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January 26, 2013 4:53:52 PM

Date: next couple of weeks

Budget Range: <1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, audiophile needs (storage for music), Movies, maybe a few intensive programs, web surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (windows 7 or 8, id love to hear why you think i should get one over the other)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whichever

Location: City, State/Region, Country - New York

Parts Preferences: intel (but it doesnt matter TOO much)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: no

I've been posting a lot because im not sure what my exact price range is, i really want the best for the least, so i think my max will be a $1500 build. Thanks for your posts!

Daniel.

More about : max 1500 build

January 26, 2013 5:08:41 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1406.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
January 26, 2013 5:13:45 PM

woops, i also forgot to mention i need a mouse and keyboard.
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January 26, 2013 5:22:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1398.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
January 26, 2013 5:23:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zIez
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zIez/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zIez/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 ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($35.28 @ Amazon)
Total: $1422.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 14:22 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1469.10
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $12.98
Total: $1452.08

got ur good sound covered. good ssd. storage, nice case, good keyboard+mouse and a good ips panel for better image quality, also the 7950 overclocks easily to 7970 and beats a 670 nicely and 680 :D 

January 26, 2013 5:24:29 PM

should i not invest in a gaming mouse/ mechanical keyboard?
January 26, 2013 5:24:29 PM

and djangos real final price is=$1498.35

just for the record. so ur getting more for ur money in my build, tho his effort was good.

January 26, 2013 5:24:50 PM

everythings in there daniel. gaming mouse+keyboard. got u all covered

January 26, 2013 5:26:44 PM

haha thanks iceclock! you've been responding to all my posts. you're really very kind. :) 

P.S. love the batman banner.
January 26, 2013 5:31:03 PM

The list that i putted in has an ips monitor asus, a good ssd, an asrock extreme 4, which has more power phases, ram with cas 9, a better gpu (670 gtx), a better case, a decent keyboard+mouse combo.
I don't see why it's worse.
January 26, 2013 5:31:12 PM

no problem anytime, yeah me love dark-knight and the j0k3r :D 

January 26, 2013 5:33:24 PM

i dint say its worse, but i cut costs, and got him more for the money, also 670 isnt a better gpu overclocks less than the 7950 and costs a 70$ more.

ur case isnt better, both are quite decent.

the ssd i chose is faster.

he doesnt need extreme 4 as he wont sli.

ram case latencies overall isnt a big deal in real world applications.

January 26, 2013 5:33:43 PM

also hes a sound fanatic, so an add in sound-card is a must :D 

January 26, 2013 5:39:00 PM

Is it faster ? where's the proof ? that mushkin isn't from the deluxe series...
For the op see here the performance of the cards : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/...

Cas timings are still better when lower, it's a common fact.
The fractal design R4 is more silent and has more room, 8 hdd drives.
The extreme 4 has more features, more power phases, it's up to him to decide, but the extreme 4 is better.
He doesn't need a sound card.
You have a good onboard audio on that motherboard, you don't need to spend more on a sound card, the extreme 4 contains the ALC898 which is Realteks lastest chipset, and achieves the highest SNR ratio out of ANY onboard solutions. (110DB SNR)

See the specs :


7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudio™

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Spec...


No need for sound card.
January 26, 2013 5:43:39 PM

yeah if it helps, im getting an external DAC/AMP so i dont know how much better the soundcard is going to project the music...
January 26, 2013 5:46:28 PM

thats not a good sound-card anyday of the week that creative will ram that card in the wall and destroy it. i know since im an audiofile.

i personally said faster, i meant more reliable, i beleive muskin is of higher quality than that ssd.

also for benchmarks here it is cowboy ;) 

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_66...

right. i think not, faster rofl. second of all ur not an audiophile so u cant say he doesnt need an audiocard as u clearly dont know home audio well.

easy deeds done good mate :) 



January 26, 2013 5:47:23 PM

nope. the actual card sending the audio signal via the sound-card to the amp will make a difference,

:)  anyday of the week mate.

January 26, 2013 5:48:01 PM

I would go with djangoringo's build.
January 26, 2013 5:49:11 PM

for what reasons, its just as expensive, lacks a soundcard, and has a more expensive videocard thats not faster in reality.

January 26, 2013 5:56:40 PM

"Most onboard cards only support 16-bit/44.1Khz or 48Khz which is not optimum or recommended"

But the asrock has the realtek ALC898 which supports :

All DACs supports 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate
„ All ADCs supports 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/datasheets/ALC898_DataSh...
January 26, 2013 6:00:26 PM

still isnt optimal for sound-recording, where talking recording quality,

the recon will blow that onboard card to hell.

second of all my system has more bells and whistle and the soundcard for exact price. why tell him to take the lesser of the two for same price. that= non logic in my mind.

