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August 26, 2012 7:25:11 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Sometime during September, maybe closer to the end of it.

Budget Range: $1000. Might be able get it up to $1500. I know that's a big difference, but if you could give me advice for a $1500 build and in case i don't get the extra $500 then a $1000 build. Not $1000-1500, it's going to be either $1000 or $1500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet/videos

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Was thinking of using Newegg's 12 month no interest thing. If other sites have a similar option then it's fine.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - New York, New York

Parts Preferences by brand: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Thanks a lot for any and all help :D . This will be my first build. I watched my brother build his first PC almost 1 year ago and it seemed simple enough.

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August 26, 2012 8:34:48 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $131.98 save: $18.00 FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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... $316.98 save: $18.00
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 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... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,006.91 *not including shipping & 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)
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August 26, 2012 8:35:34 AM

If you get the extra 500$, don't spend more than this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.49 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.94 @ Amazon)
Total: $1350.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 04:35 EDT-0400)
August 27, 2012 12:41:30 AM

Okay, i looked around some more based on the advice/builds you guys made and i went with this for other build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($172.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($547.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1545.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:36 EDT-0400)

Are all these parts compatible? And what would be a good case to go along with them? One that takes full advantages of the motherboard maybe? Thanks again for any and all help.
August 27, 2012 1:44:41 AM

AsoIaF said:
Okay, i looked around some more based on the advice/builds you guys made and i went with this for other build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($172.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($547.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1545.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:36 EDT-0400)

Are all these parts compatible? And what would be a good case to go along with them? One that takes full advantages of the motherboard maybe? Thanks again for any and all help.

I don't know who gave you that advice on that build but they did you wrong.

1) The 680 is known as a hose job around here seeing how the 670 hangs right with it and does so for $100 cheaper not to mention a 750w psu will push dual 670's.
2) 16GB of RAM for your needs is way over kill. 8GB of RAM for gaming is over kill but it's priced right so everyone is purchasing 8GB sets these days.
3) I can think of a half dozen or more boards that do everything the Asus Pro does and they do it for cheaper
4) WD makes great drives but a 2TB WD Black is way spendy for a storage drive. Find a cheaper storage drive and size up on your SSD. 240GB - 256GB
5) Forget PCPartPicker. It's for lazy people. If your purchasing from newegg due to their payment plan deal then use their combo's and save some $$.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <----- MSI gtx 670 review w/benchmarks

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <----- Gigabyte gtx 570 review w/benchmarks


For a higher end build any of these boards down below do just fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <------ Combo w/Asus board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <----- Combo w/Asrock board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <----- Combo w/Gigabyte board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <----- Combo w/MSI board


Solid modular psu manufactured by Seasonic for XFX to push dual 670's in SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $111.99
XFX P1-750X-XXB9 750W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015


Look at a WD Blue or a Seagate drive for storage and then size up on your SSD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $198.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
August 27, 2012 2:49:25 AM

AsoIaF said:
Okay, i looked around some more based on the advice/builds you guys made and i went with this for other build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($172.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($547.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1545.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:36 EDT-0400)

Are all these parts compatible? And what would be a good case to go along with them? One that takes full advantages of the motherboard maybe? Thanks again for any and all help.

Motherboard is a poor choice.
Ram is poor value,doesn't overclock well,costs more.
WD black adds nothing in the higher cost.
Save $100 and get a gtx 670
850w is overspending,and I'd skip the corsair.
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