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My good friend has asked me to put together a computer for him while he is stationed overseas. I haven't really bought any new parts in a while so I am unsure on the build. His budget is around $2000 which he said could be more if the parts justify the cost. Also, I am going to be building it in Texas and it will be shipped to Idaho once it is completed with overclock and ensure it is working correctly. He has told me he has a copy of windows already but everything else is basically going to be new. The computer will be used primary for gaming and maybe some picture and video editing in the future.

Here is the list that I have so far. I just picked everything out at newegg for now but I will be shopping around for pricing in the next week or so as I am going to be going on vacation after finals.

$159.99 Case: CoolerMaster Storm Stryker He picked this one out but is still open for suggestions.
$504.98 CPU+MB Combo
CPU: i7-3770k I suggested an i5 since it would mostly be used for gaming but he insisted on an i7.
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Changed it to this board due to a combo price and built in wifi. It is actually less than the ASRock Extreme4 + an extra wifi card.
$44.99 RAM: Samsung 8GB DDR3 1600 Updated RAM. They sound like some killer RAM. Should be a great addition.
$109.99 HDD: 1TB CavBlack It kills me to see the prices of HDD so much. Might get a bigger one.
$119.99 SSD: Samsung 830 128GB Updated: On the same performance as the Plextor but a little bit cheaper.
$109.99PSU: 650W NZXT Hale82 Updated: 680's really don't take as much power as I thought and with a slight over clock they shouldn't take more than the stock version.
$524.99 Video Card: EVGA 680 SuperClocked+ His resolution is going to be one 1080p monitor and this should be mroe than enough.
$109.99 CPU cooler: H100 Corsair I would love to put a real loop in there but price and he being able to maintain it are a major factor against that idea.
$89.99 BD Drive: LITO-ON 12x BD-R Aren't all BD drives mostly the same?
$189.99 Monitor: ASUS VS247hP 23.6 2ms LED I have one Asus monitor and love it.
$47.99Fans for Rad and RAM: Corsair SP120 High Performance Edition I have these on my 240mm Rad and they seem to do the trick and are nice and quiet. I know the RAM is not needed but it is more for looks.

Updated Total with Shipping is $2028.65

That is pretty much the list that I have right now. The total in the Newegg cart at the moment is 2,064.46 with shipping. Any comments would most likely be helpful as I can't wait to put this beast together in about 2 weeks. It seems like a solid build so far and when the time does come to buy the parts I will shop around a little more for better prices.


Thanks for your help as always,

Coss
Edited by de Cossatot - 8/29/12 at 2:48pm
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Future build log for a friend: (Unamed)
My good friend has asked me to put together a computer for him while he is stationed overseas. I haven't really bought any new parts in a while so I am unsure on the build. His budget is around $2000 which he said could be more if the parts justify the cost. Also, I am going to be building it in Texas and it will be shipped to Idaho once it is completed with overclock and ensure it is working correctly. He has told me he has a copy of windows already but everything else is basically going to be new. The computer will be used primary for gaming and maybe some picture and video editing in the future.
Here is the list that I have so far. I just picked everything out at newegg for now but I will be shopping around for pricing in the next week or so as I am going to be going on vacation after finals.
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Stryker He picked this one out but is still open for suggestions.
CPU: i7-3770k I suggested an i5 since it would mostly be used for gaming but he insisted on an i7.
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Has good reveiws. Was also looking at the Sabertooth Z77 but that would up the price by about $100
RAM: G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1866 Seems like a nice set of ram with decent timings.
HDD: 1TB CavBlack It kills me to see the prices of HDD so much. Might get a bigger one.
SSD: Plextor M3 128GB This would be used as a boot and maybe a game or 2. Good reviews but not totally up to date on all SSD's.
PSU: Silverstone 850W Full Modular I know 850W is a bit overkill for now but he will most likely SLI in the future with 2 680's
Video Card: EVGA 680 SuperClocked+ His resolution is going to be one 1080p monitor and this should be mroe than enough.
CPU cooler: H100 Corsair I would love to put a real loop in there but price and he being able to maintain it are a major factor against that idea.
BD Drive: LITO-ON 12x BD-R Aren't all BD drives mostly the same?
Monitor: ASUS VS247hP 23.6 2ms LED I have one Asus monitor and love it.
Fans for Rad: Corsair SP120 High Performance Edition I have these on my 240mm Rad and they seem to do the trick and are nice and quiet.
That is pretty much the list that I have right now. The total in the Newegg cart at the moment is 2,064.46 with shipping. Any comments would most likely be helpful as I can't wait to put this beast together in about 2 weeks. It seems like a solid build so far and when the time does come to buy the parts I will shop around a little more for better prices.
Thanks for your help as always,
Coss

