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May 5, 2013 8:50:12 PM

This is basically the same as my last build, with most of the components upgraded except the CPU which was a 2700K, and is now a 3570K.

CASE--
HAF X 942
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build was 932 Advanced)

GPU--
EVGA GTX 680 Classified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build was EVGA GTX 580 Classified)

PSU--
Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build used identical PSU)

Ram--
Gskill Sniper (2x4gb) 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build used Gskill Ripjaws 4x4gb)

MOBO--
ASUS Maximus V Extreme Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build used ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z68)

CPU--
i5 3570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build was i7 2700K)

CPU cooler--
Corsair H110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build was H80 push/pull)

and two more fans to make it a push-pull--
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD--
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am not going to use an HDD at all in this build. In the last one, I used an Intel 510 Elm Crest/WD Caviar Black 1Tb combo.

BD Drive--
ASUS Black blu-ray burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Last build was LiteOn BD burner)

I am using Windows 7 Home 64bit.
I am using left over IC Diamond.
And I shouldn't need case filters this time around, since the 942 is supposed to come with them.

What do you think? Doing some last minute research, as well as asking the community for opinions/advice before I pull the trigger.

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May 5, 2013 8:55:59 PM

Why not a 670, also why do you need 100- wats a 750 should be more than enough. Other than that you have a good build!
These are ways to save some money, this money could be put into a better monitor / more games.
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May 5, 2013 9:00:28 PM

Everything thing is good except two things.

GTX 670 is better, 25% cheaper and only 5% slower, but it can match performance with an overclock.

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

Cooler master power supplies are crap, and you do not need 1000 watts!

This is a good power supply that will meet your needs:

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

If you plan to SLI you should get about 700 watts.


The 700 series is out in 3 weeks, get a 770 which is the price of 670 and around a quarter faster.


Alternatively:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.49 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($474.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($128.54 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1614.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-06 00:05 EDT-0400)
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May 5, 2013 9:03:18 PM

resin34 said:
Why not a 670, also why do you need 100- wats a 750 should be more than enough. Other than that you have a good build!
These are ways to save some money, this money could be put into a better monitor / more games.


Honestly, I could use some help on the GPU. I've read until my eyes are bleeding about how you can't use the v-Ram unless you game on multiple monitors. But if that's true, and a 670 is the way to go, then that means a 670 and 680(4g) will perform EQUALLY on a single monitor. So if they are in a dead heat, I'll look at 670's. BTW, I'm gaming on a 55" Samsung at normal resolutions. I don't think the size of the monitor matters. Or does it?

And on the PSU, I've found that overkill will make it last longer. It's like a bigger engine and a smaller engine running the same amount of horsepower - the bigger engine will outlast the smaller engine because it's not being worked as hard. Please correct me if this doesn't apply to PSU's. If it doesn't, I'll go with the 800watt version of the 1000watt PSU.

And first and foremost - thank you for your time!
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May 5, 2013 9:08:48 PM

Power supply watts does not equal lasting longer, I keep wattage about 25% above what I need typically.

When you buy a power supply, it's not wattage that's important, it's amps on the 12v rail. The build I set above will run about 300-350 watts and handle another 670 if you want SLI.

A single monitor will be fine with 2GB of VRAM, multiple monitors(3 way or 5 way gaming setup) with AA will require more than 2GB of VRAM. There is a 4GB VRAM 670 too.

Some games like Skyrim heavily modded can max out 2GB of VRAM, but 2GB is fine for now.
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May 5, 2013 9:10:04 PM

listen to what edogawa said, He know his stuff.
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May 5, 2013 9:23:04 PM

edogawa said:
Everything thing is good except two things.

GTX 670 is better, 25% cheaper and only 5% slower, but it can match performance with an overclock.

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

Cooler master power supplies are crap, and you do not need 1000 watts!

This is a good power supply that will meet your needs:

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

If you plan to SLI you should get about 700 watts.


The 700 series is out in 3 weeks, get a 770 which is the price of 670 and around a quarter faster.


Alternatively:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.49 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($474.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($128.54 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1614.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-06 00:05 EDT-0400)


Okay, I swapped to the GPU mentioned above. I like ASUS products, although I've read they are No.2 in the GPU market behind EVGA. Is that true still?

