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January 21, 2013 11:56:54 PM

Hey hey all! Like the title states I'm building a new PC and would like some input. I've researched the parts as best I can so I hope it's not a crap build =/

GPU: GeForce GTX 680 2GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Optical Drive: LG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo
PSU: XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified
Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 1866

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January 22, 2013 12:18:51 AM

My apologies =P

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months or so

Budget Range: $1,500 - $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: It's going to be a all around PC, light gaming, movies, music etc..

Are you buying a monitor: Nope, already have one

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Texas, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel preferably

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I plan on liquid cooling most everything
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a c 108 B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 12:23:05 AM

Does your budget include the water cooling? Because for a good XSPC kit + GPU block that will be $300-350.
a c 108 B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 12:31:55 AM

Well regardless, iv made a build that includes the water-cooling cost in it. Still comes a fair way under budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
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: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($393.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 760W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.00 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Water-cooling ($350.00)
Total: $1671.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:31 EST-0500)
January 22, 2013 12:34:09 AM

No, sorry I forgot to add that in, it would just be an extra cost.
January 22, 2013 12:38:28 AM

Thanks for your input! The only thing I would think to upgrade would be the CPU to the i-7 just do it would be longer before the next upgrade.
January 22, 2013 12:42:37 AM

And sorry about the lack of info in most of my posts, I guess I didn't read all of the stickies I should hav =/
a c 108 B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 12:50:24 AM

If you want to throw in an i7 CPU, go ahead. It is ultimately your build.
Just don't expect a performance difference in the usage your after. The i7's Hyperthreading on really helps in multi-threaded applications like most video-editing, 3D modelling and compute programs.
January 22, 2013 12:56:17 AM

Thanks for the advice on that one. With the build you gave would you reccomend an SLI setup or just stick with the one video card. I'm looking to invest in a good PC that will last me a few years or so before I have to upgrade anything on it. I mean, the lady PC I bought was an Alienware about 5 years ago *ducks*
a c 108 B Homebuilt system
January 22, 2013 1:12:42 AM

The build I made above can handle another card in Crossfire (SLI is for Nvidia cards) but I didn't include it as I don't know your monitor setup.
Its not worth adding more cards until you get a high resolution monitor, something like an Eyefinity setup or a 120hz.
A 7970 will get you 50+ FPS at Ultra in games at 1080p, adding in another card will only give you a 10FPS increase (if that) because you will then be limited by V-sync. So you need a display solution that can actually take advantage of all the graphics horsepower.
July 29, 2015 9:19:28 PM

I just built a quick multimedia machine that makes me question some of the hype over new technology. This build provided better performance than some of my newer boxes.

I picked up a Core i7 975 extreme for $95.00
A Shuttle SX58J3 Barebones, X58 motherboard, cpu cooler, Power Supply, Case, for $104.00 Refurbished/$155. new
LG Blue Ray Combo $55.00
12GB triples Channel memory Gskill $70
1TB Western Digital Black for $75.00
A Nvidia GTX 960 for $200
Total: $600.00

Yes I know all the draw backs with SATA 2, and no USB 3.0 but multimedia wise this build kept up or beat most mainstream Haswell builds which make me think that new technology is a lot of hype and Marketing.

Good Luck, either way you are on the right path to a good machine. I just wanted to pass on my budget rig that I needed to build in a hurry and it surprised me to no end.