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April 1, 2012 4:53:57 PM

Hi Guys, I'm looking forward to building my very first PC. I've been buying store bought PC's for the past 8 years. Well i've only bought two but now im ready to spend for a well invested stress free gaming laptop I hope. We all go through problems and I'm open to adjustments. I have limited knowledge when it comes to hardware and drivers, so I might mix a couple of things that might not just work out. MOBOs' are my worst hardware category when it comes to selecting and overall hardware specifications.

Approximate Purchase Date: From Now to 2 weeks from now

Budget Range: 2000-2250, Plans for near future 3-5 months, Sli or Crossfire and 3 screen setup

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video gaming with visual quality and watching tv shows and movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca amazon.ca or another website that sends to Canada

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Mid-Tower Case Crossfire/ Sli Ready MOBO which could fit top sized graphic cards

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but later on

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 Juggle Around

Additional Comments: Air Flow, Great power and performance for beyond average graphic's

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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.


Cases 3 on my mind, which would do you prefer or do you have your own in mind ?

Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Case

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.

Power Supply Unit 3 on my mind, which would do you prefer or do you have your own in mind ?


XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX)

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX)


Processor Should this be fine ? Or is there anything else

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz


Anyway that's all as far as I can get with keeping it safe and not messing up, the rest is all yours, you can let me know all of your full build aswell . I do have a couple of questions though

1. Will there be a conflict if I pick a PSU and MOBO for a certain computer case, like size fitting inside the case ?
2. How important is the Optical Drive, should I be safe just like being with a PSU and grab a mid-ranged priced one?
3. How can I find out if the MOBO and CPU will not be able to match, this confuses me ?







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April 1, 2012 5:30:07 PM

Go with the corsair 600t, have it with my rig and i love it.

Stick with the i5 2500k cpu. It will save you money, and you wouldn't put the 2600k to its full potential with just gaming and not video editing, etc.

For your psu, i would stick with Corsair because they build quality psu's. You could go with the 850w if you want a lot of headroom for oc'ing and sli/crossfire. I would go with the 850w because you have a nice budget.

1) For the psu, no they will almost all fit in modern cases. Now for the mobo, unless you pick a small mini atx case or something like that you will be fine. Just pick a standard mobo and you will be fine.
2) Yeah just pick up a $20 drive an you will be fine
3) THey are based on a certain socket, like what you plan on getting is the 2500k or the 2600k(recommend the 2500k), and that is socket 1155 and it will say what socket the mobo is.

Now for your build:

Case: Corsair 600t white/black Link
or the more expensive corsair 800d Link
or the NZXT Switch 810(currently deactivated on newegg O.o)

CPU: i5 2500k Link

CPU cooler: Coolermaster hyper 212 evo Link . This is to keep your cpu cool incase you want to oc with the unlocked processor

GPU: gtx 680(when it comes in stock) around $500

PSU: Get the corsair 850w psu Link

SSD: Crucial m4 128gb Link

Optical Drive: Liteon iHAS 24x Link

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1tb Link

Motherboard: ASUS p8z68-v pro/gen3 Link

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb Link

Didn't have time to calculate the final price, but that is a solid build
Now you can go with that build OR you could wait till the end of April and get the new Ivy Bridge cpu's from Intel. That gpu is currently the single fastest gpu on the market, but is currently sold out on newegg.

If you have any questions just ask!
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April 1, 2012 5:49:05 PM

For $40 less, he can get the XFX 850W PSU 80+ Silver. It has more amps on the 12v rail and is also made by Seasonic.
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April 1, 2012 5:50:18 PM

your choice is good.
my 2k rig-
500r
xfx pro xxx 750w
2500k
Asus P8Z68-V
hyper 212 evo
gtx 680
sammy 830 128gb ssd
gtx 680
1tb 7200rpm(any casue prices are very high now,you have ssd for speed)
low profile 8gb crucial ballistix sports 1600mhz 8gb ram.
put 2x680s if you have money(it's not required but still if you can afford than why not?)i hope you got the idea of components.
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April 1, 2012 5:59:31 PM

Ivy Bridge, Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Inte... <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=... <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks



http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks



FREE SHIPPING. If your Canadian then newegg is going to hose you on the shipping charges. This site down below along with it's sister company (Best Direct Canada) offer free shipping and usually 9 times out of 10 it beats neweggs prices. Here's a few items to take a look at.

