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One last look over my build plan & a few questions.

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June 3, 2012 6:56:12 AM

Hey all.

I have made a few threads over the sub forums and have come down to this build. I have a few questions and parts I would like to discuss before I start buying.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($79.96 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1046.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-03 02:46 EDT-0400)


First of all, is there any components that I can improve on for the same price?

Anyone who is using any of the parts I have listed, could you please elaborate/review on them? (particularly the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard)

I am building this computer to be readily upgraded later on. One of the main things is the Motherboard I have chosen that supports SLI. I would like to install a second GTX670 in the future.

Will the Power Supply I have listed run everything smoothly as the build is now & is there anything listed that I will definitely have to change when I install a second video card?

I have been told that the Cooler Master EVO 12 will certainly be good enough for an over clocked i5 2500k.

I think that's all the questions that I have, sorry to have so many. This is my very first computer build and I am very new to this.

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June 3, 2012 7:24:52 AM

No point in a Z77 motherboard without an i5-3570k. Get the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. Everything else looks good.
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June 3, 2012 7:31:51 AM

azeem40 said:
No point in a Z77 motherboard without an i5-3570k. Get the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. Everything else looks good.


Ok fair enough, will do.
Both of those motherboards are around the same price, so it the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 better?

Oh and my goal with this build is to run Battlefield 3 nearly maxed with smooth frame rates, I have already established that the i5 2500k + GTX 670 will do that with no worries in another thread.

So now I'm just checking that everything is good.
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June 3, 2012 7:45:11 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $114.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $189.99
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $39.99
8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) 1.5V


Thanks for this, hopefully they ship to Australia.

Now the Z68+2500k or Z77+3570k battle begins and I am confused again! What are the PROs and CONs of the 2 combos?
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June 3, 2012 7:50:11 AM

steve695 said:
Thanks for this, hopefully they ship to Australia.

Now the Z68+2500k or Z77+3570k battle begins and I am confused again! What are the PROs and CONs of the 2 combos?

I didn't see that Oz part. Amazon.com. They ship world wide including to Oz for a small fee. You want to get the video card from Amazon, and maybe the motherboard. Get the rest in Oz.

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Components-Computer-Add-Ons-Co...
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June 3, 2012 7:53:56 AM

Why_Me said:
I didn't see that Oz part. Amazon.com. They ship world wide including to Oz for a small fee. You want to get the video card from Amazon, and maybe the motherboard. Get the rest in Oz.

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Components-Computer-Add-Ons-Co...


Okay I will if I can.

I might stick with 2500k + a Z68 Motherboard though, is there any major reason to go Z77 + 3570K?
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June 3, 2012 8:28:02 AM

steve695 said:
Okay I will if I can.

I might stick with 2500k + a Z68 Motherboard though, is there any major reason to go Z77 + 3570K?

It's only a $20 difference and with Ivy Bridge + Z77 you get all the newer features such as native 3.0 USB, more transistors and PCI-E 3.0 just to mention a few.
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June 3, 2012 8:44:14 AM

steve695 said:
Thanks for this, hopefully they ship to Australia.

Now the Z68+2500k or Z77+3570k battle begins and I am confused again! What are the PROs and CONs of the 2 combos?


Sure you want to ship them all the way to Australia? You might lose your savings in shipping. Shipping an SSD from the US is something like $30 (Ebay prices), I shudder to think what a Motherboard and Processor would get. Look at the shipping cost on item below.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Crucial-M4-CT256M4SSD2-2...

Use a search engine called Static Ice to find the cheapest components in your state. Just go into advanced search, select your state/territory and the type the component into the bar. Just be aware that Aus prices are pretty high compared to US/UK prices.
http://www.staticice.com.au/


And you want the Ivy Bridge + Z77 combo. You get PCI-3, USB3 and better performance clock for clock.
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June 3, 2012 8:44:53 AM

Why_Me said:
It's only a $20 difference and with Ivy Bridge + Z77 you get all the newer features such as native 3.0 USB, more transistors and PCI-E 3.0 just to mention a few.


True, I'll go with 3570k + a Z77 board I think. Will the rest of my parts list be ok with that setup?

Which Board should I go with? I get confused when it comes to Motherboards. As long as it's something that will run nicely and has SLI I will be happy. I'm not too concerned about having more than 2 Video Card slots, I don't see any reason that I will ever need more than 2.
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June 3, 2012 8:46:58 AM

manofchalk said:
Sure you want to ship them all the way to Australia? You might lose your savings in shipping. Shipping an SSD from the US is something like $30 (Ebay prices), I shudder to think what a Motherboard and Processor would get. Look at the shipping cost on item below.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Crucial-M4-CT256M4SSD2-2...

Use a search engine called Static Ice to find the cheapest components in your state. Just go into advanced search, select your state/territory and the type the component into the bar. Just be aware that Aus prices are pretty high compared to US/UK prices.
http://www.staticice.com.au/


And you want the Ivy Bridge + Z77 combo. You get PCI-3, USB3 and better performance clock for clock.


I may even be able to buy them locally, I'll find out soon.

Thanks for the Static Ice link :)  I never new about it.
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June 3, 2012 8:56:07 AM

steve695 said:
I may even be able to buy them locally, I'll find out soon.

Thanks for the Static Ice link :)  I never new about it.

I'l use pccasegear as an example but there's probably local stores to purchase from so you don't have to pay the shipping. Also try shopbot.au

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $154.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $65.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $85.00
OCZ Technology ZS Series 650W Power Supply

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June 3, 2012 9:00:38 AM

Why_Me said:
I'l use pccasegear as an example but there's probably local stores to purchase from so you don't have to pay the shipping. Also try shopbot.au

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $154.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $65.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $105.00
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $85.00
OCZ Technology ZS Series 650W Power Supply


Oh wow you just saved me at least $100, thanks!

Obviously that RAM wil lwork just as well as I has the Crosshair I had listed?
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