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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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  1. 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.
  2. 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+.
  3. 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=N82E16817139028
  4. 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=N82E16817139028


    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.
  5. 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=N82E16817139028


    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.
  6. save some bucks and get this motherboard and and put more money into your graphics card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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