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August 5, 2012 5:06:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: (0-1600$) before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, video rendering, coding, surfing the web, watching movies. )

Are you buying a monitor: in the future



Parts to Upgrade:everything

Do you need to buy OS: yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any safe site

Location: exeter, nh united states

Parts Preferences: intel cpu and nvidia graphics card

Overclocking: maybe i have learn how our if somebody can tell me.

SLI or Crossfire: not right now but in a couple years ill might go for 2 gpus.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: i am looking to be able to run all games on max settings effortlessly.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: i dont have a desktop computer.)

here is a parts list that I put together but i would really appreciate advice and help. link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dTDN

i dont know if i should get an i7 sandy bridge cpu or an i5 ivy bridge cpu. suggetions?

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August 5, 2012 6:02:15 PM

That build is fine that you picked out. It will allow you to do everything you stated above. I would switch to a Hyper 212 EVO for your cooler. It will do the same job for less money.

How much video rendering are we talking? Little here and there and major amounts? If you are doing alot, you might want to think about jumping up to a i7 ivy bridge.
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August 5, 2012 6:06:39 PM

i would only be doing little bits but i would like to learn more about it so I would want it to be kind of open to anything.
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August 5, 2012 6:11:25 PM

Well, if you don't do a lot, then stick with the i5. If you are doing a lot, I'd say go with the i7 2600K. It's cheaper than the i7 3770K, and you get the same performance.
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August 5, 2012 6:13:36 PM

which one would last me the longest performance wise?
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August 5, 2012 6:16:58 PM

also which one would be the best for 3d modeling and things like that?
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August 5, 2012 6:20:50 PM

Depends on your usage.

If you do lots of editing, the i7 will undoubtedly last longer.

If you don't do a lot, they'd last the same.

If you game, then it is's kind of a tossup. No game uses the i7's hyperthreading, since they're almost all console ports. Right now, the i5 and i7 score the same in gaming, but if in the future, if games start to use HT(Not in the near future), then the i7 will have a leg up on the i5.

I'd say to spend a bit more, and get the i7 2600K, since you might find yourself wanting to do more serious editing, but you are limited by the i5.
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August 5, 2012 6:31:01 PM

should i get the ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM or the 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
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August 5, 2012 6:35:31 PM

In the end, the DVD drive is what matters least, LOL. If you want to play and burn Blu-Rays, get the 1st. If not, get the 2nd.
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August 5, 2012 6:38:17 PM

ok i didnt know if it mattered but thanks and with this setup will it last a long time durability and performance wise?
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August 5, 2012 6:40:34 PM

Should last 2-3 years.
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August 5, 2012 6:44:04 PM

I mean, it does matter, but it's not the most crucial part, haha. This build will last for a long time, definitely. The case is good, the cooling is good, etc. The 670 runs any game at ultra settings, and should do that for the next few years.
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August 5, 2012 6:49:15 PM

when you say it will last for 2-3 years what will i have to upgrade then to keep it going.
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August 5, 2012 6:53:27 PM

Graphics card.
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August 5, 2012 6:57:38 PM

The CPU should still be going strong in 2-3 years, but with new consoles coming out, the graphics on PC games will improve, and stress the GPU more. The 670 should still be fine in 2-3 years, but it won't play every game in 2015 on Ultra.
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August 5, 2012 7:02:37 PM

ok thanks so could i just go sli at that time
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August 5, 2012 7:04:54 PM

Yes, but going with another strong single card is a better alternative.
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August 5, 2012 7:06:37 PM

^^^^

What he said.
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August 5, 2012 7:08:54 PM

ok thank you but I'll get over that speed bump when it presents itself.LOL
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August 5, 2012 7:11:56 PM

and srry for askin a bunch of questions but will I be able to utilize all of the features of the case with the seup
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August 5, 2012 7:14:26 PM

It's OK. It's NP. Yes, you should be able to utilize everything, except eh water cooling, but if you decide to go down that route, you can water cool.
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August 5, 2012 7:14:30 PM

A Full Tower is kind of big for what your intended purpose is. Unless you plan to WC, a Full Tower isn't needed.
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August 5, 2012 7:19:11 PM

do you have any better case options?
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August 5, 2012 7:19:45 PM

A mid tower is a good compromise. However, I suggest you go with a different brand. For $145 for that case, you get only one USB 3.0 port. I'd get Corsair, Antec, etc.
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August 5, 2012 7:26:57 PM

Faster transfer speeds.
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August 5, 2012 7:37:12 PM

do you have any ore suggestions
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August 5, 2012 7:40:06 PM

The OCZ PSU looks good, but I'd recommend maybe a Corsair/Antec/Silverstone/ PSU.

Also, the case looks good, but I'd recommend those cases I put up there.
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August 5, 2012 7:43:25 PM

okay I think i am going to stick with the case I picked out but I will look into those psu's.
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August 5, 2012 8:04:50 PM

would I be able to do a very little bit of oc with this or would I need it to be watercooled
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August 5, 2012 8:10:46 PM

You can OC with aircooling.
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August 5, 2012 8:14:49 PM

Watercooling is only for very extreme overclocks, and good air cooling can get you up to 4.5-4.6GHz.
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August 5, 2012 8:15:39 PM

would i beable to with my setup?
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August 5, 2012 8:23:56 PM

Absolutely. You'll be able to go yo 4.5GHz.
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August 5, 2012 8:32:38 PM

can you possibly point me i the right direction to a reliable guide to help because I am kind of new to the computer industry.
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August 5, 2012 8:34:52 PM

To Overclocking or building a computer? Or both?
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August 5, 2012 8:40:04 PM

both i know a lot more about building a computer than overclocking but both would be helpful.
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August 5, 2012 8:46:09 PM

but im not getting ivy bridge im getting sandy bridge?
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August 5, 2012 9:08:48 PM

does it matter that im getting a sandy bridge do you oc them the same way
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August 5, 2012 9:11:21 PM

The only difference is when you get to adjusting voltages. Just Google search: Sandy Bridge overclocking guide OR i7 2600K overclocking guide.
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