January 26, 2013 6:02:53 PM

2.1. Hardware Features
„ High performance DACs with 110dB signal-to-noise ratio(A-weighting)
„ High performance ADCs with 104dB signal-to-noise ration (A-weighting).
„ Meets Microsoft WLP3.x (Windows Logo Program) audio requirements
„ Ten DAC channels support 16/20/24-bit PCM format for 7.1 sound playback, plus 2 channels of
concurrent independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel output
„ Three stereo ADCs support 16/20/24-bit PCM format, multiple stereo recording
„ All DACs supports 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate
„ All ADCs supports 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate
„ Primary 16/20/24-bit S/PDIF-OUT supports 32k/44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate
„ Secondary 16/20/24-bit S/PDIF-OUT supports 32k/44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/192kHz sample rate
„ 16/20/24-bit S/PDIF-IN supports 32k/44.1k/48k/96k/192kHz sample rate
„ All analog jacks (port-A to port-H) are stereo input and output re-tasking
„ Port-A/B/C/D/E/F/G/H built in headphone amplifiers
„ Port-B/C/E/F with software selectable boost gain (+10/+20/+30dB) for analog microphone input
„ High-quality analog differential CD input
„ Supports external PCBEEP input and built-in digital BEEP generator
„ Software selectable 2.5V/3.2V/4.0V VREFOUT
„ Up to four channels of microphone array input are supported for AEC/BF application
„ Two jack detection pins each designed to detect up to 4 jacks plugging
„ Supports analog GPIO2 to be jack detection for CD input which is used as 9
th
analog port
„ Supports legacy analog mixer architecture
„ Up to 3 GPIOs (General Purpose Input and Output) for customized applications. GPIO0 and GPIO1
share pin with DMIC-CLK/SPDIF-OUT2 and DMIC-DATA.
„ Supports mono and stereo digital microphone interface (pins shared with GPIO0 and GPIO1)
„ Supports anti-pop mode when analog power LDO-IN is on and digital power is off.
„ Built-in analog LDO.
„ Content Protection for Full Rate loss-less DVD Audio, Blu-ray
TM
DVD and HD-DVD audio
content playback (with selected versions of WinDVD/PowerDVD/TMT)
„ Hardware Zero-Detect output volume control
„ 0.75dB per step output volume and input volume control
„ Supports 3.3V digital core power, 1.5V or 3.3V digital I/O power for HD Audio link, and 5.0V
analog power
„ Intel low power ECR compliant and power status control for every analog/digital converter and pin
widgets.
„ 48-pin LQFP ‘Green’ package

It good for his needs.
January 26, 2013 6:04:12 PM

Also, im a little scared to overclock. is it really worth it risking all these parts? do you guys have good links for me on how to overclock effectively?
January 26, 2013 6:06:35 PM

danielstern96 said:
Also, im a little scared to overclock. is it really worth it risking all these parts? do you guys have good links for me on how to overclock effectively?



It's nothing to be afraid of, here's a guide : http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/complete-overclockin...
You can stick with the stock speeds, the turbo speeds, or overclocking to a higher speed, when you feel the urge for it.
January 26, 2013 6:09:21 PM

daniel i got u a cpu that overclocks good and a good cooler

professional recorders use addin cards, cuz onboard simply isnt made of the same quality capacitators and electronic circuitry that the addon boards offer.

u dont gotta be afraid of overclocking the z77 chipset overclocks easily and well.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1247413/ivy-bridge-overclock...

all u need.


January 26, 2013 6:45:27 PM

7950>670 I mean for $380 you could get a 7970 so a 670 is totally out of the question
January 26, 2013 6:52:39 PM

yep.

January 26, 2013 7:19:09 PM

iceclock if i told you i didnt need the soundcard what would you do to change the build? can you revise a partlist without it?

and djangoringo im still debating between your build and iceclocks so if you can offer rebuttle to their points you should!
January 26, 2013 7:21:15 PM

still has better ps, videocard, ssd imo, and hooked u up with some nice gaming keyboard+mouse swagger :D 

January 26, 2013 7:26:09 PM

The Z77 Extreme4 is the best board for the money. Hands down. The 7950 is a better buy than the 670. It's faster and cheaper. The 7950 Boost or whatever it's called is around the same price as well. If I was spending $1500 on a build though, I'd get the 7970 OR THE 7970 GHz. Fastest two cards, for great prices. Also, I wouldn't worry about a sound card. The on-board sound with the Extreme4 is really good in my opinion.
January 26, 2013 7:27:03 PM

he doesnt the z77 since he wont sli or crossfire, so its stupid to recommand a board thats like 40$ more if u wont sli,

and sound is debatable.

