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[New Build] First build, $3700 including peripherals

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August 3, 2012 4:37:26 AM

This is the first computer I have ever built and I am really curious what people would think of my entire system.

Approximate Purchase Date: August 10th, 2012

Budget Range: $3700 before rebates, after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and recording gaming videos.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: Entire system
Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Washington State, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have never had a quality computer and have the extra cash to do so now.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts:


Asus P9x79 Pro motherboard

Intel i7 3930k Sandy Bridge CPU

2x EVGA 04G-P4-2763-KR Geforce GTX 670 GPU

32GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 RAM

2x Crucial M4 128GB Sata 3 Solid State Drives

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully Modular Power Supply

Corsair H100 Extreme Liquid CPU Cooler

Corsair CMXAF1 Memory Fans

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 64-bit OEM Operating System

ThermalTake Level 10 GT Snow Edition Case

Samsung B300 Series Monitor

Corsair Vengeance K90 Black Mechanical Keyboard

Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse



I honestly know hardly nothing about RAM, but browsing some websites and looking at my motherboard's QVL I decided on the Corsair GT with little consideration elsewhere, and if someone has any opinions on that especially I'd be more than happy to hear them. The 32G kit seems pretty pricey and if that's superfluous spending I can cut that out, but if people think it's worth getting then I'll hang onto it.

The case is really pricey but looks super boss, so I am set on it unless anyone knows of problems this case has with ventilation or space etc.

The motherboard and CPU are already in the mail, those are the 2 components that I was pretty dead set on.

Another concern I have is cooling. I've read reviews that say the GTX 670 GPUs are really power efficient, which presumably would mean lower heat, and the H100 liquid cooler I have read is pretty good for what it gives, but should I still be looking for more?

Again this is the first computer I've ever built myself and I'd really appreciate criticism.

Thank you.
August 3, 2012 5:25:50 AM

First of all that is one nice fat budget to play around with. Second 32gb of ram is overkill even 16gb is still pretty much overkill. Third you should swap out the the two 670's and get one 690 it will use less power. four when i had it all picked out it was $500 dollars under i improved the storagecapabilites. hope you like your build :o 

part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dJ16
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August 3, 2012 5:31:31 AM

I say set like 1.5k for the PC and spend like $500 on peripherals; just don't link them here or else people will tell you to use the $ on the build instead of extras.
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August 3, 2012 5:46:25 AM

emperor piehead said:
First of all that is one nice fat budget to play around with. Second 32gb of ram is overkill even 16gb is still pretty much overkill. Third you should swap out the the two 670's and get one 690 it will use less power. four when i had it all picked out it was $500 dollars under i improved the storagecapabilites. hope you like your build :o 

part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dJ16



Thank you for your help, I appreciate it. The 32GB RAM kit I've posted I will freely admit is a frivolous investment and I am seriously considering against it.

I am certainly no expert, but I was under the impression that two GTX 670s in SLI would outperform a single GTX 690. Is that not the case?

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August 3, 2012 5:48:19 AM

They will, but will only outperform by a small amount. Btw, why are you SLIng at 1080p? Either get a 2560x1440 or higher res monitor or drop one 670.
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August 3, 2012 5:51:12 AM

azeem40 said:
I say set like 1.5k for the PC and spend like $500 on peripherals; just don't link them here or else people will tell you to use the $ on the build instead of extras.



It's just something I'm playing around with, I am second-guessing a lot of the components here and I am definitely going to reconsider everything before I actually order them.

As for the peripherals, I have heard good things about mechanical keyboards and my mouse is in pretty bad shape at the moment.
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August 3, 2012 5:52:11 AM

Yeah, $500 should get you a good sound system, killer headphones, amazing keyboard and mouse, and good sound card.
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August 3, 2012 5:59:05 AM

azeem40 said:
They will, but will only outperform by a small amount. Btw, why are you SLIng at 1080p? Either get a 2560x1440 or higher res monitor or drop one 670.


Admittedly I know very little about SLI. As I said I was under the impression that two GTX 670s would outperform a single GTX 690 and I guess I just assumed that if I were to run two video cards I would want to run SLI...

