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June 24, 2012 10:03:15 AM

so i'm gonna be making my own computer for the first time, and im pretty much goin' all out on it, so i wont have to upgrade it for a while, i just need someone to check over the stuff i chose for it and make sure its compatible

Approximate Purchase Date: sometime early july

Budget Range: ~1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (crysis/crysis 2, skyrim, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com obviously

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, Nvidia for GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 720p monitor

so heres the list of parts that i chose so far:

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD burner drive: LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

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

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case: (not imperative that i have this one, i just like this one :)  ) Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

also, im planning on using my 32" LCD TV as my monitor, so would that work right after building the computer? thanks in advance for any help!

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June 24, 2012 11:40:29 AM

If the build is only for gaming, the i7 is overkill. Gaming requires no more than an i5, and the current king of gaming CPU's is the i5-3570k.

If you want to overclock that CPU, you will need an aftermarket heatsink, as the stock one will run too hot. Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the standard one to get.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still on the theme of cooling, get a non reference GTX670, that EVGA card has reference cooling which is loud and doesnt work as well. Get either this one or the ASUS model and youl be fine. Dont bother for overclocked editions as its just extra cash for something you can do yourself.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU is too large unless you want the option of SLI later, if you have no plans to do that later, get a 650W. I recommend this one. 80+ Gold rating, fully modular and a great reputation behind it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: That RAM is runs at 1.65V, thats bad. There is better RAM out there. This kit is actually cheaper and will run at 1.5V (they apparently overclock well if your so inclined). I have these in my personal rig and no problems with them.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 24, 2012 11:44:37 AM

I'd like to add that for gaming purposes an i7 is overkill. You would notice no difference between an i5 3570k vs the i7 2700k in gaming. Unless you just want cool points and not price vs performance for your needs.

You'd be better off saving that money and getting a 128gb ssd for windows/programs/a few games. Like manofshalk said the PSU is larger than you need as well.

I wont suggest a new case for you since you like the Antec 900 therefore we have very different tastes.
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June 24, 2012 2:00:00 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aJxo

here is a better build. id strongly suggest you either get a new monitor or a new tv since the tv will be the bottleneck of the system. this system will max out any game out there on 1080p.

as for the case, if you dont like the haf xm, you can always go back to the antec 900
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June 24, 2012 5:24:49 PM

thank you very much for the advice, especially about the RAM and the Video Card, but i have a question: everywhere ive looked has said that an i7 is definitely overkill for gaming, and that i should just get an i5, but for future gaming, what is the likelihood that future games will need something like an i7? i dont wanna get an i5, just to have to switch it out for an i7 when newer games need more processing power.

EDIT: also, what do you mean that my tv will bottleneck my system? do you mean as in frame rate for games, or just overall quality?
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June 24, 2012 5:49:39 PM

Likelihood is very low. It will be many more years before games catch up to hyperthreading.
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June 24, 2012 6:38:15 PM

games just started to use more than 3 cores and that is bf3
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June 24, 2012 6:59:31 PM

Which means, for 8 virtual cores to be used, it will be 5+ years.
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June 24, 2012 7:14:06 PM

5 years later we will probably using 10nm or smaller processes
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June 24, 2012 7:16:30 PM

That doesn't mean hyperthreading will be utilized, or did you already know that?
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June 24, 2012 10:13:08 PM

i knew that. only main thing that can benefit from hyper-threading is video editing or something along those lines
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June 25, 2012 12:02:52 AM

Ok, just making sure. No hard feelings. :) 
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June 25, 2012 2:33:24 AM

ok, so i've decided to go with an i5 processor, and using the advice from the other responses i have a new build id like yall to look over for me, i appreciate everything you have done for me so far, as i have very little experience with computer building, and i want my first build to be awesome :) 

heres what i have now:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD burner drive: LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Video Card: ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CPU fan: 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+

lemme know what you think of this one, its definitely a lot cheaper than the first one i had, the price has dropped down to ~1200, now i can get a decent monitor to go with it! thanks again for all the help.
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June 25, 2012 2:35:31 AM

