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Looking to build a system under a budget and looking for feedback as to what I have selected so far:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Extended ATX DDR3 2800 PCIe 3.0 HDMI SupremeFX IV Audio
Graphics card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI x 2/HDMI/Display Port SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N66TWF2-2GD
SSD for main drive (to host OS and programs): Samsung MZ-7TD250BW 840 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) 250 GB Sata 2.5-Inch
Mouse: Cobra E-3lue High Precision Gaming Mouse with Side Control 1600dpi
PSU: Corsair Professional Series AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A160​0C10)
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R​2)
Storage for media (movies, music): Three Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX
DVD Burner/Player: ?
Blu Ray Burner/Player: ?
Keyboard: ?

Main use for the PC is going to be for ripping DVDs and Blu-rays, Media Server running Plex and iTunes... but I know my son will begin to also use it for gaming so trying to build it to make it work for him as well...

Any suggestions on the components? Should I change something, add something? Thank you in advanced for your help :)
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  1. Forgot the basic questions:

    Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

    Budget Range: 1,500 After Rebates and Shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Ripping DVD and Blu rays, media server, games

    Are you buying a monitor: No

    Parts to Upgrade: All new system

    Do you need to buy OS: I will retire the PC I curretly use and use the Windows license... unless the recommendation is to go to Win8

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

    Location: Orlando, FL

    Parts Preferences: Open to suggestions.. preference for Intel CPU

    Overclocking: Maybe... new to this, so no idea...

    SLI or Crossfire: No idea....

    Your Monitor Resolution: Currently have a ViewSonic 1080p VG2436wm-LED

    Additional Comments: I would like a quiet but fast PC. Only software I am using at this moment is Plex, DVDFab, Photo processing (Nikon Capture NX)

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Very old computer that is dying slowly... can't take it anymore...
  2. The Samsung series 840 if not "Pro version" its a new version or model that samsung is using for the Mainstream user, its not the same performance than a normal Sata III SSD.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6337/samsung-ssd-840-250gb-review/13


    Blue ray burner try to get one that its not Oem, and that it comes with their own program, but if you choose the Oem one, theres workarounds.

    keyboard: umm do you like bling?? do you need backlight keys?, do you need mechanical? what are your needs on the keyboard, Razer, SteelSeries,Corsair and Coolermaster make good keyboards.

    Everything its good maybe want to trow some extra fans for the Case. 2 120mm
  3. chulex67,

    Thank you for the prompt response. Is your recommendation then to go with the 840 Pro? Or go with some other SSD?

    On keyboard. I am in front of the computer many hours... switch from work computer to the personal computer during the day... I want a quiet keyboard that will take a beating...
  4. Updated list (with pricing from Amazon, Prime so shipping is included):

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case - US$140.97
    Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Extended ATX DDR3 2800 PCIe 3.0 HDMI SupremeFX IV Audio - US$299.99
    Graphics card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI x 2/HDMI/Display Port SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N66TWF2-2GD - US$289.99
    SSD for main drive (to host OS and programs):Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW - US$232.27
    SSD bay : Silverstone Tek 3.5-inch to 2 x 2.5-Inch Bay Converter (SDP08B) - US$12.37
    Mouse: Cobra E-3lue High Precision Gaming Mouse with Side Control 1600dpi - US$13.48
    PSU: Corsair Professional Series AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850) - US$169.98
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A160​0C10) - US$98.95
    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K - US$324.66
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R​2) - US$32.98
    Blu Ray Burner/Player: ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G​/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption - Black - Retail Box - U$79.99 - 20.00 rebate: US$59.99

    SubTotal: US$1,675.63

    Storage for media (movies, music): (I have these already) - Three Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX - 3*131.76 = US$395.28

    Total: US$2070.91

    Will search for better prices before taking the plunge... Thank you!!
  5. I have a license for Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Should I stick with it or move to Windows 8?
  6. chulex67 said:
    keyboard: umm do you like bling?? do you need backlight keys?, do you need mechanical? what are your needs on the keyboard, Razer, SteelSeries,Corsair and Coolermaster make good keyboards.