A 2560x 1440 monitor is definitely out of the question for me at the moment until prices go down quite a bit. A monitor seems like an investment I could more easily make in the future than a video card.
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August 3, 2012 6:03:19 AM

Skip the two tiny SSD's in RAID 0. One decent size SSD and a storage drive and your good to go. 8GB is more than fine for what your intended uses and a 750w psu gives you plenty of headroom for dual 670's, extra drives, fans, etc.... Also if your going to have that much fire power then anything other than a 120Hz monitor would be a crime imo.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $137.99 - $127.99 after mail-in rebate card
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $509.98 save: $10.00
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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... $63.99 FREE SHIPPING
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $379.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-480G-G25 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $419.99 (Before $25.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $419.99 (Before $25.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $379.99
SAMSUNG S23A700D Black 23" 2ms HDMI Widescreen 3D Capable LED-Backlit LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1 | 120Hz

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
BenQ XL2420TX Black-Red 24" 5ms (2ms GTG) HDMI Widescreen Height & Pivot Adjustable LED-Backlit 120Hz 3D-Ready LCD Monitor 350 cd/m2 DC 12M:1 (1000:1)

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <---- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless AC 1750 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $51.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink +300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900, 3 in 1 Access Point/Repeater/Gigabit Ethernet Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port Up to 450Mbps downlink + 450Mbps uplink Wireless
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August 3, 2012 6:04:28 AM

You can get an A- panel that is A LOT cheaper ($310) and 2560x1440.
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August 3, 2012 9:22:03 AM

Why_Me said:
This board down below runs dual cards @ x16.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $509.98 save: $10.00
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard



no Z77 mainboard can run dual cards at PCIE 3.0 x16, even the 400 bucks Maximus V extreme with PLX chip can't. Though all SLI capable Z77 boards can run dual cards at PCIE 3.0 x8 which is the equivalent of PCIE 2.0 x16.
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August 3, 2012 10:07:28 AM

azeem40 said:
They will, but will only outperform by a small amount. Btw, why are you SLIng at 1080p? Either get a 2560x1440 or higher res monitor or drop one 670.
+1 i agree with this if your going to SLI 670 get at least a 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 res monitor for a monitor res 1920x1080 a single 670 would be more than enough. ;) 
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August 3, 2012 10:08:28 AM

Hi,
I think because this is yr first computer, u should buy a little bit cheaper, just around $2,000 should be very good for gaming and video.

As I've just got a new desktop with my first time like u in last Frebruary. I got a CPU i7 2600K, RAM 16GB 1600MHz, graphic MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk 950MHz, Case Coolermaster storm enforcer, PSU Antec HCG 750W. This one is very good, runs most programs quickly. All together with monitor, speaker just about $1,800.

So, I think u should have a CPU 3770K, a good graphic such as GTX 680 or 690 (Asus, MSI or Gigabyte are good brands), good PSU such as Antec about 800W, good case about $150, RAM 16GB is ok. If u like to use crossfire or SLI, need to check your PSU should be enough?

Hopely that can help you some
Good luck
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August 3, 2012 10:36:02 AM

Well for sheer value for money the 670 SLI... (its only a little off the 680 in SLI performance, and a fair bit cheaper) I would get the 690 but it's still kinda over priced IMO.Although nvidia really went all out to make it the best. The 670's in SLI will start to get loud with reference coolers and an overclock (at least my friends do.) GTX 680's in SLI is expensive and not worth it over one of the other two cheaper options.But,honestly unless you have a surround setup or are running a monitor 2560x1600/1440 res this is all crazy talk. One 670 is ample GPU for 1080p gaming. 150 FPS BF3 max is wasted money.


Now if you could find a pair of non-reference 670's for SLI, that would be the way to go with a surround setup IMO.


This review should give you an idea. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 is shown in the charts so that you can compare them.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 SLI

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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August 3, 2012 3:10:01 PM

jacknhut said:
no Z77 mainboard can run dual cards at PCIE 3.0 x16, even the 400 bucks Maximus V extreme with PLX chip can't. Though all SLI capable Z77 boards can run dual cards at PCIE 3.0 x8 which is the equivalent of PCIE 2.0 x16.

My bad, I forgot to edit that part out of my post. I switched boards after posting that build. This board down below runs dual cards @ x16. The Asus WS Revolution also runs dual cards @ x16.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme9/ <----- another look at that board

5 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2: x16 mode or PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE5/PCIE7: x16/0/16/0 or x8/8/8/8 mode)
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