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Mid Level Gaming First Build Interested in Longevity

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December 28, 2012 5:32:49 AM

Gentlemen,
I have been reading tom's hardware recommendations non stop for a week, and have made some decisions, learned a ton, and have a few questions and am generally seeking any helpful guidance. Thanks for any help in advance, I am very excited to get started.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month or so.

Budget Range: 1000 to 1500 hopefully towards the lower end.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is the objective, but i also surf the web, write papers, and as an engineering student would love to have a computer that can run pro engineer and inventor well.

Are you buying a monitor: No have some around will probably scrounge, eventually take the plunge.



Parts to Upgrade:

PCU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
At around $220

Cooler:
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
At around $20

GPU:
I am not sure about the graphics card. I haven't completely decided on a price point yet. I like the idea of a big bad GPU, like GeForce GTX 670, but i dont think it really fits in with the rest of the build i have planned. Therefore, i am leaning towards the Raedon HD 7870 GHz because its in a better spot on the value-performance curve.

GeForce GTX 670 (no real preference for brand not entirely sure what the differences are)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


or

Raedon HD 7870 GHz edition (same here)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Motherboard:
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ram:
Was advised to go with 2x8 GB for better upgrade overhead, really not sure about brands, like the ripjaws and the corsair vengance. I also want to try overclocking memory eventually, am not entirely sure about cas latency or speeds.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R (not sure if i should go with the model that says 1833 speeds instead)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Orange Trim Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a running total of: 1244 for the cheeper card and 1370 for the more expensive card.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Windows 8 Pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com not sure.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - near White Plains New York, USA

Parts Preferences: I want intel, but am not sure about raedon vs Nvidia cards at the $230 price point.

Overclocking: I will be trying. but have never before.

SLI or Crossfire: I'm thinking about eventually upgrading to 2 graphics cards when my 1 graphics cart can no longer run the latest games.

Your Monitor Resolution: not sure

Additional Comments: Looking for value and Longevity run the latest games for a few years, not looking for top notch quality, just want to stay current for a while.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I received a laptop in 6th grade, and kept it running until the end of highschool, but obviously, its gaming capabilities were crippled by the time i gave it to my parents. now i have a laptop i got from college, and a year and a half after purchase, already the graphics doesn't have enough dedicated memory for skyrim. I'm looking to avoid that in the future. I want to build a machine that will last longer and be up-gradable for a longer period of time.

Very Respectfully,
omin
December 29, 2012 2:35:44 AM

I picked a different power source, not sure about actual power draw of this system, and i saw a good deal on a geforce gtx 660 ti that i liked.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1369.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 00:49 EST-0500)
December 29, 2012 2:31:20 PM

can someone help me out?
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