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May 5, 2013 8:15:33 AM



build is mainly for gaming in 2d and 3d , photoshop and video editing.
budget is around 3000$(or less).
monitor(single)1080p@120hz:asus vg278h 3d monitor with nvidia 3d vision
keyboard:razer black widow 2013
mouse:razer death adder 2013
case:nzxt phantom 820
cpu:intel 17 3770k lga 1155
ssd: ocz vertex 4 256gb sata 6gbps
hdd:wd caviar black 1tb sata 6gbps(looking for 2tb, if there is one with good speed and performance ie bang for the buck! mention it)
psu:corsair ax760i(if i need more power if i install sli config then will 850W be enough)

headache starts here

gpu:nvidia gpu(good for 2d as well as 3d) that supports 3d vision for the monitor mentioned above, thinking of installing sli in near future. also should i wait for the gtx 700 series or buy a 680 or 690 or titan.

ram:looking for 16gb(8x2) ram in corsair vengeance series(also other manufac ram if its worth it).

optical drive(internal):a good blu ray burner with 3d blu ray playback(for the monitor mentioned for movies in 3d)

motherboard(lga 1155):i'm gonna overclock it so a compatible motherboard that supports sli(if there is wifi and bluetooth i'd like it)

and also do i need a sound card if yes then mention it too...

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May 5, 2013 8:22:54 AM

Fairly late where I am, so feedback will be brief.
- Better value HDD would be the Seagate Barracuda series. WD Blacks are always fairly overpriced.
- RAM, get 16GB of 1600Mhz, CL10, 1.5v low profile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Optical, no idea TBH. GO with whatever says BLU-Ray and 3D in the title, preferably with ASUS as the brand.
- Mobo, sound like an ASUS P8Z77-V Pro is what your after, though im faily sure the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H also does that. Regardless, you dont really have to spend much here, you can always add a wireless NIC.

Dont need a sound card unless youv got a beastly sound setup to go with it. If yoiur running 2.0/2.1 speakers or sub $100 headphones, I recommend the ASUS DG or DGX respectively, at most.
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May 5, 2013 9:00:04 AM

If you plan to buy an nVidia GPU, wait for the 700 series. Even if you don't end up getting one, they'll likely push down the prices on all the contemporary nVidia cards.
manofchalk is correct about the Barracudas. They tend to be much cheaper than the Caviar Blacks.
Low profile RAM is your friend if you want to mount an aircooler (and, frankly, looks less silly). There are also CL9 models available for only slightly more than the ones manofchalk linked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't really have any suggestions for optical drive. Look at some reviews and find the best rated? I've never really looked that hard at them, as they aren't a very big deal for gaming these days.
Tom's has done a number of motherboard comparisons for Z77. The winners of the $160-220 were the ASRock Extreme6 and the MSI Z77A-GD65, while the winners of the $220-280 comparison were the ASUS Sabertooth and the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH. Any of these should be fine for your purposes, potentially even overkill.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd...

One question: Do you have a CPU cooler? If you intend to overclock, you essentially need one. Even if not, I have a hard time not recommending a small one (the $25 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) for a build in this price range.
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May 5, 2013 6:27:47 PM

Noob12 said:
For this price you need to build custom water loop.
Still it is pointless to say low profile memory is needed. If you do not know what cooling solution is used for the build.
There is air cooler's what allow high memory used in build. Like this one. Btw. it is better cooler than NH-D14
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-BW-Support-Socket-Dr...
And with water cooling memory is not important or heatspredder height is not important at all.

corsair ax 760i is not best choice for reliable PSU. Take SeaSonic X 750 or 850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is maybe best PSU in market today.




