1100-1200$ build

Hello all. Looking to spend a good 1100 on a computer, I don't do a lot of movie downloading/pictures/music, I have other stuff for that. the only storage on this computer will be the OS, and a few select games, which is why the only storage I have atm is a 256gig samsung SSD. I have parts selected now, as you'll see below. I intend to buy another 660 later and SLI, and maybe a 500gig HDD. So yeah, anyway. Here's the fancy chart.

Approximate Purchase Date: N/A

Budget Range: 1200 max including OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming movies (don't download them, internet sucks here)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, although I know enough about monitors to select a good one, no advice needed.


Parts to Upgrade: starting from scratch, parts list below

Do you need to buy OS: Yes-windows 7 home premium 64bit OEM


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, partpicker really annoys me, but use it if you have to.

Location: Paint Lick, Ky, USA

Parts Preferences: the best bang for the buck I guess

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future, thus the high quality 750w PSU

Your Monitor Resolution: I don't really know, but plan for the highest. x3

Additional Comments: Here are the parts I have selected: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=25586467

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: currently running on an ooollddd 2 dollar laptop.
kill it with fire.
I just need suggestions on what parts would be better for the money is all, giving this whole thing one last look before purchase.
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  1. Also, Opinions on weather to go with Hyper 212 evo or +
  2. CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99

    Motherboard ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $74.99 Cheaper

    Memory A-Data Premier Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $73.99 16GB of ram for smooth gaming

    Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 1TB Better than 265GB and has 7200RPM

    Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card $459.98 Outruns a GTX 680 SMOOTH ON BF3 ULTRA

    Case Antec DF-85 ATX Full Tower Case $140.99 (something i like :))

    Power Supply CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified $169.99 (i dont think you need more than 550-650WATTS)

    Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.99

    Total goes about 1115$

    I think you should go with the hyper evo 212
  3. Did you not read? Did you really just see 1100 and go for it? useless. I do not need 1TB storage, and you're a nub if you think I'd need 16 gigs of ram for gaming. Did I not state I wanted the 660's for SLI? and a 256gig SSD? What the heck man.
    what the heck.
  4. Also, that mobo kinda sucks.
    EDIT: To avoid spam, posting this rant here. Why the heck do people get it in their heads you can build a 300 dollar computer and just stick on a 500 dollar GPU and it makes it a super gaming machine. no. that's not how it works. -.-
  5. Booneford said:
    Did you not read? Did you really just see 1100 and go for it? useless. I do not need 1TB storage, and you're a nub if you think I'd need 16 gigs of ram for gaming. Did I not state I wanted the 660's for SLI? and a 256gig SSD? What the heck man.
    what the heck.


    soz i only read the topic's name :D and i dont think you need 16GB but its better
    Soz for the GFX too and the SDD but other than that my build is good enuff :P
  6. Booneford said:
    Also, that mobo kinda sucks.
    EDIT: To avoid spam, posting this rant here. Why the heck do people get it in their heads you can build a 300 dollar computer and just stick on a 500 dollar GPU and it makes it a super gaming machine. no. that's not how it works. -.-


    Who did that? BTW the pc isn't always about the GPU yes. you need a high GPU for gaming but You need a high/good CPU too :) and the ram should go from 1-8GB unless you have money to go for the 16GB wich personally i think that is not needed but if you have a bit money to waste then go for it :)


    BTW why do you wanna pay 1100$? you can get a cheaper one for 500$ with a 660GTX

    CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Mac Mall)

    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)

    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)

    Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)

    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.98 @ NCIX US)

    Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)

    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)

    Total: $506.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  7. how bout you look at mine and see what you think, then edit it to your liking.
    like I asked.
    lol
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    >>>>lol
  8. You'd be surprised.
    I scroll through newegg public wishlists and see stuff like 'amd build' - 50 dollar amd cpu, radeon 7770, biostar mobo, and that's it
    i'm like
    if you're that stupid, gtfo of newegg.
  9. Booneford said:
    You'd be surprised.
    I scroll through newegg public wishlists and see stuff like 'amd build' - 50 dollar amd cpu, radeon 7770, biostar mobo, and that's it
    i'm like
    if you're that stupid, gtfo of newegg.