This case down below hasn't been on the market all that long but it has all the bells and whistles. 200mm side fan, multiple fan controllers, dust filters, SSD cage, front 3.0 USB ports, etc....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8651&v... $135.65
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

gtx 680 of course....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $497.71
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
ASUS P8Z77 WS (4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 dual x16 or x16, x8, x8 or quad x8)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview $220 should be a close guesstimate
Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

An inexpensive yet proven cpu cooler that comes with great thermal paste...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $29.69
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

That cooler up above is set up to add this fan to it for a "push - pull" affect to bring the temps down even more...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC6691&v... $8.05
Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $48.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13410DR1426&v... $165.72
Patriot PP120GS25SSDR Pyro Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR5445&v... $97.79
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Sata 6GBPS 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - Oem

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black


http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- a better look at that case
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April 1, 2012 6:16:36 PM

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Cases 3 on my mind, which would do you prefer or do you have your own in mind ?

Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Case

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.


Go with the Carbide - it's easily my favorite of the 3.

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Power Supply Unit 3 on my mind, which would do you prefer or do you have your own in mind ?



Actually I'd be inclined to suggest the one I bought as it's a steal for the price, silver rated and has a 7 year warranty: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Processor Should this be fine ? Or is there anything else


Go with the 2500K - if you want to wait for Ivy Bridge, go ahead, but you won't notice much of a difference between Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.

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1. Will there be a conflict if I pick a PSU and MOBO for a certain computer case, like size fitting inside the case ?


The Antec 900 is a bit cramped which is why I don't recommend it anymore. The only time there would be a conflict is if say you're running an XL-ATX board like the Rampage IV but I can't imagine most people would pay $400 for a motherboard.

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2. How important is the Optical Drive, should I be safe just like being with a PSU and grab a mid-ranged priced one?


It's pretty much becoming the new floppy drive. Get one that's $15 and spend the other money elsewhere.

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3. How can I find out if the MOBO and CPU will not be able to match, this confuses me ?


You match it up by socket type - Sandy Bridge builds use socket LGA 1155.
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April 1, 2012 6:20:16 PM

Glad someone above gets that IB will not be a big improvement. Try explaining that to Why_Me, as he thinks he is one of the "only good advisers" on this forums.
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April 1, 2012 6:24:00 PM

azeem40 said:
Glad someone above gets that IB will not be a big improvement. Try explaining that to Why_Me, as he thinks he is one of the "only good advisers" on this forums.


I'm growing tired of the "wait for Ivy" crowd and if any OP wants to wait, they can. I'm predicting Ivy is going to be to Sandy Bridge what P55 was to X58 - not a major change in architecture but not a significant leap in performance either. Not everyone can wait until May - June to buy a new PC or upgrade their existing one. If they're not purchasing until say June, then it will look completely different.
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April 1, 2012 6:30:02 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'm growing tired of the "wait for Ivy" crowd and if any OP wants to wait, they can. I'm predicting Ivy is going to be to Sandy Bridge what P55 was to X58 - not a major change in architecture but not a significant leap in performance either. Not everyone can wait until May - June to buy a new PC or upgrade their existing one. If they're not purchasing until say June, then it will look completely different.

