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January 11, 2013 11:21:59 PM

After reading a plethora of article on the internet that stress the cost efficiency and learning experiences that accompany building one's own pc, I have decided to take the plunge and build my own for the first time. I am going to use my new computer for gaming, limited video editing, and generally lots of media. I have done good amounts of research, and decided that the best deal I can get for $1250 is as follows.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($113.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1217.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 20:08 EST-0500)

Are all of these parts compatible with one another?
What suggestions do you have for increasing the performance of the computer at minimal cost?

Any help will be greatly appreciated

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January 12, 2013 12:02:25 AM

You can drop down to an Extreme4 if you don't need the Extreme6's extra ports.

Most Corsair PSUs are great, but the CX/Builder line isn't one of them. It's built with cheap components to make up for its price tag. I suggest getting the XFX 550w instead, this one is OEM'd by Seasonic and is more than enough for a single GPU system.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&m...

If you don't mind crossing over to AMD, the 7950 is at the same price and has better performance and specs compared to the 660 Ti. Those driver issues people say about the brand are over-exaggerated nowadays, even nVIDIA have their own issues.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67546&vpn=GV-R795WF3-3...
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January 12, 2013 12:02:48 AM

Thank you for answering

The only reason I had decided on the seasonic was that many articles I read recommended the brand (although not that specific model) , but I will gladly change it to the corsair.
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January 12, 2013 12:05:03 AM

corsair and seasonic is on par... seasonic made the corsair original parts though :D 
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January 12, 2013 12:06:27 AM

Yep, pretty much perfect.

Downgrade the mobo to an Extreme4. Only difference between the two is the Displayport output on the back I/O, which is pointless IMO.

Suggest upgrading the PSU to 750W, that way you can Crossfire/SLI in the future.
Also another 8GB of RAM wouldn't go amiss for that video editing, though 8GB is enough for basic usage.
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January 12, 2013 12:11:58 AM

Thank you as well excella1211. I have no experience with amd, but I have heard that their gpu's are a better value. The xfx 550w looks like a good psu, would you mind telling me which of the three (seasonic 620w, corsair 600w, xfx 550w) would have the best durability.
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January 12, 2013 12:16:00 AM

the only reason I chose the extreme6 over the extreme4 is that the extreme6 is standard ATX size, while the extreme4 is slightly shorter than a standard ATX, and I have read that It mounts with fewer screws. Since this is my first build, I was going for parts that were easy to install and durable, but if they both meet those criteria I am willing to go with the extreme4 over the extreme6.
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January 12, 2013 12:29:26 AM

AMD Radeon said:
corsair and seasonic is on par... seasonic made the corsair original parts though :D 

Corsair PSUs are great, I agree. I was only referring specifically to the CX line. :p 

machiavelliangaming said:
Thank you as well excella1211. I have no experience with amd, but I have heard that their gpu's are a better value. The xfx 550w looks like a good psu, would you mind telling me which of the three (seasonic 620w, corsair 600w, xfx 550w) would have the best durability.

Corsair has a lot of 600w PSU lines, so I don't know which one you're looking at; all of them are great except for the Builder series though.

XFX 550w is manufactured by Seasonic, it's also cheaper though so it would have better value. If you're going 620w anyway, consider manofchalk's suggestion and jump to 750w so you have an open upgrade for SLI/Crossfire anytime.
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January 12, 2013 12:41:56 AM

Do you know how much NCIX would charge to ship the 550w XFX psu, as i have heard that they charge a lot for shipping (since newegg doesn't have it currently)? Or is it better to get it from another website?
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January 12, 2013 12:44:17 AM

It says there "free shipping".
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January 12, 2013 12:50:45 AM

What about the corsair tx 650 v2 650w, on newegg for 69.99 (after rebate). Is that a good model also?
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January 12, 2013 12:56:52 AM

Yes, but again you'll be wasting money for unnecessary wattage. 500-550w is MORE than enough for a single GPU system even with OC.

650w would be overkill for that, and arguably insufficient if ever you SLI/Crossfire. This is why it's either 500-550w or 750w is what we recommend.
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January 12, 2013 3:12:54 AM

Thanks for all of the help everyone, I have decided to go with gigabyte radeon 7950 and the xfx 750w, since I want to make my system as future proof as i can within my budget, and that power supply slides in at just the right price range. Special thanks to excella1221 for the great advice!
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