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June 8, 2012 10:31:36 PM

This is my first time building a computer and I want your guys advice on if these parts are good enough or if you know something better. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of June or July

Budget Range: 2500 but can go up if necessary

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video rendering (youtube commentating so want to be able to render multiple vvideos at once and do other stuff also), Gaming, surfing the internet and watching vids

Parts Not Required: Already have a Cyborg RAT 7 Mouse, Logitech G110 Keyboard, and Asus VH232H Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I usually check newegg, tigerdirect, and amazon and see who has what in stock and who is cheaper.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, nvidia, and full tower case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Believe is it is 1920 X 1080 (Asus VH232H)

Additional Comments: Just what I wrote in preferred uses but I may seem to be going big on some parts since I want to get the best of everything now and barely upgrade in the future. Also I plan to get a 2 year warranty on everything I purchase.

Here are the parts I was looking at:

Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower (actually getting from amazon since it is cheaper): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 3770 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS Maximus VI (other motherboard interested in)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zoltac nvidia GTX 680- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G Skills Ripjaw 16 GB Ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Onyx Series 32 GB SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar 2 TB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If anyone knows I should switch a part like th HDD I want or wants to recommend something better for cheaper or etc. please do. I am thinking of buying the case and the motherboard and SSD soon since I have enough money for them.

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June 8, 2012 10:40:24 PM

If your going to spend $300+ on a board then you might as well get one that runs dual cards @ x16 like these boards do down below. Look for a 240GB - 256GB SATA 3 SSD also.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $339.99
ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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June 8, 2012 10:42:31 PM

You need an optical drive.


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June 8, 2012 10:52:14 PM

Why_Me said:
If your going to spend $300+ on a board then you might as well get one that runs dual cards @ x16 like these boards do down below. Look for a 240GB - 256GB SATA 3 SSD also.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $339.99
ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
+1 i have try both those mobo there solid ;) 
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June 8, 2012 10:54:42 PM

:Asus MAXIMUS IV EXTREME-Z is also solid i currently have that motherboard it's a overclocking beast!But,you have to have hope you are lucky and get a good cpu not all are the same :( 
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June 8, 2012 11:02:57 PM

I also forgot to mention that I need a Power Supply but am unsure of what to get. Is it worth it to get those fancy mobos or to stick with the cheaper one with Thermal Armor. I don't plan to overclock my first time around so something that does not need overclocking would be fine for me.

Also I forgot to add that I need a DVD burner.
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June 8, 2012 11:04:46 PM

HAF-X is a pretty good case, but it's getting a bit "long in the tooth". At your budget, I lean to the Thermaltake Level 10 GT and the Corsair 500R.

Sabertooth is a superb MoBo. Save some bucks with the combos .....

With Phanteks CPU cooler -$20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

With 3770k -$15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

No overclocking ?????

Forget the Zotac, this is the 680 you want.
ASUS GTX680DCII TOP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-680-asus...

RAM I'd buy before the GSkills (4 x 4GB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I'd do twin 8GB's first

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - 32 GB SSD kinda useless and at $1.62 per GB its awfully expensive. You should consider 120 GB the minimum size for practical purposes......bigger if video editing. For longevity, speed and price, nothing touched the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe

120 GB @ $0.83 per GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

240 GB @ $0.81 per GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Again for video editing, I'd want the Barracuda XT or new Go-Flex Drives

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Also I plan to get a 2 year warranty on everything I purchase.


The warrantees are what they are ..... 3rd party warrantees are not worth the paper they are written on.

Ya will need an optical drive....this Asus one plays Blue Ray for $58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a PSU .....

Corsair HX850 $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternate case / PSU Combo

$120 Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140 Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
$160 Antec 1200 V3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 8, 2012 11:06:43 PM

santaeid said:
I also forgot to mention that I need a Power Supply but am unsure of what to get. Is it worth it to get those fancy mobos or to stick with the cheaper one with Thermal Armor. I don't plan to overclock my first time around so something that does not need overclocking would be fine for me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
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June 8, 2012 11:16:56 PM

AX850, best 850W PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 16/32GB, those XM3 and Muskin were cheap

You should get a normal disc drive, and a blue ray disc drive. Blue rays are much slower, so when you're using a normal disc you'll want to use the normal drive. Get an Asus 2B3ST drive, and blue ray of your choice.
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June 8, 2012 11:30:34 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
+1 to this don't get the AX850 it's 200 bucks and not needed there both made by seasonic so save yourself some money and go with Why_Me pick for PSU. ;) 
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June 8, 2012 11:33:14 PM

Thanks for the help guys but I have 2 questions.

Anyone else recommend the Thermaltake level 10 GT over the Cooler Master HAF X. I mean there is a price diff of about 80 bucks (got haf x for 169.99) and want to make sure from people mroe knowledgebale then me if it really is worth it. I plan to most likely keep the case for a long time since I believe it is a component not needed to bought with every upgrade.

Also i was looking up and saw this case for cheaper than the HAF X and it seems better (any opinions?):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 8, 2012 11:42:54 PM

santaeid said:
Thanks for the help guys but I have 2 questions.

