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June 12, 2012 1:28:19 PM

Hello there,

I am ordering my rig next Tuesday/Friday and I wanted to see opinions on the parts and listen to suggestions/alternatives to things that might be better than what I've chosen.
That said I have a relatively flexible budget but I will only spend as much as need be.
On with the show then...

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER:
EVERCOOL TTC-NK35TZ/RPW/V3 95mm Z-AXIS Titan Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2X1600C8B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
GIGABYTE Superb 720 Peak: 720W, Average: 610W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE:
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
I already have tons of these, plus NAS so no need xD

OPTIC DRIVE:
2 of these form previous builds.

Monitor:
I have a friend who doesn't need it anymore... Do I need to buy something better?
23-inch HP 2035 DVI Rotating Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=2335-B

I intend on playing games on 1080p, pretty much everything since fm 2012 to BF3 and some productivity task (which aren't the priority).
BTW how does intel smart response teck work exactly and what hardware do I need to work with it?
Thanks for your help =)

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June 12, 2012 1:43:51 PM

1: upgrade to a asrock extreme4 mother board
2:just get a hyper 212 evo cpu cooler
3: get either a evga ftw 670 or a asus directcu2 top edition 670 card
4: get some gkill or crucial ballistix sport ram. you need low profle ram.
5: for your system get a xfx 550w power supply if you plan to run a single card and not ever upgrade. if you are to upgrade to SLI in the future, get a xfx 750w
6:a crucial m4 128gb SSD is more reliable and cheaper than the force 3



SRT works when you have a large HDD and a small SSD. you use the small ssd (typically 30gb) and set it up as a cache for the hard drive. it is a much cheaper option to get high speed storage without the high price. gigabyte has the easiest SRT software
June 12, 2012 2:11:52 PM

Isn't the mobo kind of a sidegrade even tough it's micro?
Why do I need low profile?
I already have the PSU from a previous build, is it necessary to change?
I'll get a crucial, hyper 212 evo and the ftw then.
Do I benefit from srt even tough my main drive will be an ssd?
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June 12, 2012 2:16:35 PM

1:its not micro. asrock extreme4 is atx.

2: you need low profile to fit big heatsinks

3:the psu will work but it isnt aas efficent as most of the new ones out there rght now

4:you will not benefit from using SRT. since you are getting 128gb ssd, srt wont even work. so yeah since you have a large ssd, you dont need srt
June 12, 2012 2:16:58 PM

srt was meant for regular consumers who cant afford a large ssd
June 12, 2012 2:21:53 PM

Hum ... I see. I know extreme 4 is atx unlike the d3h but does that bring any real benefit?
So if I buy a low capacity ssd I can speed up my HDDs? I have load of games to put in there...
June 12, 2012 2:28:33 PM

I ask because there is a difference of 35€ between the 2 and from what I've seen there is nothing the extreme 4 brings that I benefit from. Then again I do not know what's the downside of microatx
June 12, 2012 2:33:27 PM

i found the extreme 4 for 109.99 pounds
June 12, 2012 2:38:15 PM

Can you please explain? I am buying everything from a friend's store and the difference is 35€ which is not a lot given the build but I would like to know what justifies the difference. Sorry if I seem demanding, that is not my intention, I very much aprecciate the help!
June 12, 2012 3:38:02 PM

there isnt much differnce other than the fact that the full size atx has a couple more expansion slots. it should be an issue if you are only plugging in 1 video card
June 12, 2012 3:54:00 PM

If you need low profile RAM I recommend samsung DIMMs According to the reviews, they have great overclocking potential as well.
June 12, 2012 6:31:58 PM

It is an issue if I only plug one video card? I don't understand, shoudn't it be the other way around? Anyway I don't like crossfire or sli... Too much heat and MS.
June 12, 2012 6:34:49 PM

That ram is CL 11... Do I need to go from cl 8 to cl 11 just to get low profile?
June 12, 2012 7:46:00 PM

no. any generic low profile ram will have various timings. get mushkin blackline as they are low profile and have cl9 timings. the samsung one is also great as people say that they are easily overclocked
June 12, 2012 10:32:12 PM

Ok thanks for your help!! :bounce: 
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