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 Post subject: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:02 pm 
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Hello everyone, as you can see I'm pretty new here but I've spent roughly the last 3 days between Newegg, YouTube and here just watching, reading and comparing to attempt at building my first rig with compatible components under a $2500 budget constraint. The only thing that most I know will point out and is that I will only be running a single 24" monitor @ 1920 x 1080 but this is just because I wanna get 1 monitor in front of me with a complete computer and eventually buy 2 more monitors. I just want to run everything past a community that I know is extremely helpful and will only lead me in the right direction. Wanna make sure my set-up looks sound, compatible (should be) and you get your guys' GO on the system build. I should also add I DO plan on liquid cooling but not until the fall when I am in Clarkson University for computer engineering and I can hopefully get some more fanatics who've experience in that field help me :D . Without further ado here are my plans:

Parts List:

-Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower Case $160

-MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $155

-GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-4GD GeForce GTX 670 4GB SLI x2 @ $450 = $900

OR

-SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit x2 @ $440 = $880

-CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 Gold Certified PSU $170

-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core $220

-Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $81

-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz $47

-OCZ Vertex 4 128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC SSD $120

-WD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $105

-RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Keyboard $140

-Logitech G9X Mouse $80

-ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" HDMI LED Monitor $200 (x3 eventually)

-Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit *Free* Friend Has Copy

Total Cost - $2,378 with GTX670 SLI OR $2,358 with Sapphire 7970 CrossFireX

Only extra item that I will also be investing in within the near future would also be a: CyberPower UPS 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets $159

This should support the system just fine correct?
Also will be installing Windows 7 on SSD, does anyone know of any problems doing this as the SSD controller isn't SandForce, it's Indilinx. And I guess that just about sums it up. I just want this to get me through 4 years of gaming to make it out of college, after that I'll be a commissioned officer in the Army (crossing my fingers as I'm doing ROTC) and therefore I won't be gaming very hardcore so it'll phase out for a while. Thanks in advance to all who give their time in helping me with this project and I'll check as frequently on here as I can to respond.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:06 am 
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Bump. Posted on the 9th and just got approved today so its at the bottom and no one could even read it.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:29 pm 
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WELCOME! Welcome to the MaxPC FORUMS. Please make sure you don't just play a voyeur - be sure to actively contribute, advise and help someone else out. This place is only as good as it's participants - it's all about quality and timely I/O.

Hmmm, not sure I'd spend my money like this. No actually, I know I wouldn't when equal or even better performance can be had for $900. Snoop and poke around here, use the search function, there are oodles of awesome specs you can blatantly re-purpose as your own.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:53 pm 
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Don't get SLI/Crossfire unless you're trying to drive a 30" monitor at full resolution in games, a multi-monitor gaming setup, or two of the weaker cards have a better price/performance ratio of a stronger card (even then, it's questionable to do this)


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:21 pm 
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Thanks for the answers I was excited to become part of the board though it was a bit discouraging when it takes 3 weeks to even get my stuff up. Hopefully whatever backed-up approvals there were got all sorted out. And okay I'll try and get a new list up between later tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Yea I hear you on spending, in the past few weeks I've read a lot and reconsidered spending as much and would like to curtail my budget to around $1250ish. Again thanks for the replies though.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:01 pm 
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Spyder171 wrote:
Thanks for the answers I was excited to become part of the board though it was a bit discouraging when it takes 3 weeks to even get my stuff up. Hopefully whatever backed-up approvals there were got all sorted out.


It's that first entry that takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R due to piles of spam that needs sorted thru, not always easy to validate legit new members. We're trying new tricks and rotating in mods who actually give a shit and will work the site. But good news is, once you're in, and you're in, YOUR IN!