Great looking build there. You will be happy with that, or I'll take it =)
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June 25, 2012 3:18:08 AM

eqwoody said:
Great looking build there. You will be happy with that, or I'll take it =)


sweet, glad im starting to get somewhere lol
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June 25, 2012 5:17:34 PM

Also i have one last question: i know that i need to get a monitor in the near future, but would it be ok to start out using my tv? it can connect to the computer through HDMI, and its not a bad tv.
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June 25, 2012 5:29:31 PM

there isnt any problem with using your tv for now. HDMI is fine though i personally like DVI ports
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June 26, 2012 5:23:44 PM

No, you still would need to use thermal paste. The direct contact refers to how the heat sink is designed to work. Also, for thermal paste I would recommend the Arctic Silver 5. This stuff is well respected and is arguably the best stuff out there. Radio Shack carries it if you have one near you, or you can also get some from newegg:
Arctic Silver 5 from Newegg
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June 26, 2012 5:59:30 PM

hyper 212 evo comes with arctic cooling mx-4 which is a very good paste. better than the silver 5 and doesnt require curing
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June 26, 2012 6:07:38 PM

ONLY get extra paste if you think you will run out of the small tube of paste.
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June 26, 2012 6:10:13 PM

highly doubt he will need more paste than what the cooler provided. pea sized should be good.
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June 26, 2012 6:12:31 PM

I have already run out of my paste. :p 
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June 26, 2012 6:21:31 PM

you probably used too much?
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June 26, 2012 6:23:38 PM

No, I had to reappy it many times. :p 
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June 26, 2012 6:29:46 PM

im sure he wouldnt need to do that so the paste included would be enough
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June 26, 2012 6:31:29 PM

I never said for him to get extra paste:
"ONLY get extra paste if you think you will run out of the small tube of paste."

I never claimed he would run out of it.
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June 26, 2012 7:14:00 PM

lol thanks again for the quick response guys, im really glad this forum exists for us noobs out here, i cant wait to start building it now :D 
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July 1, 2012 4:26:17 AM

so i havent bought it yet, should be in a couple days, but i was looking at my system, and i entered my stuff into a power supply calculator, and it said about 508W, i did it on several other calculators and got about the same. so my question is, is my 750W PSU overkill? i think i read somewhere that having a PSU thats too powerful for your system can ruin it, so i just wanna make sure i get the correct amount of power for my system. thanks for the help!
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July 1, 2012 5:47:11 AM

No, the PSU only draws enough power from the wall to power the components, and on good PSUs, there is even voltage regulation, so the chance of components getting ruined is nothing to be concerned about.
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July 1, 2012 6:03:04 AM

azeem40 said:
No, the PSU only draws enough power from the wall to power the components, and on good PSUs, there is even voltage regulation, so the chance of components getting ruined is nothing to be concerned about.


ok well if i dont have to be concerned with it killing my stuff, then how about price? i was able to significantly drop the price of my computer by changing the power output, so i just need to know if about 550W is enough to power my system :) 
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July 1, 2012 6:08:25 AM

550W is more than enough. The GTX 670 is very power efficient.
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July 1, 2012 10:18:00 AM

i never use psu calculators. too many variables that are not considered
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July 1, 2012 4:11:23 PM

TheBigTroll said:
i never use psu calculators. too many variables that are not considered


well then what amount of wattage would you recommend for my system?
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July 1, 2012 4:17:06 PM

for at this configuration, id say 550w is enough. i would still get the hx750w since it leaves you plenty of room for future upgrades such as adding another gtx670
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July 1, 2012 5:42:15 PM

TheBigTroll said:
for at this configuration, id say 550w is enough. i would still get the hx750w since it leaves you plenty of room for future upgrades such as adding another gtx670


ok sweet, thanks for the help, although i doubt ill be getting another gtx670 lol,
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July 2, 2012 12:35:53 AM

Then a 550W PSU is fine.
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