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June 7, 2012 6:24:53 AM

Uses in order of most important:
1. Gaming ( Will also stream or video cap at the same time... as well as using skype or itunes while doing this)
2. Streaming
3. Browsing Web (Netflix, Youtube and Facebook)
4. Editing Videos
5. 3D editing and photoshop

PARTS
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I don't like Asus family has had two bad experiences with them I don't want to make it three)
Processor: http://www.frys.com/product/7028331?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
GFX: http://www.frys.com/product/7133952?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
PSU: http://www.frys.com/product/6708475?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Case: http://www.frys.com/product/6413042?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
RAM: http://www.frys.com/product/6896996?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
HDD: http://www.frys.com/product/5643481?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Blu-Ray: http://www.frys.com/product/6683894?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Extra Fan NOT Included with case (max fans with this one): http://www.frys.com/product/6208850?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
CPU Cooler: http://www.frys.com/product/6799935?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
OS: http://www.frys.com/product/6023288?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

So I just wanted to know how I did with all of the parts.... I got the K series because I will overclock in the future... and I plan on possibly doing SLI after summer break..... Possible liquid cooling will be used... my case has great fans included.... overall cost was just over 2000

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 6:36:31 AM

that is a great rig for the uses you stated, the i7 is an overkill for gaming but if you are video editing; it will come in handy along with the 16 gigs of ram.

nice!
next investment i would suggest is an SSD :) 

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 6:40:03 AM
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You really nailed everything. Well done. I especially like the OS choice. Maybe I would not have gone with the Intel board, but you should have good support if there are any issues.

I don't think you will have a lot of room for water cooling there. You may need to have an external rad.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 6:43:02 AM

i would look into a gigbyte board or an msi..intel does not make there mb some other vendor does. the other vendor boards will over clock beter. the power supply you have is the wrong type for a gaming system. you want a ps one only one large 12v rail now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your ps has so many 12v rails that one rail may or may not hold up a high end video card.
June 7, 2012 6:44:59 AM

smorizio said:
i would look into a gigbyte board or an msi..intel does not make there mb some other vendor does. the other vendor boards will over clock beter. the power supply you have is the wrong type for a gaming system. you want a ps one only one large 12v rail now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your ps has so many 12v rails that one rail may or may not hold up a high end video card.


Please go into detail about how my rail isn't right.. i've never heard of this before
June 7, 2012 6:46:10 AM

And thanks guys.... just wish Supermicro made a z77 board.. SSD will be coming as my game drive (all games will be stored on here) while the terabyte one will be my editing HDD
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 6:48:53 AM

along with the above post; actually @ 40 amps a rail there are NO WORRIES!
June 7, 2012 6:51:05 AM

Anonymous said:
along with the above post; actually @ 40 amps a rail there are NO WORRIES!


yeeaaa haha... I am so glad to get this.... perfect end of year present to me from me (freshmen in highschool) ....... my current Computer is this crappy asus with a pentium 2.1 and intel GMA 4500 HD Graphics...
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 6:58:40 AM

Anonymous said:
along with the above post; actually @ 40 amps a rail there are NO WORRIES!


That's 480W per rail. As long as you don't try to power 2 GTX 570s or 2 GTX 580s off the same rail you will be fine.
June 7, 2012 7:00:25 AM

Proximon said:
That's 480W per rail. As long as you don't try to power 2 GTX 570s or 2 GTX 580s off the same rail you will be fine.



So one GTX 670 OC will be fine on one rail... how about my CPU OC to about 4.0... will that be fine on it's own rail?
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 7:05:38 AM

Yes, no issues. Your total system draw while gaming is going to be around 300W. It will never reach 400W, total. You could power everything off the same rail, if it was possible.
June 7, 2012 7:07:15 AM

Thanks a lot guys... tons of help... sorry but one last question.. where do I find the processor in stock... newegg and frys are out of stock
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 7:16:24 AM

Yes they do fine. Highly rated.
June 7, 2012 7:20:02 AM

Proximon said:
Yes they do fine. Highly rated.


Alright then.. Thank you very much for all of your help.... Definitely earned a top answer.... I will keep thread open until tomorrow night just incase a debate sparks
a b B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 7:43:33 AM

I'd say you overspent quite a bit, particularly on

- $200 version of windows instead of $100 OEM version (they're exactly the same)
- $130 case
- $230 motherboard; $80-$130 is the sweet spot unless you're doing serious crossfire/OC
- $130 power supply; $70 tops would have sufficed
- 16GB of RAM; 4GB is plenty for games; 8GB is more than enough unless you're doing SERIOUS video editing.

I mean, don't take this the wrong way; it's still an excellent build in terms of the performance it will give you. You just probably could have saved about $400 and gotten roughly the same performance.

