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September 8, 2012 11:22:21 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as this week, as late as the end of the month

Budget Range: ~$500 USD, maybe a little more

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, word processing, video/movies, web browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No, have newish ASUS 1080p

Parts to Upgrade: New build from (nearly) scratch, replacing laptop

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (free shiping to hawaii, sadly newegg charges out the a$$), anywhere that will ship to hawaii for a reasonable rate and not take more then a month to get here.

Location: Honolulu, HI, USA Zip: 96816

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU. It's been a few years since my last build and I don't really know what brands are good these days. I've had repeated bad experiences with MSI mobos (in '05, and again in '07, I've RMAed 6 of their boards in total, and yes I use a wrist strap), so I'd tend to stay away from them.

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but 1 card for now

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
I already have:
A new Zotac nVidia 560ti 1 gb (new in box)
http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-Express-Displayport-Graph...

Mouse, keyboard, 1080p monitor, hard drives, an OS license, USB DVD (in case I'd ever need a real drive these days lol), and headphones- I don't need speakers.

I'm looking for some upgradeability here; SLI, a mobo that can support a better CPU in the next year or so (and overclock this one in the mean time), and ram. So basically cheap and upgradable. Built in 802.11n might be nice too since a hardwired connection is not an option and I'd have to find a card or dongle.

Cooling is a big deal, since it's hot here year-round, and I might even consider adding liquid cooling at some point; but obviously not on this graphics card. Feedback about space requirements for that kind of setup would be awesome for choosing a case.

Speaking of which; I don't care about windows, or lights, or an aggressive toaster shape. I'd kinda prefer it look more like a workstation. Shiny is good. Totally willing to upgrade fans if the stock ones suck. I don't care about noise.

Why Are You Upgrading: Playing on a 2 year old 13" laptop connected to a 1080p monitor. The FPS! OMG THE FPS! seriously though for the moment some titles I'd like to play on decent settings (& 1080p): SC2: HOTS, D3, and most importantly Max Payne 3 multiplayer. AC: 3 wold be nice too.
September 8, 2012 11:57:20 AM

A friend suggested this to me a while ago. You're lucky to have a nice gpu already. This may go over your budget a bit. You could lower the PSU if you wanted to cut back on price a bit.
I didn't really put in a monitor, mouse etc either..
(I think the prices were from amazon, not sure)

PSU
Intel Core i5-3570K
3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Max Turbo Boost), Quad-Core, 6 MB Shared L3 Cache
$230

Heat sink
Xigmatek Loki SD963 92 mm CPU Cooler
$25

RAM
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600
Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit
$55


MOBO
ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance
LGA 1155, Intel P67 Express PCH
$100

Hard drive
Seagate Barracuda 750 GB
750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 6Gb/s $60

Power
Corsair CX600 V2 600 W
ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified
$70

Case
Rosewill Redbone
$40
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September 8, 2012 12:12:09 PM

Yeah I've seen this months system builders...
also that mobo lacks SLI. and I don't need a HD, but aside from that it's what I've been modeling my build off of. I'm wondering what, if any would be the benefit of getting a higher version chipset (i.e. Z77)?
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September 8, 2012 12:40:54 PM

PWK87 said:
Yeah I've seen this months system builders...
also that mobo lacks SLI. and I don't need a HD, but aside from that it's what I've been modeling my build off of. I'm wondering what, if any would be the benefit of getting a higher version chipset (i.e. Z77)?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155 should explain the basics between the chipsets.
If the price difference is acceptable, I'd suggest going with the more recent chipset simply for the sake of longer manufacturer support.
If cost is a concern, however, the difference between the two is negligible unless you need something like usb 3 support.
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September 9, 2012 5:42:15 AM

So newegg now has 2day shipping through ShopRunner, even to HI, so it looks like I can sign up for a free trial and get free shipping on my order through them.

What I'm looking at now:

PSU - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W $127.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Free SSD bundled w/ mobo SSD - OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC $10 - $10 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997043 $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler - XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic silver 5 $9.99

and my GPU:

GPU - Zotac nVidia 560ti 1 GB
http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-Express-Displayport-Graph...

Total: 637.94


Am I going overkill with the motherboard? I do get a free SSD boot drive with it, SLI, USB 3, and good overclocking.
I'll need the larger PSU for SLI and having modular cables is nice.

Any thoughts, compatibility issues?
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