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August 26, 2012 9:07:34 PM

So I had a few different setups, but I was curious as to what others could get. I'm not very good at choosing parts anywho, so half my parts probably don't even work together lol.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Colorado Springs, USA. (Can't travel to microcenter in Denver).

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nivida

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will need a Monitor too. Just plan on running a single one though. Don't need any other peripherals. Also prefer the Basic Windows 7 Home Premium, not pro or anything. I'm sure I am forgetting something but well, I can't remember. Thanks!

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August 26, 2012 9:17:11 PM

I suggest a bigger PSU. 600w. His budget is $2K, so at least get the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4. A 2TB drive and blu-Ray burner are nice additions. And maybe a 24" monitor?
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August 26, 2012 9:21:24 PM

Why a bigger PSU? One Radeon 7970 will be fine on a 550W.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review...

Budget doesn't mean you have to reach it if one at $1450 will be enough for 1080p. Also, 24" has less PPI than 23".
If viewing at normal monitor viewing distances, you want to keep your PPI (pixels per inch) above 90. The human eye can start to detect individual pixels at PPI < 96 ..... ok to miss by a little, after that screen starts to look grainy. I'd avoid the choices highlighted in bold text

Resolution / Description / Screen Size / PPI

1920×1080 / 1080p / 13.1 / 168.2
1920×1080 / 1080p / 15.6 / 141.2
1920×1080 / 1080p / 16.4 / 134.3
1920×1080 / 1080p / 21.5 / 102.5
1920×1080 / 1080p / 23.0 / 95.8
1920×1080 / 1080p / 23.6 / 93.3
1920×1080 / 1080p / 24.0 / 91.8
1920×1080 / 1080p / 24.6 / 89.6
1920×1080 / 1080p / 27.0 / 81.6
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 15.4 / 146.8
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 17.0 / 132.9
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 22.0 / 102.9
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 23.0 / 98.4
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 24.0 / 94.0
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 25.5 / 88.5
1920×1200 / WUXGA / 27.0 / 83.8
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August 26, 2012 9:27:05 PM

My recommendation...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1563.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 17:26 EDT-0400)

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!
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August 26, 2012 9:28:14 PM

So you lose 4 pixels per inch. It's not a big deal.
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August 26, 2012 9:31:07 PM

Looks good, but I'd still get the HIS IceQ 7970 as it is currently cheaper and performs better.
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August 26, 2012 9:31:08 PM

Why lose any PPI, though?
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August 26, 2012 9:31:44 PM

Get a Noctua D14.
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August 26, 2012 9:31:44 PM

OK, you win.
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August 26, 2012 9:34:11 PM

azeem40 said:
Looks good, but I'd still get the HIS IceQ 7970 as it is currently cheaper and performs better.


True.

I just gave him an nVidia option considering his parts preference.
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August 26, 2012 9:34:32 PM

I was leaning toward the Noctua D14, but again was just curious if people had other input. From what I have read though, Noctua is pretty much one of the best.
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August 26, 2012 9:36:49 PM

It's good, but it's bulky. If you want something a bit lighter on the mobo, grab an all in one water cooler. Something like the Thermaltake I recommended or H80 would work well.
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August 26, 2012 9:38:25 PM

It's bulky but even beats out the H80 and H100. The 500R is big enough to accommodate it.
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August 26, 2012 9:40:12 PM

obsama1 said:
OK, you win.

I wasn't trying to win. I was just giving him an option just incase he is as sensitive to PPI as me.
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August 26, 2012 9:45:10 PM

Personally, I would see NO difference between a 23" and 24" unless I used a magnifying glass, but some people are just very eagle-eyed. When I said "you win", I just meant that you were right.
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August 26, 2012 9:45:14 PM

Great WCer for the price!
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August 26, 2012 9:48:04 PM

I honestly have no watercooling experience. I don't think I would ever really NEED it anywho, at least not for awhile. I would probably feel more comfortable with a noctua or another highly rated/suggested fan heatsink.
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August 26, 2012 10:00:05 PM

I had looked into it, I know it's huge. But the reviews of how great it cools make it seem worth it.
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August 26, 2012 10:17:10 PM

So the NH-D14 IS the newest one right?
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August 26, 2012 10:27:37 PM

Not the newest, but their best performing.
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August 26, 2012 10:32:37 PM

Ah well that's all that matters. Thanks
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August 26, 2012 11:25:47 PM

Best answer selected by Grimsilver.
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