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December 29, 2012 10:19:07 PM

I think around summer I made a post here looking for help on a build on a cheap $500 build. Well, I changed my mind and decided to wait until now so that way I could do a roughly $1000 build.

I mainly just want to make sure all of my parts are compatible and will work. I did TONS of research on this. Also, about the power supply. PcPartPicker said I only needed 353W, but I wasn't sure if that was accurate, so to be on the safe side I went with a 620W, mainly because the power supply I chose had had good reviews, lol. However, if you guys know what I actually need for the power supply and if I could get away with something that is also GOOD, but cheaper, let me know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($294.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.53 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1106.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 19:08 EST-0500)

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a b ) Power supply
December 29, 2012 10:25:14 PM

Is this build purely for gaming ?
Since i don't know, i just recommend this(550w will do for a 660ti or 670 gtx) :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1092.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 29, 2012 10:58:22 PM

Yes, it's going to be a mainly gaming build. I'm sorry I forgot to specify!

That list seems to be good! The only thing I noticed was the power supply you suggested is out of stock on newegg. I would hate that part to be the only part I wouldn't be ordering from either Amazon, Newegg, or NCIX. Knowing that I only need 550w is great! So I might still look into the power supply, but everything else you suggested is good. Thanks!



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a b ) Power supply
December 29, 2012 11:16:04 PM

just what i though, you'll want a much better card, and for gaming the i5 is as good as the i7, no performance loss and 8GB also will do.
You can have the xfx 650w for a couple more $ if it's out of stock :

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-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.48 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1051.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b ) Power supply
December 29, 2012 11:28:02 PM

@OP, No reason for going below 650W, if you upgrade the GPU mainly in the next years to something more powerful, you're gonna need it.
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December 29, 2012 11:43:57 PM

This is exactly why I ran my list through here first! Thanks djangoringo for all your help! I'll go with your advice and get the better video card and get the i5.

And thanks for the advice, ilysaml!
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a b ) Power supply
December 30, 2012 1:03:08 AM

eterniawolf said:
This is exactly why I ran my list through here first! Thanks djangoringo for all your help! I'll go with your advice and get the better video card and get the i5.

And thanks for the advice, ilysaml!

I like your build, since you're gonna save some money from the CPU, upgrade the video card to GTX 670 or HD 7970 GHz, also SSD is an important piece nowadays, faster boot times of windows and application beside the faster R/W transfer rates.
Samsung SSD 830 or 840 pro is the way to go.

I don't know why djan added a value ram in the final build, but G.SKILL is more reliable, also don't forget to get the CPU cooler.
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a b ) Power supply
December 30, 2012 1:10:41 AM

More reliable than the samsung?
It has a lifetime warranty and the best quality for a memory, also it overclocks better than the g. skill for less money and it's low profile, gives a good clearance for any cooler.
As for the ssd, i agree if he can spend more ~100$, he can buy a ssd 128GB samsung 830 or crucial m4.
I just didn't put it cause it will be over the initial budget.
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a b ) Power supply
December 30, 2012 1:23:13 AM

djangoringo said:
More reliable than the samsung?
It has a lifetime warranty and the best quality for a memory, also it overclocks better than the g. skill for less money and it's low profile, gives a good clearance for any cooler..

Yes it is, G.SKILL is better, equals the quality of Corsairs if not better. Actually all of these; G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston, Patroit, Mushkin and OCZ make excellent RAM, but I never heard anyone recommending "Samsung" before even though it should be a good quality one but I wouldn't be 100% sure. Also, you listed a "Value RAM" so I'm not sure how it is gonna be OCed better than the G.Skill which is a "Enthusiast" RAM with a heat spreader.
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December 30, 2012 1:24:23 AM

djangoringo's last list had a GTX 670 on it, so I should be good.

I had actually thought about adding an SSD originally, but they are expensive! So for now I think I'm going to pass on a SSD. Maybe if I can find a cheaper one, but the Samsung ones you suggested are a little too expensive for me. Do you know a good SSD in the $100 (or less) range? Or maybe this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it's not the pro one, which was $230, but this one is $115.
So then G.Skill RAM would be better to get than Samsung RAM?

Btw, I am a girl. :lol: 
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a b ) Power supply
December 30, 2012 1:32:29 AM

+1 for the SSD 840, actually I prefer the Pro or 830 version, but it's all negligible difference.

@djan
HOORAY, NICE!

Same goes to G.SkILLs in any reviews.
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December 30, 2012 1:44:10 AM

Alright, since $115 isn't TOO much more, I think I'll go ahead and get the Samsung SSD 840 too.

I'll look at the pros and cons of the two different brands of RAMs tomorrow and decide which brand I want. However, everything else sounds great and I'll be using it for my build! Thank you both for the help. I really appreciate it! I'll keep this open for now until I can look into the RAM tomorrow just in case if I have anymore questions.
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January 9, 2013 12:38:22 AM

Best answer selected by eterniawolf.
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