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September 29, 2012 4:18:50 AM

Hello. About a month or so ago I posted a parts list for my first computer build. I still needed some time to get together the $$$ to purchase the parts. I got some really good suggestions on changing up a few of the parts. I was also not sure about some parts and got some great suggestions, so thank you to those who made them. I now have an updated parts list and would just like to get some feedback from those with more experience then me as this will be my first build. Just want to be sure I am not getting parts that are not going to work well together.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: I would like to stay around $1100 for everything minus the keyboard/mouse and OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (EVE, WOW, Skyrim, etc), Internet, Work, Ability to upgrade should I choose to do more with rig. I may want to edit video or throw on software to mix music if possible.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center & Newegg, but willing to take suggestions

Location: New York, NY/Boston, MA (Its complicated)

Parts Preferences: The kind that won't shite the bed

Overclocking: Maybe. Unlikely, but should I decide to would like to have that option.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Would like to have the option should I choose to)

Additional Comments: I live in a dusty environment(pollen in the spring, 3 cats year round). Need a case with lots of dust filters and cannot do a white case. I like the idea of having a window.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I do not have a desktop and my laptop is very old.

Alright so here is my parts list:

CASE Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 Mid Tower ATX Micro Center $69.99 after rebate $54.99


CPU Intel Core i5 3570k 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Micro Center $189.99 They will take an extra $50 off if I purchase w/the mobo I want to buy.


MOBO Asus P8Z77-V Pro LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel motherboard Micro Center $159.99


CPU FAN Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler Micro Center $36.99


PWR SUPPLY PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk lll Series 600W Micro Center $84.99 after rebate $64.99


RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Kit Two 4GB Modules Micro Center $42.99


The RAM was recommended by a poster on Tom's Hardware


HARD DRIVE Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Micro Center $84.99


SSD Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 128GB SATA 6.0GB/s Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest 2 Controller Micro Center $99.99 after rebate $89.99


DRIVE Was going to pick up one at Micro Center. Online they only list the Bare Drives or OEM. They have boxed ones at the store to choose from w/manuals and all the necessary gear. Will probably spend about $40/$50

GPU Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x 16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Newegg $249.99 after rebate $229.99


Or

This GPU was recommended by someone on Tom's Hardware

GPU XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x 16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Newegg $259.99 after rebate $239.99


MONITOR Asus PA Series PA238Q Black 23" 6ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD 250cd/m2 ASCR 50000000:1 (1920X1080) Newegg $259.99 after rebate 229.99



Well. Thats it for now. I may just ax the SSD Drive initially and pick it up later on down the road. With the parts I have chosen, is there anything that might give me trouble as a first time builder? Thanks for your feedback.


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September 29, 2012 4:28:27 AM

You can find the HIS 7870 for $200 at Newegg.
September 29, 2012 5:23:04 AM

Here's a few money savers. That board bundles with that cpu (walk in only), and that case has decent size and cooling not to mention the front 3.0 USB ports. 750w allows you to add another one of those cards later on. That Sandisk SSD down below utilizes a SF Toggle NAND controller and is as solid as a rock.


http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/product/387554/Z77_Extreme4_... $124.99 ($74.99 when bundled w/3570K)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/product/361181/High_Current_... $79.99
Antec High Current Gamer 750W Gamer Power Supply HCG-750

http://www.microcenter.com/product/391067/SDSSDP-128G-G...(SSD) $79.99
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive SSD)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/383857/Three_Hundred... $57.99
Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Spo...(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.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $27.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

Total: $473.94
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September 29, 2012 5:37:23 AM

I prefer Cooler Master Elite 431 because I have the same problem as you do but the intake fan in the front is nice, add one to the side, back, and top and it'll stay cool pretty good. I'd stay with the stock fan, my friend has a similar build as I do and her CPU stays cool with a HD 7950 in the case.

Cooler Master Elite 431 - $46.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119256&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20Elite%20431

This is the RAM I use, you should look into it.

Corsair XMS3 2x4GB - $52.99; $32.99 After Rebate

http://www.microcenter.com/product/347306/XMS3_Series_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

Check my signature if you want to see what I'm using, best luck to you. ^_^
September 29, 2012 5:38:13 AM

Couple of suggestions: The ASUS GPU has a better cooler than the XFX one.

As far as DVD drives go, get the cheapest you can. There is no real difference. If you want to get a blu-ray then do that, but an OEM $20 drive is fine.

September 29, 2012 5:43:24 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Couple of suggestions: The ASUS GPU has a better cooler than the XFX one.

As far as DVD drives go, get the cheapest you can. There is no real difference. If you want to get a blu-ray then do that, but an OEM $20 drive is fine.


That's what I'm using, one by ASUS and boy, it's better than my friends LG which is somewhere between $50-$60 range. =)
September 29, 2012 1:10:34 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Couple of suggestions: The ASUS GPU has a better cooler than the XFX one.

As far as DVD drives go, get the cheapest you can. There is no real difference. If you want to get a blu-ray then do that, but an OEM $20 drive is fine.



Thank you for the advice. I thought since it was my first build, I should get all the manuals and instructions just in case I need help.
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