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February 2, 2013 12:45:14 AM

Hi all. I'm building a computer on my own for the first time (my tech savvy friends have all moved away). I've budgeted around $1000 bucks for my new build needs.

Here's what i've got so far and i'd love for you guys to critique it. And reasons why i picked em.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AVfA
Not sure i did it right. If someone would be so kind as to teach me how to post builds on that badass website.

CPU - Intel I5 3570k $189 at Microcenter Best CPU for my needs, gaming, surfing, office work
Mobo - Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $169.99 A friend recommended it, also has a nice onboard Sound Card and extra nic port
CPU Cooler - dont really matter, nothing too expensive, but i'll def need one when i start OCing
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $99.99 Want at least 16 gigs, any other suggestions welcome
HD - Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99 Need 2 TB minimum, woulda preferred Western Digital
Vid Card - Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card $269.98 This was a tough one, togo 660 TI or 670 hard to pick
PSU - Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $69.99 Should be enough juice when i OC
Case - Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case $34.90 I'm totally open to suggestion here
Optical Drive - $20

Other stuff i'll just be using existing stuff, no matter how much i want to upgrade to a 27" from my 22"

All together a lil under 1000 bucks. Currently i dont need a ultra powerful system and i'm totally willing to add a few upgrades here and there over the course of the next few years (will prolly get an SSD when i get my 27"monitor). After year 3, i figure i WILL OC and i need help with recommendations on what to buy now to keep things smooth regarding how much wattage and cooling system. Im no tech savant so ideally i want to keep it as simple as possible, a big reason why i shy away from Radeon cards. Also i want to get parts now that will likely synergize well with my future upgrades

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February 2, 2013 4:17:56 AM

Any opinions? Now if its a good build that'll carry me through the next 4-5 years with minor upgrades along the way, i guess i'll start putting in the order today! Although tbh i really need advice for the mobo, case, and cooler for future OCing.
February 2, 2013 4:24:53 AM

Pretty good build but I do have a few suggestions.
-Go with the WD Black rather than the Seagate. Better support, less failures, faster drive.
-There is absolutely no reason at all to have 16 GB of RAM. Use that 50 Bucks or so toward a larger hard drive, SSD, or upgrade to the far superior EVGA GeForce GTX 670
-Get the Hyper 212 EVO for your cooler
-Possibly get a 650w PSU to be on the safe side.
Good luck!!!
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February 2, 2013 4:25:21 AM

My suggestion : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AY2z

This includes a good motherboard micro atx, a better cooler, for gaming 8GB is plenty, also a better case, a good psu made by seasonic, this includes also a good ssd, also there's nothing wrong with seagate hdds, if you want 2TB, get it, it's price $/GB favors it.
February 2, 2013 9:18:50 AM

Thanks for the reply Djangoringo! What you say is true regarding the 8 gigs being enough for gaming. I guess I just want to get 16 gigs since until my next build i know i wont have to deal with adding more RAM (are the 1866s even worth it?). Seeing how cheap SSDs are nowadays i might as well make the plunge since everyone raves at how fast everything is with em. Thinking of going the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk at $159 on NewEgg.

Right now my biggest thing is getting a mobo that supports future OCing with little hassle and upkeep. Also i need to make sure i get enough juice to run it as well as get a good case to cool everything running as smooth as possible. So i guess 600 watts really is ample these days since i wont cross sli or anything.

Haha, so many choices, its hard to make a decision :ouch: 
February 2, 2013 9:24:57 AM

The MSI-Z77a-GD65 is a really nice motherboard with lots of features ;) 
February 2, 2013 4:45:30 PM

vae victus said:
Thanks for the reply Djangoringo! What you say is true regarding the 8 gigs being enough for gaming. I guess I just want to get 16 gigs since until my next build i know i wont have to deal with adding more RAM (are the 1866s even worth it?). Seeing how cheap SSDs are nowadays i might as well make the plunge since everyone raves at how fast everything is with em. Thinking of going the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk at $159 on NewEgg.

Right now my biggest thing is getting a mobo that supports future OCing with little hassle and upkeep. Also i need to make sure i get enough juice to run it as well as get a good case to cool everything running as smooth as possible. So i guess 600 watts really is ample these days since i wont cross sli or anything.

Haha, so many choices, its hard to make a decision :ouch: 



Yes, 8GB is plenty for today or for tomorrow, no need for 16GB, and it's not worth getting 1866 speeds, it's going by default to 1600, and the performance diffence is null.
The micro atx msi z77-g45 has support for sli/crossfire and it's a good board, it will allow to oc withou hassle, a quality psu with 500W is more than enough for the setup.
If you want a large ssd i'd get the plextor m5s : http://microcenter.com/product/398906/M5s_PX-256M5S_256...(SSD)_with_Marvel_88SS9174_controller
February 2, 2013 4:52:16 PM

If you have a microcenter near you, grab the ASrock extreme4 over there for around $80
February 2, 2013 7:45:50 PM

Here's my latest build. I love pcpartpicker.com such a wonderful website. Also yea, i've got a MicroCenter 40 mins away from me so i'll be picking up the CPU, HDD, SSD, and maybe mobo from them.

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $189.99+tax MicroCenter
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 Newegg $10.00 mail-in rebate
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $139.99 Amazon Or get something else at MicroCenter
Memory Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $46.99 Newegg
Storage
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99+tax MicroCenter
Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $169.99+tax Microcenter
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card $269.98 Amazon

Sound Card Any recommendations?
Case Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 Newegg
Power Supply CoolMax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $69.99 NewEgg $20.00 mail-in rebate
February 2, 2013 7:56:01 PM

Onboard sound card is more than enough, unless you really have high end audio equip.
February 2, 2013 8:06:27 PM

vae victus said:
Here's my latest build. I love pcpartpicker.com such a wonderful website. Also yea, i've got a MicroCenter 40 mins away from me so i'll be picking up the CPU, HDD, SSD, and maybe mobo from them.

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $189.99+tax MicroCenter
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 Newegg $10.00 mail-in rebate
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $139.99 Amazon Or get something else at MicroCenter
Memory Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $46.99 Newegg
Storage
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99+tax MicroCenter
Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $169.99+tax Microcenter
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card $269.98 Amazon

Sound Card Any recommendations?
Case Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 Newegg
Power Supply CoolMax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $69.99 NewEgg $20.00 mail-in rebate




I'd get the Asus Z77 LK for just 60$ combo with the cpu in microcenter.
Get the hyper 212 evo.
Don't get that psu,it's a crappy one, get the antec neo 520, it's made by seasonic.
Here's the link with the parts : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B5i2
It includes a good case for its price, the corsair 200R.
Also you don't need a sound card.
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