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January 27, 2013 9:55:17 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pin down an exact build

Budget Range: $1350 or so and 2x monitors for a total of $1700 max ... I would like to make sure the computer is fairly future proof, but Am i spending too much for what I need?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (mostly Starcraft II), school, the rest

Are you buying a monitor: Yes x2

Parts to Upgrade: Short List

Case - Corsair 650D $159.99
Power Supply - Corsair AX 750 $135.99
Processor - Intel Core i5-3570K $223.79
Motherboard - AS Rock Z77 EXTREME6 $151.99
Cooling - Corsair H60 $65.24
Memory - Corsair Vengeance White 8GB (2x4GB) $59.48
Hard Drive - WD Blue 1 TB $69.99
Solid State - Samsung 840 Series 250 GB $173.99
Video Card - MSI GTX 660, 2GB $229.99
Optical Drive - Lite-On 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $16.99
OS - Win 7 Pro x64
Monitorx2 - Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch $357.98

Total $1,644.76

Longer list with links at the end if needed

Do you need to buy OS: No, I have a spare copy of Win 7 pro x64

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (I have prime so free shipping, and it was cheaper than new egg). But I would order from anywhere if it’s a significantly better deal.

Location: Portland Oregon area

Parts Preferences: don’t follow this stuff enough to have a preference. Quality over affordability.

Overclocking: Very doubtful, I don't think it will be needed

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Your Monitor Resolution: Dual 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Liquid cooling is mostly to avoid the monster Heatsink air option (I like the lower profile/looks).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: current computer is getting old, need another computer with dual monitors for school. I play starcraft II/Diablo 3/assortment of other games, I'd like them to be on pretty high settings, but i'm not ultra picky.

Full list of parts with links:
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Case: $159.99
Corsair Obsidian Series Black 650D Mid Tower Computer Case (CC650DW-1)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UE1W9K/ref=ox_sc_a...

Power Supply: $135.99
Corsair Professional Series AX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX750)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003PJ6QWE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Processor: $223.70
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=ox_sc_a...

Cooling: $65.24
Corsair Hydro Series High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H60
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A0HZMGA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard: $151.99
AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME6
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007KTY4QU/ref=ox_sc_a...

Memory: $59.48
Corsair Vengeance White 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CML8GX3M2A1600C9W)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DKZK84/ref=ox_sc_a...

Video Card: $229.99
MSI N660 TF 2GD5: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095FMXAG/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive: $69.99
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Solid State Drive: $173.99
Samsung MZ-7TD250BW 840 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) 250 GB Sata 2.5-Inch
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NHAEXE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Optical Drive: $16.99
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YIG9AQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

Monitor: $178.99 x 2
Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDS0/ref=ox_sc_a...

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January 27, 2013 12:03:42 PM

For your dual monitor set up....

I this this GPU will do you a lot better
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr...

CPU cooler - this one wayyyyyy wayyyyyyyyyy better and same price almost, I see you wrote you want the discreet look.... but h60 is a waste of money... so either upgrade to h100 (well at least h80 anything below is not worth all that) or go with this cooler....
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhc14


You could also get some Vengeance or G.skill ram (a bit cheaper and very good as well)

If you wonna save a few bucks on mobo, this would be a good option as well
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77e...


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January 27, 2013 12:28:36 PM

I think you're spending too much on everything else, and not so much on the video card.

Forget about the H60, it's roughly the performance of the Hyper 212 EVO which is an air cooler.
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January 27, 2013 12:59:35 PM

Big overkill when you don't plan to over-clock.

Loose the CPU cooler completely - $65 saved
The stock fan that comes with the CPU does fine at standard speeds. If you insist on more cooling, at least get something cheaper.

Change your cpu from the i5-3570k to the i5-3570. They both run exactly the same speed. Difference is you can't overclock the non-k version but its $10 cheaper. Why pay $10 more for something you won't use?

No need to spend that much on an enthusiast orientated motherboard when you won't be using the extra features which make it cost more (over-clocking capability, SLI, Crossfire etc). I'd go with something like the ASUS P8H77-V LGA. Still a quality board but much cheaper due to not having those features. Still has USB3, Sata 6GB ports, DDR3 etc. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You also don't need such a large PSU. With the components you have even a 550W PSU would suffice. You can get a really good quality XFX PRO 650W PSU for $92 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045L5LGI/?tag=pcpapi-20

And as someone already stated, you could get the RAM a bit cheaper.


Do all of this and you can potentially save around $130 without any real loss in performance. Either keep the change or plough it back into a better graphics card ;) 
You could actually afford the 660ti or a 7950!


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January 27, 2013 1:00:08 PM

not really an overkill, but i would suggest trimming down on the others and giving more for the gpu
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January 27, 2013 5:31:53 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Looks like what i'll do is trim down a bit and pick up one step higher on the GPU
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February 7, 2013 4:29:43 PM

Best answer selected by lightsong.
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