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November 9, 2012 12:09:23 AM

First off, after looking through these forums a bit I'd first like to thank all of the people who spend their time giving advice.

Anyway, here is what I am looking at:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410

CPU: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel OR MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz

Graphics: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB OR XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB

SDD: Samsung 830 128gb

HDD: (Going to wipe my old 500gb and reuse it)

Ram: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) (In addition to The Kingston Hyperx 4GB (2 x 2gb) in a raffle that came with the HyperX fan)

Power Supply: No idea, it seems like brand does not make a huge difference, but I was thinking 700w

OS: Windows 8 (as I get it for free from my school)

I don't really have a budget with this, also time is not an issue. I am planning on seeing what sales are done during black friday/cyber monday, but are there any major issues you see with this build.

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November 9, 2012 12:19:50 AM

Everything is going to work great except for two things: First, you can't mix sizes of ram - it'll use the lowest common denominator. That means you can have 4 2GB sticks or 2 4GB sticks that run faster.

The other thing is the power supply - you're completely wrong on both ends. The brand is the MOST important thing because a badly-built power supply, when it dies, can easily take out the entire computer with it. (And it'll die more often.) For a rig like that, you also don't need more than a 550w.
November 9, 2012 12:32:11 AM

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: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1462.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 21:31 EST-0500)

This PSU will never fail on you, and has room for Xfire/SLI in the future. And the CPU IS the processor, not motherboard :p  Also a CPU cooler is a must. The Noctua is top of the line with high overclocks. Assuming you are OCing with that Extreme6. But a better board around the same price is the Asus I listed above. The 7950 I included will also handle any game on ultra 60fps+.
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November 9, 2012 2:34:31 AM

CrossedUp said:
Thank you both,

For a power supply, when looking around else where on the forums I found this (CadeanV's posts):

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/323296-28-best-brands

Taking some of that into consideration, do you think this would be a good power supply, especially since it's on sale for 50$ after rebate

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


That PSU is the bang for buck at the moment. You won't get a better deal.

If you choose that PSU, and taking into account poltergeist's suggestion, you can switch the graphics card to a radeon 7970.
November 9, 2012 2:38:49 AM

CrossedUp said:
Thank you both,

For a power supply, when looking around else where on the forums I found this (CadeanV's posts):

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/323296-28-best-brands

Taking some of that into consideration, do you think this would be a good power supply, especially since it's on sale for 50$ after rebate

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


Its a good PSU but non modular, so very messy. There is a cheaper yet still gold certified and modular PSU for ~$110. I believe it is the Corsair HX650.
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November 9, 2012 2:46:07 AM

Poltregeist 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: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1462.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 21:31 EST-0500)

This PSU will never fail on you, and has room for Xfire/SLI in the future. And the CPU IS the processor, not motherboard :p  Also a CPU cooler is a must. The Noctua is top of the line with high overclocks. Assuming you are OCing with that Extreme6. But a better board around the same price is the Asus I listed above. The 7950 I included will also handle any game on ultra 60fps+.

hope the OP lives near a microcenter or he'll have to pay full price. no need to get a noctua for this build, a hyper 212 evo will do nicely. i would go with ripjaws instead of ares. motherboard is overkill, just get an extreme4. OP already has a hard dive
Anonymous
November 9, 2012 2:49:34 AM

Poltregeist 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: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1462.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 21:31 EST-0500)

This PSU will never fail on you, and has room for Xfire/SLI in the future. And the CPU IS the processor, not motherboard :p  Also a CPU cooler is a must. The Noctua is top of the line with high overclocks. Assuming you are OCing with that Extreme6. But a better board around the same price is the Asus I listed above. The 7950 I included will also handle any game on ultra 60fps+.
also the OP said he already had an OS
November 9, 2012 3:02:06 AM

Anonymous said:
also the OP said he already had an OS


Well you got me on the OS, yet I have no hard drive included. Just an SSD.
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