$1200-$1500 New Build (multi-use)

penarddun

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Looking to build this as soon as possible. I researched most of these parts in March and left them in my Newegg wishlist until I got the money together to make the purchase. I want to make sure everything is compatible and there isn't anything that I'm overspending on unnecessarily. Or something new that came out recently that might be a better choice. Any assistance/advice is very much appreciated. Thank you!


Approximate Purchase Date: Next week, as soon as possible.

Budget Range: $1200 - $1500 / After Rebates (not including monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: All three equally important... Gaming, Photography/Graphic Editing, and Music Notation software (Sibelius/Garageband).

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Operating system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect (or any websites with easy return policies)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to stick with Intel/NVIDIA and will be using a 24" LED monitor.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI / Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or better (I was looking at the: ASUS ML248H 24-Inch 1920x1080 LED Monitor, but can't seem to find it available "new" anywhere, so I'll be looking for something comparable).

Additional Comments: I'd like to be able to upgrade over the next few years, possibly add more RAM for future video editing. Open to any and all suggestions. Nothing is set in stone.


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CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K - $310
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070


PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432

(some reviews mentioned this card giving out on them after the first month or overheating, so any new suggestions or thoughts on the issue are appreciated)


Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2X1600C7R - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233254

Cooler: 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/AM3+ - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $85 (x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

(I'm not attached to the case, if there is something more suitable to my needs)

Optical Drive: Would love suggestions, I don't think I need a bluray, just a standard DVD read/write.

Sound Card: I assume I probably don't need one, but would like to get some suggestions anyway. I will be using a few music/composing programs. Would that put undue pressure on the motherboard without an additional sound card?
 

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http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336545625&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <---- another look at that case

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-Gaming/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336546658&sr=1-9 $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 $94.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910459 $474.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558 $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO
 

penarddun

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I hadn't looked at Corsair cases, but that Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower looks pretty nice. Thanks for the case suggestions!

I like the idea of using the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz instead. I had been thinking about that, can't believe it's only another $40. But I'm not too keen on the AsRock motherboard. Would the asus one I was looking at currently not be a good combination with the new Ivy? Maybe I should look for a z77 I like. Thoughts?

Also, would I need to get a water cooling system for the IvyBridge, I read it runs hotter than the Sandy.



 

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You don't need water cooling for IB. It runs hotter than SB but only if you throw too many volts into it.

That Asus board will work fine. Don't forget to combo it with your cpu to save a few $$. Here's two more Asus boards to check out that support SLI/Crossfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
 

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http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utilities-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B007JLFVNO $334.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <----- review of that Asus card w/benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $102.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588 $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
 

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