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February 1, 2013 6:04:57 AM

Hello everyone, I'm wondering what you guys think of all the parts I'm getting a good or not for a gaming computer.

MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
ASRock LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core
Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus - 600W Power Supply
NZXT M59
Asus 24xDVD-RW
Windows 8 System Builder
NZXT Sleeved LED Case Light Kit -just for fun
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB
NZXT Technologies RF-FZ120-G1 NZXT FZ-120mm LED Cooling Case x3

The total cost for all these parts is 1,142.30 plus tax. If you guys have any ideas to make this cheaper, I will greatly appreciate it and also, try to implement a liquid cooling setup if possible because it would be nice to have one. By the way, this is my senior project and I want to make it spectacular. Thank you for your help.
February 1, 2013 10:39:43 AM

Buy this instead,

1.Processor : Intel Core i5 3570K
2.Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
3.Motherboard : MSI Z77A GD-45
4.RAM : G.Skill Ares 8GB
5.PSU : Corsair TX750M
6.GPU : MSI GTX 660 Ti PE (Non-OC)
7.Case : Corsair 300R / 200R
8.Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003
9.DVD Writer : Asus DRW-24B1ST

You can Add the OS if you want, just buy Win 7 Home Premium.

Dont buy liquid cooling unless you go custom, ive included the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, it will get your CPU to 4Ghz easy (that is if you overclock)
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February 1, 2013 10:59:05 AM

This is my recommendation for a gaming computer, the GPU on this thing is a beast, I doubt you will use more hdd than this thing has, oh and the mobo is fantastic.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($504.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 07:57 EST-0500)

Edit: If you need win7 and and a disc drive(though most games are downloaded today...) it will be the same price as your original build.
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February 1, 2013 11:02:51 AM

timarp000 said:
Buy this instead,

1.Processor : Intel Core i5 3570K
2.Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
3.Motherboard : MSI Z77A GD-45
4.RAM : G.Skill Ares 8GB
5.PSU : Corsair TX750M
6.GPU : MSI GTX 660 Ti PE (Non-OC)
7.Case : Corsair 300R / 200R
8.Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003
9.DVD Writer : Asus DRW-24B1ST

You can Add the OS if you want, just buy Win 7 Home Premium.

Dont buy liquid cooling unless you go custom, ive included the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, it will get your CPU to 4Ghz easy (that is if you overclock)


Couple things wrong with this, the Corsair cases are way to overpriced for the quality....

The MSI motherboard isn't of a great quality. I would switch back to the asrock z77 extreme 4 mobo.

PSU has way to much power, the 660 will hardly use any of that.



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February 1, 2013 11:34:53 PM

Anymore suggestion because I'm trying to compile a bunch of suggestions to make the best out of this computer. I will be buying the parts this month and start building.
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February 2, 2013 2:23:32 AM

Also wondering, what operating system should I get, windows 8 or windows 7?
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February 2, 2013 3:09:01 AM

burritobob said:
Couple things wrong with this, the Corsair cases are way to overpriced for the quality....

The MSI motherboard isn't of a great quality. I would switch back to the asrock z77 extreme 4 mobo.

PSU has way to much power, the 660 will hardly use any of that.

If he wants SLI its safe to buy a 750W PSU.
And corsair dont make overpriced cases. They may not make cases filled with LED's and bling but the quality of the metal and features like cable managements are truly amazing!I agree that MSI dont make the best boards but for the price, they are pretty good. Asus boards and Gigabyte are the High Quality ones but they are pricey aswell.

he also can go for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but is a bit more expensive
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February 2, 2013 3:31:06 AM

I heard I don't need much watts in the PSU, so I changed to Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply since the graphics card only require 420w.
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February 2, 2013 4:02:57 AM

500 w is not a good idea. Remember that the graphics card is not the only thing in your rig that needs power. Also, if you ever upgrade to a more power-heavy card or go with SLI, you will have to buy a whole new PSU which will be a pain in the ass. Just a suggestion, but a good suggestion none the less.
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February 2, 2013 4:12:14 AM

country of origin? need monitor? +os?

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February 2, 2013 5:08:36 AM

iceclock said:
country of origin? need monitor? +os?

