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June 19, 2012 2:33:43 AM

Hi, I'm building a new computer and I was wondering what everyone thought about it. Do all the core pieces complement each other? Is there anything I can improve or is everything okay.

I want this thing to play current and maybe some near future games. I also might want to upgrade the processor to the new ivy bridge at some point so I left that option open.

Here is the link to the build, I also would like to know what type of power supply I would need: http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?...

Thanks

edit: is there any component that may bottleneck the system? I started with the processor and kind of added parts to complement it as best I could.

edit2: Just saw the stickied thread at the top so here it goes:






Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months

Budget Range: 1500-1600 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Current and near future games

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: N/A

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June 19, 2012 3:17:08 AM

Looks pretty good, but if you drop the mobo to an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (which will have virtually no impact on your performance), you can save enough money to bump the GPU to a 670.
Also, only spend that much on the case if you really love its design.
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June 19, 2012 3:19:58 AM

If you are getting the 3570K, you need to be getting a Z77 board. Like kajabla said, get the extreme4.

I still think those 7870's are overpriced. Bump to a 670 or save the cash and go to a 7850.
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June 19, 2012 3:21:25 AM

Thanks for the reply, and noted.

Am I okay with the SSD, 120gb really doesn't seem like much. I was thinking of maybe adding a HDD for music/pictures/moves/etc and leaving the crucial and most used things like Windows 7 on the SSD to take advantage of it's performance.

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June 19, 2012 3:26:49 AM

You definitely want a HDD for storage and such.

For reference, I have a 120GB SSD with windows, office and steam with one game and it's half full. I have a 1tb drive for storage.
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June 19, 2012 3:32:03 AM

Okay, so I dropped the Z68 in favour of the ASrock Z77 Extreme4. I saved around $50. What's the difference between the two? Z68 is older, what exactly does it have to justify the $50 increase from the Z77?

Also what type of power supply should I be looking for? Is an aftermarket cpu cooler a good idea or is the stock unit okay?

I still have to add a good HDD as well. Still looking.
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June 19, 2012 3:33:03 AM

If you're in Canada why are you using Newegg.com? There's a Newegg.ca. I would go with a Crucial m4 instead of ocz vertex 3.
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June 19, 2012 3:36:54 AM

I'm using newegg.ca, I just had problems posting a public wishlist from the Canadian website so I had to use .com

edit: fixed.
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June 19, 2012 3:39:51 AM

Oxxe said:
Okay, so I dropped the Z68 in favour of the ASrock Z77 Extreme4. I saved around $50. What's the difference between the two? Z68 is older, what exactly does it have to justify the $50 increase from the Z77?

Also what type of power supply should I be looking for? Is an aftermarket cpu cooler a good idea or is the stock unit okay?

I still have to add a good HDD as well. Still looking.


Z68 is designed for use with the Sandy Bridge chips. The Z77 chipset is for IB and gives you extra features like PCI-3.0.

For a power supply, stick to Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX. For your build, 550W is plenty. I usually get a little more depending on cost just to have a little breathing room, but don't go over 600ish unless you have plans to SLI down the road. If you intend to SLI, a 750W will do you good.

For HDD, WD caviar blue/black, seagate barracuda or similar. Get a SATA2, no need for a SATA3 drive, it won't utilize the full bandwidth anyway.
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June 20, 2012 1:07:05 AM

^cranked, you're wrong in a few places. Z68 and Z77 both work fine with both IB and SB, and both can use PCI 3.0. There are a couple of minor differences between the platforms, but they're pretty interchangeable. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-virtu-m...
Also, I always support getting a PSU and other parts with SLI/Xfire in mind. A 650W unit serves that purpose.
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