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December 19, 2012 10:05:40 PM

I'm building a new system and welcome input on what I am configuring. My current thoughts are:
CoolMaster HAF 932 Advanced Case
I5-3570K Ivy Bridge
Asus Sabertooth Z77
Asus GTX660 2GB PCI Express 3.0x16
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8) 1866 DDR3
Rosewell Fortress 650W 80+Plat
Samsung SSD 250GB
Windows 8 Pro

Things I am looking at are a solid system with good performance with room to expand a future date. Initially I am only planning on one video card, but may add another one later. I will probably use my current 500 GB sata 2 drive for extra store (Pictures and such) although at a later date I will like add a large Sata 6 HD. I'm still debating between windows 7 Pro and 8 Pro, but articles here are leaniing more to try windows 8 Pro.
I plays games like skyrim(with lots of Mods) other roleplaying and strategy games and some web based games and MMO's. I also do some photo editing in paintshop pro and 3D rendering in Poser.

I see three difference Corsair Vengence 16GB at 1866, is there much difference between them?
Let me know if there is something I am missing from a compatability standpoint or a better component for a similar price.
December 19, 2012 10:09:13 PM

Well, I can already tell you that you're overspending on quite a few parts. What's your budget? I may be able to come up with a better build for your needs.
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December 19, 2012 10:11:10 PM

I'd prefer to stay under $1500, but want to make sure I have something that I can expand on in a year or two if need to
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December 19, 2012 11:29:01 PM

Here ya go...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($397.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1366.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 20:24 EST-0500)

There's plenty of room for upgrades. Although, I really don't see you needing them for a while. If you ever want to, I included support so you could add another 7970 in Crossfire for the future. Also, there's really no difference in the various RAM kits. Just grab 2 dimms of 8gb. The stuff I'm recommending is great. It's also low profile so you don't have to worry about clearance issues with the Hyper 212 Evo.

The HD 7970 will utterly destroy Skyrim. And mods will be no problem for it. If you want, you could also grab the GTX 670 if you're an Nvidia fan. It'll help if you plan on working with Adobe a lot.

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December 20, 2012 1:00:10 AM

The motherboard change and memory I'll definitely consider. I haven't used a cpu cooler in previous machines, but it is a small cost.
When I clicked the link for the SSD, B&H wasn't listed and NewEgg refers to it as a notebook upgrade kit (out of stock). I'm not familiar with B&H so didn't know where to go.
I'm not sure about the Case change, I can save a little by going with the non-blue edition of the CM case.
Why the change in powersupply? Was I underpowered with 650W? I went to a powersupply site and ran through their calculator and was running under 500W so thought I was getting a bit more than I needed. Not set on NVidia, but that is what I have more experience with
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December 20, 2012 2:48:04 AM

Well, you'll only want the 750w PSU if you plan on adding a second 7970 in the future. If you don't plan on doing this, then a 650w PSU will suffice.

You can pick whichever case you want. I'm only offering alternatives. You have the final say in this; it's your build and your money, lol. The case you originally chose was fine. It's a bit big, but it'll work. If you like the case and don't mind the extra bulk, then grab it.

Sorry about the bad SSD link. You don't want the notebook kit. Unfortunately, all the Samsung 256gb SSDs are out of stock. If you can find one in stock, then grab it. Otherwise, you'll want to grab the Crucial M4. Links to both will be below.

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More SSD options:

Intel 330 Series 240GB
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74639&vpn=SSDSC2CT240A...

OCZ Vertex 3 - MAX IOPS Edition 240GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-256GM-C 2.5" 256GB <=== (Highly recommended; forgot about this one)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The CPU cooler is to help keep temperatures down. The i5 3570k can be overclocked. If you decide to overclock it, you'll need adequate cooling. Even if you don't overclock right away, it's always nice to have the feature at hand just in case.
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December 20, 2012 3:22:33 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. The part picker site you are using is very handy
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December 20, 2012 5:29:17 AM

No problem. Good luck with your build
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December 21, 2012 2:42:32 AM

Best answer selected by rsidwell.
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