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~$1100 Gaming build advice

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November 1, 2012 9:46:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: Under $1000 would be ideal but $1100 is the limit

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, some programming in the near future

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: i5-3570k

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, two-way (will be purchased at a later date)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I currently have a build planned but it is too expensive. I need help on where to bring down the price and advice on maybe buying other parts at a later date like a SSD or CPU heatsink. Also, what wireless adapter is recommended for my needs?

Here are the current parts:

Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor $169.99
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...

Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard $94.99 (when bought with 3570k)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/387554/Z77_Extreme4_...

COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX $89.93
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036Q7MV0/?tag=pcpapi-20

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D FX-795A-TDFC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 SGC-2100-KWN1 All Midnight Black Appearance: Polymer, Coated Steel Mesh and Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus VE228H 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor with Integrated Speakers $138.99
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00413PHDM/?tag=pcpapi-20

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack $91.99
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q0PT3I/?tag=pcpapi-20

Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3600 dpi Gaming Mouse $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= $1392.80 before shipping and mail in rebates


Please help lower the price while not chopping off a giant chunk of performance. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!
November 1, 2012 10:40:10 PM

Get a 2500k and a older z68 board they work just as good as ivy to an extent and it will save you a few bucks. Get a cheaper keyboard . Its just a keyboard upgrade it in the future. Ebay has great shops on it for electronics at good prices and have deals aswell, check that out. And the 3570 is only 10% faster the 2500k is a awesome cpu.
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November 1, 2012 10:47:58 PM

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
Save some money on the PSU, for just as good performance. If you buy your combo at Microcenter, that's $85 off for a total of $1071. You'll get a better GPU, and imo a just as nice case with better airflow @ stock.

Monitor $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheaper, better and larger.
Windows $92: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...

True Total: $1283
You save money, get a better GPU, MB, and equivalently as good of a PSU that can still SLI/CF w/ an OC on the chip.

This is a better CPU heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 2, 2012 12:09:13 AM

I changed the PSU for the rosewill one. i also changed the gpu to the stock clocks version, plus it has 3gb of ram and 3 free games and a discounted game. (im gonna stick with the 7950 because i think it will get the job done. plus ill be doing xfiring later when it needs help.)

As for the monitor, i am looking for one that has speakers in them. i dont have any speakers at the moment and my headphones are starting to fall apart. are there any other monitors that you recommend?

im going to stay with the cooler master case and cooler because i like there eye candy. i know that the phantom series of NZXT's is popular and a good case i just feel like choosing something different than some people. also the EVGA cooler is cooling looking too but the v6gt looks are more aggressive to me. thank you though for your suggestions so far.

any recommendation on a wireless card?
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November 2, 2012 1:30:22 AM

If you save money on the monitor and you get a better monitor, why don't you just buy speakers with the monitor? You save like $20 at the end of the day with the monitor suggested:
Plenty of headphones on sale from Newegg right now:
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...
All decent ones too.
If you want speakers:
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...
All pretty decent and cheap.

If you can get the 7970 now why not? it'll prolong the time you need until you need to Crossfire, plus it's much better. It's up to you but I'm just saying at the cost, why not.

As for the NZXT case, have you looked at the Corsair 400R or 300R? I didn't just suggest the Phantom in my guide.
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