    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL are you serious?
  10. Because if I get a cheaper one with a gtx 660 it'll suck arse. you get what you pay for, there's no slipping around it.
    Yes, I am serious.
    I plan to SLI 2 GTX 660's later on, btw, in case you didn't read that
  11. Booneford said:
    Because if I get a cheaper one with a gtx 660 it'll suck arse. you get what you pay for, there's no slipping around it.
    Yes, I am serious.
    I plan to SLI 2 GTX 660's later on, btw, in case you didn't read that


    Hah we'll i suppose your right but your build is fine with the i5 K series 660GTX 8GB of ram
    although i think you might need more than 265GB :P
  12. I addressed that, I will NOT need more than 256 gigs. My laptop has a 200gb hdd in it and I've had it for 5 years and i'm only using like 7 gigs. and, if i do need more, I'll just buy another one and put them in raid 0.
  13. Booneford said:
    I addressed that, I will NOT need more than 256 gigs. My laptop has a 200gb hdd in it and I've had it for 5 years and i'm only using like 7 gigs. and, if i do need more, I'll just buy another one and put them in raid 0.


    okay other than that your perfect.
    your pc doesn't need anything more :) enjoy :D
  14. Kay.
  15. Oh, and, not 7, 70. typo
  16. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    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 ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($106.89 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1201.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    a little bit over, does not have room for the monitor if you wanted to put it in the build but i can change it if needed,

    comes with a 256GB SSD as you wanted, more space can always be added on anyways and they are fairly cheap now.

    i did not put in Ram because the ASrock extreme4 comes with 8GB of ram for free.
    comes with a nice top tier GPU and it is a non reference card from sapphire.

    added a 750W in case you wanted to CFX them later and btw 660/ti are not that great for its price point. Go with a 7870 over them, they are like $50 cheaper and perform just as good especially with the new drivers that they came out with.

    also i will have to remind you that the 8GB of ram might be a tight fit so i do not think it will be possible to add extra ram

    PS: electro static wristband is a waste of money, you should have the case near you at all times anyways to touch it or to put things inside it, the only time i would suggest the wristband is if you live somewhere that produces a lot of static

    PSS: you are over paying for that PSU, that PSU is a Seasonic OEM and the XFX one i put on here is also an seasonic OEM and for cheaper
  17. I highly recommend this build. I chose the sandy bridge because its a smaller nm so it runs cooler and higher oc.
    I chose the Storm Trooper because its strong, reliable, and its capable of doing 4WAY SLI!!!!!
    And you dont need a triple slot gpu it will conflict with sli configuration
    MSI TwinFrozr series are awesome.. OC high and cooler
    Its a little bit over $1200
    To be exact $1216.33
    You won't regret this



    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($150.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1216.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  18. Xlerator said:
    I highly recommend this build. I chose the sandy bridge because its a smaller nm so it runs cooler and higher oc.
    I chose the Storm Trooper because its strong, reliable, and its capable of doing 4WAY SLI!!!!!
    And you dont need a triple slot gpu it will conflict with sli configuration
    MSI TwinFrozr series are awesome.. OC high and cooler
    Its a little bit over $1200
    To be exact $1216.33
    You won't regret this



    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($150.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1216.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



    SB is a bigger nm hence it runs cooler because the heat is not focused in one area, the 850W is way to much and the 660 series are pretty power efficient. no need to add ram since ASrock extreme4 comes with free ram from newegg. hyper 212 plus does make as good of a contact as the evo but it still is a good CPU cooler, would also add another fan for a push n pull config though.
    the storm trooper is a bit pricey but i would probably choose the storm styker instead for the looks(pretty much the same but storm styker is $10 more for it being white) i would also go with a Fractal if you are into having a silent case, or a 500R since it is very easy to build in and has high airflow
  19. Xlerator said:
    I highly recommend this build. I chose the sandy bridge because its a smaller nm so it runs cooler and higher oc.
    I chose the Storm Trooper because its strong, reliable, and its capable of doing 4WAY SLI!!!!!
    And you dont need a triple slot gpu it will conflict with sli configuration
    MSI TwinFrozr series are awesome.. OC high and cooler
    Its a little bit over $1200
    To be exact $1216.33
    You won't regret this



    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($150.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1216.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    This is nice but i get a different motherboard a 670 and psu is to much. :)
  20. ** Build 4: Yay overkill!
    Note: This build assumes you will overclock the CPU. If you will not, replace CPU with i5-3330, and don't buy the CPU cooler. Motherboard can be kept if you NEED SLi/CrossFireX. Otherwise, get a B75 motherboard.

