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September 9, 2012 1:22:32 AM

Hi, thanks so much for assisting me on my first computer build.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Sooner is better, sometime before the end of next month.

Budget Range: $1600-$2000 including shipping lower end of that budget is preferred if possible. If I use unnecessarily expensive parts please let me know.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1. Gaming (EvE online, WoW, online poker with software like Holdem Manager etc.)
2. Surfing the web
3. Netflix
4. General college use so word processing etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: I think I can downgrade the PSU (can I?). I'd also consider getting a smaller SSD, not sure if I actually need that much storage on it.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, however I'd like to use Windows 8 ASAP. I believe this means the preview version until the full one is released. Do I need to purchase windows 7 to do this? Should I just wait until Windows 8 is released in full?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Sydney, Australia

Parts Preferences: I'm set on the CPU listed below, I would like both a SSD and HDD and no less than 16GB RAM. Also, I prefer good brands for the most part (Corsair, Gigabyte and others that are on par). I prefer Nvidia to AMD. I'm happy to change the case as I don't require a 'flashy' case, however I like expandability and the tool free features coolermaster offer.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: I know very little about this, so if you could possibly make a recommendation that would be appreciated.

Your Monitor Resolution: 22" 1680 x 1050 is what I currently have, however I'd like to get a second monitor 22-24 inch. I haven't priced this into my budget as I may purchase the additional monitor at a later date.

Additional Comments: I'd like the PC to be as quiet as possible. Also I have a SSD + HDD combo so I can install the OS and other files/programs I use regularly on the SSD and everything else on the HDD.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have an old MacBook Pro which is a hunk o junk.. Can't play games or anything fun.

Here's what I have so far:

- Full Tower (Without PSU) CM Storm STRYKER [SGC-5000W-KWN1] Black-White
- Power Supply 1250W ENERMAX REVOLUTION85
- SSD (Solid State Drive) 2.5" 180GB Sata3 Corsair [CSSD-F180GB3-BK] Force Series (550/520MB/s)
- HDD Internal 3.5" 2TB SATA3 7200rpm Seagate SV35 Series [ST2000VX000]
- CPU/Processor Intel S1155 i7-3770K Quad Core (3.5GHz/8M/22nm/77w/Integrated Graphics 4000)
- Desktop DDR3 Ram 16GB Kit (4x4GB) 1600MHz Corsair [CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G]
- Motherboard Intel S1155 Z77 Gigabyte [GA-Z77X-UD5H] (Digital Power Control)
- DVD-Rewriter Internal 5.25" SATA Samsung [SH-222BB] (22x/OEM with Software) Black

1. I haven't included a sound card, could you possibly recommend one for me? Sound is not of great importance to me.
2. I haven't included a graphics card if you could please recommend one
3. Will this computer have inbuilt wi-fi/bluetooth? If not how do I get this?
4. Can I put the windows 8 preview on it without having any other OS installed beforehand? I like the look of windows 8 but is it suitable for gaming purposes?
5. Any recommendations you have are welcome. If there's anything besides the PSU that is overkill/has cheaper options where not much is sacrificed please let me know.

Thanks, your help is appreciated! First build is so exciting & nerve racking

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September 9, 2012 1:38:02 AM

Windows 8 is just fine for gaming, but the drivers don't seem to be as mature as the Windows 7 drivers.

For a 1080p resolution such as what I'd expect from an approximately 20" monitor, I'd recommend a Radeon 7870 such as this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A sound card is not necessary. If you're not an audiophile, then on-board audio should be plenty good for you.

Most motherboards do not have bluetooth and WiFi built in. You can get one or two adapters for this cheaply.

