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Looking for help building a computer

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,
My name is Joe, I am new here so please bare with me due to my lack of knowledge when it comes to computers.

$1000-$2000 including second monitor (DELL U23HM)

Main Function:
Gaming (Starcraft II-Low Settings, World of Warcraft-Ultra Settings, Random Games-High - Maxed Settings)

I am not familiar with networking cards these days but it must be bluetooth and wireless capable.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Mother-Board ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW

Hard-Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Hard-Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Power-Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-Panel Black 23"

Total: $1692.89

Any Suggestions?
post #2 of 5
Any reason you chose to go with a Sandy Bridge build? At this point you may as well get a Z77 motherboard and a 3570K. If you like Asus, one of these motherboards would be a good choice.

Intel i5-3570K
Asus P8Z77-V
Asus P8Z77-V LK

Oh, and that's DDR2 RAM, you need DDR3. DDR3-1600 is recommended; if you like G.Skill the Ripjaws X are a solid choice, but it's all pretty much the same.
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 8GB

Also, I recommend you get an aftermarket cooler, the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO is a solid choice at $30:
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO
Edited by Forceman - 10/27/12 at 11:41pm
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
My lack of knowledge was the reason, good to know I am looking for ivy bridge smile.gif
post #4 of 5
Unless you're an audiophile I'd suggest that you drop the sound card and put the money you saved into another (better) part, the on-board ones on motherboards these days are plenty good enough for basically everyone.

If you'll be playing on two monitors, I'd go for a AMD Radeon 7970 3GB, I'd go for an Asus one if I were you, if you can fit it into your budget, go for the 7970 Matrix it's just the best single card out there, it overclocks like a beast.

Go for a Asrock Z77 Extreme 4, they're the best bang for your buck motherboard out there within the ~$150 price range.

As for RAM go for a pair of Corsair Vengeance 4GB sticks.
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Thread Starter 
When it comes to motherboards do you guys know which is more reliable... Asus P8Z77-V or Asrock Z77 Extreme 4?
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