    Note: Many motherboards only come with 2 SATA cables, and some SSDs do not come withi an extra SATA cable. Check the motherboard and SSD content details, and ensure you have enough SATA cables.

    Example build assumes you will overclock.

    CPU: i5-3570k
    CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, or EVO, or above if wanted
    Motherboard: Any of the recommended Z77 motherboards
    RAM: Any 2 x 4GB RAM while keeping my notes (DDR3-1600, 1.5v)
    Graphics: Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W or above if wanted
    SSD: Any of the 256GB (or bigger) performance-based SSDs
    Hard Drive: 1TB or above if wanted
    DVD Drive: Cheap DVD Burner
    Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer or above

    Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lg0z

    Estimated cost: ~$1285 ~ +++
    Estimated FPS: Do we really need to say this?

    Best Build you'd ever get you can change the GFX to a 660 if you want SLI :p
  21. Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 912. ($59.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155. ($149.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&name=Intel-Motherboards

    CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). ($229.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&name=Processors-Desktops

    GPU : EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5. ($229.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826

    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    PSU : XFX PRO 850W XXX Edition 80 Plus Silver Certified. ($119.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017

    CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER V6 GT DynaLoop CPU Cooler Universal bracket & Dual Fan. ($49.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103089&name=CPU-Fans-Heatsinks

    SSD : OCZ Vertex 3 256GB SATA. ($199.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227828

    Optical : SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R ($17.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

    the OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    ToTal = $1200.

    - I added for you the Gtx 660 as you want to sli.
    - I added a powerful psu ( personally tried it before ).
    - I Didnt add a hard drive as you dont use many space ( and you have already 256gb ssd so now you will have 512 gb )
    - I added for the the CM V6 cooler just to not be worried if the 212 can handle high overclocking or not.

    this is my opinion and Good Luck anway ;)
  22. Guys I am totally happy with my system build now. I've got all the mouse/keyboard/mousepad/monitor/components etc alltogether for less than 1500. my only problem is: color coordination. going for a blue and gunmetal color scheme, if anyone knows of a good inexpensive blue GTX 660 That'd be great. No shroud coolers, those things are like an oven in SLI/Crossfirex

    And btw guys, I said 1200 maximum, preferably lower xD Roccat makes ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Keyboards by the way. I <3 roccat keyboards, but their mice aren't really my style
  23. And, mrdowntownkiller, You don't need 850w for 2 660S xD
    I originally had a 700w for 2 670's, and I was told that would be fine
  24. this is my current part list for entire setup, need it color organized ;-;
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=25586467
  25. take out the ram, asrock extreme4 already comes with free ram.
  26. Booneford said:
    And, mrdowntownkiller, You don't need 850w for 2 660S xD
    I originally had a 700w for 2 670's, and I was told that would be fine

    yup i know but the 750W psu is cheaper than 850W that i had chosen by $8 so why should we get the worst
    anyway i wish to you a nice gaming rig :)
  27. I went ahead and got the 850 you suggested just in case. I still need a good blue 660 tho.
  28. boulbox said:
    take out the ram, asrock extreme4 already comes with free ram.

    No, I won't be buying for a while, so that might not exist when I buy it. and I want the ram I chose for a reason - ultra low profile and gunmetal color.
  29. the only card that has a touch of blue cards are MSI and Galaxy , but if you think what will appear in the case is the pcb so i suggest to go with the gigabyte it has a glos blue pcb at the entire card lol.
  30. eyeh
  31. ? :)
  32. Blue 660 Do you mean something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696

    If you want a nice blue interior, I suggest getting the NZXT Hue
    Looks good and can change to any color if, you get bored of blue
    Check it out here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_2jmJuaT94&feature=plcp
  33. You guise.
    stahp it, I have my computer and I'm happy with it now. x3
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=25586467
    check it out here.
    jebusses
  34. Just to let you know the samsung 830 is out of stock. I suggest the M4!!
  35. for a $1500 computer, it is pretty bad. to bad you can't really listen to advice from your last few threads
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