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Offer some advice on a new system build?

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January 21, 2013 11:21:10 PM

Hello,

Approximate purchase date: April 2013

Budget range: $800.00, limit: $1000.00

System usage from most to least important: Gaming, online business, watching movies, surfing internet.

Buying a monitor: No.

Parts to upgrade: I have a Powork PW-650 (Red-X), a 500GB Western Digital Caviar (old) and a 320GB Western Digital Caviar (old), I also have a Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

Location: Rockford Illinois, United States

Overclocking: yes

SLI or CrossfireX: maybe

Monitor resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional comments: My preferences include MSI, Intel, and Nvidia. I don't think I need an SSD, and I know I don't need to be able to write CDs. I don't need a lot of storage space. Is it possible to include a plug & play water cooling system like the Corsair H100? Also, I would like to be able to play Blu Rays. Micro ATX and Mini ITX is OK. And I will be buying headphones, I already have external speakers with sub-woofer.

Thank you,

I tried to put together a decent system as follows:
(all prices listed are from Amazon)

Case: MSI Barricade $ 79.99
PSU: Corsair TX 650M $ 99.99
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPower $199.99
CPU: Intel i5 3570k $205.00
Storage: WD Black $ 69.99
Video: MSI PE Geforce 660 ti $275.00
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX Predator $ 59.99
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-207DBK $ 50.00
Water Cooling: Corsair H100 $ 60.00

Sub Total.............................................................$1084.00 + S/H

This build that that I put together costs too much. If someone can suggest a build with about the same specs for about $800.00 I would really love to see what you're laying out there.

Thank you,
Jarblater

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January 22, 2013 12:50:13 AM

Links would help

2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz RAM rated for 1.5 volt should cost about $45 at most , and some if $36

Do you need the blue ray drive? A DVD is $16

The modular psu is expensive , A $60 500 watt unit will work well

replace the mb with an Asrock Z77 extreme4 and save $80

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January 22, 2013 1:17:46 AM

I personally would not purchase an H100 - go with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 or a Noctua NH-U9B instead.

I wouldn't get that MSI case - this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper RAM too, RAM isn't the place to spend tons of money on a build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I agree with Outlander that you should get a cheaper motherboard, then invest more in the video card - that's where it counts on a gaming system.
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January 22, 2013 1:22:48 AM

if you dont want it to cost so much, take out overclocking. that should save you 100 bucks
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January 28, 2013 11:36:58 PM

I've decided that I'm not getting a power supply, and I have 8GB of Corsair Ballistix Sport ($36.00) Ebay [tested and working], no headphones, keeping overclocking, going with a Gigabyte motherboard that has on board WIFI, keeping Blu ray, and instead of the MSI case one of my friends JUST (I mean just) gave me a brand new Apevia X-Trooper w/ blue LEDs.

Still considering the H100, but I might go with a different brand of closed loop liquid cooling.

Thanks, everyone, for all of your suggestions.

Still not getting an SSD, and I have to keep Blu ray because it will be in the living room as an HTPC/gaming & business computer.

Forgot to mention, I'm getting a TV tuner too.

Again, thanks.

If you guys have any more suggestion I love you! lol
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January 28, 2013 11:46:13 PM

whats parts do u wanna reuse?

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January 29, 2013 12:02:16 AM

why the heck would you get a closed loop cooler. they have low grade radiators, weak pumps, and still cost way more than a heatsink for a 2c gain in temps. there is almost zero reason to get one.

the ONLY closed loop cooler id think about is the swiftech h220, but thats not really closed loop given its upgradeable and uses proper pumps and rads. not released for another 2 months
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January 29, 2013 1:13:38 AM

are u saying that the antec h2o 920, and corsair 80i and 100i arent good?

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January 29, 2013 3:08:20 AM

I'm going to reuse the 650 watt power supply, I have a case now, I also have 8GB RAM. The two hard drives are history. I'm not going to need the Sound Blaster card.

I will only spend extra money on an aftermarket cooling system if it is liquid cooling.
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January 29, 2013 3:55:52 AM

so whats ur max budget?
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January 29, 2013 10:38:14 AM

iceclock said:
are u saying that the antec h2o 920, and corsair 80i and 100i arent good?


the 920 and the h80i are the same (or lower) compared to a D14 while costing a bit more. id never get a h100i. the swiftech h220 is the only one id consider using
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January 29, 2013 10:38:33 AM

single thin 120mm rad units are a joke
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January 29, 2013 1:08:59 PM

i have a hard-time beleive an aircooler would beat an h80i.

also the dh-14 is huge, is there an equivalent thats smaller and as effective?

i know the silverarrows good but u pointed out its got clipping issues,

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January 29, 2013 2:41:54 PM

nice, temps, why the hell was i thinking watercooling. lol.

when u get into full fledged water cooling system temps are alot different tho, but a good quality system is atleast 250-300$ from what ive seen and not the simplest to setup versus an air cooler.

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