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:22 pm 
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Just went back through the list and all I can really think of is dropping down to 1 GPU. As far as the SSD is concerned do you think I should go with Intel or is my judgement fine? I've read the past couple pages of posts as you suggested and 'NOT TO OFFEND YOU' but noticed your recommendations for each individual is more or less copy & pasted which isn't necessarily bad but in my regard I would hope you can look at what a person is intending to get out of their system. You have no worries of me going with AMD as I am an Intel fanboy rightly so as they smoke them in all regards. For a long time I was also an nVidia fan but with recent driver updates to AMD's 7xxx series especially in microstuttering for the 7970. I would like to keep the GHz edition as since I'm not going Crossfire I would like to give myself some more cushion. Also I will be changing my RAM to low profile but that's not anything price changing or huge in that respect. So lastly what I ask of you is to give me your personal recommendations BUT if you'd please, don't give me the $50 price tag when it's listed $80 everywhere I try unless you'd kindly hyperlink your secret source ;) Anyways thanks a million for your response and I look forward to reading your enthusiastic and witty reply soon XD!


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:15 pm 
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So any thoughts? Just got the cash today so really hoping to get some solid ideas, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:06 am 
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Use cases don't vary much at all, hence the best price:performance parts don't either. I know you feel unique and believe you're special, but your ideal build is no different than anyone elses. Only 5-10% actually need something more or custom and it usually amounts to doing real work (not gaming), where cores, HT, VM and gpu brawn pushing 3x the pixels is a decisive factor. So what you really need for performance versus what you thought going in looks like most everyone else. But no, worries, I know your Mom still thinks you're special and unique.

Ironically, the only thing that should change is the case, as in the box itself. As for the deals, hunt for them, that's all I do. They exist but you need to do a little work for the reward. Break a sweat, it'll be good for you. Or just take the easy route and pay full price, no matter to me. But at lease use camel for the history, for the proof.

If you want us to refine your spec, use PartsPicker, put the system all on one place...make it easy for me/us.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:24 pm 
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I heeded your advice on Camel and PCPartPicker. As far as the case goes, it's a shame because I really don't wanna get a different one, to me it's the most stylish and offers many features. But anyways here's the link to it... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AmHr. Let me know what you think of it, a few things are slightly different and all suggestions are welcome :)


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:02 pm 
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* You can snag the 3550K + Asrock Z77 Pro4 for $250 at Microcenter.
* Get 1.35v dimms, 8GB of the magic ram or Mushkin Blackline for best performance and GBPS throughput.
* Nice cooler but unless you're really gonna push your OC save a fist full of money and get a 212 EVO or Thermaltake True-Spirit @ $30 or even Macho at Nan's Gaming Gear instead. Tell Tom I sent you and he'll ship for free.
* Steer clear of the Vertex 4. Get a Vector, Plextor M5Pro or Samsung 840 Pro. The speed delta is sizable. I won't even mention reliability...whoops I suppose I just did. the 840 Pro 128 is $120 while the 256 is $200.
* I don't know your data load but why not skip a few lunches this week and get a 2TB or even 3TB Barracuda @ $120 and not worry about storage again.
* You don't need 850w, consider snagging the Antec EVO NEO (made by Seasonic) for the astounding price of $30
* Get Win7 Pro instead, it's really work the extra few bucks
* A case needs to speak to you so get what does, but just so you know the sorta kinda similar Thermaltake V3 Black is right now only $20

You know, with all these savings (and improvements) I'm offering up could ditch the ho hum 1080p VH232H and score one of those 27" Korean IPS 2560x1440 panels for a daily eyegasm.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:40 pm 
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About to purchase, just throwing up final list. Let me know if you approve. Btw I stuck with original CPU cooler because I like being safe than sorry with an added peace of mind.

