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Old July 28, 2012, 12:54 PM
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The pc will be used for games and browsing the web. I would like to over clock it without water cooling it, if it is a must adjust it accordingly. I can purchase parts from both the US and Canada, and I am looking for used stuff as well.

I'll be using either 1920x1080 monitor or 1680x1050 one.

Things I need: CPU, GPU, SSD, Motherboard Power supply, Case and RAM.

Here is what I was thinking:
CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $180
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 $500
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 2.5" SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD $110 (CAN BE SMALLER SIZE)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $159.99
Power Supply: Thermaltake 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $89.99
Case: No idea, don't know what to look for in a case. I can go a little over budget on the case to ensure my comp doesn't over heat. $40-$100
RAM: Don't know the name, but its around $25

Note: I took most of these from Build the Fastest $1200 PC - July | Tek Syndicate just so I had a place to start.

I plan on purchasing and building the comp within the next 2 months.
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Old July 28, 2012, 01:11 PM
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What is the model of the Thermaltake PSU? With Thermaltake you have to be careful.
Thermaltake PSUs have a long-standing reputation of being average at best. They switched their OEM to Channel Well (CWT) for the Tough Power and later PurePower RX series, which have some good units. You need to know what you are buying when you get a Thermaltake, especially that they are a little overpriced. - Source: Who is the manufacturer of your PSU?
Other than that your build looks good.
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Drop the GPU to a 670 or even a 660 (should be out and reviewed before you build), for your res even a 670 is a bit overkill..

Gigabyte would not be a board that I would go near.. but thats personal brand preference.. Seen alot of MB problems from gigabyte and they are not known for great RMA service. Asus, Msi, Asrock are better options IMO.

Grab a 3570k unless you want to get a bit more overclocking headroom..
(sandy oc's better than Ivy, Ivy has better clock for clock speed and pci-e3 and some other stuff that is nice to have but not a deal-breaker if you rather the lil bit extra oc room)

SSD, I would go for a sandforce based drive.. OCZ Vertex3 / 4.. or Intel 520 (intel is quite expensive for size but the best drive and warrenty you'll find)

Watch the BST forum here for some parts coming up.. you may get almost everything if your lucky..
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Old July 29, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Drop the GPU to a 670 or even a 660 (should be out and reviewed before you build), for your res even a 670 is a bit overkill..

Gigabyte would not be a board that I would go near.. but thats personal brand preference.. Seen alot of MB problems from gigabyte and they are not known for great RMA service. Asus, Msi, Asrock are better options IMO.

Grab a 3570k unless you want to get a bit more overclocking headroom..
(sandy oc's better than Ivy, Ivy has better clock for clock speed and pci-e3 and some other stuff that is nice to have but not a deal-breaker if you rather the lil bit extra oc room)

SSD, I would go for a sandforce based drive.. OCZ Vertex3 / 4.. or Intel 520 (intel is quite expensive for size but the best drive and warrenty you'll find)

Watch the BST forum here for some parts coming up.. you may get almost everything if your lucky..
I agree with the GTX 670, but either go with the vertex 4 or keep the crucial M4. Both drives offer a real world performance advantage over the sandforce controller SSDs.

For the case the NZXT phantom 410 is a really neat looking case that could keep your system pretty cool.

You will also need a CPU heat sink to actually cool your CPU for an overclock. Thankfully you can get a pretty decent OC on both the i5 3570K and the i5 2500K with just a simple hyper 212 evo cooler.
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Again a vote for a gtx 670. Go to a better PSU of 650-750w (Antec, Corsair, XFX, or Seasonic). I wouldn't go for smaller than 128gb on the SSD, as performance drops off.
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Old July 30, 2012, 06:04 AM
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This case has good feedback:
Bitfenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Gamer Case, Black at Memory Express

Also ditch the psu and check out Bond007 recommendations.
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