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Old December 4, 2012, 08:32 AM
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Talking Kingsix's Build Thread.

Hello everyone, I picked up the bulk of the parts for my new system last night. Below is a list of the parts purchased over the course of stocking up. I will be taking some pictures along the way and updating this post. The only hiccup was that they gave me the wrong case, so tonight I will have to go exchange it. I wanted the Define R4 Black, and they gave me the Define R4 Windowed Titanium.

I purchased all parts from Memory Express, and there was a price beat on most items. A small FYI when looking for MemExpress price beats before a purchase; The part numbers must match, so copy the "part #" from the memory express site, and paste that into however you are looking. Also, shopbot.ca doesn't always work, didn't find the savings from NCIX on the 660TI OC (sb ncix-304.99, ncix direct - 269.99). Pcpartpicker.com did find that savings by the way.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.48 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($73.48 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($121.48 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.23 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.98 @ Memory Express)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($325.48 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($115.48 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.23 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1154.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I have a few items already that I will be using, and existing Widnows 7 license, a 1tb seagate for storage (for now), an old microsoft mouse and an old keyboard. Also my LCD will be an old POS until boxing day when I hope to score some deals on a large 1920x1080 monitor, a better mouse/keyboard, possibly an NAS and some storage drives.

Build probably starts slightly tonight, and the bulk will happen Friday afternoon most likely. Stay tuned.

The reason I am posting this now is to give an opportunity to you all, if there are any pictures or details you are interested in post em and I will do my best to satisfy. I will also be updating the price list with my actual costs, so you can see what kind of deals I achieved.
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Nice build, overall. Question: Why did you go with the GTX660Ti over the 7950? The 7950 is cheaper, more powerful, not plagued by bad drivers anymore, and comes with 3 free games. I'm not saying the 660Ti is a bad choice, just that the 7950 would have been a better one.
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:51 AM
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I suppose a slight bias. Maybe, maybe the 7950 is a more powerful card, it does have 3Gb, instead of two, but I cannot concede cheaper at all. I got the 660 TI OC for $269.99, the lowest price I can find on a 7950 is $313 and thats not even a brand I know, powercolor. Budget was an issue, I had an agreed max with the wife and this low price was a key factor.

Anyway the plan was drop to a 660 TI OC, from the 670 OC, and maybe a year down the road I buy a second one and SLI. All part of the concession for a lower price and my migration away from using a small form factor system. (was looking at the Sugo SG09, tiny)
Edit: As for the 3 free games, I am unaware of what they are, but in all likely hood it wouldn't matter to me. What were the games?
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:59 AM
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Hmmm, Farcry 3 might have tempted me. But thats fine. I will probably just wait for a sale on it on steam. I could wait a while before i need to play that.
The other two I couldn't care less. When finished the first games that will likely hit my screen are Empire:Total War and Medieval TW2 ( I already own)
To each their own.
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Old December 4, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Anyways, still a very nice build, and I'm sure you'll be very happy with it. What kind of display are you going to be using?

Make sure to buy yourself a very nice gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard. They make the experience of your new computer all the more sweeter. There's nothing worse than a $10 optical mouse when you've spent $1200 on your build.
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Old December 4, 2012, 10:26 AM
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Heh, yeah thats a concern for now. Until Boxing day I will be stuck with a very crappy lcd, the classic Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical (that white one with the red bottom) and an old Dell keyboard. Heh. I plan on seeing if my work has any old ones (but not as old) that I can borrow for the mean time.
Actually I am a bit of a fan of that classic mouse, it never fails. The monitor when I buy it, I will be doing a single monitor, 23-24", 1920x1080. Lets just say Christmas can't come soon enough.

I will post pictures of the crap I am using now so you can all cringe.

I spent a bunch less than 1200 btw.
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Old December 4, 2012, 10:34 AM
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I recommend the Logitech G9X. Nothing feels nicer than a nicely weighted laser mouse, and it has adjustable DPI and two bodies (for different grips).
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Old December 4, 2012, 01:46 PM
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I will keep that in mind.
One thing some may notice is that the Power supply I used isn't all that great. I have read some bad reviews of the OCZ ModXStream 700W. Even the guy at MemEx told me specifically "Even though this power supply says SLI Ready, don't SLI with it" And yes, in the future if I am buying another card to SLI, I will also upgrade my PSU to a heftier quality unit.
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Nice build, overall. Question: Why did you go with the GTX660Ti over the 7950? The 7950 is cheaper, more powerful, not plagued by bad drivers anymore, and comes with 3 free games. I'm not saying the 660Ti is a bad choice, just that the 7950 would have been a better one.
most importantly the 660ti's memory bandwidth of 192 bit completely chokes the performance out of the card... may as well just jump to 670 if you're dead set on nvidia
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