Anyone else recommend the Thermaltake level 10 GT over the Cooler Master HAF X. I mean there is a price diff of about 80 bucks (got haf x for 169.99) and want to make sure from people mroe knowledgebale then me if it really is worth it. I plan to most likely keep the case for a long time since I believe it is a component not needed to bought with every upgrade.

Also i was looking up and saw this case for cheaper than the HAF X and it seems better (any opinions?):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is Cooler Master's latest case and they gave it all the latest goodies. It has the HAF X beat imo and beat good.

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

*** Optional side and top fan for that case.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $16.46 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red) 200mm LED Megaflow
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June 8, 2012 11:42:54 PM

santaeid said:
Thanks for the help guys but I have 2 questions.

Anyone else recommend the Thermaltake level 10 GT over the Cooler Master HAF X. I mean there is a price diff of about 80 bucks (got haf x for 169.99) and want to make sure from people mroe knowledgebale then me if it really is worth it. I plan to most likely keep the case for a long time since I believe it is a component not needed to bought with every upgrade.

Also i was looking up and saw this case for cheaper than the HAF X and it seems better (any opinions?):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I personally would go with the Haf X or COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper over Thermaltake level 10 GT anyday
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June 8, 2012 11:44:25 PM

I'd stick with the HAF, it's coolermaster's top case, you can't go wrong, it's a real solid, premium case.
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June 8, 2012 11:46:30 PM

GeForce6 said:
I'd stick with the HAF, it's coolermaster's top case, you can't go wrong, it's a real solid, premium case.

The only advantage the HAF X has these days is it will fit EATX boards for tri SLI. Otherwise it's dated.
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June 8, 2012 11:49:15 PM

I am leaning towards the CM storm trooper series since it is cheaper than the HAF X and has just as many features. I am now stuck with the HAF XM and the Storm trooper. Not sure which one is better although it seems they both are excellent. This s gonna be ahrd to decide
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June 8, 2012 11:51:45 PM

Do you care if it's mid tower ?Or do you want full tower?
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June 8, 2012 11:56:30 PM

Maybe get troopa then
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June 8, 2012 11:58:28 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Do you care if it's mid tower ?Or do you want full tower?


Not sure if there is a differencec. I just assumed full tower meant it was bigger and therefore had naturally better airflow and space to put stuff but it seems that both the HAF XM and the Storm Trooper are both of the same size yet HAF XM is mid size and Storm is full.

Also it seems that the storm is just slightly better with a wee bit more room for stuff. Would the sabertooth mobo and cpu fit in either? I believe so.
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June 9, 2012 12:00:44 AM

santaeid said:
Not sure if there is a differencec. I just assumed full tower meant it was bigger and therefore had naturally better airflow and space to put stuff but it seems that both the HAF XM and the Storm Trooper are both of the same size yet HAF XM is mid size and Storm is full.

Also it seems that the storm is just slightly better with a wee bit more room for stuff. Would the sabertooth mobo and cpu fit in either? I believe so.

It would fit both i am not sure which is better though sorry i think just pick which one you like best ;) 
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June 9, 2012 12:25:03 AM

I am getting the storm trooper because it is a full tower size for that extra room that will come in handy. I also plan to buy the mobo now also since i have the money.
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June 9, 2012 12:29:59 AM

Cool good choices!
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June 9, 2012 1:26:30 AM

Just bought a Steelseries 9HD mousepad (I hope Amazon does not hate me for my returns lately but I have returned a Cyborg gaming keyboard, a Razer Vespula, and a Darth maul bobblehead). I say this because I have used plastic and think it will do better. If not then I will try a cloth one and then stick to just using a bix textbook.

Also bought the Storm Trooper Case and the Intel Core i7 Processor. It was 10 bucks more than the newegg one but my dad offered to pay for some stuff so I thought why not splurge and get it now before he changes his mind.
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June 9, 2012 1:37:43 AM

santaeid said:
Just bought a Steelseries 9HD mousepad (I hope Amazon does not hate me for my returns lately but I have returned a Cyborg gaming keyboard, a Razer Vespula, and a Darth maul bobblehead). I say this because I have used plastic and think it will do better. If not then I will try a cloth one and then stick to just using a bix textbook.

Also bought the Storm Trooper Case and the Intel Core i7 Processor. It was 10 bucks more than the newegg one but my dad offered to pay for some stuff so I thought why not splurge and get it now before he changes his mind.
:lol:  cool
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June 9, 2012 3:24:32 AM

Anyone know if I should get 32 GB ram and if taht will help with rendering multiple videos. I am defintly going to get 16 but wonderinf if more is better or not.
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June 9, 2012 3:50:01 AM

santaeid said:
Anyone know if I should get 32 GB ram and if taht will help with rendering multiple videos. I am defintly going to get 16 but wonderinf if more is better or not.
16gb is more than enough. ;) 
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June 9, 2012 4:04:37 AM

Okay thanks. I got the bluray and DVD burner since I am only rendering for youtube so I do not need to burn it.
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June 13, 2012 11:11:34 PM

So does it make a difference if I get RAM as 4 X 4 GB or 2 X 8 GB or does it not make a difference?
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