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September 2, 2012 6:20:03 AM



Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
September 3, 2012, or this weekend


Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping
$1,100 before rebates or shipping
$1,250 after rebates and after shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, preferably 1080p
School, ie programming and student programs
Movies, primarily dual monitors
Surfing the Web


Are you buying a monitor:
I may separately, would be interested in a good deal


Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No
Yes, windows 7



Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
I've had good experience with newegg.com so them if they come with good warranties


Location:
Fort Myers, Florida, United States


Parts Preferences:
-would like an i5-3570k processor
-would like an nvidia geforge gtx 670 2gb video card
-would like a z77 motherboard
-would like a sound card with surround sound
-would like at least 1 or 2 usb 3.0 spots


Overclocking:
yes the 3570k and z77 combo with the gtx 670


SLI or Crossfire:
SLI


Your Monitor Resolution:
1920x1080 HDTV dual monitor, would like a nice size widescreen 1080p monitor otherwise I would rather save for a new HDTV


Additional Comments:
-would like a black case, either a more professional looking one that doesn't look like a custom built computer from ibuypower, or a cooler alienware looking one
-would like it to have a ton of power but it'd be nice if it didn't get super noisy or super hot
-would like to play guild wars 2, skyrim, grand theft auto 5, crysis 3, fallout 4 if they make it, and games coming out for years to come


Why Are You Upgrading:
My laptop is in pathetic state; it freezes often, looks horrible, and can't run any game I want to play. I would like to upgrade to a desktop so I have a reliable computer that will last for years to come and then be upgradeable, that will play games, always work when I need to do homework/study/practice, and act as a general entertainment center.


Thankyou in advance forum members for any help. I would prefer a few choices and I am open to part preferences other than the ones I described if they're worth choosing for the performance edge.
September 2, 2012 6:40:29 AM

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-would like a sound card with surround sound


Not needed. The built in audio on your motherboard will be fine.

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-would like a black case, either a more professional looking one that doesn't look like a custom built computer from ibuypower, or a cooler alienware looking one


iBUYPOWER uses most of the same cases that the rest of us do. :lol: 

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1241.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 02:39 EDT-0400)
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September 2, 2012 6:56:11 AM

here you go:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.45 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1209.13

*The case looks very professional.
* Extreme power.
*the HAVIK 140 is more powerful than the 212 evo and it will allow you to achive higher overclocks while keeping temps down
*the motherboard is a full sized ATX (not like the Z77 Extreme4) so you can safely add a second dual slot GPU.
*you can add a second 7970 without having to change the PSU
*the Fractal Design R4 is VERY quiet and so are in the internal components
*the 7970Ghz is faster than the GTX670
*the Vertex 4 is faster than the Samsung 830

Edit: i forgot the most important thing :lol:  go here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum1.php?config=tom...
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September 2, 2012 7:02:13 AM

xvsanx said:
theirs seem to be really red lol but i like the antec case

how about this build? how does it look?

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/xH1


Not good. The Scorpio Black is a laptop hard drive, Xigmatek makes horrendously overrated coolers, the sound card still isn't needed, and that Corsair PSU will be quite a bit underpowered if you decide to add a second GPU down the road.

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*the 7970Ghz is faster than the GTX670


That's debatable - the 7970GHz maybe beats the GTX 670 by like 1 - 2 FPS but OP specifically requested NVIDIA.

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*the Vertex 4 is faster than the Samsung 830


It is faster but OCZ has got a ton of crap for the firmware updates. It's classic two face - some of the firmware updates are reliable and some aren't. Users don't like being the beta testers for released hardware.
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September 2, 2012 7:09:14 AM

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That's debatable - the 7970GHz maybe beats the GTX 670 by like 1 - 2 FPS but OP specifically requested NVIDIA.


:lol:  i don't really care what the OP thinks its better, i am only going to recommend the parts that perform best... look:





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September 2, 2012 7:24:33 AM

idroid said:
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That's debatable - the 7970GHz maybe beats the GTX 670 by like 1 - 2 FPS but OP specifically requested NVIDIA.


