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August 15, 2012 12:11:22 PM

Hi, i'm looking to build a rig for gaming, some oc in the future. I've somewhat chosen this and hope you guys can give me some advice.

CPU: i5-3570k.
MOBOS: Asus z77 Sabertooth or Asus p8z77 V Pro.
GPU: Asus GTX670 DUii or Gigabyte GTX670.
RAM: Corsair vengence 1600Mhz 2x4GB - 8GB.
SSD: Crucial M4, Intel320 or OCZ Vertex 4. (Not sure how much to get)
HDD: WD 1TB Black or Hitachi 1tb.
PSU: Seasonic x gold 760
Case: ?
Win7 Home Premium 64bit.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 12:26:21 PM

Both of those motherboards are more expensive than they have to be.

Even this one is more expensive than it has to be and it supports the same features as both of those boards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: honestly.. with the money you have now saved on the mobo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Benchmarks:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6025/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-e...

SSD: Crucial M4. My advice is at least 128GB or forget it altogether. Win7 and NTFS formatting take almost 20GB of a 64GB SSD, leaves you almost no room for games. Ideally, I'd look at 256GB SSDs if you can afford it.

HDD: If you're running an SSD as a primary boot drive, don't spend a lot of money on getting a fast secondary hard drive for storage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: That one doesn't seem in stock, at least not from newegg, this one is made by Seasonic too, and its enough power.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Pick something you think looks nice and check reviews to see if its good quality. Might I suggest an NZXT Phantom?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Everyone has different tastes in cases, go with something you find aesthetically pleasing.
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August 15, 2012 12:53:17 PM

nekulturny said:
Both of those motherboards are more expensive than they have to be.

Even this one is more expensive than it has to be and it supports the same features as both of those boards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: honestly.. with the money you have now saved on the mobo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Benchmarks:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6025/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-e...

SSD: Crucial M4. My advice is at least 128GB or forget it altogether. Win7 and NTFS formatting take almost 20GB of a 64GB SSD, leaves you almost no room for games. Ideally, I'd look at 256GB SSDs if you can afford it.

HDD: If you're running an SSD as a primary boot drive, don't spend a lot of money on getting a fast secondary hard drive for storage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: That one doesn't seem in stock, at least not from newegg, this one is made by Seasonic too, and its enough power.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Pick something you think looks nice and check reviews to see if its good quality. Might I suggest an NZXT Phantom?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Everyone has different tastes in cases, go with something you find aesthetically pleasing.



Is there any place that i can compare what's the actual diff between those 2 mobos?

I've always been using nvidia and never use radeon b4.

SSD i've been planning to get a 128 or higher if i have some spare cash.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 12:57:11 PM

Hi the build you did is great but there are some improvements you could make.

If you don't need the extra features the Asus motherboards offer you should buy a more affordable motherboard like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know it's much cheeper that the boards made by ASUS but it's just as good.

With the saved money you can afford a better graphics card like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's as fast or faster than a GTX 680 depending on your resolution and also runs extremely cool and quiet.

About the HDD.You should also buy a WD dard drive if you can.In my personal experiance they are by far the most reliable hard drives.And the Caviar Black is among the fastest 7200rpm HDD's you can buy.

You can also replace the PSU with this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The power supply i linked is a bit more powerfull and is often priced cheaper.It's also a very high-quality unit with excelent efficiency and a modular cabling desing.

Im also going to recommend some good cases.

First up is my personal favorite
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But spending so much for a case is not neccecery its just a luxury.

The next case i think you should look at is the Zalman Z11 Plus.It features a pretty impressive cooling solution for the price and looks kind of unique.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you cant afford any of these cases than the only logical option is the NZXT Gamma.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's not a good case but it's pretty good and is also prices a bit too low for its features.

About the SSD in my opinion you should buy a Vertex 3.They are very fast and are also priced very low.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 1:02:19 PM

Bigfatmoo said:
Is there any place that i can compare what's the actual diff between those 2 mobos?

I've always been using nvidia and never use radeon b4.

SSD i've been planning to get a 128 or higher if i have some spare cash.

Actually, yes
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...

As far as the video card, you can't really go wrong either way, but 7970 is the top dog on the block.

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August 15, 2012 1:05:31 PM

I like Asus mobos myself, but what do you want from the P8Z77 V Pro that you can't get from the P8Z77 V? They're 99% identical, and the non-Pro is only $10 more than the AsRock in the same category.

HDD: Absolutely go for the WD black.

Case: I'm waiting for my Corsair 500R in the mail - I think all the Corsair cases seem pretty amazing - but the Phantom seems to be a great case too, as does the Antec Nine Hundred, and some people really seem to like the Cooler Master Haf X and Rosewill's THOR. This is too much of an aesthetic/personal choice for there to be a 'best', or even a best value.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 2:06:03 PM

They're all the same pretty much.

Honestly, by the time you find a 670 or 7970 inadequate, the most economical solution will be just to replace it with a single better video card. And by that time, you'll probably be thinking about a whole new system build while you're at it. I wouldn't spend more on a mobo with the desire to crossfire/SLI later.

This video is a bout 10 minutes long, but its worth the watch. Yes, the guy looks like a young punk kid, but he actually knows his stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK4ip08auGg
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August 15, 2012 3:33:12 PM

so which brand of mobos do you suggest me getting?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 3:36:06 PM

The Asrock.
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August 15, 2012 3:43:44 PM

nekulturny said:
The Asrock.


And the reason being it have the features?
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August 15, 2012 4:05:51 PM

nekulturny said:
The reason being, it has the same features as all the other boards and just as good in terms of quality for a lower price.

Actually, excuse me, I meant to link this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


so the link you gave that compares to mobos is of no use as it's a diff mobos...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2012 11:17:43 PM

Bigfatmoo said:
so the link you gave that compares to mobos is of no use as it's a diff mobos...

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?2803...!

Differences between Asrock Extreme 4 and Extreme 6

Short version, no real difference that will matter for gaming.

1- The Extreme6 has DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @ 60Hz
2- The Extreme6 has extra 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot & 1 x mini-PCI Express slot
3- The Extreme6 uses Etron EJ168A controller instead of the Extreme4s Asmedia ASM1042
4-The Extreme6 uses Z68 Extreme4 style MOSFET heatsinks
5- The Extreme6 comes with front panel USB3

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1. Is irrelevant with a discrete graphics card.
2. Is irrelevant because you will be using the PCI 3.0 slot for the main video card.
3. Different USB 3.0 controllers that do the same thing.
4. Doesn't really matter
5. Is about the only thing really important here, as if you have a case with USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, you might want that. But I wouldn't pay $40 more bucks for it.
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August 16, 2012 7:10:06 AM

Can anyone suggest me a $1500AUD for a gaming build?
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