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October 29, 2012 3:29:39 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($519.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Mac Mall)
Other: Rosewill RCW-566 50ft. /Network Cable Cat 6 Black ($7.99)
Other: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap ($4.99)
Total: $1780.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Hello Everyone,

This my CyberMonday part list for my first ever build that will be my main pc for the next years to come (interested only to add another GPU in about 2y maybe and maybe some Ram if needed).

What do you think?

ps. Silence for Performance & Gaming is my interest. Any suggestions on a good keyboard & mouse? My budget for this build is ~$2000
October 29, 2012 4:25:21 AM

Looks great. I would replace the 680 with a 7970 Ghz Edition, it outperforms the 680.
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October 29, 2012 4:39:00 AM

^+1 to Nw333. Not to mention, the 680 is a very overpriced card for its performance.

Do you really need the UP5? The only real difference of it from other cheaper models is the Thunderbolt feature.

Everything looks great actually.
Some would probably say drop the 16gb to 8gb if this is just for gaming(I would), but you're way under your original budget anyway so keep it if you like.
October 29, 2012 4:43:53 AM

excella1221 said:
^+1 to Nw333. Not to mention, the 680 is a very overpriced card for its performance.

Do you really need the UP5? The only real difference of it from other cheaper models is the Thunderbolt feature.

Everything looks great actually.
Some would probably say drop the 16gb to 8gb if this is just for gaming(I would), but you're way under your original budget anyway so keep it if you like.


I'll honest to you, I struggle a lot to find a good motherboard for my needs and based on the latest reviews, I choose the gigabyte (beside my interest as some point to add a hackintosh option on my dual boot). My other option was Sabertooth Z77 or the Gigabyte UP4 version.

Regarding the memory, I just want to max out the dual channel with the high available memory to not have worries later and just at 2 more sticks.

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October 29, 2012 5:02:11 AM
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Don't bother with the Sabertooth, it's an overpriced gimmick.

I don't know what exactly you need, but I'm assuming you won't need anything more than a mid-range board.

I believe any of these would probably have more than you'll need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They're all basically the same thing in terms of features btw.
October 29, 2012 5:34:38 AM

excella1221 said:
Don't bother with the Sabertooth, it's an overpriced gimmick.

I don't know what exactly you need, but I'm assuming you won't need anything more than a mid-range board.

I believe any of these would probably have more than you'll need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They're all basically the same thing in terms of features btw.


There is $60 difference on Thunderbolt, Wifi & bluetooth option from the gigabyte compare to the asrock or gigabyte board that you recommend. Is it worth the switch?
October 29, 2012 5:40:40 AM

If you are interested in a silent computer, you need to go with a 680. I draws about 55W less then a 7970.

Also you will need to choose the following for the quietest operation:

GIGABYTE GV-N680WF3-2GD GeForce GTX 680 2GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$450 after rebate.
October 29, 2012 5:47:53 AM

If silence is where you want to go, the thing you have to change is swap every fan in the system for low rpm, high airflow fans. the low rpm versions of the Scythe Gentle Typhoons. This includes looking for a better fan for the HSF as well for a push/pull configuration for maximum cooling performance.
October 29, 2012 5:52:43 AM

Silence, Silence, then.... performance... then gaming.... that is the order...

Did i say silence? :p 

It is excellent that I do have all these options to consider as the day comes near. It will make my decision easier if I have 2-3 choices to choose.

Very impressive card babernet_1.

dudewitbow, I'll consider changing the fans last, after I hear the system running - that is an update that will not be hard to do.
November 5, 2012 3:38:24 PM

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