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1st Build - Budget ~$1400

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July 16, 2012 12:05:46 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1587.44
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Updated again thanks to bigcyco1, Brandon402, hellfire24 & phenom90

Hi,

I choose the i7-3770 instead of the i7-3770k because virtualization would be one of the tasks that I'll be using the PC for. I added the aftermarket Cooler Master Hyper because as I researched, when the processor reached 3.9Ghz on turbo mode, the Intel CPU fan doesn't do a good job. I choose the motherboard because I looks soild & it has Intel turbo mode technology which should boost the processor frequency. I choose 16GB of RAM for virtualization purposes. I won't be playing much games but I might from time-to-time, plus I'll want to hook my CPU to 3 monitors that's why I choose the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card.

So, my main concerns are:
1. Are the above parts compatible together?
2. Is the PSU enough to run all hardware smoothly?
3. Will the case fit all the components neatly?

Thanks! :ange: 

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July 16, 2012 12:38:53 PM

Yes everything is compatible and will fit in case neatly the PSU is more than enough the only problems i see is the 560TI 1GB it will not work with 3 monitors i would suggest you get a card with 3GB and if your going to get that aftermarket cooler you need low profile ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 16, 2012 1:21:30 PM

Thanks for your reply.

1. Would this graphics card be good? EVGA GeForce GTX670
2. Would there be any performance issues if I go for the RAM model that you proposed? and they only reason that you had to change the RAM that I selected was that it won't fit, right?
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July 16, 2012 3:35:47 PM

l00i7 said:
Thanks for your reply.

1. Would this graphics card be good? EVGA GeForce GTX670
2. Would there be any performance issues if I go for the RAM model that you proposed? and they only reason that you had to change the RAM that I selected was that it won't fit, right?
Yes the GTX 670 would be much better good choice also this is the one you want http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graph... it comes with lifetime warranty. As for the ram there would be no difference in performance it's because the ram you selected has big heat sinks which will conflict with your aftermarket heat sink that's why i suggested low profile there are a few choices i can list them if you prefer a different kind
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July 16, 2012 5:02:39 PM

cbsevenfifty said:
No EVGA 670 comes with lifetime warranties. They are all "KR" models. Only "AR" models come with lifetime warranties.
Are you sure about that i thought all of them did thanks for bringing that to my attention i will look into it :) 
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July 16, 2012 6:05:15 PM

I have a cheaper solution for you OP if it helps a R6950 for running dual monitor setup if you want to run three though then you should go with a 3 or 4GB Card anyway here is the info for the 6950 $189.99
With Promo Code: EMCYTZT1913
After $10 MIR with Free Shipping! SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 16, 2012 8:03:45 PM

bigcyco1 said:
I have a cheaper solution for you OP if it helps a R6950 for running dual monitor setup if you want to run three though then you should go with a 3 or 4GB Card anyway here is the info for the 6950 $189.99
With Promo Code: EMCYTZT1913
After $10 MIR with Free Shipping! SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks!

I'm willing to pay a bit more for the graphics card but I want to point out that I won't be playing that much games on my PC. I want a decent graphics card but not for hardcore gaming.
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July 16, 2012 8:51:06 PM

l00i7 said:
Thanks!

I'm willing to pay a bit more for the graphics card but I want to point out that I won't be playing that much games on my PC. I want a decent graphics card but not for hardcore gaming.
Yes i sincerely apologize i should have read your post more better i see you mentioned that well the Radeon HD 7950 3GB or GTX 670 will serve you well then both cards should also be decent for gaming and any other uses. on a three monitor setup :) 
July 17, 2012 7:28:31 AM

Thanks! Just one last question. Is the PSU enough or should I get one with more watts?
July 17, 2012 7:37:57 AM

Since you will be getting a i7-3770 instead of the 3770k, you don't need a Z77 motherboard. The Z77s are for overclocking, the H77s are for regular cpus. I have done a lot of research on this because I also plan to get a 3770 instead of the k model because I don't want to tinker with overclocking. Here is the top rated Asus H77 motherboard, it also has intel turbo boost, there I just saved you $100! :-)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 17, 2012 7:38:49 AM

more than enough for one graphics card

+1 for a gtx 670 over radeon

sabertooth.... over rated but does look cool lol
July 17, 2012 8:03:00 AM

I'll get the P8H77-V mobo & the EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2GB. Guys, what about the PSU? Is it enough?
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July 17, 2012 9:22:19 AM

^it's plenty!
EDIT: 750w will easily run a system with 2x 670 in SLi and overclocking.
July 17, 2012 9:51:35 AM

hellfire24 said:
^it's plenty!
EDIT: 750w will easily run a system with 2x 670 in SLi and overclocking.


