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~$2600 Gaming and General Development Rig. Need feedback on parts.

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July 23, 2012 2:02:32 PM

This is going to be my first complete build. I will be buying every part and building it with the gf. It is going to be a gaming/overall development rig. My wish is to use the CrossFired 7970's for a 3 monitor set-up.

I mainly just need someone to look over the parts and see if they see anything that could not work with each other.

Here is my part list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ CompUSA)
Other: Windows 7
Total: $2690.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 10:02 EDT-0400)



Approximate Purchase Date:: Within a few weeks

Budget Range: (2000-2800)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:: Gaming, coding, web development, some photosynthing/gigapans and video editing

Are you buying a monitor: - Yes, I am buying three monitors



Parts to Upgrade:: Everything, Completely new build.

Do you need to buy OS: : No, using Microsoft DreamSpark


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:: No Preference

Location:: Monmouth County, New Jersey

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU and Probably sticking with Radeon for GPU because of ease of use for Eyefinity

Overclocking: Later on down the road.

SLI or Crossfire: Definitely will be using CrossFire

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am usually crazy about making sure everything works together before I buy something. I just need feedback and reassurance that everything will 'generally' fit together right when I am building it. I do want a window on the case!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Complete Build. Need machine lol.

July 23, 2012 2:19:14 PM

it looks good everything is compatible change your motherboard to one of these the sabertooth is not a good choice for sli or crossfire 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: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...

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...
July 23, 2012 2:28:32 PM

How much are you going to overclock? What about saving a bit and going for the HYper 212 CPU cooler?

For the PSU I would save a bit and go for something like the TX850W. It's not modular, but you'll be using most of the cables anyway.

I assume you picked 2 HDDs because you want to run them in RAID? If not, go for a single 2TB drive.

If you don't care too much about the look of your motherboard (I guess you do since you want a window on your case), you could save a bit here as well. Some options.

Personally I wouldn't go for Samsung RAM, but I'm sure those sticks are perfectly fine.

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If you save some money on these parts, consider upping to an i7-3770k and/or 16GB RAM.
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July 23, 2012 2:34:34 PM

nafoni said:
How much are you going to overclock? What about saving a bit and going for the HYper 212 CPU cooler?

For the PSU I would save a bit and go for something like the TX850W. It's not modular, but you'll be using most of the cables anyway.

I assume you picked 2 HDDs because you want to run them in RAID? If not, go for a single 2TB drive.

If you don't care too much about the look of your motherboard (I guess you do since you want a window on your case), you could save a bit here as well. Some options.

Personally I wouldn't go for Samsung RAM, but I'm sure those sticks are perfectly fine.

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If you save some money on these parts, consider upping to an i7-3770k and/or 16GB RAM.



I'm looking to over clock to at least 4.3+. This will happen down the road once I get used to the new system. I also went with a water cooler because the area of the house itll be in can sometimes get hot.

I'm actually going with 2 separate 1tb drives not in raid. I heard that most 2tb platters can succumb to failure. I might go raid...but once again...down the road.

People said the Samsung Ram is the best bang for the buck.


Im still gonna be looking over many reviews.
July 23, 2012 2:37:08 PM

I would make a few changes:

Storage: Im always in favor of going ALL SSD. Scratch one HDD and get a 480GB for $350. Since they are 2.5", you can add a lot over time in a case. Simply go adding as necessary, and prices are going down insanelly fast. Change the other HDD for a external 1TB HDD for backup purposes. And in the mean time, in case 480GB doenst hold all your data, you may use the external drive as media storage until you get more SSDs. Certainly 480Gb is enough for all your games and work files.

-Graphics: Only get 1 video card now. It will play all games in maximum quality. Then next year, get the second crosfire card for half the price. You will overpay if you do that today.

Case: Design is one thing very personal. I like Bitfenix Colossus case, as its very beautiful and has a lot of places for fans and radiators

PSU: Based on personal experience, I recomend the Cooler Master Silent Pro. They are SILENT and great quality, and that is really impotant to enjoy your games.

blu-ray: WTF? Get a Blu-ray burner, no discussion here. Its a once in a lifetime purchase.
July 23, 2012 2:57:52 PM

leandrodafontoura said:
Storage: Im always in favor of going ALL SSD. Scratch one HDD and get a 480GB for $350. Since they are 2.5", you can add a lot over time in a case. Simply go adding as necessary, and prices are going down insanelly fast. Change the other HDD for a external 1TB HDD for backup purposes. And in the mean time, in case 480GB doenst hold all your data, you may use the external drive as media storage until you get more SSDs. Certainly 480Gb is enough for all your games and work files.


