Most Logical 1100$ Build

Been looking through the forum for quite some time and have come up with what I call is the Most Logical Build!
I would appreciate any comment and feedback for the tentative build. Looking to wrap build up in next 2-3 weeks.
Parts not Included in build : Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS.
Preferred Place to buy: newegg,amazon

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bmsf


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.98 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($128.51 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US) //not sure About this

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1154.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Would like to answer few things first:
Would prefer ASUS or Gigabyte for Mobo.
16Gb RAM coz I would like to have virtual machines when i am in my secondary OS(Linux)
Definitely Looking to OC both GPU and Processor in near term.
Looking to CFX with another 7950 (with 3 monitor setup)down the line once they get more cheaper.
Really liked Gskill sniper series RAM. Any reason not to get them?


Questions: Is everything compatible and upgradeable to CFX with 7950 in future? is 750W enough? What make should I go for?
Not comfortable spending as much for case though I really like it. Any recommendation for Full tower case? Would prefer one with transperent side with LEDs!
I have decided to go for 7950 but am really confused make to go for? What really is the difference between http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127651
I am inclined towards Twin frozr or gigabyte with three fans...

Comments and opinion and Happy Independence Day to my American friends!
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  1. You can consider this motherboard from Asrock:

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Xbit Labs Recommend Buy Award) - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-293
  2. That's pretty much what full towers run with those features here are a few that are 10 to 20 dollars cheaper if you prefer have a look Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245#top

    Case:N WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108376#top


    Case:SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA Matte Black with Gray Trimming, Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163185#top

    Case:Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087#top
  3. All your parts are compatible no there no reason not to get that ram it's just as good as any that cost more as far as what makes a difference between those cards not much honestly the PSU you chose is made by seasonic so no worries it's top notch for a motherboard Here what i suggest either of these two motherboards take your pick both are solid and offer lots of future expandability it's best not to skimp on your motherboard trust me you will thank yourself in the long run MOBO:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819#top


    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=N82E16813128545#top
  4. -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 read the last page of review source http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html
    The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex. P.S. on a side note i personally think it's a solid budget board. ;)
  5. Updated Mobo to Asus V Pro suggested by bigcyco1.
    Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bnOg
    Also Updated the case to www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921RB-BL/dp/B004351H9G/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1341425982&sr=1-2&keywords=computer+cases
    Is it ok If I go for mid Tower if i am planning to CFX in near future.

    Looking for feedback on case and PSU, Will it be able to handle two 7950s in future? What is the min power req for OCed CPU with two 7950 OCed?

    Thanks
  6. Why get the Asus V Pro? It's not even worth the price honestly. Boards like the Extreme4 will perform the same with no deviation and you'll save a lot of money.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-22.html
    Shows the "great" <sarcasm> price/performance of Asus. Asus has great products but are priced way above how they perform.
  7. Hmm Still confused about Mobo...
    Also are Mid tower cases recommended if I am going to CFX with another 7950 for sure in future?
    Also please suggest good power supply(750W or 800W? ) for CFX 7950s with OCed CPU.
  8. If you look at the link. The Asus Z77-V Pro costs the most, but performs the same as a $160 motherboard. The Extreme6 Z77. With that said, the Asus V Pro isn't worth it you'll notice from the review. I'm saying go with the Extreme4 Z77 because you're not an enthusiast level user and wouldn't really take any benefit to the "pros" of the Asus V Pro board even though it doesn't really have anything that much over the Extreme4 Z77.

    And a mid is fine. A good 750w would be the OCZ ZS 750 or ZT 750.
  9. aznshinobi - Thanks for your comments .. I checked out the link you suggested .. I will OC but not to extreme so I guess mid tier Mobo is good enough for me.
    I will checkout the PSU you suggested.

    Guys,
    Any feedback on GPU welcomed.. Any one has comments on CFX 7950s ? I plan to add another card by Dec and hence the extra caution so that my build is easily upgradeable and ready for CrossFire X
  10. Crossfired 7950 performance:







    The framerate is almost doubled! You can go for crossfire X it with a good 750W PSU like this:

    SeaSonic M12II 750W SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107

    With the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard I suggested earlier, you'll have no problem Crossfiring 2xHD7950.

    GPU: MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $340
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667
    It offers better cooling.
  11. Here's the final build for you:
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231480

    GPU: MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $340
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS - $27
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135240
    (Sony DVD writers are crap)

    SeaSonic M12II 750W SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107
    (A MONSTER!)

    COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811553002

    Total: $1182 :)

    The case has Transparent Side Panel Window!

    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af113/ujaansona/Untitled-1.jpg

  12. Thanks ujaansona, good to know 7950s scale well.
    I am liking the build a lot, pretty much what i want to have in my system.
    I will make one final go through over the weekend and then order everything at once!

    Opinions welcome ! and thanks guys
  13. PSU = Overpriced IMO. Solid PSU but still would suggest saving money.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052
    Performs the same and costs much less w/ 15% off right now.

    RAM is also overkill! 8GB is more than enough.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544
    OR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191
  14. Here's the modified final build for you:
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231480

    MSI R7950 Twin Frozr Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $340
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS - $27
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135240

    OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041

    COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811553002

    Total: $1152 :)

    Changed the PSU to OCZ Fatal1ty 750W. It's Hardware Secrets Gold Award Winner & an excellent PSU!
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-Fatal1ty-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/1019/10

    Also keep 16GB RAM as you are planning to run virtual machines & crossfire.
  15. Thanks for all the suggestion , Will update thread with final config
    Ordered All Parts except Graphic card. Currently Hunting for 2 1080p Monitors for approx 150~160$ each Any Suggestions?

    Cant Wait to put it all together..!!!
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