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June 22, 2012 10:36:21 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 2000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet browsing, watching videos, streaming, editing videos

Parts Not Required: Monitor "i use my 67" HD tv", mouse "i have a razor mamba", keyboard "using a logitech"

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Site with best prices

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Good quality parts

Overclocking: No clue what this means

SLI or Crossfire: No clue what this means

Monitor Resolution: 1080P

Additional Comments: I'm looking to build my very first computer, I don't do any gaming on the computer, but i do a lot of research on it, and would like a very fast pc that can do many things at once. I watch a lot of podcasts and my computer seems pretty slow for this. I also watch a lot of youtube vids. I occasionally do some broadcasting/podcasts.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2012 11:19:27 PM

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 14X Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW BH14NS40
$128.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.99 and a $19 mail in rebate makes it $79.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$234.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$12.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$215.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
$95.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$259.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A3K5 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$269.99 and a $60 mail in rebate card makes he final price $209.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$419.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
$139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

The total cost for this buld comes to $1953.88 and it may seem to be a bit mopre than what you actually need but at some point you may want to do some gaming and the editing videos may require some good quality components and you have the budget for it.
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June 22, 2012 11:21:20 PM

WOW, just checked out the picture thread, and there's some awesome looking rigs in there. I really hope someone can chime in here, so that i can order some parts and get this build going. I'm pretty clueless about pc's, but i'm definitely interested in learning, and i really need a new computer badly, the pc that i'm using now is about 6 years old and it's driving me crazy. Hope to hear back from some experts, I'm willing to spend more than 2000$ if needed. I also want a fully upgradable setup so that i can change parts in the future. Thanks
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June 22, 2012 11:25:20 PM

Thank you so much for the reply, i appreciate it a bunch, i'm gonna look into those parts that you suggested. While looking at it real quick, i see that you mentioned an i5, should i maybe spend more and go with an i5? Or will it not be much of an improvement? I know nothing about computers :( 
Thanks again for the reply
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2012 11:32:12 PM

I actually would consider the i7 since this is largely going to be a professional system. I would use this CPU instead, (yes it will work with everything in zone suggested)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I would also say there is little point in the 10,000 RPM HDD, especially if you're going to be using an SSD as a boot drive anyway.
Better capacity, and the speed difference will not be noticeable:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Other than that, yes the video card is massive overkill, but, theres nothing wrong with that, unless you're hitting a budget crunch.


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a b B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2012 11:35:16 PM

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
$349.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This one is currently out of stock but if you wanted to go with an i7 then the choice would be yours to make as are all the parts suggested. With the stated use of the Pc I don't know if you would need the i7 but if you feel that you may increase the useage of the pc to include gaming and more work related video rendering and editing then you can certianly make use of it. But when it comes down to choices you can get whatever you want and put it in your computer.

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June 22, 2012 11:38:26 PM

hmm, thx for the reply nekulturny. I think i'll be going with the i7, as for 2700k or higher, what exactly is the difference besides price? if it's worth the money to go higher, i will. I know i said 2000$ for budget, but if it's worth it to spend more, then i will. I've been struggling with pcs all my life since i was buying built pcs from Future shop, everyone kept telling me to build one, and now that i'm about to. I don't want to cheap out on anything.
Thanks
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June 22, 2012 11:41:32 PM

Thx Inzone, i see that the i7-3770k is 3.5GHz, then you say 3.9GHz turbo. What's needed to get the turbo? Sorry for the dumb newbie question.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2012 11:55:22 PM

redturbomr2 said:
hmm, thx for the reply nekulturny. I think i'll be going with the i7, as for 2700k or higher, what exactly is the difference besides price? if it's worth the money to go higher, i will. I know i said 2000$ for budget, but if it's worth it to spend more, then i will. I've been struggling with pcs all my life since i was buying built pcs from Future shop, everyone kept telling me to build one, and now that i'm about to. I don't want to cheap out on anything.
Thanks



The difference between the i5s and i7s is a technology called "HyperThreading", the laymans explanation of what this does is as follows:

Firstly, I guess I should explain what a core is as simple as I can. If you have a quad core CPU, your computer views that as you having 4 processors, if the program you are using is designed to do so it can divide the workload to get more done.

