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August 23, 2012 4:21:46 PM

Here is the specs I have come up with for my gaming rig.

I am new to building and not sure if I have all compatible parts and don't want to make a mistake. :/ 

Do you see any flaws in these combination of parts?
Do I have enough ram to make everything run smoothly?

Suggestions and Changes are welcome!

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K ($229.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA ($199.99)
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2 GB 256-bit ($407.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series HX850 850W ($144.99)
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 SATA III 128GB ($118.99)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB ($79.99)
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2X4GB) ($46.99)
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99)

Monitor: ASUS Glossy Black 24" ($199.99)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ($149.99)
ASUS Black SATA24x DVD Burner ($17.99)
Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER ULTIMATE ($81.99)
RAZER Taipan Expert ($79.99)

Total: $1,832.15 w/Tax

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August 23, 2012 4:40:44 PM

If you are not planning to SLI in the future, go for 600W psu. If you are, go for 750W psu.
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August 23, 2012 4:57:21 PM

Chairman Ray said:
If you are not planning to SLI in the future, go for 600W psu. If you are, go for 750W psu.



Sweet! Save some money that way.

What do you think about the CPU, Motherboard and graphics card?

I am thinking about SLI, just dont have the money right now.

Does the Bronze or silver or Gold Certification matter much? I dont really understand what the difference is between them.
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August 23, 2012 4:58:57 PM

Bronze, silver, gold, and platinum 80 plus are all slight efficiency bumps on top of 80 plus. Any 80 plus is good, even regular 80 plus. The higher tiers aren't worth extra $.

have fun!
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August 23, 2012 5:03:25 PM

quilciri said:
Bronze, silver, gold, and platinum 80 plus are all slight efficiency bumps on top of 80 plus. Any 80 plus is good, even regular 80 plus. The higher tiers aren't worth extra $.

have fun!




Thanks. That makes sense now.

So im a type of guy that doesn't want to make mistake in purchasing the wrong items without alot of advise.

What do you think of the overall build? Would you build it personally?

Some reassurance would be nice before dropping that much money.
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August 23, 2012 5:58:55 PM


Here is the updated specs. Any other changed needed before purchase?? :) 

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K ($229.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA ($199.99)
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2 GB 256-bit ($407.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W ($144.99)
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 SATA III 128GB ($118.99)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB ($79.99)
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2X4GB) ($46.99)
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99)

Monitor: ASUS Glossy Black 24" ($199.99)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ($149.99)
ASUS Black SATA24x DVD Burner ($17.99)
Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER ULTIMATE ($81.99)
RAZER Taipan Expert ($79.99)

Total: $1,797.24 w/Tax
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August 25, 2012 9:27:07 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the gene V is a micro-ATX board. Don't get a micro-ATX board unless you have to - space constraints, or very low budget are the only reasons that come to mind.

Here are a few better choices at the same price point.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I tend to stick to caviar blacks for a single HDD, and only use cheaper drives for my raid enclosure, but that's more a matter of personal preference. The spinpoint isn't dramatically less reliable than the cav. blacks by statistics. That HDD just stuck out as the rest of your build uses high quality enthusiast-standby parts.

Your PSU is a little overkill for one 670. 600 watts is more than you'll ever need for a single GPU video card.
pretty much the best 600 watter you can get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you think you'd like to add a 2nd 670 down the road, your PSU is fine.

the coolermaster is a great standby as well as value for your dollar. It will hold up nicely under moderate overclocking. If you want to push the 3570's boundaries, however, you might want something a bit beefier.

other than that, your build is solid

have fun!

p.s. check out steelseries mice, if you haven't already. They make extremely high quality, no frills mice. I'm admittedly biased against razer since wasting money on the boomslang - their first gaming mouse, over a decade ago.
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August 25, 2012 9:51:05 PM

jason5535 said:
Here is the updated specs. Any other changed needed before purchase?? :) 

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K ($229.99)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA ($199.99)
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2 GB 256-bit ($407.99)
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W ($144.99)
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 SATA III 128GB ($118.99)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB ($79.99)
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2X4GB) ($46.99)
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99)

Monitor: ASUS Glossy Black 24" ($199.99)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ($149.99)
ASUS Black SATA24x DVD Burner ($17.99)
Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER ULTIMATE ($81.99)
RAZER Taipan Expert ($79.99)

Total: $1,797.24 w/Tax

Some $$ savors to put you into a larger SSD.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $139.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

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/Asus-VS238H-P-23-Inch-Full-HD-Mon... $174.48 + Free Shipping
Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

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/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/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $171.28 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25



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.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <----- review of that card w/benchmarks

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case. Multi channel fan controller, LED on/off switch, 200mm side fan, dust filters, etc..
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August 25, 2012 10:10:01 PM

Why_Me said:

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $171.28 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25


Been looking for a good deal on a 256gb 830 or any 240gb toggle NAND sf-2281+ so i can stick the 120 i have into my laptop. Dunno why it never occurred to me to check amazon. I blame lack of coffee >.<

thanks!
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