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February 18, 2013 5:51:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770S 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Premium Silver 7g Thermal Paste ($11.59 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($156.35 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys WMP600N 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($48.74 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $1356.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 14:23 EST-0500)

Any ideas on how to make it better? This is my first time, and my budget is about $1,400. Also, when pcpartpicker says there are no compatibility issues what does it account for? And do I need the extra thermal paste? Thanks!

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February 18, 2013 6:00:24 PM

Optical drive is pretty expensive. Have you considered going 10000rpm on the main storage disk? If it is in budget you can also add an SSD.

Sound card that could handle 7.1 sound can be had for much cheaper e.g. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-sound-card-xonard1
192KHz sample rate too. Signal to noise is slightly worse though.
February 18, 2013 6:03:30 PM

if you really want a hybrid drive get it but they are not that much better then a hard drive you are better off just getting a hard drive and an ssd imo. Also you dont need thermal paste unless you are getting an aftermarket cooler.

Unless you are doing a lot of video editing and stuff like that you would be better of getting an i5 because you really dont need hyper threading. If you are gaming or just using your pc for normal every day things a 3570k is a really good choice because you can overclock it.

One other thing, unless you really want amazing audio a sound card is not really nessasary.

Im not sure what part picker accounts for but your ram, motherboard, cpu and psu are all compatible so your fine.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2013 6:13:40 PM

If it' for gaming you don't need the i7, specially that one, if you don't plan to overclock get the i5-3470, ditch that cooler master psu, it's terrible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N600UBE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.24 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1097.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can find cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
The same hdd here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1272
And the psu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257
February 18, 2013 7:05:17 PM

Thanks for the replies. With changes to the psu, optical drive and where to buy them, I can add a SSD. What are the main differences between the i5 and i7?
February 18, 2013 7:13:27 PM

i7 has hyper threading which allows each core to run 2 threads instead of 1. Having 8 threads helps to speed up rendering and stuff like that how ever it doesnt really help with games. You are much better off spending the money you save on a better gpu. i5's dont have hyper threading but are much cheaper. Apart from that there are no major differences.
February 18, 2013 7:16:51 PM

You want to avoid CPUs with the S or T suffixes. They don't exactly stand for Slow and Terrible, but for a full-sized build like yours they might as well.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2013 7:20:40 PM

persiankid400 said:
Thanks for the replies. With changes to the psu, optical drive and where to buy them, I can add a SSD. What are the main differences between the i5 and i7?


Get the crucial 256GB, you don't need the i7 for gaming, the hyper threading of the i7 doesn't benefit the performance in gaming, by the contrary in can degrade it, only if you're into editing/3d modelling which will benefit of the extra threads of the i7, so the i5 is the best choice for gaming, since it's cheaper, and if you ditch the hybrid hdd you'll have enough to buy a large ssd, which will be a lot more faster than seagate momentus XT.
Also that i7 is slow in comparison to the other i7, the xfx psu is a quality one, so you'll be fine.
Also that 670 gtx from asus is way to expensive, there're good non reference 670 gtx as good as the asus for less, like the gigabyte windforce 3x.
@burdenbound for the i5-3470 the stock cooler is fine, if he doesn't want to overclock, he doesn't need another cooler.
February 18, 2013 7:53:36 PM

Thanks for all your replies! I've changed the processor and mobo. I have one concern though: will the motherboard have enough PCI slots for the gpu, sound card, wifi card etc. and have room for expansion?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($89.00 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys WMP600N 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($48.74 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1185.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 16:50 EST-0500)
February 18, 2013 7:56:51 PM

Those cards will all fit, although I'm not sure what you'd be aiming to expand in the future. You'd have an extra single slot pcie, not sure what you'd use it for though.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2013 8:11:32 PM

persiankid400 said:
Thanks for all your replies! I've changed the processor and mobo. I have one concern though: will the motherboard have enough PCI slots for the gpu, sound card, wifi card etc. and have room for expansion?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($89.00 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys WMP600N 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($48.74 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1185.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 16:50 EST-0500)


Why do you want ram at 1333 mhz when you can have 1600 mhz and cheaper.
The hdd in ncix us is at the same price, is a wd caviar blue with 1TB, that's too much expensive for a 320GB hdd with just 16mb cache.
You can find cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
The same hdd here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1272
And the psu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&promoid=1257

It offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, it's a trusted website, get the crucial ssd in amazon 20$ cheaper : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...
Also make sure that you really need the sound card if you have really quality speakers or headphones to take advantage of it, if not, the onboard audio will do just fine.
There's cheaper wireless pcie adapters out there and as good as that one.
February 18, 2013 8:59:11 PM

Thanks for showing the cheaper parts, I'll buy them from ncix at final checkout.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($89.00 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys WMP600N 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($48.74 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1204.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 17:57 EST-0500)
a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2013 9:00:59 PM

That's good, just don't forget to pick the ram,hdd an psu in ncix us, also keep in mind the price of that i5-3470 in microcenter is only for pick-up in store, so if you can access one, get it in amazon.
February 18, 2013 9:11:17 PM

This looks like a great build - if you go to mico Center for the cpu & mobo, consider a 3570K and a z77. (and a hyper 212 EVO cooler). You are so close to a beautiful build.
-Bruce
February 18, 2013 9:19:54 PM

Thanks all for the great advice. djangoringo, saved a good amount of money because of your advice, thanks. Ill look into it Bruce, thanks.
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