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June 7, 2012 10:16:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Hey sorry this is a another post by me, but the last build was the wrong Wishlist from newegg.

Any help i would greatly appreciate =) First Time builder

This is the correct wishlist
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

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June 7, 2012 10:52:33 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $33.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $479.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-480G-G25 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $430
GTX 670

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- GTX 670 review w/benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,769.92 *not including shipping & rebates
June 7, 2012 11:34:12 AM

The build Why_Me suggested is good. I would change the following though.

I would get a gold-rated PSU with that kind of budget. Something like the Corsair AX750.

I would get 256 Gb SSD max. I don't see needing more than that for boot drive + important programs.
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June 7, 2012 11:43:46 AM

Agree with ^^.

If you don't mind shopping at Tigerdirect, they have Samsung 830 SSD onsale atm. 256 GB for 200 bucks free shipping, its today only so hurry up before its out of stock.
If you want more space, add a 2nd Samsung 830 256 GB SSD for another 200 bucks which make it 512 GB total and Raid 0 it to double the speed for 400 bucks total free shipping.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

In case you are wondering about the performance of the Samsung 830 SSD mentioned above, it is among the fastest of all SSD available on the market. It belongs to Tier 2 according to Tom's SSD Performance chart. And for the price, the Samsung 830 rarely goes below 250 bucks for 256 GB due to the high performance and high reliability. If you are curious, it is faster than the famous Crucial M4 which everyone here on this forum usually recommends. Just to show you how good the 200 bucks for 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD deal is at the moment. I would grab 2 of those in a heart beat if I don't already own 2 Patriot Wildfire.
June 7, 2012 11:50:28 AM

Is it better to go with a solid state drive over your normal hard drive?
June 7, 2012 11:52:38 AM

lostzombie said:
Is it better to go with a solid state drive over your normal hard drive?


You need both. SSD is for boot up drive to boot up onto windows and load applications/games faster. Normal HDD is for storage, store your videos, audios, movies etc. Since SSD is still considerably more expensive per GB than traditional HDD, it is more efficient to do it this way so that you can get the best of both worlds.
June 7, 2012 11:54:55 AM

No, I would not use SSD's for simple storage. In this setup, like in the one Why_Me suggested, you will get 2 drives: (1) SSD, (2) HDD.

You will use the HDD strictly for storage and other programs you don't want in your SSD.

The SSD, you will use to store your OS and other programs you want to boot faster.
June 7, 2012 11:58:02 AM

Ahh ok thanks, I've only used HDD before.
June 7, 2012 7:42:10 PM

lostzombie said:
Is it better to go with a solid state drive over your normal hard drive?

I might have went a bit over board with the SSD in your build. As others have stated a 240GB - 256GB SSD would suffice just fine...although Iv'e waited for awhile now for someone with a budget like yours to fit one of those big ol SSD's in. :D 

If your looking for a psu with more efficiency then have a look at this XFX down below. It's manufactured by Seasonic.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $137.99
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply



Either of these SSD's are top of the line and it's a coin toss to say which one to choose.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
June 7, 2012 7:48:07 PM

I've been making some adjustments to the build I posted before. Like the mobo,psu and drives, I read alot of reviews that the ivy bridge i5 3570 runs really hot and if you're thinking of running it O.C. To go liquid cooled. Is this true?
June 7, 2012 7:50:59 PM

Why_Me said:


Either of these SSD's are top of the line and it's a coin toss to say which one to choose.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3B/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


Yup, both of those are good choices. If I had to choose between the two though I would get the Plextor M3. It uses a Marvell controller while Kingston uses a Sandforce controller. You wouldn't have to worry if you are going to have issues with it being a Sandforce SSD. That's just me though. :) 
June 7, 2012 8:08:16 PM

lostzombie said:
I've been making some adjustments to the build I posted before. Like the mobo,psu and drives, I read alot of reviews that the ivy bridge i5 3570 runs really hot and if you're thinking of running it O.C. To go liquid cooled. Is this true?

The 3570K doesn't o/c as high as the 2500K but that's not an issue with a gaming build seeing how you can easily get to 4.2Ghz on that 3570K without giving it any voltage. A 3570K is pretty much the equivalent of a 2500K running @ 4.4Ghz. That and over clocking any of these 1155 cpu's doesn't net you much gain in the FPS dept.


http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- notice the difference in FPS with stock vs 4.7Ghz. It's maybe 1-2 more FPS.