For the most part things are spot on.
Case
The case is a solid choice and really that's a more subjective thing then anything else when it comes to looks
Mobo
Probably one of my favorite Z77 motherboards. Great performance at an amazing price.
CPU
The i7 won't really help at all for gaming. Video rendering yes but definitely not for gaming
RAM
I would go with the Samsung RAM. They are low profile and overclock like crazy. They can easily break 2000 with relatively tight timings and low voltage. They are also very cheap for how much performance you get out of them. Here is the link
SSD
Solid choice. You can also look at the Crucial M4 and Samsung 830. Those three will perform right around the same but I have seen the M4 and the 830 go on sale for right around $90 in the past two weeks on Newegg so keep your eyes open for that as well.
HDD
Solid HDD but still expensive. Since he is already getting a good size SSD there really isn't that much of a need for a Caviar Black. I would look at getting a cheaper Caviar Green or some other 5400 RPM drive that will work great for storage. You could either save money while sticking with the 1tb or see if you can snag a 2tb HDD for around the same price as the Caviar Black.
Video Card
Is that the one that allows for voltage adjustment? I'm not really sure anymore which of the 6XX series cards allow for voltage adjustment but I would opt for one that does have the voltage adjustment. It will make it a bit more pricey but if he's not a hard core about overclocking then I would stick with that one
Power Supply
You are well beyond overkill. Depending on the 680 and whether or not you can adjust the voltage you either need a 650 watt or a 750 watt. If you cannot adjust the voltage then just get a 650 watt. This allows for enough room for you to get a second 680 and run SLI. Yes, I know it's crazy but you can run two overclocked 680s and an overclocked i7 on a quality 650 watt. If you can adjust the voltage on the GPUs then you do need the extra power for SLI. Cards tend to exponentially increase in power draw once you start increasing their voltage. There are a lot of options out there depending on how much you want to spend. A few off the top of my head are teh Corsair AX650, Seasonic X-650, and Rosewill Capstone Gold Modular 650. Out of those I really like the Rosewill because of the price. It is modular, certified gold efficiency, and comes in at around $40 cheaper then the Corsair and Seasonic power supplies. Here is the link.

Everything else looks pretty good.
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Thanks for the reply! I think I forgot to mention in the original post that he is not the best with computers so once I overclock it he won't be messing with any of the settings most likely unless something goes wrong and in that case he will most likely be calling me. The is the reason for some of the components.

Yeah, the case is something that he likes so and it is nice and big so it should be fun to work with. Thanks for the heads up on the motherboard. I just saw good reviews on it and saw a decent amount of OCN'ers that own it. As for the RAM, do you think it would clock better than some ram that is rated at 2133Mhz or 1800Mhz? I have seen lots of people talking about that RAM and I know it should help with the CPU overclock if it is great RAM. I know it sounds nonOCN'er but I want to make sure he doesn't mind some green nonheatsink sticks sitting in there. I told him that he wouldn't need an i7 but he insisted on it for "future proofing".
The main reason why I wanted a HDD with a decent speed is that he will most likely be getting into steam games and if he is anything like me 128GB won't last long for a steam library. I was actually thinking about trying to convince him in getting a 2TB Green on top of that for backups.
The video card falls into the OC'ing problem. I most likely won't adjust the voltage on it anyways and probably just push the clocks and mem.
I guess I should have looked at the wattage of the cards. A 650W could easily hold two 680's with a mild overclock and a CPU with a decent clock? I'll have to research this a little more.

I honestly can't wait to build it since I have been getting the upgrade itch for a while now. It will be nice to get my hands on some new parts and give me something to play with. Anymore suggestions are welcome. Thanks again for the help!

