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$1675 Gamer Complete Build w/ Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard - Thoughts?

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January 28, 2013 9:06:51 PM

So yesterday I posted a build and this is what I ended up with... Just curious on your thoughts. I already ordered it :bounce: 

I originally wanted an i5 3750k (Microcenter $189.99), but decided on the i7-3770k for just $40 dollars more. I live near a microcenter. Seemed like a no brainer considering its still for sale at $300+ just about everywhere.

Also keep in mind, I live in New Jersey, so if I order from Newegg I get taxed. I originally wanted a Sapphire Vapor X 7970 but with the 7% taxes it put me a little over $480, so I decided to order the MSI Lightning GTX 680 from Amazon (No taxes) for the same price. Seems like both overclock very well, but the slight edge goes to the GTX 680.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A7GB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A7GB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A7GB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX Using Pricematch from FRYS.COM)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor ($187.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($92.65 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($66.42 @ Amazon)
Total: $1677.72
January 28, 2013 9:22:51 PM

this is better
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A9MF

-better CPU cooler
-better motherboard although if its real cheap instore at micro, get what you originaly selected
-better and faster SSD
-680s are pointless if 670s perform around the same for way cheaper
-better case in terms of silence and cabling space. depends on your taste. i like my cases to be plain so that it doesnt lose appeal overtime
-better psu. can be bought at amazon for the same price
-much better monitor
-way better keyboard. depends if you want to order it from amazon or newegg. newegg has the 15 dollar MIR
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January 28, 2013 9:31:06 PM

Troll has a good suggestion, I personally would not pay the money for the i7 - it may be $40 more but really you won't see a whole lot of benefit from it for gaming.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1474.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 18:29 EST-0500)

I leave monitor and peripherals open as those things are a lot of personal preference. With this build you get a motherboard with Thunderbolt support and you get the (currently) fastest SSD on the market.
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January 28, 2013 10:07:40 PM

id pay the extra few cents for the u12p over the u9b.

id get the i7 if it was not much more than the i5. i originally bought a i7 when it was cheap and there wasnt much use for it. then i started to convert a ton of videos (not quick sync) and it came in handy
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