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July 9, 2012 3:27:53 PM

Hey folks. Just got through getting my build together, and here's the specs. If you see anything that's needing attention, or anything that throws up a red flag, let me know. I understand I don't have an SSD, I may invest in one in the future, but at this time quicker load times isn't worth the 130 or so dollars. also I understand 16gigs of ram is a bit overkill, but it's so darn cheap right now figured i might as well prepare for the future. so here goes.


Case - Cooler Master HAF 932
Intel Processor - Core i5 3570k
CPU Cooling - Cooler Master Hyper 212
Motherboard - ASUS Sabertooth Z77
Memory - 16gb g.skill ripjaw Z series
Primary Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
1st Optical Drive - DVD Writer
Graphics Card - EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition
Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Monitor - ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Any advice, things I should reconfigure, how this build should fare, would be extremely helpful!

Thanks!

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July 9, 2012 4:10:11 PM

And yes, I do plan on overclocking. However this will be my first time to overclock, so I will be taking things VERY slow and VERY VERY cautiously.
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July 9, 2012 4:40:11 PM

To be honest I do like your build but there are a few changes that can be made and these changes will save you enough money to get a SSD now. The Asus Sabertooth while being a very nice board is a bit expensive and you could get the same performance from a lower model board. The ram is way overkill and it will be years before games will take advantage of any ram over 8 gb , so unless your doing video/photo editing or rendering 8gb wioll be more than what you need for gaming.

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
$46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL
$93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So with the ram you save $46 and with the motherboard you save $70 and that adds up to $116. For $2 more you can add this SSD to your build.

SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$117.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For an additional $14 you can add this SSD to your build.

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is just an example of what you can do with getting different parts and the motherboard will still be able to support two video cards in SLI.
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July 9, 2012 5:30:08 PM

Very valid points. I've always just heard such great things about the TUF series of motherboards from asus, and the 5 year warranty. You gave me some good things to think about...And I have, and perhaps may, do editing with aftereffects and premiere pro. Afterall my major in college was Mass Communication, so I do video editing and after effects projects from time to time for people. But I WOULD like an SSD if it's really better for gaming...many things to think about...
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July 16, 2012 4:54:30 PM

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