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April 14, 2012 1:06:07 AM

Hey guys, been browsing these forums and researching for quite a while. The biggest problem I have is deciding on how much power I need to run a system. I'd love to have a system with the new GTX 680. I haven't built a PC for about 12 years. so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also I plan on building a system for my brother in the future and would like to know if buying a retail version of Windows would be better then 2 OEMs. Any advice would be a great help. Also I have an External Hard drive, however I do not know if it is SATA, Could I forgo the HDD for storage?


Approximate Purchase Date: within a week

Budget Range: $1500 - $ 1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, general use,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia, Intel

Overclocking: maybe, after I read up on it some more

SLI or Crossfire: future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 I believe

Additional Comments: I do not live near a Microcenter. Also do not know how much power I need for a single GTX 680. Would also like a nice large case for ease of installation, air flow, etc.

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Case: $130
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: $122
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: $500
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $150
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $220
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: $160
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $47
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $80
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: $18
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: $35
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: ~$1463

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April 14, 2012 1:17:33 AM

The Z77 compatible with Sandy Bridge?
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April 14, 2012 1:21:11 AM

PitchRed said:
The Z77 compatible with Sandy Bridge?


Yes.
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April 14, 2012 1:36:25 AM

great build but i would suggest the following changes-
the psu is good but overpricd.nzxt units are great.here's one 850w that will take care of your 680 SLi and overclocking-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the hdd you selected isn't a good choice.here's a better samsung 500gb drive-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
now your total is $1300(minus the asrock mobo).let's put $200 for some upgrades-
Z77 boards are out.gigabyte z77x-ud3h is a good board-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for $130,F4 2tb is a great drive-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
now the looks great.and it's more 'futureproof'.
good luck.
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April 14, 2012 2:13:38 AM

Pretty good build right there.

I'd agree with the Z77 motherboard. That case is awesome and a 650W would be plenty for a single GTX680 and 850W for two.
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April 14, 2012 2:28:58 AM

Thanks guys, was a bit wary on my choices, but glad I came here to double check. Appreciate all the help.
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April 14, 2012 3:30:00 AM

If I bought a GTX680 I'd buy a 950w Just for extra room and "future proof".
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April 14, 2012 4:20:34 AM

BuBzXXL said:
If I bought a GTX680 I'd buy a 950w Just for extra room and "future proof".


The 680 is a lot more energy efficient than previous generations - the days of 1200W PSUs are nearing an end. Even a 950 should have enough room for a 3-way 680 SLI or 4-way 7970 Crossfire.
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April 14, 2012 4:26:44 AM

Wow, Knew they got more on the efficient but, not that efficient. wowowowow
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April 14, 2012 4:31:46 AM

BuBzXXL said:
Wow, Knew they got more on the efficient but, not that efficient. wowowowow


If I remember correctly the 680 uses about 250W on 39 amps where the 580 and previous generations required double or triple that. I might be exaggerating a bit on the 7970 comparison but they're just as energy efficient but I don't think more so.
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April 14, 2012 4:38:10 AM

Thats awesome, so you could SLI 680's with like a 800?
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April 14, 2012 4:46:40 AM

Ivy Bridge cpu's are due out April 29th. <---- PCI-E 3.0 with Z77 + Ivy Bridge + new gen cards

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



http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050... $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.29 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $22.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,414.46 *not including shipping and rebates
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April 14, 2012 4:51:12 AM

BuBzXXL said:
Thats awesome, so you could SLI 680's with like a 800?


800 might be stretching it a bit depending on how many drives, USB devices and anything else you plan to run. But it's certainly doable.
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April 14, 2012 5:02:01 AM

g-unit1111 said:
800 might be stretching it a bit depending on how many drives, USB devices and anything else you plan to run. But it's certainly doable.

Hmm... Interesting...
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April 14, 2012 6:15:36 AM

850W is a safer bet. ;) 
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April 14, 2012 6:21:18 AM

Yup, I'd buy a AX850
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April 14, 2012 6:48:41 AM

AX is too expensive IMO.xfx xxx 850w is great a unit for it's price.but nzxt hale82 850w is just $110 after rebate :p 
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