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Assorted questions on a new build.

I am planning on building a 'around $1,000' build, and I am a little stuck on a few of the parts. I'll post a quick summery of what I know I am getting.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 3GB Video Card
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard
HDMI Cable

(I have a small tv for a moniter, a high end mouse, and a 931GB free agent drive for storage already)

Now, my problems are with the motherboard, case, a question about the OS.

Now I have been looking at case for a while and these are the ones that have stood out for me.

Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black)
NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White)
Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl)
Inwin Dragon Slayer
Rosewill ARMOR-EVO

I would like the case to have a definite style. (even if that style is not being flashy like the fractal design) I would like to have front USB 3.0 ports and good cooling. (which the scout fails at in stock mode so I will have to be more fans for it increasing the cost) Weight and size are not an issue. I don't plan on going to any LAN parties or moving it a hole lot. Just lugging it to college and back. Now, do I need to get a mid-full tower if I want the maximum expandibility/cooling and eventually using it in another build? (hopefully after five years of this one).
I want the case to be around $100, though I would be fine with a $120 case ($130 is pushing it, but if it is worth it, I could see me paying that)

Now I also need a mother board and I don't know what to get. They all kinda seem the same to me besides being 16gb capabile, or 32gb. I am looking at buying the ASRock H77M (which is why I looked at the dragon slayer which has the coolest name for a computer part) and anything around its $70 price range is what I am looking for. I don't really know what to look for in a mother board (besides five eggs).

Now I also want to cut the cost of my OS and was wondering if it would be cheaper to use a flash drive to install it instead of getting the disk.
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  1. Best answer
    get this instead.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Enx0

    hard drive. get it today. its a one day sale
    http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1272

    CPU if you are not going to use intergrated
    http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=75435&vpn=BX80637I53350P&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1272

    ram
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321

    video card. out of stock at the moment but has a promo code that brings down the price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484

    -no need for 16gb of ram if you are not editing things
    -you dont need that much wattage
    -evga cards will run hotter than what other aftermarket solutions offer
  2. id get the corsair 300R instead. you shouldnt be spending that much on the case if your other components arent maxed out in performance yet
    http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=66063&vpn=CC%2D9011014%2DWW&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1272
  3. Quote:
    HDMI Cable

    (I have a small tv for a moniter, a high end mouse, and a 931GB free agent drive for storage already)


    HDMI cables and things of that nature should not be included in your budget. If you need a cable you should not spend more than $10 for one. Check monoprice.com - they have a good selection and their cables are usually less than $5 a piece.

    Quote:

    Now I have been looking at case for a while and these are the ones that have stood out for me.

    Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black)
    NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White)
    Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl)
    Inwin Dragon Slayer
    Rosewill ARMOR-EVO


    I'd personally go for the Phantom 410 or the Define R4. Inwin cases aren't that great from my experience.
  4. i hope you have not considered monster cable as a brand for HDMI cables
  5. TheBigTroll said:
    i hope you have not considered monster cable as a brand for HDMI cables


    No one should! :lol:
  6. @ThebigTroll
    I think I'll get that SSD in you PCPartbuild and look into getting that other video card.

    I don't plan on buying till at least after the summer because I am getting a summer job to help pay for this. This means I won't be looking into deals on the short term. (I meant to put that in the first post, but I forgot)

    Even I (tweedledumb) know better than buying HDMI cables at $30 bucks a pop. I just put them down as a $7 investment including shipping so I have them in my price.


    I have a question about the R4. It seems that it was designed mainly for quietness. Does this effect the air flow of the inside that much? Will I need to be an extra fan for It? Is that optional window worth it? (probably not)
  7. well if you are building in the summer, ask in the summer. my recommendations do change week to week

    the R4 is for quietness. i just suggest whichever r4 is cheaper. with or without a window. they are about the same
  8. Best answer selected by Davian_Thule.
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