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September 3, 2012 5:11:51 PM

Parts to Upgrade: Entire system.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com and www.amazon.com

Location: Pensacola, Florida.

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes by mid October.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current laptop doesn't even meet the minimum reqs for Diablo 3/Guild Wars and I'd like to move away from console gaming.

Here is my Amazon wishlist:
http://amzn.com/w/T7BAQ0GO18ZF

And this is the video card I'm looking at, not carried by Amazon:
GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'd like to run high end games at high settings. The only thing holding me back right now is whether or not all of this will fit in the 300R (prefer the look to the 500R) and how the case fans will be powered.
September 3, 2012 5:31:41 PM

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 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1350.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 13:31 EDT-0400)

September 3, 2012 6:27:21 PM

Will 500w be enough if I ever choose to SLI the 670 when the price drops?
Also is the 500R required, if I could fit the parts in a 300R and still have decent cooling for overclocking I'd much prefer it.
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September 3, 2012 7:12:50 PM

Change the PSU I listed to the TX750 V2.

You can do that if you want. I only posted the 500R for another option.
September 3, 2012 9:23:18 PM

Okay, here's the final build. It's right at my top end price and would like to know your final opinion. I've took a lot of your advice, with some others. If there's anything you would absolutely change let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1341.35
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 17:22 EDT-0400)


I'll be placing the order within a couple of hours.
September 3, 2012 9:43:14 PM

marshall vick said:
Parts to Upgrade: Entire system.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com and www.amazon.com

Location: Pensacola, Florida.

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes by mid October.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current laptop doesn't even meet the minimum reqs for Diablo 3/Guild Wars and I'd like to move away from console gaming.

Here is my Amazon wishlist:
http://amzn.com/w/T7BAQ0GO18ZF

And this is the video card I'm looking at, not carried by Amazon:
GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'd like to run high end games at high settings. The only thing holding me back right now is whether or not all of this will fit in the 300R (prefer the look to the 500R) and how the case fans will be powered.

Your amazon list isn't showing up for me..I'm getting a "document not found" on there. To your answer about the 300R...yes it will all fit. Go to the Corsair site and read the online reviews done on that case with picks, specs, etc... With that said prices and deals change all the time so it's best to start build threads a few days before you plan to purchase.

There's a few combo's in here to save $$$ but hard to say if they will be there in October but if not they will still have some decent deals. This includes Windows 7, factory overclocked GTX 660 ti, 128GB SATA 3 SSD, etc...


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

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... $199.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

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: $1,127.27 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... < ----- review of that MSI card w/benchmarks
September 3, 2012 9:46:40 PM

Why_Me said:
Your amazon list isn't showing up for me..I'm getting a "document not found" on there. To your answer about the 300R...yes it will all fit. Go to the Corsair site and read the online reviews done on that case with picks, specs, etc... With that said prices and deals change all the time so it's best to start build threads a few days before you plan to purchase.

There's a few combo's in here to save $$$ but hard to say if they will be there in October but if not they will still have some decent deals. This includes Windows 7, factory overclocked GTX 660 ti, 128GB SATA 3 SSD, etc...


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

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... $199.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

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: $1,127.27 *not including shipping & rebates


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


This is my build as of right now. I'm not too concerned with combos/deals as I'll be buying solely from Amazon/Newegg.


Okay, here's the final build. It's right at my top end price and would like to know your final opinion. I've took a lot of your advice, with some others. If there's anything you would absolutely change let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1341.35
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 17:22 EDT-0400)


I'll be placing the order within a couple of hours.

September 3, 2012 9:52:41 PM

marshall vick said:
This is my build as of right now. I'm not too concerned with combos/deals as I'll be buying solely from Amazon/Newegg.


Okay, here's the final build. It's right at my top end price and would like to know your final opinion. I've took a lot of your advice, with some others. If there's anything you would absolutely change let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1341.35
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 17:22 EDT-0400)


I'll be placing the order within a couple of hours.

It looks good although the Asrock board for $115 and free shipping will beat that Asus board in regards to over clocking, and forget PC Part Picker. That Asus board you have up there combo's with the cpu on newegg to save $25, check to make sure what that Corsair case runs without the rebates. That's why I don't use that pc part picker. It doesn't factor in combo's, rebates are good when they are in your bank account but until then don't hold your breath. Also Windows 7 combos with both the asrock board and the asus board, and look at the factory overclocked MSI GTX 670 on Amazon for $10 cheaper and free shipping. It waxes that Asus card in the bencharks. Make sure you that Corsair RAM isn't the one with the tall cake cutter heat spreaders also so you don't screw yourself with the cpu h/s. You want low profile RAM. And check to see what the TX 750 combo's with to save more $$$.

