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January 18, 2013 12:45:28 AM

I have asked for help here only once before and i got some answers
I still am waiting for some more money to come in and have been revising my build


CPU------------Intel i5 3570k----------189.99
MOBO-------Asrock Extreme4-------------94.99
HDD-----------------------WD Black-------89.99
Case----------CM Storm Stryker-----------149.99
Monitor--------Asus 23'' 1080p---------159.99
GPU--------Sapphire 7970-----------389.99
PSU----------Seasonic 620 620W-----------78.99
DVD Burner--------Asus DRW------------19.99
RAM-----G.SKILL 8GB 1600MHz------------49.99
Heatsink---------Noctua Nh-D14---------80.99
Total:$1305

these are the parts i have looked at getting and i think it looks good but i cant think of anything more that might increase the performance that much.

any further info required will be provided

thanks for your time and help in advanced.
January 18, 2013 12:47:35 AM

Also i will most likely be overclocking
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January 18, 2013 1:09:33 AM

Bump before bed
Will be checking tomorrow hopefully someone gives me some ideas/suggestions on how to spend the extra 200 dollars i will have ... also i dont think an SSD is worth it for gaming and considering thats what i will be doing SSD will probably be the thing i look at last as an upgrade route

Thanks again
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January 18, 2013 1:26:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yaU7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yaU7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yaU7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1370.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 22:26 EST-0500)

more stable and better parts for less :) 

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January 18, 2013 10:25:45 AM

i like the build but will a 212 evo on average hit me at 4GHz with the i5 3570k
also the corsair ram might have compatability issues with the heatsing right?
I heard seagate has a few issues with long term reliability
i would like to keep my selected case its just my preference
I dont need the OS either
And i hear some 7950's are voltage locked and cant be overclocked much
one last thing since u selected an 850 watt PSU is that stable enough to run 2 7950's if i drop the ssd if i go with this build?
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January 18, 2013 5:07:29 PM

Hi, your build seems fine, a 750w psu will do for two 7970, the sapphire 7970 is voltage unlocked, for 1080p a single 7970 will do, since you have money to spare it's best to add a ssd, like the samsung 840 pro, the fastest 128GB ssd drive.


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 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1335.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Feel free to change anything to whatever you like, just put a good case for it's price, and a good psu modular for it's price(also the ssd and ram) :) 
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January 18, 2013 5:13:18 PM

thats not true, also u dont need to modify the voltage to get a good oc, thats false. also voltage modifications voids the warranty and can seriously kill ur card if u feed it too much voltage.

and i can arrange this.

also i can give u a better cooler.

and i will choose lowprofile ram.

well for ur budget i had to drop the stryker case its too expensive for the budget with 2 7950s :p , also upgraded ur cooler to something better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygs2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygs2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygs2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1448.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 14:12 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1499.88
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Shipping: $13.98
Total: $1478.86

the antec case is just as good, and full tower :) 


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January 18, 2013 5:19:16 PM

Hi, the voltage of the card doesn't void the warranty, if he knows how to do it, a single 7970 like he had is suffice for 1080p, that allows him to buy the monitor he had, which is an ips asus, i wouldn't change the monitor, also 8GB is suffice the mushkin ram 8GB is low profile, the frostbyte heatsinks are really low profile with cas 9.
In my opinion for him and his budget it's better to have a good ssd.
I was just giving my opinion on his current build :) 
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January 18, 2013 5:34:59 PM

actually it does, if he overvolts it and tries to rma it, there electrical computer engineers will know how it got overvolted and will ask standard questions about the damage.

with the recommandation properbuild said heres my revised build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygD1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygD1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygD1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 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: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell S2440L 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($180.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1402.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 14:34 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1527.88
Promo Discounts: -$29.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$65.00
Total: $1432.89


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January 18, 2013 5:56:29 PM

thanks for the help i wanna see till later if anyone else responds so ima wait and see what people say
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January 18, 2013 6:15:28 PM

sounds good, anything u want me to change in the build?

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January 18, 2013 7:57:19 PM

i think the ram is exessive for gaming
and do i really need an 850 watt psu? with 1 gpu
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January 18, 2013 8:22:18 PM

u need 8 gigs minimum. for gaming,

also i got 850watts if u ever wanna sli, do u consider to sli eventually or not?

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January 18, 2013 8:33:14 PM

I probably will not SLI as long as i keep the setup as is i have a 1600X900 monitor now this will become an auxillary display for youtube and surfing the web and the 1080P will be my gaming monitor... so do you think somthing like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would be fine taking to count that i will most likely be overclocking both CPU and GPU
also should i just go for an nh-D14 since i am going to be overclocking?
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January 18, 2013 8:37:20 PM

heres my revised build for u and a tuniq 120 is good enought for ocing no need for the dh14.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell S2440L 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1397.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 17:36 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1484.86
Combo Discounts: -$13.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $1424.42

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January 18, 2013 8:55:35 PM

the cards usually run low but when needed(and has boost) it will actually overvolt the card to get better performance.
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January 18, 2013 9:18:49 PM

Also to be on the safe side of not know when to stop uping the volts, get a 670.

Nvidia locks their cards so you will not damage your card(like mines) and you can safely run 130% on there cards and get the best out of your overclock
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January 18, 2013 9:19:39 PM

130% what?

im a noob in voltage modification.

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January 18, 2013 9:26:27 PM

sweet thanks.

