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March 1, 2013 4:34:34 PM

First time builder: Yes

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week pending approval from you guys

Budget: No more than 1600 (Flexible if overwhelming opinion for another part)

Planned System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video/photo editing, watching movies, general use

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preference: N/A

Overclocking: Yes, but down the road

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but down the road

Monitor Setup: Possibly multiple monitors (2-3) but right now 1920x1080p

Here are the specs I came up with after scouring this forum and reading reviews for nearly a week straight:

NZXT Guardian 921 RB-Blue Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: I went for looks while reading many reviews that it has pretty decent airflow. True? Do I need another fan? Is it big enough? If not, I'll move on up to the Phantom 410 (prefer to stay with NZXT for looks)?

Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: Should be enough for gaming and some video/photo editing. Originally went with i7 3770K but chose to cut a $100 off my total after finishing the setup.

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: I really want onboard wifi and bluetooth so my choices became this or G1.Sniper. I chose this one because the G1.Sniper didn't seem to offer much more than this in my eyes. Your eyes agree? Also, is this going to stay cool with this setup?

Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 GC 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: Wanted a nVidia for drivers and chose 680 since it hasn't seen anything it can't chew (yet). Also, chose a 4GB due to friend's recommendation which is potentially justified as I will be using a large monitor and possibly multiple of them. Is this going to stay cool with this setup?

Corsair AX850 Watt Modular 80 Plus Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: Corsair is a reputable company and the PSU doesn't have too many bad reviews. But, is Gold or wattage overkill?

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...
Thoughts: I trust WD quite a bit and appreciate their longer warranty. 1 TB should be enough for me right now as I have an 1 TB external. I don't think I need to go larger?

Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB 2.5" SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: Highly recommended on forums and reviews. Should be more than enough size to keep OS and programs?

WD IcePack 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Kit Frame w/Heatsink
http://www.amazon.com/WDSL00S-IcePack-Drive-Mounting-He...
Thoughts: Need to mount somehow and chose to go with a decent mount rather than the flimsy looking stuff. Plus, it helps keep it cool as a bonus.

Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB (2x8 GB) DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thoughts: Should be plenty of ram and speed (OC if necessary). Didn't go low profile for the fins heat dissipation and I don't believe the form factor will be invasive to anything else?

Samsung 24x SATA DVD ARW Internal Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Internal-Software-SH-224B...
Thoughts: Not much needs to be said. I need a drive and it's Samsung. Don't need Blu-Ray.

I don't have another cooler as of right now but I can get one if need be.

The approximate total is $1558.98. There goes some of my bank account :ouch: 

I plan to purchase and start building soon so any feedback on these components whether you agree or disagree would be highly appreciated. Am I missing anything or is there a way I can shave some price off? On another note, these cards come with $150 value in-game in their free-to-play games so I don't know the rules of these forums but if it is allowed I will send you the code(s) for that stuff if you want it (PM me). Thanks in advance for any advice you might have :) 


March 1, 2013 5:10:24 PM

Looks pretty good. Some thoughts:

NZXT has proprietary fan sizes. Make sure to buy NZXT parts to mod your case or they might not fit.

I5 stock fan will be fine until you over clock. Then get a CM 212EVO.

Good motherboard. You might try saving some money with an ASRock Z77 Pro 3.

Unless you are running some huge environments with all the settings at MAX you won’t even touch 3GB. That GPU is awesome, but I could never justify spending more than $300 on one. Your choice but I’d dial it back to a 7850 2gb.

I’d steer away from CAS 10 1600 DDR3. Try this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8-8-8-24, and you shouldn’t need more than 8GB unless you are rendering or running a server.
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March 1, 2013 5:10:51 PM

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WD IcePack 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Kit Frame w/Heatsink
http://www.amazon.com/WDSL00S-IceP [...] 008L5TQIS/
Thoughts: Need to mount somehow and chose to go with a decent mount rather than the flimsy looking stuff. Plus, it helps keep it cool as a bonus.


You don't need this - get a better case like the Phantom 410 or Corsair 500R and it will include SSD mounting with it. No need to buy accessories when you don't have to.

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Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB (2x8 GB) DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233365
Thoughts: Should be plenty of ram and speed (OC if necessary). Didn't go low profile for the fins heat dissipation and I don't believe the form factor will be invasive to anything else?


That's not true. What you need the low profile RAM for is if you install an aftermarket cooler it will not allow you to properly mount your fan to the heat sink.

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Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 GC 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814162105
Thoughts: Wanted a nVidia for drivers and chose 680 since it hasn't seen anything it can't chew (yet). Also, chose a 4GB due to friend's recommendation which is potentially justified as I will be using a large monitor and possibly multiple of them. Is this going to stay cool with this setup?


You don't need 4GB for a single monitor, and there's better GPUs you could go with.

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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128549
Thoughts: I really want onboard wifi and bluetooth so my choices became this or G1.Sniper. I chose this one because the G1.Sniper didn't seem to offer much more than this in my eyes. Your eyes agree? Also, is this going to stay cool with this setup?


For gaming Wifi isn't really recommended anyways. Plug your cable from your router into your motherboard instead, that will be much faster. Both motherboards are kind of overkill. You could get one far less expensive.

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Corsair AX850 Watt Modular 80 Plus Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139015
Thoughts: Corsair is a reputable company and the PSU doesn't have too many bad reviews. But, is Gold or wattage overkill?


Don't really judge what the store reviews tell you. They're not really an accurate source for judging products (most of the things people DOA for could easily be prevented with a few precautions or some wankers will complain about bad refunds or problems with UPS :ange:  ). 850W is way more than you need for a single GPU setup. Seasonic and Super Flower are among the best you can get. If you want to SLI that's the way I would go. That AX is actually a rebranded Seasonic unit.

Here's what I would suggest:

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 ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1272.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 14:06 EST-0500)
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March 1, 2013 5:20:13 PM

- you'll need at least cheap air (Evo level) to OC the CPU - I got up to 4.4Ghz in testing

- wifi isn't the best option for online gaming - would find a way to get a cable there even if it means powerline networking (unless you already operate that way and find it acceptable of course - i don't much care for it)

- could save some money going 750W Bronze - plenty of power for SLI/CF and OCing and you'd need to run under load a LOT of time to pay for the difference in cost (unless you live in an area with really high electric rates) http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/143029-empowered-can...

- would rather get the 7970GHz 3GB (and still be able to run 3 monitors fine) and get the free games rather than in-game cash - CF later if needed

- that case has bad cable management - might look at the Corsair Carbide series or similar
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