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September 2, 2012 2:52:44 AM

Hi guys, I joined the site not too long ago in search for help to build a new pc and I've round up parts to buy.

I plan on buying all of this within a 1 month period. I'm going to buy all the little stuff first, then get the graphics card and processor.

This will be a gaming pc, can't wait to finish it so I can play some games :pt1cable:  I plan on buying my parts from newegg unless y'all know of a cheaper website, newegg seems good. I want to be able to do some overclocking.

For the record, I'm an nvidia/intel kind of guy. I don't really have anything against others, but for some reason I picked these 2.. I actually don't know a whole lot of differences between the 2 other than price. I think I should of went the other way with amd/radeon because price is a factor, but for now I'm good.


Monitor Resolution 1600 x 900 and 1990 x 1080.




Here are the parts I've gathered so far with help from the community and mostly the user "selayan":

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Although I see that it is 22nm and 2500k is 32nm, idk.. is higher better?


CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 CPU Cooler w. Dual 140mm Fans ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't know If I need a cpu cooler, but I guess If I want to do overclocking I will need one?


Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ($47.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Storage: I need a good hardrive nothing too fancy and cash is an issue atm. I had a hdd but they just went out of stock on new egg.


Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card: 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 ($309.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $1046.41 should be a little under $1000 if I get in on these new deals lasting till 9/3/12 which has about 20% off on a few items.


Suggestions, comments, rants? How does it look? Any input is appreciated! I really was not looking to build a $1000 dollar computer but everything costss tooo muchhh :cry: 

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September 2, 2012 3:02:27 AM

Here's a solid build...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1005.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 23:03 EDT-0400)

If you find that this is pushing the budget, drop the GPU down to a gtx 660 ti, hd 7870 or a hd 7950.

You could also switch out the GPU for one of these gtx 670s and save a few dollars without sacrificing performance...

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Hope you find this helpful; good luck!
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September 2, 2012 3:13:50 AM

Thanks for the fast response.

Which is better? The 3570k or 2500k. I've heard a lot of bad things about g.skill man. I also see a lot of people saying that the 670 and 660 ti are not much different, performance wise. Maybe like a 10fps increase. Lastly, I like my pretty case D: but if need be I might have to settle for cheaper parts, these are tough times for money.
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September 2, 2012 3:25:05 AM

GTX 670 is definitely worth the extra money; however, if you can deal with a bit lower fps, I'd say grab a gtx 660 ti or the hd 7950. Then you can use the extra cash to do whatever you wish.

As for the 2500k vs 3570k dilemma...they're practically the same. The 3570k supports PCIe 3.0 whereas the 2500k does not. This will only come in handy if you plan on doing SLI or Crossfire in the future. Personally, I like single card setups. You don't have to worry about driver issues or microstuttering.

The 2500k doesn't run as hot as the 3570k. This in turn allows you to overclock the 2500k farther than the 3570k. Clock for clock the 3570k is around 5% faster than its sandy bridge counter part. It's not that big of a deal. I'd personally just grab whatever is cheaper. Typically the 2500k is a few dollars cheaper...as is the Z68 board vs the 3570k and the Z77 motherboard combination.

As for G.Skill, they are a highly reputable RAM manufacturing company. Their products are highly reliable and all around excellent. Don't look at petty customer reviews, rather you should look at professional reviews. Some people will say a product sucked simply because the product was delivered a day later than expected.

If you want, you can still keep your case. It's a great case. I just gave you a cheaper option without sacrificing airflow and aesthetics.
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September 2, 2012 2:25:38 PM

The Ram is fine. Also, you could save money by just getting a regular HD. I have a Seagate 1Tb 7200Rpm. Get the SSD later. I've heard bad things about OCZ solid state drives.

Yes, the HAF 912 will offer you exceptional room and air flow but it won't look or be as tool less as the NZXT. Twenty dollars difference so your choice.

As for the processor, the 2500k is a little cheaper than the 3570k. But if I were making a new build I would stick with the 3570k. If you can find a nice deal on a 670 I would say get that, otherwise your 660ti will be good.
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September 3, 2012 2:47:05 AM

Yea man, I just bought a few items. I gotta wait till I have more cash to get the other items.

I just bought the OCZ ssd, I hope it works out.. I read good reviews about it. I bought the NZXT case, although I'm reading bad reviews about it, I pray that I will not get a defective case. I bought windows 7 64 bit home premium. I also bought the motherboard I posted. Now I cant wait to get enough money to buy the processor/graphics/ram/power supply :cry:  I have a few spare parts laying around so I will have a working computer with the parts I bought, just not fit for gaming.. yet :??: 
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September 3, 2012 2:50:09 AM

I really have not read any bad reviews on the NZXT 410 case. A lot of people reccomend it and its a very nice case in terms of cooling, space, and cable management. Mine is coming from Tenessee so i know what you mean by you hope it won't come damaged lol.

UPS should deliver it Tuesday glad I took off anyway.
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September 3, 2012 2:50:52 AM

If you go on the white case model people were complaining about a bunch of stuff like finger screws wont finger screw, etc. I live in TN :sol:  :hello: 
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September 3, 2012 2:56:25 AM

Yeh its odd that the white one had different reviews. I got one that was Black and Orange trim. The case is in my city already only UPS does not deliver Saturday so its just sitting there.

Strange how it shipped all the way from there. I bet if I had gotten the all black one I could have had it Friday.

I believe the finger screws you need to add some pressure with a screw driver.
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September 3, 2012 3:14:32 AM

thcdaily said:
Hi guys, I joined the site not too long ago in search for help to build a new pc and I've round up parts to buy.

I plan on buying all of this within a 1 month period. I'm going to buy all the little stuff first, then get the graphics card and processor.

This will be a gaming pc, can't wait to finish it so I can play some games :pt1cable:  I plan on buying my parts from newegg unless y'all know of a cheaper website, newegg seems good. I want to be able to do some overclocking.

For the record, I'm an nvidia/intel kind of guy. I don't really have anything against others, but for some reason I picked these 2.. I actually don't know a whole lot of differences between the 2 other than price. I think I should of went the other way with amd/radeon because price is a factor, but for now I'm good.


Monitor Resolution 1600 x 900 and 1990 x 1080.




Here are the parts I've gathered so far with help from the community and mostly the user "selayan":

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Although I see that it is 22nm and 2500k is 32nm, idk.. is higher better?


CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 CPU Cooler w. Dual 140mm Fans ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't know If I need a cpu cooler, but I guess If I want to do overclocking I will need one?


Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ($47.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Storage: I need a good hardrive nothing too fancy and cash is an issue atm. I had a hdd but they just went out of stock on new egg.


Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card: 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 ($309.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $1046.41 should be a little under $1000 if I get in on these new deals lasting till 9/3/12 which has about 20% off on a few items.


Suggestions, comments, rants? How does it look? Any input is appreciated! I really was not looking to build a $1000 dollar computer but everything costss tooo muchhh :cry: 

Looks good. Here's a few $$$ savers.

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.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/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/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.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp... $60.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black
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