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April 16, 2012 5:29:02 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Spreading purchases out over next Month/2 Months

Budget Range: 1000-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running 2-4 Virtual Machines without a hiccup, High Quality Gfx for games, Speedy Video Conversion

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg!

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I am aiming for a nVidia Gfx card and Intel Processor

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here are the parts I am currently looking at:

Case: Cooler Master Haf X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mother Board: Gigabyte Z77 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA GTX 560 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 16 GB (2x 8GB) G. Skill Ripjaws X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Here I'm not 100% sure. I was thinking a Corsair 850W, but I don't know what model. I would prefer a modular PSU. Anyone have any recommendations?

Processor: I want to wait until the new Intel Ivy Bridge series are released and get one of these as the Gigabyte Z77 is made for this series of processors.

Hard Drive: I have 2x 1TB HDD that I was going to transfer from my old PC. I was also thinking about getting a SSD for Windows and a few progs on the new PC. Any suggestions on a SSD?

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April 16, 2012 7:35:28 PM

I'm using a 520 series 180GB Intel SSD for my OS, and have a mirror of it on my large secondary drive. If you want faster access and boot times, put the OS on an SSD.

For RAM, you really don't 16GB, it's a waste of money unless you're doing serious graphics or 3D image rendering. Additionally, if you're using this for gaming, RAM is not nearly as significant for performance as the video card. Most gamers use 8GB of DDR3 1600 which is perfect for the setup you're using.
Best RAM for the money

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are concerned with the look of your internals, this RAM matches better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Next up, video card.
Now, admittedly, this is not my strongest area of knowledge, but I pay attention to what most users say and in that price range I think you'd be better off with a Radeon HD 6870.
You're just scraping the $200 mark and a 6870 is more powerful at stock speeds than an overclocked 560, but I'd welcome any challenges to this theory.

Here's a 3-way compare between the OC'd 560 and the two highest rated 6870 cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

For PSU, unless you plan to run in Crossfire at some point, a 620W PSU will do just fine.
Here's the one I'm using, which is modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm hoping you'll get a few hits now that this will go to the top of the pile so you can get a couple other opinions......happy hunting!
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April 16, 2012 7:39:05 PM

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Next up, video card.
Now, admittedly, this is not my strongest area of knowledge, but I pay attention to what most users say and in that price range I think you'd be better off with a Radeon HD 6870.
You're just scraping the $200 mark and a 6870 is more powerful at stock speeds than an overclocked 560, but I'd welcome any challenges to this theory.


I wouldn't even get a 6870 at this point - I'd drop the HAF X to an HAF 922 or Arc MIDI and then upgrade the GPU to a 7870 - if you drop the RAM to 8GB you can upgrade to a 7950 - that's where you'll notice the most improvement in any build. $200 on a case is a huge waste if you're going to be running a standard ATX board - you only need a case the size of the HAF X if you're running an XL-ATX motherboard like the Rampage IV or EVGA SR-X.

The GPU is the most important part of any build after the PSU and I hate to compromise on it if I can possibly help it.

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Processor: I want to wait until the new Intel Ivy Bridge series are released and get one of these as the Gigabyte Z77 is made for this series of processors.


You can run any LGA-1155 CPU on these boards as long as they're not Xeons, as those take a completely different type of board.
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April 16, 2012 7:46:25 PM

The big reason I want that much RAM is because I often am running multiple Virtual Machines which hog a lot of my RAM.

Does that make sense or is that silly?
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April 16, 2012 7:52:24 PM

Fruitbot said:
The big reason I want that much RAM is because I often am running multiple Virtual Machines which hog a lot of my RAM.

Does that make sense or is that silly?


I don't really know how virtual machine works. If it's a RAM hog you'd be wise to go X79 if you can afford it as X79 motherboards will accommodate large amounts of RAM without hiccups.
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April 16, 2012 7:54:16 PM

Also with you talking about Video Cards. I am really not willing to spend much over 200$ on one, What would you recommend in that price range?
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April 16, 2012 7:59:45 PM

Fruitbot said:
Hi all! First poster here and it looks like this is a great place to ask this question. I am beginning to create a new PC and I have the parts picked out already. I want to know if everything will be compatible. Thanks!

Case: Cooler Master Haf X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mother Board: Gigabyte Z77 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA GTX 560 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 16 GB (2x 8GB) G. Skill Ripjaws X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Here I'm not 100% sure. I was thinking a Corsair 850W, but I don't know what model. I would prefer a modular PSU. Anyone have any recommendations?

Processor: I want to wait until the new Intel Ivy Bridge series are released and get one of these as the Gigabyte Z77 is made for this series of processors.

Hard Drive: I have 2x 1TB HDD that I was going to transfer from my old PC. I was also thinking about getting a SSD for Windows and a few progs on the new PC. Any suggestions on a SSD?



Thoughts? Suggestions? Criticism?

Thanks in advance!
~FB

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

It's pretty difficult to give you advice without knowing what your intended use(s) for this build is. I see you have 16GB of RAM up there so I'm going to guess you plan on doing CAD or video editing...photo shop maybe ?
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April 16, 2012 8:01:04 PM

No, I just plan on using it for high performance games, daily use, and using several virtual machines at the same time. Sorry for not including information like this before, I just registered.

Edited the top to fit template.
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April 16, 2012 10:46:01 PM

Are you considering mSata?
Notice that this motherboard provides that slot...

I would combine the mSata with an SSD for performance.
Add your hard drives for storage.
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April 16, 2012 10:50:22 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $116.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $90.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $64.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPIN
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

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

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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- Asus 7870 review w/benchmarks
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April 16, 2012 11:01:30 PM

drwho1 said:
power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply $260

Beautiful !!! A $260 psu for dual whatevers and a budget of $1,000 - $1,200. You might as well link the OP to a $600 vid card while your at it. :sarcastic: 
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