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It's been a while since I've built a PC (~5 years). Been using a laptop for the past 3 years and am in need of a good upgrade. Here is an image of my shopping cart as of now:

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In addition to the items in the cart, I plan on getting a keyboard (Das keyboard?) as well as a new Siberia V2 headset.

For this PC, I plan on using it mostly for gaming (Diablo 3, DotA 2, etc.)...so games that aren't terribly graphic intensive. Would it be wise to get another video card for SLI and if so, is 750W enough to handle the build?

I am open to all suggestions. No real budget but I'd like to keep it around $1100 including the monitor.

Thank you. smile.gif
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you can get an asrock z77 extreme 4 for. $20 bucks more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
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Ah yes the motherboard. That is probably the part that I have the least knowledge about. Thank you for the help, I appreciate it.
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that is a pretty expensive case too but if you like it go for it. also that is a dvd-rom drive which is fine if you never want to burn a dvd.

I would get a cheaper nzxt case ( I really like the tempest 210 ) or the 410 with the money you save you could get an SSD drive for your OS which would be a huge performance increase.
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If you want to save money, it's worth switching the case out for something else. However, that is one of the sickest cases I've seen and I've always wanted one so damn you for getting one tongue.gif

As for GPU, what purpose is your computer going to be for? If gaming isn't a priority, that card will be perfectly fine. If it is, then you may want to consider cutting back on the case (As an example) and putting a bit more into that.

Apart from that, that's a pretty good build. Something I would buy.
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agreed just looked at it on newegg it is sick. I just feel like that is still ALOT of money for a case and it's more important what goes in the case in the end. Ya if you want that case go for it totally thumb.gif
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$1100 intel build (Click to show)
Here's a $1,100 sim~build for you. pretty much the same specs but better 7850 videocard true gen 3, ivy bridge motherboard, LED monitor & added cpu cooler the best bang for the buck. the rest are pretty much self explanatory
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ NCIX.com)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor @ Microcenter)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.94 @ Newegg)
15% off with code: EMCNEJN45
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($80.99 @ Newegg)
10% off with code: EMCNEJN38
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($399.98 @ NCIX US)

Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.03 @ Newegg)
15% off with code: EMCNEJN32
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($139.74 @ CompUSA)

Total: $1,158.62


As far as keyboards I would say get a Corsair K90 if you on a budget but if you want a really good one get a Ducky Shine. I wouldn't recommend getting a headset. Just get headphones and a clip on mic. I would check out this thread for a lot more info.
Edited by UltraHoboLord - 5/10/12 at 7:17am
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Thank you for all of the helpful responses. I caved in and got the case, Rosewill 9000 keyboard, and an optical drive. A few points about my build:
  • plan on going with an Ivy Bridge
  • Computer used mostly for gaming. No video processing or anything like that
  • eventually planning on getting a second video card for SLI as well as a second monitor

I have no experience with overclocking and am not sure if I would need to do so. In that case, would I be fine with the stock heatsink?

For future proofing my build as much as possible, what size power supply should I go for if I am eventually going to get SLI and what cards would be best for SLI for the next few years? I was looking at the 560 Fermi cards. What is the difference between these two?

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
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Originally Posted by Snooze View Post

Thank you for all of the helpful responses. I caved in and got the case, Rosewill 9000 keyboard, and an optical drive. A few points about my build:
  • plan on going with an Ivy Bridge
  • Computer used mostly for gaming. No video processing or anything like that
  • eventually planning on getting a second video card for SLI as well as a second monitor
I have no experience with overclocking and am not sure if I would need to do so. In that case, would I be fine with the stock heatsink?
For future proofing my build as much as possible, what size power supply should I go for if I am eventually going to get SLI and what cards would be best for SLI for the next few years? I was looking at the 560 Fermi cards. What is the difference between these two?
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

The only difference is warranty. If you want to 'future proof' your video card, I would go with the suggested build above your post with a 7950. It will MASSIVELY outperform one of those cards. That build above is all around a very good build. I +1 it. A GTX 560ti is by no means 'future proof' in any way.
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