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Noob asking for help!!! 'Gaming' desktop <1300

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October 14, 2012 10:40:36 AM

Hi my name is kevyn and I'm looking to build a new gaming desktop and need advice on most parts.Basically I have only a few must haves namely the nvidia gtx670 and an intel i5/i7 ivy bridge(probably going with the 3570k).Apart from these 'must haves' I'm fine with almost anything.

Additional Comments:Cost may excl case.I have access to a water jet cutter and can custom build my own.But if you know of any slim and cool looking ones please feel free to recommend some =D
Thx in advance

Approximate Purchase Date:November 15-20

Budget Range:<1300(excl shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming>Hd vids>surfing internet>...

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg,amazon

Location:Buying online so doesn't really matter(right?)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type :Nvidia gtx 670(it has to be this card)


SLI or Crossfire:Nope

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

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October 14, 2012 10:56:29 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.88 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $1256.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 14, 2012 1:14:53 PM

^That build but with some changes:

- Get the i5 3450 and an H77 mobo (I like the Asrock H77 Pro4/MVP) since you arent overclocking.
- The Gigabyte Windforce3x 670 (EVGA uses stock cooling, which sucks lol.)
- The 550W Corsair TX/ 550W XFX XXX/ 500W Silverstone Strider/520W Seasonic S12II PSU.
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October 15, 2012 11:23:57 AM

Best answer selected by kevyn8000201.
October 15, 2012 11:27:39 AM

thx for the answer Emelth.Like the General build idea.I might want to go with nw33's suggestion cos the gigabyte is cheaper and more available =P
Anyway thanks to both of you :)  you guys have been very helpful with clear succinct answers