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August 25, 2012 7:22:14 AM

HI everyone, this is not my first build but it's been 5 years since I built my first gaming rig and I have noticed a lot has changed. When I built my first PC i was very happy with it. I remember I came here 5 years ago for advice and people were extremely helpful, so now I’m back :) 

I will mainly use this system to play games and watch videos, my wife will be using it for her school which requires a lot of office type programs up at once. I'm not looking to play crysis on ultra-high settings or anything (I swear they make that damn game just so people buy new hardware) but mainly want to be able to be on par or above the new consoles coming out, since they seem to design the graphics around those anyway nowadays. I know they are not out yet and that would be impossible, but i think it could build something pretty close to what they will be if that makes any sense.
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Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of September~~

Budget Range: $1300 or so, I’m flexible but also not willing to go crazy with the newest tech since most of the time it’s overpriced

System Usage from Most to Least Important: future games on at least high for the next 4ish years

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA, Florida

Parts Preferences: flexible, not a fan of AMD or Radeon

Overclocking: no, built my last rig for that and I ended up clocking it back, I don't like the bugs and constant tweaking. More often than not I would overclock it, have to reinstall an OS or BIOS, and then have to reteach myself how to freakin do it, stock overclocks are okay. Plus i want this system to last a while.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe if it’s worth it.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Parts list so far on my own


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel

Comments: I don't know what the difference is with the K and this one, the only thing i noticed different was the internal graphics thing, but if i have a stand-alone does it even matter?

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Storage: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Comments: the Seagate is my old HD i have in my computer right now and will not be buying that, would these two hard drives work well together? I’m planning on putting all my media files on the old one and my OS and games on the SSD

Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Comments: I really just want 1 video card right now, so in the future when games start becoming more demanding I can throw another one in there and be good for a couple more years. I picked the 660 because the 680's and 690's prices are unreasonable, and I’ve heard the 670 isn't worth the money over a 660ti since it only gives you a 3-5 FPS advantage.

Case: have no idea, whatever works, have a cooler master right now but its beat to *** from moving, nothing flashy whatever gets the job done.

Power Supply: OCZ Stealth Stream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Comments: this is my old PSU, i have no idea if it will work, its 5 years old, is it safe to use this?


Thank you all for taking the time to read this, please feel free to criticize, I bought everything off Newegg before but if anyone knows of better prices somewhere else please let me know. In the military and a baby on the way so money saved could greatly be used in other things :) 

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August 25, 2012 10:18:32 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $94.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $134.98 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/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.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/... $21.95 & 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... $85.61 & 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... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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: $1,303.23 *not including shipping & rebates


or...

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $429.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC


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.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <----- review w/benchmarks of that gigabyte gtx 670

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <----- review w/benchmarks of that msi gtx 670
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August 25, 2012 5:48:11 PM

Thank you for your reply why_me, using your advice I tweaked it a little. I will be using my existing HD along with my dvd and cd burners I have now, and I get software free from my work. this is pretty close to my final decision please let me know if anything might not work, or if i would be better off with a different item.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

everything comes out to 1100 dollars from newegg using combo deals and such.
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August 26, 2012 4:37:59 PM

would this work, gonna buy today.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2012 6:01:53 PM

soulkeeper4270 said:
would this work, gonna buy today.

Everything up there looks good but maybe the case and SSD. You can't put a side fan on the that case which makes it a bit of a hot box and the OCZ 3 series don't have that great a reputation. Look for a case that has some kind of side cooling...maybe the CM HAF 922 (w/3.0 USB) or something to that nature. And look for combo's. That Corsair psu combo's with two different sets of low profile Corsair Vengeance (black set and blue set).
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