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1st time New build, no more than $1500 advice needed

Approximate Purchase Date: 9-15

Budget Range: around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (I have a HP 2009m 1600x900)

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon, also I live near a Micro Center

Location: Houston, TX

Parts Preferences: Intel/ leaning towards Nvidia but open

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Future)

Your Monitor Resolution: Best I can get within my budget

Additional Comments: First time builder and would like to try a mild overclock. Looking for a MOBO with a beginner friendly BIOS.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Always have wanted to and finally have the means to build a computer

Parts I have chosen:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

MOBO: Asrock z77 Extreme 4, I have seen this in a lot of builds lately. Not sure how I feel about Asrock.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB Low Profile SDRAM DDR3 1600

GPU: GTX 670, Not sure which one

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 Sata 6, have seen more builds lately with the samsung spinpoint would that be a better choice?

SSD: Samsung 830 128GB

PSU: Corsair HX 750 80 Plus Gold Modular, wanting a modular PSU

Case: Phantom 410; picked it because of Tom's review but not sure if I will like the bay door.

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK 24X DVD Burner bulk OEM

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

My list does not include a monitor but I am looking for one.

I appreciate everyones input and thank you for your time.
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More about time build 1500 advice needed
  1. On a $1500 build you can get a way better cooler than a Hyper 212. The Samsung Spinpoint and Seagate Barracuda are essentially the same drive - just some people (including myself) prefer the Spinpoint more).

    Here you go:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($128.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($29.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1602.87
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 12:32 EDT-0400)
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  3. this is based off of g-units build

    -i chose a smaller hard drive
    -i chose a better gtx670 (better cooling)
    -i got you a monitor (because 1600x900 is a bottleneck)
    -i got some cheaper ram
    -got a cheaper case
  4. TheBigTroll said:
    this is based off of g-units build

    -i chose a smaller hard drive
    -i chose a better gtx670 (better cooling)
    -i got you a monitor (because 1600x900 is a bottleneck)
    -i got some cheaper ram
    -got a cheaper case


    I like the Ecogreen series because it has a really high return on cost per GB and that's something I always try to emphasize on builds rather than paying boatloads of money for expensive storage gimmicks (Revodrive, etc).

    $5 on the cost of the RAM won't alter the budget at all, I like the Ares series but Crucial is just as good.
  5. but the 5 bucks you save can get you a cheap fast food meal :D and it would do nothing to affect the rig
  6. TheBigTroll said:
    but the 5 bucks you save can get you a cheap fast food meal :D and it would do nothing to affect the rig


    I think I'd rather have better components than junk food... :lol:
  7. battlestations need both :D
  8. TheBigTroll said:
    battlestations need both :D


    True! :lol:
  9. Thank you both. You have been a great help.

    I have a Micro Center here by the house. Have you all delt with them at all? Anything to watch out for?

    Their website shows (in-store pickup):

    i5-3570k - $189.99
    Gigabyte z77X - UD3H - $99.99
    Samsung 830 128g - $99.99

    These seem like good deals anything I should worry about?

    Also, both lists look amazing I am going with the Noctua, G. Skill, Seagate Barracuda.

    Liking the look of the white Switch 810 case more but price might be higher than I was looking for. Haven't decided yet.

    Also, g-unit noticed there was not a monitor any suggestions, BigTroll suggestion seems strong.
  10. That XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's. It's semi modular meaning the only cables that are hardwired are the ones you will need to use no matter what.


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E97ZUU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER $100.60 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011013-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-Supply/dp/B005IUVYA2/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347416414&sr=1-4 $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387554/Z77_Extreme4_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Intel_Motherboard $134 .99 ($84.99 when bundled with 3570K cpu)
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor $189.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $33.99 & 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.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules) $42.99
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit Two 4GB Memory Modules)

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/392825/24x_DVD%C2%B1RW_Burner_-_OEM $18.99
    LG 24x DVDRW Burner - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_10?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347349495&sr=1-10 $76.17 & 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.microcenter.com/product/391067/SDSSDP-128G-G25_128GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD) $79.99
    SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-2GD5/dp/B008BGXYAS/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347416749&sr=1-14&keywords=gtx+670 $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

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_y $90.46 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER $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

    Total: $1,364.55 | $1,344.65 after mail in rebates


    http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS228HP/ <----- another look at that monitor

    http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-500r-white-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 670

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that Asrock board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bridge-benchmark,3254.html <----- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks
  11. chooper said:
    Thank you both. You have been a great help.

    I have a Micro Center here by the house. Have you all delt with them at all? Anything to watch out for?

    Their website shows (in-store pickup):

    i5-3570k - $189.99
    Gigabyte z77X - UD3H - $99.99
    Samsung 830 128g - $99.99

    These seem like good deals anything I should worry about?

    Also, both lists look amazing I am going with the Noctua, G. Skill, Seagate Barracuda.

    Liking the look of the white Switch 810 case more but price might be higher than I was looking for. Haven't decided yet.

    Also, g-unit noticed there was not a monitor any suggestions, BigTroll suggestion seems strong.

    I just saw that post. I switched the case in that build up above just now to the Corsair 500R White. That case comes with a built in multi channel fan controller, LED on/off switch, 200mm side fan, dust filters, SSD cage, etc... you name it and that case has it.
  12. chooper said:
    Thank you both. You have been a great help.

    I have a Micro Center here by the house. Have you all delt with them at all? Anything to watch out for?

    Their website shows (in-store pickup):

    i5-3570k - $189.99
    Gigabyte z77X - UD3H - $99.99
    Samsung 830 128g - $99.99

    These seem like good deals anything I should worry about?

    Also, both lists look amazing I am going with the Noctua, G. Skill, Seagate Barracuda.

    Liking the look of the white Switch 810 case more but price might be higher than I was looking for. Haven't decided yet.

    Also, g-unit noticed there was not a monitor any suggestions, BigTroll suggestion seems strong.


    Yeah the Switch 810 is sweet but has a steep price tag. The Corsair 500R is a bit more affordable and has a similar look. Alternately consider the Cooler Master Storm Striker. I didn't notice that monitor was included, I can adjust accordingly.
  13. Is there a reason why some of you prefer the Gigabyte over the AsRock or Vice-Versa?
  14. chooper said:
    Is there a reason why some of you prefer the Gigabyte over the AsRock or Vice-Versa?

    Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte...even MSI. Flip a coin.
  15. they are all good. i usually go either msi, gigabyte and asus. i only really recommend asrock extreme4 and thats about it
  16. chooper said:
    Is there a reason why some of you prefer the Gigabyte over the AsRock or Vice-Versa?


    My last three boards have all been Gigabyte and they've worked great. Gigabyte also has a good support department.
  17. Best answer selected by chooper.
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