I know you said you don't care much about the combo's, but you can do one of two things. You can use those combo's to save a good deal of $$$ or you can buy from 5+ retailers just to spend more.
September 3, 2012 10:13:09 PM

Why_Me said:
It looks good although the Asrock board for $115 and free shipping will beat that Asus board in regards to over clocking, and forget PC Part Picker. That Asus board you have up there combo's with the cpu on newegg to save $25, check to make sure what that Corsair case runs without the rebates. That's why I don't use that pc part picker. It doesn't factor in combo's, rebates are good when they are in your bank account but until then don't hold your breath. Also Windows 7 combos with both the asrock board and the asus board, and look at the factory overclocked MSI GTX 670 on Amazon for $10 cheaper and free shipping. It waxes that Asus card in the bencharks. Make sure you that Corsair RAM isn't the one with the tall cake cutter heat spreaders also so you don't screw yourself with the cpu h/s. You want low profile RAM. And check to see what the TX 750 combo's with to save more $$$.

I know you said you don't care much about the combo's, but you can do one of two things. You can use those combo's to save a good deal of $$$ or you can buy from 5+ retailers just to spend more.

I'll go ahead and look between the two sites and see what combos I can do. The problem I'm having is I'm putting $600 I saved on this paycheck with $900 on an Amazon store card w/ 0% interest. So the spread of money is limited.
September 3, 2012 11:07:54 PM

marshall vick said:
I'll go ahead and look between the two sites and see what combos I can do. The problem I'm having is I'm putting $600 I saved on this paycheck with $900 on an Amazon store card w/ 0% interest. So the spread of money is limited.

All I ever use is amazon and sometimes newegg for it's combo's. Once in a great while I'l use Superbiiz.com. But between Newegg combo's and Amazon you can beat pc part picker 9 out of 10 times with the price.
September 3, 2012 11:24:29 PM

Why_Me said:
All I ever use is amazon and sometimes newegg for it's combo's. Once in a great while I'l use Superbiiz.com. But between Newegg combo's and Amazon you can beat pc part picker 9 out of 10 times with the price.



I'm about to place the order at the two sites, I've put all of the info PC Part Picker to make it easier to read. This is what I've decided on, just making sure nothing stands out as bad anymore.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1288.68
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 19:20 EDT-0400)
September 3, 2012 11:28:18 PM

marshall vick said:
I'm about to place the order at the two sites, I've put all of the info PC Part Picker to make it easier to read. This is what I've decided on, just making sure nothing stands out as bad anymore.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1288.68
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 19:20 EDT-0400)

That's a solid looking build you have there. Also just fyi Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte and MSI all have those progies these days that prevent you from bricking your board in case you have to update the bios on it.
September 3, 2012 11:36:49 PM

Awesome, hopefully I'll have the parts by Friday and I can up some pics.
September 3, 2012 11:41:38 PM

Gimme a sec, I can do better I believe.
September 3, 2012 11:45:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 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: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1268.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 19:45 EDT-0400)

You won't find another 670 that can OC like the ASUS
September 3, 2012 11:50:36 PM

bctande1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 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: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1268.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 19:45 EDT-0400)

You won't find another 670 that can OC like the ASUS


I'm really hoping any gains are minimal. I've already placed the order. The only thing I think that I could cancel/change would be the Vid Card.
How big of a gain would we be seeing? I probably won't OC the card too much as it comes OC'd, just the CPU.
September 3, 2012 11:52:31 PM

bctande1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 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: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1268.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 19:45 EDT-0400)

You won't find another 670 that can OC like the ASUS

It looks good price wise because PC parts picker is showing the final price after rebates. It's all about what comes out of your credit card originally and not what you might get in the mail weeks later.
September 4, 2012 1:30:31 AM

marshall vick said:
So, I have an embarrassing confession.
I'll be using this monitor until the 14th:
http://www.epinions.com/reviews/ViewSonic_VX922_Monitor...

On the 14th I'll be upgrading to a 24 inch monitor in the $150 range.

Will there be any forseeable problems for the 9 or so days I'm using my extremely old monitor?

You won't have any problems playing any game out there on ultra high settings. It will work fine.
September 4, 2012 1:34:39 AM

Great, if I knew how I'd do more for your rep than just hit the little green thumb.
I'll be sure to bookmark this and post pics of the completed product.
!