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December 28, 2012 6:17:04 AM

I'm currently building a new computer as I've already built one for myself personally and about three for my friends but its time once again and this time I'm using my money so hopefully people can recommend the best for a moderate cost. This computer will mainly be used for playing video games, coding and rendering so it's a very general computer but its going to be a demanding one at that. The maximum that I can spend is about $1400 so I wouldn't mind hitting a no more than $1400 for the overall build. Also to the people using water cooling since I've never really tried it I've only used fans so if you want to try and hook me up with a water cooled computer it'd be nice. :) 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uBsB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uBsB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uBsB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($46.92 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS P67H2-A2 SLI (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($296.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Mouse - DeathAdder ($70.00)
Other: Case - Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 USB 3.0 ($150.00)
Total: $1237.68





Note; I'm guessing this thread will go here so if their is a specific other forum/place I wouldn't mind a moderator just moving it just encase, anyway here we go.

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December 28, 2012 6:34:03 AM

Hi there :) 

You could change the motherboard into one of these:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77-V%20LK...

or

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KTY4A6/?tag=pcpapi-20

For the CPU cooler, try the Cooler Master Hyper 212. It should perform near it without costing so much.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005O65JXI/?tag=pcpapi-20

In addition, 8gb is more than enough for a gaming build...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78421&vpn=KHX16C9B1BK2...

You should also save more money by stepping down to a 600 watt power supply. The GTX 660ti requires a 450 watt power supply for the minimum (not really, just over-exaggerated, the amps are more important on the 12v rail than wattage).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lastly, I believe you wont need a sound card. Motherboard integrated sound is good enough.
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December 28, 2012 6:51:53 AM

@socialfox

Thanks for the response so your end build would look like this correct?
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uByA

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($46.92 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($296.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Mouse - DeathAdder ($70.00)
Other: Case - Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 USB 3.0 ($150.00)
Other: RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu Black Series 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 DIMM ($30.00)
Other: Power Supply - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 ($70.00)
Total: $1224.83
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December 28, 2012 4:10:58 PM

I would recommend you get the i7-3770k for the extra money seen as around $170 to play with!
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December 28, 2012 4:49:37 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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December 28, 2012 5:30:25 PM

i agree depending on what program you use for programing. for example visual studio will benefit from the hyperthreading. but again it comes down to how much programming you do.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-3570-low-po...

i don't see any memory on the second build but save your money and get 1600 memory. other then benchmarking you wont see a big difference.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6372/memory-performance-1...

also get a ssd. something like the sandisk extreme 128GB for $90. at that price there is no reason not to have an ssd in the build. it would make more of a difference then upgrading any other single part.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...
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January 3, 2013 11:06:35 PM

Best answer selected by S0T0.
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