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May 25, 2012 5:36:53 AM

Hi all,

I'm building a pc and I was just wondering if this is all compatible?

parts with links:
Build Parts List - Newegg

plain text parts list:

---Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

---ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

---EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

---Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory

---Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

---COOLMAX SUPPLY CUL-750B 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91

---APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

---SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

~$980 build (w/ monitor & keyboard)

I think i can afford to go a step up on the graphics card.
Would a
$200 XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 or
$180 ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 or
$220EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 be compatible? Which would be a better card?

Thanks so much!!!
May 25, 2012 12:18:39 PM

Forget the graphics card upgrade and get a quality power supply.

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2

Additionally, it doesn't look like that case comes with any cooling fans. According to the specs, it has locations for a 90mm (rear) fan and an 80mm (front) fan. Definitely add these to your shipping list.

-Wolf sends
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May 25, 2012 1:45:06 PM

Suggest a better case with some air flow so you don't cook you nice new computer parts.
both are good case and free shipping $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I suggest a good PSU so you are not disappointed when you hit the power switch.
you only need a good 500 - 600 watt PSU for your rig

suggest one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you selected a 'K" series CPU (for over clocking), but and H61 Motherboard (no overclocking) you need to change this (either to a non 'K' CPU or to a Z77 Motherboard) other wise you are wasting money.

if you go Z77 and 'K' series CPU you need to go with PC1600 Memory

If you need help on the MB selection let me know.

Hope this helps

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May 25, 2012 10:47:03 PM

Thanks so much for the quick replies! I actually didn't see them til after I ordered (anticipation got the best of me =/).

I did get that 750W supply =/, hope that's not a bad mistake. Also got that case and a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. Also got 2 80mm fans for front and back (reviews say it can take them)

I got a Radeon HD 6950 2GB instead of the nVidia GTX 560.

I got the BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ). Is that a good choice? Can it overclock?


Thanks again, I really appreciate the advice
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May 25, 2012 11:39:11 PM

It will be fine, but ASRock is better quality. The PSU was a mistake. It will not provide the stated power.
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May 26, 2012 6:33:45 AM

BIOSTAR B75MU3 will not support overclocking on your 'K' series CPU.
The PSU should work ok, since you only be running at about 40% of it stated max wattage, it's just not a quality PSU.
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June 2, 2012 12:44:31 AM

jerreddredd said:
BIOSTAR B75MU3 will not support overclocking on your 'K' series CPU.
The PSU should work ok, since you only be running at about 40% of it stated max wattage, it's just not a quality PSU.


Thanks for the reply. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155#Ivy_Bridge_Chipse..., the B75 chipset should allow CPU overclocking. Why do you think it won't work? Rig is up and running by the way, I haven't tried to OC anything yet.
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June 2, 2012 11:32:11 AM

StabbyJoe89 said:
Thanks for the reply. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155#Ivy_Bridge_Chipse..., the B75 chipset should allow CPU overclocking. Why do you think it won't work? Rig is up and running by the way, I haven't tried to OC anything yet.


don't believe everything you read on wiki :(  They sited the source for some of their ivy information as

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4318/intel-roadmap-ivy-br...

if you actually go to the web page you will see that the B75 CPU overclocking is listed as "No' though it also list the H77 as a yes, and that is not true either. The Intel site hints at OCing for the B and H 77/75's, but the reality is that the only chipsets that will support OCing the CPU are P67,Z68, and Z77.
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