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June 22, 2012 6:37:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 6/25

Budget Range: 1500-2000 USD Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
System Will Primarily be used for Gaming: BF3 and Batman : Arkham City with Some photo editing/Video Transcoding

Parts Not Required:
Already have keyboard, mouse, OS (Win7 Ultimate), monitor (1600 x 1200), case (Antec P182), speakers, gaming headset, 1TB WD Black 7200rpm data drive, 1 DVD+/-RW
Also trying to see if I can re-use my Power Supply: Corsair HX 520W

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA
Parts Preferences: I’m partial to Intel and my previous builds have used Gigabyte and Asus MBs.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe : Don’t think I have enough cash right now to support that. Will consider it when I upgrade my monitor to 1920 x 1200 or higher.

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments:
Here is my NewEgg Wish List
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Parts I’ve Decided on:
Intel Core i7-3770K
Intel 520 Series 180GB SSD
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC TwinFrozr

The parts I’m stuck on the ones that usually give me trouble in a build, MB and RAM

Is this the best Ram I should be targeting, or should I move up to 1867? Also what kind of timings should I be looking for in 1600 vs. 1867?
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (8-8-8-24) DDR3-1600

The motherboards I’m looking at are:
Intel DZ77GA70K
MSI Z77A-GD65
ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H

Suggestions: Good/Bad?

Finally I’m debating between re-using my tower heatsink:

Thermalright Ultra-120 w/ a 120mm silenx fan (will need to get an 1155 mount kit, ~$14 on Amazon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

vs. an All-In-One water cooler like:

Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro

Thoughts? Will the water cooler be much better than my current heatsink/fan combo?

Also, with this configuration do you believe the 520W PS I have is good enough, or should I upgrade to a 750W version to give me headroom ?

Thanks for any help.

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June 22, 2012 7:06:40 AM

That Thermalright cooler will do just fine but that Asus board you have up there doesn't support SLI. Also here's a board I would look at in that price range. It cleaned up on a review done on it here on Toms.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $514.98 save: $10.00
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <---- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

That Intel SSD is over priced. This Sandisk down below utilizes the Toggle Nand SF controller and it pretty much a steal for that price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $61.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015
June 22, 2012 6:51:53 PM

The Asus board doesn't do SLI?

I see two PCIe Gen3 slots (x16/0 x8/x8) with an SLI Bridge inclucded. I just want to make sure I'm not missing something as I shop for the system.

I've never worked with ASRock boards before. Is their BIOS/UEFI good?
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June 22, 2012 6:58:05 PM

It does run CF/SLI..
June 22, 2012 8:00:04 PM

azeem40 said:
It does run CF/SLI..

My bad, Iv'e never seen that board...by the look of the amount of reviews (one) it must be fairly new on the market. I was thinking the Asus Z77 LE, but his LE Plus...that's a new one on me.
June 22, 2012 8:10:39 PM

with that cash you could easily afford an SLI configuration, although your currently selected graphics card is way overpowered for that monitor. I would personally get a 1920x1080 monitor.

DEFINITELY want to upgrade that power supply-- my Corsair TX 650 runs a GTX 670 fine, but i would go with a 750 or 850 for some headroom and future upgrades. Also look for a modular PSU for better cable management when putting it all together.
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