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QUICK! Review my build before I buy! i7-2700k 8GB GTX560 1TB build

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August 5, 2012 5:29:49 PM

Hello all!

I'm (hopefully) hours away from buying the rest of the parts for my PC build. I recently learned of some rather significant promotions at Micro Center that will allow me to update to an i7-2700k instead of the i5-2500k. With this I only have one true limitation: I need to purchase a Z77 motherboard from MicroCenter. I personally chose the ASRock Z77 Pro3, but that was what I was thinking. That was about my only choice as well. The only other one I could do is the Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H, however I need VERY good reasoning why, since this puts me over my budget.

The SSD, I'm unsure between Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK, and Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR , or OCZ Technology Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G, help there (all 60GB?)

BUILD: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dTcB

It should be noted that the memory, power, video card, optical drive, monitor, and hard drive are not changeable!

Thanks,
Jack

PS: Do I need a anti static grounding wrist strap for when I build?
August 5, 2012 5:44:19 PM

Depending on usage I don't like the 560 or the 2700K

3570 or 3770 and at least a 560ti/7850 or better
August 5, 2012 5:45:48 PM

What is the purpose of your build? If it's gaming, you don't need to waste the money on the i7 and you are going to want to upgrade your GPU if you can.

The Pro3 and the D3H are about the same featurewise so I would just stick with the Pro3.

I would also be getting an ivy bridge chip if I were you. There is no reason not to at this point and it will allow you to fully utilize the features of the Z77 board.

Other than that, the build is solid.
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August 5, 2012 5:51:02 PM

Oh right, the purpose may be important to state on this topic. xD

I'm mainly using this to do some really good multitasking. I want freezing up to be a thing of the past, something that commonly happens when I run 30+ tabs of chrome, office apps, photoshop and/or after effects. Mainly I will be using this for adobe software, primarily photoshop/after effects, surfing, and I want it to be a pretty decent gamer while maintaining being good for other stuff.

I could look into getting an i5 3570k, however I can not update the graphics card beyond what I have. It was on a sick deal I got.

I'll stick with Pro3.

Also, what do you guys think about SSD (check original post, to lazy to repost)
August 5, 2012 6:04:31 PM

For your purpose, I would get the 2700K or, more preferably the 3770K
August 5, 2012 6:13:04 PM

cranked said:
For your purpose, I would get the 2700K or, more preferably the 3770K


That's what I am thinking. The 3770k is WAY out of my reach, I originally made this build with the 2500k. Heck even the 2700k is barely out of reach but I can handle it.
August 5, 2012 6:47:17 PM

Why 2700K? The 2600K is the same thing, but cheaper. Also, the link is broken.
August 5, 2012 6:54:45 PM

Obsama - I can't. I could do the 2600, but I can't overclock as well. It isn't a choice for the promotion I'm taking advantage of.

We can try this:

Patriot 60GB 2.5" SATA III 6Gb/s Pyro Solid State Drives (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller (79.99 + 8.665% - $30)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

OCZ Technology Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 60GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller (64.99 + 8.665% - $10)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 60GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce SF-2200 Controller (79.99 + 8.665% - $20)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Crucial m4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Marvell Controller (62.99 + 8.665%)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I'd prefer the Patriot one simply from a price standpoint and it looks like it can compete with others, however I'm unfamiliar with the brand name. Either that or Corsair. Someone enlighten me.
August 5, 2012 6:58:53 PM

I'd get the Crucial. Reliable and fast.
August 5, 2012 7:00:17 PM

And most expensive on an already stretched budget. I can do it, but out of curiousity, are the others "worse"?
August 5, 2012 7:03:14 PM

No, but the Marvell controller is reliable. I would recommend the Corsair, if the Crucial is out of reach. The OCZ Agility 3 isn't that good. Their Vertex series by OCZ is better, but more expensive. I don't know much about Patriot, so I can't speak for them.
August 5, 2012 7:05:37 PM

Yes.
August 5, 2012 7:10:13 PM

obsama1 said:
No, but the Marvell controller is reliable. I would recommend the Corsair, if the Crucial is out of reach. The OCZ Agility 3 isn't that good. Their Vertex series by OCZ is better, but more expensive. I don't know much about Patriot, so I can't speak for them.


Alright. I'm probably going to go Corsair only because of a price standpoint. Especially depending on this answer:

Should I get a anti static ground wrist strap?
August 5, 2012 7:13:31 PM

No.
August 5, 2012 7:16:54 PM

It's not necessary. You can go down the old-school route, and occasionally touch the metal of the case while assembling. Or, you can pay for the strap, and not have to do that. It's not needed, but it's always an option.
August 5, 2012 7:18:12 PM

Okay. Azeem you prefer the Crucial SSD or Corsair? Crucial?
August 5, 2012 7:35:52 PM

Reliability means more than speed in this case, as SSDs are plenty fast. So yes, the M4.
August 5, 2012 7:43:53 PM

Alrighty. Thanks guys. Any additional comments about anything would be fantastic.

I guess other than this, everything else look good? Does my case look good (the Z9)? I don't want to spend more than the good deal I got on it, so hopefully so.
August 5, 2012 7:50:16 PM

The 560 is good card, but the 6870 beats it in power consumption and speed. Case is great, but the Thermaltake V3 at MC is $25 w/ rebate, and has great reviews.
August 5, 2012 8:06:42 PM

That's the only one I am debating against it. I like the design of the Z9 personally better, but unless there is a reason to switch (more fans, fits parts that others doesn't, etc.) I won't switch probably.

I nabbed that 560 for about $140. I liked the price and since I bought from Newegg I'm not getting a 15-20% restock fee.
August 5, 2012 8:23:19 PM

Quick double check: 550w and my PSU should be fine, right? (I can't change it with restock fee, so just let me know)
August 5, 2012 8:26:02 PM

Yes.
August 5, 2012 8:35:27 PM

550W is enough.
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