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June 18, 2012 5:12:57 PM

This is my first build in a long time. Been using laptops for awhile and I am tired of them. Wanting to get back into a good build.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $2500.00 +/- Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, CD Drives

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Case
Antec P280 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8Q-16GBZH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HHD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, Nivida

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Just need a critique of my parts list and thanks in advance.

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June 18, 2012 5:28:33 PM
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Are you planning on getting a second GTX 670 ? If not then you don't need a 1000w psu and even with two GTX 670's you can power them with a 750w psu so unless you just want that psu because you want it you can save some money by going with a lower wattage psu. But stay with the SeaSonic brand.
Also with getting an Intel Z77 chipset motherboard have you considered the 3770k Ivy Bridge cpu , the reason being is that for the Pci-e 3.0 technology to be used you need the three components to be Pci-e 3.0 compatable. Motherboard , video card and cpu , the Sandy Bridge cpu is not Pci-e 3.0 compatable.
The Samsung 830 256gb SSD is a much better SSD and I have had both and have the Samsung now.
June 18, 2012 7:37:21 PM

inzone said:
Are you planning on getting a second GTX 670 ? If not then you don't need a 1000w psu and even with two GTX 670's you can power them with a 750w psu so unless you just want that psu because you want it you can save some money by going with a lower wattage psu. But stay with the SeaSonic brand.
Also with getting an Intel Z77 chipset motherboard have you considered the 3770k Ivy Bridge cpu , the reason being is that for the Pci-e 3.0 technology to be used you need the three components to be Pci-e 3.0 compatable. Motherboard , video card and cpu , the Sandy Bridge cpu is not Pci-e 3.0 compatable.
The Samsung 830 256gb SSD is a much better SSD and I have had both and have the Samsung now.


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June 19, 2012 5:52:11 AM

Looks good and it's shaping up to be a great build for both photo editing and gaming.
Just noticed your ram being quad channel and your motherboard supports dual channel it's no big deal because for the same price you can still get a 16gb set.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 19, 2012 6:12:00 AM

inzone said:
Looks good and it's shaping up to be a great build for both photo editing and gaming.
Just noticed your ram being quad channel and your motherboard supports dual channel it's no big deal because for the same price you can still get a 16gb set.

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


I just caught that when I was going back over my system making sure all would work together. I also upgraded my Video Card. Again I thank you for your help.
June 19, 2012 3:19:48 PM

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/17
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/18
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/19
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/20

While technicly the GTX 680 is considered an upgrade over the GTX 670 when you benchmark the two side by side with the same games and same settings you can see that the $100 price difference is not worth it.
I don't know what Nvidia is doing with these two cards but it makes no sense to me to have the two cards so close in performance and yet have such a big price difference.
Whenyou run two of both cards in SLI it's a dead heat.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...

When the difference is less then 5 fps or 10 fps that's rediculous and as much as I want to upgrade to the 680 from my 580's I don't know what I'm going to do except wait and see what else comes down the pipe , because I will have a hard time justifying paying $100 more for the 680 and not getting at least 20% more performance than the 670.
June 19, 2012 4:19:20 PM

You know I sometimes assume that more is better. I'll change back the video and do as you and wait. Thanks for posting the links. I have been to the website before.
June 19, 2012 10:38:45 PM

Ok , since it currently makes no sense I have no choice but to wait and see what comes of this and I do feel for those who are jumping on the 680 but since the 280 , 480 , 580 have all been the flagship model it is only natural to think that the 680 is the same but with the benchmarks of the 670 I don't know what they're thinking. You almost can't buy a 680 when the performance of the 670 is so close and yet so much cheaper.
When that card was released I was all set to make plans to get it eventually but when the 670 came out that all changed and now I'm just going to wait and see.
June 30, 2012 3:45:06 AM

Best answer selected by bulkness.
June 30, 2012 3:46:23 AM

All Parts are here now. Will put it together over the weekend. Thanks again inzone.
June 30, 2012 4:21:09 AM

Your welcome and good luck and enjoy building your computer.
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