You should get a much lower wattage PSU. Having too high wattage is just as bad as having not enough. A 750W model from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, PCP&P, XFX, or Rosewill would be the most that I'd recommend.
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September 9, 2012 1:51:37 AM

you should get the non- "k" version of that cpu because you're not overclocking, it's just a waist (unless you plan on doing it in the future). A good option for a graphics card would be the nvidia gtx 660ti, for the money it can't be beat and it's better than the 7870. The motherboard is great but i started to prefer asus and yes most of their motherboards come with wifi and Bluetooth.
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September 9, 2012 1:57:58 AM

You are in Sydney? Forget Newegg. Go to MSY and build a system around Whirlpools recommended builds:

http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/rmp_sg_whirlpoolpcs_gaming...

Choose the $1,020 ($1,400) Intel Gaming/Multi-Purpose Config and swap the GPU to a 7950. Simple and cheap. If you live around Ultimo in Sydney I can give you a hand.
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September 9, 2012 2:01:12 AM

alexy626 said:
you should get the non- "k" version of that cpu because you're not overclocking, it's just a waist (unless you plan on doing it in the future). A good option for a graphics card would be the nvidia gtx 660ti, for the money it can't be beat and it's better than the 7870. The motherboard is great but i started to prefer asus and yes most of their motherboards come with wifi and Bluetooth.


The 7870 is a better card at a far lower price and the 7950 is a significantly better card at about the same price as the 660 Ti. The 660 Ti is not a good card because of its huge memory bandwidth bottle-neck.
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September 10, 2012 5:30:40 PM

Ok so here's what I've come up with, based on the suggestions above. I think I'll go through MSY in Ultimo.

- Full Tower (Without PSU) CM Storm STRYKER [SGC-5000W-KWN1] Black-White
- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W Power Supply
- SSD (Solid State Drive) 2.5" 180GB Sata3 Corsair [CSSD-F180GB3-BK] Force Series (550/520MB/s)
- HDD Internal 3.5" 2TB SATA3 7200rpm Seagate SV35 Series [ST2000VX000]
- CPU/Processor Intel S1155 i7-3770 Quad Core (3.5GHz/8M/22nm/77w/Integrated Graphics 4000)
- Desktop DDR3 Ram 16GB Kit (4x4GB) 1600MHz Corsair [CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G]
- ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
- DVD-Rewriter Internal 5.25" SATA Samsung [SH-222BB] (22x/OEM with Software) Black

Please anyone feel free to advise me if you think I could improve it without increasing the price too much :) 
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September 10, 2012 6:43:49 PM

I recommend avoiding Cooler Master PSUs. They make great cases, but their PSUs leave much to be desired in my experience with them. The best brands for PSUs are Antec, Corsair, PCP&P, Seasonic, and XFX.

Unless I've missed something, this is a primarily gaming build without much professional work intended. An i7 is no better for gaming than an i5 on the LGA 1155 socket platforms and 16GB of RAM is also no better than 8GB of the same for gaming. These are both more professionally oriented things that would be good choices for professional work such as Photoshop and rendering, but not for gaming.
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September 10, 2012 7:37:18 PM

Lee, I had the same concept of "why an i5 when I can afford an i7...it must be better!" However, this is not the case in gaming, an i5 3570k is still going to blow away the most recent games. The LGA 1155 socket is not going to be around forever also, so why spend more than you need on something you're not even going to use to it's full potential/purpose? THAT, my friend, is why I decided on the perfectly acceptable and still very great i5 3570k over an i7. (You also save money.)

Recommendation for a PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

It has amazing reviews and is almost fully modular. Corsair also has pretty amazing customer service.
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September 10, 2012 8:26:08 PM

Lee1011 said:
Ok so here's what I've come up with, based on the suggestions above. I think I'll go through MSY in Ultimo.