June 7, 2012 8:58:42 PM

So basically it's pointless to O/C the 3570K cause it already runs at 4.2ghz, Plus if you're running SLI you could just O/C those to possibly get some higher FPS. correct?
June 7, 2012 9:06:20 PM

lostzombie said:
So basically it's pointless to O/C the 3570K cause it already runs at 4.2ghz, Plus if you're running SLI you could just O/C those to possibly get some higher FPS. correct?

Exactly! You figured out in a matter of a few minutes what a lot of posters that have been giving advice on here for the past year or more still don't get. Although a mild o/c to 4.2Ghz is easy to do and you can say you o/c your cpu. That and you don't have to give it any extra voltage. That would move your turbo up also to something like 4.5Ghz or maybe even a little more.

June 7, 2012 9:09:56 PM

lostzombie said:
So basically it's pointless to O/C the 3570K cause it already runs at 4.2ghz, Plus if you're running SLI you could just O/C those to possibly get some higher FPS. correct?


No. The i5 3570k runs at 3.4 GHz (and up to 3.8 GHz with turbo boost but you don't really have to know this info). You can overclock the 3570 k to 4.2 GHz easily which is about as fast as a 2500k running at 4.5 GHz. If you overclock the 3570k over that 4.2 GHz speed, heat issues happen because you would have to increase the voltage of the cpu which it does not tolerate well.

To get higher fps, you could overclock your GPU as in games, this is what limits you. It does not necessarily have to be in an SLI configuration though.
June 7, 2012 9:20:16 PM

So if I really wanted to O/C my CPU, it would be better to run a 2500K at 4.5GHz or run a 3570K stock?
June 7, 2012 9:20:43 PM

better to run as in Less heat issues
June 7, 2012 9:30:09 PM

lostzombie said:
So if I really wanted to O/C my CPU, it would be better to run a 2500K at 4.5GHz or run a 3570K stock?


both those choices will not have heat issues.
June 7, 2012 9:43:17 PM

Sorry, my boss said stock order and I typed out stock. What i meant was is there more of a heat issue O/Cing the 3570K more then a sandy 2500K to 4.5k?
June 7, 2012 9:56:44 PM

lostzombie said:
So if I really wanted to O/C my CPU, it would be better to run a 2500K at 4.5GHz or run a 3570K stock?

You can easily o/c the 3570K to 4.2Ghz without giving it any voltage. A 3570K o/c @ 4.2Ghz runs on par with a 2500K o/c @ 4.4Ghz.
June 7, 2012 10:04:56 PM

lostzombie said:
Sorry, my boss said stock order and I typed out stock. What i meant was is there more of a heat issue O/Cing the 3570K more then a sandy 2500K to 4.5k?


To overclock a CPU, you increase the CPU multipliers in order to increase the speed. If you increase the speed too much however, it will require more power to run at the faster speed, which will cause instabilities. To stabilize your system, you would need to add more voltage to your CPU.

Ivy Bridge does not tolerate that added voltage very well which is why it gets hotter. You can OC the Ivy Bridge up to 4.2 GHz without adding voltage. Hence, there will not be heat issues. Speed-wise, that will be the equivalent of an i5 2500k at 4.5 GHz. To get the IB past the 4.2 GHz mark, you would have to add more voltage where heat becomes a problem.

Sandy Bridge, however, does not have this issue and is therefore easier to OC.

So, its your pick. If you do, however, decide to get the i5 2500k instead I would change the MoBo to the Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3.
June 7, 2012 10:20:18 PM

I wasn't really planning on going to extreme with O/C the CPU, that's why i was planning on going with the 3570K but i read about heat issues and everything when O/Cing it.

Didnt know you could go to 4.2GHz without adding voltage.
June 7, 2012 10:51:47 PM

lostzombie said:
As For the MoBo. Is there much of a difference between these two?

I'm reading the specs and nothing is really catching the eye.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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...

The extreme6 is a full size ATX and has larger heat sinks but other than that there isn't a whole lot of difference between those two boards.
June 7, 2012 11:09:59 PM

oh ok i see it now, thanks for the all the info and help @why_me. Greatly appreciated
June 7, 2012 11:18:58 PM

Did you grab the Samsung 830 256 GB for 200 bucks at Tigerdirect? Its out of stock now.
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