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November 26, 2012 4:34:06 PM

Hey everyone! Happy Cyber Monday! Seeing as it is CyberPower Monday on their website, I've decided to take a stab at building a computer. Let me know what you guys think and if I should change anything.

Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
Noise Reduction Technology: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Cooling Fan: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler (Designed for Over-Clocker King)(CLP0575) SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 2x Thunderbolt, Ultra Durable 5, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, HDMI, 3x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major Brand])
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Power Supply Upgrade: 750 Watts - Corsair Professional Series CMPSU-AX750 Gold 80 Plus Power Supply
Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional (64-bit Edition)

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November 26, 2012 6:44:35 PM

Don't they build it for you?

And how much are you paying for this?
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November 26, 2012 6:58:34 PM

Yes they build it for you. These are just the options I chose. And it's $1669 because I added a monitor as well as an SSD.
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November 26, 2012 9:37:09 PM

That's quite expensive for a setup like that. I think it would be cheaper to build yourself.

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 ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.36 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH222H-P 21.5" Monitor ($162.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1411.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 18:36 EST-0500)
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November 26, 2012 10:13:13 PM

That is a very appealing price. Where would I go for tutorials in such to put the system together? And are there any materials I would need to buy for the assembly process?
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November 26, 2012 10:48:04 PM

You need a Phillips head screwdriver and (if you want) an anti-static wrist strap. I don't use the strap on my personal builds, but when I do them for other people, I tend to use the strap to be careful.

Youtube has some great tutorials on it. The Newegg tutorial is a good one (part 2 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls)

Its not as hard as many people think it is. And then you don't get all of the CyberPower logos all over the place.
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November 27, 2012 12:03:09 AM

Fair enough. Hopefully I can get these parts ordered soon. Can't wait to own a new machine, especially one made by my own hands.
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November 27, 2012 12:13:39 AM

Its pretty exciting building your own. Its an awesome sense of accomplishment when it works.

You just have to be careful though. Some tips:

-Do not build on carpet
-Make sure if you are not wearing a wrist strap to ground yourself before touching anything (pretty much anything). You can do this by touching the metal of the case.
-The parts are more sturdy than you think. They are just prone to static. The least sturdy parts are the HDD's. Don't drop them.
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November 27, 2012 2:10:15 AM

Any other case options you recommend? I like the look of the white with the blue LED, but I feel like a black case would be easier in terms of cleaning and managment
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November 27, 2012 2:48:33 AM

Just get one with good cable management and airflow and you should be fine. I don't like to recommend cases because its a matter of preference.
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November 27, 2012 3:09:44 AM

Yup. Nice quality case. If it looks good to you, then go for it. Personally I like a classy case, but my friend likes a totally wild case. That's why I have the NZXT H2 and he has the Phantom 410.

It really is just a matter of preference.
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November 27, 2012 3:16:00 AM

That's understandable. I feel like I'm a bit mixed. I want it to stand out but I don't want it to look too crazy.

I feel like cable set up will be my biggest weak point in terms of the whole installation. That and forgetting about static buildup haha
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November 27, 2012 3:39:33 AM

The cable management just takes some time. The static buildup just takes remembering. As long as you arent on carpet though you should be ok.
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