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November 3, 2012 1:53:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month or two.

Budget Range: $1,500-$2,000 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming with BF3, Planetside 2, other assorted high demand games.

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, if it doesent make me compromise on something else. I have an aging 23" at the moment.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Langhonre, PA

Parts Preferences: ASRock Mobos

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Peobaby not with all the problems it causes with incompatibility and such.

Your Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I like cases that come with a ton of fans right off the bat, but f you guys think a case is exceptional and has a LOT of fan slots, go for it :) 

The reason why I need a $2k build instead of a $1k build is because I am pretty sure I'm getting a well payig job soon, so I have extra money to waste :p 

More about : 000 build

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November 3, 2012 2:11:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1978.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 3, 2012 2:39:29 PM

WOW. That is a nice setup! Though for the SSD I will most likely go with a brand I trust like OCZ or Crucial. Same thing with the GPU. I prefer XFX because of their lifetime warranty. And what do you think of a different CPU cooler? I hate the full colors in Noctuas. What about a Phanteks?
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November 3, 2012 2:39:59 PM

Bigcyco put up a really good build, but I would change a couple things on it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmaZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmaZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmaZ/benchmarks/

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.15 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $808.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you don't really need 2TB of storage, then just go with 1TB, its cheaper.

On the SSD, both are good and reliable brands, it could go either way.

There is no huge difference between the Sapphire and the Asus 7970, the Asus is just a lot cheaper.

On high end builds, full towers are always nice, and there happens to be a nice discount on the 932.

The seasonic is a very good quality PSU. I know you said you didn't want to Crossfire, but I think down the road instead of buying a whole new GPU, you would be further ahead to just buy another 7970. The issues you are talking about get fixed with new drivers and those drivers are already really good, and getting better.

Other than that, everything from above is pretty much the best you can buy.
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November 3, 2012 2:51:41 PM

Poltregeist said:
WOW. That is a nice setup! Though for the SSD I will most likely go with a brand I trust like OCZ or Crucial. Same thing with the GPU. I prefer XFX because of their lifetime warranty. And what do you think of a different CPU cooler? I hate the full colors in Noctuas. What about a Phanteks?
Sure no problem how is this any better?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 88.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($223.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2034.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b C Monitor
November 3, 2012 2:55:40 PM

If you don't like that cooler here some different ones to look at you may like one CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


CPU Cooler:Thermaltake CLP0564 Frio Dual 120mm Universal CPU Cooler - LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, LGA2011, AM3, AM2+, AM2. "Received The Overclockers Tech Gold Award"
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


CPU Cooler:Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2/AM2+,1156, AM3 120mm Fan, Modular Aluminum Fins
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
November 3, 2012 3:41:58 PM

:sol: 
zared619 said:
Bigcyco put up a really good build, but I would change a couple things on it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmaZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmaZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mmaZ/benchmarks/

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.15 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($352.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $808.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you don't really need 2TB of storage, then just go with 1TB, its cheaper.

On the SSD, both are good and reliable brands, it could go either way.

There is no huge difference between the Sapphire and the Asus 7970, the Asus is just a lot cheaper.

On high end builds, full towers are always nice, and there happens to be a nice discount on the 932.

The seasonic is a very good quality PSU. I know you said you didn't want to Crossfire, but I think down the road instead of buying a whole new GPU, you would be further ahead to just buy another 7970. The issues you are talking about get fixed with new drivers and those drivers are already really good, and getting better.

Other than that, everything from above is pretty much the best you can buy.


I will definitely stay with 1TB. I already have one with 600GB free so storage won't be a problem! And having a little extra power for possible xfire down the road also won't hurt.
November 3, 2012 3:44:09 PM

zared619 said:
For the CPU cooler, you could go with the thermal right silver arrow. Its an excellent cooler, but it is also gigantic. Which makes it hard to install. But its still an awesome cooler.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58634&vpn=Silver%20Arr...


I would if it was on Newegg! But alas, tis not.
November 3, 2012 3:49:20 PM

Newegg is also my favorite site, but NCIX is a very good site as well. It's not as pretty and streamlined as Newegg, but they will price match.
November 3, 2012 3:50:10 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Sure no problem how is this any better?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 88.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($223.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2034.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Very good except for the storage, PSU and RAM. I ony need 1TB, no need for the extra. Like I said I have another 1TB with 600GB left. That XFX 850W that zared put up along with that Crucial V4 will do. I mean the same amount of storage on that SSD for much less! As for the RAM, I will probably go with the low profile G.SKILL Ares 2x 8GB. Don't need the extra RAM but who doesent like extra? I like the Ares because of their VERY low profile. No issues with cooler ls whatsoever.
November 3, 2012 3:51:49 PM

bigcyco1 said:
If you don't like that cooler here some different ones to look at you may like one CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


CPU Cooler:Thermaltake CLP0564 Frio Dual 120mm Universal CPU Cooler - LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, LGA2011, AM3, AM2+, AM2. "Received The Overclockers Tech Gold Award"
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


CPU Cooler:Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2/AM2+,1156, AM3 120mm Fan, Modular Aluminum Fins
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


I have seen all but the Frio. On my backup $1k build I actually hae the V6 :p 
November 3, 2012 3:54:39 PM

zared619 said:
Newegg is also my favorite site, but NCIX is a very good site as well. It's not as pretty and streamlined as Newegg, but they will price match.


Very true, but I would like to keep everything on one website. Less credit card info to input :lol: 

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November 3, 2012 4:18:30 PM
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Poltregeist said:
Very true, but I would like to keep everything on one website. Less credit card info to input :lol: 

Can't blame you there :D 
November 9, 2012 11:57:58 PM

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