- Full Tower (Without PSU) CM Storm STRYKER [SGC-5000W-KWN1] Black-White
- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W Power Supply
- SSD (Solid State Drive) 2.5" 180GB Sata3 Corsair [CSSD-F180GB3-BK] Force Series (550/520MB/s)
- HDD Internal 3.5" 2TB SATA3 7200rpm Seagate SV35 Series [ST2000VX000]
- CPU/Processor Intel S1155 i7-3770 Quad Core (3.5GHz/8M/22nm/77w/Integrated Graphics 4000)
- Desktop DDR3 Ram 16GB Kit (4x4GB) 1600MHz Corsair [CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G]
- ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
- DVD-Rewriter Internal 5.25" SATA Samsung [SH-222BB] (22x/OEM with Software) Black

Please anyone feel free to advise me if you think I could improve it without increasing the price too much :) 


Look at the whirlpool link above. This build is all over the place. Why are you getting the biggest tower you can with the smallest possible motherboard? Why do you need 16GB DDR3? Why do you want an i7? You are spending money you don't have to.
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September 11, 2012 5:57:06 AM

Thanks for all the info, I really appreciate it please keep it coming! My knowledge about computers is pretty limited, I had no idea the motherboard being small, or that I was overspending.

I got the tower cause I liked the handle and the overall look.

Yeah, the only intensive processing this computer will be doing is gaming. So is there really no benefit to getting any processor better than the i5 3570k or more than 8gb of ram? Yes, my only logic was "I can afford i7 so why get i5" so thanks for stopping me wasting money - however I would like to futureproof the computer as best as possible and ensure that I get maximum performance in gaming. I'd rather not overclock as I have absolutely no experience doing it.

I'll also get the corsair PSU. This makes my build:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU: Corsair TX750 (would the TX850 be overkill?)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
CPU: Intel i5 3570k
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Optical Drive: DVD-Rewriter Internal 5.25" SATA Samsung [SH-222BB] (22x/OEM with Software) Black

For the mobo & GPU I'm still undecided. The mobo I would like as futureproofed as possible, with inbuilt wifi and bluetooth. The GPU I would like a powerful one, that doesn't get too noisy.
Any other recommendations?
Thanks!
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September 11, 2012 7:17:26 AM

MSY Ultimo:

CPU: i5 3470 - $189
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Kingston HyperX - $52
MOBO: Gigabyte H77M-D3H - $85
GPU: Sapphire 7950 OC - $355
HDD: Seagate 2TB - $104, drop the SSD

PSU + CASE + DVD = fine

That will be very similar to my build. No need to OC, dead simple and easy to build. Very solid performance. I can also help you out with your build if you'd like.
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September 11, 2012 12:05:46 PM

Lee1011 said:
Thanks for all the info, I really appreciate it please keep it coming! My knowledge about computers is pretty limited, I had no idea the motherboard being small, or that I was overspending.

I got the tower cause I liked the handle and the overall look.

Yeah, the only intensive processing this computer will be doing is gaming. So is there really no benefit to getting any processor better than the i5 3570k or more than 8gb of ram? Yes, my only logic was "I can afford i7 so why get i5" so thanks for stopping me wasting money - however I would like to futureproof the computer as best as possible and ensure that I get maximum performance in gaming. I'd rather not overclock as I have absolutely no experience doing it.

I'll also get the corsair PSU. This makes my build:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU: Corsair TX750 (would the TX850 be overkill?)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
CPU: Intel i5 3570k
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Optical Drive: DVD-Rewriter Internal 5.25" SATA Samsung [SH-222BB] (22x/OEM with Software) Black

For the mobo & GPU I'm still undecided. The mobo I would like as futureproofed as possible, with inbuilt wifi and bluetooth. The GPU I would like a powerful one, that doesn't get too noisy.
Any other recommendations?
Thanks!


There really is no point in getting any better CPU than an i5. Gaming doesn't take advantage of it and even if it did, nothing is so CPU bound that an i5 can't handle in any game today.