The OP plans on purchasing in 2-3 weeks and has a budget of $2000 and your saying he should screw himself out of PCI-E 3.0? Are you serious?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <---- Take a good hard look because that's what's replacing Sandy Bridge next month whether you like it or not. It is what it is.
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April 1, 2012 6:33:06 PM

I grow tired of your repeated advice on IB. If he wants to get it he will.. Your job is to give advice, not act like a broken record about IB. How are you 100% sure IB will be released then? Your basing it off mere speculation.
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April 1, 2012 6:44:25 PM

Azeem - are you arguing for the sake of it. Technology is not going to stand still - if you have an opportunity to by newer/better tech for close to the same price then you should. And g-unit, if you're growing tired of the wait for Ivy - too bad. It is sound advice to tell somebody about new soon to be available tech - and if they are in a position that waiting an extra month is an option - I think it is a good one.
-Bruce
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April 1, 2012 6:52:55 PM

I am saying leave it as advice, not a convincing game.
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April 1, 2012 6:56:23 PM

Why_Me said:
The OP plans on purchasing in 2-3 weeks and has a budget of $2000 and your saying he should screw himself out of PCI-E 3.0? Are you serious?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <---- Take a good hard look because that's what's replacing Sandy Bridge next month whether you like it or not. It is what it is.


No, thats not what I'm saying at all. I'm all for technology changing but at the same time I'm really skeptical about what Ivy is going to be after AMD proved that newer isn't always better with the FX series. Having a couple of extra cores and +-.2GHz isn't going to be the drastic improvement everyone thinks it is. Don't get me wrong - if you're paying $500 for a GPU I'm all for not watering it down with a motherboard that can't run the card to it's fullest extent. But what I've been reading is that PCI 3.0 is backwards compatible with x16 and any motherboard that has x16 will run these cards. I'm just saying Ivy isn't going to be what people think it is. So far the 680 has lived up to the hype and exceeded it, whether Ivy does or not remains to be seen, and I'm not recommending building systems around hardware that doesn't exist yet. That's just me.

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And g-unit, if you're growing tired of the wait for Ivy - too bad. It is sound advice to tell somebody about new soon to be available tech - and if they are in a position that waiting an extra month is an option - I think it is a good one.


It's not going to change much if anything. That's what I'm saying. Where you'll notice drastic improvements in any build is the GPU, not the CPU. I'm aware that a good GPU is only as good as the hardware that accompanies it, but what's out now is good. What I'm not a fan of is buying the same part twice like a lot of Ivy fans are saying - you don't want to pay $300 for a CPU, then pay $300 for another CPU and have the first one sitting in a box collecting dust.
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April 1, 2012 7:05:16 PM

g-unit1111 said:
No, thats not what I'm saying at all. I'm all for technology changing but at the same time I'm really skeptical about what Ivy is going to be after AMD proved that newer isn't always better with the FX series. Having a couple of extra cores and +-.2GHz isn't going to be the drastic improvement everyone thinks it is. Don't get me wrong - if you're paying $500 for a GPU I'm all for not watering it down with a motherboard that can't run the card to it's fullest extent. But what I've been reading is that PCI 3.0 is backwards compatible with x16 and any motherboard that has x16 will run these cards. I'm just saying Ivy isn't going to be what people think it is. So far the 680 has lived up to the hype and exceeded it, whether Ivy does or not remains to be seen, and I'm not recommending building systems around hardware that doesn't exist yet. That's just me.

From the Anadtech benches Ivy is only a 5-15% gain over SB...a gain is a gain. That isn't the thing though. It's what IB offers which is native USB 3.0 along with PCI-E 3.0 and for those doing video editing... HD4000 graphics. For the over clockers 22nm pretty much says it all. Lower wattage and what should be cooler temps. Ivy is replacing SB.

As far as BD goes...I was almost 100% it would tank and tank big time when compared to SB. Anyone who read my post on this forum when BD was projected to be released well over a year ago knows that. There was a 100+ page thread on here in regards to BD and the release was postponed over and over and over with never a benchmark released. AMD hasn't released a decent cpu that went head to head with Intel since Intel released the C2D back in 2006. Since the release of C2D Intel has punched AMD's lights out in regards to desktop cpu's.

