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November 5, 2012 7:01:34 PM

Just wanted to see some opinions. I will be using it for extensive and intensive gaming.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mD6k

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Other: Artic Silver 5 Thermal Paste ($9.99)
Other: Corsair SP120 Case Fan 2 Pack (4 total with 2 packs) ($47.98)
Other: KOSS SB45 Headset ($31.99)
Other: XTRAC PADS Ripper Mouse Pad ($13.99)
Total: $2117.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I know 16GB of RAM is a bit much for gaming, but I don't care. Its never bad to have a little extra RAM. As for the 850W PSU, once I get the money in the future I will crossfire that 7970.

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November 5, 2012 7:41:19 PM

That looks good, but the extra thermal compound, the case fans, and the mouse pad are all wastes of money. The 600T includes all the fans you need to start with. For gaming you won't need or use 16GB of RAM, you can cut that down and spend elsewhere.

I'd try something like this:

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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1624.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Then get a nice high res monitor like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Tempered-Glass-27-Yamakasi-...

And whatever accessories and peripherals you want.
November 5, 2012 7:51:19 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks good, but the extra thermal compound, the case fans, and the mouse pad are all wastes of money. The 600T includes all the fans you need to start with. For gaming you won't need or use 16GB of RAM, you can cut that down and spend elsewhere.

I'd try something like this:

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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1624.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Then get a nice high res monitor like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Tempered-Glass-27-Yamakasi-...

And whatever accessories and peripherals you want.


I kinda was bored and thought i wanted 16GB of RAM, and for the GPU I trust XFX with it's lifetime warranty. I know Noctuas are the best, but that drabby color really bothers me. I mean the 600T has a huge window of which you will see that cooler VERY well. I may step it down to a 128GB SSD. But most likely I will get a Samsung 830. I believe that the 2TB you listed is good, yet im spoiled and like 7200RPM. So probably going to find a good variant of that. Don't you think 950W is overkill for a build (when i xfire that 7970) that will most likely only draw 650W max? AND NO WINDOWS 8. ITS XBOX LIVE ON A PC. :kaola: 

I am keeping the 16GB though, and the monitor is fine. I am not going to compromise other components for a monitor. I have been working off of a 23" for a few years, so this 24" is all I need. Don't know why the mouse pad is a waste of money, I am selling my old PC and my current pad is in very bad condition. With all the changes, the total comes to $2,011.83 without rebates, and $1,966.79 with rebates and shipping.
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November 5, 2012 7:57:09 PM

Everything looks good with your build, except you could get this for a monitor

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

Cheaper, but better.

As long as you are going to be over clocking heavily, keep the cpu cooler. If you are not going to be over clocking, just get the stock cooler, or a CM 212.

You can also change the motherboard from the z77 to h77 if you are not going to over clock or sli / crossfire.
November 5, 2012 9:04:56 PM

lchrisk said:
Everything looks good with your build, except you could get this for a monitor

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

Cheaper, but better.

As long as you are going to be over clocking heavily, keep the cpu cooler. If you are not going to be over clocking, just get the stock cooler, or a CM 212.

You can also change the motherboard from the z77 to h77 if you are not going to over clock or sli / crossfire.


Well I will be doing both, so Z77 for me. As for the monitor, I found another ASUS that is a 24", and thinner looking which I like. I don't need speakers in the monitor, don't know what I was thinking. I mean i have a headset included in this build :p 
November 5, 2012 9:43:55 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1692.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 5, 2012 10:04:11 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1692.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


no way in hell you are going to fit vipers under D-14 w/o voiding warranties.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($90.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1532.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


the CPU cooler has many colors to choose from, for case i would get storm styker if you have enough room 2 store it inn
November 5, 2012 10:14:10 PM

Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory i think this will fit easily.
November 5, 2012 10:31:27 PM

CPU: Solid Choice

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL - tho it swaps wins in thermal tests with the Noc DH-14, the Phanteks's 5 year warranty (Noc has 1) and aesthetics (Noc color scheme is fugly) make the Phanteks the ez choice in my book.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...

Motherboard: This MoBo is $10 more but the combo saves ya $30 getting ya a more reputable brand with better support and a net $20 cost savings.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Memory: If ya drop to 8GB w/ 4GB modules, I love these low voltage jobs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At 16GB, I'm using these:
CAS 9 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Black is fine choice at 1TB ....if budget allows, I'd double the size and get faster speeds at $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: 830 is a solid choice at $0.78 per GB .... though Chronos Deluxe provides comparable performance (both Tier 1 SSD's per THG) at $0.68 ($165 is a $35 savings)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10 off w/ promo code HARDOCP1X31G, ends 11/6

Video Card: I can't make a case for the 7970 Ghz Edition at 1920 x 1200
10.0 rating http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
8.5 rating http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edit...

