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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Kevin117007, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Kevin117007 New Member

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    LATEST VERSION:


    CPU: $169 Core i5-3470S 2.93 GHz (microcenter)
    FAN: $32.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Contin...
    MOBO: $89.99 MSI ZH77A-G43 MSI ZH77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s U...
    RAM (8 gb) : $70 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM...
    PSU: $89.99 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2....
    SSD (128 gb): $134.99 SAMSUNG MZ-7PD128BW - Newegg.com
    HD (1 TB): $69.99 Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB...
    Graphics Card: $304.99 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384...
    MONITOR: $320 2 x Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight L... (I have these and they work well; if it ain't broken, don't fix it)
    Keyboard:$47.99 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZV51DI/?tag=tec06d-20
    Mouse: Already owned (although suggestions welcomed)
    CASE: $89.99 http://www.microcenter.com/product/357897/CM_Storm_Enforcer_Mid_Tower_ATX_Gaming_Computer_Case

    Total: $1420
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    I agree, forget to change them. The ASUS one's should be good, I have them and they work fine.
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    Okay, I'll throw that case in. Honestly the case and keyboard are up to him, but there really is no need for a full tower, we're not gonna have like stacks and stacks of hard drives and graphics cards :laugh:

    For the keyboard though, my thought is if you're gonna drop 1.5k on a computer, it's worth dropping a bit of money on the mouse and keyboard. I mean after all, that's what you use to interact with the computer. Just my 2 cents.
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    Shit just realized that case doesn't have wire management like the newer 300. Hang on I'll find you one that does!


    edit: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ...

    Do you like this case design? It looks to have great wire management. You can always buy blue LED fans to pimp it out since your friend is into that. $89.99, $69.99 after rebate.

    [​IMG]

    Then theres the Antec 300 Two which has good wire management. I think it looks quite good. I have my main rig in this. $75
    Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower ...
    [​IMG]

    Heres another high quality inexpensive case. Not much to look at but its a good case.
    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Bru... $39.99
    [​IMG]
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    Maybe video memory. Means nothing for RAM. and no RAM prices have crept up in the last month or so in price.
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    Ram prices are insane right now. Its double what it was in December!
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    He can always juse use 8 gb for now, and if we need to upgrade in the future we can buy another 8 when prices go down again. The board I listed has 4 slots, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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    The other option is microcenter lets you bundle the ram with the CPU for savings. When you add it to cart it lets you select ram. Any 1600 speed ram that is 1.5 volt and 10-10-10 timings or below (basically lower number means better ram) is a good option. The 16gb crucial option is around $120 IIRC.
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    He specifically stated "flashy" (aka lights and being able to look inside of it) and I'm not about to go on a hunt for separate fans for the case. I'll probably just buy one with LED fans built in and call it a day. But these are still pretty cool :)
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    Ok, just dont buy that 300 with the blue fans i mistakenly linked. No wire management!
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    Don't worry I wont. I've seen bad wire management. Gives me nightmares ;)
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    These Cooler Master cases are a combination of flash and function (show him the HAF XB- really unique ;))

    COOLER MASTER HAF XB RC-902XB-KKN1 Black Steel bod...

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel ...

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black S...

    AND the prices are pretty good right now :toast:

    or a nice looking POS here:
    RAIDMAX Raptor ATX-823BR Black Steel / Plastic ATX...
    Crunching for Team TPU More than 25k PPD
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    Holy crap! Those first two are crazy, now I want one! But yeah, I think that third one might do the trick. I'd personally go with the third one, pretty cheap, has good cable management (and $10 rebate).
    I'll show these two him later tonight and hopefully he'll like one of them.
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    Go for it, those are solid choices :toast:
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    A voice says..... "Get the 3770K!" Still under $1500! LOL
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    Yeh get the i7, if you can swing it, even on an h77 its gonna be nice!
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    Okay guys, so I think I'm going to go with the build I posted. We can get the i5 or i7, doesn't matter because we're picking them up in the store. We'll see how much it comes out to before we decide.

    Thanks for the all the help, I'll post pics when its done. Cheers!
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    FYI the ram has + 10% off w/ promo code HASMEM10, ends 6/30
    power supply has + 15% off w/ promo code EMCXPVW86, limited offer


    Use the power supply code if it hasn't expired when you order. Otherwise use the ram code.


    Also that power supply is non-modular, so if that is an issue you should be aware of. Its a good powersupply though. Heres a modular one: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31...

    (Im stuck off work from back injury so I got nothing to do but go on this forum right now LOL)


    edit2: you may be able to get an old 2500k from your microcenter, they still have 2-3 in stock at most locations and are usually about $149. If you set the 2500k to 4.0ghz it would be faster than the 3470s and just as reliable, those chips can easily go as high as 4.5 on average.
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    Damn, I missed the promo code for the RAM for some reason, but I got the PSU one.
    And kinda sad that the PSU wasn't modular. Oh well, that's what happens when you rush your order!

    And I have no plans on overclocking (too much work haha), so I'll just stick with the current processor we picked.

    I hope your back gets better!
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    Thanks bro, post some pics of build!

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