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September 5, 2012 3:53:00 AM

Hi all, I'm a first-time builder, I've done my research, and I'm ready for one last check-in before ordering my parts. Here's my info (using the template I pulled from the sticky on this board):

Purchase Date: As soon as I get the "okay" from the experts!

Budget Range: Right now the parts I've picked out put me at about $1000 which is great. I still need to pick up a monitor and I'd be willing to spend about 200 dollars on that. Maybe 300 if I find one I really like at that price.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop/illustrator, gaming, light video editing, other normal computer stuff.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes (still searching for the right one)

Parts to Upgrade: All parts will be brand new except a Corsair CMPSU-550VX PSU that I purchased last year (Note: I include this in the part list anyway, but just deduct that price from my total).

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, outletpc.com, amazon.com

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computers are getting old and I want a new one! Recently, I talked to someone who had built their own computers and the idea just really stuck with me. I think it will be a fun project/challenge!

My only specific question at this point deals with the fan situation of my case. I decided to go with a cpu cooler, but am not sure about fan management. The case comes with 2 x 120mm Front Fans w/White LEDs and 1 x 120mm Rear Fan.

Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it!

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1117.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 23:49 EDT-0400)

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September 5, 2012 4:04:50 AM

epic_hero said:
Hi all, I'm a first-time builder, I've done my research, and I'm ready for one last check-in before ordering my parts. Here's my info (using the template I pulled from the sticky on this board):

Purchase Date: As soon as I get the "okay" from the experts!

Budget Range: Right now the parts I've picked out put me at about $1000 which is great. I still need to pick up a monitor and I'd be willing to spend about 200 dollars on that. Maybe 300 if I find one I really like at that price.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop/illustrator, gaming, light video editing, other normal computer stuff.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes (still searching for the right one)

Parts to Upgrade: All parts will be brand new except a Corsair CMPSU-550VX PSU that I purchased last year (Note: I include this in the part list anyway, but just deduct that price from my total).

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, outletpc.com, amazon.com

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computers are getting old and I want a new one! Recently, I talked to someone who had built their own computers and the idea just really stuck with me. I think it will be a fun project/challenge!

My only specific question at this point deals with the fan situation of my case. I decided to go with a cpu cooler, but am not sure about fan management. The case comes with 2 x 120mm Front Fans w/White LEDs and 1 x 120mm Rear Fan.

Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it!

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1117.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 23:49 EDT-0400)

If you don't have any plans on a dual card set up then look at the Asrock Z75 Pro 3 or the Asrock Z77 Pro 3.
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September 5, 2012 4:06:48 AM

^I don't see why a dual-card setup should be out of the question. Xfire is a very economical upgrade, and two 7870s will work fine on that PSU.
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September 5, 2012 4:11:33 AM

I guess my answer to that question was a little short-sighted. I should have said I don't plan on doing crossfire NOW, but I would like the option available to me in the future. Sorry about that.

Anything else I should consider?
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September 5, 2012 4:26:07 AM

This build though allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. Just add a case.


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: $1,057.28 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <------ review of that MSI card w/benchmarks
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September 5, 2012 4:49:22 AM

Whoa, so basically you upgraded my graphics card and made a few other adjustments to keep my price about the same? Sweet! (This is why I like asking the pros).

Just curious, any particular reason for switching the hdd and disk drive?
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September 5, 2012 5:09:52 AM

epic_hero said:
Whoa, so basically you upgraded my graphics card and made a few other adjustments to keep my price about the same? Sweet! (This is why I like asking the pros).

Just curious, any particular reason for switching the hdd and disk drive?

I only did that to stay within your budget. Your choices were fine.
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September 14, 2012 11:59:36 PM

Best answer selected by epic_hero.
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