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May 25, 2012 2:50:47 PM

This is my first build so I would like some feedback

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 3 weeks

Budget Range: 0-2200 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Surfing, Watching movies

Parts Not Required (owned already): Monitor (Sony Playstation 3D Display), mouse (wouldn't mind getting a new one)(Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 (910-001326) Red 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse) , OS(planning on Ubuntu, but I have a Windows 7 disc)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com/amazon.com or where ever is cheapest

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Can go slightly overbudget if the part is worth it




Parts I have chosen so far:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (will probably just get whichever 680 comes in stock first)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 3770K processor 3.5 4 LGA 1155 BX80637I73770K
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3770K-processor-BX8063...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard (Have no idea about keyboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 25, 2012 3:21:10 PM

First let me say that you have selected some very good parts and they are high end to be sure. I certianly agree with the selections and there are some things that if you were interested in to save a few dollars to maybe use in anothe area. The GTX 680 is a beast of a card and top quality for sure but Nvidia has done something unusual in that the GTX670 is almost as good ( an avarage of 5 fps lower) and is $100 less. It almost makes no sense to get a 680 when you can get a 670 for a lot less and get the same performance. I'm still trying to figure out what Nvidia is doing .
The other thing is the 16gb of ram and you can save yourself some money there also by goping with 8gb because unless your going to be doing graphic design or video rendering then you won't be using more than 6gb of ram when gaming. I went out and got 24gb for my build figuring I would be all set with a lot of ram untill I had the resource monitor up while gaming and saw that I was only using 5 gb of ram and that's with some things open in the background as well.
So while I totally agree with your selections those are the two area's where you could save money if you wanted to.
If you chose to do that then you could take the money saved and up the power supply to 1000w SeaSonic and have enough to do any future upgrade without changing the psu. You could also add a SSD for the OS which will speed up the overall processes of the apps. It will be a lot faster then the Veloceraptor if that's what you were intending for the OS.
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May 25, 2012 4:17:40 PM

Thanks for your input, I think I'm going to keep the 16 gb and 680, but take your advice on the switch to SSD from 10000RPM Hard Drive.

What size SSD would you recommend?

and also, I had a question about SLI, if I buy a 680 right now and then later have the money to buy a GTX 580, is it possible to run those in SLI?
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May 25, 2012 4:42:22 PM

680 and 580 will not SLI the last time i checked so you will have 2 buy a second 680 but you can change the brands of the 680s

i recommend a 128GB SSD i would go with Crucial m4, OZC, mushkin, or sandisk

if you are doing gaming only change i7 to a i5 3570k you will save money and in gaming their will be no difference

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May 25, 2012 4:50:29 PM

For SLI you need the same gpu chip so that means another 680 , It's why I was recomending the 670 since the price of the 670 is a lot less and gives almost the same performance. When you get a chance check out the article below.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...

The SSD that I feel is the sweet spot for using it as the OS drive is 240gb/256gb the reason being is that it will hold the OS and a few of your current games without having to constantly watch what your putting on the C drive. If you go with a 120gb/128gb or less then you have to be keeping track of what's being loaded on the C drive. I have this one and I am pretty happy with it and my second drive is the 600gb Veloceraptor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 25, 2012 4:54:23 PM

For college, I have to do a ton of image rendering and running simulations, so I think the i7 would be helpful there.

I also realized I don't have a CPU cooler, how important is that in a computer if I'm not currently planning on overclocking?
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May 25, 2012 5:35:52 PM

If you're not overclocking then it's just a noise issue, stock HSFs are loud. What inzone linked would be silent at stock settings, and would also give you room to experiment with OC if you feel so inclined (do it!!!!)
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May 25, 2012 6:41:55 PM

Good rig
If price is no object, keep the 680. I agree that the difference in performance between a 680 and a 670 are very slim compared with the price difference.

I too would swap the WD Raptor for either an Intel or Samsung SSD - they're both incredibly reliable and an individual drive will outperform even a RAID5+1 setup of Raptors. Seriously...they're rock solid and fast. I have an 120 GB Intel 520, but the max IO is slightly higher with the 180GB version. I have also used a Samsung 830 and it is a rocket as well. Pick capacity based on how many programs you currently are running and how many games you'll have simultaneously saved to the local disk. I think 180 is more than sufficient but you might have more stuff than I do.

Unless you're a media/document pack-rat, I would say 3TB is a little excessive. I have a 1.5 TB disk and have nearly 400 of my movies encoded and saved to that drive and it's not even half full.

The 850 Watt PSU should be more than sufficient to run that rig but you may have to upgrade down the road if you decide to SLI 2 680s together. They are more power efficient that the 580s, but they're still going to need some power.

You may want to check your case/memory/CPU cooler specs to confirm that the RAM DIMMs have enough clearance. I went with the XMS series on my rig so I could fit may cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're not planning on overclocking, you could also scale down the the regular 3770 and take off the cooler. Should be fun to build this beast...
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May 25, 2012 7:14:14 PM

I'm thinking of overclocking once I am more familiar with the hardware.

And what specs do I check to see if the RAM will have enough clearance?
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May 25, 2012 7:14:54 PM

The RAM height and the cooler heigh.
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May 25, 2012 7:50:16 PM

Thanks for all the help, I read some feedback on the ram and various coolers, and it seems like the ram fits (barely, but fits) with this cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
which seems to be almost the same thing as the previous one, but 5 bucks cheaper, so I guess I'll get this one.
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May 25, 2012 8:11:22 PM

NewGuy21 said:
Thanks for all the help, I read some feedback on the ram and various coolers, and it seems like the ram fits (barely, but fits) with this cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
which seems to be almost the same thing as the previous one, but 5 bucks cheaper, so I guess I'll get this one.



Plus it has a $10 rebate and if your concerned about the heat spreaders on the ram then just get the low profile model , the ram is the same it's just the style of the heat spreader that is changed.
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May 25, 2012 10:30:14 PM

inzone said:
This is the same ram only with lower heat spreaders.

And it matches the motherboard better :wahoo:  :wahoo: 
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