You never "need" a custom water-cooling loop, unless you plan to overclock to a truly egregious degree. That case has quite good cooling, and with a good air cooler he could get a very solid overclock out of that CPU.
Also, you will note that I said that low profile was useful for an air cooled setup, due to tall spreaders potentially conflicting with the cooler, not for all setups.
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May 5, 2013 11:52:53 PM

Jack Revenant said:
If you plan to buy an nVidia GPU, wait for the 700 series. Even if you don't end up getting one, they'll likely push down the prices on all the contemporary nVidia cards.
manofchalk is correct about the Barracudas. They tend to be much cheaper than the Caviar Blacks.
Low profile RAM is your friend if you want to mount an aircooler (and, frankly, looks less silly). There are also CL9 models available for only slightly more than the ones manofchalk linked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't really have any suggestions for optical drive. Look at some reviews and find the best rated? I've never really looked that hard at them, as they aren't a very big deal for gaming these days.
Tom's has done a number of motherboard comparisons for Z77. The winners of the $160-220 were the ASRock Extreme6 and the MSI Z77A-GD65, while the winners of the $220-280 comparison were the ASUS Sabertooth and the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH. Any of these should be fine for your purposes, potentially even overkill.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd...

One question: Do you have a CPU cooler? If you intend to overclock, you essentially need one. Even if not, I have a hard time not recommending a small one (the $25 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) for a build in this price range.

what r your thoughts on asus p8z77-v pro?

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May 6, 2013 12:09:19 AM

jhonny826 said:
Jack Revenant said:
If you plan to buy an nVidia GPU, wait for the 700 series. Even if you don't end up getting one, they'll likely push down the prices on all the contemporary nVidia cards.
manofchalk is correct about the Barracudas. They tend to be much cheaper than the Caviar Blacks.
Low profile RAM is your friend if you want to mount an aircooler (and, frankly, looks less silly). There are also CL9 models available for only slightly more than the ones manofchalk linked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't really have any suggestions for optical drive. Look at some reviews and find the best rated? I've never really looked that hard at them, as they aren't a very big deal for gaming these days.
Tom's has done a number of motherboard comparisons for Z77. The winners of the $160-220 were the ASRock Extreme6 and the MSI Z77A-GD65, while the winners of the $220-280 comparison were the ASUS Sabertooth and the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH. Any of these should be fine for your purposes, potentially even overkill.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd...

One question: Do you have a CPU cooler? If you intend to overclock, you essentially need one. Even if not, I have a hard time not recommending a small one (the $25 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) for a build in this price range.

what r your thoughts on asus p8z77-v pro?



It was tested in the mid-range motherboard article. They concluded that the Extreme6 and the Z77A-GD65 were better value for money.
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May 6, 2013 7:12:35 AM

manofchalk said:
Fairly late where I am, so feedback will be brief.
- Better value HDD would be the Seagate Barracuda series. WD Blacks are always fairly overpriced.
- RAM, get 16GB of 1600Mhz, CL10, 1.5v low profile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Optical, no idea TBH. GO with whatever says BLU-Ray and 3D in the title, preferably with ASUS as the brand.
- Mobo, sound like an ASUS P8Z77-V Pro is what your after, though im faily sure the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H also does that. Regardless, you dont really have to spend much here, you can always add a wireless NIC.

Dont need a sound card unless youv got a beastly sound setup to go with it. If yoiur running 2.0/2.1 speakers or sub $100 headphones, I recommend the ASUS DG or DGX respectively, at most.

i'm thinking of getting logitech g930 wireless headset, so should i get a sound card or not. if yes then which would be good(BANG FOR THE BUCK)?
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May 6, 2013 7:16:42 AM

manofchalk said:
Fairly late where I am, so feedback will be brief.
- Better value HDD would be the Seagate Barracuda series. WD Blacks are always fairly overpriced.
- RAM, get 16GB of 1600Mhz, CL10, 1.5v low profile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Optical, no idea TBH. GO with whatever says BLU-Ray and 3D in the title, preferably with ASUS as the brand.
- Mobo, sound like an ASUS P8Z77-V Pro is what your after, though im faily sure the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H also does that. Regardless, you dont really have to spend much here, you can always add a wireless NIC.

Dont need a sound card unless youv got a beastly sound setup to go with it. If yoiur running 2.0/2.1 speakers or sub $100 headphones, I recommend the ASUS DG or DGX respectively, at most.

so i wanna get a seagate hdd sata 6gbps which one should i get 1tb or a 2tb. post the link too

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May 6, 2013 3:03:21 PM

Get the 2TB if you want it.
A HDD will die within 3 months (within its warranty period) or never if you treat it right.
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