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February 8, 2014 2:54:23 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PGD3

Hello! I have put together a computer that I believe would best fit my needs and just need a pro to once over it. I don't want to have some glaring error (like an incorrect power supply or something). Is there anywhere I could shave down on the price? Its for gaming & music production (pro tools). As well as possible virtual boxing to get access to both mac and windows. Would there be a graphics card recommendation so that in the future I can put two for SLI or is it usually better to just straight upgrade?

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $217.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $199.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99
Memory Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $154.95
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.66
Case Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case $49.62
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $84.99

(and a cheap optical drive). I am also hoping to keep the SSD if possible.

Thank you!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2014 4:13:55 PM

Use a dual channel kit of RAM . 2 x4 gig is faster than 1 x8

The GTX660 is outdated now . A GTX 760 makes much more sense

The challenger case is poorly made . Its has thin metal and cheap plastic .
This Corsair is much better quality for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use this
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
to size your power supply .
As it is your build would need only a 430 watt psu so you are overspending there
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February 9, 2014 8:58:11 AM

You guys are awesome! Thank you for all your help!
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February 9, 2014 9:03:58 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Use a dual channel kit of RAM . 2 x4 gig is faster than 1 x8

The GTX660 is outdated now . A GTX 760 makes much more sense

The challenger case is poorly made . Its has thin metal and cheap plastic .
This Corsair is much better quality for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use this
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
to size your power supply .
As it is your build would need only a 430 watt psu so you are overspending there


Would it be possible to put two of those graphics card in SLI when I look to upgrade? (Thats why I was thinking of getting a bigger PSU)

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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 12:57:42 PM

senop said:
Outlander_04 said:
Use a dual channel kit of RAM . 2 x4 gig is faster than 1 x8

The GTX660 is outdated now . A GTX 760 makes much more sense

The challenger case is poorly made . Its has thin metal and cheap plastic .
This Corsair is much better quality for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use this
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
to size your power supply .
As it is your build would need only a 430 watt psu so you are overspending there


Would it be possible to put two of those graphics card in SLI when I look to upgrade? (Thats why I was thinking of getting a bigger PSU)



Your motherboard does not support SLI . It has a second x16 slot but it is wired to run electrically at x4 . SLI requires the first x16 slot to be pared with another , and that they can both share the x16 of the first .
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February 9, 2014 2:50:35 PM

lucasz said:
senop said:
lucasz said:
This is much better: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PHAe

I was reading up on processors and it seemed the 3570k was just much better bang for your buck, is there really any reason to get the 4770k? Here is the link:http://www.ocaholic.ch/modules/smartsection/item.php?it...


The 3570k is only $10 less than the 4670k so there's no reason to get the 4670k instead


You are completely correct ^ ^ Thank you for pointing that out!
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February 9, 2014 2:51:28 PM

Outlander_04 said:
senop said:
Outlander_04 said:
Use a dual channel kit of RAM . 2 x4 gig is faster than 1 x8

The GTX660 is outdated now . A GTX 760 makes much more sense

The challenger case is poorly made . Its has thin metal and cheap plastic .
This Corsair is much better quality for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use this
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
to size your power supply .
As it is your build would need only a 430 watt psu so you are overspending there


Would it be possible to put two of those graphics card in SLI when I look to upgrade? (Thats why I was thinking of getting a bigger PSU)



Your motherboard does not support SLI . It has a second x16 slot but it is wired to run electrically at x4 . SLI requires the first x16 slot to be pared with another , and that they can both share the x16 of the first .


Oh phew, thank you for seeing that! I dropped the SSD and decided on the 760 as well as changing to a MOBO that would support a future 2nd 760. I also changed the case thanks to you! You are the best :) 
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February 9, 2014 3:00:19 PM

Updated build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Qjbh
Edit: just read the compatibility notes at the bottom. Will this be any sort of issue?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 3:55:42 PM

No there will be no problem. Just go into the bios and enable XMP or just set the ram settings manually
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February 9, 2014 5:19:31 PM

Awesome! Thank you!
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