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    First Computer Build $2k Budget

    As you can see in my Sig it's time for a new computer because playing at 15fps average on LOWEST wow settings and very long load screens isn't fun anymore. I want to get a Razor Naga Epic as well which shows its $143.13 so I want that included with the $2k budget but I can go over a bit if need be. I also want my wireless card to fit this computer as well which im sure it will work but hopefully enough room inside to fit it. This is my wireless card http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/s...apters/WMP300N. My keyboard is fine I am used to it and my monitor is a Acer S232HL https://support.acer.com/us/en/produ...x?modelId=3241.

    What I want this computer to do is run wow on max settings, Run Skyrim on max settings with the Skyrim HD - 2K Textures mod. Run solidworks, autocad and my other 3D design software.

    Here is some parts I picked up myself and just wondering if there is anything wrong with it. My total doesn't really add up to the $2k mark so I can still add anything if need be.

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    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($182.98 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.27 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($453.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1792.12
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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    Last edited by IXBillyXI; 2013-02-05 at 01:43 AM. Reason: Updated build for out of stock parts
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    I think a less expensive motherboard would do you well. It's a waste of $150. Other than that, the system looks good. You might want to get a larger SSD though, depending.

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    I agree, the motherboard is a waste of cash. You don't need a PLX chipped motherboard since yer running a single GTX 680. At most, ASUS being your preference, I wouldn't buy more than the P8Z77-V. You'll see much more value for your money with a larger SSD.

    If you jump on this PSU today, you'll save about $50 over your current choice:
    http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...1-_-01212013_3

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    Cheaper motherboard unless there is something specific on this one you can't live without.

    Get some Low Profile RAM and probably look into get 16GB instead.

    Change the PSu to something modular similar/cheaper price:

    SeaSonic M12II 620
    Antec HCG-620M (more or less same components just a different look)

    128GB is enough but since you can afford it I'd look into upping the capacity to 256GB, it also yields overall better performance.
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    Looks solid I would also suggest a bigger SSD i had my steam with all my games operating system and my motherboard drivers on my ssd that was 256gb and it ran up very fast so went with the largest i could find within a reasonable price i would go a little higher!
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    bigger SSD i had my steam with all my games operating system and my motherboard drivers on my ssd that was 256gb and it ran up very fast
    Same here. I never thought I'd fill 128gb of just programs, but got the 256 anyway since I could afford it. OS + WoW + D3 + SC2 + ME3 + Deadspace 2 + Borderlands 2 + Other programs, photoshop, cubase... 5-10 other steam games. It adds up surprisingly fast.

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    Here is an updated build, with power supply change, RAM change (LP, also $15 less) and SSD to 256GB.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1567.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 19:25 EST-0500)

    EDIT: Stupid Microcenter... Add like $90 to that price (unless you have a microcenter near)
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    EDIT: Stupid Microcenter... Add like $90 to that price (unless you have a microcenter near)
    When you click BBCode, select 'preferred vendors' to kick out microcenter

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    Thanks so far for all the help you guys giving me right now and only got a few questions that are probably obvious XD. With how big the CPU cooler is I am using will it have enough room to fit it all PLUS my wireless card? Also with someone suggesting 16GB ram is it worth it using that much and suggesting low profile ram to make the CPU cooler fit well? Also with the build "IDrink" posted that will allow me to run wow on max, skyrim on max with texture mod, my solidworks program and other 3D modeling program alike?
    Last edited by IXBillyXI; 2013-01-22 at 12:48 AM.
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    If i had a 2k Budget here you go: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySFI

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    Quote Originally Posted by pizz View Post
    If i had a 2k Budget here you go: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySFI
    that motherboard would be a waste of cash too, especially since your running air cooling. look closer.

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    Theres no point spending 2 k $ for a computer running a 1080p screen.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yT9t
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    With the minor changes further up there is no reason to change the perfectly fine build, except for getting an extra 8GB RAM like I mentioned earlier.
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idrinkwhiterussians View Post
    Here is an updated build, with power supply change, RAM change (LP, also $15 less) and SSD to 256GB.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1567.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 19:25 EST-0500)

    EDIT: Stupid Microcenter... Add like $90 to that price (unless you have a microcenter near)
    Up to 16GB of RAM since he does 3D rendering and this is a superb build. Maybe consider 7 Professional. I question if a 680 is needed or if maybe he could just go for a 670.

    Saving money on the GPU could help him get an even bigger SSD. O_o
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    Well here is the latest setup just adding the 16GB of RAM to it:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1728.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 00:55 EST-0500)

    Also as Toffie mentioned I'm guessing there is no need to spend more then 2k on a 1080p screen since it isn't big enough to stress the computer?
    Last edited by IXBillyXI; 2013-01-22 at 05:55 AM.
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    Even a 670 is more than fine.
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1714.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 01:08 EST-0500)

    Basically the same build- with a 680 that is a bit cheaper. Mind you this price also reflects the Microcenter discount not being present.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyanotical View Post
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    Yeah I just noticed the different GPU and there really is no good/bad difference between the brands?
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    The only major difference is cooler design. (between the two that have been seen in this thread)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idrinkwhiterussians View Post
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1714.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 01:08 EST-0500)

    Basically the same build- with a 680 that is a bit cheaper. Mind you this price also reflects the Microcenter discount not being present.
    Is there a reason you are going with 16 gig of slow memory? I mean your RAM is going to bottle neck long before the GPU or CPU will. I would definitely get much better ram considering your Board will support DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866/2133/2200/2400 I would definitely go with 2133 or higher.
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