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May 2, 2012 6:38:37 PM

Hi all

Thinking i'm going to get this and put it all together but saw somewhere that the cooler might not work in some configurations with some RAM... it wasn't quite my set up but wondered what people had experience on SB Z77 builds and I guess the first few IB builds. My plan would be to mount it blowing front to back given the vent configuration on the case and my plan not to open the top up... but this would put it near the memory.

Also, wondered about the memory compatability - I want 16GB, will this work?

Intel Core i7 3770K (Sure i DON'T need to link to this :D  )

Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE
http://www.ebuyer.com/363227-asus-p8z77-v-deluxe-z77-so...

Zalman CNPS12X
http://www.ebuyer.com/348998-zalman-cnps12x-ultimate-pe...

Corsair 550D Obsidian
http://www.ebuyer.com/352644-corsair-550d-obsidian-case...

Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz HyperX XMP Memory Kit CL9
http://www.ebuyer.com/319617-kingston-16gb-4x4gb-ddr3-1...



Also, any thoughts on whether the onboard sound is any good? Thinking of putting this in:

Creative SoundBlaster Recon3D PCI-E Soundcard
http://www.ebuyer.com/320821-sound-blaster-recon3d-pci-...


Ebuyer just happen to be the place I put the spec together but not essential to use them. I have the rest of the spec planned (SSD, HDD, GPU, PSU, Optical drive, OS) - I haven't just forgotten them! ;) 
May 2, 2012 7:32:58 PM

If you're worried about memory clearance, grab a low profile set (Corsair Vengeance line).

Venting out the back should be fine.

Have the same questions about onboard sound myself for the ASRock Z77...
May 2, 2012 7:34:59 PM

Budget?
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May 2, 2012 7:38:48 PM

Budget not an issue. Rather get it right on these bits as total build is about GBP 1200.
May 2, 2012 7:51:08 PM

Get the i5 3570k if you are just gaming as HT is useless in games today. Get the GTX 680/Radeon 7970.
May 2, 2012 8:01:35 PM

azeem40 said:
Get the i5 3570k if you are just gaming as HT is useless in games today.

And just as importantly: for the foreseeable future as well.
May 2, 2012 8:11:06 PM

and this might be a doh moment - but that memory actually looks like quad channel for x79...
May 2, 2012 9:04:30 PM

No difference between dual and quad channel ram (it's just always four sticks).

I have a 212 Evo cooler with the corsair low profile and if I had the first ram slot populated it would barely, barely clear the bottom of the fan.
May 2, 2012 9:09:54 PM

"Hardcore" build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£258.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
It truly is the best CPU that's not a Sandy Bridge-E or a Xeon

CPU Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC 74.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£63.98 @ Dabs)
Liquid coolers are smaller, allowing you to have 4 RAM slots even with huge Corsair RAM

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
There is nothing wrong with ASRock, and this board is pretty nice too

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£68.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
You insist on 16 GB. After DDR-1600, there isn't much of a performance boost but the price goes up quite a bit.

Hard Drive: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
550/510 120GB SSD, I assume you already have a HDD so just cannibalize that.

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£348.00 @ Ebuyer)
7970, dual fans, overclocked.

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
This is a good case and it looks AMAZING.

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.34 @ Ebuyer)
Modular PSU that is (apparently) quite quiet.

Optical Drive: Sony BD-5300S-0B Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£76.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1214.12
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Blu Ray burner.

Gamer
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£178.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
By the time that you need 8 threads for games, there will be newer CPUs.

CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£25.99 @ Dabs)
Apparently this is quieter and better than the 212.

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Same motherboard

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
Low profile Vengeance, more flexibility in terms of CPU cooler

Hard Drive: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Sam SSD

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£351.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Overclock this with MSI Afterburner and it becomes even better.

Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Good looking, USB 3.0 case that can store your stuff.

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.34 @ Ebuyer)
Same PSU

Optical Drive: Sony BD-5300S-0B Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£76.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Same Optical Drive
Total: £1029.79
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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May 2, 2012 9:19:35 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
No difference between dual and quad channel ram (it's just always four sticks).