Now HyperThreading gets a little "tricky", basically the CPU "pretends" to have more cores than it does (an i7 can "pretend" to have 8 cores) this can be useful not particularly for browsing or playing games, but more in your video editing or other productivity type work. . In this case, the i5s do not have this feature.

As far as what the difference is between the i7-3770K and the 2700K, the difference is largely price. This is why I suggest the 2700K instead. The 3570K is a more recent version, however benchmarks have proven it only offers about a 6% percent improvement over the 2700K, considering the 2700Ks were already immensely powerful, it does little to impress me. Now it is true that the 3770K uses less power, but in terms of how much less electricity it actually uses, you will be running your computer for a year or two before you can justify the greater up front cost. Its that insignificant.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2012 11:56:40 PM

redturbomr2 said:
Thx Inzone, i see that the i7-3770k is 3.5GHz, then you say 3.9GHz turbo. What's needed to get the turbo? Sorry for the dumb newbie question.

The turbo is a feature the CPU has, in which it detects (as I mentioned not all programs are coded to use all of the cores of the CPU) that the workload the CPU is faced with does not require all 4 cores of the processor to do the job, it will in essence divert power from the idle cores in favor of putting more power to the cores that are being used. It does this on its own, no action is required from you to make it happen.
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June 23, 2012 12:00:02 AM

Awesome, thank you for that explanation, i think i should be fine with the i7 2700k then
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June 23, 2012 12:02:51 AM

nekulturny said:
The turbo is a feature the CPU has, in which it detects (as I mentioned not all programs are coded to use all of the cores of the CPU) that the workload the CPU is faced with does not require all 4 cores of the processor to do the job, it will in essence divert power from the idle cores in favor of putting more power to the cores that are being used. It does this on its own, no action is required from you to make it happen.


Sweet, that's awesome. I've learned sooo much in your replies. I appreciate it a lot.

Does liquid cooling help a lot with cooling the pc, or is it mostly an appearance thing. I was thinking of adding the liquid cooling.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:03:25 AM

The new technology out is the Pci-e 3.0 and you need three components to activate it and the three components are a comatible video card that supports Pci-e 3.0 , the mother board with a Pci-e 3.0 slot and the cpu that will support the Pcie- 3.0. The i7 2600k and 2700k do not support this , the 3770k and 3570k do along with the GTX 670 and the Z77 motherboard. The motherboard that I listed also supports the new Thunderbolt technology.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thunderbolt-perform...
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:06:47 AM

The liquid cooling will help if you are overclocking the cpu or if you want to keep the video cards cool while gaming.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:13:42 AM

inzone said:
The new technology out is the Pci-e 3.0 and you need three components to activate it and the three components are a comatible video card that supports Pci-e 3.0 , the mother board with a Pci-e 3.0 slot and the cpu that will support the Pcie- 3.0. The i7 2600k and 2700k do not support this , the 3770k and 3570k do along with the GTX 670 and the Z77 motherboard. The motherboard that I listed also supports the new Thunderbolt technology.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thunderbolt-perform...

But as far as I'm aware thus far PCI 3.0 doesn't offer any real advantage over 2.0. I mean, its not my computer, but I'd say it really isn't worth the extra cost. The GTX 670 will work either way, and be an insane powerhouse especially for a non-gaming PC. I just don't see the point.

