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June 15, 2012 5:35:59 PM

Hello, I'd like to get more opinions on this build, like if all the components fit and are compatible together! I already used PcPartPicker and checked the compatibility box but I also want professional/expert help on the topic before I go ahead, that's if I do...

Also, is it safe to buy them online, don't wanna get scammed!

FUTURE-PROOF GAMING, DO I NEED A 6 CORE PROCESSOR?

Thank You,


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.80 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($559.93 @ NCIX US)
Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 850W CPX Power Supply ($118.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1490.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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June 15, 2012 5:42:10 PM

What exactly are you going to do with this build? If you are gaming, then an i5 is a much better option than an i7, which is mostly used for heavily-threaded applications. Same goes for the 16 GB of RAM, for gaming 8 GB is enough, for video/photo editing/rendering, then it will be useful. Also, the GTX 670 offers plenty of performance as long as you aren't running triple screens, so I would get that instead of the 680, freeing up money for an 128 GB SSD. Yes, it is safe to buy stuff online as long as it's from a reputable company.
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June 15, 2012 6:01:36 PM

Merueth said:
What exactly are you going to do with this build? If you are gaming, then an i5 is a much better option than an i7, which is mostly used for heavily-threaded applications. Same goes for the 16 GB of RAM, for gaming 8 GB is enough, for video/photo editing/rendering, then it will be useful. Also, the GTX 670 offers plenty of performance as long as you aren't running triple screens, so I would get that instead of the 680, freeing up money for an 128 GB SSD. Yes, it is safe to buy stuff online as long as it's from a reputable company.




Thank you for the info, but I am going for a future proof gaming build, think i5 will last long? because I do not want to keep upgrading every 2 years. I might upgrade every, maybe 4 -5 years. I will however upgrade my Video when needed.

I want to pay once and I want it to last long and even when it's time to upgrade, I don't want to build a whole new computer, I just want to upgrade the outdated unreliable parts.

Thanks.
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June 15, 2012 6:47:55 PM

I would go with Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors instead of the 2nd gen Sandy Bridge. Perhaps the i5-3570K for $229 on newegg. In terms of general future proofing, processor speed for the most part wont make a huge difference these days with respect to everyday computing.

For your graphics card, I would get one that has been shown to run cooler than others in the same class in order to minimize the likelihood of it burning out. Unless you are playing games at 2560x1600 resolution, you are not going to need the best card currently available. If you are already planning to upgrade every two years, go at it with the mentality that a $250 card can play every game currently on the market at max details on 1920x1080 resolution. In two years, if the card is no longer up to the challenge of the current games, upgrade to another $250 card, since you were already planning on upgrading that part anyway.

ordering parts online is safe. i prefer to use newegg, sometimes tiger direct.

with the money saved on the processor and graphics card, definitely get a SSD... the slowest thing in any computer these days is the hard drive, so upgrading to a SSD will make quite a noticeable difference.
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June 15, 2012 7:09:42 PM

snurp85 said:
I would go with Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors instead of the 2nd gen Sandy Bridge. Perhaps the i5-3570K for $229 on newegg. In terms of general future proofing, processor speed for the most part wont make a huge difference these days with respect to everyday computing.

For your graphics card, I would get one that has been shown to run cooler than others in the same class in order to minimize the likelihood of it burning out. Unless you are playing games at 2560x1600 resolution, you are not going to need the best card currently available. If you are already planning to upgrade every two years, go at it with the mentality that a $250 card can play every game currently on the market at max details on 1920x1080 resolution. In two years, if the card is no longer up to the challenge of the current games, upgrade to another $250 card, since you were already planning on upgrading that part anyway.

ordering parts online is safe. i prefer to use newegg, sometimes tiger direct.

with the money saved on the processor and graphics card, definitely get a SSD... the slowest thing in any computer these days is the hard drive, so upgrading to a SSD will make quite a noticeable difference.




Thanks a lot, and does everything seem good and compatible to you? will everything work good and fit in the case, even if I go with the i5? are all the parts good quality ?

Thank you.
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June 16, 2012 4:43:48 AM

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June 16, 2012 12:23:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1529.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

That should allow you to sit back and not upgrade the graphics for a good while, though they may be bottle necked by the CPU.
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June 16, 2012 1:46:20 PM

Merueth said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1529.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

That should allow you to sit back and not upgrade the graphics for a good while, though they may be bottle necked by the CPU.



Thank you very much. So I should go with a better CPU?
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June 16, 2012 1:54:07 PM

No, the i5 is as good as it gets for gaming, and it's doubtful that HT (The advantage the i7 has over the i5) will be used in most games for at least another 2 years.
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June 16, 2012 2:17:10 PM

Merueth said:
No, the i5 is as good as it gets for gaming, and it's doubtful that HT (The advantage the i7 has over the i5) will be used in most games for at least another 2 years.



Oh alright, I just don't want the gpu's to be bottlenecked by the cpu :D 
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