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May 22, 2012 12:17:51 AM

So I've been looking at other peoples builds on this thread and I've come up with a combination of them all, can someone tell me if this is compatible and give me some advice on what I can do to make it better :)  thanks!


Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core, Socket LGA2011, 3.6GHz 310$

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM 31$

Gigabyte (GV-N670OC-2GD) nVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Chipset 420$

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W 80PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply 90$

Corsair CC-9011013-WW Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case 130$

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 55$

ASUS P8Z77-V Pro LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard 222$

Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX) 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache 130$

Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

Pioneer DVR-219LBK (Black) SATA 24x DVD-Writer OEM 26$

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May 22, 2012 2:10:06 AM

1: i7 3820 is a LGA 2011 cpu and will not fit in a LGA 1155 board that you have picked. i would recommend a i5 3570k and a gigabyte z77x-ud3h cpu and board. you do not need a i7 to game as i5 are the same in gaming situations.

2: why not get hx750 when its only like 30 bucks more and you get 80+ silver and modularity

3: i recommend getting a seagate barracuda 1tb drive with 64mb of cache because ts cheaper and faster

4: i recommend getting a crucial 128gb drive because its faster and more reliable
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May 22, 2012 3:17:07 AM

What is your budget? Are you overclocking? If you could use the sticky, it would help us help you!
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May 23, 2012 12:19:36 AM

Sorry about that!

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month
Budget Range: <2k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing, downloading
Parts Not Required: speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect, directcanada, ncix
Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled
Parts Preferences: I'd rather Intel than AMD, and I would really like to have the graphics card listed in the build
Overclocking: Yes, I wouldn't mind trying it
SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, but maybe later if a few months
Monitor Resolution: no preference, but I'd like to have dual monitors
Additional Comments: need all the parts to be compatible!

Based on TheBigTroll's comment, I changed a few things, let me know what you think!


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) 240$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM 31$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v...

Gigabyte (GV-N670OC-2GD) nVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Chipset 420$
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 147$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Corsair CC-9011013-WW Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case 130$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 130$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 190$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s 100$
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 150$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pioneer DVR-219LBK (Black) SATA 24x DVD-Writer OEM 26$
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_61&...

If someone can help me find dual monitors compatible with my graphics card too that would be great! :) 
I also read somewhere it is good to have a water cooling system if I was going to overclock? can anyone comment on that please?
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May 23, 2012 2:41:30 AM

I'm not good with monitors, but I'll subtract $500 so that we can account for them.

Going down the list:

CPU: I'd recommend SB (i5-2500k) because it overclocks better, doesn't have worse performance, and is cheaper.

GPU: I'd switch to MSI twin Frozr II OC if possible, or ASUS

PSU: I like the PC Power and Cooling 750W Silver rated PSU... it's like $80

RAM: 16GB is unnecessary. You'd be perfectly fine with 8GB (2x4GB).

Mobo: I'd suggest the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Everything else looks good!
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May 24, 2012 1:24:31 AM

ddan49 said:
I'm not good with monitors, but I'll subtract $500 so that we can account for them.

Going down the list:

CPU: I'd recommend SB (i5-2500k) because it overclocks better, doesn't have worse performance, and is cheaper.

GPU: I'd switch to MSI twin Frozr II OC if possible, or ASUS

PSU: I like the PC Power and Cooling 750W Silver rated PSU... it's like $80

RAM: 16GB is unnecessary. You'd be perfectly fine with 8GB (2x4GB).

Mobo: I'd suggest the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Everything else looks good!



ok thanks for the advice!
but if I weren't to overclock, can I leave my pc the way it is atm?
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May 24, 2012 2:52:55 AM

Hoooold on. If you're not overclocking, then we can take some of the components down.

Anyway, your build is good. It would be a great build that you would enjoy. Most of the things I would change make very small improvements (though they may save you money). If you left it, you would be very happy with this PC. You'd probably be a bit happier with the changes I suggested, though ;) 
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May 24, 2012 12:28:10 PM

get ivy bridge. it performs better than sandy clock for clock
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May 24, 2012 12:43:16 PM

Benchmarks or nothing ;) 
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May 25, 2012 12:28:23 AM

Thanks for the help guys!
just a few more questions and I think I'll be set
if I were to change my ram to vengence memory DDR3, would it still be compatible?
and can someone tell me what inputs my graphics card has so I can see what monitor I should get?
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May 25, 2012 12:34:31 AM

go ahead it will work fine.
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May 25, 2012 12:59:07 AM

Ah. Okay. I'm appeased :)  Problem is, the clock itself can't go very high
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May 25, 2012 1:00:09 AM

It doesn't need to go high. 4.2 GHz IB is 4.5 GHz SB, which is the balancing point.
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May 25, 2012 1:11:37 AM

I guess all I'm left with is that SB costs less ;) 
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May 25, 2012 1:28:12 AM

A $20 difference for the ability for an OC to be 10-20% better than an equivalent SB OC is worth the price.
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May 25, 2012 1:36:49 AM

azeem40 said:
A $20 difference for the ability for an OC to be 10-20% better than an equivalent SB OC is worth the price.


