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June 15, 2012 12:16:43 PM

Hi there

I'm about to build a new PC but want some opinions and brands and models. Here is what I'm looking at getting

CPU i7 gen3 3770k
Motherboard. Undecided either Gigabit Z68XP-UD3 or ASUS MAXIMUS V-GENE s 115 gen3 or Asus P8Z68-DELUXE-GEN3 s1155
Ram G.SKILL 8G Kits (4Gx2) DDR3 2133MHz
Corsair H100 water cooler for CPU
Antec true 1200w over locking power supply unit
Graphics cards gigabyte gtx 580 x2
Case antec df 85
HHD's 1x corsair 120gb ssd
1x WD 2TB sata 3

If you think anything else would be better let me know

Cheers
Taza

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 15, 2012 12:29:27 PM

Hi.. if gaming is your primary concern, go with an i5. The difference of the i7 is that they have HyperThreading, which allows the CPU to "pretend" to have more cores than it actually does have. No game now, nor likely ever in the future will be programmed to use this technology. (Since BF3 multiplayer is pretty much the only game right now that can even use all 4 cores of a quad, let alone hyperthreading)

I don't think you need 1200 watts for this build, I'd consider something a little cheaper like a Corsair TX850v2 PSU.

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

As far as motherboards, how about an Asus Sabertooth? They're great
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 15, 2012 12:38:05 PM

Thanks for that but I was thinking that psu for future and was only audio 300 and the CPU is only 360. Will I not notice the diff in the CPU? Also what about i7 Gen 2?3960x sandy bridge s. This seems to have the best specs

Also want this system for my partners photography business which she does a lot of edit ting and rendering

Taza
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June 15, 2012 1:15:40 PM

Taza said:
Thanks for that but I was thinking that psu for future and was only audio 300 and the CPU is only 360. Will I not notice the diff in the CPU? Also what about i7 Gen 2?3960x sandy bridge s. This seems to have the best specs

Also want this system for my partners photography business which she does a lot of edit ting and rendering

Taza


the 3960x is great, but is also a $1k chip and a completely different socket, if your gonna spend that much, your already into highend territory and might as well go all out.

you need to do a lot more research before you end up puttin together a mismatched rig.
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June 15, 2012 1:27:56 PM

rabbito said:
the 3960x is great, but is also a $1k chip and a completely different socket, if your gonna spend that much, your already into highend territory and might as well go all out.

you need to do a lot more research before you end up puttin together a mismatched rig.


Fair call mate.

Yea not wanting to spend $1k on cpu

But as for what I'm looking at is it any good/suggestions

Taza
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June 15, 2012 1:29:38 PM

Buying dual 580s is nuts, you can get a cheap 670s for the same price which will have better performance and draw less power.

How many monitors will you be running?
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June 15, 2012 1:35:59 PM

willzzz said:
Buying dual 580s is nuts, you can get a cheap 670s for the same price which will have better performance and draw less power.

How many monitors will you be running?


Reason for 580's got them for au $340ea and wanting to run 3monitors via HDMI hopefully looking at Philips 1ms 27in's

Tazs
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 15, 2012 1:41:42 PM

If you do a lot of photo rendering and that sort of stuff, then yes, an i7 would be in order. I personally would take Sandy Bridge over Ivy if getting a "K" CPU. Ivy Bridge offers almost no improvement over sandy bridge, costs more, gets a lot hotter under overclocking conditions, and while at idle uses less power than Sandy, there is almost zero difference under overclocking conditions. Although my biggest concern is the heat issue. I'd be looking at a SB 2700K as your best option for an overclockable i7.

As far future proofing the power supply, the Corsair TX 850v2s come with a 5 year warranty, have MORE than enough power to handle 2 GTX 580s and an overclocked Sandy or Ivy. You will also find as technology advances, such as the trend over the past few years, components will become more powerful and use LESS power, not the other way around. If 850 watts is enough today (and believe me it is), then tomorrow it will still be fine.

And I cant argue with you, dual GTX 580s would be awesome if you can afford it, go for it.
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June 15, 2012 1:45:53 PM

Oh well that is a good price indeed, cheapest I could find was au $498.
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June 15, 2012 1:57:33 PM

Can't seem to find a SB 2700K i7 in Australia. I'm guess its now superceeded by ivy bridge now. Oh well
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June 15, 2012 2:11:45 PM

Seems to be only $60 difference between the 2700k and 3770k. What the new 3770s says new
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 15, 2012 2:40:07 PM

Yea. really all of them will get the job done, my only concerns about Ivy are the ones I stated, its not to say its a "bad CPU", I just think Intel was slightly daft to have the audacity to barely improve it at best, and at worst, make it.. well worse than their last generation and slap a higher price tag on it.

Get used to it though, AMD is probably on their way out, hello Intel charging whatever they want in yet another Microsoft-style monoarchy.
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June 21, 2012 7:13:16 AM

ok these are the 3 options i have

system 1 socket 1155 z77

MB gigabyte Z77X-UD5H $268.00
CPU intel i7 3770k $389.00
RAM G.Skill 8G Kit 2133mhz Ripjaws-X2 $150.00
PSU Antec HCG 900 $150.00
CASE Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 $171.00
W/COOLING Corsair H100 $150.00
SSD Patriot SATA3 PYRO(SF-2281) 120GB $118.00
HHD Seagate SATA3 2TB(ST2000DM001) $119.00
GPU 2G GTX 670 Gigabyte $509.00
DVD Lite-on $21.00

Total $2,045.00
system 2 socket 2011

MB Asus P9X79-Pro $339.00
CPU i7-3930K $599.00
RAM 8G Kit 2400(4Gx2) G.Skill Ripjaws-Z $224.00
PSU Antec HCG 900 $150.00
CASE Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 $171.00
W/COOLING Corsair H100 $150.00
SSD Patriot SATA3 PYRO(SF-2281) 120GB $118.00
HHD Seagate SATA3 2TB(ST2000DM001) $119.00
GPU 2G GTX 670 Gigabyte $509.00
DVD Lite-on $21.00

Total $2,400.00

system 3 AMD AM3+

MB AM3+ x8 FX-8150 $229.00
CPU Fatal1ty 990FX-Pro $205.00
RAM 8G Kit 1866 Patriot Viper-XtremeDiv.2 x2 $130.00
PSU Antec HCG 900 $150.00
CASE Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 $171.00
W/COOLING Corsair H100 $150.00
SSD Patriot SATA3 PYRO(SF-2281) 120GB $118.00
HHD Seagate SATA3 2TB(ST2000DM001) $119.00
GPU 2G GTX 670 Gigabyte $509.00
DVD Lite-on $21.00

Total $1,802.00

any changes or recomendations welcome guys im just not sure what to get.... love gaming and my partner is a photographer so we want a hi end system that last a few years

cheers
Taza
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 21, 2012 4:46:40 PM

My vote is build number 3.
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July 1, 2012 4:26:07 AM

Best answer selected by Taza.
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