Why in-built WiFi/Bluetooth? having that built into the motherboard usually means that you aren't getting a high-quality reciever, yet the motherboard will still be very expensive. It's better to buy a PCIe WiFi/Bluetooth adapter.
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September 11, 2012 12:25:37 PM

Ok guess I'll just get the PCIe adapter then. I just don't know these things like not getting a high quality receiver. :p  Thanks
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September 11, 2012 4:09:03 PM

Ok so this is probably going to be my final build, unless anyone has any further suggestions? All the suggestions I've received so far have been incredibly helpful so thank you all very much.

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Videocard: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Wifi: ASUS PCE-N15 PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate Wireless Adapter

Also, the mobo comes with this for free: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

So looks like I'll have 16gb of RAM after all, can't hurt.. Could someone please just confirm this build is alright? :)  Thanks again for all the help!
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September 11, 2012 4:09:05 PM

Lee1011 said:
Ok so this is probably going to be my final build, unless anyone has any further suggestions? All the suggestions I've received so far have been incredibly helpful so thank you all very much.

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Videocard: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Wifi: ASUS PCE-N15 PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate Wireless Adapter

Also, the mobo comes with this for free: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

So looks like I'll have 16gb of RAM after all, can't hurt.. Could someone please just confirm this build is alright? :)  Thanks again for all the help!


Looks all good in my book. :D 

Oh, one more thing, if you plan to overclock you'll need this... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pe_175190_21431... or something similar
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September 11, 2012 4:09:38 PM

Lee1011 said:
Ok guess I'll just get the PCIe adapter then. I just don't know these things like not getting a high quality receiver. :p  Thanks



Hey man! My 2 cents on the SSD and MoBo. The i5 3570k is great for gaming, at some point the 1155 socket will be replaced, at that point upgrade your CPU and MoBo. But I don't think that is happening for a while. The SSD need not be so large. That's pretty expensive too. You can get a SanDisk 128g for cheap and it's more than enough for the OS and a few programs you want to load fast.

Other stuff looks really nice that you had going IMO.
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September 11, 2012 4:28:44 PM

If in the future I decide to overclock, I'll be able to install that at the time, correct?

Also, is this mobo any better than the one I have in the above build?
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Other than that, thanks a million guys. Looks like this PC will cost less than $1200, far below what I was looking to spend. On top of that I learned quite a bit from the experience.
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September 11, 2012 4:39:28 PM

Lee1011 said:
If in the future I decide to overclock, I'll be able to install that at the time, correct?

Also, is this mobo any better than the one I have in the above build?
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Other than that, thanks a million guys. Looks like this PC will cost less than $1200, far below what I was looking to spend. On top of that I learned quite a bit from the experience.


You can install it later if you'd like. I think it just would be easier to do it off the bat.

That Gigabyte seems to have a 3-D UEFI BIOS. Maybe easier to set up, but performance-wise...no. If anyone need correct me I welcome it.

Yeah! I thought I'd have to spend a lot on mine too. These forums rock!
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September 11, 2012 8:45:20 PM

560 is obsolete. Don't cheap out on the GPU. You want at least a 7870.
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September 11, 2012 9:00:12 PM

Smeg45 said:
560 is obsolete. Don't cheap out on the GPU. You want at least a 7870.


Thank you for spotting that, I thought that was a 660. I'd go for a EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti. That gives you the opportunity to SLI later on down the road when you want to.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008S15X3W/ref=n...

And here is a little on the performance levels between the 7870 and the 660Ti. I've always used Nvidia, and I really like them and it's not too expensive.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
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September 11, 2012 9:10:18 PM

jonclimbs247 said:
Thank you for spotting that, I that that was a 660. I'd go for a EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti. That gives you the opportunity to SLI later on down the road when you want to.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008S15X3W/ref=n...

And here is a little on the performance levels between the 7870 and the 660Ti. I've always used Nvidia, and I really like them and it's not too expensive.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...


