Intel i7 Ivy Bridge Build (Advice is greatly appreciated)

Approximate Purchase Date: Before August

Budget Range: $1,100 to $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, HTPC, Web Browsing)

Parts Not Required: N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:

CPU: Intel (Preferably i7 3770k)
Currently Sold Out


Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (Black)

MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth Z77

SSD: SanDisk 120 GB 6gb/s (Already Purchased for $99.99)

Case: Cooler Master: Storm Stryker (Released Beginning of July) (White Storm Trooper with Window)

PSU: Cooler Master

Monitor: Not Sure

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I don't know yet
Additional Comments: Watercooling?

Also, I am wanting to send a HDMI out to my Panasonic 42" 1080p Plasma TV, and use 2 DVI monitors with Extended Desktop across all three, but only play a game on either the HDTV, or on the two monitors. Is this possible?

Thanks!!! :)
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  1. If you don't plan to use the PC for anything that can utilize HT (Photoshop, etc.) you shouldn't get an i7, as it is virtually useless in terms of FPS during games.

    Also, putting N/A in the parts not required section tells me nothing. List down everything you have already to use in this build (i.e. OS, Monitor, etc.).
  2. +1.

    Get a GTX 670.
  3. Assuming you have an OS,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.12 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.85 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1379.87
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-10 16:52 EDT-0400)

    Ignore the Microcenter link,just get it from Newegg. If you really want the i7, I left some headroom for you to get it if you really want it.
  4. :hello: By N/A I meant I am going to need everything but a monitor. Also this is kind of a hobby build, so most everything is going to be a bit overboard... Here are all of the parts I selected. The Processor, Motherboard, and Case will most likely not change.

    CPU: Intel Core i7 3770k (3rd Gen) LGA 1155
    Sold Out
    MoBo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155, DDR3, RAID, 6Gb/s Sata, SLI Ready, Optical Audio, USB 3.0 $240
    GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670
    PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800 Watt - Modular $148
    Ram: Corsair Venegance 8GB 1866 MHZ $65
    Blu-Ray: LG Blu-Ray Burner WH12LS39K $70
    SSD: SanDisk Extreme 120 GB 6GB/s SATA III $100
    HDD: WD Caviar Green 750GB, 6GB/s SATA III (Not Necessary at Time of Build)
    Case: Cooler Master: Storm Stryker (Est. $160)
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100? (Not Necessary at Time of Build)

    Items in bold can be changed.

    Total (w/o CPU Cooler): $1,587.91 (Without Shipping)

    It's a bit over budget, but what isn't these days... :lol:

    I am trying to say this without sounding like a jerk. :lol:
  5. That i7 won't benefit you in gaming for at least 5 or 10 years, so IMO i think you should rechoose. It is an 8 core actually and is way more powerful than you expect, also heats up more than the Sandy Bridge.
  6. This build has been done for four months mate. The i7 worked out perfectly because I have recently started doing some video editing and photoshop work. It is a four core processor with hyper threading so it looks like 8 cores in the OS, but hyper threading in most cases isn't beneficial, but sometimes it still is.
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