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Windows 7: New Build (Opinion's Needed)

29 Oct 2012   #1
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
New Build (Opinion's Needed)

I'm going to be building(teaching) a rig for my nephew. He is a gamer, so the rig will be for gaming and 15yo web browsing(porn jk). His words..."Must play games at High/Ultra settings".... He would like to keep the price around $1000.00us, under if possible. He will be using HDTV as a monitor so wont need that, but will be needing everything else.

If we could whittle it down to around a $1000.00us before shipping cost that would be perfect!


Below is what I have come up with so far. All from Newegg. Please have a look and give your opinion's. (and money saving ideas)

Thanks,
Jeep

UPDATED LIST OF PARTS ON PAGE 2

GIGABYTE GV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:GV-N66TOC-2GD
Item #:N82E16814125440
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$299.99 $299.99


Intel BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled Thermal Solution For the LGA2011 Socket
Model #:BXRTS2011LC
Item #:N82E16835203006
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$89.99 -$11.00 Instant $78.99


NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower White Trim Computer Case

Model #:CA-PH410-B2
Item #:N82E16811146091
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$99.99 $99.99


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$19.99 $19.99


Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$149.99 -$40.00 Instant $109.99


AZIO Levetron KB555U Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
Model #:KB555U
Item #:N82E16823839008
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$59.99 -$37.00 Instant $22.99


ZALMAN ZM-M300 Black 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse
Model #:ZM-M300
Item #:N82E16826501010
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$19.99 $19.99


SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:MZ-7PC128B/WW
Item #:N82E16820147163
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

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$149.99 -$41.00 Instant $108.99


ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:P8Z77-V
Item #:N82E16813131820
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$189.99 $189.99


SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:M12II 520 Bronze
Item #:N82E16817151093
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$99.99 -$30.00 Instant $69.99


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Model #:BX80637I53570K
Item #:N82E16819116504
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

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$229.99 $229.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

Model #:F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
Item #:N82E16820231455
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock

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$49.99 $49.99

Subtotal: $1,281.88


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29 Oct 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The first thing that jumps out at me is the power supply.

OCZ is not near the top of the food chain.

750 watts is major overkill UNLESS you have plans for more than 1 graphics card.

Newegg.com - SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
superior brand, modular, $70; saves you 50 bucks.

Newegg.com - XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
made by Seasonic, $70

Newegg.com - SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$100;

If you insist on more than 700 watts:

Newegg.com - Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Manufactured by Seasonic; $100

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Manufactured by Seasonic; $105; $85 after rebate

Newegg.com - XFX Core Edition PRO750W (P1-750S-NLB9) 750W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Manufactured by Seasonic; $110; $85 after rebate

I'd take any of the above rather than the OCZ.

I don't think there is any need to get a K processor if not overclocking. For that matter, you don't need a 3570 for gaming, but if it fits your budget, go ahead. If you want to get down to $1000, the CPU is a likely candidate, along with motherboard.

Good choice on the Samsung SSD; you might be able to get it cheaper on sale if you don't have to buy today. It's a luxury though if you need to get closer to $1000.

You could save a few bucks by moving down to 1600 or 1333 RAM with little consequence.

Apparently, you don't need to purchase Windows in that budget?
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29 Oct 2012   #3
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

@ ignatzatsonic,

Good call on the psu. I checked with him and he will not be sli'ing. I'm so used to building my rigs I forget that some people don't need a build to be "overkill" at first. I'm always looking forward to my next upgrade!
I guess I got mixed up, because I could of sworn that OCZ's psu were made by Seasonic....maybe I mixed XFX & OCZ up.

Going with your suggestion: Newegg.com - SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
superior brand, modular, $70; saves you 50 bucks.

I have updated the first post with it!!! Thanks


I'll dig into the Ram, Cpu, MB and see what else can be shaved off. I've never built a gaming only rig before. I might oc it for him, but if a non-k cpu will cut the price to where its needed it wont hurt to do so.

It will still be some time before buying, I know prices will change a bit with sales starting/ending.

Yes you are right he does not need to buy OS, his parents have a 7 pro sitting around. They bought it to upgrade their computer, but computer died and they bought a new pre-built.
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29 Oct 2012   #4
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Ditto on the PSU. I've got that one and I don't need it, plus some OCZs have a fan problem (mine did.)

HDD - I know a lot of people like the WD Black but you can find better deals.
Seagate 1TB 7200 SATA 6 - $84.99

In fact, I'd be patient on all this stuff because it's almost Nov. NewEgg has a Cyber Monday sale, plus good prices through the whole month and Dec. Everything always goes on sale. Like I'm clicking on the SSD you listed -it's at $89 right now. I'd jump all over that. HDDs will continue to go down for Christmas, from what I've been reading. I'm waiting to upgrade one my my HDDs.

Good luck- building is the way the best way to get exactly what you want and it's cheaper.
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30 Oct 2012   #5
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

@ Colonel Travis,
Thanks for the info on psu, I already swapped it for the one in my last post and updated the first post.

I've got time so I will be watching sales, but ether way I've got to wait till nephew is ready to pull the trigger. I'll be re-checking prices when he is.



@Everyone,

How do these look for swapping out Cpu,Ram,MB to get the price down a bit??


ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOSModel #:P8Z77-V LKItem #:N82E16813131837
$139.99

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450Model #:BX80637I53450Item #:N82E16819116506
$194.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9BModel #:CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9BItem #:N82E16820145345
$40.99
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30 Oct 2012   #6
sectionate

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

The recommended psu for that card is 450. 700+ watts is far from overkill
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30 Oct 2012   #7
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sectionate View Post
The recommended psu for that card is 450. 700+ watts is far from overkill
The PSU has been handled, its now a 520w seasonic (See post #3) Thanks
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30 Oct 2012   #8
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

the i5-3470 is $5 more and has higher clocks.
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30 Oct 2012   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Jeepmann can you post what has been settled for you decisions of parts. That will let us know what to suggest or not to suggest.
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30 Oct 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Jeep:

Do you have some over-riding reason for liquid cooling??

The standard high quality cooler recommendation is Coolermaster Hyper 212 at circa $30. All you would need if you aren't trying to set overclocking records and it saves close to $50 off the top.

I'd get 1600 speed RAM from Crucial/Corsair/G Skill, whatever is on sale on the day of the buy; probably $35 to $40 for 2 x 4 GB, maybe a few bucks less.

If you can buy circa Black Friday, you may see some particularly good prices. Are you confining the buy to one big order, or smaller purchases over weeks?
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