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August 17, 2012 5:24:55 AM

Everything is in the shopping cart and ready to go. I just want to make one final check that everything looks to be in order! I posted a thread a few days ago, but I swapped out the motherboard and chose a different brand GPU. I intend on an eventual double GTX 670 with the build and maybe OC'ing until I get the second card.

My main concern: Do the swapped motherboard/gpu still remain compatible? Thanks guys!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1418.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 01:24 EDT-0400)

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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 5:29:42 AM

Get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW instead of the regular EVGA GTX 670.
They're the same price but the FTW is on a GTX 680 PCB board and overclocked to 1006 mhz.
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August 17, 2012 5:30:31 AM

Ahhh I must not have updated that correctly, that is my intention and what's in the cart :) 

Anything else of note?
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 5:36:26 AM

Well, your build is basically the same as mine lol.

but ya. only other thing is that your system don't need 750w (unless you're planning to throw in another GTX 670 FTW in later on.
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August 17, 2012 5:38:18 AM

I do plan on doing that, and my Uni will be paying for electricity until then, so I don't mind the overflow ;)  Can too powerful of a PSU be harmful in any way, or is it safe to wait until next year?
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 5:41:47 AM

Chicken Denders said:
I do plan on doing that, and my Uni will be paying for electricity until then, so I don't mind the overflow ;)  Can too powerful of a PSU be harmful in any way, or is it safe to wait until next year?


nothing wrong with it. just that it consumes more electricity at the a lower wattage draw. (which your uni is paying for lol)

oh ya. Get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus instead of the Evo. they're basically identical but one costs $5 more ($15 more if you mail in the rebate)

you can also get a cheaper optical drive too... there's cheaper 24x DVD drives...
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August 17, 2012 5:48:54 AM

Everything seems great for the most part but i'd get a Samsung 830 or Vertex 4 SSD instead of the Crucial M4.

Get the Gigabyte WF or Asus DC II GTX 670 not the FTW edition like killerhurtalot suggested.

...if you can get Phantom 410 and not a HAF 922
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August 17, 2012 5:54:35 AM

aqualipt said:
Everything seems great for the most part but i'd get a Samsung 830 or Vertex 4 SSD instead of the Crucial M4.

Get the Gigabyte WF or Asus DC II GTX 670 not the FTW edition like killerhurtalot suggested.

...if you can get Phantom 410 and not a HAF 922


Thanks for your suggestions! What is your reasoning behind them, though? :) 
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 5:55:45 AM

Chicken Denders said:
Thanks for your suggestions! What is your reasoning behind them, though? :) 


Better memory controller.
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August 17, 2012 5:57:26 AM

killerhurtalot said:
Better memory controller.

They have the same Marvel controller.
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August 17, 2012 6:01:48 AM

Chicken Denders said:
Thanks for your suggestions! What is your reasoning behind them, though? :) 


Because they are better, i really don't fell like looking for benchmarks but the this is like this (Performance wise)

Vertex 4>Samsung 830>Crucial m4 Reliability: Samsung 830>Crucial m4>Vertex 4
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 6:02:07 AM

azeem40 said:
They have the same Marvel controller.


Vertex 4 got the Indilinx controller
Samsung 830 got Samsung's own controller
M4 got Marvel
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August 17, 2012 6:03:48 AM

So I guess I'm kinda leaning toward the Samsung 830, now? Is it worth switching?
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August 17, 2012 6:04:30 AM

No, they all use the Marvel controller, but just vary it.
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August 17, 2012 6:05:52 AM

Chicken Denders said:
So I guess I'm kinda leaning toward the Samsung 830, now? Is it worth switching?


Of course it is!! although i'd get the Vertex 4
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 6:06:01 AM

azeem40 said:
No, they all use the Marvel controller, but just vary it.


