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September 3, 2012 7:23:36 PM

Hi Guys. I'm trying to build a new rig for $1500. $2000 is the limit.
How is this build? Any way it can be improved or better components? Do they components work together? This is my first build and I want to get all the right parts for the right price. Thanks for taking time to help me :) 


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/grSe
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/grSe/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/grSe/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-116-...
I already own this CPU so there is no way I can change it

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.98 @ NCIX US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-...

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-...

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.36 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.36 @ NCIX US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($145.98 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1890.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 15:13 EDT-0400)

BluRay Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 3, 2012 7:27:11 PM

What is your monitor resolution?
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September 3, 2012 7:32:08 PM

livia29 said:
It's set at 1024 x 768

Is that its native resolution as well?
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September 3, 2012 7:32:20 PM

It's set at 1024 x 768
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September 3, 2012 7:33:45 PM

I like what I see for the most part, so my recommendations are mostly opinion based. If you don't care how your RAM looks and would like something that will clock higher/time lower for the same price, I'd recommend grabbing two sets of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't be fooled by the ratings listed on the Newegg page, they will easily pull 2133 at those timings with maybe a little more voltage (~1.42v at most).

If you are willing to go all the way to $2000, I'd definitely recommend a bigger SSD or getting a second one and going RAID0, you won't regret it :) 
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September 3, 2012 7:33:49 PM

I'd not spend more than $500 on such a low resolution monitor gaming build.
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September 3, 2012 7:35:54 PM

azeem40 said:
I'd not spend more than $500 on such a low resolution monitor gaming build.

I plan on buying a new monitor after I build this computer. My current monitor is kind of old and its a dell.
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September 3, 2012 7:41:18 PM

What resolution are you going to buy?
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September 3, 2012 7:41:20 PM

cuecuemore said:
Is that its native resolution as well?

It can go up to 1920 by 1080 pixels
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September 3, 2012 7:43:17 PM

Then you don't need to upgrade it. Just set it at 1080p.

You won't need more than 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 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: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1276.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 15:42 EDT-0400)
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September 3, 2012 8:01:42 PM

Windows 7, after market cpu, Corsair 750w psu, 128GB SSD, etc...

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/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.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/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/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (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-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

Total: $1,311.86 *includes shipping, does not include rebates


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 8:07:47 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions!!! :D  I very much appreciate it :D 
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September 3, 2012 8:10:56 PM

everything looks good to me change your mobo though this board is cheaper and out preforms it in benchmarks mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also you need lowprofile ram the ram you picked will conflict with your aftermarket cpu cooler if this is only for gaming 8gb is more than enough RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 3, 2012 8:14:20 PM

azeem40 said:
Then you don't need to upgrade it. Just set it at 1080p.

You won't need more than 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 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: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1276.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 15:42 EDT-0400)
+1 i am liking this build best :na:  :lol:  ;) 
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September 3, 2012 8:25:08 PM

is the Sabertooth Mobo not any good or is it just not worth the money?
Thanks again for all the suggestions :D 
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September 3, 2012 8:33:43 PM

livia29 said:
is the Sabertooth Mobo not any good or is it just not worth the money?
Thanks again for all the suggestions :D 

It's a good board but it's over priced imo. There's a dozen or so other boards out there with the same features for less. The Asrock board I posted and the Asus board Azeem posted are budget boards that support SLI. They aren't full size ATM boards and they are a bit thinner so they tend to flex from not hitting the front stand offs but they are rock solid boards. The Asrock board though is better for over clocking than the Asus board though.

For a great deal on a full size board that over clocks like a beat then take a look at this Asrock board down below. Toms did a review on it against 5 other boards and it cleaned their clock. This board also has larger heat sinks than the Asrock board I posted up above. It's a beast.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <------ It combo's with Windows 7
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