    Everything its good maybe want to trow some extra fans for the Case. 2 120mm


    On the case, looking at this one: Antec and from the description: Cooling System: Top: 1x 200x30 mm BigBoy TriCool Blue LED Exhaust Fan/Rear: 1x 120x25 mm TriCool Blue LED Exhaust Fan/Front: 2x 120x25 mm Special Black Blue LED Intake Fans w/ Front Speed Control. So you are suggesting adding two more fans?

    Still trying to decide on the keyboard. Looking at the brands you mentioned. Would be cool to have some blue backlit keys... :sol:
  7. Well, reading the feedback on the case, it looks like it is not the best fit for an extended motherboard like the one I want to buy... So suggestions on a case are also welcomed!
  8. Updated list. Changed the case for a larger one to allow for better cable routing/management and avoid issues with the motherboard. Also started to look for pricing. Saw a few threads in the forum with links to a configuration/parts builder , very cool! : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ITxV

    CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor: $314.99 Newegg
    CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler : $29.99 Newegg
    Motherboard - Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard : $254.99 Newegg
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory: $109.99 Newegg
    Additional Memory - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory: $109.99 Newegg
    Storage - Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk: $229.99 Adorama
    Video Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card: $283.98 Newegg
    Case - Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case: $160.98 NCIX US Comment: For some reason the PCPartPicker is giving me an conflict on this one, but I checked the Antec site and it does have USB 3.0 port in the front panel. If that is not correct then I will go with the COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC-942-KKN3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Black Interior
    Power Supply - Antec High Current Pro 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply : $136.50 Amazon Comment: Still undecided on this one... not sure if I should go instead with the Corsair Professional Series AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850) - US$169.98 Amazon
    Optical Drive - Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer: $51.99 NCIX US
    Operating System - Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit): $99.99 Newegg
    Keyboard - Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard: $129.99 Amazon
    Mouse - Gigabyte GM-KRYPTON Wired Laser Mouse: $69.99 Amazon


    SubTotal: $2005.35

    Estimated Wattage: 378W

    Storage for media (movies, music): (I have these already) - Three Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX - 3*131.76 = US$395.28

    Estimated Wattage: 438W

    Total: US$2400.63

    Potential Issues/Incompatibilities
    Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard and Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case are not compatible. Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

    Amazing how we can blow the budget... my plan was to stick to 1,500 on the new items... went over by 500.00... could cut that back by 110.00 if I go with 16G vs 32... anyway, still researching the alert on the Case and need to decide on the PSU: Antec versus Corsair??

    By the way, great site!! I have been doing a lot of reading and coming up to speed. :hello:
  9. Srry for the late response it wasnt a good weekend...

    about the Case, just grab a Full tower, here are some suggestions

    HAF 932
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Phantom 001
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Rosewill Thor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053

    Coolermaster Troop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245

    In Win Dragon Rider
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108376

    And many More Full Towers Cases support EXATX with USB 3.0


    Power Supply, its a good choice, a good brand, its modular and its cheap for the enthusiast.


    Good to Go Brother

    Pd: ( If i were you i would pull the trigger on the blue edition coolermaster Haf its just awesome)
  10. chulex67 said:
    Srry for the late response it wasnt a good weekend...

    Power Supply, its a good choice, a good brand, its modular and its cheap for the enthusiast.

    Good to Go Brother

    Pd: ( If i were you i would pull the trigger on the blue edition coolermaster Haf its just awesome)


    Sorry to read about your weekend. Hope the week fixes that :)

    On the case... I will go with the Cooler Master Haf in blue :sol:

    Question now is... do I keep the Antec PSU or switch back to the Corsair??

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IUBO

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($254.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($283.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($224.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($136.50 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Gigabyte GM-KRYPTON Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2047.36
  11. Best answer
    Bah, I would change back to Corsair.
  12. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($254.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($283.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($224.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($173.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Gigabyte GM-KRYPTON Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1979.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-11 00:30 EDT-0400)
  13. Best answer selected by wachuko.
  14. Thank you!!

    Update: Started ordering a few of the parts...

    Ordered so far:
    Case:Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($224.98 @ Newegg)
    COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Blue LED Case cooler
    Keyboard:Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse:Gigabyte GM-KRYPTON Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Amazon)

    Also, for the CPU Cooler, I might go with the Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler instead of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. If I read some of the threads correctly, it means that I have to go with low profile memory cards instead of the flashy and cool looking Corsair Vengeance...
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