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February 25, 2013 10:59:06 AM

This is my first build, so I need all advice I can get.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card : Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

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February 25, 2013 11:17:58 AM

mikerockett said:
Take a look at the link below, fill out the template and post back, with that info we can help you better. There is likely things that can be changed for the better.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/353572-13-build-upg...


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month (2 weeks for everything probably)

Budget Range: 1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is my number one priority on the computer

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.com (store next to me too) newegg.com

Location: Plainfield, IL

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU is a must

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 would be very nice (:

Additional Comments: I will be playing a variety of games from World of Warcraft to Crysis 3. The quieter the PC the better.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computer is a store bought 7 year old computer
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February 25, 2013 11:18:38 AM

mikerockett said:
Take a look at the link below, fill out the template and post back, with that info we can help you better. There is likely things that can be changed for the better.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/353572-13-build-upg...


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month (2 weeks for everything probably)

Budget Range: 1000-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is my number one priority on the computer

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.com (store next to me too) newegg.com

Location: Plainfield, IL

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU is a must

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 would be very nice (:

Additional Comments: I will be playing a variety of games from World of Warcraft to Crysis 3. The quieter the PC the better.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computer is a store bought 7 year old computer
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February 25, 2013 11:19:08 AM

Ayvex said:
No probably not. I'll take a look at that SSD also. Thanks (:


Please fill out that template and post back before you go making a purchase, without knowing what this rigs use is its impossible to say if it's good or not.

To highlight some points

1600mhz ram is little more than 1333 so might as well get that.

The scorpio's are laptop drives.

840 series SSD isn't brilliant, 830 or 840 pro would be a better choice.

With other quality components in this price range you should aim for the 670 rather than 660.

Unless youre a big audiophile or doing music production you wont need a sound card.

A 600w PSU is much more than this system will need.

Edit: You beat me to it as i was typing :) 
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February 25, 2013 11:26:14 AM

Something like this should be good for you.

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 ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1500.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 08:25 EST-0500)
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February 25, 2013 11:50:20 AM

My suggestions will be something like this...

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1338.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 08:49 EST-0500)

1. if you're not going to going to overclock your CPU to 3.9-4.1GHz then that's a decent CPU cooler that are much cheaper...

2. i chose the Sapphire GPU because it is cheaper and with good cooling performance too...you might as well consider this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797...
if you prefer Nvidia then take this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n670pe2gd5o...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670...

3. i chose 600+W of PSU because it is always good to have more headrooms for future upgrade...

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February 25, 2013 7:51:16 PM

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February 25, 2013 8:20:33 PM

TimeLass said:
My suggestions will be something like this...

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1338.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 08:49 EST-0500)

1. if you're not going to going to overclock your CPU to 3.9-4.1GHz then that's a decent CPU cooler that are much cheaper...

2. i chose the Sapphire GPU because it is cheaper and with good cooling performance too...you might as well consider this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797...
if you prefer Nvidia then take this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n670pe2gd5o...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670...

3. i chose 600+W of PSU because it is always good to have more headrooms for future upgrade...

This looks really good, and for a good price too! I looked up some gameplay with the graphics card and an i5 and it blows the gtx 660 out of the water. I believe this is what i'm going to get. Thank you so much man, i really appreciate it.
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