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September 1, 2012 8:17:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 - 2 weeks
Budget Range: $1000 - $1500 (Currently $1400)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music Production, Graphic Design
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Location: USA, Florida

Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670
Primary Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB
Media Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

Additional Comments: The RAM I chose is not on the official supported list for my MOBO (don't know if this is that big of a deal) but I want low profile RAM to avoid any spacing problems with the cooler. Didn't know whether to go with Crucial or maybe G Skill Sniper series. So either G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB or G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB. I was reading that 16GB of ram could actually hinder performance as opposed to 8gb of RAM, how true is this? I would prefer to just get 16gb when I put it all together rather than getting more later. Music production can eat up a lot of RAM especially when there are a lot of effects put into chains, so the 16gb is preferred.

Wanted an Asus DCUII TOP, but since those are no where to be seen, I went with the Gigabyte as it seems be the be the most quiet and cool 670 (along with reliability).

I will need to get a new sound card, but I haven't decided which one. I might go external but not for sure, but I will be using it to produce music and rip vinyl.

Oh and I will need an optical drive, I guess I should get a Blu-Ray drive. Haven't even looked into them yet. My current drive will be fine if I don't decide on one now.


Just wanted to see what the community thought of the build. I've been researching for about a month now and I am finally ready to purchase.

Thanks all!

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September 1, 2012 8:56:05 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
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 X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.36 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1357.33
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 16:58 EDT-0400)

Use your current BR drive.
I have no idea about sound cards.
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September 1, 2012 9:34:29 PM

You could do much better. Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
You'll be getting a great PSU, Rosewill you may thing is a shitty brand but as of late they are getting great OEM outputs. Example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Sabertooth is overpriced and underperforms like the rest of the Asus Z77 lineup: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
That's the proof, a $160 performs better/on par with a $60 more expensive Asus P8Z77-V Pro

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September 1, 2012 9:38:39 PM

Get the 256gb M4 instead of the Samsung 830. The extra capacity helps a lot so you can install some more games or programs on it. Plus, not much more expensive.

I also suggest you wait a couple days, the Seasonic X750 Gold should come on sale for ~$120 any day now. It has been on sale some time during the first 2 weeks of every month for the past 6 months.

Case comes down to some preference.
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September 1, 2012 9:47:09 PM

Forgot to mention but I already have a case Corsair 800D. Picked it up a year ago.
The nice thing about the Sabertooth is that it has 8 usb ports in the back with 4 being USB 3. I have 6 usb ports in my current motherboard and they are all full. I would like room for some more.

From what I've read it seems like a lot of people are having trouble with the ASRock boards. Also 2 of their usb 3.0 ports are not Intel and don't transfer as fast :(  .
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September 1, 2012 10:51:28 PM

While i agree to a certain extent here that mobo is overpriced reasoning is the 5 year warranty and the market gimmick keeping dust out and cooling your mobo better other than that it's no better than the $180 mobos you can get however you need to check the many reliable professional reviews before you jump the gun if one site results are skewed versus other websites.I would take them with a grain of salt if they are pretty much in line with one another i would say it's very safe to assume everything seems in line and is safe to trust
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September 1, 2012 11:15:23 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Mo... $149.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

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.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC... $46.50 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K

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... $77.49 & 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/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $168.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & 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

Total: $1,363.60 *includes shipping does but not include rebates


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.78 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <----- review of that MSI card w/benchmarks
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