7970 GHz - 1763.2 fps ($0.252 per frame)
670 DCII TOP - 1770.8 fps ($0.225 per frame)

The DCII non TOP have been shown to OC well over 1300 Mhz

http://www.pneumatictoolsonline.com/1080.jpg
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1696144&page=2

Case: The 500R would be my choice

Power Supply:The XFX is cheaper than yur showing ($95) and is fine for moderate OC's on CPU / GPU (9.5 jonnyguru performance rating). For the absolute best OC's I'd want a 10.0 rated unit tho like the HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: For a $2K Box, I'd want Blue Ray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8 off w/ promo code EMCJJNJ37, ends 11/7

Monitor: Can't see a $2k system w/o a 120Hz monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Other: Read Artic Silver 5 home page ?

Quote:
Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity.


That's 200 hours of thermal cycling (start up and shut downs) not 200 hours of ON time.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Quote:
So by my estimation of this statement it would take almost a year of normal use to properly cure the AS5 compound, or almost nine days of continuous power cycles to meet their recommendation. Benchmark Reviews feels that this is a characteristically unreasonable requirement for any TIM product, and we do not support it. We want products that perform without the burden of sacrifice on our time, especially with some many competing products offering performance without this extra requirement.


Shin Etsu has exact same thermal properties and no curing issues
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
Quote:
Arctic Silver 5 37.55°C A+
Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751 37.55°C A+
November 5, 2012 11:07:34 PM

Alright, after going with a few of the suggestions, here is the refined build. Kinda towards $2500 now but anyway I won't be buying for a while so no big deal. Gotta get a savings plan set up and stuff.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($207.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Other: KOSS SB45 Headset ($31.99)
Other: XTRAC PADS Ripper Mouse Pad ($13.99)
Total: $2429.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 5, 2012 11:37:15 PM

Nice post Jack!

I'm going to just suggest a different strategy for cooling. If looks are that important a simple water kit will give even better temps, be quieter, and will be more attractive.

How about the new NZXT Phantom 820
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the Swiftech H20-320 Edge HD
Review http://www.bjorn3d.com/2012/04/swiftech-h20-320-edge-hd...
Kit http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
(I'm not saying I know for sure that the kit will fit internally, but the specs on the case make it look that way.)

Plus some white tubing
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

It's not quite as simple as an air cooler or an H100 of course, but it's a fairly easy cooling upgrade as these go.

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November 6, 2012 12:29:11 AM
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mFrP

Similar to your build:

If you're going to buy an SSD I would pick the 840 Pro series, it's insanely fast.
For the main Hard Drive, you could opt for a 10K RPM drive. I chose a regular 2TB, but that's something you may want to consider.

Go for the 7970GHZ edition! It's only $20 more than the 670.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
A full two tiers ahead of the 670.

Chose a Phantom 410
Changed the PSU

Looks good! Enjoy your build!
November 6, 2012 12:36:24 AM

Best answer selected by Poltregeist.
November 6, 2012 12:36:29 AM

mastrom101 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mFrP

Similar to your build:

If you're going to buy an SSD I would pick the 840 Pro series, it's insanely fast.
For the main Hard Drive, you could opt for a 10K RPM drive. I chose a regular 2TB, but that's something you may want to consider.

Go for the 7970GHZ edition! It's only $20 more than the 670.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
A full two tiers ahead of the 670.

Chose a Phantom 410
Changed the PSU

Looks good! Enjoy your build!


I will go with that except stay with my 600T, and PSU. I trust 80+ Silver more :p 
November 6, 2012 12:52:44 AM

why not get a sealed liquid cpu cooler? water coolers you have to setup yourself always make me nervious but thats just me. i do know there have been some complaints about the H100 making grinding noises. i personally would rather have a sealed liquid cooler over an air cooler. plus i think they just look better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchm...
November 6, 2012 12:59:35 AM

jonjonjon said:
why not get a sealed liquid cpu cooler? water coolers you have to setup yourself always make me nervious but thats just me. i do know there have been some complaints about the H100 making grinding noises. i personally would rather have a sealed liquid cooler over an air cooler. plus i think they just look better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchm...


I'm not, im getting a Phanteks air cooler.
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