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January 18, 2013 10:00:29 PM

hmmmmm it all sounds good though i mean i am going to do research before overclocking. so yeah thanks for all ur guyses input maybe looking for more people to suggest builds and what not for a little longer then i will select best answer
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January 18, 2013 10:04:38 PM

from this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygD1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygD1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ygD1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 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: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell S2440L 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($180.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1402.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 14:34 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1527.88
Promo Discounts: -$29.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$65.00
Total: $1432.89

do u see anything u want me to change.

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January 18, 2013 10:19:18 PM

u still choose the 850 watt and like i said im not going to sli so wouldnt it be best to get a 79 dollar seasonic 620 watt also the asus monitor i chose is cheaper... is plextor good for ssd's or is it just cheap so u threw it in there?
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January 18, 2013 10:30:23 PM

ok let me make that modification:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjp0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjp0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjp0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.33 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell S2440L 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($180.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1317.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 19:30 EST-0500)

ase Total: $1407.21
Promo Discounts: -$29.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $1347.22

that should be good enought, muskin ssd. smaller ps but just as good and good mobo without sli :) 

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January 18, 2013 10:30:53 PM

Hi, in my opinion just get the samsung 840 pro for reliability and best speeds, since you're not on a tight budget you can afford it, and just 8GB of ram, with that psu which is 79$ on newegg if you don't want to do crossfire/sli setups, also 2TB could be worth for price/GB :


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 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1334.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Good luck!
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January 18, 2013 10:46:41 PM

Properbuilds i love that build only one or two things i know im going with the stryker case wise its a preference of mine. and the HDD i hear seagate has went down in production quality would it be better to go with a WD black for the warranty length or is seagate a HDD manufacture that people can trust now cuz i know for a fact that a lot of people had issues with some of their HDD's as for everything else it all looks good i might get a different CPU cooler so i can OC it nicely while keeping it fridged
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January 18, 2013 10:51:20 PM

Hi, if you want the hdd and case, and a good cooler, i suggest this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1434.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It fits the budget.
Good luck!
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January 18, 2013 10:53:22 PM

well seagate quality is quite good, and western digital black is overprice for no real performance gain.

got u the ps u wanted, better cooler. and western digital black, the muskin chronos is quite zippy and doesnt need to be changed.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjF1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjF1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yjF1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1351.88

Base Total: $1436.88
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$45.00
Total: $1381.88

the darkknight 2 is quite good and cheaper than the noctua that proper proposed.

u wont gain anything in cooling terms and the 840pro is a bit better ssd wise, but u wont see real world difference unless u was a developper or high video editer.
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January 18, 2013 10:57:04 PM

ok one final check before i decide and save this Excel sheet with the parts i want...lol
will the 620 power the 7970 @ 1200 Mhz or so and i5 3570k @ 4ghz or slightly more.

i know that all chips OC different but just seeing/making possitive that that psu will power the chips for the OC i will be aiming at if at all possible
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January 18, 2013 11:00:49 PM

620 should be fine, i could recommand u a slightly higher ps for a bit more. and 4gigahertz is mad easy to oc.

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January 18, 2013 11:02:53 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1342.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 20:02 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1442.87
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $1372.87


such as this. 750watts :D 



always good to have some watts in need for upgrades and ocing.

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January 18, 2013 11:05:32 PM

sure recomendations are great i just liked the 620 watt because its cheap and seasonic so i couldnt find much that would be better without costing 80 dollars more
but feel free to recomend
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January 18, 2013 11:06:07 PM

Hi, 620w is fine, especially a seasonic and it's modular, the noctua coolers are very silent and have the best cooling.
The ssd, there's no more reliable than the samsung 840 pro, what it counts is the reliability and speeds help since you're gonna pay over 100$ for a ssd.
Good luck with build.
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January 18, 2013 11:15:55 PM

If anything Seagates quality has actually gone up.

if you are not adding inside a second card in the future, i highly advise you to get a locked CPU and save on quite a few things

Also plextor was hidden for a while(not releasing a whole lot) but they were very high quality brand.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ NCIX US)
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 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1273.69
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really didnt want to put in the tower but it is your preference.

i wanted to put inside a high res monitor(2560x1440) but didnt have enough space.
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January 18, 2013 11:17:02 PM

ty for sure man thanks for all the help anyone that posted and i can always count on people from tomshardware fourms to help
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January 18, 2013 11:17:23 PM

PS: you will not even notice that much of a difference between SSDs, even though the 840 pro is faster than most, it is not much to the human mind against something like a M4.
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January 18, 2013 11:17:43 PM

Best answer selected by Fireforhire.
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January 18, 2013 11:50:55 PM

k thanks anyways, u went with a slightly more expensive build with no actual performance gain, if u need more help feel free to msg me and ill be happy to help u :) 

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January 18, 2013 11:56:35 PM

Hi, i usually don't recommend the samsung 840 pro because of the price, but in ncix, it's at 130$, in my opinion it's worth it, samsung ssds are the most reliable ones(830, 840 pro), fastest and efficient ones.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/840-pro-ssd-toggle-...

It's not a bad choice going with that ssd and cooler.
Good luck with your build :) 
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January 18, 2013 11:58:27 PM

the chronos isnt that worse. and the cooler u got him is similar performance but for 20$ more than the darknight2.

sight.



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January 19, 2013 12:01:22 AM

Hi, if it fits the budget and since he wanted a black wd, i said why not, it's the most reliable ssd on the market and he had the budget.
That cooler is louder, the noctua coolers are silent, it's not a bad choice if he had the budget for it :) 
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January 19, 2013 12:06:41 AM

its still gonna stop him oc wise.

its not the most reliable ssd on the market thats false.

theres alot more expensive and fast ssds that are for servers, please.

:) 

cheers.

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