Again though SB is being replaced...and that's just a fact. PCI-E 3.0 is the future...it's double the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0. The big leap will be the release of Haswell and Intel's "tick" to their "tock".
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April 1, 2012 7:13:19 PM

calm down guys!it's OP's choice.if he can wait then their's no problem otherwise 2500k is a great cpu.
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April 1, 2012 7:15:44 PM

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From the Anadtech benches Ivy is only a 5-15% gain over SB...a gain is a gain. That isn't the thing though. It's what IB offers which is native USB 3.0 along with PCI-E 3.0 and for those doing video editing... HD4000 graphics. For the over clockers 22nm pretty much says it all. Lower wattage and what should be cooler temps. Ivy is replacing SB.


Having lower power and heat consumption is something that I actually can see a system benefiting from. But like I said a couple extra cores is something that won't be used for a long time. Games are just now starting to catch up to quad core, when games catch up to hex and octo core technology could be years from now.

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As far as BD goes...I was almost 100% it would tank and tank big time when compared to SB. Anyone who read my post on this forum when BD was projected to be released well over a year ago knows that. There was a 100+ page thread on here in regards to BD and the release was postponed over and over and over with never a benchmark released. AMD hasn't released a decent cpu that went head to head with Intel since Intel released the C2D back in 2006. Since the release of C2D Intel has punched AMD's lights out in regards to desktop cpu's.


Yeah I'll admit I bought into the BD hype when I first started posting here (I think my first thread was asking advice about a motherboard I was buying) and I think I did see that thread about BD and the hype then was ridiculous, when I first saw the initial BD benchmarks I had the Price Is Right fail horn playing through my head. :lol: 

That's kind of why I'm skeptical about the perforamance - it's not the features - Ivy has a great set of accompanying features, especially the low power and heat consumption - but it's the performance that has me worried.

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Again though SB is being replaced...and that's just a fact. PCI-E 3.0 is the future...it's double the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0. The big leap will be the release of Haswell and Intel's "tick" to their "tock".


Haswell is what I'm really interested in. The 22nm CPUs will be a major leap in architecture and will probably double the production output of Sandy in the long run. I'm trying to figure out if my long term upgrading plans for my system will be X79 or Haswell, that remains to be seen.
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April 1, 2012 8:48:15 PM

Antec P280- http://www.amazon.com/Antec-P280-Black-Tower-Computer/d... 113$

Intake fans for the case: Cooler Master 120mm fan- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Case-R4-C2R-2... x2=17$

Seagate Barracuda 3tb hdd- http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SABERTOOTH-X79-LGA2011-Mothe... 185$

i7 3820 & Asus Sabertooth X79- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 620$ the X79 platform will allow you to run your 2 graphics cards at x16/x16. That will make a big difference when you upgrade to 3 monitors.

EVGA GTX 680- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 510$

Noctua NH-D14- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$ the best air cooler on the market and it is compatible with the 2011 socket.

Mushkin 16gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 95$

Samsung 830 256gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 300$

LG Blu-Ray Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 80$

Silverstone 850w Gold- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Supply-... 155$

Total=2165$
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April 1, 2012 10:59:24 PM

@terpsfan726 & hellfire24, it's actually weird cause I was looking over almost all of those exact products. I just don't know the major differences when it comes to comparing 1600GHz RAM, or SSD, OD's which is pretty much like an uneducated gamble for me.

BTW hellfire24 you mentioned you have two gtx 680's or was that an accidental repeat ? If not, how is the XFX pro handling? I most likely will go with the 850 but just wondering

@Why_Me Thanks for the additional input the website and on upgrading the Case Fan and CPU Fan & all the extra head up info on IB/ New Line of MOBO's to come out soon.

