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Is this z77 gtx 680 build worth it (its my first build btw)

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August 14, 2012 3:56:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: After Shipping and Rebates $1300-$1600 (Although the lower the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Programming, Watching Movies (1080p/ 3DS), surfing the internet, Music Production

Are you buying a monitor: No, not with this build, I want to dedicate all money to this build. Will however in 3-4 months



Parts to Upgrade: COMPLETELY NEW BUILD

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: : Preferred Newegg, but no true preference
Location: Chicago (Suburbs), Illinois, USA

Parts Preferences: Definitely intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (In the future)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The case i have listed is the one i i am hoping to get (if there is a better but similar alternative please list). Both cool and quiet pc. If liquid cooling fits in budget please list.

Why Are You Upgrading: Old computer went kabloosh. It was compaq so no way to truly upgrade

My rough build

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eyo3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eyo3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eyo3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($185.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 4 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Octane 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1629.81
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 18:45 EDT-0400)
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August 14, 2012 4:37:10 AM

You won't see much of an increase between the GTX 680 and the 670. Get the 670. Use the $ saved on a 128GB SSD from Crucial or Samsung.

EDIT: typo
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August 14, 2012 4:38:08 AM

The SSD is crap, do what azeem40 said.
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August 14, 2012 4:44:43 AM

+1 to both the above comments the 680 preforms 5% to 7% better than a 670 but cost $100.00 more so you need to ask yourself is that little of a performance gain worth the extra cash if you ask me hell to the no lol.
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August 14, 2012 4:52:08 AM

bigcyco1 said:
+1 to both the above comments

I third it. And I'll add some elaboration.

If you run a 64GB SSD as a primary boot drive, you'll lose almost 20GB of it between NTFS formatting and Windows7 itself. This means you have roughly 40GB left. Considering a single game can take over 10GB just for one these days, that doesn't leave you a lot of wiggle room. The other option is to run it as a "Cache drive", nobody does it. Why? Because its not that great. Ideally I'd get at least a 256GB SSD, but I say 128GB minimum or forget it.

Also, you might consider dropping down to an i5-3570K, i7 really isn't worth the premium for the average joe, especially gamers. Even occasional to moderate video editors can still get by without complain with an i5. But if you're got the budget for the i7? What the hell? It can't hurt, thats for sure.


I'd also say, you don't really need a 750 watt PSU for a single GTX 670, or 2 of em in Sli for that matter, a quality 650 watt PSU will do you just fine. Something like a Corsair TX 650v2 would be my recommendation. But Antec makes good *** too.
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August 14, 2012 5:22:35 AM

do what azeem40 said
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August 30, 2012 10:26:41 PM

Best answer selected by rrr159.
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