I didn't go with the 620w Seasonic, but I did go with Seasonic. I chose this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you for your parts picker build list. I want the Extreme Z MOBO because I'm a noob, and the Extreme IV from my last build was super user friendly. I'm also a turbo diesel enthusiast, and I have to get the closed-loop coolers. Having a miniature radiator in my PC is the friggen cat's pajamas! Real tanks and fins - when I held that H80 for the first time, I was in love.

resin34 said:
listen to what edogawa said, He know his stuff.


Thank you. I'll listen to you both. The suggestions so far are great, and I can't thank you enough.

Also, there is no budget for this build. I don't mind paying double for something that won't break.
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May 5, 2013 9:31:29 PM

EVGA has great support, I will give them that, but they use reference design cooling methods.

Asus is better because their cards are quiet and run cooler. If your case had bad airflow then the EVGA would be considerable. (Asus has good support too, but I've heard others seem to have had bad experiences, but I've never had an issue with Asus.)

Maximus Extreme board is more for multiple card setups and won't provide a real benefit unless your doing 2 or 3 way SLI.

I think the 750 Seasonic is fine, a little more than you need, but I have no issue with that.

If there is no real budget, why not go SLI 670s?


Three weeks for 700 series to come out which is expected to be around 25% faster, so consider waiting for that.
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May 5, 2013 9:34:07 PM

edogawa said:
EVGA has great support, I will give them that, but they use reference design cooling methods.

Asus is better because their cards are quiet and run cooler. If your case had bad airflow then the EVGA would be considerable. (Asus has good support too, but I've heard others seem to have had bad experiences, but I've never had an issue with Asus.)

Maximus Extreme board is more for multiple card setups and won't provide a real benefit unless your doing 2 or 3 way SLI.

I think the 750 Seasonic is fine, a little more than you need, but I have no issue with that.


+1 to all of this. I was thinking of submitting a recommendation, but then edogawa put forth one that was superior to mine in all respects.
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May 5, 2013 9:44:58 PM

edogawa said:
EVGA has great support, I will give them that, but they use reference design cooling methods.

Asus is better because their cards are quiet and run cooler. If your case had bad airflow then the EVGA would be considerable. (Asus has good support too, but I've heard others seem to have had bad experiences, but I've never had an issue with Asus.)

Maximus Extreme board is more for multiple card setups and won't provide a real benefit unless your doing 2 or 3 way SLI.

I think the 750 Seasonic is fine, a little more than you need, but I have no issue with that.

If there is no real budget, why not go SLI 670s?


Three weeks for 700 series to come out which is expected to be around 25% faster, so consider waiting for that.


I don't want to do SLI because of microstuttering and games that just plain don't support it. That's why I bought the 580 Classified last year. It was the fastest single GPU card I could find. That's kind of what I want to do again, but without going back to AMD. (I've had driver NIGHTMARES in the past...)

I am changing my SSD to this model:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MZ-7PD256B
It's the size I originally wanted, but it was sold out at Newegg. In the last year and a half, we haven't put more than 150gb on my last build, so this SSD should suffice for a purely gaming rig. I have the G73 lappy, and the other build as well as external WD Passport for storage. And I could always buy an HDD if the need arises.

I am seriously thinking about waiting on the 700 series. It would be foolish to buy a card right before the new stuff comes out I think. And I've got plenty to keep me occupied until it comes out.

Thanks for the info everyone!!! Keep it coming!
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May 5, 2013 9:51:40 PM

edogawa said:
EVGA has great support, I will give them that, but they use reference design cooling methods.

Asus is better because their cards are quiet and run cooler. If your case had bad airflow then the EVGA would be considerable. (Asus has good support too, but I've heard others seem to have had bad experiences, but I've never had an issue with Asus.)

Maximus Extreme board is more for multiple card setups and won't provide a real benefit unless your doing 2 or 3 way SLI.

I think the 750 Seasonic is fine, a little more than you need, but I have no issue with that.

If there is no real budget, why not go SLI 670s?


Three weeks for 700 series to come out which is expected to be around 25% faster, so consider waiting for that.



BTW, don't take what I said about SLI the wrong way. I would LOVE, I mean LOVE to see a stack of graphics rendering power hanging off the side of my motherboard. I'm just a lil scared, that's all. 1500.00 in a video card setup that I may hate would suck.
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May 6, 2013 9:27:20 AM

edit: never mind, found it.
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