@g-unit1111 Thanks for the input and advice I see in your sig you have the 600T would it be the same one I posted here or no? if so how is it

@mjmjpfaff It seems that you brought up a good point to about 2 graphic card for whenever I get a 3 screen layout, without mentioning that 16x16 is required or at least let the MOBO maximize the gpu's performance, do most of them come with x16 / x16


So thanks for all the input guys, I got a lot to narrow down from and a lot of products to read reviews upon. I will be posting up a more fully built rig, narrowed down with certain components, asap. And If I'm stuck on deciding on lets say a MOBO cause I could already tell I don't know which would suit my rig then I'll ask with options

Aswell 2-3 weeks I was hoping to have be building my first rig, but im not necessarily in a rush, as most of the gc's are temporarily out of stock for I have no clue when they could be back on the shelfs, but yea soon to post an updated rig :p 
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April 2, 2012 1:44:59 AM

Almost all or all x79 board are able to run 2 gpu's at x16/16. The one that I listed can.
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April 2, 2012 3:25:22 AM

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@g-unit1111 Thanks for the input and advice I see in your sig you have the 600T would it be the same one I posted here or no? if so how is it


Well I upgraded to the 600T from the Antec 900 I was using and it's been amazing - great cable managment, airflow, dust filters, and access to internal components - HDs, motherboard, etc. couldn't be easier.

The only downside to the case is that it's huge, heavy and not easy to transport. If you have to move your PC around for any reason - look at the slimmer Carbide 500R that I linked to, if not the 600T will be fine.
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April 2, 2012 3:44:18 AM

hconduc said:
@terpsfan726 & hellfire24, it's actually weird cause I was looking over almost all of those exact products. I just don't know the major differences when it comes to comparing 1600GHz RAM, or SSD, OD's which is pretty much like an uneducated gamble for me.

BTW hellfire24 you mentioned you have two gtx 680's or was that an accidental repeat ? If not, how is the XFX pro handling? I most likely will go with the 850 but just wondering


1600mhz is highly recommended and most widely used ram.do a little research and you understand what i am saying.SSD is a great utility,it's lightning fast but expensive.it kills long loading times and boot up.a 120-128gb will easily fit in your build.
680 SLi will run on a 750w fine-
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-sli-revie...
they use a power hungry x58 system.it will do fine with your's.the main reason behind this is kepler is a 28nm card which means-less power consumption,less heat and more overclocking and performance.xfx is a great unit.it's made by seasonic.750w is enough but get 850w to maintain more head room.
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April 2, 2012 3:54:45 AM

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1600mhz is highly recommended and most widely used ram.do a little research and you understand what i am saying.


And you certainly don't want to go higher than 1600MHz or you will void your warranty on the CPU. I think Ivy Bridge will support the higher RAM clocks but I'm not entirely sure.
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April 2, 2012 4:38:03 AM

Why_me, I sent you a PM.
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April 9, 2012 6:23:23 PM

After numerous hours of researching I've got two options here, with a couple of iffy's.

Build #1

Case NZXT Phantom 410 - 109.99
PSU NZXT HALE90 850W - 179.99
MOBO which chipset mobo should I go with z68/z77/z79 ASUS Sabertooth z77 - IDK
CPU Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz - 225.99-265.99
CPU-C NZXT Havik 140 - 59.99*79.99
RAM Patriot Viper Xtreme Series - 59.99
or G.SKILL Sniper Series - 59.99
SSD Crucial M4 154.99-199.99
or Patriot Pyro 159.99-199.99
HDD What Sizing is really appropriate for me 1tb will be enough ?
OD ASUS 24X DVD Burner -19.99
OS Which would best suit my needs ? Just Windows 7 Premium or do they have ram restrictions
GPU Will wait for the first reviews of the gk110 engine on the GTX 685 and dual gpu gk104 the GTX 690

