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July 14, 2012 1:04:48 AM

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to see what you guys think of this build. Also, whether this build can be OCed and support 2-3x Dell Ultrasharp U2412M monitors w/o any issues. I would prefer to keep an XFX GPU because of the lifetime warranty, but not sure how to determine PSU's and whether this would work with this build.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really appreciate the help. Thanks!

Total comes out to $1139.92, includes rebates and discounts.

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July 14, 2012 2:33:49 AM

That's an excellent build but for $1200 spending $200 of it on your case alone is quite a bit excessive. I'd say drop it and put that in upgrading your GPU to a GTX 670. You don't need the HAF X unless you're running some crazy custom liquid cooling setup.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1061.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 14, 2012 5:08:29 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That's an excellent build but for $1200 spending $200 of it on your case alone is quite a bit excessive. I'd say drop it and put that in upgrading your GPU to a GTX 670. You don't need the HAF X unless you're running some crazy custom liquid cooling setup.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1061.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)



Thanks for the reply, just a few questions. Besides price, any reason for the change in the HDD and the RAM? Also, why did you choose that PSU, is 650w really enough? I know that the minimum is 500w to run the GTX670, so if later on in the future I decide to buy another one, does that mean I need to get a 1000w to run both?

I was actually looking at the GTX 670 but, I really like that lifetime warranty with the XFX since I do not plan on building another one for a long time and the 3yrs of warranty with the Nvidia just is not long enough Lol. Also, I agree about the large price tag on this case but, I was looking for a case that has USB 3.0 in the front and the older models and the Antec doesn't offer them. Comparing the Antec case that does have the USB 3.0, I just like the look better of the HAF X and its a bit cheaper too.
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July 14, 2012 5:18:21 AM

chumchum said:
Thanks for the reply, just a few questions. Besides price, any reason for the change in the HDD and the RAM? Also, why did you choose that PSU, is 650w really enough? I know that the minimum is 500w to run the GTX670, so if later on in the future I decide to buy another one, does that mean I need to get a 1000w to run both?

I was actually looking at the GTX 670 but, I really like that lifetime warranty with the XFX since I do not plan on building another one for a long time and the 3yrs of warranty with the Nvidia just is not long enough Lol. Also, I agree about the large price tag on this case but, I was looking for a case that has USB 3.0 in the front and the older models and the Antec doesn't offer them. Comparing the Antec case that does have the USB 3.0, I just like the look better of the HAF X and its a bit cheaper too.


You're probably looking at 750W to run an SLI 670 setup. 1K is overkill on any build, you'll most likely never need all that power. I generally prefer EVGA to XFX because of their 10 year warranty and you get some really nice extras with the card.

The HAF X is huge, and like I said you only need it if you're running some crazy custom liquid loop.
July 14, 2012 5:39:44 AM

g-unit1111 said:
You're probably looking at 750W to run an SLI 670 setup. 1K is overkill on any build, you'll most likely never need all that power. I generally prefer EVGA to XFX because of their 10 year warranty and you get some really nice extras with the card.

The HAF X is huge, and like I said you only need it if you're running some crazy custom liquid loop.


I really like the alternative HAF 922. Thanks.

I looked up the warranty for the EVGA GTX 670, its not 10yrs (atleast not this one) but its a 3yr limited when I looked it up on the EBGA website. I could be wrong, so if I am please let me know.

I appreciate your comments on the the GPU, PSU and case, but if you don't mind could you also let me know why you thought to change in the HDD and the RAM, or was it because of the lower cost?

Thanks!
July 14, 2012 6:21:41 PM

chumchum said:
I really like the alternative HAF 922. Thanks.

I looked up the warranty for the EVGA GTX 670, its not 10yrs (atleast not this one) but its a 3yr limited when I looked it up on the EBGA website. I could be wrong, so if I am please let me know.

I appreciate your comments on the the GPU, PSU and case, but if you don't mind could you also let me know why you thought to change in the HDD and the RAM, or was it because of the lower cost?

Thanks!


The RAM I always pick low profile because if you're buying a Hyper 212 it will make installing it much easier than if you get RAM with tall heat sinks.

HDD is fine, I just go with whatever's cheapest - storage is kind of an afterthought as most cases make it really easy to add and remove drives anymore so you can always add more if your needs increase.
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