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September 30, 2013 5:11:09 PM



So this is my current proposed first build based on my budget. I would love some feedback as this is my first time ever attempting to put together my own setup. Thanks in advance!

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card
Sound Card: Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2013 5:23:28 PM

What is the use for this? Budget? Location?

Why the i7?
Sound card almost certainly not needed
I'd probably go with a different SSD. Samsung EVO, perhaps
Are you sure you want to go with a BluRay and all the updates needed?
For the WD Blue, not a lot of price difference between 750 and 1TB.
Better cooler. Either a way better liquid cooler, or a top end air cooler
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September 30, 2013 5:28:26 PM

What is the system going to be used for? If its primarily a gaming rig, drop the 3770 and get a 3570k or jump to a newer Haswell based 4670k and a z87 motherboard. Also with the r9 290x coming soon and rumored to be in the same price range, unless you are dead set on Nvidia I'd wait, even if you don't want an AMD card i bet the price of the 780 drops a bit.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2013 5:34:16 PM

Would guess you have an idea of what you want to do with it, and with that said, would say it looks like a good all purpose build, will handle any app out there, good for image, video, et al and will make a good gaming rig if so desired....
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September 30, 2013 5:44:14 PM

USAFRet said:
What is the use for this? Budget? Location?

Why the i7?
Sound card almost certainly not needed
I'd probably go with a different SSD. Samsung EVO, perhaps
Are you sure you want to go with a BluRay and all the updates needed?
For the WD Blue, not a lot of price difference between 750 and 1TB.
Better cooler. Either a way better liquid cooler, or a top end air cooler


I am looking to build first and foremost for gaming...budget is around $2000, looking to build something that will have decent longevity to start, which explains why I feel the i7 is the better option.

I did plan on using it also to watch Blu-Ray, as this will be hooked up to our main television in our living room (55' Samsung LED), which is why I chose the Blu-Ray drive,

The upgraded sound card was because I get as much enjoyment out of high quality audio as I do superb graphics, and I assumed an isolated audio processor would outclass any onboard audio solution.

What liquid cooler would you recommend? I do plan to overclock the CPU.
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September 30, 2013 5:55:18 PM

bignastyid said:
What is the system going to be used for? If its primarily a gaming rig, drop the 3770 and get a 3570k or jump to a newer Haswell based 4670k and a z87 motherboard. Also with the r9 290x coming soon and rumored to be in the same price range, unless you are dead set on Nvidia I'd wait, even if you don't want an AMD card i bet the price of the 780 drops a bit.


It's going to primarily a gaming system. While I have no extensive experience, I've always been under the impression nvidia is the better option when it comes to GPU. With that said, I hadn't even heard of the r9 290x coming up soon, and after researching it I must say it looks quite impressive for a great price. I may have to consider that. Any reason you would choose amd over nvidia?
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September 30, 2013 6:07:54 PM

wbrian200 said:
bignastyid said:
What is the system going to be used for? If its primarily a gaming rig, drop the 3770 and get a 3570k or jump to a newer Haswell based 4670k and a z87 motherboard. Also with the r9 290x coming soon and rumored to be in the same price range, unless you are dead set on Nvidia I'd wait, even if you don't want an AMD card i bet the price of the 780 drops a bit.


It's going to primarily a gaming system. While I have no extensive experience, I've always been under the impression nvidia is the better option when it comes to GPU. With that said, I hadn't even heard of the r9 290x coming up soon, and after researching it I must say it looks quite impressive for a great price. I may have to consider that. Any reason you would choose amd over nvidia?


When I buy video cards and cpu's I buy the fastest my budget allows. Currently I run Intel and Nvidia in my gaming rig, but when I upgrade I may switch. The 290x looks nice if it pans out, personally im waiting for some official benchmarks. But its release will drop the prices of other cards, unless for some reason its turn out to be a complete flop.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2013 6:24:55 PM

wbrian200 said:
USAFRet said:
What is the use for this? Budget? Location?

Why the i7?
Sound card almost certainly not needed
I'd probably go with a different SSD. Samsung EVO, perhaps
Are you sure you want to go with a BluRay and all the updates needed?
For the WD Blue, not a lot of price difference between 750 and 1TB.
Better cooler. Either a way better liquid cooler, or a top end air cooler


I am looking to build first and foremost for gaming...budget is around $2000, looking to build something that will have decent longevity to start, which explains why I feel the i7 is the better option.

I did plan on using it also to watch Blu-Ray, as this will be hooked up to our main television in our living room (55' Samsung LED), which is why I chose the Blu-Ray drive,

The upgraded sound card was because I get as much enjoyment out of high quality audio as I do superb graphics, and I assumed an isolated audio processor would outclass any onboard audio solution.

What liquid cooler would you recommend? I do plan to overclock the CPU.


For gaming and HTPC, the i7 brings nothing extra to the table vs an i5.
On my HTPC, my onboard audio ports out to a receiver and a good 5.1 system. Rocks the house.
Personally, I'm not a fan of liquid coolers, unless you're in the upper reaches of OC, and do a full custom deal. The better air coolers are quieter, cheaper, and more reliable. CoolerMaster, Noctua, or Phantek.
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