The 7870 can be bought as cheaply as $200 for some of the best models. The 660 Ti doesn't go far from $300 ()I think that I saw one for $285, but that'd the cheapest that I've heard of). That's definitely more expensive. The 7950 is in the same price range as the 660 Ti and is a better card, especially for CF and overclocking. Also, the 660 Ti kinda sucks for SLI, so it's not a good idea to have it with SLI plans in mind.
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September 11, 2012 9:17:42 PM

blazorthon said:
The 7870 can be bought as cheaply as $200 for some of the best models. The 660 Ti doesn't go far from $300 ()I think that I saw one for $285, but that'd the cheapest that I've heard of). That's definitely more expensive. The 7950 is in the same price range as the 660 Ti and is a better card, especially for CF and overclocking. Also, the 660 Ti kinda sucks for SLI, so it's not a good idea to have it with SLI plans in mind.


I was suggesting the 660Ti because he prefers Nvidia over AMD. 660Ti is not a bad Nvidia GPU by any means. Just going with what the OP wanted in first post regarding parts preferences:

"Parts Preferences: I'm set on the CPU listed below, I would like both a SSD and HDD and no less than 16GB RAM. Also, I prefer good brands for the most part (Corsair, Gigabyte and others that are on par). I prefer Nvidia to AMD. I'm happy to change the case as I don't require a 'flashy' case, however I like expandability and the tool free features coolermaster offer."
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September 11, 2012 9:56:22 PM

jonclimbs247 said:
I was suggesting the 660Ti because he prefers Nvidia over AMD. 660Ti is not a bad Nvidia GPU by any means. Just going with what the OP wanted in first post regarding parts preferences:

"Parts Preferences: I'm set on the CPU listed below, I would like both a SSD and HDD and no less than 16GB RAM. Also, I prefer good brands for the most part (Corsair, Gigabyte and others that are on par). I prefer Nvidia to AMD. I'm happy to change the case as I don't require a 'flashy' case, however I like expandability and the tool free features coolermaster offer."


The GPU of the 660 Ti is the same GK104 as that of the GTX 670 and the memory bus and ROPs are more like that of a GTX 550 Ti. It's far too unbalanced.
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September 12, 2012 12:46:49 AM

Gonna go with the GTX 670. :)  What's everyone's opinion on extended warranty for the CPU, GPU & Mobo? Also could I please get confirmation that the 750w PSU is the right wattage? I have absolutely no idea how this works.

Updated build:

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Wifi: ASUS PCE-N15 PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate Wireless Adapter
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September 12, 2012 1:03:42 AM

Unless you're planning on SLI, I recommend that you drop down to an ~600W PSU of similar quality.
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September 12, 2012 1:33:54 AM

I'm not planning to SLI for at least the next year, even after that I'd say it's unlikely. So is 750w too much then?
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September 12, 2012 2:09:26 AM

I don't think that it's dangerously overkill for a single 670, but it's still overkill. If you don't think that you'll do SLI at all, then I wouldn't go past 650W.
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September 12, 2012 3:14:32 AM

Ok, 650w it is.

Here's the final build, again slightly modified as some parts are not stocked by MSY.

RAM: 8GB Kit 1600 Kingston - $50
Case: Coolermaster HAF RC-922M - $117
HDD: Seagate SATA3 2TB - $104
SSD: Kingston 120GB - $89
CD/DVD: Sata Samsung DVDRW - $19
GPU: Gigabyte 2G GTX 660 Ti - $339
PSU: Corsair TX650 - $112
Motherboard: Asrock Z77-Extreme 4 - $145
CPU: Intel i5 3570k - $234
Wireless Card: Asus PCE-N15 - $39

Cost: $1248

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September 12, 2012 7:15:37 AM

I thought you were getting the GTX 670?
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September 12, 2012 7:36:31 AM

I still might.. Does it matter if I get the Inno3D GTX 670 instead of the EVGA one?