Wow! Can you recommend me something that can fit my build?
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July 17, 2012 11:32:41 AM

tx750 v2 is a great choice.
July 17, 2012 12:14:07 PM

I have updated the build components above based on the recommendations and suggestions that I received. Should I go ahead & purchase all the components or do you guys have any other suggestions?

I really appreciate your help!
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July 17, 2012 1:19:15 PM

^your build looks cool! pull the trigger!
your mobo does not supports SLi.
July 17, 2012 1:47:41 PM

hellfire24 said:
^your build looks cool! pull the trigger!
your mobo does not supports SLi.


Oh! Should I get the SABERTOOTH Z77 mobo? and as for the case, I like the NZXT Phantom more, do you think the components will fit?
July 17, 2012 2:13:25 PM

yes you definitely should go ahead and buy all the components that you want.. but judging from the spec assume that you won't do overclocking and sli... would you mind consider these? apart from building such a large tower.. for your usage actually you can complete your build in a smaller footprint.... take a look..

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-3770 - $320

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M - $135

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner GH24NS90 - $18

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB - $105

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 - $20

xtra fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 - $12

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $90

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB - $110

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular - $80

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E - $98

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB - $400


total: $1388 after rebate excluding shipping
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July 17, 2012 3:57:32 PM

l00i7 said:
Oh! Should I get the SABERTOOTH Z77 mobo? and as for the case, I like the NZXT Phantom more, do you think the components will fit?


no,asrock extreme3 gen3 z68 will do fine-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1100 is a great case for it's price,and build quality is better than phantom.
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July 17, 2012 4:12:16 PM

l00i7 said:
Thanks! Just one last question. Is the PSU enough or should I get one with more watts?
The PSU is more than enough you can run two 670 in sli with 750W ;) 
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July 17, 2012 4:21:51 PM

l00i7 said:
Oh! Should I get the SABERTOOTH Z77 mobo? and as for the case, I like the NZXT Phantom more, do you think the components will fit?
the components will fit your case is fine your mobo i would get one of these motherboards if you plan to oc instead all are better and cheaper but you can get the sabertooth if you wish 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=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
July 17, 2012 7:05:17 PM

I change the mobo to Asus P8Z77-V PRO and the case to Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case. Should I go ahead?

** I updated my build above.
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July 17, 2012 7:20:32 PM

l00i7 said:
I change the mobo to Asus P8Z77-V PRO and the case to Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case. Should I go ahead?

** I updated my build above.
Yes i would looks good to me but if you plan on ever overclocking your CPU get the i7-3770k ;) 
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July 18, 2012 9:24:10 AM

if you are not overclocking,V PRO is a big waste!
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July 18, 2012 9:35:45 AM

hellfire24 said:
if you are not overclocking,V PRO is a big waste!
That's true
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July 18, 2012 9:48:23 AM

^then why did you suggest that board?
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July 18, 2012 9:53:57 AM

hellfire24 said:
^then why did you suggest that board?
because it's better than a the sabertooth and cheaper and if he plans on ever overclocking it's worth getting IMO
July 18, 2012 11:41:52 AM

So... should I still get the ASUS V Pro mobo or should I get a cheaper one? ASRock maybe?
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July 18, 2012 11:54:52 AM

l00i7 said:
Awesome! Thanks
Your very welcome! :) 
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July 18, 2012 12:12:23 PM

l00i7 said:
ASRock Extreme4 has a list of supported memory slots.
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Memo...

Does that mean the memory that I chose is not compatible?
no it doesn't mean that that ram will work fine the reason i know for sure is my friend has same motherboard and ram and it works fine if it makes you feel better just get ram they listed
!