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April 18, 2012 12:40:11 AM

i wanna order a gaming pc to play tf2, bf3, mw3, skyrim and most upcoming games for the next few years (3-10) or something. I have already chosen parts on ncix.com since i live near them and they price match which is great and they assemble it and I get a 1 year warrenty on the pc. I just want pros at this stuff to look it over tell me any changes i should make (disincluding getting a ssd changing the i7 to a i5) and overall what they would rate it. The parts i have chosen are

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385 Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67747
XFX Radeon HD 7950 Double D Black ED 900MHZ 3GB 5.0GBPS GDDR5 DL-DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PC *IR-$80*

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=69881&promoid=1259
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 HDMI DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64993&promoid=1259
Intel Core i7 2700K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62047&promoid=1259
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 Intelli Power 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=45275 ] Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD SP1 OEM

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=7842 ]
PC Assembly and Testing With 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG WIN. OS If Purchased)

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38649&promoid=1259 ]
Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&promoid=1259 G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59938 Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced Full Tower EATX Case 7X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT USB3.0 eSATA 1394 Black

it comes to 1.686$ and 88 cents and im picking up so free shipping

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April 18, 2012 12:57:25 AM

for gaming, there is little difference between the i7's and the i5-2500k, so you could probably save some money there. Everything else is good except maybe the price. you could probably get this build cheaper by building it yourself if you're open to that. otherwise, it looks pretty solid to me.
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April 18, 2012 1:09:07 AM

kelthic said:
for gaming, there is little difference between the i7's and the i5-2500k, so you could probably save some money there. Everything else is good except maybe the price. you could probably get this build cheaper by building it yourself if you're open to that. otherwise, it looks pretty solid to me.


its 50 bucks for them to build it and a one year warrenty i would pay 50 for the warrenty alone and what video card is better the one in the list or this on http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70295&vpn=02G-P4-2684-KR&...
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April 18, 2012 1:10:32 AM

I agree with kelthic but if you want i7 I would rather get 2600K not 2700. Another big
no no is having a "green HDD". Get at least 120GB SSD which should be good for OS and handfull of games. In a mean time prices of HDDs will fall and then get at least western digital blue...not green...green is good for storage only it is very slow. I use it in my media center and boy it takes forever to load windows or to wake up from sleep.
get SSD...
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April 18, 2012 1:15:11 AM

The twin frozr 680 would have better cooling and be quieter, but i haven't been able to find one in stock when i've looked, so it's really a moot point. I notice you linked me a 680 here below and a 7950 above. Why the change of heart? A 680 is the highest performing single GPU on the market though. I agree $50 doesn't seem like much, and i'm honestly used to a higher mark up than that. If it is $50 it isn't something worth arguing over. :) 
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April 18, 2012 1:27:27 AM

You could save in nearly every spot in fact some of these parts aren't close to worth the cost.

You could go lower on the MB, the Sabertooth is a VERY overpriced board. Most users don't even utilize their motherboards full potential. For that matter, that Z77 board is definitely not worth $250. This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H will give you similar performance for only $177. Much less.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70263&vpn=GA-Z77X-UD3H&ma...

Why get the i7 2700K with Ivy Bridge releasing in 6 days or so? It'd be a terrible time to buy and not only that. Most don't even need an i7. Gaming doesn't ever need an i7, well new gen CPU wise at least. An overclocked i5 Sandybridge or higher is more than enough. And the i5 3570K? It's great and more than enough. Will save you some money too.

Would never suggest a 2TB Green drive for a boot drive ever. Go with a 1TB of some sort or at least get an SSD as the boot drive and use 2TB green for storage. I'd suggest at least this.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62873&vpn=MKNSSDCR120GB&m...
Only $120 for a SATA 3 SF-2xxx controller 120GB SSD.

OCZ ZT 750w
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64382&vpn=OCZ-ZT750W&...
Same wattage, close to the same efficiency. Also fully modular, nearly $40 cheaper. Here's a review. OCZ a great company and you won't be missing anything. You wouldn't even notice the efficiency difference. Not enough to justify a $40 increase.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
9+ recommendation from JG one of the best PSU reviewers.
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April 18, 2012 2:10:50 AM

aznshinobi said:
You could save in nearly every spot in fact some of these parts aren't close to worth the cost.

