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February 11, 2013 12:58:56 AM

After some input from a few people this is the last thing I came up with. Any last suggestions or advice that can be given for the following build? I plan to buy it tomorrow after I go over it a few times. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated and will be considered!

Approximate Purchase Date: Next day or so

Budget Range: 1,000.00 - 1,300.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All of it, New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

Parts Preferences: INTEL AND NVIDIA for cpu and gpu, everything else is up to change

Overclocking: Eventually I might

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Haven't decided on this yet

Additional Comments: WoW Starcraft, Diablo 3. Call of Duty are the games of choice on this machine.

This is what I have so far:


Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128545

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130809

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820239045

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (Don't need anything huge)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135247

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 11, 2013 1:44:32 AM

Get the OCZ Vector instead of the Kingston Hyper X SSD. It's based on a new controller called Bigfoot, currently the fastest SSD on the market, the Kingston is a generic Sandforce 2.0 drive and is known to have errors and BSODs associated with it.

Otherwise that build looks good, I say go for it.
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February 11, 2013 2:18:44 AM

EzioAs said:
Nice build. Motherboard is on the expensive side but still what I consider reasonable. The Corsair TX650 V2 is $71 with promo code now at Newegg so maybe you'd consider changing that. Ever look at some other cases?

Antec Eleven Hundred
Bitfenix Shinobi
Bitfenix Raider
Corsair 400R
Corsair 500R Black
Corsair 500R White


I really enjoy the look of the White Shinobi case, however I think I prefer the more mesh look of the cooler master and the options for fans on it.
February 11, 2013 2:24:44 AM

Get the UD3H instead of the 5H - the only real difference is the number of ports on the 5H.

If you're into overclocking, get the Samsung MV-3V4G3D/US. It is by FAR the best ram out there, and it's cheap. (The overclocking headroom on it is just... yeah. There's a reason it's hard to find; everyone who knows about it wants it.)

See if you can stretch a few dollars here and there to get a 670. The memory bus will mean that it lasts longer than a 660ti for the sort of gaming you want to do.
February 11, 2013 2:29:33 AM

I would reccomend the 7870XT over the 660ti since it performs better for a lower cost or get the 7950 which performa better for the same price as the 660ti

Yes as noted above the UD3H and UD5H have the same prower delivery etc and only differ really in IO
February 11, 2013 3:01:51 AM

More Cases to consider
NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Elite, it isnt as crazy as the rest of the NZXT cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Storm Trooper, its a bit more than the HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better power supply would be a Seasonic 750W 80 plus gold, 100% modular. This way you can overclock later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better Cpu heatsink would be either one of these from Noctua, expensive but you get what you pay for. The mounting solution is better than the Cooler Master 212 Evo and you get push-pull and really quiet, high performance heatsink fans.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Last thought is get Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, it supports 192gb of ram which leaves a lot of room for upgrades.
Windows memory limits page link>>>
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop...(v=vs.85).aspx
February 11, 2013 3:05:20 AM

Getting a Cooler Master 212 Evo/+ and adding your own fans would be cheaper than Noctuna and do about the same (not as cool but pretty close and cheaper)

Suggest my personal favourite case
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

February 11, 2013 3:19:03 PM

fixer762 said:


Last thought is get Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, it supports 192gb of ram which leaves a lot of room for upgrades.
Windows memory limits page link>>>
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop...(v=vs.85).aspx


You don't need Windows 7 Pro on a gaming rig and you'll most likely never need or use 192GB of RAM. The MSI Big Bang II and the EVGA Classified SR-X are the only consumer motherboards I'm aware of that support more than 64GB of RAM - but you most likely will never need that much.

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Getting a Cooler Master 212 Evo/+ and adding your own fans would be cheaper than Noctuna and do about the same (not as cool but pretty close and cheaper)


The Noctua has stronger fans but if you want to save money there I agree.
February 11, 2013 4:04:52 PM

I just built this... couldn't be happier.... I recommend these parts to anyone in this price range (often, actually). I found them to be highly competitive price/performance-wise.... You could change the SSD g-unit suggested. I would have probably listened to him had I not already ordered and installed mine.

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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.12 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1100.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 11, 2013 6:06:39 PM

Semi-Modular 80 plus Silver 850W
212 EVO
Gigabyte UD3H
Samsung 840
Comes in just within budget
1TB HDD
7870XT due to same performance but cheaper

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.82 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1110.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 15:06 EST-0500)

Noctua build and with 500GB HDD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.52 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1134.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 15:07 EST-0500)

Pure Newegg build

850W bronze to stay within budget yet give enough power to CF 7870XT (OC) + 3570k OC
212 EVO to stay in budget
UD3H because it is worth it to get the better power delivery system
Cheapest latest gen 7200rpm 500GB


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1126.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 15:15 EST-0500)

February 11, 2013 6:17:22 PM

stickmansam said:
Semi-Modular 80 plus Silver 850W
212 EVO
Gigabyte UD3H
Samsung 840
Comes in just within budget
1TB HDD


850W is overkill for a single 7870 - even two will come in just under 750W. The standard Samsung 840 isn't that great from what I hear, you could drop the SSD entirely and invest in a 7950 or GTX 670 - that would be far more ideal for a gaming rig. You can always add an SSD later.
February 11, 2013 6:22:50 PM

g-unit1111 said:
850W is overkill for a single 7870 - even two will come in just under 750W. The standard Samsung 840 isn't that great from what I hear, you could drop the SSD entirely and invest in a 7950 or GTX 670 - that would be far more ideal for a gaming rig. You can always add an SSD later.


These are 7870XT whcih when OC draw the power of the 7950, if you think its fine then I'll swap out to a 750W
Well OP did want a SSD but I agree it can be dropped if necessary
840 review
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6337/samsung-ssd-840-250g...


Newegg without SSD build and with a 7970 and lighter PSU (PSU cannot CF the 7970 though AFAIK)

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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1059.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Newegg with modified PSU that will come in just at budget 8770XT and with SSD ( 7970/670 only offer 10-12% perf increase over the 7870XT but will cost $100 more)

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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.12 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1045.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 15:32 EST-0500)
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