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Building a new PC for the first time. Already got my parts picked out...need help reducing price.

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March 26, 2013 3:43:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This Weekend (March 29th-31st)

Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,300 (Preferrably as close to 1,000 as I can get)
This does not include the cost of Windows 8, office, or PSU
as I already have all three of these.



System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming most important
Surfing/Movies/etc. second


Are you buying a monitor: Yes, already did.
AOC 27" LED/IPS Model: I2757FH
bought it when it was $279.99, $20 tax and free shipping.
plan on only gaming @ 1080p to maximize details.


Parts to Upgrade:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Aftermarket Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
SSD: Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F360GBGS-BK 2.5" 360GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-W1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850w 80 Bronze Plus, 8-pin EPS, ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V 2.91, Modular
(No link, not on newegg anymore but I already have it.)


Do you need to buy OS: No. Getting it as a student for free.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, AMD graphics card. For the rest, I like name brand names, I do not trust knockoffs. I don't have the money to be upgrading every year or two because of a faulty part by an untrustworthy name.

Overclocking: Yes, slight overclocking (I'm not an enthusiast, 4.2 ghz will be as high as I will likely go)

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quieter PC than I have now.
My most important questions are the following:
1.) Is everything compatible? I've never built before. Is the mobo compatible with the cpu and so on?
2.) Will everything fit in the case I've picked? Will the 212 evo fit?
3.) Is there any way I can bring down the cost closer to $1,000? I know, everyone will hate on the SSD and i'm torn on it myself. I'm willing to sacrifice to get it down a bit because, since i'm nervous about building it myself i'm going to get someone else to build it for me and that will cost me $100-150. :(  which makes me have to cut something out of the picture as that goes over my $1,3000 limit..
4.) Is there decent onboard audio on the mobo I picked? I'm willing to go up a bit in price in this area to get good surround sound. I have a nice surround sound system already so it'd be worth it to get my moneys worth in this area.
5.) did I pick good parts? I don't know if the SSD is quality, I picked the lowest priced one..


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Rome Total War 2 + the eventual mods that will come for it. I also love games like crysis 3. I love all the best PC games but at my heart i'm an avid FPS and RTS guy.
And of course, any other great games that may come out in 2014/2015 or beyond :) 

Thanks for the help guys!
March 26, 2013 4:01:11 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mqxf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mqxf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mqxf/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 ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($103.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.35 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.42 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $960
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-26 19:00 EDT-0400)
March 26, 2013 6:04:08 PM

Soo are all my parts compatible?
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May 22, 2013 8:31:36 AM

Keep the 7970, you won't regret it, most important piece if a gaming build, but if you must cut prices, the 7950 is pretty darn close. If you want to cut price, cut down to 8 gigs of ram and a smaller ssd, get a normal HDD for things that don't take too much of an advantage from an ssd
December 29, 2013 1:54:27 PM

Also you could avoid a SSD entirely and get only a HDD which is cutting it pretty intense but then push that cash toward a better GPU
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