January 26, 2013 7:27:47 PM

My changes :

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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1368.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If it's for gaming a 7970 will be the best, if you don't mind going for amd cards.
The ssd is good, the motherboard has the best onboard audio ALC8980.
I put a cheaper case, if you don't mind...
It's up to you.
January 26, 2013 7:29:12 PM

ur real final price is still=Base Total: $1448.35

higher than mine for no improvements. except u got a more expensive 7970 that the 7950 can easily overclock and reach for like 80$ less.

January 26, 2013 7:30:27 PM

thats like almost 100$ more for virtual or very little improvement over mine.

also has less good quality ps, memory is ok, screen is about the same quality.

theres no gaming keyboard or mouse included thats a difference maker when gaming.

January 26, 2013 7:31:03 PM

recap of my final build for u:

i would just remove the sound-card.



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zJA8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zJA8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zJA8/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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($35.28 @ Amazon)
Total: $1322.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 16:20 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1369.12
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $12.98
Total: $1352.10

about 90$ less than djs build for just as good parts.

January 26, 2013 7:32:02 PM

if i may ask, why did you decide to go with the cheaper case? and gaming isnt SO important, i feel as though $400 for a card is really steep. what are your thoughts?
January 26, 2013 7:33:35 PM

the corsair isnt cheap quality is quite good, also its a better bang for bucks than higher cost cases.

i can get u a more expensive case doesnt mean it will be any better.

January 26, 2013 7:36:16 PM

danielstern96 said:
if i may ask, why did you decide to go with the cheaper case? and gaming isnt SO important, i feel as though $400 for a card is really steep. what are your thoughts?



If you don't do much gaming, a 660 ti is a good option, it's at a good price, a good 50$ case is good enough, if you want a more silent one, get the fractal design R4, my final list with a good case :
Here's some tip : http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...

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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1228.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

January 26, 2013 7:40:18 PM

your final real price is Base Total: $1318.35, not including good gaming keyboard+mouse and having a lesser quality ps and videocard.

my build cost 40$ and has all the above and more.

nice build tho.



January 26, 2013 7:51:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zJTp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zJTp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zJTp/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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.13 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.00 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($66.42 @ Amazon)
Total: $1499.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 16:49 EST-0500)

This is a little more expensive, but it's worth it in my opinion. It's also a little more gaming oriented. I took the good things from each of the builds listed, and tried to bridge the gap between the two. I also added my own touch.

The board, the cooler, the SSD, and the video card are extremely good deals. The PSU is a little more pricey, but never cheap out on the PSU. The increased wattage gives you expandability, and the better efficiency saves you in the long run. It's proven that a higher 80 Plus efficiency will help lower the Bills. Also, it's modular. Which is very handy. The case is also pretty expensive, but I like a nicer case. You can switch the case and the PSU out for the ones that they listed, it's not a big problem. These are just my choices.
The monitor is amazing, it's the one used at MLG events. If I were you, I'd definitely get it.
The G9X is a much better mouse. It isn't necessary, but I felt like adding it.
January 26, 2013 7:52:43 PM

nice build but doesnt add anything to the precious recommandations also its more expensive.

January 26, 2013 7:56:04 PM

iceclock said:
nice build but doesnt add anything to the precious recommandations also its more expensive.

I know that it's more expensive. I was trying to get close to maximum, some of the more expensive things can be swapped out for the things listed in yours. The video card that I listed is the best buy so far though. As is the SSD. Mine's much better, for around the same price.
January 26, 2013 8:00:16 PM

u got links to prove its better?

im really unshur about that.

better is subjective.

January 26, 2013 8:02:42 PM

iceclock said:
u got links to prove its better?

im really unshur about that.

better is subjective.


You can look at the card and tell that it is. A 7950 Boost for $280 is an absolute steal. I'll find you some reviews of the HyperX 3K though. It has insane performance for that price.
January 26, 2013 8:05:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zK2l
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zK2l/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zK2l/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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.13 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.00 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: AZIO Levetron Mech5 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1332.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 17:03 EST-0500)

Here's that build for cheaper. I switched the keyboard out because I like this one better and it's a good deal. Get it from newegg, it's the same price and it comes with a mouse. I have it and it's amazing. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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