Although Thunderbolt looks neat and fancy, I'll have to read up on it more.
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June 23, 2012 12:14:49 AM

WOW, that Z77A-GD80 is damn sexy. I want, i want lol. I'm currently watching the how to build a computer video on the newegg site, i'm learning a lot. I'm loving this, and can't wait to start the build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:19:50 AM

There is nothing better than building your own Pc and having it work and knowing that you put it together , but the drawback is it can be addicting and you'll want this new part and that new part. I'm always changing something , just because....
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:21:05 AM

LOL You got that right inzone!
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June 23, 2012 12:23:23 AM

inzone said:
There is nothing better than building your own Pc and having it work and knowing that you put it together , but the drawback is it can be addicting and you'll want this new part and that new part. I'm always changing something , just because....


I hear ya, i haven't even started yet, and i already want to change a bunch of stuff you first posted lol. I don't know too much, but i just want to make sure i get the best setup that i can afford. I'm even willing to just slowly buy the parts and build it when i can afford everything. The pc i'm using now is still good for the time being. I'm thinking of purchasing the motherboard, processor and memory to start, then buy the case and power supply, then everything else.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:27:19 AM

Well either way you go, with Inzone's initial build, or with my changes, either way you're getting pretty much the most powerful system you can possibly get without going stupid-hardcore. Any higher and we're talking industrial strength.
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June 23, 2012 12:29:06 AM

I love stupid hardcore and industrial strength ;)  I'm really thinking about buying that motherboard that Inzone mentioned lol.
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June 23, 2012 12:31:37 AM

hmmm, reading the comments below in that link provided, and people are saying that it will fail :(  i'm not liking that, i'm gonna look into this furthur.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 12:37:05 AM

redturbomr2 said:
hmmm, reading the comments below in that link provided, and people are saying that it will fail :(  i'm not liking that, i'm gonna look into this furthur.

My first impression of Thunderbolt (and I admit I haven't read anything beyond that article yet) is it will be like Iomega's zip drive. You might not remember those, they were HOT in the mid-90ss back when computer hard drives were still only 3 and 4GB. But then a couple years later, they were just a flash in the pan.

Remember FireWire? Who really uses that anymore? Who really used it to begin with?

Beta-max?
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June 23, 2012 12:56:09 AM

i think i'm gonna avoid that motherboard for now seeing that it's still new and there might currently be issues with it, but i think i'm gonna go with the i7 3770k so that i can use the new technology Pci-e 3.0 "either now or in the future". So that's official.

First purchase will be the i7 3770k

Second purchase will most likely be: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, unless there's an even better one that isn't much more in price.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 1:08:03 AM

I would pick one of these mobo have a look mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 23, 2012 1:12:18 AM

bigcyco1 said:
I would pick one of these mobo have a look mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


hmm, since they're all the same price, which one would you say would be best? and what advantages do they have over the one that inzone posted?
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June 23, 2012 1:24:47 AM

hmm, that's actually the cheaper one out of the three since it's on sale. I do notice that it's about 70$ cheaper than the one that Inzone posted, i wonder why the big difference in price.
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June 23, 2012 12:03:11 PM

i've done some more research, and i think i might stick with the ASUS brand since i see many good things about it. I'm gonna wait a cpl more days to hear what everyone else has to say, since the motherboard is practically the heart of the pc and i don't want to cheap out on it. Thanks guys, once i see a few people agree on the same motherboard, i'm gonna go ahead and order the motherboard along with i7 3770k and CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). Thanks again for all the replies. Even though i haven't started yet, this is too addicting, i didn't even get any sleep last night, and i still don't want to sleep till i know for sure what to go with.
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June 23, 2012 12:12:20 PM

i'm also thinking of going with a difference case, something like COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC 942. Since i've never done a build before, is there a better case than this that's a lil more or lil less cheaper? I love the looks of it and the sound of 4 fans on it.
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June 23, 2012 12:24:13 PM

hmm, just compared the blue edition with the standard red one, and it seems like the red one has more features and is a lil cheaper, i'm leaning more towards that one now.

So my current list of parts is now....


LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 14X Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW BH14NS40
$128.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6827136249

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$199.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
$349.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6835103099

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$12.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6835100007

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$215.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6822136555

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
$95.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820233198

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$119.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6817151106

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$259.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813131853

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A3K5 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$269.99 and a $60 mail in rebate card makes he final price $209.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820167115

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$419.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6814130782

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
$139.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6832116992

Total: $2248.88 without mail in rebates or shipping
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June 23, 2012 2:50:27 PM

i'm about to place my first order, it'll be the COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1, 205$ shipped from amazon.ca

i'm also ordering the i7 3770k from tigerdirect.ca "well thru their ebay site since i save 40$ in taxes" for 355$ shipped

As for everything else, it'll be ordered thru newegg.ca since their prices are solid and the shipping isn't bad.

Am i safe to pull the trigger on these items or should i consider something else for a case?

Thanks
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June 23, 2012 4:11:03 PM

Thx for the link, i'm still leaning towards the Haf X case, i just took a look at the thermaltake chaser mk-1 case that you have in your signature, and it also seems like a nice case. Would you recommend it over the HAF X case? I notice a lot of builders using the HAF X case, so it seems like a great case, but i'm willing to go with something else if there's a better case out there.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 4:44:09 PM

I have the HAF-X case and the one thing you will see right away is how big it is. There is an enormous amount of room inside and there are a ton of features. The fans are huge so the air flow will be very good and if you wanted to you can put a water cooling setup inside , tha's how much room there is. I have severly moddified the case and if you put mine side by side with a new HAF-X you wouldn't think they were the same case. Easily the best case I have owned and I thought the Silverstone Temlin 9 was great but this one is beter IMO.
It has a ton of nice features and some are unique but the best thing I like is the amount of room inside with which to work.
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June 23, 2012 4:50:01 PM

Thx inzone for the reply, i first read up about this case by reading your signature. Some people are saying that the quality of the case is garbage and that it looks like a block out of a truck, but i've also read a lot of good reviews about it, and i see that it's number 1 on a bunch of review sites. I think i'm gonna go with the HAF-X. Do you have a build up thread somewhere, where i can see how you modded the case, and with the water cooling system? I'm thinking of ordering this case today, i just wanted to hear opinions. I understand that a lot of things can be removed and replaced, but i wanted to make sure that the case, motherboard and processor were properly chosen since they're high priced items and i don't wanna have to switch those out for a really long time.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 4:52:41 PM

Thunderbolt has been being used now by Apple customers for a year and because of the multiple capabilities I think that it will replace a few things and not just one. This is a technology that can be used for several different things and it can replace regular usb and display port because it can be used for both.
The reason that the MB is $70 more is because it has the Thunderbolt port and if you wanted to go for a less expensive MB you can get the same model only without the Thunderbolt port. If it pans out the your all set , if not then you still have a very good MB and yourreally only taking a chance on the one feature.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 4:55:06 PM

It's not a very big picture but if you look to the left that picture you see is the case.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 4:58:17 PM

No i wouldn't recommend thermaltake chaser mk-1 case over HAF -X there both great cases so i would just pick the one you like best
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 5:00:52 PM

The whole side panel is now window with a smaller fan instead of the 200mm one. Since I have a two loop water cooling setup I did not put the radiators and pumps inside the case , I preferred to have the room to work instead of filling up the inside and it looks better without a lot in there.
I will see if I can get some pic's and post them on smoeplace like photo bucket.
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June 23, 2012 5:03:51 PM

inzone said:
Thunderbolt has been being used now by Apple customers for a year and because of the multiple capabilities I think that it will replace a few things and not just one. This is a technology that can be used for several different things and it can replace regular usb and display port because it can be used for both.
The reason that the MB is $70 more is because it has the Thunderbolt port and if you wanted to go for a less expensive MB you can get the same model only without the Thunderbolt port. If it pans out the your all set , if not then you still have a very good MB and yourreally only taking a chance on the one feature.


