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post #1 of 19
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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: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.49 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($96.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.81 @ Amazon)
Total: $1358.02
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-23 20:48 EDT-0400)

Here's what I've got so far, it's really a bit more costly than I was really hoping. Any suggested changes, possibly to reduce the price, while keeping the performance? Feel free to suggest components you feel would better suit this build than perhaps I've chosen.

Thanks,

32oz
2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
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Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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2012 Build
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i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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post #2 of 19
Asrock has a okay RMA service and support, but the UD3H is one of the best boards out there, with great support. Asus has a bad RMA service, not sure on monitors, though. Asus DVD Roms are known to die after a little while. The Antec 900 is a old case, and at $100 with no cable managment and a non-painted inside, its a stupid case to get. Kinda simaler look, and good, recent case, still not the best for $100, but if you like the look: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178&Tpk=antec%201100Get something else from Corsair, NZXT, Bitfenix, some Antecs, and Cooler Master. Other then that, looks good.
Edited by byteninja2 - 8/23/12 at 6:07pm
post #3 of 19
Dont u get the 60 dollars off a motherboard when you buy an i5 from microcenter? Intead of a 660ti I would get this 7950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161407
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Ryzen 5 1600 MSI B350 Bazooka ASUS Turbo GTX 1060  T-Force DDR4 3000 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 250gb Intel 320 160gb SilverStone Heligon HE01 Windows 10 
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Achieva Shimian  Monoprice MX Black SeaSonic X-750 Corsair 350D 
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Ryzen 5 1600 MSI B350 Bazooka ASUS Turbo GTX 1060  T-Force DDR4 3000 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 250gb Intel 320 160gb SilverStone Heligon HE01 Windows 10 
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post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, here's what I got after the suggestions:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.49 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.81 @ Amazon)
Total: $1378.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-23 22:00 EDT-0400)
Edited by 32oz - 8/23/12 at 7:01pm
2012 Build
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by byteninja2 View Post

Asrock has a okay RMA service and support, but the UD3H is one of the best boards out there, with great support. Asus has a bad RMA service, not sure on monitors, though. Asus DVD Roms are known to die after a little while. The Antec 900 is a old case, and at $100 with no cable managment and a non-painted inside, its a stupid case to get. Kinda simaler look, and good, recent case, still not the best for $100, but if you like the look: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178&Tpk=antec%201100Get something else from Corsair, NZXT, Bitfenix, some Antecs, and Cooler Master. Other then that, looks good.

Thanks for the suggestions... What would you say is "the best" case for $100?
2012 Build
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Made a few changes (rest assured it'll probably change again):


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.49 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($159.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1403.01
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 14:24 EDT-0400)
Edited by 32oz - 8/24/12 at 11:27am
2012 Build
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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post #7 of 19
What are you using this computer for?

Do you really need watercooling?

If you are buying the i5 3570k from Microcenter, then pick up the z77 ASrock extreme 4 for only 85 bucks....It has 2 more Sata 6gb ports then the gigabyte one you have picked out....I have it and love it.

I'm also not loving your PSU....I would go with something made by seasonic....and don't get caught up in mail in rebates, they don't always work out. Look at what you paying out of pocket the moment you purchase it....
Edited by Mbalmer - 8/24/12 at 1:38pm
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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 
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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 
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post #8 of 19
MOBO/SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1040757
This is a really good motherboard for the money. Supports SLI/Xfire 8x8x, has an enormous heat-sunk VRM configuration. Great for OCing.
$20 Combo savings help put the more desirable Crucial M4 at the price point of lesser SSDs.

CPU/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1049497
2500K is a little more OCing friendly and is priced $30 lower than the 3570K. Well made modular 80+ GOLD rated Superflower made PSU here. This is enough power to take the build Dual GPU and OCed no problem. Apply Promo Code RWCP2008 for an additional $22 off (works with combo, I checked). The $38 combo savings, combined with the $22 promo code savings, are effectively affording you a $110 modular PSU, for $50. The "PC builders" don't find the overlapping deals like this, don't trust that they are always finding you the best price.

Case/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1049340
$15 combo savings, and the same promo code that works on the combo above, actually takes an additional $26 off the price here. That's like buying a nice $130 case, and getting your RAM kit FREE. Again, the "pc builder sites" don't find these overlapping deals.

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161407
$300 is about the best price out there on these now. Recent price drops makes this the better card at the $300 price point than the 660Ti, good choice.

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
15% off promo code

ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
Or whatever you can get cheapest at the time of purchase.

CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019
Your VRMs can send me a thank you later.

27" LCD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254093
Bigger is better right? (just including this to illustrate what some of the savings elsewhere in this build could afford you, otherwise, save the cash and pick up a decent 23-24" unit)

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
Buy elsewhere to save $10 more if you want.

That's $1406 shipped, or a few bucks less if you buy the OS elsewhere. No MIRs to fill out or mess with. Bigger monitor (or cheaper price if you choose another monitor), better PSU, better SSD, better approach to CPU/VRM cooling, Easier to OC chip.
Edited by mdocod - 8/24/12 at 10:41pm
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
Mouse
logitec M235 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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logitec M235 
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post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mbalmer View Post

What are you using this computer for?

gaming, will be overclocking although nothing too agressive
Quote:
Do you really need watercooling?

Do to living in Arizona with the relativity high air temps and low humidity (even inside with A/C running 24/7), I've found aircooling doesn't really cut it. Hoping watercooling does the trick.

Quote:
If you are buying the i5 3570k from Microcenter, then pick up the z77 ASrock extreme 4 for only 85 bucks....It has 2 more Sata 6gb ports then the gigabyte one you have picked out....I have it and love it.

According to their website the CPU can only be picked up from one of their stores, in which doesn't exist in Arizona
Quote:
and don't get caught up in mail in rebates, they don't always work out. Look at what you paying out of pocket the moment you purchase it....

Thanks for the heads up! thumb.gif
2012 Build
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2 x 4 Gb Carsair Vengeance LP 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell S2330MX 60Hz 23.0" Monitor Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Corsair TX650M 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V... 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Razer - DeathAdder 3500 Rocketfish - Gaming Mouse Pad Asus Xonar DG / Sennheiser HD 380 Pro 
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post #10 of 19
If you checkout the newegg shell-shocker they are having a refurb Acer 23" monitor for $109. It is still a pretty solid monitor so that could save you a few more bucks. Everything else looks pretty good to me. Unless you can find sales or make sacricifes I don't think you can get too much cheaper.

Where in AZ are you?
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