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October 31, 2012 2:58:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or next week

Budget Range: $1250 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing/rendering, movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com (only site that provides free shipping in my location)

Location: Honolulu, HI

Parts Preferences:
i5 3570k: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme4: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...
Corsair Vengeance (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1...
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr795...
Corsair TX650 V2: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu...
Corsair 300R Case: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r
Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404
Asus DVD/CD Writer: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...
Crucial M4 128GB: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...
Corsair H80: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-cwch80
Total:$1,247.97

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later down the road.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: This is going to be my first time build, and any sort of suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Free shipping from Amazon is also a plus.
October 31, 2012 3:37:25 PM

A few suggestions.
- Get the low profile version the Vengeance RAM.
- Drop the H80. Closed loop water coolers are matched and even sometimes outperformed by high-end air coolers such as the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow. It's not worth the extra cost.
- Get the Vertex 4 of Samsung 830 instead for an SSD. Whichever you find cheaper.
- If you're thinking Crossfire in the future, up the PSU to 750w so you won't have to upgrade that anymore when you do.

Everything else looks great!

Are you sure you want the infamous Windows 8 though?
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October 31, 2012 3:50:09 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m2yM

Huh. Looks like I got beat to the punch. Granted, it's definitely your choice on everything, though the only reason I put in 16gb of RAM is for the video editing and the like that was mentioned. You could probably do just as well, and get completely under budget, by switching to only 8gb. I also switched the case, got the TX650 PSU, a GTX 660 TI instead of the 7950, and put in the NH-d14 for the CPU cooler.

Also went with Windows 7, but since it's a roughly $10 difference between the two price-wise, your choice.
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October 31, 2012 3:56:33 PM

16gb of RAM would be better for video rendering, yeah. Go with that.

Why a 660 Ti over a 7950 though? We all know the 7950 outperforms it on almost everything at the same price point.

Not to mention, the 660 Ti's bus rate cripples it on high resolutions.
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October 31, 2012 4:09:11 PM

Good points. I was just looking for a video card at $300, and that one stood out at the price point.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m2Fh

And there we go. It's just $1267 before rebates and after rebates, only $1229.
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October 31, 2012 4:26:55 PM

Oh? That is strange. Definitely go with that one then. Or just get a 7970.
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