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November 19, 2012 3:14:41 AM

This is my first attempt at building my own computer, so any and all advice would be really appreciated.
Thanks a lot! :D 

Approximate Purchase Date: Late December.

Budget Range: $1400 after rebates and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (almost exclusively).

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.

Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch, so...all of them?

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, but I do live near a Micro Center.

Location: Massachusetts, USA.

Parts Preferences: (see build below)

Overclocking: I'd like it to be an option.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe eventually.

Your Monitor Resolution: Trying to go for 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I picked a 750W PSU to have the option of a second video card later on. My desk will only fit a 21.5" monitor max, so I unfortunately can't go bigger than that. I added in the NZXT fan at the bottom to use as a front intake.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been using a laptop for gaming for years, and I'm sick of running everything on the lowest settings.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.22 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($135.66 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: NZXT 140mm Performance Case Fan FN 140RB ($13.80)
Total: $1384.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 23:26 EST-0500)
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November 19, 2012 3:38:47 AM

Win8 is a hassle to deal with, with all of its bloatware and such. i recommend torrenting it, try it first and if you do no like it get win 7. even if it is cheaper than win7 i would stay away from something like it.

get i5 3570k+ASrock extreme4(might be sold out so another option is Gigabyte ud3h)

that should be around the $300 area for that combo

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.66 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1143.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 00:32 EST-0500)

might be a tad more.

the Case is preference. i like the 500R no need to add anymore fans and it has great airflow not to mention very easy to build inside.

unless BF3/Nvidia based games are your priorities get the 670 if it is not get 7970

Not much of a fan of NZXT in quality of build but they do look awesome. Another case i also recommend is Cooler Master Storm Styker which is a great case and it really fits my tastes.

7970 GHz does use quite a bit more power than 670 and 7970(non GHz) so getting a 850 is optimal not to mention it performs just as good/the same as HX series(same OEM also)

the Ram i choose overclocks like a beast getting 9-9-9-24@1600 under 1.5v very easy. might not be for looks but you won't be going like "dam look at these ram they are so cool" all the time.

took in a better monitor that is LED backlit(better color) and has a bigger screen

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November 19, 2012 3:42:56 AM
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I don't buy $130 motherboards as i tend to find they skimp in areas or cut corners Your build looks good i have a few thing to tell you prime example:
The Z77 Extreme4 can be purchased for as little as $130. Taking a look at the current availability of Intel Z77 motherboards at popular retailers confirms that this motherboard is an absolute bargain and I would say – if you are on a tight budget then give this board some consideration, you should certainly consider it.



The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.That's not really a big deal to some for me it's the principle i don't want to pay money for something like that i rather pay more for a flawless board with some extra features.PSU - If you plan to just run one GPU then I would only go with 550W. If you plan on doing more than one SLI then go 750W.
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November 19, 2012 2:14:40 PM

@boulbox
Thanks for the advice. I'll try out Windows 8 first, and I actually can't get a larger screen, although I wish I could. I'll probably mostly use it for Guild Wars 2.

@bigcyco1
That motherboard also just went on sale for $105 on Newegg, which is pretty appealing. I'll keep the size in mind though, thank you for pointing that out. Is there any drawback to having an excessive PSU, other than obviously paying a bit more? I wanted to leave the option open for adding another GPU somewhere down the line, but probably not for a while.
November 19, 2012 3:00:02 PM

What are the advantages of the Gigabyte one over the ASRock? Definitely considering it, I'll look more when I'm out of class.
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November 19, 2012 6:34:24 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I would go for this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 After $15.00 MIR


he is buying from microcenter. just get a Gigabyte ud3h from there.

Yes i do agree about what you said about the asrock extreme4 but it is still no doubt it is a great board.

Also just adding things to the list - it doesnt have the best software and the VRM isnt the best either.

But the features it gives makes the $130 price well worth it
November 24, 2012 9:06:06 PM

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