Shooting for <1K new build

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
Budget Range: < 1k (subject to shiny things on sale)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games
Are you buying a monitor: no, using a 24in 1080p generic pos
Do you need to buy OS: No, win7
Overclocking: Future
SLI or Crossfire: Future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 single monitor, possible future multi monitor
Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5kd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5kd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5kd/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $836.90

Will be picking up 1 of the SSD's that Tom's has on sale every now and then.

How's it look? did I miss anything? Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
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  1. Looks fine. Everything looks great.

    Maybe change the 212+ to the 212 EVO. Its better and only like $10 more.
  2. fourtydeuce said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
    Budget Range: < 1k (subject to shiny things on sale)
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games
    Are you buying a monitor: no, using a 24in 1080p generic pos
    Do you need to buy OS: No, win7
    Overclocking: Future
    SLI or Crossfire: Future
    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 single monitor, possible future multi monitor
    Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5kd
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5kd/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k5kd/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $836.90

    Will be picking up 1 of the SSD's that Tom's has on sale every now and then.

    How's it look? did I miss anything? Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

    It could use a few fixes. First off you don't want that old school high voltage 1.65v RAM for these 1155 boards. You want 1.5v RAM so you don't mess up the controller. Secondly you want a 750w psu so you have some headroom if and when you decide to add another one of those cards.


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RJZQSW/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=16VDDAAXWNZC1HKK4F2A&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846 $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1081367 $314.98 save: $25.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349875820&sr=1-3&keywords=CPU%2Bcooler $30.99 & 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $38.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCJNNA225, ends 10/10
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/dp/B002YIG9AQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349932919&sr=1-4 $15.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)
  3. At this price point, and especially if you're planning on upgrading, I think you should treat yourself to a better, larger case. Something like the HAF XM (on sale for $99 w/rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119257
  4. Alright I can get behind the 1.5v RAM and cranking up the psu but I am curious about the asrock x3, I mean the guts of a comp are easy enough to swap out but I'd rather not cheap out on the mobo, granted I don't know much about the x3 and the asrock web page makes it look like the difference between the 3 and 4 are acouple of sata3's. Is that really the case?

    And as far as swapping the case out for something bigger? bigger is better sure. but it's not to high on my priority list unless airflow is an issue with these parts (airflow is always an issue)....or the case looks beast, i'm not vain...
  5. fourtydeuce said:
    Alright I can get behind the 1.5v RAM and cranking up the psu but I am curious about the asrock x3, I mean the guts of a comp are easy enough to swap out but I'd rather not cheap out on the mobo, granted I don't know much about the x3 and the asrock web page makes it look like the difference between the 3 and 4 are acouple of sata3's. Is that really the case?

    And as far as swapping the case out for something bigger? bigger is better sure. but it's not to high on my priority list unless airflow is an issue with these parts (airflow is always an issue)....or the case looks beast, i'm not vain...

    The difference between the Asrock extreme4 and extreme3 are two more SATA 6/b ports for the extreme4 and a shiny little metal decoration over the south bridge on the extreme4. The extreme4 runs a 8+4 power phase config, and the extreme3 a 8+3. The boards are pretty much identical other than the two extra SATA 6/b ports which unless you plan on running a RAID config ...meaning more than one mechanical hard drive, then save yourself the money and get the extreme3 with that cpu combo. That free's you up more money to stick somewhere else or in your pocket.
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