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July 23, 2012 4:46:22 AM

Can you all take a look at what I'm considering for a new system? I'm looking at these parts: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cvpW which uses the $2000 build here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332962-31-recommended... as a starting point. I already have monitors, keyboard, and other peripherals.

I'm a bit concerned about the motherboard fitting in the case, since the case is ATX and the board is EATX.

Other than that, if there are any suggestions I'm willing to go up to about $3000 if notable improvement is provided. I'm particularly looking at possibly getting a better CPU.

Thanks in advance.
July 23, 2012 4:57:13 AM

Potential Issues/Incompatibilities

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard and Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case are not compatible.
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July 23, 2012 4:59:30 AM

Yeah, but that's an automatically generated message, since E-ATX isn't an officially supported size for that case. However, it was listed together in the recommended builds post, and some quick internet research indicated that E-ATX boards do generally fit in that case.
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July 23, 2012 5:10:04 AM

No point in getting 2 Graphics Cards for one monitor. One GTX 670 is enough for 1920x1080.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($477.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1642.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 01:12 EDT-0400)
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July 23, 2012 5:18:03 AM

Probably should have added that I will have two monitors and may eventually add a third. I already have monitors, mouse/keyboard, etc. so I didn't list those.
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July 23, 2012 5:21:38 AM

Then it looks good. I'll change some stuff on my above build.
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July 23, 2012 5:26:11 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 x 2 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2115.61
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 01:25 EDT-0400)
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July 23, 2012 5:51:29 AM

Thanks; I'll keep checking to see what advice other people give, but I'll probably go with that or very similar.
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July 23, 2012 5:57:17 AM

Reasons: i7-3770k is newer and will support PCIe 3.0 in the future. Extreme4 is very good in price/performance.
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July 23, 2012 10:57:00 PM

So what do other people think of azeem's suggested build? Also, would I get any noticeable benefit from getting 4GB video cards instead of 2GB?
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July 31, 2012 12:33:48 AM

Best answer selected by fjer.
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