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November 23, 2012 7:03:02 PM

Hey, I finished picking out the parts for my comp. Let me know what you think. If you have any suggestions let me know!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $219.99
Comes with $20 gift card

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 $69.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 89.99
It is 50% off right now

SDD: OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT3-256G $159.99
43% off

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $469.99
2 Free games Currently

Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller $24.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 $129.99 $30 mail in rebate

Heatsink: Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler $84.99

Total: $1399.91 Pre tax/shipping


P.S: The reason that the total is only 1400 here when I say I have $2000 is because I am also going to be buying a new headset/mouse/keyboard + OS + Monitor. I wanted to leave myself the leeway.


Anyway, once again, please let me know if you have any thoughts or concerns or suggestions.
November 23, 2012 9:04:03 PM

Whats your usage for this build?
In a nutshell 680 is just overprices 670, why not choose it?
I'd swap HDD for Westerd Digital Black. Don't trust seagetes.
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November 23, 2012 9:16:24 PM

butremor said:
Whats your usage for this build?
In a nutshell 680 is just overprices 670, why not choose it?
I'd swap HDD for Westerd Digital Black. Don't trust seagetes.


There is almost no difference between WD and Seagate. Everyone thinks Western Digital is great and they are however my Seagate Hard Drive has performed just as well and hasn't failed me yet.
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November 23, 2012 11:34:06 PM

butremor said:
Whats your usage for this build?
In a nutshell 680 is just overprices 670, why not choose it?
I'd swap HDD for Westerd Digital Black. Don't trust seagetes.



The seagate is 50% off right now. It seems to good to pass up. My last 2 hd have all been seagate and have gone strong for 3 years now
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November 24, 2012 1:37:51 AM

16 GB is a lot of a gaming computer 8GB is already a lot but at a pretty cheap price point.

would do this though(btw i have UD5H it is great especially when you do a failed Bios update, it just reuses the backup bios from the second bios)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1335.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 22:27 EST-0500)

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

Also you can change the Case into HAF X instead

uses the H100 which is usually not recommended but at the price it is at, i would highly recommend it

Headsets - i love the PC360(very soft foam around the ears but needs a sound card to amp it up and is not sound proof)

Steelseries Siberia V2(great price uses a mic that is low profile so you can use it for outside uses)

Platronics 780(great price)

if you do not need a mic and want something more of a studio sort of feel(not beats, hate those overpriced stuff)

get these

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ULAP4U/ref=as_li_s...

or

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016MOC28/ref=as_li_s...

these both are amazing, they have great sound quality and feel comfy
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November 24, 2012 1:45:43 AM

Yeah! Windows 8 start button!
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November 24, 2012 4:27:49 AM

Thanks all. I need to review a few of the points said. I was debating win 8 vs win 7. I have used both. is win 8 stable enough to work with most games?
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November 24, 2012 4:29:22 AM

boulbox said:


would do this though(btw i have UD5H it is great especially when you do a failed Bios update, it just reuses the backup bios from the second bios)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ Amazon)



Why say that then recommend a diff mobo?
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November 24, 2012 5:12:08 AM

its a bit newer, same thing different color but with thunderbolth
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November 24, 2012 3:27:08 PM

Best answer selected by cgleckman.
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