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April 30, 2012 9:34:44 AM

CPU: Intel Core-i7 3770K
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX
Optical Drive: LiteON iHAS524 SATA DVD-RW
RAM: G.SKill RipjawsZ F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL
Graphics Card: Any NVIDIA GTX 680
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 850W
Monitor: Asus 24" VS248H
Speakers: Logitech Z523
Case: Thermaltake Black Commander MS-III
Keyboard and Mouse are yet to be chosen.

Just wondering what you guys think? I'm going to be using it for pretty much everything: mostly gaming, bit of video editing and other general stuff.

Thanks

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April 30, 2012 6:27:50 PM

You probably won't need the 3770K if it's not a dedicated video editing build - drop that to the 3570K. You most likely won't need the hyper threading features so it's kind of pointless to spend that on that CPU.

Invest the difference in a good cooling solution and upgrading your case. Try this:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Corsair Carbide 500R
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

I'd also drop the primary HD - the Caviar Black drives are good but the premiums on them right now are ridiculous. You do not want to pay $300 for your primary HD. Storage is kind of an afterthought anymore as if you get the case I suggested it's really easy to add or remove drives as your needs change. You can get a solid 128GB SSD and a 2TB 5900 RPM HD for like 1/2 the cost and it will be far faster. Try this setup:

- SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 128GB Crucial M4
- HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Samsung Ecogreen F4

That will come out to the same price.

Finally I'd ditch that PSU - Cooler Master has a tendency to slap dishonest lables and fake certifications on their PSUs. This would be better for the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's actually made by Seasonic which is one of the best OEMs in the business.
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April 30, 2012 7:49:29 PM

^^+1

500r is pure win. Remove the middle cage for better airflow.
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May 1, 2012 3:03:12 AM

Thanks for your reply g-unit1111 :) .

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You probably won't need the 3770K if it's not a dedicated video editing build - drop that to the 3570K. You most likely won't need the hyper threading features so it's kind of pointless to spend that on that CPU.


I'm getting the 3770K at a good price through a friend who's doing a bit of a shifty at his work, so I thought I may as well just get it. I should've mentioned that in the initial post, sorry.

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Invest the difference in a good cooling solution and upgrading your case. Try this:


Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811139010 - Corsair Carbide 500R
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo


Thanks for this I was really wondering whether I should get a separate CPU cooler or if the stock one would be fine. Will there really be a noticeable difference with a $40 cooler?

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I'd also drop the primary HD - the Caviar Black drives are good but the premiums on them right now are ridiculous. You do not want to pay $300 for your primary HD. Storage is kind of an afterthought anymore as if you get the case I suggested it's really easy to add or remove drives as your needs change. You can get a solid 128GB SSD and a 2TB 5900 RPM HD for like 1/2 the cost and it will be far faster. Try this setup:


- SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442 - 128GB Crucial M4
- HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152245 - Samsung Ecogreen F4


I didn't know there was such a price difference in HDD between Australia and the US :o . The Caviar Black is only $190 here, but I will definitely look into getting an SSD + GreenHDD combo. I have a green HDD in my current pc for storage and it does run pretty well.

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Finally I'd ditch that PSU - Cooler Master has a tendency to slap dishonest lables and fake certifications on their PSUs. This would be better for the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817703028


It's actually made by Seasonic which is one of the best OEMs in the business.


I was pretty unsure about my PSU so I'm glad you pointed it out. The reason I chose it is because of the "Silent Pro" and its modularity, I need a PSU that is very quiet. Are there any other brands that you would recommend with quiet PSUs? I've tried looking for the PSU you mentioned but I don't think they sell it in Australia :( .

Thanks :) 
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May 1, 2012 5:25:18 PM

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Thanks for this I was really wondering whether I should get a separate CPU cooler or if the stock one would be fine. Will there really be a noticeable difference with a $40 cooler?


If you plan to overclock definitely. A Hyper 212 is far better than the generic stock fan that Intel includes.

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I didn't know there was such a price difference in HDD between Australia and the US :o . The Caviar Black is only $190 here, but I will definitely look into getting an SSD + GreenHDD combo. I have a green HDD in my current pc for storage and it does run pretty well.


If you already have a good HD you can definitely reuse that - then you can get a higher capacity SSD for your boot but I wouldn't go higher than 128GB.

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I was pretty unsure about my PSU so I'm glad you pointed it out. The reason I chose it is because of the "Silent Pro" and its modularity, I need a PSU that is very quiet. Are there any other brands that you would recommend with quiet PSUs? I've tried looking for the PSU you mentioned but I don't think they sell it in Australia :( .


Yeah I wouldn't trust that PSU - which is funny because Cooler Master makes great cases and heat sinks. I'm personally not a fan of modular PSUs as the ones I've used have caused nothing but problems - if you get a case with good cable management you can route all the PSU cables behind the motherboard tray and you'll still get the clean system look. If that PSU isn't available try a Corsair TX or HX.
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May 2, 2012 2:16:25 AM

Most of the TX and HX PSUs are made by Channel Well. Is that a good OEM?
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