United States of America, I do not need a monitor, and yes I do need either windows 7 or 8.
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February 2, 2013 5:09:15 AM

bakertylerea said:
500 w is not a good idea. Remember that the graphics card is not the only thing in your rig that needs power. Also, if you ever upgrade to a more power-heavy card or go with SLI, you will have to buy a whole new PSU which will be a pain in the ass. Just a suggestion, but a good suggestion none the less.

What about a 600W power supply?
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February 2, 2013 7:00:34 AM

timarp000 said:
If he wants SLI its safe to buy a 750W PSU.
And corsair dont make overpriced cases. They may not make cases filled with LED's and bling but the quality of the metal and features like cable managements are truly amazing!I agree that MSI dont make the best boards but for the price, they are pretty good. Asus boards and Gigabyte are the High Quality ones but they are pricey aswell.

he also can go for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but is a bit more expensive


Gigabyte boards are some of the cheaper ones btw.

Also Corsair has terrible cable management cases look into some antic cases better price point...

600w is more than enough for SLI of that specific card.
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February 2, 2013 7:03:18 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.74 @ Mwave)
Total: $1015.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 04:01 EST-0500)

Here is my recommendation this is by far the best performing system for games. If you can invest another $100 then snag a 120gb ssd and you will get another massive performance boost from that.
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February 2, 2013 1:41:43 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B0Pm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B0Pm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B0Pm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Adventurer-9601R (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1006.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 10:43 EST-0500)

should do the trick.

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February 2, 2013 3:03:11 PM

This is what id recommend,

Part List - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B1k6
Benchmarks- http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B1k6/benchmarks/

CPU- Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
RAM- Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Graphics- Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
Case- Cooler Master Scout 2 SGC-2100-GWN1 ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU- SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
DVD Writer- Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

-Total is $1003

1.You cannot overclock the CPU(Its an Intel 3470). But if you want to, buy a 3570K and Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
2.The motherboard that ive listed is much better than those other cheaper ones.
4.The graphics card (GTX 660 Ti) is much better than a Radeon 7870. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647?vs=548
The R7870 beats the GTX 660 Ti only in some games (see 1920x1200 scores)
4.Also i think that the case looks brilliant!
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February 2, 2013 4:37:35 PM

thats a 7870xt if u read correctly.

much better is exaggerated.

also the evo is quite good.

and the mobo and case i chose is outstanding, also my mobo is just as good and cheaper.


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February 2, 2013 5:45:36 PM

All these suggestions are pretty nice and I did reduce my pricing to $987.44 with all these suggestions. That being said, I also want to make it look nice that's why I chose to use LED fans and the LED cable. So if you guys have any suggestions to make the computer look fancy and have the ability to run games at max settings, that would be awesome. Also, i am not changing my case to any other cases. I am sticking to the NZXT M59. Maybe now you guys might suggest liquid cooling in this.

EDIT: Since Micro Center is in store pick up only, the store is too far from me so I can't use that buy my parts. Now the price of all my materials is back to $1022.
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February 2, 2013 11:29:24 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7Uz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7Uz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7Uz/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3570k ($224.00)
Total: $910.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 20:29 EST-0500)

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February 2, 2013 11:42:25 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7Uz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7Uz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7Uz/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3570k ($224.00)
Total: $910.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 20:29 EST-0500)

I heard Radeon video cards are not that great, so I'll stick with NVIDIA, also I can't buy things from microcenter since I need to go to their store which is too far where I live.
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February 2, 2013 11:47:03 PM

lol, its amd and there fine, unless ur a nvidia fanboy.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B876
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B876/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B876/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3570k ($224.00)
Other: asus sli mobo ($124.00)
Total: $951.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 20:46 EST-0500)

there ya go

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February 3, 2013 12:42:45 AM

I also want some fancy lighting if possible or liquid cooling if possible. If I can't I'll post another revision of the parts I am planning to get and see what you guys think.
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February 3, 2013 12:47:19 AM

that doesnt really fit in the budget tho.

also air coolers do the same thing as watercoolers and without the possible water leaks and

similar temps.

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February 3, 2013 12:56:29 AM

iceclock said:
that doesnt really fit in the budget tho.

also air coolers do the same thing as watercoolers and without the possible water leaks and

similar temps.

