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October 6, 2012 7:58:30 PM

i would like to get a desktop pc which will handle gaming and media streaming to a big screen and it be water cooled and this all pre assembled or i build it, who has this at a decent price? i have assembled air units before but never a water cooled rig. i welcome all suggestions and advice, pls be kind. i'm trying to stay within a $1000 to $1200 dollar budget, could go more if i have to, which now that i think about it, i may have to.............my orginal thoughts were to go with these starter moments but i know i would still need more parts to complete my project but here are my initial choices?

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (2x 8GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, XMP Ready, Unbuffered

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Plus Photoshop Elements 10 Promo



http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair GS Series GS700 CP-9020013-NA 700W Power Supply - ATX, 80 Plus Bronze, 140mm Fan, Quiet Cooling, LEDs

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

i think thats it, as far as i have gotten so far, not found a great "buy me" case yet, or not sure what water cooled situation to go with.........just trying to get some idea's and see what our great minds can come with. oh, by the way, i've not ever posted to this site before, so i would like to say "hi" and i hope everyone is having a great day and thanks in advance to to reading my post.

oh, yeah, not pressed for time or anything like that, so i have plenty of time to complete, research, discuss, whatever i need to do to make the right choices for me.
October 6, 2012 8:18:46 PM

kinda good, but you could better for 1200 bucks. all you need for gaming is an i5 not an i7. so i would get the i5-3570k, and that graphics card sucks. get atleast a 7850, for that budget though, you could probly squeeze in a gtx 670 which would be ideal. that motherboard is overkill to, i would get the normal p8z77-v version. that power supply might not be the best either, i would get an xfx pro core 650 or 750, or a corsair tx 650.
do you need a monitor and windows 7 or anything? or is your budget just for the pc itself?
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October 6, 2012 8:31:56 PM

well, fm the reading i've been doing, i've been wondering if i would be better off with an i5 setup. if i downgrade to that and some of the other items on my list, i might very well be in the market for a monitor. so, u think the motherboard is overkill? huh, i guess i liked the "Wi-Fi GO! - DLNA Streaming and Remote Desktop Made Easy" option, i'll check out the other board u mentioned. any thoughts on water cooling? how about cases? thanks for the quick reply, i love the internet!
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October 6, 2012 9:30:15 PM

For the budget, you could do MUCH better. Quite honestly, think about if you would USE DLNA streaming. Because you quite honestly, most of the Asus features are gimmicks. Especially Wi-Fi onboard. Why do I say this? You could save money on the motherboard and only spend about $20 more for a USB Wi-Fi adapter that'll be better than any motherboard Wi-Fi adapter.

Anyways, check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
You don't need DLNA streaming as I'm assuming you're streaming gameplay and not video from computer to computer.

In any case, for gaming, the 550 Ti isn't even close to cutting it, the 7970 mops the floor with it and kills the GTX 670 for roughly the same price. After overclocking it gets even better than the GTX 680 for a lower price.

16GB is WAY overboard for the amount of ram you need. Your build shouldn't need more than 8GB as I wouldn't assume you're a HEAVY video editor like After Effects or AutoCAD/ETC.

As stated for gaming especially, the i7 is overkill and unnecessary. The board itself is overpriced too. Proof?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
Gets beaten by a $160 board, that's $60 less.
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October 6, 2012 10:13:29 PM

well, alot to think about but very helpful......got me rethinking the route i was going to go. on to my research journey, i'll let you know what i end up with but i like the setup you just recommended to me aznshinobi, thanks for the reply and links, we will see what i will end with, if i have more questions, i'll be sure to post them. :) 
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October 7, 2012 2:23:11 AM

No problem! Go with the $1100 build? it'll last quite awhile and it's a solid build overall.
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May 11, 2013 11:39:24 PM

well i should update to folks that i did in fact get my system up and running..........i ended up with an i7 set up, maybe alittle overkill but its what i felt comfortable with for the future :) , here's what i ended up with:

Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor $229.00
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $194.99
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10B $79.99
MSI N660TI-2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $289.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case $119.99
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $69.99
Thermaltake CLP0575 Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler Ultimate OverClocking King Intel LGA-2011 Ready Supports up to 240W TDP Dual 130mm VR Fans $48.99
SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM $22.99
Samsung 120GB 840 Series 2.5" SSD - MZ-7TD120BW $79.99
Upstar 24 " LED TV P24EWT $89.99

my actual cost vary a bit (would have to look up all the prices to be real accurate) but i don't think i'm off by that much when i paid what i did on the items but i think i did well. hope u think so to.........i'm currently running about 4.5 ghz at about 32 C, when i can afford some real cooling i'll try to up that :) 

oh, the whole set ran me abouit $1200.00
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