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Old 2012-06-20, 08:57 PM   [Ignore Me] #1
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1. What is your budget and does that include shipping/taxes?
1,200 at most, excluding shipping

2. Where do you live (Please list if possible town, state, and country)?
menlo park, CA

3. What do you need this computer to do (like gaming, Photoshop, and so on)? strictly gaming, mainly planetside 2.

4. What parts will you need for the computer? Please list what parts specifically. all of them, minus monitor, keyboard, and mouse

5. Are you reusing any parts for this computer? If so please say what parts.
no

6. What kind of monitor/resolution do you have or want to get to use for the computer? I have a 21" LCD monitor, im not sure what the best resolution for that is

7. Do you have a legit OS? If so what OS and is it 32-bit or 64-bit?
I need to get one, windows preferably


8. What are you looking for the motherboard to have feature wise? Like SLI, Crossfire, Firewire, USB 3.0, Sata 6.0 Gb/s, and so on.
no need for SLi or crossfire, and I really only am building this for ps2, so if it enhances the gameplay, I would like it

9. Any plans to overclock the CPU or GPU?
No


10. What time kind of time frame are you planning on ordering these parts?
I would like to have it completed by the end of the summer

Any advice or input would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot for taking the time to help me, I really do appreciate it.
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Old 2012-06-20, 09:35 PM   [Ignore Me] #2
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CD Drive - $16.50
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011013-WW/dp/B005E97ZUU/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340250363&sr=1-2&keywords=corsair+500r^$115^
Hard Drive - $93 ($15 off w/ promo code EMCNDJA23, ends 6/25)
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Windforce-Graphics/dp/B0080I06WQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340250275&sr=8-1&keywords=gigabyte+670+gtx^$400^
Power Supply - $89 after $10 MIR

http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-240-Pin-PC3-10666-F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL/dp/B002X578GE/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340250512&sr=1-21&keywords=8gb+ddr3+1600^$50^
Motherboard - $110
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3550-Processor-BX80637I53550/dp/B007SZ0EJW/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340250582&sr=1-7&keywords=ivy+bridge^$205^
Operating System - $110
Total is $1,075. Shipping probably won't be too much if you go for free super shipping. Sorry about the formatting, the site does it for me.

If you like the build and no one else has any suggestions, I can email you the cart.

Also, the computer case is largely personal preference. I'll list some competing decent cases, but that's the one I have and I rather like it.
NZXT Phantom - $110
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 - $150
COOLER MASTER HAF XM - $130
Corsair 400R - $90 after MIR
Antec DF-85 Black - $120 after $20 MIR
Antec DF-30 - $120 ($10 shipping)
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:11 PM   [Ignore Me] #3
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I don't like that motherboard..but we're pricing you into that it because of the 670..which is critical currently (we'll see in like a week with the 660's release)
How about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157297
You get the Z77 that way and better packaging with the full-size. And two PCI slots that can gather dust

I prefer reference video cards because I've always found the OC cards to be much louder...and, franky, the half dozen FPS just isn't worth it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130782
With the EVGA you get a fee 16gb flash drive too

How about this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226184
Lower voltage, same latency, $2 more or just http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147096 (because latency hardly matters at all)


I like Lian-Li cases because they're classy and tend to have great build quality:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112304
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112099

Even the second one has plenty of airflow. 2x 120mm is what I've got and all of my parts are older and have larger TDPs than yours.
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:26 PM   [Ignore Me] #4
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Originally Posted by Rbstr View Post
I don't like that motherboard..but we're pricing you into that it because of the 670..which is critical currently (we'll see in like a week with the 660's release)
How about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157297
You get the Z77 that way and better packaging with the full-size. And two PCI slots that can gather dust

I prefer reference video cards because I've always found the OC cards to be much louder...and, franky, the half dozen FPS just isn't worth it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130782
With the EVGA you get a fee 16gb flash drive too
Thanks for the motherboard recommendation, I'm not very good at picking those out.

And reference 670's are really loud. I'd be amazed if the gigabyte was louder.
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:36 PM   [Ignore Me] #5
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I'd have a look at this (which basically says EVGA's OC card isn't worth it: The kepler chips adjust clock to hit a power consumption target so it OCs itself to the OC card's level on it's own):
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/n...w-feat-evga/17

When compared to my 570 the 670 is quieter..and the 570 isn't particularly loud.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5153/n...-on-a-budget/6

But you're right, the gigabyte does seem quieter still, and you get the OC at no additional cost:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/G...ndforce/1.html
I'd go for it.
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:40 PM   [Ignore Me] #6
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The only complaints against it seem to be its weight (so if you have a card/something else right below it, they might come into contact via bowing) and driver issues.

I run my fans at custom speed, so they end up at 70% while gaming so that might be why it's so loud. When I let the fans go automatically they don't get very loud, but then the card gets to like 80C versus the 62C my 70% speed keeps it at.
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:43 PM   [Ignore Me] #7
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Just so you guys know Newegg charges tax in CA, Amazon doesn't. Best to switch anything over there instead due to the 10% sales tax.
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Just so you guys know Newegg charges tax in CA, Amazon doesn't. Best to switch anything over there instead due to the 10% sales tax.
Ahh.
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:50 PM   [Ignore Me] #9
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thanks a lot guys, I appreciate your input, Ill let you know what I end up deciding on!
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Old 2012-06-20, 10:58 PM   [Ignore Me] #10
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Okay, my first post updated with links to amazon where it will save him $$$ with 10% tax, and RBSTR's mobo.
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