I also would never buy an Intel motherboard unless you held a gun to my head. Bad experiences with them; they end up in my spare-parts machines now if I end up with one.
June 7, 2012 8:02:31 AM

capt_taco said:
I'd say you overspent quite a bit, particularly on

- $200 version of windows instead of $100 OEM version (they're exactly the same)
- $130 case
- $230 motherboard; $80-$130 is the sweet spot unless you're doing serious crossfire/OC
- $130 power supply; $70 tops would have sufficed
- 16GB of RAM; 4GB is plenty for games; 8GB is more than enough unless you're doing SERIOUS video editing.

I mean, don't take this the wrong way; it's still an excellent build in terms of the performance it will give you. You just probably could have saved about $400 and gotten roughly the same performance.

I also would never buy an Intel motherboard unless you held a gun to my head. Bad experiences with them; they end up in my spare-parts machines now if I end up with one.


Had to get the 200 dollar full version I don't own any past versions.. it was included on crap laptop
I wanted a nice looking case full tower and massive fans
I will be doing some nice OC with processor and GFX with SLI
I wanted an overkill PSU
16 for 3d Animation (I take animation at my school and am top of class... I do 3d for art show at my school) I also edit for my school.. I even helped with a commercial they did..... I really like it
... I do see where you are coming from though and it is VERY useful advice
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 8:54:15 AM

capt_taco said:

- $200 version of windows instead of $100 OEM version (they're exactly the same)



No, they are not. A full version can be installed on any future computer or motherboard. An OEM version is tied to the motherboard it is installed on.

I can't count the number of people that have regretted not getting the full version.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 5:08:54 PM

Proximon said:
No, they are not. A full version can be installed on any future computer or motherboard. An OEM version is tied to the motherboard it is installed on.

I can't count the number of people that have regretted not getting the full version.


Well, don't count me among them. I know the difference; I've just rarely seen it be an issue. And for double the price, I'd rather just take my chances that I won't end up in some odd situation where I need to move my license. But if I do need to move it and end up needing to buy a second OEM copy - I still break even. I dunno, the math just doesn't add up for me; not often that you need to move a license 2+ times for one machine.

To the OP: Just a point of clarification - OEM version of Windows is not the same as an upgrade version, which is what it sounds like you're thinking of. OEM Windows is a full copy of windows, but as the person above pointed out, it's only allowed to be installed on one machine ever.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 7, 2012 7:57:17 PM

You can buy the full version for less:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you own a full version of XP Pro or Vista that you are not using (but not OEM Vista) you can buy an upgrade version of Win 7. This can be installed doing a "clean upgrade" installation, you just have to understand that you have used the old XP or Vista license and can't reuse it elsewhere.
June 7, 2012 8:07:35 PM

My dad does video editing.... he has vista and wants 7... I told him for 100 he can use my copy after I put it on mine :D 

And I stated we do not own any of the previous windows on disks so I must buy the full version
June 7, 2012 8:09:16 PM

I have also only purchased these parts so far the rest will be bought in store (except processor) 1 7090111 CM X6 Elite Cooler Unique Honeycomb Fins 49.99
1 7133952 ASUS GTX670 2GB DDR5 GPU Boost Clock 980 MHz 429.99
1 6413042 NZXT Phantom Black 5x 5.25" & 7x 3.5" Bays 129.90
1 6896996 DDR3 16GB-1600MHz LOW VE (4X4) VENGEANCE LOW VOLT 84.99
1 6708475 Antec HCG-900 900w 80 Plus Bronze 129.99
1 6208850 NZXT 200mm Fan 200mm x 200mm x 30mm 14.99
1 7090111 CM X6 Elite Cooler Unique Honeycomb Fins 49.99
June 7, 2012 10:04:07 PM

Frys hasn't shipped because I missed their call... just called back and he said it would ship today
June 7, 2012 10:24:30 PM

I screwed myself guys... the cpu cooler is tilted and won't fit with the ram heatspreaders.. can you remove them off of the top of the ram
June 7, 2012 11:39:45 PM

Proximon said:
You can buy the full version for less:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you own a full version of XP Pro or Vista that you are not using (but not OEM Vista) you can buy an upgrade version of Win 7. This can be installed doing a "clean upgrade" installation, you just have to understand that you have used the old XP or Vista license and can't reuse it elsewhere.



Superbiiz was difficult as hell for the processor... never had a visa password before.... I hope it's worth it...... My mom thought it was a scam because of the etailer password LOL
June 8, 2012 3:47:36 AM

fallen_glory said:
So I am getting my final part right now I switched motherboards.... my dads friend is a reseller and he suggested this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... instead.. so this it is


Yup, the Sabertooth is a good choice, Its has some nice features like the motherboard cooling and protection
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2012 6:24:11 AM

The board is fine. I don't have much advice for you on the cooler except perhaps it can be mounted in reverse.
June 8, 2012 6:57:18 AM

Proximon said:
The board is fine. I don't have much advice for you on the cooler except perhaps it can be mounted in reverse.


Got a new one... stupid newegg won't accept my card nor fry's.. im not overdrawn and i'm not at limit.. wtf did I do wrong haha
June 8, 2012 5:42:54 PM

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