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July 7, 2012 11:44:49 PM

I'm planning on buying all the parts within the next month or two, and I tried my best to research all the parts and make sure they'd play nice, but it is my first build so I thought I'd ask for some outside opinions as well.

Right now the set up I'm planning is going to cost me right at $1230 and I don't want to go much higher than that unless necessary

I'll pretty much just be using my new computer for gaming and surfing the internet and watching movies


I'm going to do all of my shopping off of NewEgg unless someone has a better deal somewhere else (I'll search around before the final purchase) and I'm ordering all of my things from the US

MOBO: Sabertooth Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: I7 3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I will be experimenting with OverClocking, but I've never done it before, so I'll be reading guides and taking it easy for awhile

I am planning on popping in another GTX 550 after I get everything set up and comfortable to try out SLI as an option


I hear that the Ivy Bridge runs a bit hotter than the Sandy Bridge, but I'm not too worried, if worse comes to worse I'll pop in some extra fans.

Thank you to anyone willing to read all this and give me any helpful advice

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July 7, 2012 11:48:09 PM

there is OC headroom, SLI ready, and super upgradable.

for overclocking with a hyper 212 evo, id suggest only going to the max multiplier without raising voltage. it should be around the 4-4.3ghz range which is more than enough
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July 7, 2012 11:48:53 PM

omm how about a big fat no on the 550 that will do nothing you want it wont game or watch movies with any real quality. Get a 560 ti at the least 16 gb of ram is overkill as well as the psu 8 gb is fine and 750 watt is still overkill 600watt would be plenty with most graphics card:)  get the i5-3570k it will perform the same as the i7 the i3,i5 and i7 is a core indication which doesnt matter in gaming then you should be good!
July 7, 2012 11:49:59 PM

I read a bunch of good reviews on the Sabertooth (the only bad reviews being DOA boards) and I thought the Z77 series was released inline with the Ivy Bridge
July 7, 2012 11:50:13 PM

actually, amuffin managed to play bf3 at ultra with a 550ti in multiplayer with 30-50fps
July 7, 2012 11:53:45 PM

the 550 was the highest rated video card in my price range on new egg, so I thought it'd suffice, lol
July 7, 2012 11:56:42 PM

What is your price range??? if you go with thebigtroll's rig you might want to hug him because it is a very nice build....DO IT!!!! It is the best thing to do
July 7, 2012 11:58:05 PM

no thanks bro. im in canada
July 8, 2012 12:02:29 AM

TheBigTroll's build does seem really nice. It's a shame I spent two days putting mine together and it gets destroyed in a matter of minutes XD
July 8, 2012 12:04:53 AM

2fast4thetown_down said:
What??


no hugging....-_____-
July 8, 2012 12:33:07 AM

BigTroll nailed it. Wish there was a way to get an SSD in there but I'm not seeing it. I'd recommend you save up and that be the very next thing you drop in there.
July 8, 2012 12:43:42 AM

Alright, well you guys have been great. I'll start building this as I feel financially ready XD
July 8, 2012 12:51:41 AM

its supposeidly a face
July 8, 2012 3:50:35 AM

Lol @ supposedly a face. :p 
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