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September 18, 2012 1:35:29 AM

Hi there. Edited for brevity... and I made some changes that make more sense.



CPU $229.99
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan - Cooler Master Hyper 212 - the one with the heatpipe direct thing.

Motherboard $134.99 - opted out of the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe/ i5 3570K Ivy combo pack and selected:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ASUS features sounded nice but once I got to thinking there's not really anything there I can't or shouldn't just handle by modular... specifically the dual band WiFi. Would rather save the $100+ dollars and the ASRock looks solid. Only other thought was the Gigabyte in the same price range. Any thoughts?

GPU $339.99 - For $10 bucks more I found the Superclocked version of the EVGA 3GB 660Ti. Thought about the 670 but for the money I just don't think it'll make that much difference right now. Hell... I play with this beast for a year or so and then upgrade down the road.
EVGA SuperClocked+ 03G-P4-3663-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD $109.99
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive $84.99 - made a mistake earlier... found this with a 64mb cache and 6.0 vs. the 32mb and lower speed Samsung I listed earlier.
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blue Ray $49.99
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case $274.99 - big savings here. Had the 800D but then found the one I was looking for... the 650D for $100.00 less.
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU $144.99 - I need to run some numbers on this yet. Thought about upgrading to 850W same brand & series. But for now...
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM $37.99 - Changed to Crucial vs. G Skill cuz I like Crucial. Same Price.
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339


Total first run: $1522.89

Would love to get thoughts on this before I pull the trigger. Especially:

Differences/ opinions between the ASRock MB I have listed and this Gigabyte:

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 18, 2012 4:04:54 AM

Bumping. Made some edits... shortened things to make it more reader friendly :)  and made some tweaks to the build.

Could use some feedback on motherboard comparisons and power supply.

Thanks! :whistle: 
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September 18, 2012 12:22:30 PM

Thanks Xelerator.

You convinced me on the ASRock. But I think I'm going to stick with the Corsair case. It's one that I've had my heart set on for some time so kinda hard to sway...we'll see if I regret it sounds like some questionable USB 3.0 locations.

A few final tweaks... would really like to get more feedback... yay or nay, alternatives, all that...

Here's the latest thought, I plan on ordering today:

i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR 3 1600 (PC3 12800) <---- decided for the low profile and saw good reviews.
EVGA GeForce 670 2GB 256-bit <------ took the plunge vs. the 660Ti 4 GB... decided I wanted the bandwidth. (Also free B-Lands 2!)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
ASUS Black 12x/16x/48x Blue Ray Drive
Corsair Obsidian 650D Black Steel Case
Corsair 850W HX Series <----- upgraded from HX750. Wanted more capacity for future add ons...
Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler.


Last call. What do you think?

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September 18, 2012 12:34:12 PM

For a single GTX670 and an i5-3570K, even overclocked, a quality 650W PSU is sufficient.
The WD Blue drives have two year warranties; most of the WD Black drives, which are also faster, have five year warranties.
I'd get a Xigmatek Gaia for the cooler; same technology, similar performance. Corsair and Noctua also have good coolers.
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September 18, 2012 2:25:36 PM

Thanks jtt, especially for the advice on the WD Hard Drive.

It was $20 bucks more for the black vs. the green but for the extra warranty what the heck.

I decided to stick with the cooler I have spec'd. Seemed like some better specs on the Cooler Master for the same price, though hey did look very very similar.

I kicked the Power Supply back down to 750. PSU has always been an issue for me in upgrading in the past... of course, I'd always bought stock systems before and never built so of course the PSU was always kind of cheap... but... I guess I'm just paranoid now about getting burned twice before. Still feel like I should go for the 850 even though there's no real logical reason. And I don't see myself upgrading to SLI...

So... here's the latest build:

i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (Thanks xlerator)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR 3 1600 (PC3 12800) <---- decided for the low profile and saw good reviews.
EVGA GeForce 670 2GB 256-bit <------ took the plunge vs. the 660Ti 4 GB... decided I wanted the bandwidth. (Also free B-Lands 2!)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive (Thanks jtt)
ASUS Black 12x/16x/48x Blue Ray Drive
Corsair Obsidian 650D Black Steel Case
Corsair 750W HX Series (Thanks jtt)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler.

Any other thoughts? I'm gonna try to get this in before 12n pst with rush processing so it ships today.
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September 18, 2012 2:30:56 PM

Looks like a solid build to me!
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September 18, 2012 2:32:54 PM

It's almost identical to the build I just got the parts for...=P

That is to say, looks great!

And I'm glad to see you went with the low profile Corsair Vengeance, it can be difficult with the high profile because of the fan on the Cooler Master 212. Makes installation a little difficult.
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September 18, 2012 2:43:55 PM

Awesome news guys. I feel really good about it.

So amped up... it's going to be a miracle if don't get fired from my job this week. :D 

Yea... the Corsair Vengeance was a late tweak... I just happened to read a review about the 212 creeping in on the RAM slots... then did a bit more digging and found a great recommendation in the other thread.

I definitely caught a few potential mistakes in my initial build. Glad I didn't just totally impulse buy. :sarcastic: 
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