Build #2

Case CORSAIR Carbide 500R - 129.99
PSU CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 179.99
MOBO [/i] which chipset mobo should I go with z68/z77/z79 ASUS Sabertooth z77 - IDK Or
GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 - 278.99
CPU Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz - 225.99-265.99
CPU-C CORSAIR CAFA70 - 49.99
RAM Patriot Viper Xtreme Series - 59.99
or G.SKILL Sniper Series - 59.99
SSD Crucial M4 154.99-199.99
or Patriot Pyro 159.99-199.99
HDD What Sizing is really appropriate for me 1tb will be enough ?
OD ASUS 24X DVD Burner -19.9
OS Which would best suit my needs ? Just Windows 7 Premium or do they have ram restrictions
GPU Will wait for the first reviews of the gk110 engine on the GTX 685 and dual gpu gk104 the GTX 690

Still checking out the XFX 850W PSU's comparing the Black Edition Compared to the Pro Edition, might swap them in if I believe its the better investment
MOBO's are so hard to differ and confussing once you've loaded so much input into your mind after a full week of reading reviews *-*

What do you guys think so far? almost done cant wait to start ordering in a couple of weeks or a month
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April 9, 2012 6:52:42 PM

hconduc said:
After numerous hours of researching I've got two options here, with a couple of iffy's.

Build #1

Case NZXT Phantom 410 - 109.99
PSU NZXT HALE90 850W - 179.99
MOBO which chipset mobo should I go with z68/z77/z79 ASUS Sabertooth z77 - IDK
CPU Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz - 225.99-265.99
CPU-C NZXT Havik 140 - 59.99*79.99
RAM Patriot Viper Xtreme Series - 59.99
or G.SKILL Sniper Series - 59.99
SSD Crucial M4 154.99-199.99
or Patriot Pyro 159.99-199.99
HDD What Sizing is really appropriate for me 1tb will be enough ?
OD ASUS 24X DVD Burner -19.99
OS Which would best suit my needs ? Just Windows 7 Premium or do they have ram restrictions
GPU Will wait for the first reviews of the gk110 engine on the GTX 685 and dual gpu gk104 the GTX 690

Build #2

Case CORSAIR Carbide 500R - 129.99
PSU CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 179.99
MOBO which chipset mobo should I go with z68/z77/z79 ASUS Sabertooth z77 - IDK Or
GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 - 278.99
CPU Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz - 225.99-265.99
CPU-C CORSAIR CAFA70 - 49.99
RAM Patriot Viper Xtreme Series - 59.99
or G.SKILL Sniper Series - 59.99
SSD Crucial M4 154.99-199.99
or Patriot Pyro 159.99-199.99
HDD What Sizing is really appropriate for me 1tb will be enough ?
OD ASUS 24X DVD Burner -19.9
OS Which would best suit my needs ? Just Windows 7 Premium or do they have ram restrictions
GPU Will wait for the first reviews of the gk110 engine on the GTX 685 and dual gpu gk104 the GTX 690

Still checking out the XFX 850W PSU's comparing the Black Edition Compared to the Pro Edition, might swap them in if I believe its the better investment
MOBO's are so hard to differ and confussing once you've loaded so much input into your mind after a full week of reading reviews *-*

What do you guys think so far? almost done cant wait to start ordering in a couple of weeks or a month
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You want a "Z77" board for the 3570K, a X79 board is a totally different socket (LGA 2011 aka Sandy Bridge-E), and that old school 1.65v RAM will most likely create havoc with your controllers. You want low voltage RAM for these 1155 boards as in 1.5v. The difference between the XFX 850w BE and 850 Pro is the BE is modular and Silver rated for efficiency and the Pro edition is non modular and Bronze rated for efficiency.
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April 9, 2012 7:35:22 PM

@Why_Me Thanks for the quick input on matching the Board with the CPU I just didnt check the x79 MOBO's if they were able to use IB, so the 1866 1.5V speed ram it is ! or should I pick the 1600 1.25V one instead
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April 10, 2012 12:20:27 AM

Ok I guess the Low Voltage 1.25V will do. As for an Operating System what should be good enough for me ? and space sizing of an HDD
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April 10, 2012 12:27:46 AM

hconduc said:
Ok I guess the Low Voltage 1.25V will do. As for an Operating System what should be good enough for me ? and space sizing of an HDD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM @ newegg and amazon for $100 and free shipping.

