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First homebuilt system, $1500, need help!

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December 29, 2012 7:59:56 PM

This is what I have right now for my system. The 1500 dollars includes a monitor and OS. I don't really know if everything is compatible or if there are things I can downgrade without really sacrificing performance. I just want to be able to max out settings without really worrying about lag. Will be used for a variety of games.

Tower- COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Motherboard- MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Video card- EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power supply- Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V ...

Processor- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Hard Drive- Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Monitor- ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI

OS- Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM

I don't really have a wealth of computer knowledge, I basically just went to top rated parts on newegg. Any help is appreciated!




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December 29, 2012 8:00:46 PM

I meant the 1500 dollars does not include the monitor and operating system. With them it comes out to around 1700 dollars which is 200 more than I wanted to pay overall.
December 29, 2012 8:22:57 PM

thats a great start BUT LOOK FOR A BETTER MONITOR AND A CHEAPER CASE YOU WILL QUICKLY STOP CARING ABOUT THE CASE BUT WILL BE STARRING AT THE MONITOR FOR YEARS INVEST IN AN IPS DISPLAY FROM NEC OR SAMSUNG AND TRY A HIGHER RESOLUTION TO BOOT ASUS IS ALSO NOT BAD FOR MUCH LESS MONEY.... WHY NOT A i5-3570K CPU FOR WAY BETTER VALUE OR THE Core i7-3770K IF U WANT TO STAY I7
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2012 8:23:14 PM
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Get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1456.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
December 29, 2012 8:29:01 PM

OHH AND ANY SEASONIC psu THAT IS 700W OR GREATER IS A BETTER BET THE ROSEWILL WILL JUST DIE ON YOU IN A COUPLE YEARS GET RID OF IT

DID YOU LOOK AT ANY LIANLI CASES MUCH LIGHTER AND BETTER BUILT... LOOK AT REVIEWS OF 680 CARDS THAT YOU CAN FIND AND BUY SOMETHING PURELY BASED ON THE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER DOWN THE ROAD
December 29, 2012 8:30:41 PM

670 IS GOOD ENOUGH
December 29, 2012 9:15:59 PM

djangoringo said:
Get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1456.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



Thanks, I really appreciate this. I was wondering why people tend to recommend the i5 processor over the i7. I thought the i7 would be integral to a good gaming desktop. I'm also curious as to why you recommend an internal hard drive and a solid state drive. I understand recommending windows 7 seeing as how everyone seems to hate windows 8.
If you could answer these questions I would really appreciate it.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2012 9:24:12 PM

djangoringo said:
Get this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1456.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
+1 This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it at high to ultra settings.I would go with it.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2012 9:25:04 PM

Well the ssd for the os and games, the hdd for archive or other stuff.
With 1500$, a ssd is worth, the reason people recommend the i5 over the i7 in gaming is the value is on the i5 side, an i7 will not offer gains in performance at gaming(there could be some exceptions).
Also the difference in performance of a 680 gtx vs 670 gtx is minimal, the value is on the 670 gtx side.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2012 9:36:00 PM

Go for the i5. The i7's hyper-threading does not benefit gaming performance and will not probably ever.The 670 he choose for you is one of the best i have two straight beast!Just look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnLUJxCBZUg&feature=plcp Crysis 2 Campaign MSI GTX 670 OC Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiE_4cz0aDo&feature=plcp Battlefield 3 PC Operation Swordfish Campaign Combat GTX 670
And lastly, there's the Physx thing.

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December 29, 2012 9:39:14 PM

Best answer selected by Loudrawr.
December 29, 2012 9:39:46 PM

thank you everyone for their input, especially djangoringo
a b B Homebuilt system
December 29, 2012 9:49:19 PM

No problem let us know if you need anymore help for now enjoy!
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