Alright, any special LEDs I can add? Specifically blue LEDs?
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February 3, 2013 1:00:25 AM

let me get u a case with fans :D 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B90O
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B90O/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B90O/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3175-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3570k ($224.00)
Other: asus sli mobo ($124.00)
Total: $952.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 22:00 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 1:08:22 AM

I already have my eyes on the NZXT M59 Mid Tower Computer Case because of its sleek design, and it has Blue LED. It includes one side fan and one rear fan of 120mm. I have the NZXT Sleeved LED Case Light Kit to make the sides inside the case light up blue and buying 2 NZXT fans that also have Blue LED, I just want to know if there is anymore things I can put in to make it fancy.
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February 3, 2013 1:14:06 AM

ok, ill get u that than.

comes pretty fancy. also fancyness doesnt add any performance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B9bF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B9bF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B9bF/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3570k ($224.00)
Other: asus sli mobo ($124.00)
Total: $970.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 22:14 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 1:40:11 AM

iceclock said:
ok, ill get u that than.

comes pretty fancy. also fancyness doesnt add any performance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B9bF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B9bF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B9bF/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.16 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3570k ($224.00)
Other: asus sli mobo ($124.00)
Total: $970.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 22:14 EST-0500)

Do you know what the difference is between the Asus GeForce GTX 660 and MSI GeForce GTX 660? Also I don't see anything fancy with this setup since you only change the casing and didn't add anything else lol.
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February 3, 2013 1:42:11 AM

no just the cooler. and thats about it.

i know, i just kept the build i recommanded and got u the case u wanted.

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February 3, 2013 2:52:17 AM

iceclock said:
no just the cooler. and thats about it.

i know, i just kept the build i recommanded and got u the case u wanted.

Since I'm already getting the 2 Blue 120mm fans plus the two included fans in the case, and the video card fans, do I still need the Cooler Master Hyper 212?
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February 3, 2013 3:04:28 AM

yes, if u plan on overclocking if not stock works

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February 3, 2013 3:07:23 AM

iceclock said:
yes, if u plan on overclocking if not stock works

Since I'm a noob, lol, what would happen if I do overclock, how do I overclock, and what are the risk of overclocking?
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February 3, 2013 3:16:47 AM

u dont need to overclock, but u can get good performance from overclocking, theres guide here that can guide u in the oc section of toms.

if u dont feel comfortable u can just forget ocing :p 

but the options there.

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February 3, 2013 3:27:39 AM

iceclock said:
u dont need to overclock, but u can get good performance from overclocking, theres guide here that can guide u in the oc section of toms.

if u dont feel comfortable u can just forget ocing :p 

but the options there.

Alright, I'll read the post, if it's too complicated, then I'm just going to forget about it.
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February 3, 2013 3:27:54 AM

iceclock said:
thats a 7870xt if u read correctly.

much better is exaggerated.

also the evo is quite good.

and the mobo and case i chose is outstanding, also my mobo is just as good and cheaper.

Ohh, my bad. I didnt read the XT :p 

But he has to choose the cards according to the games he plays, if he plays batman or battlefield or Assassins creed Nvidia is the way to go. But if he plays Hitman or Dirt the AMD card is right for him.. To OP- What games do you play?

The quality of the Asus LK is very good (like any other Asus board0 but the gigabyte ud3h will be better for overclocking and has more features like loads of USB 3 ports, mSATA and Gigabyte on/off charge...

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February 3, 2013 3:56:42 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bb82
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bb82/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bb82/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 ($33.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($273.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $926.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 00:57 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2013 4:09:43 AM

And to OP(scheung053)

I really wouldnt recommend the M59 for 1 reason - It has no front panel USB 3.0 ports. You may think that its not useful now but in the near future it will...

And if you want crazy lighting then you will have to skimp on other components. The Power supply the iceclock suggested is not very good. It has only 80+ certification and i think that you need atleast 80+Bronze certified power supply. Why? if your power supply burns there are chances that your whole PC will die as all computer parts are very delicate.

Lighting is something that you can upgrade later. Break up the price, but the bling 6 months down the road...

