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May 25, 2012 9:37:59 PM

Hi everyone, this is my first post here so build here so bare with me.


Approximate Purchase Date: by September. (hopefully prices will fall a little *College student budget*)

Budget Range: From the looks of it... $1,500 seems about right, although anything i could do to minimize price would be nice

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Base off of parts in newegg wishlist, pasted below.

Overclocking: Yes (eventually)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (eventually)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (If all goes well)

Additional Comments: This isn't my first build, but it is my first all gaming rig and i know there are people more experienced than me who i can definitely get advice from. Also, which MB should i get from the two listed there? they both have similar features...Recomend a different one if you have to.

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May 25, 2012 9:45:38 PM

That's like way far off to be starting a thread on a build. A week or even less before you plan on buying is the best bet seeing how tech and prices change so often. The gtx 660 is due out before then and that could make it an entire new ball game not to mention the prices of SSD's keep going down every month.

Here's a build that's in that price range but one of the OP's plans on using his build for photo editing hence the 16GB of RAM in that build. You can mix and match but with your budget the GTX 670 would be the only way to go imo. Anyways look at my post on this two links down below.


http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/347647-31-last-minute...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/347658-31-need-system...
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May 25, 2012 9:46:36 PM

Its really hard to pick components 3 months before purchasing. What you pick may not be available or there may be far better options by then.
Also prices fluctuate, and what is a good deal now might not be in the future, or what is too expensive now might come down in price.
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May 25, 2012 9:54:16 PM

I agree with Why_Me. Now is really early to start a September build.

Aside from that, i7 and 16 GB are way more than necessary for a gaming build. Unless you're major involves major video rendering and photo editing, you won't need more than an i5 and 8 GB. Some people also tend to complain about how slow "green" hard drives can be. For a gaming system, a Western Digital Black or a Seagate Barracuda may be better.
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May 25, 2012 9:59:24 PM

Thanks all, i was just seeing what i could cook up for the moment because i had some time and nothing to do haha.
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May 25, 2012 10:28:24 PM

orrett3 said:
one question though... If a board says it has support for 2800OC memory would a stock 2800 memory kit work in it? this isn't 2800 but say http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... in an ASRock Z77 Extreme4?


Current processors support up to 1600 mhz natively, so all higher clock memory will set at that as default. It is possible to overclock memory sticks to 2800 mhz through BIOS if the motherboard and RAM support it, but you will need a memory cooler of some sort. RAM generally isn't a bottleneck so fewer people overclock it.
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May 25, 2012 10:52:30 PM

Thanks again.
Lastly, how would quad SLI work on a MB like the Z77 Extreme4?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 25, 2012 11:08:34 PM

orrett3 said:
Thanks again.
Lastly, how would quad SLI work on a MB like the Z77 Extreme4?

Nobody used quad SLI. I mean there might be a few out there but it's not something recommended for the fact the cost don't even come close to outweighing the gains which are minimal at best.

If you can't do it with two card something's wrong. Three cards at the most if your running several monitors.
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May 25, 2012 11:50:00 PM

Just asking :)  it didn't seem likely seeming how there are only 2 x16 pci 3.0 ports.
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May 26, 2012 1:39:20 AM

a lot of Nvidia cards do not support 4-way sli(unless it is the *90 series)
like the 670 can only go up to 3-way SLI

unless you are planning on getting 2x690 you will not have a 4-way

for most games all you will need is 1x670 even less like a 7850 will do for current games
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May 27, 2012 1:14:18 AM

Actually, with the new 301.42 drivers that have been released the 670 now has support for sli i believe :) .
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