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April 18, 2012 11:47:34 PM

Final Build

Case : NZXT 410 Phantom Gunmetal or Full Tower Phantom Black/ NZXT Switch 810 Black
PSU : NZXT HALE90 850W
MOBO : ASUS Z77 Sabertooth or ASUS Maximus V Formula
CPU : Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3570K
CPU-C : NZXT HAVIK 140
RAM : G.Skill Sniper Series 1600 1.5V 8GB2x4
GC : Using current XFX 6870
SSD : Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe
OD : ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB
OS : Windows 7 Premium 64bit
Case Fans : NZXT FX 140LBx2
Possible Monitor Swap : Asus

Question I have to buy my own thermal paste to apply for the Havik ?
Lets say this new Nvidia GTX 685 card consumes 250W/300W and I want two of them will the 850W PSU be enough ?
& finally but not least how does she look :wahoo:  ?
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April 19, 2012 2:20:12 AM

hconduc said:
Final Build



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Case : NZXT 410 Phantom Gunmetal or Full Tower Phantom Black/ NZXT Switch 810 Black

go with phantom full tower or storm trooper instead of switch.
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PSU : NZXT HALE90 850W

great unit.
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MOBO : ASUS Z77 Sabertooth or ASUS Maximus V Formula

sabertooth has every required feature,go with it.
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CPU : Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3570K

good
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CPU-C : NZXT HAVIK 140
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not my favorite cooler.better go with this noctua cooler-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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RAM : G.Skill Sniper Series 1600 1.5V 8GB2x4

good
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GC : Using current XFX 6870

will get the job done for now.
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SSD : Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe

there's a really good deal,mushkin enhanced chronos deluxe 240gb drive for $230-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Question I have to buy my own thermal paste to apply for the Havik ?
Lets say this new Nvidia GTX 685 card consumes 250W/300W and I want two of them will the 850W PSU be enough ?
& finally but not least how does she look :wahoo:  ?


noctua stock paste is good enough.see 685 isn't out but 680 is,and 850w is more than enough for 680 SLi including overclocking.
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April 19, 2012 2:54:48 AM

Just to point out regarding WHy_mes post and the replies to it most Z77 boards already allow pcie3.0 so what would the difference be with Ivy Bridge that would be so important as to wait and possible spend more overall? Not arguing just getting feedback for my upcoming build....
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April 19, 2012 3:20:59 AM

viper0hr said:
Just to point out regarding WHy_mes post and the replies to it most Z77 boards already allow pcie3.0 so what would the difference be with Ivy Bridge that would be so important as to wait and possible spend more overall? Not arguing just getting feedback for my upcoming build....

Only Ivy Bridge cpu's allow for PCI-E 3.0. No Ivy Bridge cpu, no PCI-E 3.0.
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April 19, 2012 4:50:10 AM

In the LGA 1155 socket that is.
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April 19, 2012 5:21:08 AM

a z68 board(with pcie 3) with a IB cpu will also allow pci e 3
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April 19, 2012 8:15:19 AM

So what, even with a z77 board, a sb cpu, and a pce3.0 card you would not be running and pci3.0 but default 2.0 or2.1?
New to building and don;t really understand how that makes sense...
^^^Just looked up and did not know that...SO apparently I will be buying Ivy Bridge when they come out...
Also, Love this site, just joined and learned so much...
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April 19, 2012 8:51:33 AM

viper0hr said:
.....and learned so much...

great.
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