There is one small difference: with 2x8GB, you still have two slots available in the unlikely event you need to add more RAM later.
May 2, 2012 9:24:57 PM

Quiet build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£258.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
Same CPU
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£58.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
D14 is one the best air coolers.
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Same motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£94.32 @ Ebuyer)
16GB DDR3 1866 RAM that actually fits under the CPU cooler
Hard Drive: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Same SSD
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£310.99 @ Dabs)
Dual fan in case you want to OC
Case: NZXT H2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
VERY quiet case that looks amazing
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£125.34 @ Ebuyer)
Same PSU
Optical Drive: Sony BD-5300S-0B Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£76.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Same optical drive
Total: £1193.13
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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May 2, 2012 9:50:43 PM

X79 (I know it's not Ivy Bridge, but for your budget you can certainly do SNB-E)
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (£219.80 @ Scan.co.uk)
SNB-E CPU, while not quite as many transistors as IVB, this CPU is a better O/C CPU.
CPU Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC 74.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£63.98 @ Dabs)
Intel Liquid Cooler actually isn't a bad kit, and at this price I would say it is worth it.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard (£165.35 @ Scan.co.uk)
This is a good motherboard too.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£68.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
16GB of RAM.
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£114.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
Force Series GT is one of the fastest SSDs.
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£389.98 @ Ebuyer)
Gigabyte Windforce cards are quite good. I have a 6870 Windforce.
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow ATX Mid Tower Case (£72.55 @ Ebuyer)
The Define R3 is good looking, quiet and overall a good case.
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£123.42 @ Scan.co.uk)
80+ Silver Power Supply, Modular, Corsair.
Total: £1217.22
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-02 22:41 BST+0100)
May 2, 2012 9:55:29 PM

InvalidError said:
There is one small difference: with 2x8GB, you still have two slots available in the unlikely event you need to add more RAM later.


Sorry, am I being dense but we are saying quad channel memory for x69 motherboards will work in a dual channel z79 motherboard? Ie there is no difference between them?

I didn't mean the use of 2 or 4 slots, although that would be a way to solve the issue (potentially) as per j e d 70's comment.
May 2, 2012 10:01:43 PM

Was trying to say that dual or quad makes no functional difference. If I have four sticks of identical ram, I can put that in an x79 or a z77.

Yes, a quad channel kit is fine for z77 you just won't have any open slots per Invalid's note.

Sorry if I'm confusing :) 
May 2, 2012 10:05:28 PM

Quad channel kit you need to make sure that it works with the CPU cooler.
May 2, 2012 10:07:34 PM

Philthepower said:
Ie there is no difference between them?

Other than being sold in sets of four? Not really.

The RAM connects directly to the CPU so the chipsets are irrelevant. Both LGA2011 and LGA1155 CPUs are intended for use with unbuffered DDR3 DRAM and short of odd BIOS or board quirks, any RAM that works with one should work with the other.
May 2, 2012 10:31:12 PM

Other than memory clocks. Some boards don't support higher clocks.
May 2, 2012 10:54:06 PM



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£258.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
1.4 billion transistor CPU means that it pretty much beats any quad core out there.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£58.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
This is the best air cooler available in the UK
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£115.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
This is actually a very good motherboard.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£70.00 @ Maplin Electronics)
This can actually fit under the D14 unlike other RAM like it
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£114.14 @ Scan.co.uk)
This is one of the fastest SSDs, use it as a boot drive and to put your favourite games and stuff on.
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£348.00 @ Ebuyer)
This is one of the fastest GPUs in the world, and 3GB of VRAM helps you play on higher resolutions.
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£76.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
It has good cooling, looks good, has 2 USB 3.0 ports and can support a H100 liquid cooler (if you want)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£109.15 @ Ebuyer)
Modular 750W power supply, that is something that you should like.
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (£48.98 @ Dabs)
Reads blu-rays.
Total: £1199.82
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-02 23:48 BST+0100)
May 2, 2012 10:55:25 PM

Ok, got it now on the memory. Thanks. Sounds like clever marketing...
May 7, 2012 11:30:43 AM

If anyone is interested, the kingston memory JUST fits under the CNPS12X on this build with the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard.

You wouldn't want anything taller and I suspect the corsair LP memory is the only thing smaller.
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