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There will be ALOT of information here.

Approximate Purchase Date: The closer the better.
Budget Range: Around $1700-$2000 or less. Less is so much better, but want to get a great gaming system.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing the Internet, Music, possibly making videos.
Parts Not Required: Need everything.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Amazon.com
Country: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: Intel, or which ever is recommended.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Need a good reliable computer. One that is pretty much future proof. Able to upgrade, etc. Also need a case that will fit anything coming out, plus fan filters is a must. My room gets really hot in the summer, so looking for a good air cooling. USB 3.0, Sata 6.0, PCIe 3.0. Also, need warranties on everything. =D Hoping to get something around the same Frame rates as a 580. However, should I SLI/Crossfire to do so, for the frame rates? I will be playing games while listening to music, multitasking, surfing the web, etc.. I would like to be able to play Blu-Ray movies/media. Should I get a Blu-Ray Drive and another Optical DVD burner or should I get a Blu-Ray/DVD combo? Want to play games like: Guild Wars 2, Tera, Tribes Ascend, etc. Oh! One more thing, is there anything that would make it easier to for those little connectors, which I think go for the Power LED, hard drive light, etc? Those little things that go on the bottom right, usually, or around them. Need a reliable and quality hard drive. For positive airflow, do I put all fans on intake and have the Fan near the rear/back of the case as an exhaust? Is it possible to have some money left over for actual Games?

If I install a Hard Drive and an SSD at the same time, how do I choose to install the OS on the SSD and have it as a boot drive?

I would also love to to save money, cheaper it is for me.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - $239.99
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD45 - $149.00 Need help on this. Will it support everything I need?
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW- $419.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB -$89.99 Seems to be one of the best.

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB - $109.99 This is the 8-8-8-24 Timing

G.Skill Ares Series 16GB - $94.99

Maybe a set of G.Skill or something? Although, they are around $8.00 more, besides the Ripjaws X.
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $119.99

If I could save cash I would go down to 750GB. The Western Digital Green 1TB is $94.99
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit - $124.99

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive - $199.99 Hope the price drops. Has some negative reviews, not entirely sure.

There is different Crucial M4's. Which one should I get? Any other SSD's recommended? Realiablity is a concern, would like a warranty as well.

Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $239.99 Has a 5 year warranty.

Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $129.99 Similar to the M4. Just want the best bang for the buck. This seems to priced similar as well.
Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS20LQ Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler - $99.99 Way high.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk -$49.99
Scythe SCKTN-4000 92mm Katana 4 CPU Cooler - $32.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM - $129.99 [ Plus shipping and handling. ] Could I move the front 200m fan on the HAF XM to the top of it, for extra exhaust? Also, does the side panel take 120mm fans? Could I put small magnets on the bottom PSU dust filter, then put it on the bottom of the case? Any ideas? Trying to save money.
PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Gold ST85F-G 850W - $154.99 Good price, seems a good company. Although, on the 1000w version the reviews are bad. Is their quality dropping?

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W - $149.99 No idea. Plus Gold and Price is nice.
Mouse: Need help with this one! I need one that I can use in basically any Games that I come across. MMORPGS / MMO's / FPS / Strategy / Etc.
Cooler Master Storm Spawn - $39.99 Worried about the size. Also, not sure if it has enough buttons. I Just want to play well, or atleast try to.
Keyboard: CM Storm Trigger - $119.99 Seriously considering this.

Need help with this one though. Would like a Mechanical Keyboard with some macro keys. For gaming and multiple other stuff. Such as assigning it to my internet browser, or opening inventory in game, etc. I am not sure what the "in-key" Roll over thing is. I believe it is when you are holding multiple keys and they all register, if so, that would be great! Just looking for a good sturdy and lasting keyboard. If a Mechanical is not really required, please let me know.
Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms - $189.99

SAMSUNG 24'' 5ms - $199.99

The 24" may help out with my eyes, seeing as I am supposed to wear glasses. If I can lower the price. =D
CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12x BD Combo Model iHES212-08 LightScribe Support $79.99

ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS - $89.99

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM - $57.99
Speakers: Logitech X-540 5.1 Speakers -$99.99

SONY SRSD25/BLK 25w 2.1 Speaker System - $52.99 This looks really nice!

Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System - $45.99
Headphones:
Microphone: Mod Mic - $32.99 / Maybe. Not really considering buying right away.
Mousepad: Need a good tracking, and pretty long lasting one. Smoothness is a plus.
Soundcard: ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card - $44.99 If needed. Never used one, plus some motherboards have good sound.
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99 I wonder if Windows 8 is coming out soon though? Should I wait on that?
Case Fans: [1-2x] 140mm Cougar Fan - $16.99 /or/ bgears b-Blaster 140mm Fan - $14.99 /or/ Evercool 140mm Fan - $13.99 /or/ From Amazon.com Thermalright TY-140 - $20.00 /or/ Thermalright X-Silent 140 - $12.00

Am I missing anything? PLEASE any combo's that will help me save money. I want a lasting gaming computer, but after I added what I had, well, wow...Serial ATA cables?

Combo: Cooler Master HAF XM + Cooler Master Silent Pro 800w Gold -$34.00
Combo: MSI Z77A-G45 Z77 Motherboard + Crucial M4 128GB SSD - $15.00 If I decide to go with and SSD.
Combo: MSI Z77A-G45 Z77 Motherboard + Western Digitial Black 1TB 64MB Cache- $15.00
Combo: MSI Z77A-G45 Z77 Motherboard + Intel Core i5-3570k - $10.00
post #2 of 48
Dat layout. Mostly looks good but the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 would be a better mobo to get for the money. For the heatsink, you could do with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO depending on how much you plan to overclock.I would choose the Plextor SSD since it is somewhat better than the M4for around the same amount of money. As for RAM, that Mushkin would work fine. That storm spawn is a awesome mouse. Just get it.

