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Final Check On PC Build ($1500) - need suggestions, advices

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July 29, 2012 6:10:25 PM

Hey guys, this is the first time I am building and I need your help! I just wanted to know if all of my components are compatible with each other.. will there be bottlenecking, incompatibilities, hardware issues and anything of that nature before I go on buying. Also, if you think I should swap out for some better parts, please let me know, Thanks.
Oh and I'm not planning to SLI so what would be a better PSU, 600w-700w?

Here is the pc I am planning to build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/djyH

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $189.99

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 $224.98

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $53.68

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD $109.95

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB $399.99

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower $88.99

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $124.99

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99

Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" $179.14

Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire Rapid $75.21

Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser $60.95


Total: $1524.86
July 29, 2012 6:19:07 PM

Did you make a previous post? That is a good part selection. I don't think I could offer revisions other than look for combo deals, promocodes, and free shipping. (Be sure to sign up for Newegg's weekly newsletter).

Good job.

One question: Is the HAF922 the regular one or the black edition with the USB 3.0 ports? I would go black if it is available.
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July 29, 2012 6:25:08 PM

The Sabertooth is a great motherboard, but you can save a bit of money by getting a cheaper mobo. Like the ASRock Extreme6, or ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/LGA. However, if you want to keep the Sabertooth, it's a fantastic mobo.
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July 29, 2012 6:30:36 PM

alright man thanks for the tip and yes, that is what I'm currently doing, and no this is my first post. For the HAF922 I'm not sure if its the regular or black edition but it does have the usb 3.0 on front ports.
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July 29, 2012 6:31:47 PM

Thanks for your input obsama1, I'll look into it.
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July 29, 2012 6:38:16 PM

Fantastic build.

If you want to save some money you can, as obsama1 suggested, go for a different motherboard. However, if you like the look of the Sabertooth and don't mind spending the extra $, go for it!

Oh, and keep the HX750W. It's a great deal at 125$, and the HX650W is "only" bronze-certified. You won't need all the 750Ws, but it's always nice to have (yes, I know you won't be doing SLI). That quality PSU should last you years!

Good luck!
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July 29, 2012 7:01:28 PM

few things to add

if you do not have an OS, go buy it or torrent it.

if you already have a computer and a usb(around 8GB) you can take out the Optical drive and save a bit (just noting this since i absolutely no use for it since i do not burn DVDs/CDs)

since you have an overclockable CPU i will recommend a CPU cooler to bring down the temps and the noise that a stock fan cooler will not do for you.

if you are not going to overclock, you can save a few bucks getting a non overclockable CPU

also if you do go with the CPU cooler i would get a Hyper 212 evo and i would change the Ram to something cheaper(cheaper doesn't mean slower) since the ram you posted can have some problems with the dimensions.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231416&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

this one is fairly cheap and very nice to have(used before for a friend)


if you want to stick with the Sabertooth get this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

also don't forget the promo for $15 off including the $17 off
Additional $15 off w/ promo code BTS504, ends 8/2

also i see that the only drive you have is a 128GB SSD which will not be enough(unless you just want to play 1 or 2 games) i would get a Seagate barracuda

also you can combo with this case (since i like this case a bit better than Haf 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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July 29, 2012 7:04:07 PM

Well i can tell you did your homework usually when members post their builds they are pretty unbalanced and lots of things need to be changed and they are stubborn to listen lol however i don't see anything wrong with your build other than you don't have a aftermarket cpu cooler listed and i assume since you picked the "K" series CPU you intend on overclocking your CPU i recommend one of these take your pick CPU Cooler:Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PHANTEKS PH-TC14PE_BL 5 x?8mm Dual Heat-Pipes Dual 140mm Premium Fans and Quiet CPU Cooler with Patented P.A.T.S Coating
by Phanteks
http://www.amazon.com/PHANTEKS-PH-TC14PE_BL-Heat-Pipes-...

CPU Cooler: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...

CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink Rev.1 with 1156 Brackets, free TX-3 Thermal Paste Included Inside
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you need low profile ram so that way your ram won't conflict with your CPU Cooler here are a few recommendations take your pick Ram:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKIL Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also for PSU for a single GTX 670 i would get a 650W that leaves you plenty of breathing room 750W is better suited for X2 670 in SLI.
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July 29, 2012 7:07:17 PM

oh wow you just saved me a bunch of $$$ ! Thank you so much!
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July 29, 2012 7:07:26 PM

I like most of the choices.....

Dunno which RAM ya picked as there is so many Vengeance models, but make sure it doesn't have those tall, toothy heat sinks. These low voltage models are my preferred choice.

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

The M4 is a tier 5 SSD.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-benchmark-revie...

Here's a 240 GB Tier 1 for just $180

The FTW ain't a bad card..... but I'm using these and only these atm.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-r...
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire...
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage

The 922 was a great case "in its day" ...it needs an update......I prefer the Antec 900 and Corsair 500R

If ya going to be looking to squeeze every last bit of OC outta teh CPU and twin GFX cards, I'd get an HX850. If not overclocking, the TX750 will do fine or the XFX Core Edition 750 or 850 which get the exact same 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating but both are cheaper than the TX750.

With the ability add that 2nd 670, I'd strongly suggest a 120Hz monitor..... personally I am not a fan of 3D films, and I went in thinking I'd hate it ...... but playing Arkham City w/ 3D and PhysX was quite a kick.

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

oh.....save $17 on the combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cooler:

$80ish .... Phanteks, Silver Arrow or Noc DH-14 in that order ... good for 7-10C above the 212
$50ish .... Hyper 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 .... either one will get ya 5-7C above the 212
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July 29, 2012 7:12:04 PM

bqbq said:
oh wow you just saved me a bunch of $$$ ! Thank you so much!
No problem! my pleasure!Your very welcome! ;) 
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July 29, 2012 7:15:12 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I like most of the choices.....

Dunno which RAM ya picked as there is so many Vengeance models, but make sure it doesn't have those tall, toothy heat sinks. These low voltage models are my preferred choice.

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

The M4 is a tier 5 SSD.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-benchmark-revie...

Here's a 240 GB Tier 1 for just $180

The FTW ain't a bad card..... but I'm using these and only these atm.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-r...
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-dire...
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage

The 922 was a great case "in its day" ...it needs an update......I prefer the Antec 900 and Corsair 500R

If ya going to be looking to squeeze every last bit of OC outta teh CPU and twin GFX cards, I'd get an HX850. If not overclocking, the TX750 will do fine or the XFX Core Edition 750 or 850 which get the exact same 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating but both are cheaper than the TX750.

With the ability add that 2nd 670, I'd strongly suggest a 120Hz monitor..... personally I am not a fan of 3D films, and I went in thinking I'd hate it ...... but playing Arkham City w/ 3D and PhysX was quite a kick.

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

oh.....save $17 on the combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cooler:

$80ish .... Phanteks, Silver Arrow or Noc DH-14 in that order ... good for 7-10C above the 212
$50ish .... Hyper 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 .... either one will get ya 5-7C above the 212

Could you find a comparison of the Gigabyte GTX 670 and the DC2 non top GTX 670?
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July 29, 2012 7:21:26 PM

Thank you for your time guys, y'all very helpful~
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July 29, 2012 7:40:58 PM

@ JackNaylorPE why would you recommend a HX850 for a single card set up like the OP is planing ?Even with the CPU OC and GPU OC they wouldn't need more than a reliable 650W nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering OP components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to a reliable 750W being more than enough for x2 GTX 670 in SLI and the OP is not even planing on SLI is there something i am missing?
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July 29, 2012 8:05:45 PM

You were fine with the link, but please don't use a calc. :p 
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July 29, 2012 8:26:20 PM

azeem40 said:
You were fine with the link, but please don't use a calc. :p 
Well o.k. yeah i know what you mean no problem.
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July 29, 2012 8:27:08 PM

when you're proving a point u gotta prove it to the fullest ! lol
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July 29, 2012 9:28:27 PM

bqbq said:
when you're proving a point u gotta prove it to the fullest ! lol
:lol:  very true and i realize what azeem40 pretty much pointed out i had already proven my point and was fine with the link but got off track with use a calc.And i know his legit reasoning for that
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