I decided to get the 670 because on Newegg the jump from the 660 ti ($340) to the 670 ($400) was only an extra $60. From MSY (the local store I'm probably going to end up buying the parts from) the EVGA GTX 670 is $489. Inno3D is $435
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September 12, 2012 8:03:08 AM

Yeah I'll just go with the 670 regardless.. I got over-excited with the sub $1200 price tag and was reluctant to go back up :p  But I have the budget so why not.
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September 12, 2012 10:05:58 AM

I would personally get the EVGA, as they make better cards imo.
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September 12, 2012 12:06:11 PM

I made an error stating that the EVGA was an option, unfortunately it's not stocked at MSY. They have the Gigabyte OC and Asus version.
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September 12, 2012 12:34:07 PM

Which Asus version and which Gigabyte version? You guys do realize that companies have several versions and they're not all the same, right? Simply saying the company doesn't help. Is The Asus a DCII or a TOP?
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September 12, 2012 1:12:19 PM

I didn't realise that, probably because the MSY website doesn't specify what version. Here's a link to the website maybe I'm missing something (don't think I am though):

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
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September 12, 2012 3:06:38 PM

They don't seem to mention the actual card models. I'm not sure about trusting that site unless it's your only option. Either way, I can't give you accurate comparisons on the cards that they're selling because they don't tell us what models they are selling.
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September 12, 2012 4:03:39 PM

Lee1011 said:
Gonna go with the GTX 670. :)  What's everyone's opinion on extended warranty for the CPU, GPU & Mobo? Also could I please get confirmation that the 750w PSU is the right wattage? I have absolutely no idea how this works.

Updated build:

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Wifi: ASUS PCE-N15 PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate Wireless Adapter


Actually looks pretty good. But:

1.) For a QUITE a bit less you can get something like a SanDisk 128GB SSD, you can store all of the data you get on your HDD.

2.) I like that you are getting a 750W PSU. It will be more than enough for SLI and not too overkill. Better to have more than enough power than barely enough IMO.

But I like the build and parts, personally.
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September 12, 2012 4:15:50 PM

A 600W isn't barely enough for a 670. A 400W is barely enough. A 600W is ideal for a 670 and a 550W-650% are close enough to that. 750W is ideal for two 670s and is very much overkill for a single 670.

Sandisk SSDs aren't high quality/reliability compared to similarly priced options from other brands.
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September 12, 2012 5:24:31 PM

blazorthon said:
A 600W isn't barely enough for a 670. A 400W is barely enough. A 600W is ideal for a 670 and a 550W-650% are close enough to that. 750W is ideal for two 670s and is very much overkill for a single 670.

Sandisk SSDs aren't high quality/reliability compared to similarly priced options from other brands.


Right, I may be wrong but I think he was planning to SLI later on, that's pretty much why I said the 750W would be a good choice.

As for the SSD, I was trying to say he may not need such a large one...to help on the budget aspect and try to keep it around that $1200 area that he liked. SanDisk is pretty inexpensive as well. This is a nice one for only $119 from Samsung: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Intel is another good option.
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September 12, 2012 5:32:33 PM

jonclimbs247 said:
Right, I may be wrong but I think he was planning to SLI later on, that's pretty much why I said the 750W would be a good choice.

As for the SSD, I was trying to say he may not need such a large one...to help on the budget aspect and try to keep it around that $1200 area that he liked. SanDisk is pretty inexpensive as well. This is a nice one for only $119 from Samsung: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


A significantly better Vertex 4 128GB can be bought for under $100. The same is true for a Samsung 830 if that deal is still going too. There are other options as well at that capacity and price point. OP has also already decided against SLI.
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September 12, 2012 7:14:00 PM

blazorthon said:
A significantly better Vertex 4 128GB can be bought for under $100. The same is true for a Samsung 830 if that deal is still going too. There are other options as well at that capacity and price point. OP has also already decided against SLI.


I actually missed that post with him saying that it is unlikely that he'll SLI in the future. That being said, 750W is not needed.

Vertex 4 is also a really good SSD. Guess you got a lot of options now Lee! :) 
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