:lol:  i don't really care what the OP thinks its better, i am only going to recommend the parts that perform best... look:

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/images/bf3_1920_1200.gif
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/images/crysis2_1920_1200.gif
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/images/metro_2033_1920_1200.gif


Those benchmarks you linked to show both cards as being like neck and neck in most cases. I'd have to know what other hardware was accompanying it to achieve those numbers and things like that before I make a fair judgement. Anything over 60 FPS and you're really pushing for overkill.
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September 2, 2012 7:25:33 AM

dang lol I thought I had done well

yeah I prefer performance so if the AMD card is better I'll go with it if it has crossfire

that build is great like almost exactly what I was looking for! will this sound card work in it?
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-sound-card-xonardg


thank you for all the help, I will be ordering today so please keep up the advice anyone :)  trying to get the best deal and idroid's seems great so far
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September 2, 2012 7:27:08 AM

xvsanx said:
dang lol I thought I had done well

yeah I prefer performance so if the AMD card is better I'll go with it if it has crossfire

that build is great like almost exactly what I was looking for! will this sound card work in it?
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-sound-card-xonardg


thank you for all the help, I will be ordering today so please keep up the advice anyone :)  trying to get the best deal and idroid's seems great so far


I keep telling you - you don't need the sound card. Your motherboard has built in audio functions and they will handle everything you need. Sound cards are pretty much a moot point anymore unless you're hooking your PC into some really expensive audio equipment.
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September 2, 2012 7:27:55 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Those benchmarks you linked to show both cards as being like neck and neck in most cases. I'd have to know what other hardware was accompanying it to achieve those numbers and things like that before I make a fair judgement. Anything over 60 FPS and you're really pushing for overkill.


here: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edit...
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September 2, 2012 7:29:37 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I keep telling you - you don't need the sound card. Your motherboard has built in audio functions and they will handle everything you need. Sound cards are pretty much a moot point anymore unless you're hooking your PC into some really expensive audio equipment.


+1000! if you're gonna buy a sound card either buy a 300$ one or don't buy anything (that's if you have a 2000$ sound system)
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September 2, 2012 7:31:39 AM

xvsanx said:

thank you for all the help, I will be ordering today so please keep up the advice anyone :)  trying to get the best deal and idroid's seems great so far


good to hear!! if you're set then pick a best answer to close this thread
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September 2, 2012 7:31:40 AM

ohh sorry I had skimmed over that in the first post by mistake I believe, but hmm both builds are very nice if the cards are virtually the same

I mainly don't want to have to upgrade or add a second card for quite a while
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September 2, 2012 7:32:05 AM

idroid said:
+1000! if you're gonna buy a sound card either buy a 300$ one or don't buy anything (that's if you have a 2000$ sound system)


That's kind of my same rationale when it comes to liquid cooling - don't purchase a plastic block like the H100. If you're going to use liquid cooling do the real thing or don't do it at all. :lol: 
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September 2, 2012 7:32:39 AM

xvsanx said:
ohh sorry I had skimmed over that in the first post by mistake I believe, but hmm both builds are very nice if the cards are virtually the same

I mainly don't want to have to upgrade or add a second card for quite a while


ohhh trust me... you wouldn't need to do that anytime soon ;) 
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September 2, 2012 7:39:34 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That's kind of my same rationale when it comes to liquid cooling - don't purchase a plastic block like the H100. If you're going to use liquid cooling do the real thing or don't do it at all. :lol: 


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September 2, 2012 8:30:18 AM

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

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $143.98 save: $12.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

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.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
$24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25

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-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.86 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

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

Total: $1,261.95 *not including rebates


http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS228HP/ <----- another look at that monitor

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

http://www.antec.com/productPSU.php?id=704793&fid=4 <----- another look at that case
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September 2, 2012 3:30:55 PM

Best answer selected by xvsanx.
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September 2, 2012 3:33:09 PM

thanks all for the replies

I chose idroid's build that I selected as best answer cause I want a lot of power and will be using my HDTV as my monitor so no need for a monitor and less good graphics card that I'd have to upgrade in a couple years, I added the 2tb HD ($30 more) from gunit's build and I had to find a different power supply because that one was sold out but the one I found is the same just blue and $25 more.

my main problem is that the graphics card from ncix is on backorder and they won't let me order it, the other two sites have it for $50 more, is there an alternative card with a deal going on right now that I can find?
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