Windows 7 Professional - $82.78

Intel Core i5-3570K - $219.99

Noctua CPU Cooler - $80.99

MSI Z77A-GD65 - $134.99 ($144.99, $10 rebate)

Corsair Vengeance 8GB LP - $49.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $79.99

OCZ Vector 128GB - $139.99

Termaltake ATX Full Tower Case - $129.99 ($149.99, $20 rebate)

Antec Neo Eco 620W - $29.99 ($49.99, $20 rebate)

Asus Combo Optical Drive - $59.99 ($79.99, $20 rebate)

Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard - $44.99

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 7970 GHz - $439.99

Total - $1,493.67


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:51 pm 
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Spyder171 wrote:
Noctua CPU Cooler - $80.99

You can get yourself a Cooler Master 212 or something equivalent for $30 that performs just as good.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Ahhh yes, does this look correct to you then? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835103099


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:34 pm 
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That's the one.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:27 pm 
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kleinkinstein wrote:
* Nice cooler but unless you're really gonna push your OC save a fist full of money and get a 212 EVO or Thermaltake True-Spirit @ $30 or even Macho at Nan's Gaming Gear instead. Tell Tom I sent you and he'll ship for free.


Or you can heed the advice of this guy and get a world class cooler with a real mounting system not that 212/EVO bullshit bracket and get it for less too.

The more you click the more you'll learn
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cooler ... html#sect0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scDWaxFxe7M
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/ ... ler_review

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But most importantly, here is the other end of your avatar.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:46 pm 
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I like her.. face? ;) Lol anyway you've won me over, I had just seen your recommendation for the EVO as with his so I figured to stick with it but based upon your chart (which I greatly appreciate) I will go with the True Spirit. And here comes the final question. I have to pick a monitor and since 120Hz seem to be out of my price range (as with 3D) :( I at least want to get an IPS though. I've came down to a couple choices which have struck me as good deals but I'm 110% open to suggestions on what you guys are running or drooling about. Here they are...

Asus 23" - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824236288

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Acer 27" - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824009460


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:58 am 
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1920x1080 on a 27" panel is awful, pitiful really. Get a Koren 2560x1440 IPS panel for ~$300 shipped and you'll run the risk of daily eyegasms! Nearly every hardware review site (Anand, PCPer, nnn) chose them as the #1 Gear Item of the Year for 2012. Yeah they don't have an hdmi port, but who cares, hdmi is really for audio (so few get this fact) and I don't know about you my I want to see my monitor not hear it anyway. I have real speakers for real sound.

2560x1440 is gorgeous. It is impossible to describe, you have to see the richness of the resolution to comprehend. They and an ssd are game changers in every way. They are without question the best price:performance option for a high quality panel. Until we get 4K in a few years anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:02 am 
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Wow 30$ cheaper and same as the noctua, Thermalright True Spirit 140 looks golden. Just curious king kleinkinstein what is your list of SSDs for the budget gamer, lets say just looking for 120-128gb, I usually see
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-in ... e-px128m5s
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-in ... sdp128gg25
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-intern ... c120gmdfrb


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 Post subject: Re: First Build, $2500 Budget
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:17 pm 
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Those monitors seem sketchy but legit lol. Read a lot of articles on them but at that it will be my main source of a 'TV' so to speak so HDCP will be something I need. Also I'm not buy the 7970 GHz right off, I'm holding out another month or two and with that these Korean monitors require a real GPU not onboard. Plus I mean common, in the charts for compatibility they have the 5xx and 6xxx series, you'd think they would at least update it in a year -.- However if I were to get one this looks like the one I'd do.. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-WECUBE-ST27 ... 20ceb68bfd .

So on to greener(ish) pastures... I now know that I can't really get just any old 3D monitor if I were to chose so but I've hunted them down to more reasonable prices. Here's a decent one that I've come across which is older (not quite sure exactly how but can't be much). 23" and has 3D for AMD and 120Hz Opinion? http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/moni ... 3A700DS/ZA

And for when I plan to use eyeinfinity down the road these bad boys just look nasty with virtually no bezel, super sexy design but alas only 60Hz and no 3D BUT it is an IPS. I've found two, one is 23" and the other 27". http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+23%26% ... ifications and http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+27%26% ... ifications . Mind you I will hunt down deals these are merely for you to scope out. As it sits though do you think it will be worth getting the larger screen? I will have this in my dorm so I don't want to be 'that guy' but on the other hand it will be very nice and my main source of TV and gaming. Thank you for all the helped and bearing with me so far ;) it's greatly appreciated. Will be ordering it all by this weekend !!!! :D


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