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March 4, 2013 3:25:51 AM

Hi everyone,

I've been researching for a few days for building a new pc, and I've lurked here for a while. I respect this community so I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions for my build.

I am mainly building this PC for gaming. I want to play games like Skyrim and Sleeping Dogs on maximum settings with graphics mods, and I would ideally like to be able to play games relatively well in the coming years. Star Citizen is the game I am most excited about, but I understand that is possibly 2 years away and nobody really knows what it will require.

No Monitor required.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few weeks.

Dallas, Texas

Anyway, right now I am thinking of the following build:

CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

($89.99 After rebate @ Newegg.)

OPTICAL: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

(17.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

(79.99 @ Newegg)

GPU: Galaxy 67NPH6DV6KXZ GeForce GTX 670 GC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

( $379.99 after Rebate @ Newegg)

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance PSU

($69.99 after Rebate @ Newegg)

MEMORY: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

($54.99 @ Newegg)

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

($134.99 after Rebate @ Newegg)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500

($214.99 @ Newegg)


Total: $1120.56 after discounts and rebates. Windows 7 Home 64 bit for $99.99 included in total.

I am hoping you all can suggest a the best ways to shave a little bit off the total price.

Let me know what you all think. Keep in mind I am new at this and I am very open to feedback.

Also, I am probably not going to overclock, but If you REALLY think it makes a big difference and is worth it, let me know.

Thank you very much,
Tim

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March 4, 2013 3:45:14 AM

You didn't specify the case and os, this includes both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Microsoft Windows 8 64Bit Full Version English OEM @ NCIX US ($84.99)
Other: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory @ NCIX US ($39.99)
Other: XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze @ NCIX US ($63.99)
Other: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM @ NCIX US ($67.99)
Other: NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core & ASUS P8Z77-V Lk SLI DDR3 Motherboard @ NCIX US ($319.99)
Other: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Gaming Case @ NCIX US ($49.99)
Other: LG GH24NS95 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer Black OEM @ NCIX US ($14.99)
Other: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink @ NCIX US ($29.99)
Total: $1041.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can get most parts cheaper in ncix us, it's a trusted website, it's well known, all of those are custom links for the parts.
Also worth mention that you had the i5-3570, if you want to overclock, get the i5-3570k, there's a bundle with that mobo and the cpu.
If you don't need the os(already have it) get a 128GB SSD : http://www.microcenter.com/product/398905/M5s_PX-128M5S...(SSD)_with_Marvell_88SS9174_Controller
Or just ditch it, and you'll stay bellow 1000$.
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March 4, 2013 3:51:02 AM

Whoops, sorry. Case I had picked out was:

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ($89.99 After rebate @ Newegg.)

I will add it to the first post.

Also, I would prefer Windows 7 unless you can convince me otherwise. It was included in my final price in initial post. Sorry I didn't mention it.

Thanks for quick answer!
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March 4, 2013 3:55:56 AM

Well if you want to cut costs, the 200R will do, if you really like that case stay with it, the windows 8 is cheaper, that's why i listed, if you prefer windows 7 also stay with it, just look for the cheaper parts that i listed(unless you have to buy all from newegg).
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March 4, 2013 5:08:45 AM

Windows 8 OEM can be transferred to a new Pc.

The Windows 7 OEM is tied to one motherboard. So if your motherboard fries or you change sockets, yuo won't be able to use your Windows 7 key.
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March 4, 2013 5:26:50 AM

Here's what I'd consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1145.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 02:24 EST-0500)

* CPU best for the $.
* Mobo has all that one should need for the a decent price.
* RAM is has low profile heat spreaders, so if you want to add an aftermarket CPU HSF, you shouldn't be restricted by the heat spreaders.
* GPU is equal to or better than the 660 Ti and should be good for quite awhile.
* Case is good for the $. It does go on sale around $40-50 regularly.
* PSU is good for the $ and should be good for any single GPU out on the market.
* Added a good SSD to speed things up on and around the OS. It's also big enough to hold the OS and most of your games/apps.
^^ Appears to be OOS, so here's a $170 one to consider SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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March 4, 2013 5:23:27 PM

is there any point in getting the i5-3750k instead of the i5-3750 if i don't plan on overclocking? does it have any advantages otherwise?
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March 4, 2013 5:29:49 PM

Nope. And you're better off getting a non-Z77 motherboard if you don't want a K series chip (unless you're planning on upgrading to a K series later) since being able to overclock is basically the only advantage. Non Z77 boards (such as ones with the H61 chipset) should be quite a bit cheaper.

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March 4, 2013 7:44:44 PM

Alright, I have taken into account the suggestions you guys have made so far. I appreciate the help very much. I decided to stick with the 3750k and the Z77 so I have the option of overclocking if I want to in the future, plus the prices were great with the cpu/mobo bundle on newegg.

This is what my build/cost is looking like now:

CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB3.0 Audio No PSU

(49.99 @ NCIX)

OS: Windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1 dvd oem

(97.99 @ NCIX)

MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance Blue CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

(39.99 @ NCIX)

CPU/MOBO: NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core & ASUS P8Z77-V Lk SLI DDR3 Motherboard

($319.99 @ NCIX)

STORAGE: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

(79.99 @ Newegg)

GPU: Galaxy 67NPH6DV6KXZ GeForce GTX 670 GC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

(379.99 @ newegg)

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance PSU

(69.99 @ Newegg)

OPTICAL: Not that important, found one for 17.99 that I like

mail in rebate prices included.

Grand Total : $1055.92


Looking better, any other suggestions?

Also do you feel SSD is truly worth it?

There's a SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $94.99 on Newegg right now. Seems like a nice price
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March 4, 2013 8:26:50 PM

Best answer selected by Zap_Rowsdower.
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