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I officially ordered everything yesterday/last night. The components should all be here within the next week. I am very excited but also nervous about everything. I plan to post pictures throughout the process and then post some gaming benchmarks. I had a budget of $1500 and I pushed that all the way. I changed my mind about 100 times during the last 5+months (yes, it took me that long to make decisions) but I am happy with what I came up with. When I started doing this I knew NOTHING about computers, and now I know a little. That is a long time to learn just a "little" isn't it?

Anyway, Here are the components that I have on order.




CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing

Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 LGA 1155

Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200

SSD Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD

Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB

Case Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower

Power Supply XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular

Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD/CD

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4

Mouse Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical

Thermal Paste Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

Sound Card ASUS XONAR DG 5.1

Extra Fans (2) COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan

Anti-Static Band Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

SATA Cable OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle W/Metal Latch, UV Blue, Backward Compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps

Surge Protector Cyberpower 850 Power Surge Protector


Computer Build.xlsx 11k .xlsx file


MORE INFO AND PICS TO COME
Edited by Mbalmer - 7/19/12 at 11:43am
MY FIRST BUILD
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3570K ASRock z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 670 4GB Zotac GTX 670 4GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper Series 1866 8gb Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M4 Samsung 840 250gb SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 X-Star DP2710 @ 110hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 Cherry MX Red  XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Cooler Master HAF 922 RAZER DEATHADDER 2013 
Mouse PadAudio
Oversized Gaming Pad Asus Xonar DG 
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MY FIRST BUILD
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3570K ASRock z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 670 4GB Zotac GTX 670 4GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper Series 1866 8gb Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M4 Samsung 840 250gb SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 X-Star DP2710 @ 110hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 Cherry MX Red  XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Cooler Master HAF 922 RAZER DEATHADDER 2013 
Mouse PadAudio
Oversized Gaming Pad Asus Xonar DG 
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I officially ordered everything yesterday/last night. The components should all be here within the next week. I am very excited but also nervous about everything. I plan to post pictures throughout the process and then post some gaming benchmarks. I had a budget of $1500 and I pushed that all the way. I changed my mind about 100 times during the last 5+months (yes, it took me that long to make decisions) but I am happy with what I came up with. When I started doing this I knew NOTHING about computers, and now I know a little. That is a long time to learn just a "little" isn't it?
Anyway, Here are the components that I have on order.
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 LGA 1155
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200
SSD Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB
Case Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular
Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD/CD
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
Mouse Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical
MORE EDITING TO COME

Very nice build, look forward to seeing pics thumb.gif
Chewy's Chomper
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k Asis Z170 Deluxe MSI GTX 1080 Gaming x 16GB Corsair vengence DDR4 3200 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung M2 256gb nvme Custom loop, 360+120 rads Windows 10 64bit Asus 28" MG28UQ 4K 
PowerCase
Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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Chewy's Chomper
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Intel I7 6700k Asis Z170 Deluxe MSI GTX 1080 Gaming x 16GB Corsair vengence DDR4 3200 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung M2 256gb nvme Custom loop, 360+120 rads Windows 10 64bit Asus 28" MG28UQ 4K 
PowerCase
Seasonic X series 750w gold Corsair 400c 
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
It has been a long couple of days waiting for things to come in. I got the keyboard on Friday and the GTX 670 came in today (Mon.) Most of my parts are going to be delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday....Two more days!!




MY FIRST BUILD
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3570K ASRock z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 670 4GB Zotac GTX 670 4GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper Series 1866 8gb Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M4 Samsung 840 250gb SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 X-Star DP2710 @ 110hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 Cherry MX Red  XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Cooler Master HAF 922 RAZER DEATHADDER 2013 
Mouse PadAudio
Oversized Gaming Pad Asus Xonar DG 
  hide details  
Reply
MY FIRST BUILD
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3570K ASRock z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 670 4GB Zotac GTX 670 4GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper Series 1866 8gb Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M4 Samsung 840 250gb SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 X-Star DP2710 @ 110hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 Cherry MX Red  XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Cooler Master HAF 922 RAZER DEATHADDER 2013 
Mouse PadAudio
Oversized Gaming Pad Asus Xonar DG 
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Thread Starter 
Okay, I have some pictures!! I put this together two nights ago and messed with it alot yesterday.

I want to say, for somebody who might be thinking about building your own computer, that it is so much fun and really not that hard, as long as you do some solid research. I am happy with my selections and haven't had any problems. I would also STRONGLY advise a first time builder to get a modular PSU. My cable management is not the best, but I think it would be a nightmare if I had purchased a non-modular PSU. I don't think I can stress this enough.

I was also amazed at how small everything is. While looking at pictures on the internet and watching videos on youtube, I figured certain components (Motherboard, Ram Slots, CPU) would be bigger...just shows my "Noobness" I guess.

Anyway, the only benchmark that I have run was Furmark and it scored a 2460 (around there). I did overclock with a click of the mouse in ASRock's UEFI to 4.0. I don't know if I will go any further then that with it. I had to change my memory from 1600 to 1866, which was also very easy.

I rewired some fans after this picture was taken, so the giant ball o'wires is currently not quite as big....If you see something that I could change around, let me know...you won't hurt my feelings.

(+1 to Chewy who talked me into getting the ASRock z77 board, that was the 1 component I had the hardest time making a decision on.)






Edited by Mbalmer - 7/27/12 at 12:49pm
MY FIRST BUILD
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3570K ASRock z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 670 4GB Zotac GTX 670 4GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper Series 1866 8gb Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M4 Samsung 840 250gb SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 X-Star DP2710 @ 110hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 Cherry MX Red  XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Cooler Master HAF 922 RAZER DEATHADDER 2013 
Mouse PadAudio
Oversized Gaming Pad Asus Xonar DG 
  hide details  
Reply
MY FIRST BUILD
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 3570K ASRock z77 Extreme 4 EVGA GTX 670 4GB Zotac GTX 670 4GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper Series 1866 8gb Western Digital Caviar Black Crucial M4 Samsung 840 250gb SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 X-Star DP2710 @ 110hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 Cherry MX Red  XFX Pro 750 XXX Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Cooler Master HAF 922 RAZER DEATHADDER 2013 
Mouse PadAudio
Oversized Gaming Pad Asus Xonar DG 
  hide details  
Reply
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