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[New Build] Just an average first time builder

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February 27, 2013 11:09:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: A few Months

Budget Range: 750-800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: All-Day Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Nope

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except OS, Keyboard, and Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and microcenter and amazon but all them are fine.

Location: Philadelphia (THERE IS A MICROCENTER NEAR ME)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, NZXT Phantom Case, and preferably the Galaxy GTX 660

Overclocking: Maybe, probably overclock a little over average.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe buy another one later on but I doubt it in the near future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I just mostly need to know about the mobo for it is the thing I care least about/ know least about. Also will probably buy cooler later but not now.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to get rid of my Hp-Pavillion DV7 for you can buy the cpu, new, on newegg for 20 dollars.

So far I had this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($213.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $876.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 20:08 EST-0500)

But it is a bit over budget, at microcenter though, the cpu is 140 so that is why I got 2500k instead of 3570k.

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February 27, 2013 11:54:01 PM

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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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $850.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 20:50 EST-0500)

if you got a MC nearby, may as well pickup that 3570K for cheap. more performance over the 2500K for a good deal less. if you can squeeze out an extra $40, consider the 7870XT. performs close to a 660ti/7950.
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February 28, 2013 12:20:19 AM

Definitely agree with hazle about the gpu and cpu...

If you want to stick closer to your budget, consider a cheaper case; good cases can be found for half the price of the NZXT Phantom.
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February 28, 2013 1:14:53 AM

grich96 said:
Definitely agree with hazle about the gpu and cpu...

If you want to stick closer to your budget, consider a cheaper case; good cases can be found for half the price of the NZXT Phantom.


forgot to point the part about the case out, but i agree.

another thing i'd want to point out was the PSU. it's an ok PSU for a single card setup, but based on this ; http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx , i have my doubt on using a CX series for SLI/CF. I reckon it's doable, but i wouldn't take the risk and rather spend more on a larger wattage and better quality PSU. but if you're ok with spending for a better psu later down the line when you buy another GPU, i have no complaint.
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February 28, 2013 1:25:24 AM

I personally would replace the 660 with a 7870XT if you can wait it will perform WAY out of that cards league at about the same price.
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February 28, 2013 1:34:04 AM

I have used an old dell since 2008 and switched to a HP_ pavillion DV7 that has a Intel duo in it. I think I will be impressed any way. I understand getting a cheaper case will be better but is there anything else I can thin down?
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February 28, 2013 1:52:45 AM

zebra jellybeans said:
I have used an old dell since 2008 and switched to a HP_ pavillion DV7 that has a Intel duo in it. I think I will be impressed any way. I understand getting a cheaper case will be better but is there anything else I can thin down?


you can knock off about $13-15 with a 500gb HDD, and another $20 or so for 2x2GB, maybe get $30 off with a 7850 over a 660 for 5-10% less in performance at worst, bringing the costs down to about $800. but your best choice is to get a cheaper case, as others have recommended.

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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $783.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 22:47 EST-0500)

any lower than that and you're looking at either a non-OC intel CPU build or an AMD FX build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $755.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 22:57 EST-0500)

the board doesn't support SLI/Cf @ 8x/8x in this case
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