First build need advice on choosing mobo and case

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My first build any tips about the build itself and choosing the Motherboard and the Case
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  1. I don't mean to change the subject but I would have reservations about buying those parts.

    The core I7 is overkill unless you are doing graphic design. The Core I5 is significantly cheaper and performs as well in gaming.

    Pairing it with AMD memory is questionable. You would be better off getting memory which is Z77 certified with a Z77 motherboard. I would recommend GSKILL or Corsair.

    I would never pair a $400 video card with a Rosewill 500 Watt Power Supply. You want STRONG Stable current running through your system. I would never get the bare minimum wattage with an enthusiast grade videocard as it can be bad for your system longterm.

    There are several places in a build to cut expenses but the Power Supply should never be one of them.
  2. Personally this is what i get 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 ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.95 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1285.69
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 22:31 EDT-0400)
  3. Case recommendations Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119257#top


    Case:Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021#top
    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197#top

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Case:Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053#top

    Case:Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100#top

    Case:Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245#top

    Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146095#top

    Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068#top

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top

    Case:Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087#top
  4. rwayne said:
    I don't mean to change the subject but I would have reservations about buying those parts.

    The core I7 is overkill unless you are doing graphic design. The Core I5 is significantly cheaper and performs as well in gaming.

    Pairing it with AMD memory is questionable. You would be better off getting memory which is Z77 certified with a Z77 motherboard. I would recommend GSKILL or Corsair.

    I would never pair a $400 video card with a Rosewill 500 Watt Power Supply. You want STRONG Stable current running through your system. I would never get the bare minimum wattage with an enthusiast grade videocard as it can be bad for your system longterm.

    There are several places in a build to cut expenses but the Power Supply should never be one of them.


    Changed the power supply too a corsair one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Power%20Supplies-_-Corsair-_-17139012&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

    Changed the ram to a corsair vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Memory%20(Desktop%20Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233198&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

    And about the cpu will I5 be able to run high end games as well as an I7?
  5. darkcam17 said:
    Yes it will today, for games a high-clocked quad-core i5 is better than i7 because i7 has HT which in some cases, hinders gaming performance and also in some cases, it does marginally decrease makes games stutter (no game except two or three support HT that i am aware of ). Also i5 is cheaper.
  6. bigcyco1 said:
    Yes it will today, for games a high-clocked quad-core i5 is better than i7 because i7 has HT which in some cases, hinders gaming performance and also in some cases, it does marginally decrease makes games stutter (no game except two or three support HT that i am aware of ). Also i5 is cheaper.



    Oh ok and for the gpu would you recomend the 670 or the radeon 7970???
  7. 670 hands down. Even with Catalyst 12.7, the 670 is better value.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-review,3200.html
  8. darkcam17 said:
    Oh ok and for the gpu would you recomend the 670 or the radeon 7970???
    The GTX 670 is best bang for buck ;) Well between the two some games favor one card over the other. For example, Battlefield 3 favor Nvidia cards so it will have higher frames than an AMD card.

    Performance wise the GTX 670 is still stronger in most games, will be higher when overclocked
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=508

    But when you have an overclocked 7970 or the 7970 GHz Edition, the 7970 beats the 670 (non overclocked).

    For the price though, GTX 670 is the best card for the money.According to this, the GTX 670 is about 12-13% more "bang for the buck" than a 7950 and 7970: http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/images/perfdollar_1920.gif

    The two best card for temps and performance is here:
    Quote :

    All-Around Best GeForce GTX 670: Gigabyte N670OC-2GD

    Gigabyte's card is quiet at idle and not too loud under load. Its cooling performance at idle, during normal desktop work, and during gaming is even better than Asus' card. It ties Zotac's effort for the lowest temperature at idle, but achieves its goal at a mere 20% fan duty cycle. When we configured it to cool our card down to 70°C, its sound level was still acceptable.

    This is the slimmest card in our test, it weighs the least, and is even suitable for SLI configurations on motherboards with a just a single-slot gap between 16-lane interfaces. Unfortunately, that's pretty common. Although the N670OC-2GD doesn't include the highest overclock, it's currently selling online at the same $400 price point as completely stock reference cards. And that's with the Windforce 3X cooler. That combination cannot be beat.


    Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-16.html
    here is some info about the performance of an overclocked 670-
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html Hope that helps :)
  9. I tend to use amd processors myself however if pressed I would go with I5 my wife's laptop uses it and its not bad. So my choice would be a Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000.

    For a motherboard I would use a ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    For memory I would use G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2666 (PC3 21300) Desktop Memory Model F3-2666C11D-8GTXD

    I would use a COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    I would use a Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-1275M 1275W ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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