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October 25, 2012 10:55:20 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today, Tomorrow

Budget Range: $1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Animation

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any
Location: California

Parts Preferences: Intel I5/I7, At least a GTX 660Ti

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Parts so far: Asus DVD Drive: $20
Seagate Barracuda HDD: $90
Asus GTX 660Ti 2GB: $330
Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W: $140
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB: $38
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3: $150
Intel Core i5-3570K: $230
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $30
Windows 7: $100
Good so far?

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October 25, 2012 11:13:02 AM
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October 25, 2012 11:31:36 AM

Heh, I came up with a very similar build to TheBigtroll. Have a look:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.34 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1249.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Note that you get 8GB of RAM for free with the motherboard thanks to a promo Newegg is running. I believe today is also the last day to get Win7 from them for $80 using promo code EMCJNHG253.

Now, there are some options / choices you can make here. If you're not really serious about the animation, I'd go with the i5 instead of the i7 and put that $100 towards a bigger SSD, or back in your pocket.

You could also get a less expensive Gigabyte motherboard with the same relevant features that is also eligible for the free RAM promo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Obviously you can ratchet your SSD/HDD capacity up or down to save money or to spend it if you save elsewhere.

If you aren't partial to nvidia GPUs (as I am), the 7970 with recent drivers would be a minor upgrade for $20 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Either card will give you all the muscle you can handle for single monitor gaming and then some. If you're on a single display, it's pretty unlikely you'd ever notice a difference between the two.

There are about a million options for cases, and you could spend more, or even save some money here and still be fine. Find one with an aesthetic you like and go from there.
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October 25, 2012 11:50:14 AM

Here's a build for gaming + multi-threaded programs.
EDIT: It's an AMD build though, I just noticed you preferred Intel, sorry. Just treat this as an alternative then. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1189.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 25, 2012 12:05:56 PM

Excella recommending an OCZ power supply?! /scandalized

Also, I was reminded recently that I think you need Pro or higher to use more than 8GB of RAM.

Otherwise looks good, as usual ;) 
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October 25, 2012 12:25:29 PM

You don't need Pro to use more than 8GB... you need pro to use more than 16GB
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October 25, 2012 12:46:58 PM

ckholt83 said:
Excella recommending an OCZ power supply?! /scandalized

LOL. These recent ones are of good quality and efficiency. :) 
The ModXStream and EliteXStream is still pretty horrible though.

Also, I feel like I'm missing out on something - what do you guys mean on "pro"?
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October 25, 2012 1:37:30 PM

excella1221 said:
LOL. These recent ones are of good quality and efficiency. :) 
The ModXStream and EliteXStream is still pretty horrible though.

Also, I feel like I'm missing out on something - what do you guys mean on "pro"?


I assumed he meant windows and confused himself as to what can address what.

StealthXstream (first version not stealthxstream2) had some question marks as well and personally I am not sure on CoreXstream as there are no proper reviews on it and it's cheap as hell these are all old models though. Agree with the rest I actually like OCZ for PSU's the ZS series is very good at a pricepoint often cheaper than other stuff that is its equal. ZT is less great but price makes up for that. Fatal1ty are a rip off (pricingwise not quality).
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October 25, 2012 1:42:08 PM

uploadcomplete said:
I changed some things on TheBigTroll link. Here it is http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnCw is it good? Anything I degrade to add?


Buy a 670 its 25% cheaper than a 680 but under 10% less performance (and a decent one can be clocked to 680 levels).

Dunno about your PSU we dont have Rosewill here in the UK so it's not something I can comment on.

I would buy a board made by ASUS or Gbyte that extreme 4 uses cheap mofsets and is even smaller than ATX should be (and thinner) all in all its giving features over quality, depends which you prefer though.
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October 25, 2012 1:53:59 PM

wr6133 said:
Buy a 670 its 25% cheaper than a 680 but under 10% less performance (and a decent one can be clocked to 680 levels).

Dunno about your PSU we dont have Rosewill here in the UK so it's not something I can comment on.

I would buy a board made by ASUS or Gbyte that extreme 4 uses cheap mofsets and is even smaller than ATX should be (and thinner) all in all its giving features over quality, depends which you prefer though.


I will be buying the GTX 670. (2gb or 4gb?)
I switched out the Mobo for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 25, 2012 2:03:30 PM

2GB version will be fine unless you plan on multiple monitors at massive resolutions
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October 25, 2012 2:08:41 PM

wr6133 said:
2GB version will be fine unless you plan on multiple monitors at massive resolutions

I won't be. Thanks for answering my question. Everything is compatible correct? I just wanted to make sure that a 550w supply was good enough for the current set up and for future ones. (Will be adding http://www.amazon.com/Blackmagic-Design-Intensity-Pro-E... or something similar in the future)
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October 25, 2012 7:13:02 PM

wr6133 said:
You don't need Pro to use more than 8GB... you need pro to use more than 16GB


Derp. Yeah, sorry. Sleep deprivation posting fail. >.<
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October 25, 2012 8:18:41 PM

excella1221 said:
Also, I feel like I'm missing out on something - what do you guys mean on "pro"?


You didn't miss anything, I'm just retarded. I knew something seemed off when I was posting that, I should have just taken the 30 seconds to double check. :sweat: 
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October 25, 2012 10:57:15 PM

the zt series are rather mediocre. ever heard of the jet engine fan noise problem?

and what ever you changed is a bad choice.

680s are rip offs
asus video cards are no better
a 550w capstone makes no sense. id just get a xfx 550w for 59.99 and call it a day. 8-+ gold is not worth the cash at this low level of wattage
get a newer case like the arc midi from fractal. or get the haf xm. older cases lack new features


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October 26, 2012 1:38:09 AM

^did a few research, and it seems not all units were subject to the fan noise, and the recent releases don't have it anymore. The people who sent theirs for replacement lost the issue.
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October 26, 2012 1:46:07 AM

still. stick with seasonic or superflower
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October 26, 2012 10:57:48 AM

Thanks for all the feedback.
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October 26, 2012 11:05:36 AM

TheBigTroll said:
still. stick with seasonic or superflower

If I purchase the 650/550w PSU I still have $100 or so dollars to spare. Should I upgrade to i7 2600k or stick with the i5 3570k I have in the cart? Thinking of spending a bit more to also add a SSD. So far I have purchased the Disc drive, Motherboard, Hard Drive, CPU Cooler, 8GB RAM, and Windows 7. I should be receiving the items in a couple of hours. I just need the PSU, CPU, Video Card, and Case now.
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October 26, 2012 11:06:50 AM

stick with the i5. i7s have no performance increase

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October 26, 2012 11:27:49 AM

TheBigTroll said:
stick with the i5. i7s have no performance increase

Will do. Thanks. I was just making sure since I start animation soon.
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October 26, 2012 11:53:35 AM

I would definitely spend the extra $100 on an SSD.
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October 28, 2012 12:27:33 PM

Best answer selected by uploadcomplete.
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