depending) when it gets a little outdated.
I'm going to upgrade to the 3570k, and get low-profile RAM for now, maybe change some more stuff up later. I think I might swap to the GA-Z77X-UD3H you posted, looks like there's more room for the cooler on there and its cheaper.
I'm keeping the SSD for my OS though, I definitely don't want to have to move Windows 7 down the road. Its a hassle.


Sounds awesome. Good luck!
August 22, 2012 8:39:32 PM

Thanks a lot for the quick replies and suggestions
a b 4 Gaming
August 22, 2012 10:46:31 PM

no problem
a b 4 Gaming
August 23, 2012 12:00:18 AM

@ the OP. 16GB of RAM for a gaming build? That's crazy.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $79.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $346.98 save: $18.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.45 & 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.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.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $309.99 - $299.99 after $10.00 rebat
MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total: $1,019.01 *not including shippping & rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


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


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
August 23, 2012 12:34:29 AM

Why_Me said:
@ the OP. 16GB of RAM for a gaming build? That's crazy.

Woops, nice catch. I linked to the wrong set, I was only planning on getting 8 Gb.
Not a bad deal with the CPU combo and that board looks pretty nice. Thanks.
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