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June 18, 2012 11:00:55 PM

Apevia ATX-WA1100W Warlock 1100-Watt ATX Power Supply - SLI and Crossfire Ready, 135mm Fan, Clear Sides

Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (2x 8GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, XMP Ready, Unbuffered

Gigabyte GV-N680OC-2GD GeForce GTX 680 Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0, 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, DirectX 11, SLI Ready, Overclocked

Intel Core i7-3770 BX80637i73770 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Retail

MSI Z77A-G45 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2667MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready

Samsung MZ-7PC064B/WW 830 Series 2.5" 64GB Solid State Drive - 64GB, SATA, SATA III-6Gb/s, Up to 160MB/s, Up to 75K, Up to 16K, 2.5"

Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3TB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 3.5", 7200RPM, 64MB


mostly just casual gaming, one screen 1920x1080 res, and i want something tough enough to last at least 4-5 years.. I'd also like it to be powerful enough to be able to screen capture at the same time for youtube videos and such.. im not much of an OC so i didnt go with the unlocked version of this CPU which costs ~ 30 bucks more. All in all the system costs about 1500$.. Any changes that should be made? And i was wondering whether a water cooler would be worth it when im not OC.

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June 18, 2012 11:04:47 PM

also if anyone might suggest a website where i may be able to buy the HAF X 923 ( or 932 dono which) Nvdia edition, and maybe suggest what other parts i may need would help a lot thanks :) 
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June 18, 2012 11:15:08 PM

I don't think you'll need an 1100W PSU. Unless you plan on getting another GTX 680.

64 GB SSD is fine if you wanna run windows off it but, prices are falling rapidly on bigger drives. I just saw a Crucial M4 256 GB SSD for $179 here on Tom's Hardware.

That's Windows + quite a few games that you currently play. Then storage on the 3TB Drive.

Get a smaller PSU, put some extra money into a bigger SSD, otherwise I think you're golden.

Also, don't spend your money on a water cooler if you're not OCing. Intel's new chips from 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge & newer run cooler, so I think you'll be fine.
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June 18, 2012 11:21:07 PM

tiger6k said:
I don't think you'll need an 1100W PSU. Unless you plan on getting another GTX 680.

64 GB SSD is fine if you wanna run windows off it but, prices are falling rapidly on bigger drives. I just saw a Crucial M4 256 GB SSD for $179 here on Tom's Hardware.

That's Windows + quite a few games that you currently play. Then storage on the 3TB Drive.

Get a smaller PSU, put some extra money into a bigger SSD, otherwise I think you're golden.

Also, don't spend your money on a water cooler if you're not OCing. Intel's new chips from 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge & newer run cooler, so I think you'll be fine.


Not only is the 1100W PSU not necessary, Apevia's power supplies are the some of the worst crap you can get anywhere. Flat out garbage.

This is a far better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I definitely agree about the water cooler but for gaming the 3770 isn't needed either - go with the i5-3570K instead and an Z77 motherboard.

What's the budget? I could suggest a far better system if I knew that.
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June 18, 2012 11:23:55 PM

Well his current system is $1500. I'm sure we could get that way lower.
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June 18, 2012 11:25:25 PM

budget is around 1500-1800 and i selected the ivy bridge (i7) for longevity. The motherboard selected is indeed a Z77 chipset and i had no idea Apevia was crap
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June 18, 2012 11:41:11 PM

CPU - If your gaming only, then go for a 3570K as the 3770K doesn't yield much improvement over a 3570K. The only real performance increase you'll see is in heavily multi-threaded apps or video rendering -- the 3770K is equipped with a robust Intel HD 4000 integrated GPU.

GPU - You're GOLDEN

PSU- Unless your looking to SLI, there's no point in going that high -- the i7 and 680 and equipped with very energy-efficient processes that suck in WAY LESS power whilst increasing performance, so you won't need all those watts.

SSD - Get a cheaper PSU and put that cash towards a good SSD as prices are rapidly plummeting for SSDs.

Other than all that your Golden.
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June 18, 2012 11:45:01 PM

Last Prophet said:
budget is around 1500-1800 and i selected the ivy bridge (i7) for longevity. The motherboard selected is indeed a Z77 chipset and i had no idea Apevia was crap


They are. In addition to making junk cases that fall apart easily, their PSUs are some of the worst around - the other day I was working on a system with an Apevia case where the door fell off and the PSU was using neon green cables. For gaming - you won't need the hyperthreading features of the i7-3770K. It will be years before games will take advantage of that technology and by then there will be something better to come along.

For $1500 here's what I would recommend:

Case: NZXT Switch 810 - $169.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - $144.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $87.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600MHz 1.5V - $56.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $129.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $129.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1497.89
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