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August 15, 2013 10:18:43 AM

Trying out my first build soon, got the pieces all picked out except the graphics card and possibly a new heat sink. Basically I need this to be good work computer, work quickly with engineering software like minitab, matlab, labview, etc. As far as gaming goes I just want to play games like Civ 5 and Starwars battlefront II quickly and painlessly, not looking for anything big and flashy. I want it to last a long time now and after college with only minimal upgrades so I aimed for an Intel i7 and hefty amounts of RAM. My HD video needs are rather small so I'm willing to skimp on the graphics card a little.

Components:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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IN WIN MANA134 Black SEEC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

And I was considering this graphics card, but I have yet to research that much:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card


Any advice on quality, different, brands, or graphics cards would be highly appreciated, thanks!

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August 15, 2013 10:23:54 AM

spend a bit more and get the i7 3770K and the hd 7850.
the 750 watt psu is overkill for that pc get something around 600 watts
August 15, 2013 10:24:02 AM

I don't understand the inclusion of an i7 CPU and then a 7770 GPU. The two are on opposite ends of the spectrum. You take one of the most powerful CPUs and combine it with one of the cheapest GPUs. Even if your primary function is computations it still is a bit baffling.

I know you have some use for the i7 and RAM so I wouldn't necessarily cut back spending there, but maybe cut back a little on the power supply and try to invest a little more money on a better video card. I wonder if a 660 Ti might be good value for your wants?
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August 15, 2013 10:25:51 AM

That looks pretty good to me, as you stated you didn't want a beffy gpu :)  have building it however I too would put something something bigger in of a gpu, (7850 or 660ti) non the less it is suited for work
August 15, 2013 10:27:01 AM

if your going to run software that use opencl/CUDA get something better than gtx 660ti/hd 7870
August 15, 2013 11:13:17 AM

ncasolo said:
I don't understand the inclusion of an i7 CPU and then a 7770 GPU. The two are on opposite ends of the spectrum. You take one of the most powerful CPUs and combine it with one of the cheapest GPUs. Even if your primary function is computations it still is a bit baffling.

I know you have some use for the i7 and RAM so I wouldn't necessarily cut back spending there, but maybe cut back a little on the power supply and try to invest a little more money on a better video card. I wonder if a 660 Ti might be good value for your wants?


Ah, thank you.
So you suggest something along these lines? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the difference between PCI Express 2.0 and 3.0 that signifigant? Because I could this nearly equivilent card for much cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 16, 2013 5:59:47 AM
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kthackst said:
ncasolo said:
I don't understand the inclusion of an i7 CPU and then a 7770 GPU. The two are on opposite ends of the spectrum. You take one of the most powerful CPUs and combine it with one of the cheapest GPUs. Even if your primary function is computations it still is a bit baffling.

I know you have some use for the i7 and RAM so I wouldn't necessarily cut back spending there, but maybe cut back a little on the power supply and try to invest a little more money on a better video card. I wonder if a 660 Ti might be good value for your wants?


Ah, thank you.
So you suggest something along these lines? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the difference between PCI Express 2.0 and 3.0 that signifigant? Because I could this nearly equivilent card for much cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


In this case there is a pretty big difference between those two cards. The 6970 is a card that is probably 2-3 years old right now. The 660 Ti is about 7 months old and is probably the best value on the market. Unless you think you'll never want to try any newer games I would still recommend the 660 Ti so that you can run anything newer on decent settings (rumor is there's a new Star Wars battlefront title being discussed).

Alternatively you could save a bit of money and just upgrade a video card in the future if you found a need for it.
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