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Building new rig for gaming/general use need advice

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March 28, 2013 3:38:16 PM

Hello, I'm building a new rig for gaming/general use and these are my proposed specs:
Intel i7-3770K (yes I know people are going to say "get the i5" on the grounds of the hyperthreading issue, but I am going to be doing other stuff with this computer too, like video rendering so I want this one.)
Nvidia Geforce GTX 660
Intel BOXDH77KC Mobo
I have not decided on a HDD yet, can anyone recommend one thats at least 500gb to 1TB at the max (I'm not going to be storing massive files or massive amounts of files)
I haven't decided on a power supply either
My mobo supports dual channel RAM but can't seem to find any so can someone help me on that?
I have not decided on a SSD yet (I'm planning on installing my OS on this)
BenQ 2420T monitor
I already have an optical/cd drive so we are covered there
I already have an OS (Windows 7)
I have not decided on a case yet

I am pretty sure that is all I need but if I missed something can someone point it out? I'm not going to be doing any overclocking so I decided against a liquid cooling system, I was planning on getting a case with fans pre-installed in it. If this is a bad choice, let me know. Budget-wise, I'm not looking to spend more than $1000, but I will if I have to.
All in all, I basically want to know if my proposed system is good, and if all the parts will be compatible. Once again, I'm an amateur, so if I sound silly or uneducated it is because I have almost zero experience in this field. Thanks in advance!
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March 28, 2013 3:50:41 PM

Ohhh, you're going to be REAL disappointed with a 660 on a 120Hz monitor. You want at least a 670.

In order to get that, I'm going to do the obvious, and say that you should get an i5. Is $100 and way worse settings in games really worth a minute saved when rendering video?

Also, two other things:

1) Poor choice on the motherboard. Even though you aren't overclocking, I'd get a AsRock or Asus over an Intel board.
2) Since you aren't overclocking, why are you paying the premium for an unlocked processor? Get a non k chip and save a few bucks.

Also, ALL ram is dual channel if you have at least two sticks of it. :p 
March 28, 2013 4:00:44 PM

ok what about the i5-3570?
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March 28, 2013 4:08:59 PM

Also, could you tell me what the cheapest gtx 670 would be?
August 22, 2013 1:57:01 AM

DarkSable said:
Ohhh, you're going to be REAL disappointed with a 660 on a 120Hz monitor. You want at least a 670.

In order to get that, I'm going to do the obvious, and say that you should get an i5. Is $100 and way worse settings in games really worth a minute saved when rendering video?

Also, two other things:

1) Poor choice on the motherboard. Even though you aren't overclocking, I'd get a AsRock or Asus over an Intel board.
2) Since you aren't overclocking, why are you paying the premium for an unlocked processor? Get a non k chip and save a few bucks.

Also, ALL ram is dual channel if you have at least two sticks of it. :p 


August 22, 2013 1:58:44 AM

MSI Z87-G45 GAMING mobo...... and i5-3570k, antec psu's, good! intel mobo, pure junk!
August 22, 2013 2:05:37 AM

My Rig- ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX
Amd FX-4300
Adata 1600 8gb ram
MSI Geforce GTX N650TI OC Twin Frozr III
SeaSonic X Series X-850 PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 120mm CPU Cooler
Cooler Master 431 plus case
Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm case fans
Toshiba 1tb sata hdd 6gb
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