As for the keyboard, you really want macro keys? I suppose it would be the CM Trigger. Does the Quickfire Rapid have macro keys?
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PSU:
Thumb Rule for PSUs is this: if the brand's name starts or ends with a C, it's good. Cooler Master, Corsair, Antec,... So I'd take the Cooler Master over the Silverstone one based on personal opinion.

CPU COOLER:
If you're willing to pay 100$ for a CPU cooler, you might as well go for a Corsair H100. That is, if you plan to OC a lot. If not, a simple CM Hyper 212+ will do the trick for you for 5x less money. smile.gif

MOTHERBOARD:
I'd choose the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 over the MSI one, but I'd choose the ASUS Z77 Sabertooth above any other any day. smile.gif

MOUSE:
The Razer Naga or Corsair M60 or M90 are also options to consider. smile.gif

SSD:
There are deals out of a Crucial M4 128GB for 79$, and if you find them, I'd defo go for that one. smile.gif

MONITOR:
Go for the ASUS one. The less ms, the better imo.

SOUNDCARD:
Only get one if you really believe the onboard one is insufficient.

BLURAY/DVD BURNER:
Only if you're planning to rip and burn blurays for real, go for a Bluray burner. Otherwise, save yourself 60$ and just go for a normal DVD burner.

OS
Upgrading to Windows 8 would only cost you 15$ through June, although just like you I'm not sure as to when exactly it'll come out.

RAM:
Only go for 16GB of RAM if you find 8GB isn't enough. And try going for 1600MHz, unless you plan to OC the RAM too in which case the higher the MHz, the better.
 
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CPU: i5 3570k
Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 or Extreme 6 z77
RAM: 4x4GB Samsung 30nm DDR3-1600 (note, no heatspreaders, but they won't need it, they look sexy with the black boards)
GPU: GTX 670 SLI (should be doable)
PSU: Anything good quality in the 750w range (check our PSU section for a sticky titled "Recommended PSU's")
Case: Fractal Designs Define R3 or Arc Midi (I love these cases myself)
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212. If you're going to spend $100 on cooling, make it $150 and go full water cooling.
Monitor: Catleap 27" 2560x1440
Speakers: PM me with your budget left over for these
Keyboard: Rosewill RK9000 (no macro's, but such a great mechanical keyboard)
SSD: 60-120GB Crucial M4, Plextor M3, Samsung 830 (whatever is on sale for cheapest)
Hard Drive: Samsung F3 1TB
Fans: Yate Loon Lows for case and High or Mediums for your CPU cooler (buy at Sidewinder PC)

That should be right around the $2000 limit with everything, and it'll be an amazing gaming machine, and it'll do great at whatever tasks you want.
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Too much to read for me now, but I'll check it out more later.

I read a little bit and I've gotta say, if your room gets really hot in the summer you might want to get air conditioning. With SLI or Crossfire, water cooled or not your computer will add heaps or heat to your room depending on how well it's ventilated.

I have a 10K BTU AC and it costs at maximum $75/month running 100% every second of the day.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

CPU: i5 3570k
Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 or Extreme 6 z77
RAM: 4x4GB Samsung 30nm DDR3-1600 (note, no heatspreaders, but they won't need it, they look sexy with the black boards)
GPU: GTX 670 SLI (should be doable)
PSU: Anything good quality in the 750w range (check our PSU section for a sticky titled "Recommended PSU's")
Case: Fractal Designs Define R3 or Arc Midi (I love these cases myself)
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212. If you're going to spend $100 on cooling, make it $150 and go full water cooling.
Monitor: Catleap 27" 2560x1440
Speakers: PM me with your budget left over for these
Keyboard: Rosewill RK9000 (no macro's, but such a great mechanical keyboard)
SSD: 60-120GB Crucial M4, Plextor M3, Samsung 830 (whatever is on sale for cheapest)
Hard Drive: Samsung F3 1TB
Fans: Yate Loon Lows for case and High or Mediums for your CPU cooler (buy at Sidewinder PC)
That should be right around the $2000 limit with everything, and it'll be an amazing gaming machine, and it'll do great at whatever tasks you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000BR Wired Slim Keyboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($48.99 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $1529.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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yeah thats without the 2nd 670 id say sli no go
    
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Don't need $125 case, the HAF X is so incredibly ugly honestly. Also don't NEED a $50 mouse either (if its a good one, why not though). Also Windows 7 can be had for $30 if you're a student, or if you buy just the license key (if you happen to have a spare disc laying around).

Also, there's no reason for a blu ray burner unless he ABSOLUTELY is 110% sure he'll use it. That's another $70 right there (could also be added later to replace a $15 DVDRW if he'll use it).

It's fully doable with the right configuration. Heck, change the case to an NZXT Source 210, and that right there saves enough for the second GTX 670.

Hmm, you also didn't include the monitor, that's $300 right there.

I'm sure its possible to do a high end SLI setup with a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse for $2000.
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I agree that case is UGLY but thats the one the op listed so I plugged it in
also If I rem correctly cant you sli 670s on a 650w?
    
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I agree that case is UGLY but thats the one the op listed so I plugged it in
also If I rem correctly cant you sli 670s on a 650w?

Yeah you could actually, so that COULD shave some money off the budget there as well.
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Yeah you could actually, so that COULD shave some money off the budget there as well.

re did

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($304.95 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000BR Wired Slim Keyboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1883.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-14 06:37 EDT-0400)

theres $30 in mir it takes off right from that total thats getting the cpu from a micro center the cost savings from a good modular 750w to a 650w wasnt worth it imo ( like $5)
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