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June 25, 2012 8:25:22 AM

It's my first build and I'm just looking for other people's advice and opinions to see if I
picked good parts or a bad brand, you know, just things that people know from experience
from there previous buildings.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 Weeks

Budget Range: $1500-1800, before rebates and before taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing Videos&Photos, Probablly Computer Programing or Computer Science

Parts Not Required: Keyboard,Mouse,Moniter, OS, Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm mostly looking at microcenter, I'm not picky though.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Mostly just Intel and any major brands out there

Overclocking: Yes/Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes/Maybe

Additional Comments: I'm thinking

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These are the parts I've selected and/or mostly looking at, if the parts aren't compatible or they
can't be overclocked please say.:

P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i7 2700K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD1002FAEX - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

520 Series 120GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card (Getting Second One Later On)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ZX Series 1250 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HAF X Full Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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June 25, 2012 12:39:06 PM
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That 550Ti is VERY underpowered, it was a low end card last generation. You'd be looking for something like a GTX670 at this budget.

Only 8GB of RAM on an editing build, you need 16GB.

PSU is way too overkill, a single card setup doesn't even need half of that. Get a 600W, or 750W if you want the possibility of SLI/Crossfire later.

Intel SSD's are very good, but aren't worth the massive premium they have on other drives. I would recommend an OCZ Vertex 4 or Crucial M4.

Sandy Bridge on a Z77 doesn't fit all that well. Upgrade the processor to an i7-3770k.

That case is very big, while to dissuade you from getting one would make me a hypocrite, it may be money better spent somewhere else.

I don't see a CPU Cooler anywhere and you have an overclocking chip and an overclockers board. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the standard heatsink to get.
June 25, 2012 12:53:50 PM

No, you don't need 16gb, 8 is enough for now, you can upgrade in the future, but not many programs utilise that much, especially since gaming is high on the list.

Yes, get a GTX670, one of the best chips around!

Apart from the RAM what Manofchalk has suggested is spot on!
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June 25, 2012 12:55:43 PM

No, you don't need 16gb, 8 is enough for now, you can upgrade in the future, but not many programs utilise that much, especially since gaming is high on the list.

Yes, get a GTX670, one of the best chips around!

Apart from the RAM what Manofchalk has suggested is spot on!
June 25, 2012 12:55:47 PM

No, you don't need 16gb, 8 is enough for now, you can upgrade in the future, but not many programs utilise that much, especially since gaming is high on the list.

Yes, get a GTX670, one of the best chips around!

Apart from the RAM what Manofchalk has suggested is spot on!
June 25, 2012 12:58:41 PM

heres my take on the build. 16gb of ram can help in video editing situations
June 25, 2012 1:07:02 PM

True, but not often, only in serious editing.
Maybe 12gb? But 16gb is not useful.
June 25, 2012 1:41:06 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.37 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1499.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Swap out the case if you don't like it.

And yes, definitely 16GB of RAM!
June 25, 2012 2:11:01 PM

2643989,8,1236015 said:
True, but not often, only in serious editing.
Maybe 12gb? But 16gb is not useful.[/quotem]

the odds are that you will need 16gb of ram. 8gb will be limiting to video editing as you will most likey using 8gb of ram for the video and some more memory for multi tasking
June 25, 2012 4:22:59 PM

manofchalk said:
That 550Ti is VERY underpowered, it was a low end card last generation. You'd be looking for something like a GTX670 at this budget.

Only 8GB of RAM on an editing build, you need 16GB.

PSU is way too overkill, a single card setup doesn't even need half of that. Get a 600W, or 750W if you want the possibility of SLI/Crossfire later.

Intel SSD's are very good, but aren't worth the massive premium they have on other drives. I would recommend an OCZ Vertex 4 or Crucial M4.

Sandy Bridge on a Z77 doesn't fit all that well. Upgrade the processor to an i7-3770k.

That case is very big, while to dissuade you from getting one would make me a hypocrite, it may be money better spent somewhere else.

I don't see a CPU Cooler anywhere and you have an overclocking chip and an overclockers board. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the standard heatsink to get.


Thanks, to you and to everyone else for helping!
Lol, i had that idea in mind but i wasn't too sure about the graphics card
,and well the reason i picked a big case was to because it had room for everything
Btw i picked a big power supply since , I've thought of having
more graphics cards installed, and I just wanted to make sure
it was a walk in the park for the PSU.
In your guys opinion, would you recommened 2x8GB, or 4x4GB of ram since yall said 16G..??
Not to mention I have forgotten about the cooling, but which is better
Air or Water Cooling??.
June 25, 2012 4:33:00 PM

nafoni said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.37 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1499.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Swap out the case if you don't like it.

And yes, definitely 16GB of RAM!



Thanks bro, I didn't know NewEgg had some good prices, it just seemed funny to me, but I'll start looking at it.
June 25, 2012 4:57:17 PM

air cooling is great for general users and some higher end stuff. water cooling is only good if you have a dual radiatior kit like a h100 or more. the single rad kits suck more than the hyper 212
June 25, 2012 8:48:51 PM

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