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January 11, 2013 3:15:42 AM

Hello I'm currently building a Gaming PC and just wanted some thoughts on the parts I've selected. There are coupons that can be applied when checking out.

The Build:

Case: Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (20% coupon)
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Part of combo deal with cooler -$15)
Mobo: Intel BOXDX79SI LGA 2011 Intel X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (10% coupon)
Video Card: MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (10% coupon)
SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($20 coupon)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Combo with CPU -$15)
PSU: CORSAIR CX750M 750W ATX12V v2.3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total for this build is $1509.99, Micro center has the same CPU for $229 and the same SSD for $109 so it can be even cheaper. Is there any parts that I can change? Thank for your time.

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January 11, 2013 3:24:49 AM

1. You don't need a full tower case
2. That cpu is not needed get an i5
3. See 2
4. Go for a pre clocked 680 or a 7970
5. 32GB is way too much get 6GB or 8GB.
6. Go for a 256GB SSD
7. I think this was one of the fastest 7200RPM drives, but Samsung isn't the greatest brand and neither are their warranties
8. See 2
9. That PSU is sub par, go for something more energy efficient and reliable
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January 11, 2013 3:38:02 AM

Write out the component names instead of just links, otherwise we have to open 10 tabs to see the build.

Agree mostly with the above's points.
What are you going to do on the build?
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January 11, 2013 3:49:15 AM

I've tried making an i5 with an stronger video card, but didn't leave much room for any upgrades in the future. I wanted a future proof gaming PC that'll last me about 3-5 years before my next build. I agree 32GB is way too much, but i saw the coupon and was like I'll prob get 32gb eventually. Thank you for the responses so far.
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January 11, 2013 3:55:55 AM



CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.59 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $1172.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 00:57 EST-0500)
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January 11, 2013 3:57:01 AM

Just be aware that on the main components (CPU, GPU, SSD's, HDD's, RAM to a lesser extent) there is no such thing as future proofing.
All of those components will be obsolete within a few years.

If you want a future proof rig, build a reasonable computer for your current needs and overspend on the case, monitor/s, sound setup, mouse/keyboard, cooling and the PSU (to a reasonable extent). Those parts will never go obsolete, and getting good ones now will save you cost in future builds. Also when making your choice on a case, consider what you might do later like water-cooling.
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January 11, 2013 3:57:31 AM

If I were you I would go with an i5 unlocked multiplier (k) for gaming. Not too much difference from an i7. If you want or need more power an i7 unlocked k version for sure. I am more of an Nvidia fan but the 7970 is an amazing deal right now. I have 16 gigs of ram but you only need 8 and can add more later, but ram is cheap! I have a full tower and love it have a lot of air cooling my 680 never goes above 60C!
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January 11, 2013 3:59:27 AM

there is no reason to get a 3820 and X79. if you need hyperthreading just get a 3770k. monitors are not futureproof resolutions change.
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January 11, 2013 4:03:57 AM

Question why did you choose that CPU over an ivy-bridge? Just curious your rationale?
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January 11, 2013 4:06:11 AM

@jonjonjon But a lot slower than the internals of a computer.
Its only just becoming somewhat standard that the average computer is hooked to a 1080p monitor, so I don't think there will be any great need to get a higher resolution one.
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January 11, 2013 4:14:54 AM

manofchalk is right, there really isn't such thing as future proofing. I mean, you can get the best of the best that will last you maybe 2 years, but a 3+ year "future proof" build is not that realistic. 32GB is insane and you only need 6GB. In a couple years you may need to upgrade to 8GB then 5+ years you may need 12Gb. Games will start to utilize 32GB in probably over 20 years, and by then we'd probably see the RAM being integrated into parts or something, who knows.
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January 11, 2013 4:34:26 AM

I've taken what you said into consideration and here's what I have,

The Build:

Case: Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147053 (20% coupon)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Intel BOXDQ77MK LGA 1155 Intel Q77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (10% coupon)
Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked+ 02G-P4-2684-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (10% coupon)
SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820167121
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185 ($20 coupon)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103106 (Combo with CPU -$15)
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I chose the CPU first based on the $229 price I found on Micro center. That's why it was a sandy bridge. Then I built everything around that. For the case I've chosen the thor because I've had hands on experience with it and really like it. Total price of this one is about $1305.
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January 12, 2013 3:06:26 AM

^ Good luck finding a 450W PSU with dual 6-pin connectors though.

That Intel board is fairly horrible, carries none of the features it should at its price point. You'd be better off with this board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Downgrade the PSU to a quality 550W, or 750W is SLI is a concern (which is possible on the board I linked).
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January 12, 2013 3:41:02 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1228.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 00:38 EST-0500)

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January 12, 2013 3:44:51 AM

Thx for all the help, I got the i5-3570k for $169.99 at micro center today with a Asrock Z77 pro4 for $69.99. I downgraded to a 8Gb ram and 750W PSU. New total price for my pc was around $1010. Thanks again!
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January 12, 2013 3:45:19 AM

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