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Aug 23, 2012
hello! id like to know if everything is optimized pretty well

the pc will be used primarily for gaming and photo editing of RAW files in lightroom, as well as 1080p video editing

my budget is around 1300 but if theirs a component that's totally worth the extra im willing to stretch it to 1500 (but id rather not

id like this pc to age better than my current pc which is about 6 years of gaming without to much trouble on the frame rate side of things, this last year or two have shown me its time to build new (along with my 7900gs dieing to put a nail in the coffin)

someday id like to hook my pc up to a 1080p tv primarily for steams big picture for console ports

id also like tri monitor gaming/desktop environment ive had dual for the longest time and i love it

need at least 6 usb spots most being usb 3.0 preferred (although not critical)


i already have this antec 900 two mid tower case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058 which has a giant 200mm fan on top 2 intakes in the front and 1 exhaust with an optional side fan near the acrylic window


id like to do overclocking, enough to keep me movin and grooving over the years (which may mean higher than 1080p editing/rendering) i was thinking the 3570k overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
-$189 at microcenter
as well as this ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard which has all the usb ports id need and as well as the ability to update my audio to HT quality with the optical audio http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 -84.99 at microcenter (deal is z77 with intel processors is 50$ off)


evga gtx670 ftw 2gb, id honestly like more vram for future proofing but i have heard it comes at a cost of framerate not to sure. comes with borderlands 2 which id be happy to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787 -$407


just a power supply with enough plugs power and stability, efficiency is somewhat important to keep the electric bill down (but the other features are more important specially stability) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022 -$135 on sale

hdd i was thinking maybe this seagate drive but unsure as i cant seem to find a popular fast (7200rpm) drive without horror stories behind them for a good price. im looking for 1-3 tb for under $150 and no slower eco drives i want 7200http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

the SAMSUNG 830 256gb ssd is one of the most exciting pieces in this build as its been the pc bottleneck for ages. important to be fast and stay fast, longevity/quality is important here as well as support from the company and owners incase a problem occurs (its popular so i doubt id have to much trouble finding help)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147135 -$218 on sale and comes with adapter bracket


ram is something im weak in deciding as i dont know how to read what good timings and speed are so let me know about this one in particular CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233246 -$90

DVD/Blu ray drive

dvd drive just has to work without a hitch and burn without problems, considering a blu ray drive for backups and to watch a box collection of harry potter in the future but other wise not a huge movie buff but i want to be immersed in visuals if i do become one. but for now just for harry.
lite on drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276 -$20

and a cable for it and the hdd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270093 -$3.50


windows 7 64 bit pro as i dont want to be limited to much in functions by windows especially since id like to learn more about operating systems as i would prefer a career in computers someday (although not sure what role to play yet) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992 -$140


i picked the antec kuhler 620 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209049 -$68 out of fear and horror stories of the corsair h80 so i could use help deciding on this one as i know the h80 is better when it works properly

i was also thinking of getting some Arctic Silver 5 and was wondering your thoughts on Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier to get the compound off the waterblock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100010
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Jul 15, 2012
hello! id like to know if everything is optimized pretty well


ill be getting the mobo and cpu at micro center but here they are on newegg



let me know if anything could be swapped out for better :) thanks
I'd probably swap out two things.

1. The Antec cooler for either the Corsair H80 or H100 (I'm wishing thats what I had bought at the time after reading the reviews)
2. Swap out the SSD for an OCZ model (since many here highly recommend that brand)


Nov 11, 2004
That Samsung 830 is actually a very good SSD. Tons of review sites out there that show that it's a top performer.

I agree on swapping out the cooler with one of the Corsair models.

Other than that, looks good.



Senior Member
Feb 17, 2010
Manassas, VA
Hey, welcome to OCF! :beer:

When trying to recommend a build to you, there's some information that's extremely helpful for us to know. If you could answer these few short questions, we'd be happy to help!