You could go lower on the MB, the Sabertooth is a VERY overpriced board. Most users don't even utilize their motherboards full potential. For that matter, that Z77 board is definitely not worth $250. This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H will give you similar performance for only $177. Much less.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70263&vpn=GA-Z77X-UD3H&ma...

Why get the i7 2700K with Ivy Bridge releasing in 6 days or so? It'd be a terrible time to buy and not only that. Most don't even need an i7. Gaming doesn't ever need an i7, well new gen CPU wise at least. An overclocked i5 Sandybridge or higher is more than enough. And the i5 3570K? It's great and more than enough. Will save you some money too.

Would never suggest a 2TB Green drive for a boot drive ever. Go with a 1TB of some sort or at least get an SSD as the boot drive and use 2TB green for storage. I'd suggest at least this.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62873&vpn=MKNSSDCR120GB&m...
Only $120 for a SATA 3 SF-2xxx controller 120GB SSD.

OCZ ZT 750w
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64382&vpn=OCZ-ZT750W&...
Same wattage, close to the same efficiency. Also fully modular, nearly $40 cheaper. Here's a review. OCZ a great company and you won't be missing anything. You wouldn't even notice the efficiency difference. Not enough to justify a $40 increase.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
9+ recommendation from JG one of the best PSU reviewers.


changed the power supply and adding a ssd for boot and changing green drive to non green 1tb for storage and just wondering what will be the price of the ivy bridge equal or faster then the cpu i have now im going to keep the motherboard since my friend got one and loves the ability of the fan and cooling settings
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April 18, 2012 2:12:44 AM

kelthic said:
The twin frozr 680 would have better cooling and be quieter, but i haven't been able to find one in stock when i've looked, so it's really a moot point. I notice you linked me a 680 here below and a 7950 above. Why the change of heart? A 680 is the highest performing single GPU on the market though. I agree $50 doesn't seem like much, and i'm honestly used to a higher mark up than that. If it is $50 it isn't something worth arguing over. :) 

i was looking at setups of machinima partners on youtube and most have a 680 if its better should i switch
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April 18, 2012 2:19:26 AM

The GTX 680 is the best single gpu card on the market. This is the top of the line performance card. The 7970 is better in crossfire and with overclocks, but out of the box the 680 is king.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...

There's the reviews Tom's did on it when it first came out. If you can get the MSI 680 Twin Frozr card, even better. The Twin Frozrs have superior cooling solutios that run cooler AND quieter than most other solutions. That's why they get recommended at tom's so often.

I agree with the others, and i missed it before, the Green HDD should be swapped out for a Caviar Blue or Caviar Black.
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April 18, 2012 2:35:47 AM

Just because of that fan, I'm not trying to be mean but it'd be the worst decision ever to base a near $80 difference on 2 fans. I say this because a motherboard never gets that hot as is. There is definitely no reason that you'd need fans. The Tactical armor is probably the biggest marketing gimmick I've seen yet. The performance/price is terrible.

It still offers only 8x/8x/4x like the Gigabyte and motherboard differences isn't ever huge no matter how huge the cost difference. I especially mean this when people buy ROG boards. Probably the most overpriced pieces of poop I've ever seen. The Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 Z68 benches close to those crazy expensive ROG boards, MAYBE, a slight 1-2 FPS difference but yet people still go for the ROG board instead. Not only that, the overclocks are practically the same at max, maybe only .200-.300ghz difference. But is that really worth paying $100-$200 more?

In all honesty. You'd be better of getting the Gigabyte board and using the saved money to get the GTX 680.
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April 18, 2012 2:35:56 AM

kelthic said:
The GTX 680 is the best single gpu card on the market. This is the top of the line performance card. The 7970 is better in crossfire and with overclocks, but out of the box the 680 is king.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...