I would absolutely not go all SSD if your budget is 2800$. No point wasting money on SSDs for storing videos, music, documents, images and other "basic" files on them.

If you're not going to do RAID, I would get a single drive for now. 1TB, 1,5TB or 2TB. You can always add more HDDs down the road, and you'll still have that 256GB SSD.
July 23, 2012 3:04:44 PM

nafoni said:
I would absolutely not go all SSD if your budget is 2800$. No point wasting money on SSDs for storing videos, music, documents, images and other "basic" files on them.

If you're not going to do RAID, I would get a single drive for now. 1TB, 1,5TB or 2TB. You can always add more HDDs down the road, and you'll still have that 256GB SSD.



Would you be able to recommend any 2tb HDD's?

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July 23, 2012 4:38:29 PM
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willkara said:
Would you be able to recommend any 2tb HDD's?

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

If you really don't mind spending a bit extra for those 2 Sammy drives, go for those two.

I'm actually trying to get you to save a bit on some parts and upgrade your CPU and RAM to i7-3770k and 16GB :) 
July 23, 2012 4:44:24 PM

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

If you really don't mind spending a bit extra for those 2 Sammy drives, go for those two.

I'm actually trying to get you to save a bit on some parts and upgrade your CPU and RAM to i7-3770k and 16GB :) 



It'll be a hard decision. I already have a 2tb external drive where I have all of my movies/games/some backups. I'm thinking if it is really worth it to put all of my movies onto my desktop. I may go against that because how often will I use all of those movies? If I want to watch them, I'll just watch it from the external drive. 1tb of HDD space and 1 256gb SSD drive should be more than enough for game/program installation. So 1tb of HDD space may be enough.

If I could get the i7 and 16gb....that be amazing haha.
July 23, 2012 4:50:23 PM

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July 23, 2012 5:19:14 PM

I have a Z77 Sabertooth and its a great board. I'm not sure what the guy meant about it not being good for Crossfiring seeing as the ones he suggested are basically identical.
I got it because it looks fantastic in my case, has all high end parts on board like an intel network controller and extra Asmedia Sata3 ports, No legacy pci slots I won't use, + the confidence in quality that Asus and a 5 year warranty give for the same price as the Gigabyte ud5h
That's me though

Edit: Just as a note. Here in Australia there is a company called PC Case Gear that is probably the best staffed computer hardware retailer in the country. They have a few full systems you can buy on their site sort of split into catagories ranging from basic to really high end. In nearly all their systems they use 3 different boards. The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ... The ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ... and the Gigabyte G1.Assassin2
July 23, 2012 6:54:30 PM

My suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ CompUSA)
Other: Windows 7
Total: $2698.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 14:42 EDT-0400)

8 dollars more than the build in your first post.

Things you could do
-Get a cheaper CPU cooler, like the Hyper 212 EVO (45$ cheaper) or the Corsair H60 (26$ cheaper)
-Cut out one of the 7970s for now (448$ cheaper)
-Spend less on the case (if there are other cases that you like as well). List of ATX cases sorted by rating
-Spend less on mouse and keyboard

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Go for only one HDD for now. If it's too low, you can always buy another one (you'll still be under your 2800$ budget).

I changed the PSU from Corsair HX to TX. Basically the same PSU, but not modular. You will use most of the cables anyway, so I wouldn't worry about that. A full tower case should have plenty of room to hide unused cables anyway.

July 23, 2012 6:58:31 PM

nafoni said:
My suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ CompUSA)
Other: Windows 7
Total: $2698.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 14:42 EDT-0400)

8 dollars more than the build in your first post.

Things you could do
-Get a cheaper CPU cooler, like the Hyper 212 EVO (45$ cheaper) or the Corsair H60 (26$ cheaper)
-Cut out one of the 7970s for now (448$ cheaper)
-Spend less on the case (if there are other cases that you like as well). List of ATX cases sorted by rating
-Spend less on mouse and keyboard



The mouse and keyboard are definitely some place I could get something a little cheaper I think.

I actually went with liquid cooling...the H60, I'm gonna try my hand in overclocking.

I'm going crossfire so I go do three monitors. The benchmarks looked good.
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