Oh man, there are some terrible choices for the money in this build... first are you okay with buying from a few different stores? this way you will save some money, see in the list below they're all trusted stores so it's all good.
Just buy the parts mentioned from the respective stores (follow the links).PCPartPicker part list
/ Price breakdown by merchant
/ BenchmarksCPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
($85.00 @ PCCaseGear)Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
($175.00 @ Scorptec)Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
($54.00 @ Foxcomp)Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($75.00 @ Scorptec)Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
($125.00 @ Scorptec)Keyboard: Ducky DK9008 Shine II (M Edition) Wired Standard Keyboard
($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)Mouse: Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse
($36.00 @ PCCaseGear)Other: LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive
($55.00 @ PCCaseGear)Other: Arctic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Compound (4g)
($7.50 @ PCCaseGear)Other: Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Dynamic Audiophile Headphones
($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)Other: Zalman Microphone ZM-MIC 1
($12.00 @ PCCaseGear)Total:
$1831.50(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 22:57 EST+1100)
First the motherboard, the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H is cheaper and is a brillant that will do everything you need (checkout the review by Sin here
that includes circuitry analysis, this board is impressive esp. for the price), then the memory 8GB are overkill already for normal usage so 16GB is totally useless, then the SSD you can get the Plextor M5S for significantly cheaper and it's a top tier SSD with 19nm NAND (checkout the SSD charts here
for performance comparison: the M5S gets 828 vs. 1187 for the 840 Pro but since SSD's are so fast, you will NEVER see the difference and as the Plextor M5S is in the top-tier
), then for the video card I'd go with the Gigabyte 7970 to save some money, the Windforce 3x is one of the best cooling systems and the Gigabyte cards usually get nice overclocks through it all depends on the particular sample.
PS: I'm not being a Gigabyte fanboy through I have their products but they make great stuff at a very decent price as you can see.
For keyboard and mouse the Logitech G400 is a great mouse and cheaper than the Razer (the most preferred mouse right now with the Deathadder). Also I've thrown in the Ducky Shine II M (the M means it's the newest revision with full-backlit and stuff), a Ducky keyboard has the highest quality you can get, and that's for the same price as the Razer.
Then for the soundcard the Creative Recon3D is rubbish like totally rubbish, I agree that the card looks nice but it's a plain scam (which you can see easily if you do some research), see what Simca (OCN's audio guy) said about it:
Originally Posted by Simca
The Recon3D is a flaming piece of crap that isn't worth 50 dollars. It's only use is if you're content with on board quality sound and really want the Titanium HD's gaming capability for a cheaper price.
The Recon 3D's drivers are the best part about it, but the Xonar DX's drivers aren't bad at all and if they are the Unified drivers fix any problem you have.
So yeah, the Xonar DX is a great card or if you want to stay with Creative I strongly advise you to go with the Titanium HD (through it's their old model which is becoming hard to find OR go with their newer product which is the SoundBlaster Z for $115:
This card is not the best deal you can get but it's miles better than the Recon3D so if you want nice asthetics over good value card I would go with this one for sure.
Then for the thermal compound the Arctic MX-4 is better and very easy to apply, I'd go with that.
And the other important part about sound: DON'T go with headsets, they're hella expensive and have very mediocre sound.
Instead I selected an Audio Technica ATH-AD700 which has great soundstage (most popular headphones for gaming uses because of it) and a Zalman clip-on mic which will be FAR better.
See, the build went down from $2639 to $1831 and that is with some equally good and some better parts.
Checkout OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products
for more informations but that's it basically.
BTW, checkout the Ergonomic Chair Guide
too. Edited by adridu59 - 2/5/13 at 4:26am