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Thanks for the reply! I think I forgot to mention in the original post that he is not the best with computers so once I overclock it he won't be messing with any of the settings most likely unless something goes wrong and in that case he will most likely be calling me. The is the reason for some of the components.
Yeah, the case is something that he likes so and it is nice and big so it should be fun to work with. Thanks for the heads up on the motherboard. I just saw good reviews on it and saw a decent amount of OCN'ers that own it. As for the RAM, do you think it would clock better than some ram that is rated at 2133Mhz or 1800Mhz? I have seen lots of people talking about that RAM and I know it should help with the CPU overclock if it is great RAM. I know it sounds nonOCN'er but I want to make sure he doesn't mind some green nonheatsink sticks sitting in there. I told him that he wouldn't need an i7 but he insisted on it for "future proofing".
The main reason why I wanted a HDD with a decent speed is that he will most likely be getting into steam games and if he is anything like me 128GB won't last long for a steam library. I was actually thinking about trying to convince him in getting a 2TB Green on top of that for backups.
The video card falls into the OC'ing problem. I most likely won't adjust the voltage on it anyways and probably just push the clocks and mem.
I guess I should have looked at the wattage of the cards. A 650W could easily hold two 680's with a mild overclock and a CPU with a decent clock? I'll have to research this a little more.
I honestly can't wait to build it since I have been getting the upgrade itch for a while now. It will be nice to get my hands on some new parts and give me something to play with. Anymore suggestions are welcome. Thanks again for the help!
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RAM heatsinks are pretty much all looks. Those sticks can overclock very high up there. I would check out this thread to see what others here on OCN have been able to achieve. If you really want to hide the ram just get something like this to cover it up. You can get aftermarket heat sinks but since the Samsung RAM is shorter then the average RAM I'm not 100% sure if it would still fit.

In regards to the Steam Library there really isn't any use of putting it on an SSD. The only benefit you will see will come from load times but nothing in regards to FPS or stuff like that. If he is playing games like Skyrim or GW2 that have a lot of loading then yes he will see a benefit there but that's a lot of space. GW2 took up nearly 20GB during the beta weekend.

A quality 650 watt can easily push the two 680s and the i7. Here are a few that I would recommend and like I said if you aren't going to be messing with the voltage then don't bother with a 750 watt.
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I updated a few of the selections of the build and it actually dropped the price. I see with a couple of the parts I can get gift cards which will either be used between purchases or for a mouse and keyboard which I am sure he will need also. Let me know what you guys think now. It seems like a solid build still.

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I updated a few of the selections of the build and it actually dropped the price. I see with a couple of the parts I can get gift cards which will either be used between purchases or for a mouse and keyboard which I am sure he will need also. Let me know what you guys think now. It seems like a solid build still.
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Overall it looks good to me.
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Overall it looks good to me.

Thank you for all your help! If anyone else sees anything else that could be switched or maybe a better product drop a suggestion. I sent my friend a link to this thread so I will see what he thinks in the coming days and hopefully have the build ready to go in about 2 weeks. I always upgraded slowly so it will be awesome to just order everything all at once and make a real build log.

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Alright, so the first batch of parts came in!



I managed to put everything in my test bench but the board would not post. The red DIMM light lit up and nothing would happen. Thinking that I maybe got a bad stick I took one stick out and the same thing happened so then I took the other out and still the red light stayed on it and refused to post. Luckily I had a trusty old pair of Mushkin sticks laying around and plug those in and it booted just fine to the bios. I haven't received my copy of windows yet so I can't go any further yet. Does anyone else have a Asus P8Z77-V board? I found it very difficult to remove the ram once it was installed. Here is a horrible pic of all the parts on my test bench....



I know it is ugly, didn't bother with any sort of management or anything as of yet. With two other computers at this desk it was hard enough to find space for it until the monitor comes in.

Still waiting on some parts from Amazon but I haven't order the case yet. Everything else should be coming soon.
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Little update. Got everything put together and it is running great. As of right now his computer is sitting at 4.5Ghz CPU, 2066Mhz Memory (Haven't touched voltage or timings on it yet), and I haven't touched the 680 yet. Ran 12 hours of prime and maxed at 76C and now I am just folding on it. Here are some quick picks that I took of it.











What do you guys think?

EDIT: One more pic!



Any suggestions on the overclocks?
Edited by de Cossatot - 9/13/12 at 9:37pm
MellaMonster
(14 items)
 
MellaWork
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1090T Gigabyte 890FX UD5 Asus 5870 4GB MushkinRidgebacks 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1.5TB Black VRaptorx2 Raid 0 60OCZ Vertex EK Supreme Windows 7 x64bit 2xSamsung 23' 
PowerCase
Corsair 850HX HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 EVGA P55 Zotac 9800 Patriot 8GB 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
1.5 Black + Green win7 650W Corsair MiniCase 
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MellaMonster
(14 items)
 
MellaWork
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1090T Gigabyte 890FX UD5 Asus 5870 4GB MushkinRidgebacks 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1.5TB Black VRaptorx2 Raid 0 60OCZ Vertex EK Supreme Windows 7 x64bit 2xSamsung 23' 
PowerCase
Corsair 850HX HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 EVGA P55 Zotac 9800 Patriot 8GB 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
1.5 Black + Green win7 650W Corsair MiniCase 
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