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September 6, 2012 10:57:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend (next 3 days)

Budget Range: Around $1300 After Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, web development, surfing internet

Are you buying a monitor: I currently have a ViewSonic VX2035wm (1680x1050). I would like opinions on if this will be a good monitor for gaming.

Do you need to buy OS: No

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

Location: Madison, WI, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Playing games like sleeping dogs and rage

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Had a gaming pc that was top of the line 5 years ago. Want hands on experience with putting together a computer

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
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 ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($414.44 @ NCIX US)
Case: Raidmax Smilodon Extreme ATX-612WEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.09 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1223.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-06 18:13 EDT-0400)

Any comments, suggestions, improvements, changes or just advice would be greatly appreciated.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 6, 2012 11:25:36 PM

^ I agree.

750w is overkill for a single GPU configuration, 550w is MORE than enough to power your rig AND overclock.

On the other hand, for your screen resolution, a GTX670 is overkill, get something like a GTX660 Ti or Radeon HD7870. If you plan to upgrade to 1080p in the future, then by all means stick with the GTX670.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 6, 2012 11:26:44 PM

Mostly looks quite good. More than is necessary for your resolution, and plenty if you upgrade monitor to 1920x1080. Your 750W is too much. You only really need 500W. By all means get 550W or 600W to give yourself capacity in hand, but 750W will be inefficient.
I am not familiar with particular case, so have to assume it is OK.
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September 7, 2012 1:43:57 AM

I would definitely be willing to get a better monitor so I could use the full potential of the graphics card (even if it ment going over budget a little). Thanks for the advice on the power supply.
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September 7, 2012 6:00:00 AM

I made a few little changes based on the advice given. This is the build I'm planning on going with:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gMD7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gMD7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gMD7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($414.44 @ NCIX US)
Case: Raidmax Smilodon Extreme ATX-612WEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.09 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1354.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-07 01:58 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2012 6:29:57 AM

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. It includes a 128GB SSD, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), Full HD 1080P LED monitor, etc..


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $69.88 + $0.00 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 ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $157.98 save: $8.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $236.98 save: $11.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM

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.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $79.14 & 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)

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

Total: $1,163.41 *not including shipping & rebates


***Alternate vid card

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.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <---- review of that MSI GTX 670 w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/ <----- another look at that Asrock board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <----- review of that MSI GTX 660 ti w/benchmarks

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that Corsair 300R


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_a... $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

http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS228HP/ <----- another look at that monitor
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2012 10:55:10 AM

Only thing I would add, is that I've heard there are some reliability/warranty issues, with Seagate. Might be worth considering WD.
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September 17, 2012 2:10:02 AM

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