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July 11, 2012 6:47:29 PM

So, I have selected these components and everything seems to work, but I want to make sure I am not going crazy in some areas or completely off in others. Any help would be appreciated. I am mostly into software, so don't judge me too harshly :D . I do play games, but not as often as I'd like. I have a degree in programming, but currently not working in this field, however after I finish up school I will start up at least doing some mobile apps to ate least hone my skills.

Obviously I would like this to last for sometime and only upgrade later as needed.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 - $99.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $119.99

Hanns-G HL248DPB Black 23.6" 5ms Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor - $279.98($139.99 each)

GIGABYTE GV-N56GOC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $179.99

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ... - $144.99

Logitech MK320 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop - $36.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM Item #: N82E16835100007Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.95

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 - $114.99

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $239.99

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K - $349.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... - $29.99

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM - $52.99

Subtotal:

$1,659.83

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July 11, 2012 8:35:51 PM

I can't find any fault in the build, you are using all quality parts. If its in your budget I would consider a HD 7850 GPU its around $230, but will be better on your electric bills and perform better, and be relevant longer. it would also allow you to drop the PSU to HX650W ($20less) as it would handle 2 x 7850's in CF and an OC CPU.

I also suggest a SSD drive for OS and apps. 128Gb for around $100...

just suggestions
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July 11, 2012 10:01:38 PM

jerreddredd said:
I can't find any fault in the build, you are using all quality parts. If its in your budget I would consider a HD 7850 GPU its around $230, but will be better on your electric bills and perform better, and be relevant longer. it would also allow you to drop the PSU to HX650W ($20less) as it would handle 2 x 7850's in CF and an OC CPU.

I also suggest a SSD drive for OS and apps. 128Gb for around $100...

just suggestions


I took your advice, but I modified the Motherboard and ram could you look at this?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQ80
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQ80/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQ80/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Logisys MC6002GS 66.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1,834.88
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July 12, 2012 11:25:28 PM

Looks like Ill downgrade the processor to i5 is $150 difference and I dont see the justification doesnt seem to be a huge difference, although I didnt look at the actual bench marks

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
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July 12, 2012 11:38:26 PM

if gaming go for i5 an no more than 8gb of ram (can upgrade later an wont need it yet) if video an photoshop etc i7 is better

not a fan of ocz ssd's heard wayy to many bad things, intel 330 are proven ( as much as they can be in the time frame) samsung are picking up good reviews
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July 13, 2012 2:30:05 AM

skaggy said:
if gaming go for i5 an no more than 8gb of ram (can upgrade later an wont need it yet) if video an photoshop etc i7 is better

not a fan of ocz ssd's heard wayy to many bad things, intel 330 are proven ( as much as they can be in the time frame) samsung are picking up good reviews


Good points, do you think I should use two i5 processors? I noticed my work computer actually uses two i7 older though 2.83 or something, but its 8 core. Not trying to do overkill, just want to get it right the first time. I went with the other SSD and lowered my ram, I forgot I did this the last time and I was told not to do overkill on this, balanced out the price between the SSD too, so I am still at the same cost and found a better monitor they have coupon til the 18 on it which prices it the same as what I had :) 
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July 14, 2012 7:29:53 PM

2663569,3,375475 said:
I took your advice, but I modified the Motherboard and ram could you look at this?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQ80
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQ80/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bQ80/benchmarks/

I think the downgrade to the i5 is a good move. I also am not a fan of OCZ for SSD's. I build with Samsung 830's and Crucial M4's and haven't have a bad one yet. I have no issues with 16Gb of ram if it's in your budget, ram is relatively cheap right now. I do suggest low profile ram, so that they don't interfere with the CPU heatsink.
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July 15, 2012 6:03:07 AM

Seems to fit your needs, if your a software user, then maybe the 16gb of ram isnt such a bad idea... i would settle for 12gb. It totally depends on what softwares your using though. Video editing software and software dealing with effects would probably use the most amount of ram. The processor is not necessary, the i5 3570k is good enough, For a software user, i would really suggest a ssd. go for some samsung storage or crucial. I'd prefer samsaung because of the controller and slightly better speed. I actually thing the 7850 graphics card is a little too much for your needs. a radeon 6870 is good, nearly as powerful as the 560 and it costs less. Lastly, the psu you have is way too much. your system should use about 550w at a heavy load. 650w is good for that.

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

IMO, pcpartpicker is just a rough estimate. I feel you can't go wrong with ordering everything from newegg. pcpartpicker isn't always accurate with listing the shipping, it usually includes rebates (which are unreliable) in the prices.

Other than that, the build you had before was good and will work.
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July 25, 2012 1:28:15 AM

Best answer selected by Sikes.
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July 25, 2012 1:30:16 AM

Thanks for all the help, I got everything together fine, just need to make adjustments for the SSD and HDD. I don't have much installed just the OS and drivers for everything. I may start a new thread, but there seems to be plenty out there to handle this.
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July 25, 2012 6:01:48 AM

Sikes said:
Thanks for all the help, I got everything together fine, just need to make adjustments for the SSD and HDD. I don't have much installed just the OS and drivers for everything. I may start a new thread, but there seems to be plenty out there to handle this.


let us know if you need any other help.
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