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January 19, 2013 2:39:23 PM

New Gaming Machine

To purchase parts between 1-21-2013 to 1-25- 2013.....This coming week....

Budget is set for 2000.00 - 2300.00

gaming, photoshop and video editing, surfing web.

No Monitor needed on this build.

No upgrade, all parts to be purchased will be new.

Will be Purchasing Windows 7 Pro sp1 x64.

All Parts to be purchased from NewEgg.

Will build Computer myself

To be built in Lansing Michigan

Overclocking is a maybe.

SLI or Crossfire is a maybe.

Monitor to be used is my current Monitor 1920 x 1200 on a 27" screen

This machine's most important attribute ... to be as "Future Proof as possible" A machine that can be depended on daily for many years to come. I need it to be almost as fast as lightning if not faster ! All parts must carry a good solid Warranty as long as possible, Be ready to handle the most demanding games that are out now and into the near future.

So you got the basics of what I am building, Now the Fun part. !!


The Parts List.......Currently Chosen parts for my new Build



MOTHERBOARD

ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard .........339.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




CPU

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad......319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




CPU COOLING FAN & HEATSINK

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life ..........29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...





MEMORY

Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600..............104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...





VIDEO CARD

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card...........399.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




SOLID STATE DRIVE...for OS & Software

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)...........104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




HARD DRIVE...to store files

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive .........104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...





CASE

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case ..........199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...





POWER SUPPLY

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI PLUS GOLD Full Modular Active .....279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




BURNER CD/DVD

SUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X ................................................19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


Total Cost is within the 2000 to 2300.00 range

OK, This is for real I even have all parts ready to order.

I would really appreciate any suggestions on choosing different parts and the reason why.

Thanks to all who reply !!


January 19, 2013 3:14:42 PM

Why not get i7 3770k? Ivy bridge same price, newer.
Get noctua cpu cooler ;) 

You really don't need that big of a power supply... really overkill almost 2x the amount you need.

The motherboard is quite expensive, you could get some other that has what you need for cheaper. If you are not going for big overclock, you don't need such expensive motherboard.

Ssd is a bit small for my taste but if you can manage its your thing
January 19, 2013 3:19:20 PM

Thank You , Still considering all my options, with all the different parts available it's hard to choose sometimes, will look into your suggestions now
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January 19, 2013 3:53:06 PM
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This build will be more than enough with the option of SLI later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ 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 ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1734.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 12:46 EST-0500)

Your original build is much of an overkill especially on the motherboard and PSU. The case is overpriced but if you like it, go for it. Sandy Bridge is older generation, go with Ivy. The 7970 will outperform the 670. The RAM you selected is out of stock on newegg plus that is a lot for 16gb. The RAM I suggested is better priced for performance. You want to get the 212 EVO over the Plus. Thought that I would make the SSD 256GB and make the mechanical HDD 2TB. Black edition HDDs are overrated.
January 19, 2013 3:59:57 PM

Thanks for taking the time to respond, I am feverishness searching newegg right now.

This forum rocks and I wouldn't press the "purchase button without getting feedback, especially at this price point.

Thanks again !
January 19, 2013 5:28:24 PM

still working on this
January 19, 2013 6:51:00 PM

I am actually looking into CPU options as I type this.

Thanks for responding
January 19, 2013 7:04:42 PM

Don't go Xeon. They are server processors and they require ECC RAM which is expensive.
January 19, 2013 7:08:55 PM

I would definitely go with 3770k for editing. You can do render much faster. Yes a Xeon is just as fast, but one with comparable clocks is twice the price and has no overclocking. I also recommend RAID for storage footage. In my editing rig I have an SSD, a four disk RAID and a 3TB drive. Storage is the slowest part of a PC and it shows when you are editing video. I also have 32GB of memory so that I can run a 10-16GB Ramdisk. You may want to look into that too as it does help. I have two rigs that do run Xeons, but I went for a 3770k for my main rig as I can clock it higher.

Xeons do not require ECC memory. They can use it, but run just fine with standard DDR3.
January 19, 2013 8:14:42 PM

Good advice, thank you for taking the time to look over my build.

Still working on all this
January 19, 2013 8:36:20 PM

cball1311 said:
This build will be more than enough with the option of SLI later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ 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 ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1734.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 12:46 EST-0500)

Your original build is much of an overkill especially on the motherboard and PSU. The case is overpriced but if you like it, go for it. Sandy Bridge is older generation, go with Ivy. The 7970 will outperform the 670. The RAM you selected is out of stock on newegg plus that is a lot for 16gb. The RAM I suggested is better priced for performance. You want to get the 212 EVO over the Plus. Thought that I would make the SSD 256GB and make the mechanical HDD 2TB. Black edition HDDs are overrated.


^ bump

It is a very good build advise for your needs, you don´t have to change a thing, though I like CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


January 19, 2013 8:58:22 PM

Thanks jemm. That Corsair is nice considering its gold certified and modular. Either way, the OP will be satisfied. And that should say "CrossFire later" not SLI, my mistake.
January 19, 2013 9:03:02 PM

Really appreciate you guys that have taken the time to critique my build, more than one mind is always better.

You guys Rock !!


Still at work on this, gonna pull the trigger Monday or Tuesday.

January 20, 2013 7:38:08 PM

Best answer selected by sdep777.
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