  • What are you planning to do with this compuer? Please be as specfic as possible.
  • What is your budget?
    1. Does this include a copy of Windows?
    2. Does this include peripheals (a keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers, etc.)?
  • Are you from the United States or a different country? Are you ordering from your own country or from across borders?
    1. Wherever you may be from, does the store that you are planning to order from have a website? It's okay if it isn't in English, we can manage.
    2. If you are from the United States, do you live nearby a Microcenter?
  • Do you have any specific requests with the build?
    1. Do you plan on overclocking? If yes, do you have a specific goal in mind?
    2. Would you prefer the build to be particularly small?
    3. Would you prefer the build to be particularly quiet?
    4. In general, do you prefer this to be a computer that you can spend money on now and let it rest, or a box built for continuous upgrading?
    5. Do you ever plan on utilizing NVIDIA's SLI or AMD's CrossfireX technologies? These features, with a compatible motherboard, allow a user to link multiple identical graphic cards together for added performance. In real world terms, this lets you buy a second identical graphics card down the line as a relatively cheap and easy way to gain a fairly large boost in performance. However, this requires buying a SLI/CFX compatible motherboard and PSU now, which may result in slightly higher initial cost.

Once again, thank you in advance for taking the time to answer these, and I hope you enjoy your stay at OCF! :)


Sep 15, 2007
Small town Emlenton, PA
Hard to click, maybe build your post like this to help us. At times we don't have a lot of free time, so less clicking and a better descripition will help. Just more time to invest. But your building it, not me.

You can see I gave a general use, some specifics, and the detailed each part for the price I found and a full part descrption from the pace I used for pricing (love cut n paste so if it's cheaper, others can easily cut n paste to search). All part of the game.

Looks decent to me though.

It’s time to make a new box folks, some comments before I toss my list out there for your suggestions.

I’m shooting for a gaming/movie PC on my 1080p TV with a good 5.1 stereo. My TV is up-to-date, I’ll probably route HDMI out to my receiver, then to the TV.

I think my list is pretty good, looking for bits of savings where possible, but that’s not priority. I’m still a bit under my budget of $1500. CPU HS and ram compatibility could be an issue. My mobo might be too much, but I want Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for the possible mic I’ll get. I don’t plan to OC much for now.

I’ll be playing the new Mechwarrior games and maybe a few other things. My Tech station PC in my ‘Mancave’ isn’t changing for now.

Things I’m not sure of are a mic setup. Like it to be wireless and can be Velcroed to my headphones, but wired is okay since the controllers will be USB to the PC back by the TV, what's another wire eh? My headphones are at the bottom of this list if you want to see what I have.

I’m still not sure about a mic.
Maybe a mic setup that will work with headphones, maybe like a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on the mobo?
I’ll have two USB cables already running from my gaming chair to the PC, so a stereo cable is no big deal. I just need a good stereo mic I can clip to my shirt or jury-rig with Velcro to the headphones. Maybe this would work? Seems to be good quality audio.
Zalman Microphone ZM-MIC 1 $7

HDMI 4x input switching box, ran out of HDMI to my receiver: $55
Accell K072C-010B UltraAV 5x1 Audio/Video HDMI Switch

Case: $80
Bitfenix Shinobi Window, going to add two fans up top.

Mobo: $209
Need Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. No OC for now, well maybe some on the CPU.
This mobo is probably more than I need, but I do like quality.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128549&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20Z 77X-UD5H%20WiFi

CPU: $214
Intel Core i5 3570

MEM: $56
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
Will it fit with my choice of CPU HS?

CPU HS: $35
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
What’s that awesome blue one I think Hokie or Mudd was talking about recently?

GPU: $400
3 Fan quiet, 10” long, should be fine and fast enough

SSD: $115
OCZ Technology VTX4-25SAT3-128G

HD: $90
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

PSU: $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012&Tpk=corsair%20hx 650w

Keyboard/Mouse: $55
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
Is there better for under $100?

Receiver: have

Speakers: have
http://www.definitivetech.com/Products/products.aspx?path=Home_Theater_Speaker_Systems|On-Shelf_Systems&productid=ProCinema_1000&hometheater =1

Headphones: have

$1438, no shipping or tax.

Ninja edit, forgot this:
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM