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September 6, 2012 5:10:16 AM

Hey, this is my first time building a computer so i would like some suggestion from the community.

Currently i play games like SCII, borderlands, mass effect, mmorpgs, and will need to edit videos and some other work.

I would prefer to keep my budget around $1000-$1500 and may need to get a new monitor, keyboard, mouse, internal card reader, and CD/DVD bay.


My rig:
Case:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any opinions and recommendations welcomed :D 
September 6, 2012 5:19:29 AM

Your graphics card may be too big for that case. I have a regular Antec 300 and a HD 6870 will not fit.
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September 6, 2012 5:19:52 AM

Your build seems pretty good to me. Just two suggestions:
Graphics : 7870 is a good option.
SSD : Maybe consider higher capacity if you plan to install heavy software like video editing and games. Something like 120 GB.
HDD: WD Caviar Black.
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September 6, 2012 5:28:35 AM

Hmm i see could you suggest a better tower, HDD and SSD that affordable and leave room for a monitor and other necessities.
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September 6, 2012 5:51:56 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $144.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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... $82.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAO

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/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: $1,092.37 *not including rebates


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <------ review of that MSI card w/benchmarks
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September 6, 2012 6:03:04 AM

Quad channel memory will make overclocking harder and it will ont increase performance at all.Plus you dont need more than 8GB.
I suggest swaping the ram for a faster, lower capacity kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the graphics card both the MSI and the Gigabyte versions of the HD 7870 are too long for the case so i suggest to get the Sapphire version instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's cooler and quieter but it won't perform as well at stock.

Or you should get a better case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also get a faster, higher capacity SSD for less money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can also tell you from personal expiriance that Seagate Barracuda hard drives are nowhere near as reliable as WD ones.So i think you should upgrade the HDD to a Western Digital Caviar Blue.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The power supply you picked is also pretty good but you can do much better.
Take a look at this old OCZ flagship.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=29823&vpn=OCZ800EXS&ma...
It's just too good.
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September 6, 2012 10:58:40 PM

So i updated the build and now have this...
Rig:

MOBO:
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the mobo i was looking at the
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but i read the reviews and they arent the best...
what do you guys think?

Chassis:
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: suggest better/affordable
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:suggest better/affordable
ASUS VE278Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: suggest better/affordable
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-ray drive: suggest better/cheaper
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Internal Card Reader: suggest better/affordable
Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: suggest better/cheaper
Logitech 920-000914 Black USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: suggest better/cheaper
Logitech Optical USB Mouse B100 (910-001439) Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $1634.86 - $278.00 rebate = $1356.86

All in all i prefer to keep the whole thing to around $1500 more or less...
More suggestions please i love them :love:  :D  :lol:  :D 

edit: i will also be needing a windows 7 software :??: 
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