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Proposed New MMO Gaming Build - $1250

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August 31, 2012 5:51:50 PM

Hello all - I have made upgrades to my other existing system in the past but this will be my first attempt at building my own system for my wife who enjoys EQ2 and other MMOs. I'm trying to make this build viable for the next 3-4 years while staying in a budget around 1250. Any advice on my selections would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1250 After Rebates;

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No, currently have hooked up to a Samsung 720P HDTV, 1360x768 res mounted on the wall

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Ultimate. May buy a Windows Ultimate upgrade and use the fresh install methodology.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Portland, OR

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Yes, planning on using the Mobo utility first and step up later after I pour through more articles

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe at some point

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently running a 6 year old AMD build that is not keeping up with the graphics...and because I promised my wife I'd get her a new computer!

here's the build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaeM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaeM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaeM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek LOKI SD963 52.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($178.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1260.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 13:28 EDT-0400)

Thank you in advance for your advice!
August 31, 2012 6:21:52 PM

There's no reason to purchase Windows 7 Ultimate unless you need the language packs or XP Emulation Mode. Home Premium will handle everything you need just fine.

Swap your cooler with a Hyper 212 Evo (don't trust Xigmatek) and swap that SSD for a Samsung 830, otherwise good choices all around.
August 31, 2012 6:33:35 PM

Nice to know about the Windows 7 Ultimate. I can use that extra budget on a Blu-ray optical drive and the Samsung 830.
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August 31, 2012 6:58:59 PM

I think I may possiblly be able to fit something into the budget. Gimme a sec !
August 31, 2012 7:05:06 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaMc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaMc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaMc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1223.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 15:07 EDT-0400)

Assuming that you don't want windows, I managed to get you a way better 750W silver PSU that will definitely SLI a 670
Samsung 830 SSD
More HDD space
CMH 212
August 31, 2012 7:30:31 PM

I am going to need Windows...
so I'm thinking I could drop the 2TB for a 1TB (we have a 1TB external USB that's not near full), add Windows, swap the Lite-on for an ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS and only be about 20 bucks over my budget. Any reason to not do the swap on the Lite-on for the Asus (on sale at newegg)?
August 31, 2012 7:31:54 PM

bctande1 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaMc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaMc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gaMc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1223.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 15:07 EDT-0400)

Assuming that you don't want windows, I managed to get you a way better 750W silver PSU that will definitely SLI a 670
Samsung 830 SSD
More HDD space
CMH 212


That looks a lot better but Cooler Master PSUs are simply not trusted. Go with this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 31, 2012 7:40:16 PM

http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Phantom-Tower-Gaming-Case/dp... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case - Black

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Bronze-Energy-Certifi... $104.79 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $79.79
XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - P1750SNLB9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $199.98 save: $25.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $519.98 save: $20.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.32 & 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/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/... $17.99 & 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.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $91.11 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,172.76 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $136.40 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <----- review of that MSI GTX 660 ti w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks
August 31, 2012 9:15:13 PM

Thank you all for your help. Going to do a once over on price shopping and I think I'm good to go!
August 31, 2012 10:26:28 PM

I'm all for you buying the GTX 670, but at that low of resolution, you won't need that much horsepower.
August 31, 2012 11:22:47 PM

The thought I had on that one (right or wrong) is since we play MMORPG's more often than not, I know we'd like to turn the graphics quality as high as we can. Won't do too much with EQ2 (being a cpu shader) but newer games I thought would benefit from a more robust gpu. Was my logic flawed a bit?
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