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New builder. This $1000 build look OK?

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May 11, 2012 2:48:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon. This week would be nice, depending on availability with the GTX670.

Budget Range: $900-1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming, and gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, software.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg has treated me nice, but I don't care much.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: New GTX670 looks lovely.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No/Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 plus a crappy monitor for Mumble, steam, etc.

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet computer if possible, but more of a secondary goal. Main concerns are compatibility and everything fitting into the case properly, and making sure I'm not overspending on things that will be bottlenecked inefficiently.

Current pcpartspicker list:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.79 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
OR Looking into one of these when they release: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP 2 GB ($420 unreleased)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.00 @ Newegg after rebate)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: ~$1060
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-11 10:40 EDT-0400)

Thanks for your help!

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May 11, 2012 2:52:59 PM

piece of advice if you don't plan on OCing just get a regular i5 2500 it will more than satisfy your needs
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May 11, 2012 3:45:19 PM

Looks like a solid rig. I would maybe think about getting a more powerful PSU. If you ever want to SLI that 670, you will need more power. An 850+W PSU would be very nice to help future proof this new build.
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May 11, 2012 4:23:50 PM

The i5-3550 is a fine choice if you are not overclocking.

If you are not overclocking or SLI/CFing in the future then you don't need the Z77 chipset.
The Z75 chipset supports both overclocking and SLI/CF, but not Smart Response Technology (SSD caching).
The H77 chipset doesn't support overclocking or SLI/CF, but it does support SRT.
So I would suggest looking for a cheaper board that has all the features you want even if it means going for one of those other chipsets.

A lot of people who build quiet systems use aftermarket CPU cooling, this is because they both keep the CPU cooler (which contributes to less system heat build up) and are quieter when doing so compared to stock.
You could try using the stock cooler and only replacing it if the build is not quiet enough for you.
I've also mentioned this because the tall heatspreaders on the Vengeance RAM restricts your choice in CPU cooler. So I would suggest changing that.

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $47 @ Newegg
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d...
Or
G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V F3-1600C9D-8GAB $47
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8ga...
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May 11, 2012 4:55:57 PM

Wow, thank you very much! I may at some point decide to SLI/CF but not for awhile. That being said, a motherboard is much more difficult to upgrade than a PSU from what I have seen. I will shop around for higher PSUs and see what I can find, and likely stick with the Z77. And thank you for the tip about the memory- I will buy shorter sticks.
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May 11, 2012 5:55:47 PM

One last question: Is there any conflict with this case and the other parts? I hardly know anything about how cases work and physical specs. I can't figure out how to determine if the motherboard will fit and what-not.
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May 11, 2012 7:08:22 PM

Best answer selected by shrode.
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May 11, 2012 7:12:34 PM

shrode said:
Wow, thank you very much! I may at some point decide to SLI/CF but not for awhile. That being said, a motherboard is much more difficult to upgrade than a PSU from what I have seen. I will shop around for higher PSUs and see what I can find, and likely stick with the Z77. And thank you for the tip about the memory- I will buy shorter sticks.


That is sound logic.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2725/18/nvidia-geforce-...
http://uk.hardware.info/productinfo/grafiek/9003/120017...
(The picture didn't load when I first looked at that page, so had to go looking for it and it is in the second link)
This review shows an entire system with two GTX 670s and an i7-3960X (130W TDP - more power hungry than Ivy Bridge CPUs) drawing 489W under Metro2033. So a 750W would only be stressed to ~65% under a heavy gaming load. So I'm making the point that you don't need an 850W PSU, unless you are going to be running applications which are more stressful than gaming on a regular basis, or if you want more upgrade options, or just more comfortable with a higher wattage unit or can find a killer deal on one.

shrode said:
One last question: Is there any conflict with this case and the other parts? I hardly know anything about how cases work and physical specs. I can't figure out how to determine if the motherboard will fit and what-not.


TLDR: No, there are no conflicts.

The ATX formfactor is a very standard spec, in terms of motherboards and case compatibility. So if a case lists ATX compatibility, and that compatibility list is accurate/reliable/trustworthy, it will almost always support an ATX motherboard. As well as smaller form factors based on the ATX form factor (such as micro ATX and Mini-ITX).

Sometimes manufacturer's will list information about graphics card clearance and CPU cooler clearance. In the case of the Zalman Z9/Z11 Plus they list that the maximum GPU length is 29/30cm. However it doesn't account for power connectors, if they are at the end of the card. Which they aren't on the EVGA Geforce GTX 670 Superclocked.

SPCR tested the Z9 and showed that a Zerotherm FZ120 fit inside with ~10mm to spare. The Zerotherm FZ120 is 156mm tall, so you would expect a CPU cooler up to 166mm to fit in the Z9. Considering that the Z9 and the Z11 share a very similar internal design I would expect similar clearance in the Z11.

As you can work out reviews will sometimes provide useful information about what kind of hardware a case can fit as well.
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May 11, 2012 7:30:24 PM

i have a little recommendation also , if there a microcenter near u u can get the i5 3570k and the exact same asrock motherboard u listed above for $280 as a combo price ( i5 3570k=$189.99 asrock mainboard =$89.99)
microcentet are running a promo buy a i5 3570k for $189.99 and get $50 off on any z77 motherboard ,good luck on your new build .
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