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March 29, 2013 7:43:53 AM

I've never built my own computer before, but after asking around a bit I finally have a full build ready. All I need now is for people more experienced than I to tell me that the build is solid and give me the go-ahead.

I'm building this PC mostly for gaming, but I'd like for it to be able to handle other CPU intensive tasks like video editing and rendering as well.

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CPU
Intel i7-3770k

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Z77

OS
Windows 7 64bit

SSD/HDD
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB SATA III
Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

GPU
GeForce GTX 670 2GB

RAM
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB

Power Supply
CORSAIR CX600M 600W

Cooling
CORSAIR Hydro series H50 Liquid CPU Cooler

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total
$1,400

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What do you guys think? Will this make a powerful gaming PC? Do all these parts work together? I want to be able to OC as much as I like, do I need a stronger power supply? Is there anything I've forgotten?

Thanks so much in advance for reading through it all! I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say.

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March 29, 2013 7:54:40 AM
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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 ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1276.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-29 10:53 EDT-0400)

16 GB RAM + 4 GB card + amazing case + 750W for future upgrades + best air cooler.
March 29, 2013 8:06:01 AM

Setsukai said:
I've never built my own computer before, but after asking around a bit I finally have a full build ready. All I need now is for people more experienced than I to tell me that the build is solid and give me the go-ahead.

I'm building this PC mostly for gaming, but I'd like for it to be able to handle other CPU intensive tasks like video editing and rendering as well.

---------------------------------------------------------

CPU
Intel i7-3770k

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Z77

OS
Windows 7 64bit

SSD/HDD
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB SATA III
Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

GPU
GeForce GTX 670 2GB

RAM
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB

Power Supply
CORSAIR CX600M 600W

Cooling
CORSAIR Hydro series H50 Liquid CPU Cooler

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total
$1,400

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What do you guys think? Will this make a powerful gaming PC? Do all these parts work together? I want to be able to OC as much as I like, do I need a stronger power supply? Is there anything I've forgotten?

Thanks so much in advance for reading through it all! I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say.


If you are doing mostly gaming i would go with the i5 and a 680 you'll get more fps out of that config. also i would choose a diferent case the one you selected doesnt support any cable management which is important for airflow and it looks nice. if you are overclocking i recomend a slightly larger psu and a graphics card from msi or asus they have the best software and offer robust cooling solutions for overclocking. you should have no problems oc on that mobo. you also might want a dvd drive to install windows and games.
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March 29, 2013 8:09:32 AM

i would definitely recommend the Noctua cooler over anything in the Corsair H liquid cooling series. It's seriously better...

Also, it looks like "SHORYUKEN"s build is better and cheaper, go with that one. lol. Except your storage performs better (HDD and SSD)
March 29, 2013 8:40:28 AM

SHORYUKEN said:
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 ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1276.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-29 10:53 EDT-0400)

16 GB RAM + 4 GB card + amazing case + 750W for future upgrades + best air cooler.


ittimjones said:
i would definitely recommend the Noctua cooler over anything in the Corsair H liquid cooling series. It's seriously better...

Also, it looks like "SHORYUKEN"s build is better and cheaper, go with that one. lol. Except your storage performs better (HDD and SSD)


So, a better case, a better cooling system, and a larger power supply? Shoryuken's build looks nice but it doesn't seem to include the cost of Windows 7 ($200) while my quote did, it looks to be about $100 more than my build considering that. And I have heard that the i5 is better for gaming, but it seems like having a CPU that can do it all (the i7) for an extra $100 might be the smarter investment. I'm not sure though, just how many more FPS can I expect to see with the i5?

Also I'm concerned about the power supply. I've heard that if you go too high with it, your computer will melt. But if you go too low, at best it won't run and at worst you'll ruin some expensive parts. Is there any truth to that?
March 29, 2013 9:11:11 AM

1. I don't know what you mean by $200. Is the OS you are buying 200? That's overpriced. To diminish costs, you could downgrade to 8 GB of RAM, a 2 GB card and an i5-3570K if you are not going to be editing a lot.

2. Whoever said that was just trying to scare you. You can't melt component with a large PSU. The PSU doesn't use all of its watts at once, only the watts it has to use. If you go too low, meaning that you don't have the watts that you need, then you can't even use the system.
March 29, 2013 9:14:59 AM

SHORYUKEN said:
1. I don't know what you mean by $200. Is the OS you are buying 200? That's overpriced. To diminish costs, you could downgrade to 8 GB of RAM, a 2 GB card and an i5-3570K if you are not going to be editing a lot.

2. Whoever said that was just trying to scare you. You can't melt component with a large PSU. The PSU doesn't use all of its watts at once, only the watts it has to use. If you go too low, meaning that you don't have the watts that you need, then you can't even use the system.


I'm not sure where I can get Windows 7 for less than $150-$200 without pirating it. I've been looking and all the prices on the OS are comparable. It would be so much easier if Microsoft would just let me use the version of Windows 7 that I already paid for, but I guess that's greed in action.

That's a relief to hear about the power supply though. Can't go too high on it I guess. Also, thank you for the link to PcPartPicker, I'm having a good experience with it so far! :) 
March 29, 2013 9:17:41 AM

Np. I'm assuming you live in the US. Unless you are in New Zealand or Australia, the normal price for Windows 7 is under $100.
March 29, 2013 9:20:58 AM

Is that so? Where can I get it for that price? I know the OEM is less than $100 but I've heard bad things about it, namely that it can only be installed once and if anything goes wrong you have to buy it all over again.
March 29, 2013 9:28:34 AM

OEM is what 99% of everyone uses. It is true it can only be installed once, and then it is locked to your motherboard, but there is no problem with that because, unless you are thinking of throwing away this MoBo later, then you shouldn't worry.

Finally, you don't have to buy it again. There is a feature that lets you repair Windows incase of corruption.
March 29, 2013 9:44:22 AM

I guess I'll give that a shot then. Though if for some reason my motherboard stops working and I have to get a new one, I'll have to buy the OS again? I guess that isn't likely though, unless I'm not careful with it.
March 29, 2013 9:51:57 AM

Yeah it's unlikely for your MoBo to not work after installing Windows 7.
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