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August 27, 2012 5:13:46 AM

Looking for some advice as this is my first build. Appreciate any help or suggestions. Mostly want to make sure everything is compatible and will fit in the case and that the PSU will cover my needs. I’ve attached the parts I’ve selected below, but again if anything stands out as too expensive or inadequate, please let me know. Also, I have opted to not purchase a monitor at this time in order to save money. I have a 1080p Samsung HD TV that I was told would work, although I have heard of some problems with under/overscan?
Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: A.S.A.P.

Budget Range: ~$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/general use (surfing, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: City: Danbury, State: Connecticut, Country: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’d like a quick gaming computer capable of handling new games.



Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital AV-GP WD3200AUDX 320GB IntelliPower 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

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...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 27, 2012 5:52:35 AM

Nice build, you want to add in a CoolerMaster Hyper 212EVO since your OCing.
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August 27, 2012 5:56:51 AM

You don't need the Extreme4 if you're not CF/SLIng. Drop it down to a Z77 Pro3.
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August 27, 2012 5:57:42 AM

Okay, thanks very much for the tip. You think the computer will overheat otherwise when I OC it?
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August 27, 2012 6:00:05 AM

I dropped down to a Z77 pro 3. Appreciate the tip.
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August 27, 2012 6:01:13 AM

It won't overheat as long as the cooler is securely mounted and the thermal paste is correctly applied.
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August 27, 2012 6:06:31 AM

Go with an SSD for now and pick up a storage drive later on when you have an extra $60. That way you get more gpu power like this GTX 660 ti down below.



http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $59.92 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Certified-Compatible-Plat... $59.85 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $521.98 save: $8.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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.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... $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $19.64 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.67 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $911.49

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)

or...

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Soli... $90.10 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25
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August 27, 2012 6:30:59 AM

I appreciate the help guys. I'd like to maybe do a bit of a mix and match from your recommendations, Why Me. Kind of had my heart set on having a side window. Think it looks cool. Not dreadfully necessary, just a bit of preference. I'd like stick with the Rosewill Blackhawk case, unless it seems to anyone to be inadequate. Heard some reports that some of the tool-less gear was flimsy. Will everything still run well if I sub the PSU that I had originally (MK III 500W) for the Corsair CX600? Honestly I did a bit of research on the videocards and mother boards but it was mostly over my head. Didn't give it it's due diligence. I have mostly been relying on the opinions of friends and the egg ratings off newegg. Is the gforce 660 significantly better? And as far as the motherboards go, this new videocard says SLI ready, should I put the original (Extreme 4) motherboard back for better performance?
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August 27, 2012 6:49:04 AM

I'd get a Phenom x4 965 + Asus M5A97 + Sapphire OC 7870 + Corsair CX600 which would be better balanced. Drop the SSD and get a 1TB HDD.
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August 27, 2012 6:50:25 AM

Well I also wanted to hold on to the SSD, Smeg. Friend of mine has one, thing is lightning quick. I really don't have a crazy amount of stuff to store. I saw all the huge drives, but really I'll just be storing games and school docs. I just recently stated Guild Wars 2 and I play a few other games, like counter strike. So I really don't need a crazy amount of space. Plus there's always more spaces for storage HDDS.
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August 27, 2012 6:51:38 AM

He can already afford a 7870 with Why_Me's build.
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August 27, 2012 6:54:16 AM

I'm actually financing the computer on Newegg's "Bill me later plan, so the exact budget is kind of lenient. Just as long as I can pay it off in the 6 months they offer.
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August 27, 2012 10:20:09 AM

So, how much can you pay monthly, at the most?
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August 27, 2012 7:44:51 PM

I plan to take out about $50 of each pay check. Paying about $200 a month. In the 6 months that puts my MAX limit at around $1200 without incurring additional interest. I updated the set up a bit. I went with Why Me's suggestion for the combo deal (MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB and the i5) Also subbed the original PSU with Why Me's suggestion for CORSAIR Builder Series CX600. So at current, my cart is at $1170 which is just about my max. Do you guys think all of this will end up fitting in the case? Heard some problems with Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, having to change the orientation and whatnot. Does that affect the performance at all if I turn the fan sideways? There is a side vent on the case I'm buying, but I'm not sure if it will be as effective. Should I scrap the fan and just shoot for water cooling?
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August 27, 2012 8:45:42 PM

Moloch_90 said:
I plan to take out about $50 of each pay check. Paying about $200 a month. In the 6 months that puts my MAX limit at around $1200 without incurring additional interest. I updated the set up a bit. I went with Why Me's suggestion for the combo deal (MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB and the i5) Also subbed the original PSU with Why Me's suggestion for CORSAIR Builder Series CX600. So at current, my cart is at $1170 which is just about my max. Do you guys think all of this will end up fitting in the case? Heard some problems with Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, having to change the orientation and whatnot. Does that affect the performance at all if I turn the fan sideways? There is a side vent on the case I'm buying, but I'm not sure if it will be as effective. Should I scrap the fan and just shoot for water cooling?

Go with a case that has room for a decent sized cpu h/s like this one down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $381.98 save: $8.00
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case | Free case fan w/ purchase, limited offer
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.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $306.98 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 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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September 13, 2012 6:43:26 PM

Best answer selected by Moloch_90.
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