There's the reviews Tom's did on it when it first came out. If you can get the MSI 680 Twin Frozr card, even better. The Twin Frozrs have superior cooling solutios that run cooler AND quieter than most other solutions. That's why they get recommended at tom's so often.

I agree with the others, and i missed it before, the Green HDD should be swapped out for a Caviar Blue or Caviar Black.


is there anyway to make this cheaper the cpu and motherboard are the ones that are high in price. Can you make reccomendations for any replacments
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April 18, 2012 2:40:27 AM

jas330 said:
is there anyway to make this cheaper the cpu and motherboard are the ones that are high in price. Can you make reccomendations for any replacments


Honestly, just go with the Gigabyte save the money and get the 680. You wouldn't even notice the difference in performance at all.
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April 18, 2012 2:40:39 AM

aznshinobi said:
Just because of that fan, I'm not trying to be mean but it'd be the worst decision ever to base a near $80 difference on 2 fans. I say this because a motherboard never gets that hot as is. There is definitely no reason that you'd need fans. The Tactical armor is probably the biggest marketing gimmick I've seen yet. The performance/price is terrible.

It still offers only 8x/8x/4x like the Gigabyte and motherboard differences isn't ever huge no matter how huge the cost difference. I especially mean this when people buy ROG boards. Probably the most overpriced pieces of poop I've ever seen. The Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 Z68 benches close to those crazy expensive ROG boards, MAYBE, a slight 1-2 FPS difference but yet people still go for the ROG board instead. Not only that, the overclocks are practically the same at max, maybe only .200-.300ghz difference. But is that really worth paying $100-$200 more?

In all honesty. You'd be better of getting the Gigabyte board and using the saved money to get the GTX 680.

what 680 should i get the evga, asus, msi what one would be best or the superclocked one
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70295&vpn=02G%2DP4%2D...
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April 18, 2012 2:47:21 AM

Not released yet. But like my suggestion for Ivy Bridge, I'd wait for this release and get this.
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70546&vpn=GV-N680OC-2...
Greater cooling, same price. Higher stock overclock.

Also Ivy Bridge will be the same price as Sandy, basically replacing Sandy Bridge. Getting the i7 2700K would be a mistake. One, you wouldn't even need an i7 for gaming so that $100 or more that you could save. Another, even video editing doesn't always require an i7. An overclocked i5 2500K would be more than enough.

Ivy will bring performance increases, lower tdp, temps and I'd hope higher overclocks. Though the overclocks are already pretty high for Sandy. Just go with the i5 3570K when it releases.
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April 18, 2012 2:48:48 AM

aznshinobi said:
Honestly, just go with the Gigabyte save the money and get the 680. You wouldn't even notice the difference in performance at all.


wat 680 is better im leaning towards a evga but what one superclocked+, superclocked, normal
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April 18, 2012 2:53:15 AM

aznshinobi said:
Not released yet. But like my suggestion for Ivy Bridge, I'd wait for this release and get this.
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70546&vpn=GV-N680OC-2...
Greater cooling, same price. Higher stock overclock.

Also Ivy Bridge will be the same price as Sandy, basically replacing Sandy Bridge. Getting the i7 2700K would be a mistake. One, you wouldn't even need an i7 for gaming so that $100 or more that you could save. Another, even video editing doesn't always require an i7. An overclocked i5 2500K would be more than enough.

Ivy will bring performance increases, lower tdp, temps and I'd hope higher overclocks. Though the overclocks are already pretty high for Sandy. Just go with the i5 3570K when it releases.


the i5 3570k is an ivybridge correct
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April 18, 2012 3:05:05 AM

aznshinobi said:
Yes. It is.


thats coming out sometime next week right
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April 18, 2012 3:07:30 AM

Yes. Ivy will drop sometime next week, if not the week after. But for sure in April.
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April 18, 2012 3:23:05 AM

aznshinobi said:
Yes. Ivy will drop sometime next week, if not the week after. But for sure in April.


thank you very much. You have helped me alot
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April 18, 2012 3:36:47 AM

No problem, good luck!
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April 18, 2012 4:42:22 AM

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