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September 7, 2012 5:20:40 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case.........................$159.99


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive.............$69.99


EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card.............................................................................$407.99


NVIDIA Gift - Borderlands2 Free Game Coupon..............................................................................................Free


Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular PSU.....................................................................................................................................$89.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)......................................$47.99


ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard....................$239.99


Intel Core i5-3570K.......................................................................................................................................$229.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM.................................................................................$99.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler................................................................................................$34.99


OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III SSD................................................................................$59.99


Total Build Cost.................$1440.90
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What do you guy's think? This build is for gaming. I will be playing arma 3 when it comes out, crysis 2, crysis 3, Bf3, and other taxing games.

Any advise would be great because like i said this will be my first build. I also might be doing some minor overclocking. I just want to know if this will work together for power and cooling. If there is a way to lower cost feel free to speak up on it. thanks!
September 7, 2012 5:21:52 PM

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September 7, 2012 5:45:41 PM

Xx1_8_7xX said:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case.........................$159.99


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive.............$69.99


EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card.............................................................................$407.99


NVIDIA Gift - Borderlands2 Free Game Coupon..............................................................................................Free


Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular PSU.....................................................................................................................................$89.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)......................................$47.99


ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard....................$239.99


Intel Core i5-3570K.......................................................................................................................................$229.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM.................................................................................$99.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler................................................................................................$34.99


OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III SSD................................................................................$59.99


Total Build Cost.................$1440.90
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What do you guy's think? This build is for gaming. I will be playing arma 3 when it comes out, crysis 2, crysis 3, Bf3, and other taxing games.

Any advise would be great because like i said this will be my first build. I also might be doing some minor overclocking. I just want to know if this will work together for power and cooling. If there is a way to lower cost feel free to speak up on it. thanks!



You don't need that motherboard take a look at the asrock Z77 extreme 4 or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H both will work good for your build and save you $90.

Id get the low profile version of that ram or maybe a LP G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 41$ for same thing.

PSU isnt the best take a look at corsair or xfx or seasonic or antec. (make sure to check professional reviews on them)

I like the asus or gigabyte version of the gtx 670 better but if the free gift is something you really want that card should work fine for you also.

Thats a big case for what you are getting plenty of cheaper mid sized cases that would work good for you take a look at fractal design or cooler master or corsair.

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September 7, 2012 5:50:48 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 - $94.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code EMCNANC34, ends 9/13
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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.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case


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September 7, 2012 8:12:45 PM

zulug said:
You don't need that motherboard take a look at the asrock Z77 extreme 4 or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H both will work good for your build and save you $90.

Id get the low profile version of that ram or maybe a LP G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 41$ for same thing.

PSU isnt the best take a look at corsair or xfx or seasonic or antec. (make sure to check professional reviews on them)

I like the asus or gigabyte version of the gtx 670 better but if the free gift is something you really want that card should work fine for you also.

Thats a big case for what you are getting plenty of cheaper mid sized cases that would work good for you take a look at fractal design or cooler master or corsair.




Thanks for the input and i switched the PSU to the corsair cx 750 but i was curious if the bios and other features on that asrock mobo are as good as they are with asus boards

I want to stick with a full tower case for cooling, and for a second gpu in the future. but i did look on amazon and found a full case for way cheaper.

I also went with the asus gtx 670 directCU top. good card. but let me know about the mobo's.
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September 7, 2012 8:13:04 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 - $94.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code EMCNANC34, ends 9/13
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer 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 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

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Total: $1,302.04 *not including shipping, rebates, & promo codes


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.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case


http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $67.06 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
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Hey I did some looking on amazon thanks for the info, there is some good prices. hey let me know how quick is Amazon's free shipping?
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September 7, 2012 8:16:19 PM

both of the mobos i listed are very good but if you prefer asus take a look at the Asus P8Z77-V LK perhaps.
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September 7, 2012 8:18:40 PM

The case is fine. A good case will last for years. I'd get a TX 650, better quality and you don't need 750, an Asus Z77 V PRO, a Gigabyte Windforce 7950 and a 1TB HDD. Games are fat in 2012.
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September 7, 2012 8:19:02 PM

Smeg45 said:
The case is fine. A good case will last for years. I'd get a TX 650, better quality and you don't need 750, an Asus Z77 V PRO, a Gigabyte Windforce 7950 and a 1TB HDD. Games are fat in 2012.




sounds good but i heard bad stuff about AMD drivers. If you know different let me know
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September 7, 2012 8:29:47 PM

Xx1_8_7xX said:
Thanks for the input and i switched the PSU to the corsair cx 750 but i was curious if the bios and other features on that asrock mobo are as good as they are with asus boards

I want to stick with a full tower case for cooling, and for a second gpu in the future. but i did look on amazon and found a full case for way cheaper.

I also went with the asus gtx 670 directCU top. good card. but let me know about the mobo's.

What defines mid tower and full tower? What one manufacture calls a mid tower is another manufactures full tower. The 500R is huge, but it's not the only so called mid tower that's as large as some other manufactures so called full towers.

20.5” x 8.1” x 20” <---- those are the dimensions of that Corsair 500R. Built in multi channel fan controller, 200mm side fan, LED on/off switch, dust filters, etc...

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=off&output=search&sc... <----- Reviews of that case


That Asrock z77 extreme3 was just released last week but here's a few reviews on the Asrock z77 extreme4 and extreme6.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri... <---- review w/benches on the extreme4

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- another review w/benches of that extreme4

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review w/benches of the extreme6

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- that's Asrocks line up for Z77 boards
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September 7, 2012 8:31:16 PM

Xx1_8_7xX said:
sounds good but i heard bad stuff about AMD drivers. If you know different let me know


I've had no problems with AMD drivers and I've had AMD GPU's for the past four years. Only time the driver crashed is when I didn't give enough voltage to my OC'd 7950, so it was my fault. Not to mention, AMD is only releasing new drivers as required, not monthly anymore.
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