And if you dont want to Overclock just ditch the CPU cooler. The stock cooler that comes with your processor is more than enough... If you are not confident in overclocking, dont, you may make a mistake. why take the risk?
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February 3, 2013 2:48:53 PM

ur build is inferior to the recommanded sorry.

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February 3, 2013 3:04:00 PM

^What are you saying?? "ur build is inferior to the recommanded sorry?" i dont understand. grammar

What i think you wanted to say is-
"your build is inferior to the one that i recommended"

Answer- How??? The case is better, the power supply is better, the motherboard is equal... Your build has more RAM thats all... You dont need 8GB ram for gaming... Also my build is cheaper... Think about it. everyone has to accept that they are not always right. Dont make false accusations :( 
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February 3, 2013 3:46:50 PM

u put 4gigs of ram.

the cxbuilder series is of lower quality than seasonics antec 520.

i agree on mobo.

i dont need to speak perfect grammar here.

;) 

also agree about the case.

with this revised heres the build i recommand.



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfPr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfPr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BfPr/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 ($33.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $918.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 12:48 EST-0500)

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February 3, 2013 3:58:42 PM

Antec and Seasonic are separate brands. And i still think the the 80+Bronze PSU is better. The PSU i suggested... My HDD is more powerful and cheaper. 4GB RAM is enough for gaming
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February 3, 2013 4:09:48 PM

lol, the ps is from antec but made fro seasonic.

the barracuda isnt faster in real world apps than the western blue.

4gigs is the bare minimum and u chose 1stick meaning hell run in single channel

ir fail sorry.

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February 3, 2013 4:28:47 PM

yes, but antec list the specs and seasonic manufactures them. Seasonic dont design them... Did you know that some Gigabyte boards are made by Foxconn? yes , foxconn that cheap beand that make $30 motherboards... But still Gigabyte boards are good. Seasonic is a great brand but cheap antec PSUs are not that good. A corsair is better.

A seagate Baracuda performs better and is cheaper and im not talking $5 im saying $20. Much better value...

I chose 1 stick of RAM so he can Upgrade later when games start to need it! When i play Assassins Creed 3 or Crysis 2, i only use 3GB or RAM.

So i didnt FAIL. Im right... Im not speculating. I have the Seagate Barracuda and 8GB RAM. I have 8gigs because i edit video. I need it. The OP doesnt.

iceclock, get your facts straight before you reply...

PS: i dont think that you are 1337 years in age...
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February 3, 2013 4:31:46 PM

foxconn makes alot of electronic parts for many mobo makers.

gigabyte is good i said i agreed with u.

its made by seasonic dingo. but rebranded by antec, also corsair arent always the best ps maker the cx builder line is quite poor in quality besides the cx430 v2 second build version and original cx430modular.

still doesnt make any sense to recommand 1x4stick when its gonna run in single channel.

also the os uses over a gig of ram somethimes, so yeah, also video editing requires more ram than just 4 gigs.

show me a nice proof that the barracudas better :p 

im 1337 years old of course.

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February 3, 2013 9:46:57 PM

hmm, you guys seem to have problems with this, and the case, I don't want something like a box. The reason I chose the M59 because it's design, but since you said don't get it, is there other NZXT cases that are good because I like there designs. Also, I'll go with 8gb of ram because this computer will be use for gaming and editing. Is a Raidmax power supply good? For the mother board, I'll stick with the ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77, but does this motherboard have built in wifi, if not, I will change it. The reason I want it to look fancy is because this is my senior project and I want to make it look special, lol. But other than that, I could forget about it.
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February 3, 2013 9:53:10 PM

yes.

shur.

no it doesnt have wifi.

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Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BkdK/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BkdK/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 ($33.20 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Alpha Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($73.24 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: wifi card ($40.00)
Total: $997.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 18:53 EST-0500)

added a wifi card.

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February 3, 2013 10:05:20 PM

Can I get a motherboard with wifi built in instead?
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February 3, 2013 10:07:16 PM

the onboard wifi usually is of poor quality this is better.

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February 3, 2013 10:23:56 PM

iceclock said:
the onboard wifi usually is of poor quality this is better.

Do you prefer windows 8 or windows 7?
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February 3, 2013 10:30:44 PM

windows 7 is more stable and solid. windows 8 is still new. id go with whats solid and thats 7 atm

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