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Going off to college soon, and I'll be leaving my main rig at home and giving it to my dad. I've been out of the hardware loop for quite some time now. I stopped updating myself on hardware after I got my i7 950 a year or two ago. I would actually prefer not to overclock, but it's not a definite no. I will be using this for mostly internet browsing, but when I do play games, I would prefer higher frame rates. I'm thinking a Corsair hybrid-water cooling is kind of the norm now adays, so I wouldn't mind getting one of those. Sorry if this is really picky. I just have no idea what is available in the new hardware market.

I'll be keeping my SSDs and my HDDs, so don't include those.

Please include a monitor. biggrin.gif

Thanks in advanced,
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post #2 of 16
This would be a good setup for under $1200, and completely ready for overclocking if you ever felt the itch. This leaves you with $300 left for the monitor which I will leave for someone else to recommend.

Intel i5-3570K $229.99 +$10 Newegg card
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $199.99
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB $299.99
Samsung 8GB 1600 1.35v $39.99
Corsair H100i Water Cooler $114.99
Asus 24x DVD Burner $19.99

The hardware listed above is probably something anyone could agree on, but cases and power supplys come down to opinion and preference so feel free to take a look at others if you wish.

OCZ ZT 750W Fully-Mudular $109.99 +$10 MIR
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D $159.99 +$20MIR

Also, if you dont already have it, sign up for a free 30 day Shop Runner account it will save you over $30 in shipping on Newegg.
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Hey Volcom, just had a quick tinker on PCpartpicker.com and this is what I came up with.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.92 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer HN274Hbmiiid 120Hz 27.0" Monitor ($389.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1477.85

You've got to go to a Microcenter to get this CPU at that price. If you are buying online expect more that $220. If you definitely decide not to overclock your rig then drop down to a locked 3570 and save $15. Also that means you can drop the H80 and simply use the stock cooler Intel provides. That's another $80 saved smile.gif

That mobo is great, I use it in my own rig. There are also good Asus, Gigabyte and MSI boards with similarly specs in the same price range. Though I think the features on the Extreme 4 are just a little bit better for the price.

Any 8gb (2x4gb) memory set at around this price will be plenty. It doesn't really matter if it is 1600Mhz or 1866Mhz like this set.

GTX 680, out of the box it's the fastest single GPU card you can buy right now. thumb.gif

The Case is really up to you and your preference. Any full tower for around this price will do but people tend to think the Phantom looks pretty good.

That power supply has a ton of juice. If you aren't going to overclock then drop it down to a 500W PSU made by Corsair or SeaSonic.

The 120Hz refresh rate on that monitor will let you get the full can of beans out of the 680. If you want to go for a cheaper 60Hz monitor than I suggest you drop down to a GTX 670 as that will be more than enough to max out the refresh on a 60Hz monitor.

I hope this helped mate.
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post #4 of 16
The two suggested rigs above are good.

I would go for the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H instead of the ASRock because it has a better power delivery system and UD4. - Asus Z77 tend to be more expensive than the competitors for the same features.

If you want to go with a Corsair WC unit just the a newer one with the 'i', else aircoolers are cheaper given the same performance compared to WC.

I would stick to AMD for the graphics card. Far better value, memory and GPGPU performance than Nvidia cards.

As for the PSU I would look into the Rosewill Capstone, 550W would be plenty or 650W for SLI/Crossfire.
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post #5 of 16
Here ya go boss - definitely pick up your CPU from microcenter if possible - I left room for keyboard, mouse, OS if needed and you can also change the case - Its a solid entry level case but not appealing to all..

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($96.87 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1366.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Yeah the Gigabyte boards have a good reputation and run only a little bit more expensive than the AsRock's for similar features. Though as I understand it the VRM issue with AsRock boards tends only to become an problem with sizable overclocking. 4.8ghz +. But if you can get a Gigabyte board at around the same price then do so just to get the newer VRMs.

The H80i has a big price premium on it, hence why I recommended the H80. However Adridu is right the 'i' model will offer a small performance increase.

AMD and nVidia both make amazing high end cards right now. But it must be said, the GTX 680 is the king for out of the box performance. If you feel like overclocking your GPU's you could get a 7970 up to around the same performance. Really it doesn't seem to matter hugely either way. If you get the 120Hz monitor then either a 7970 or a 680 are the go. For a 60Hz monitor either a 7950 or a 670 are plenty. But don't forget the nVidia cards will enjoy a small (5-10%) advantage over their AMD rivals if you aren't looking to overclock.
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

This would be a good setup for under $1200, and completely ready for overclocking if you ever felt the itch. This leaves you with $300 left for the monitor which I will leave for someone else to recommend.

Intel i5-3570K $229.99 +$10 Newegg card
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $199.99
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB $299.99
Samsung 8GB 1600 1.35v $39.99
Corsair H100i Water Cooler $114.99
Asus 24x DVD Burner $19.99

The hardware listed above is probably something anyone could agree on, but cases and power supplys come down to opinion and preference so feel free to take a look at others if you wish.

OCZ ZT 750W Fully-Mudular $109.99 +$10 MIR
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D $159.99 +$20MIR

Also, if you dont already have it, sign up for a free 30 day Shop Runner account it will save you over $30 in shipping on Newegg.

This is a nice build but i wouldn't want a heavy case for collage, i would suggest a smaller case yet big on the inside like the Corsair 300R and its $80 cheaper then the 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018

Edited by willywill - 1/15/13 at 6:11am
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by willywill View Post

This is a nice build but i wouldn't want a heavy case for collage, i would suggest a smaller case yet big on the inside like the Corsair 300R and its $80 cheaper then the 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018

Is this a newer case? This looks like a great choice over the 650D. With that savings you could easily afford one of those 1440P monitors from Microcenter and stay in budget.

Edit: Monitor Link
Second edit: Seems they won't ship this monitor from the website anymore, local pickup only.
Edited by Shaded War - 1/15/13 at 6:35am
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I've actually sort of pulled all of your ideas together. Except I chose a different CPU and case.



CM Storm Series Trooper - $149.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB - $99.99
Intel Core i7-3770K - $329.99
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
EVGA GTX 670 2GB - $379.99
CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 - $89.99
Asus VE248H Black 24" - $204.99
SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W - $143.99


Comes out to $1,570.58. (with shipping)

Constructive criticism is appreciated.
Edited by Volcom13 - 1/15/13 at 6:47am
 
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post #10 of 16
The i7 is overkill and you should look at the capstone I recommended unless you are going to go for an SLI setup

I personally think the corsair hydro systems are useless compared to cheaper air cooling versions but that's just my opinion
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