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I've been out of the loop since 2010, but I'm finally employed and have roughly $1200 to spend on the rig alone. (NOT including Windows)

- Mainly gaming rig/browsing rig
-Really want to go down a watercooling path, was thinking about spending $200-300 on watercooling alone (roughly $900-1000 to spend on the rest of the components)
- I'd like a mobo with built in wireless and bluetooth if possible
- Thinking of a quad core intel CPU, probably 8-12GB of RAM
- Probably Nvidia GPU, unless ATI has fixed their driver problems
- Need new EVERYTHING with the exception of perhaps my old PSU and HDD's

I also need recommendations for a 1080p monitor that has at least 2 HDMI inputs, one for my rig, another for my xbox - preferably under $300.
Also need recommendations for a decent 2.1 speaker system under $250, and finally I need a wireless mouse and keyboard if anyone has any good suggestions

The monitor and speaker system is separate from the main rig, and will probably be purchased last

I was thinking I could buy the watercooling components and case first so I can experiment with watercooling before I actually throw everything together.
Any suggestions are welcomed, treat me like a newbie, I can't remember anything redface.gif
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post #2 of 46
Okay, well first off, if you want a decent gaming rig, you may have to cut back on some of these expensive peripherals, particularly the 250 dollar speaker system, unless you do have a good PSU and HDD already. What are the specs on those?

Anyway, I would suggest a gtxx 660 ti, an i5 3570k, and probably a z77 mobo. Also, you don't need 12 gb of ram, I'm running on 4 on my gaming rig atm with no problems, so 8 will be fine.
post #3 of 46
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($195.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $877.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 15:35 EST-0500)

This is my suggestion. The case I picked is my favorite case on the market it can accommodate 2 slim 2 fan rads but you could pick something else that doesn't cost as much. It's all preference when it comes to cases. You could also save some money on the power supply I picked but don't go to low, don't want something built cheaply. I hope what I suggested fits the bill though.
post #4 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies already guys!

I have to head to work, but I forgot to mention.

$1200 is my budget just for the rig. (case, mobo, GPU, CPU, RAM, etc.) and the watercooling.

The keyboard/mouse, the monitor and the speakers are all on a separate budget that I'll buy as soon as I have the funds.

Also, I was planning on doing a CPU/GPU loop for my watercooling. Should I ask the watercooling subforum about that? I thought $200-300 should be a good amount to invest in that, but I'm still a newbie at WC.

Also PSU and hard drives are in my previous rig specs. I have a 650 watt corsair
Edited by xxhaloownerxx - 2/21/13 at 1:50pm
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840 PRO 128 GBytes LG Blu-Ray Combo Custom WC loop Win7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 21.5" LED CM Storm Trigger 650 Watt SeaSonic  Fractal R4 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G700 Rosewill pad Z623 
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE ASUS M4A79XTD EVO 9600 GT 4GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB Seagate, 1TB WD Lite-ON Win 7 19" viewsonic HDTV 1080i 
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post #5 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by packerbackermk View Post

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($195.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $877.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 15:35 EST-0500)

This is my suggestion. The case I picked is my favorite case on the market it can accommodate 2 slim 2 fan rads but you could pick something else that doesn't cost as much. It's all preference when it comes to cases. You could also save some money on the power supply I picked but don't go to low, don't want something built cheaply. I hope what I suggested fits the bill though.

I agree with most of this, however I would buy everything at Newegg except for the CPU which is much cheaper at Microcenter. However, if your budget is actually 1200, then I would say go for a radeon 7950 or a instead of a gtx 560 ti.
Also, if you want a full CPU/GPU loop your looking at 300 to 400
Edited by eagle982 - 2/22/13 at 5:57am
post #6 of 46
Thread Starter 
Alrighty, how is this GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025
Or this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
Also, will that case be able to accommodate all the WCing equipment? I'm assuming I'll need at least two 240 rads. Any suggestions on components for the WCing is welcomed. I know swifttech makes good pumps, I'll probably head on down to microcenter later to have a look at everything
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840 PRO 128 GBytes LG Blu-Ray Combo Custom WC loop Win7 
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Samsung 21.5" LED CM Storm Trigger 650 Watt SeaSonic  Fractal R4 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G700 Rosewill pad Z623 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE ASUS M4A79XTD EVO 9600 GT 4GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB Seagate, 1TB WD Lite-ON Win 7 19" viewsonic HDTV 1080i 
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840 PRO 128 GBytes LG Blu-Ray Combo Custom WC loop Win7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 21.5" LED CM Storm Trigger 650 Watt SeaSonic  Fractal R4 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G700 Rosewill pad Z623 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE ASUS M4A79XTD EVO 9600 GT 4GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB Seagate, 1TB WD Lite-ON Win 7 19" viewsonic HDTV 1080i 
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post #7 of 46
The fit is tight but you can get 2 rads into the r4.
This video takes you on a walk through of the r4 and shows how to fit 2 rads.

[Build Log] The Define Project
This is a link to a guy in the process of fitting a 2 rads into the r4.
post #8 of 46
Do NOT get the 560 Ti with that budget. Grab a 7950 or if you want Nvidia a 670.

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post #9 of 46
^ This. Totally agree with going after the 7950 or even the 7870 XT than limiting yourself to the older technology.

If you want to delay the watercooling idea and build a really boss gaming rig I'll suggest some 2.1 speakers from Logitech Z623 at about half your expected price. Good quality for the price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121048

Build a stable rig that works on air and then you can always add your custom loop to later. thumb.gif
post #10 of 46
Personally I would just skip the Waterloop for gpu and put that money towards a better card. Taking the 100-125 it would cost to watercool it you get a much better card and way more performance.

Watercooling on nvidia cards is somewhat ehhh in Kepler. Since currently there is only 2 cards you can buy new that have the ability to be over volted. The 680 power edition and the 680 lightning.

Both of which require a bios flash to get the voltage.

Personally the best bang for the buck without a doubt is the 7970. It matches or beats the 680 with a mild oc (ghz edition) and the voltage adjustment is on the table for most cards.
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