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Old November 24, 2012, 01:19 PM
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1.This pc will be used for gaming and day to day school work.
2. The budget is approximetly $1100
3. Canada
4. Brand preferance intel and asus.
5. Current parts are keyboard, mouse and 23" monitor.
6. I've read most current threads just worried about compatibility and upgrades.
7. No real plans to overclock.
8. Ordering parts this weekend.
9. Max setting for gaming. 2048 x 1152

Here is my build so far. Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard
ASUS BC-12B1ST Internal 12X Blu-Ray Reader & 16X DVD Writer Combo Drive SATA OEM Corsair Vengeance Black CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM Storage.
SanDisk Extreme 120GB 2.5in SATA3 6GB/S SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Opperating system. Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120mm Fan 5 Year Warranty
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card any reccomendations along the same price line.
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio Any input is appreciated.
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Old November 24, 2012, 02:25 PM
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My System Specs


Good! Maybe a 660ti OC would be more interresting,no?
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Old November 24, 2012, 03:29 PM
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My System Specs


Looks good. My suggestions are:

Since you don't plan to OC go to a 3470/3550/3570 depending on price to save a few $. Go to a gtx 660 or 660ti for the power savings and newer technology. Drop to a 650w psu unless you think you will sli down the road.
Desktop: Arc Midi R2, Z77-D3H, 3570K 1.09v/4.1ghz with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb@1866mhz, XFX R9 280X DD, Bitfenix Fury 750w, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
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Old November 24, 2012, 11:17 PM
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I don't see any compatibility issues, but here are some suggestions.


MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard

ASRock Z77 EXTREME3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI D-Sub USB3.0 Motherboard

Nothing wrong with the motherboard you've chosen, but do you really need Quad SLI/CFX? The MSI Z77A-GD55 is just as good and you'll save a bit more money; MSI is part of the big three so you can't go wrong. The Asrock Z77 Extreme3 looks like a pretty solid as well, Asrock might not be up there with Asus, Gigabyte, and Msi, but they're really coming into their own. The goal here is to shave off $$$ as much as possible for a higher-end video card without compromising on quality.


Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 10-10-10-27 1.5V Memory Kit - Black Mamba

The Corsair you've chosen seems to be sold out. The Patriots above are on sale for an awesome price; they look nicer too.


Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 1006MHZ 2GB 3.0GHZ GDDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E DirectX 11 Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 1032MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk 1100MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

The GTX 570 is an absolute steal for that price, but you're really missing out on performance from the newer cards like the 660ti or 7870. Pretty irritating cause just yesterday NCIX had an XFX 7870 Core ED for $189.99; they're all sold out now.


ADATA SX900 2.5" 128GB SSD SATA 3 SandForce 2281 550MB/SEC Write and 530MB/SEC Read

Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

Although personally I'd go with the Samsung, there have been reports of problems during testing; the Adata SX900 is a great substitute. Nothing against Sandisk, but like I said in an another thread, they just don't have enough high profile SSDs for me to care about.


Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive

Western Digital Black Caviars are excellent drives, but they're a bit noisy when they're running. I had two WD Black Caviars 640gb ran in RAID: 0 and the noise was pretty irritating at night. You get an extra TB with the Seagate Barracuda, and it should be a lot quieter (not to mention less expensive).


XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

The PSU you've chosen is solid, but unless you absolutely need a PSU from Corsair, the XFX 750W is just as good and quite a bit cheaper. Linus bought an XFX psu for his new rig, so rest assured that XFX is a quality brand. NCIX had the HX750 for $99.99, but like the 7870, it's sold out. Bond's suggestion for a 650W is a good idea, except there's not a lot of 650W power supplies on sale this time.


Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooling System LGA775/1155/1156/1366 AM2/AM3/AM3/FM1 + 2000RPM

Why? Well... why not?


Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU

The Corsair 300R IMO looks nicer than the Antec 300. All-black interior, LED Power button, dual rad support, cable management grommets, better airflow capability, and it's gonna be very hard to get it at $50 bucks again in the future.

Edit: found two more feature rich cases at a great price.

Fractal Design Arc MIDI Tower Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PS Fan Controller & Front USB3

Fractal Design Core 3000 Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case 2X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB


Provided that you went with the Samsung 840 SSD and MSI Z77A-GD55 motherboard, your total (tax included) comes to about $650.00. That leaves you with $450.00 left for a videocard...more than enough for a GTX 670 or even 7970...BAM!

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