ok, thx. i'll just spend the extra money and have the thunderbolt feature. So the mb you suggested in the first post should be the one to go with? I've read many good things about gigabyte also, just wondering what the better brand would be. You seem pretty knowledgeable, and i want to go with what you suggest.
Thanks
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June 23, 2012 5:06:39 PM

inzone said:
The whole side panel is now window with a smaller fan instead of the 200mm one. Since I have a two loop water cooling setup I did not put the radiators and pumps inside the case , I preferred to have the room to work instead of filling up the inside and it looks better without a lot in there.
I will see if I can get some pic's and post them on smoeplace like photo bucket.


sweet, thx. i think i'm eventually gonna go the water cooling route, but not right now. i wanna get everything setup and working properly, then once i have more money to blow, i'll install the water cooling. i'm sure i'll be fine with the fans for now, since i don't game on my pc, but who knows, once i have a really good pc, i might start gaming on it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 23, 2012 5:37:11 PM

I have used several brands and currenty own a Gigabye , but my next upgrade will be an Saus or MSI. I had to RMA this board and am still not happy with it so Gigabyte is out in my book.
A motherboard is like any other piece of hardware and you can get a defective part with any brand , what counts is the tech supprt and customer service that you get once something goes wrong. I won't buy another brand except Evga for video cards because of that and even though Asus is not the best they are better than Gigabyte for MB's. When you have had experience with several different brands of MB's then you get to see how the quality is , and the Gigabyte board I have now and the MSI board that I also have are very different and you cn see it right away when you pick it up. The Gigabyte board weighs about rtwice as much as the MSI and it bends quite easy where the Gigabyte is stiffer and heavier. The Asus boards are the same weight as the Gigabyte boards and are not flimsy. I was puting the heatsink on the MSI board when I noticed it start to bend and the other boards don't do that.
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June 23, 2012 5:59:44 PM

I think instead of purchasing a few things and looking at the parts at my place without being able to do anything with em. I'm just gonna purchase it all. Instead of getting the case thru amazon, i'm just gonna buy it from newegg also. The only thing i'm gonna buy separate is the i7 3770k since it isn't available thru newegg right now.

So this will be my order with newegg......

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 14X Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW BH14NS40

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A3K5 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Total: $2199.18 shipped


And this will be my order with tigerdirect...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Total: $355 shipped

Grand Total: $2554.18 shipped, minus 60$ mail in rebate, so roughly 2500$ OH MAN lol

I'm gonna place both orders on Monday, feel free to post a comment on something i should add or change.

Thanks, i love this site, lots of kind people with loads of knowledge.
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June 23, 2012 6:29:31 PM

Nice ! I like it and I would like to put it together myself and I really can;'t think of anything else. If you were into gaming and were going to add another GTX 670 later on I would want a 750w psu but your not and even if you do end up playing some game here and there you wouldn't be playing enough to add a second card.
So this is a lock and now the fun begins , a word of advice is to not be in too much of a hurry and take it slow , make it neat and above all else be carefull putting the cpu into the socket , very carefull. There are two notches that line up with spots on the cpu so that you can tell your putting it in the right way. The MB manual does not have great detail; but what it has is enough so make sure you read it before doing anything.
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June 23, 2012 6:34:31 PM

I take my time with everything i do, i'm a perfectionist when it comes to wiring and stuff. As for adding another graphics card, maybe i will someday, but atleast for now i should be good to go. I can't wait to put a sledge hammer thru the comp that i'm currently using lol.
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June 23, 2012 8:49:48 PM

I couldn't wait till monday to place the order. Everything above is ordered. Can't wait to start building this PC :) 
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June 24, 2012 1:20:03 AM

LOL! and so it begins. Good luck with your build and don't hesitate to ask any further questions if you get to something youe not quite sure of.
Don't forget to set the sata3 ports to ACHI before you load the OS.
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June 24, 2012 1:22:29 AM

Ummm, no clue what the sata and achi stuff is, but i'm sure once i get the products, i'll know what you mean lol. i just sent you a pm
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June 24, 2012 1:54:16 AM

I just did a google search, and i'm pretty sure i know what to do now. Thanks for the heads up.
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