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September 3, 2012 5:51:46 AM

Hi all,

as of recently I have become infatuated with computer building, so I decided to build one. I am not sure as to the final setup of my computer, but I would really like for it to be around $1k (not including os and monitor).
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: Around $1k before rebates, before shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Moderate gaming, schoolwork, internet.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No


Do you need to buy OS: / No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com , Us.NCIX.com , Compusa.com
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, EVGA gpu, asus, corsair, coolermaster...
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vh236h

Additional Comments: Steam games, WoW, SC2, getting into metro 2033, would like to run at high settings. I would like to add a second card and maybe another monitor later on in the future. I will be overclocking slightly to 3.8 or 4 Ghz after everything is all settled in and running nice and cool.

My current thoughts on build are:

I5 3570k
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Asus P8Z77-V (I need built in wireless)
Corsair Vengeance 8Gb (2x4GB) DDR3 1600
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM
Crucial M4 128GB ssd
MSI Geforce GTX 660 TI (or the EVGA alternative [I prefer EVGA from friends word, but I heard MSI is making some great cards at the moment])
Cooler Master HAF 912
OCZ Modxstream 600w PSU (I already have)
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
Asus VH236H 23.0"


Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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September 3, 2012 8:38:42 AM

You want a 700w psu or better to push two of those cards in SLI.

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.49 & 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... $19.98 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $66.91 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

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)

Total: $1,012.80


http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $134.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
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September 3, 2012 5:29:31 PM

Ok thanks,

I couldn't see if that motherboard had built in wifi connectors. And that is something I need, and as for the PSU I already have the OCZ one so I guess ill have to wait on the sli, ram, is there a major difference between the crucial you linked and the corsair I linked? apart from $5 and heatspreaders?

and is there a major difference between those two monitors?
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September 3, 2012 5:43:04 PM

jjesco5 said:
Ok thanks,

I couldn't see if that motherboard had built in wifi connectors. And that is something I need, and as for the PSU I already have the OCZ one so I guess ill have to wait on the sli, ram, is there a major difference between the crucial you linked and the corsair I linked? apart from $5 and heatspreaders?

and is there a major difference between those two monitors?

No difference with the RAM. Same timings and speed. I just threw that monitor in their for price point. Both monitors...the one you posted and the one I posted are pretty much identical in specs other than the one I posted is a bit smaller... 22".
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September 3, 2012 5:46:46 PM

Ok, thanks, that clears things up a bit. And about the wireless connectivity? would I be better off getting that mobo and then a usb/pcie wifi card?
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September 3, 2012 6:05:05 PM

jjesco5 said:
Ok, thanks, that clears things up a bit. And about the wireless connectivity? would I be better off getting that mobo and then a usb/pcie wifi card?

Don't go for the built in wireless gimick and don't go with a USB wireless connector. PCI-E 1x or any PCI or PCI mini, etc.. but not USB. If it's in your budget then go for dual band like the TP-Link or Asus. Otherwise go for something that at least has wireless N and 300Mbps. But dual band can't be beat if you ever get the router to match. The-TP Link one goes for around $40 so it's not cheap and the Asus comes in around $10 more. You can get card though for $25 or maybe even cheaper that has 300Mbps.


http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor... <----- you can find them there or on amazon.
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September 3, 2012 6:11:11 PM

Ok, I have an old Apple Airport Express station as my router, It came with my old imac from like 8 years ago.
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September 3, 2012 6:30:55 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express x1 Up to 450Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, 802.1x

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab REFURBISHED


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September 3, 2012 6:30:56 PM

jjesco5 said:
Ok, I have an old Apple Airport Express station as my router, It came with my old imac from like 8 years ago.

Right now Asus and TP-Link pretty much have a lock on the better dual band routers and they don't come cheap but they have to go down in price eventually. That or some other manufacture needs to start giving them some competition. But if you get the card now then later on your can up grade on your router to match. That way your on 5.0Mhz wireless and your getting a killer connection. Amazon sometimes has newegg beat for the prices on those wireless cards so check them out also...that and the free shipping thing. I nailed a refurbished one not so long ago for a killer price. That and when it says "refurbished" you know they checked it out before they put it back on the market so no bugs. The trick is to update your firmware on those routers.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- Asus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- TP-Link





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September 3, 2012 6:37:36 PM

Ok, thanks for all your help!
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September 10, 2012 12:20:39 AM

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