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July 8, 2013 12:01:33 AM

Okay, so this is my first time building instead of buying. I play WoW and Diablo so I'd like my setup be able to run those without constantly lagging, as well as any other games I might want to play. These are the parts I have chosen for now:

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042

Power Supply:
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
Item #: N82E16817371033

Motherboard:
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130686

Processor:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504

Video Card:
EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130921

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R
Item #: N82E16820233310

Hard Drive:
Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136941


So, is everything here compatible? Any recommendations or things I should change? Do I need a cooling system/fans? I really appreciate any help! My budget is around 1200 but I'm pretty flexible. Thanks again for any help in advance!
a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 12:45:28 AM

the PSU is insufficient, get a 550-600W one, otherwise its quite a decent build
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 12:46:53 AM

First of all you'll want a better quality PSU, and the build is way overkill for those two games if that is what you're aiming for.
Some points so we can help you out more:
- You've picked overclocking parts so I'm guessing your confident in your overclocking ability? Remember that it WILL void your warranty.
- If gaming is the primary use you won't see the benefit of 16GB RAM. Video/Photo editing definitely. With memory, any that you aren't using is essentially wasted.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 12:47:19 AM

It requires a minimum PSU of 600w for those parts.

Plus correct me if I'm wrong, thats a green series hard drive? You need Blue series minimum for running games from. WD10EZEX - model

And if that puts you over budget you can easily let the RAM slide to 2x4gb = 8gb, The games that need more than that are few and far between.

Goddam these ninja's :p 
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July 8, 2013 12:47:38 AM

I would probably just go for a bigger PSU even though that one might work.
I suggest XFX 550 watt version...
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July 8, 2013 12:59:48 AM

Budge414 said:
First of all you'll want a better quality PSU, and the build is way overkill for those two games if that is what you're aiming for.
Some points so we can help you out more:
- You've picked overclocking parts so I'm guessing your confident in your overclocking ability? Remember that it WILL void your warranty.
- If gaming is the primary use you won't see the benefit of 16GB RAM. Video/Photo editing definitely. With memory, any that you aren't using is essentially wasted.


I am planning on using it for Video/Photo editing as well! I'm not confident in my anything ability. If I can save money and get decent performance from non overclocking parts I'm fine with that.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 1:12:54 AM

notlaura said:
Budge414 said:
First of all you'll want a better quality PSU, and the build is way overkill for those two games if that is what you're aiming for.
Some points so we can help you out more:
- You've picked overclocking parts so I'm guessing your confident in your overclocking ability? Remember that it WILL void your warranty.
- If gaming is the primary use you won't see the benefit of 16GB RAM. Video/Photo editing definitely. With memory, any that you aren't using is essentially wasted.


I am planning on using it for Video/Photo editing as well! I'm not confident in my anything ability. If I can save money and get decent performance from non overclocking parts I'm fine with that.


How heavy is the video editing you'll be doing? If you're editing more than playing games then an i7 is a good bet. Also which program are you using?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 1:38:57 AM

Here man. It's a seriously solid build just a tad over budget. I tried to stay true to your build as you picked pretty good parts, just needed tweaking.
I added an SSD too, this will give you much better boot, navigation and application start-up times. You'll want to install your OS and your Video Editing software to the SSD and transfer your user data folders to the HDD to maximise performance. Here's a guide on how to do that: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-move-window...

Let me know if you have any questions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520 43.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1214.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 04:50 EDT-0400)

EDIT: Look over the build again, I changed the PSU because the one I selected first wasn't Haswell compatible. I reverted to a 60GB SSD. If you don't mind spending another $30 then I recommend going for a 120GB one instead. More space for your most-used programs and larger SSD's tend to perform better. Go for this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...
Bringing the total build cost to: $1244.89
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July 8, 2013 1:59:09 AM

Budge414 said:
Here man. It's a seriously solid build just a tad over budget. I tried to stay true to your build as you picked pretty good parts, just needed tweaking.
I added an SSD too, this will give you much better boot, navigation and application start-up times. You'll want to install your OS and your Video Editing software to the SSD and transfer your user data folders to the HDD to maximise performance. Here's a guide on how to do that: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-move-window...

Let me know if you have any questions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520 43.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1214.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 04:50 EDT-0400)

EDIT: Look over the build again, I changed the PSU because the one I selected first wasn't Haswell compatible. I reverted to a 60GB SSD. If you don't mind spending another $30 then I recommend going for a 120GB one instead. More space for your most-used programs and larger SSD's tend to perform better. Go for this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...
Bringing the total build cost to: $1244.89


I love you so much I'm crying? Thank you SO MUCH! I use Vegas and PS for editing, by the way. I'll go for the 120GB if you reccomend it.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 2:15:12 AM

notlaura said:

I love you so much I'm crying? Thank you SO MUCH! I use Vegas and PS for editing, by the way. I'll go for the 120GB if you reccomend it.


Haha! No worries! Also seeing as though you use Vegas and PS for editing an OpenCL GPU a.k.a AMD card would be better.
Here's the build with the few tweaks I mentioned. **Also if you live near a Microcentre go pick up the CPU IN-STORE, it will save you $50!!: http://www.microcenter.com/product/413249/Core_i7_4770_...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520 43.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1244.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 05:11 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2013 4:20:24 AM

Thanks for being so enthusiastic towards my help. It's really nice to be appreciated! Anyway, I realized on your profile that you are based in Canada and to get the exact build I suggested would be about $130 more expensive if you bought them from Canadian stores.

I revised the build so it would be closer to your budget and sourced from Canadian websites. The changes won't make any huge difference so don't worry. It's more a matter of certain items being on sale only in the US, the PC will perform exactly the same.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($318.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($18.11 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.79 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Mushkin Stealth 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($123.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1240.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 06:54 EDT-0400)

Good luck with your first build and hope all goes well!

Brandon.
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July 29, 2013 2:00:31 PM

You get the Gigabyte GTX 770 OC because it is $20 cheeper, but its one of the fastest cards out there!!
And it has three fans vs. two
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