Not to mention the ability to utilize PCI-E 3.0 which is nice to have.
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May 25, 2012 9:47:21 AM

SB OC IS better. SB gets up to 5GHz fairly easily, while IB can barely get to 4.5 (with the same ease). I don't think it makes up for 500MHz that easily. IB doesn't OC better.
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May 30, 2012 3:37:08 PM

If I get the EVGA GTX 680 do I have to upgrade my PSU or will the 750w hx750 be enough?
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May 30, 2012 7:58:27 PM

It'll be enough
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May 30, 2012 8:00:36 PM

ddan49 said:
SB OC IS better. SB gets up to 5GHz fairly easily, while IB can barely get to 4.5 (with the same ease). I don't think it makes up for 500MHz that easily. IB doesn't OC better.

What use is there to go to 5 GHz? Max you should ever go to on SB is 4.5 GHz. Using a higher OC, even if it is impractical, to sway others away from IB, is not a good way to give advice.
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May 30, 2012 8:46:22 PM

azeem40 said:
What use is there to go to 5 GHz? Max you should ever go to on SB is 4.5 GHz. Using a higher OC, even if it is impractical, to sway others away from IB, is not a good way to give advice.

+1


Direct Canada and Best Direct Canada are affiliated (both ship out of the same warehouse in Richmond, BC) and both offer FREE SHIPPING. Any order over $50 @ Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING and any order over $80 @ Best Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING.

http://www.directcanada.com/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v... $86.52
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC1911&v... $120.44
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $150.12 MIR. $130.12
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6646&v... $193.40
ASUS P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that board

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $244.40
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $50.59
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... $74.20
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6407&v... $439.79
ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II 1137MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $111.76
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR7773&v... $217.46
Kingston 240GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX670... <----- another look at that Asus card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&v... $137.28
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 50M:1 250CD/M2 HDMI VGA


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May 31, 2012 2:05:52 PM

Why_Me said:
+1


Direct Canada and Best Direct Canada are affiliated (both ship out of the same warehouse in Richmond, BC) and both offer FREE SHIPPING. Any order over $50 @ Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING and any order over $80 @ Best Direct Canada is FREE SHIPPING.

http://www.directcanada.com/

http://www.bestdirect.ca/

This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI


http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6193&v... $86.52
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC1911&v... $120.44
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6547&v... $150.12 MIR. $130.12
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6646&v... $193.40
ASUS P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that board

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0768&v... $244.40
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $50.59
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v... $17.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... $74.20
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6407&v... $439.79
ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II 1137MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5419&v... $111.76
Kingston SVP200S3/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive

or...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR7773&v... $217.46
Kingston 240GB SSDNow V+200 SATA 3 2.5

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX670... <----- another look at that Asus card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&v... $137.28
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 5ms 50M:1 250CD/M2 HDMI VGA






1. Whats the difference between the ASUS GTX670 and the EVGA GTX670?
2. Will i be able to put two of those ASUS VS228H-P monitors in that graphics card?
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May 31, 2012 7:59:26 PM

1. Just coolers and possibly clocks.
2. You should be fine
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May 31, 2012 8:04:02 PM

The EVGA is a reference card, which means the exhaust is directed out of the case. With non-reference, the exhaust goes back into the case and is released through the exhaust fan.
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May 31, 2012 8:05:13 PM

non-reference usually has a better cooler, though. As well as higher clock speeds.
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May 31, 2012 8:06:15 PM

I never said it didn't. I was just explaining the differences in non reference and reference design.
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June 1, 2012 3:08:37 AM

ah ok thanks for your help guys so this will be my final build. please let me know if i missed anything!


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) 240$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM 31$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v...

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5 540$
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 147$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel 140$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 49$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H 160$
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s 100$
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 150$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pioneer DVR-219LBK (Black) SATA 24x DVD-Writer OEM 26$
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_61&...
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June 1, 2012 3:19:13 AM

Looks good! Have fun!
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June 2, 2012 8:05:45 PM

will i be able to sli or crossfire with this build?
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June 2, 2012 8:13:56 PM

two way xFire/SLI yes. Anything over that and I don't think so.
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June 3, 2012 1:07:38 AM

However, if you're going over 2-way SLI/Crossfire, then I'm not sure why you're spending this amount on a PC. I understand upgradeability, but you're talking like... $500 easy for a 2-way SLI/Crossfire setup
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June 8, 2012 2:46:07 PM

ddan49 said:
However, if you're going over 2-way SLI/Crossfire, then I'm not sure why you're spending this amount on a PC. I understand upgradeability, but you're talking like... $500 easy for a 2-way SLI/Crossfire setup



im sorry i don't really understand your question, so it would be better to do a 2-way sli/crossfire? 1 more thing is it better for me to get low profile ram? can someone recommend one for me
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June 8, 2012 3:09:05 PM

Okay, so basically, SLI/Crossfire is putting two GPUs side by side. I wouldn't recommend it unless you want to upgrade later on. Basically, you buy a GPU now. You put it in. Later on, if you want to upgrade the performance, instead of buying a whole new GPU, you could just buy another of the GPU you already have and run BOTH of them simultaneously.

Low-profile RAM is only necessary if you have a large heatsink... which you don't. It's just lower in height.
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June 9, 2012 3:21:21 AM

aah okay thank you very much ddan49! you've been very helpful :) 
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