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June 15, 2013 4:28:14 PM

Howdy everyone, I'm building myself a new pc and I like to post on a good computer forum just before buying to get some input from folks that know what they're doing (as I am just an amateur). I built my current pc, and it has been outstanding, but that was about 6 years ago, so I am a bit out of the loop.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week (17th-22nd of June)

Budget Range: $1400 before rebates, as I know some wont work

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, Path of Exile, Blacklight Retribution, SC, LoL, etc), Web surfing, in general a solid computer.

Parts Not Required: Already have monitors, keyboard, mouse/pad, cd drive, and will be buying Windows 8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg all day

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I like the new ASUS uefi for my mobo, and I'm quite fond of Intel processors

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. I figure this would be much more expensive, but open to it.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 on my 42in Vizio HD tv, with 1920x1200 on my 24in Acer monitor as a secondary.

Additional Comments: I am having the most trouble picking the video card. I had a radeon 4850 that served me well, but I am open to switching to nvidia. I was looking at the 660 and I thought that it looked like good performance for the right price.

Here's what I have picked so far, and am open to criticism and suggestions

MOBO ($180): ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU ($220): Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD ($95):Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD ($140):SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM ($65): G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU ($65): RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case ($100): NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-W2 White ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU($200-$250): ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-121-...

These parts add up to about $1120, then with Windows 8 for $100 and a $130 keyboard, I will be just under budget.

Like I said, I am really looking for some feedback and suggestions for the video card. I will be running a 42in and 24in monitors, so I want to make sure that the GPU will be able to handle games on primary monitor and watching youtube/twitch on the secondary.

These parts that I have listed are not set in stone by any means, so I am open to suggestions to similiar priced items that would be better.

Sorry for the long post, and a huge thanks to those that stuck through it and I look forward to your responses.

Cheers,
Lucas
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June 15, 2013 4:54:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($147.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1311.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 19:50 EDT-0400)

-Using Intel's new 4th gen processor, Haswell.
-Allows for crossfire and overclocking with a high quality psu, unlike that low quality raidmax one.
-7970 ghz edition. Will max out all our games easily, come with 4 free games.
-I would've recommended the Fractal Design Define R4 case, but it's just way too expensive at Newegg. The 400r is a nice alternative.

Although you said before rebates, I know that these rebates will work. Sapphire completed my rebate without any problems, it just takes patience waiting for it to be processed. Also, Corsair is a very reputable company and have never heard of a rebate not working unless you screwed up something on your part. Just make sure to send in your proof of purchase with the bar code of the box and you'll be fine.

What i'm confused about is that you say you have a keyboard but you're buying a keyboard. Assuming you want a high quality mechanical keyboard, perhaps you can wait a little longer on that since it'll be over your budget?
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