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First Time Build; A few questions...

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June 29, 2012 2:53:29 PM

Purchase Date: Next month (Late July)

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Okay, I'll get to the point. I have a few questions about my planned build below. First, Is an SSD really necessary (I'm trying not to spend too much $$$ after buying a GTX 680). Second, will all of these parts be compatible with one another? And finally, should I use DVI, VGA or HDMI, and do any of these parts come with those?

CPU - Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Mobo - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
RAM - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Video Card - EVGA GTX 680 (Fermi) 2GB
SSD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
DVD Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Power Supply - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

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June 29, 2012 3:56:30 PM

I don't really see the point of an SSD except as a boot-up drive+some commonly used apps. If you really want the speed get it, though, a 90GB drive or even 64GB one will suffice. Also, why are you getting a CPU cooler if you're getting a locked processor that can't overclock? Get the i7-3770K. It will allow you to overclock. For a few more $$$, I wholeheartedly recommend you do buy it. 1866 RAM is a waste. Numerous benchmarks say it's a waste, and that 1600 RAM is a better value. In gaming, the difference is by fractions of a frame. The HAF 932 is a great case, but you can get cheaper ones. Antec 900, etc.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2012 4:13:23 PM

the simple an sure is the plastic legs on the intel heat sink suck. to the op the 670 in most games is only 5-10 percent slower then the 680. so you save your slef some cash and not real take a performance hit going with the 670.
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June 29, 2012 4:16:21 PM

Yes, the 670 is a better choice. However, what res. is the OP's monitor and what games will the OP play?
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June 29, 2012 4:18:09 PM

Is this going to be a gaming system? If it is the 3770K and that motherboard are complete overkill. You're better off going with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H and an i5-3570K, you'll save about $200 that way.
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June 30, 2012 1:21:40 AM

Yes, do that, and invest the money in maybe a bigger SSD, more fans, BD drive, etc. or whatever you want.
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