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Old 01-27-2013, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, I think I'm finally ready to order my new build. The reason I want to do it today is because there is promo codes on 2 items that will save me 40 dollars and they end tomorrow. I'm just looking for everyone's opinion on these parts and any possible recommendations on maybe a higher quality part than the one I have listed.

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Case $100-$20=$80:
Newegg.com - NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Processor $230: Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K (also comes with a $10 promotional gift card, should I spend that on better thermal paste?)
Aftermarket Heatsink $35: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
Motherboard $153: Newegg.com - MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Ram $54:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Graphics Card $410-$20=$390: Newegg.com - ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Power Supply: $115-$20=$95: Newegg.com - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Hard Drive $105-$20=$85: Newegg.com - Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
DVD Burner $20: Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners
SSD $130:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233191 (Thanks for the advice I will go with the Corsair.)

Total: ~$1,272

For the OS, my friend gave me a Windows 7 Professional 64 bit key that he said he doesn't need because he doesn't plan on using it. I don't know 100% that it works I'm just taking his word for it but I do trust him. He also built his own computer so I believe he knows what hes talking about. I do not have a Win 7 Pro disc so I will have to burn it to a blank DVD if I go that route, one of the main reasons I don't want to buy it is because I can put that $100 to the SSD that I linked above. From what I understand you can download the ISO from Digital River at this link:
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
If anyone has knowledge on this website and can confirm that it is in fact legit then that would be much appreciated.

P.S. If you guys think it would be wiser to just buy win 7 home I could maybe stretch the extra money I just recalculated the total, my budget is about $1,333 and I don't think my dad would mind helping me out a little bit. Also which anti-virus would you guys recommend? I've heard good things about Avast, AVG, and Microsoft Security Essentials. Norton 360 is installed on this computer but I don't think its worth it to buy the new Norton 2013. Also if you are wondering why I'm not reusing anything from this computer like I said in previous posts its because my dad wants to keep it how it is now and use it as an additional family computer.

Thank you for your time and any advice you have to offer!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card I think you should get a 7950 instead of a gtx 670 you will save 100$ also i have the same exact ssd and I have terrible bench marks like 250/230 when its suppose to be 550/510 but Im not sure if others have the same
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card I think you should get a 7950 instead of a gtx 670 you will save 100$ also i have the same exact ssd and I have terrible bench marks like 250/230 when its suppose to be 550/510 but Im not sure if others have the same
Nope, he should keep the 670. 7950 compares to a 660ti and the 670 is faster. If it's within budget, he should go with the performance.

I second the SSD notion. Spend 10 bucks extra and get the Corsair Force GT instead.
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looks good.

you could shave a bit off by getting the MSI-Z77A GD55 mobo instead of the GD65.

FOR SURE stick with the 670.

for sure try to squeeze a 64gig+ SSD in there.

only other thing i can suggest is check your Local Craigslist ads, i got my 680 for $350, just bought another one the other day for $320.
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Everything is ordered, I purchased everything above. Wish me luck on the build! Thanks again for the advice glad I went with this corsair ssd instead. No one answered on the anti-virus question tho, what would you guys recommend I use?
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Didn't see the question. I personally use the free version of Avast on my server.
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ive never used a anti virus program, ive downloaded terabytes of video and never had a virus.

i just dont open my grandparents forwarded emails haha!
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ive never used a anti virus program, ive downloaded terabytes of video and never had a virus.

i just dont open my grandparents forwarded emails haha!
I don't use one on my main rig due to common sense browsing but gotta stay safe with them torrents lol.
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I don't use one on my main rig due to common sense browsing but gotta stay safe with them torrents lol.


torrents!?


excuse me sir, i have no idea what these torrents are.

all my videos ive paid for and ripped my self... all estimated $35,000 of it. paid for all of it, uploaded it to my own server, then downloaded it.



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