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August 1, 2012 12:57:20 PM

Hi everyone. I've recently gotten back into gaming and decided to build my first computer. For whatever reason I did not come across this site while preparing for the build. I basically went to the websites of various computer vendors (not the HP's of the world but rather blueaurapc and the like), saw what they put into their machines and cross-checked w/Amazon and Newegg reviews. Below is the machine I put together. I know the most important question is am I happy with the computer I've built and the answer is yes. That being said if someone could tell me if there's anything glaringly different they'd have done that would be helpful. I am still w/in my Amazon return window so mistakes can be corrected. Again thank you for any assistance you provide.

Build Specs:

Approximate Purchase Date: For better or worse already purchased

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 50% Gaming / 50% Generic usage

Are you buying a monitor: Again, for better or worse, I purchased two Asus VW2464H
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LYWBOM/ref=oh_deta...

Parts to Upgrade: We'll see based on what the comments say !

Do you need to buy OS: Purchased Windows 7 Home Premium

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - NY, NY

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel & Nvidia but otherwise I'm open to suggestions

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: One day - Unless someone says I "need" it now

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


HERE IS THE BUILD:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0EHE/ref=oh_deta...
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=oh_deta...
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y6MV6/ref=oh_deta...
Motherboard: ASUS Deluxe Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V DELUXE
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007G51VEQ/ref=oh_deta...
Memory: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TO5C0/ref=oh_deta...
Hard Drive 1: ntel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 60 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch - SSDSC2CW060A3K5 (Reseller Kit)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006VCP7DG/ref=oh_deta...
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=oh_deta...
Case: Cooler Master RC-922XM-KKN1 HAF XM Mid Tower ATX Case with USB 3.0 and External SATA X-Dock
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Q7EG7I/ref=oh_deta...
Power: Seasonic 80Plus Power Supply M12II 620 BRONZE
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HE260I/ref=oh_deta...
Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=oh_deta...

Thank you all very much for any assistance you can provide. I truly wish I had come across this forum prior to my build.

Gabe

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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2012 1:13:27 PM

Its mostly just small little tweaks, only one big problem I see with it.

Kingston RAM (or atleast all the ones I'v seen) run at 1.65v, which can damage the internal memory controller of Intel CPU's (Also voids there warranties). You need a kit that's 1.5v or less.
This kit is fairly good.
Corsair Vengeance low profile 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $55
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz...

None of these are big enough to warrant a refund, but just so you know later.

EVGA graphics cards use a reference heatsink, which is loud and don't cool as well as custom. Something from Gigabyte or ASUS would have been better.
Also, Theres no reason to get a factory overclocked card, you can make the non OC'ed version card hit the same speeds in 10mins without paying an extra $10 or so. Factory overclocks are always a bit conservative as well, you can easily push more performance out of them.

3770 instead of 3770k. Cant overclock without the "k". Considering youv got an overclock capable board and a good CPU cooler, you'v got everything but the CPU set up for overclocking.

The Intel 520 and Caviar Black perform quite well, but not enough to warrant the high prices compared to the competition. Especially considering cheaper competition can outperform them.

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August 1, 2012 1:40:29 PM

manofchalk said:
Its mostly just small little tweaks, only one big problem I see with it.

Kingston RAM (or atleast all the ones I'v seen) run at 1.65v, which can damage the internal memory controller of Intel CPU's (Also voids there warranties). You need a kit that's 1.5v or less.
This kit is fairly good.
Corsair Vengeance low profile 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $55
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz...

None of these are big enough to warrant a refund, but just so you know later.

EVGA graphics cards use a reference heatsink, which is loud and don't cool as well as custom. Something from Gigabyte or ASUS would have been better.
Also, Theres no reason to get a factory overclocked card, you can make the non OC'ed version card hit the same speeds in 10mins without paying an extra $10 or so. Factory overclocks are always a bit conservative as well, you can easily push more performance out of them.

3770 instead of 3770k. Cant overclock without the "k". Considering youv got an overclock capable board and a good CPU cooler, you'v got everything but the CPU set up for overclocking.

The Intel 520 and Caviar Black perform quite well, but not enough to warrant the high prices compared to the competition. Especially considering cheaper competition can outperform them.



Thank you for the RAM recommendation. I've already ordered what you suggested as it took only a quick google search to come across several articles confirming that I made a mistake w/the 1.65v RAM.

Which hard drives would you recommend? I doubt I'll upgrade now but just knowing recommended manufacturers is helpful as I learn.

Thanks again.

Gabe
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August 1, 2012 6:07:18 PM

I have always bought Western Digital HDD's and according to reviews, Intel makes the best Solid State Drives, which i'd like to get one but only if i need a new main storage device.
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2012 10:02:30 PM

Two big players in the HDD market are Western Digital and Seagate. I prefer Seagate as I have a couple of 3+ yr old drives from them and haven't failed yet, and according to benchmarks, the (modern) Seagate Barracuda's outperform Caviar Blacks at a significantly better price.

The SSD market is chock full of manufacturers at this point (There's even rumors MSI will enter soon), so which one to get will depend on when you buy, as the SSD market can shift quite quickly. A while ago, the Crucial M4 was the drive to get, then suddenly Intel, OCZ, Samsung and a couple of others released some amazing drives and now its all up in the air.
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August 1, 2012 10:10:32 PM

personally i prefer evga as a video card vendor. rock solid, a step up program and they come with good extras. if you have a problem with the video card fan getting too loud then you dont have enough case airflow!!!

its a tossup between wd caviar blacks, samsung spinpoints and seagate barracudas. the only thing i suggest is to get 1tb models not 1.5tb models as there have been known reliability issues.

the ssd market right now is a tossup as well. i'm happy with my ocz vertex2's but recommendations are varied.

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August 2, 2012 5:38:31 AM

I think i jinxed my hard drive.. and it's most likely my WD 06' 160GB drive, it apparently has seek errors & froze on me (it was making that noise like it was lost). I was able to restart my pc.. running SpinRite now to see if anything is corrupted.
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August 9, 2012 8:11:57 PM

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