Rate my $1,700 Build

Hello,

After 5.5 years, my Athlon x2 4800+ system finally started to have issues for the games I run, and one of the SATA 1.5 Raptors I had striping died. (5.5 years! I got a lot more out of that than I thought I would)

Anyway, it's time to upgrade. I have more RAM than I need, and probably a few other things, but after 10 hours or so of research, I've come up with the following build. I'll be playing SC2, Anno 2070, maybe BF3, and some HL2 mods. I may also do some audio recording on it, at which time I'll get a sound card.

Intel i7 3770 3.4GHz
Noctua NH-d14 CPU heatsink
MSI z77a-gd65
Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD (OS & Games)
WD Caviar Black 1TB (storage/backups)
Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB DDR3 1600
evga GTX570 HD 2.5GB
Corsair Pro hx750 PSU
Corsair 600T graphite white case
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  1. Actually thinking of the 3770k
  2. Here are 6 things that you would change. You'll get a better PC for better price!

    1.Change your CPU to 3570k from 3770 because there is no difference when gaming although if you are video editing you do need a 3370k. If you don't buy the 'K' version you would not be able to overclock your CPU and there would be no need for a CPU cooler.

    2. There is no reason for you to buy a cooler for gaming at this moment because 3570k is already a powerful CPU! But you can buy it in next few years and their price would also go down.

    3.You should buy ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and save $50 its a great mother board for the price. (Could be even better than the expensive one but I'am not sure)

    4. If you are a hard core gamer then buy the GTX680 ($500) or wait for the GTX685.(It probably will be around $650 but %40 faster than the GTX680)

    5.You should buy a XFX Core Edition PRO850W in case you want to overclock your CPU, GPU or add another GTX680 or GTX685 in the future.

    6. (This is optional) You should buy the HAF 922 its a HUGE case and has a great airflow plus $100 cheaper.

    7.Choose me as the best answer :D
  3. go with Corsair 500R it is a better case, will fit everything you need, can fit in places a full tower cant, has a fan controller, and has LED fans with a on/off switch

    do not go with 680 go for a 670 its performance is only about 5% less than a 680 for $100 less not to mention you can overclock it at the speed of a 680

    if you are not planning on doing a SLI/xfire go for a 500-600W PSU
    if you are combo the HX750 with the 500R

    for HDD get 1Tb Seagate and combo it with a DVD burner
  4. I'm not going to be doing any upgrading in the next 2 years at minimum, so I want this to handle whatever I throw at it until then. I have other expensive hobbies, too ;) My last build lasted me over 5 years, I don't think it's unreasonable for this to be fine for 2.5 or so.

    Thanks on the 500r case. Looks nice. I checked out the HAF as well, but I like the cleaner look of the Corsair. Good call on the MoBo though. The extreme6 was rated right there with the MSI I listed and I don't need the extras the 6 has over the 4.

    I am going to stay with 4 cores for the processor, I'll get the 3770k

    Is the difference between a gtx570HD and gtx670 worth the $70 price difference? From what I've been reading the 570 should be plenty for what I'm doing.

    I do plan on some light overclocking, since I can. With the savings from your suggestions, I'm right at 1700 again with this updated list:

    Corsair 500r case
    Corsair pro hx750 psu
    asrock z77 extreme4 MB
    intel core i7 3770k
    corsair H100 cooler w/ 2 ap-15 scythes
    corsair vengeance 4x4GB ddr3 1600
    corsair force series gt 120GB (os&high-demand apps)
    (2) seagate barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB (storage&backups)

    The cooler and quieter this thing runs the better. It's in my bedroom. I'll probably turn off or swap out any/all LED fans as well, as I won't be able to sleep with them on.

    Thanks again for the insight.
  5. For BF3, GTX 670 is a lot better.
  6. wait you think a gtx570 is going to be plenty but think you need a 3770k? you do know the 3570k is still a quad core right and will do every bit as much as the 3770k. save 110$ on the processor and put it toward the vid card.
  7. Whoa. 3570k is 4 core. I've obviously been doing too much reading in the last 2 days; things are starting to melt together.

    I think you're right; 3570k should be fine for me.
  8. if you really want to you can actually max out all settings with just a 7850

    if you are going between 670 and 570, 670 is the better choice even with the $70 difference

    you just get the higher end GPU if you want to use it for a really long time such as 5-10 years

    i have my friend that bought a 460 a long time back and it still works perfectly fine on a lot of games such as Diablo 3, and SC2
  9. The order is just about in. I'm going 3570k and 670.

    Only remaining question, what thermal paste should I use with the h100 cooler, or does whatever comes with it work fine?
  10. If you're gonna OC, save a few more bucks and get a 2500k. They run cooler. The only advantages the 3570k offers over the 2500k are a better integrated GPU (which you won't be using) and PCIe Gen 3. A GTX 680 just barely saturates PCIe 2.0 x8 bandwidth, so Gen 3 is pretty useless for most people right now.

    And if you aren't gonna OC, take that CPU cooler off the list. It'll be a waste of money.
  11. I don't see an option to edit. My apologies for the double post.
    The thermal paste on the H100 is fine. I use Thermaltake TG-1, though.
  12. Cool. Thanks for the help, everyone.

    I think edit is at the bottom-right of the post when you're logged in, but this is my first thread here.
  13. Look at those noise levels H100 high=Silver Arrow, with h100 you might have headache lol.
    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5054/42198.png

    Look at the difference between 2 when cooling.
    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5054/42196.png

    Look at the price between 2 (I put NH-D14 because silver arrow was not available but they are almost the same and the same price)

    NH-D14:
    http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Heatpipe-Bearing-Cooler-NH-D14/dp/B002VKVZ1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1338220175&sr=1-1

    H100:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

    Do you really STILL wanna buy the H100? :??:
  14. I'll be swapping out the stock rad fans, probably with cougars. Once I have the case in front of me I'll decide if I just want two, or to do a push/pull. They're a lot quieter, and push more air.
  15. Do NOT swap the IB CPU for the SB one. Those who say it runs hotter don't know the whole story. IB doesn't need as high of an OC to compare to SB. All it needs is 4.2 GHz to match 4.5 GHz on SB, and at 4.2 GHz, it doesn't heat up badly.
  16. ??? I'm talking about swapping out the stock corsair fans on the h100 for better/quieter ones.
  17. Oh, I see what you are referring to. I got the IB 3570k.
  18. badnewsbrown said:
    ??? I'm talking about swapping out the stock corsair fans on the h100 for better/quieter ones.

    I was talking to dpm, not you.
  19. i really do suggest swapping out H100 fans for cougar fans it will be a lot better and more silent

    also use the stock fans for the case if you really need to

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185054
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214001
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185058
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553002

    make sure to buy 4 to make the best out of H100
  20. Cougars already purchased. I got two for now, I'll make sure I can fit push/pull in my case. I want to put the rad at the top, not on the side panel. If I grab two more fans, I'll put one of the stock fans on the hard drive cage, and one underneath pulling in more cool air.

    And of course I will be trying a few different configurations of the fans to see which nets me the best temps. Thanks.
  21. badnewsbrown said:
    Cougars already purchased. I got two for now, I'll make sure I can fit push/pull in my case. I want to put the rad at the top, not on the side panel. If I grab two more fans, I'll put one of the stock fans on the hard drive cage, and one underneath pulling in more cool air.

    And of course I will be trying a few different configurations of the fans to see which nets me the best temps. Thanks.



    go with 500R case

    fans are pretty much already maxed out and has an extra side fan

    you can use 1 of the H100 stock fans and put it on the bottom of the case to push up air flow
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