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October 22, 2012 5:42:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 1-2 months

Budget Range: 1000 give or take 100. before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: completely new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com amazon and other trust worthy sites
SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i have the build already in mind and just want to double check and get some advice on if it will all work well together if the companies the parts come from are good or not, and anything else that might be a problem. i would like this build to be able to play all games out on high to max settings. and i want the option to OC in the future. also what are some god tests to run when i get it up and running to make sure everything works?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l0O5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l0O5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l0O5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.91 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1067.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 22, 2012 6:24:01 AM

well.. if you're purposes for the build are only stated as above.. i don't see why would you go with a i5 3570k and a full sized atx board.. i5 2500k provide the same performance as the latter.. and regarding the psu its +12v rails only provide a combined 504 watts which is quite low for a good quality 600 watts power supply these days..

http://www.microcenter.com/product/354589/Core_i5_2500K...
Core i5 2500K - $160

http://www.microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO...
Hyper 212 EVO - $30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI Z77MA-G45 - $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - $40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-675M - $60 after 30% promo code

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004K4TEA4/?tag=pcpapi-20
Rosewill BLACKHAWK - $90

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&man...
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB - $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $285

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner GH24NS90 - $16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB - $110

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $100

total: $1061 after rebates excluding shipping

i've including an ssd in your build simply because ssd can improve your system's performance.. i don't know if you're watching bluray movies or some sort of.. you can swap out the ssd for a bluray drive..
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October 22, 2012 6:35:45 AM

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http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] _Processor
Core i5 2500K - $160

http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] CPU_Cooler
Hyper 212 EVO - $30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] therboards
MSI Z77MA-G45 - $100


Don't pair a Z77 with a 2500K as you lose PCI 3.0.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=
Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-675M - $60 after 30% promo code


Thermaltake PSUs are crap - go with something from Corsair or Seasonic instead.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ternal-SSD
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB - $110


Not needed. Spend it on the GPU instead.

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i've including an ssd in your build simply because ssd can improve your system's performance.. i don't know if you're watching bluray movies or some sort of.. you can swap out the ssd for a bluray drive..


BD-R isn't a necessity anymore and I only include it in builds if requested by the OP. This is always something they can get later on.

The original build is pretty good, the only things I would change:

Don't get a ModXstream PSU - there's far better ones you could get for the price.

Also you can get a 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST for $20 more than that 500GB hard drive.
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October 22, 2012 6:41:51 AM

For a $1,000 build, definitely get an SSD. The Samsung 830 128GB is an excellent option. For the CPU, I recommend a 2500k, because it's more overclockable. Perhaps you won't be overclocking now, but in three or four years, when games are utilizing 8 cores, and the average CPU is 4.5GHz out of the box, you're going to want to OC it. Consider a slightly worse video card considering you're gaming at 1080p. After the $250 mark you get severely diminishing returns at 1920x1080. I'd recommend a 660 Ti. I use a GTX 660 (non-Ti) paired with an i3-3220 and I play BF3 maxed settings flawlessly. So really, an i5 + 660 Ti may even be slight overkill, but the GTX 670 is just too much for your monitor. I also recommend a Corsair Carbide 400R. It may be a little more expensive, but the build quality, cooling, and noise dampening are superb. Just look at the reviews on NewEgg. Everything else looks good, except I recommend Western Digital over Seagate, they tend to be a little more reliable.
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October 22, 2012 7:19:54 AM

losing or having pcie 3.0 is irrelevant as no cards are able to saturate bandwidth enough... not even hd 7990 and gtx 690.. why for psu other than corsair or seasonic is crap? if op want better gpu definitely can scrap the ssd to do that.. but for 1080p hd 7950 + ssd is what i recommended..
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October 22, 2012 7:31:34 AM

phenom90 said:
losing or having pcie 3.0 is irrelevant as no cards are able to saturate bandwidth enough... not even hd 7990 and gtx 690.. why for psu other than corsair or seasonic is crap? if op want better gpu definitely can scrap the ssd to do that.. but for 1080p hd 7950 + ssd is what i recommended..


True there are no cards that support PCI 3 yet but I never want to rule out any possibilities.
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October 22, 2012 7:41:42 AM

g-unit1111 said:
True there are no cards that support PCI 3 yet but I never want to rule out any possibilities.


radeon hd 7000 series and gtx 600 series does support pcie 3 but isn't fully saturate the bandwidth... even pcie 2.0 bandwidth hasn't been fully saturated..
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October 22, 2012 8:17:25 AM

phenom90 said:
radeon hd 7000 series and gtx 600 series does support pcie 3 but isn't fully saturate the bandwidth... even pcie 2.0 bandwidth hasn't been fully saturated..


True. The one thing though is I always try to build my builds with longevity and opening as many expansion options as possible - that's the only way to truly future-proof a build. If you don't plan ahead future proofing is a moot point.
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October 22, 2012 8:21:36 AM

g-unit1111 said:
True. The one thing though is I always try to build my builds with longevity and opening as many expansion options as possible - that's the only way to truly future-proof a build. If you don't plan ahead future proofing is a moot point.


with the pace that technologies is moving now.. i think future proof isn't as relevant anymore as it was 5-6 years ago..
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October 22, 2012 8:23:24 AM

phenom90 said:
with the pace that technologies is moving now.. i think future proof isn't as relevant anymore as it was 5-6 years ago..


I definitely won't disagree there.
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October 22, 2012 8:30:34 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I definitely won't disagree there.


yeah... with intel trying to bolting everything into the cpu.. everything was simplified.. who knows what future might hold for us..
right now i realized that you got yourself 3 rigs.. wish myself for having 2nd one..
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October 30, 2012 12:22:51 AM

Best answer selected by mixter226.
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October 30, 2012 12:23:45 AM

what would be a better psu?
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