You're basically saying all marvel based controllers are the same... but they're very different from one another...
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 6:10:11 AM

aqualipt said:
Of course it is!! although i'd get the Vertex 4


I'd rather get reliability... You're mostly just install a set amount of commonly used applications/games/os to the SSD... the slight increase in speed wouldn't yield that noticeable of improvements (less than 1-2 seconds for most tasks I presume). Rather have one that would last a year or two longer that's only slightly slower.
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August 17, 2012 6:10:50 AM

killerhurtalot said:
I'd rather get reliability... You're mostly just install a set amount of commonly used applications/games/os to the SSD... the slight increase in speed wouldn't yield that noticeable of improvements (less than 1-2 seconds for most tasks I presume). Rather have one that would last a year or two longer that's only slightly slower.


Hmmm... the Vertex 4 has a 5 years warranty... i seriously doubt someone will keep an SSD for that long, this guy is probably going to update it in 2 or maybe 3 years
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August 17, 2012 6:12:24 AM

killerhurtalot said:
You're basically saying all marvel based controllers are the same... but they're very different from one another...

No, I am saying that they use a variation of the marvel controller, but it is still based on that controller.
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August 17, 2012 6:12:24 AM

2 or 2 years? Did you mean 2 or maybe 3 years?
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August 17, 2012 6:17:18 AM

azeem40 said:
2 or 2 years? Did you mean 2 or maybe 3 years?


Fixed*
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August 17, 2012 6:17:59 AM

Oh, is it likely that I'll need to purchase extra cables or something? They're 20% off on Newegg right now, so if something's cheap I'd like to pick it up ahead of time rather than after I hit a wall...
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August 17, 2012 6:18:25 AM

Considering that this is the first time I'm buliding a PC, as well as the first time using an SSD, I'm sure anything I choose will be blazing fast in my eyes. That being said, I think I'll go with the 830. I'm thinking that investing in reliability for now, and likely higher performance as my sense of technology matures is the safest thing to do right now ;0
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August 17, 2012 6:22:02 AM

Chicken Denders said:
Oh, is it likely that I'll need to purchase extra cables or something? They're 20% off on Newegg right now, so if something's cheap I'd like to pick it up ahead of time rather than after I hit a wall...


Your pc should come with everything, don't worry about that ;) 

if that's it then pick a Best Answer to close this thread
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August 17, 2012 6:22:52 AM

Yup that's it, thanks everyone :) :) 
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August 17, 2012 6:23:27 AM

Best answer selected by Chicken Denders.
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2012 6:59:00 AM

aqualipt said:
Your pc should come with everything, don't worry about that ;) 

if that's it then pick a Best Answer to close this thread


Most motherboards only comes with 2 sata cables. he should get one sata cable because he has 3 things that needs sata cables.
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August 17, 2012 7:00:17 AM

killerhurtalot said:
Most motherboards only comes with 2 sata cables. he should get one sata cable because he has 3 things that needs sata cables.


The SSD comes with a Sata cable

Edit: never mind...i checked an unboxing video and it doesn't have a sata cable
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August 17, 2012 1:00:27 PM

I admittedly don't know much about buying SATA cables. Is this something that I can safely purchase from Best Buy or Staples, or will they be of lesser quality/price gouged? Are they all more or less the same, or is there a certain brand I should look for? Thanks!
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August 17, 2012 1:13:53 PM

Chicken Denders said:
I admittedly don't know much about buying SATA cables. Is this something that I can safely purchase from Best Buy or Staples, or will they be of lesser quality/price gouged? Are they all more or less the same, or is there a certain brand I should look for? Thanks!


That MOBO u pick: gigabyte z77x-d3h, I have the same one it came with 4 SATA cables. 2 were SATA3 and other 2 SATA2.

So u're good I believe, well at least in my area (europe).
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August 17, 2012 7:10:16 PM

Chicken Denders said:
I admittedly don't know much about buying SATA cables. Is this something that I can safely purchase from Best Buy or Staples, or will they be of lesser quality/price gouged? Are they all more or less the same, or is there a certain brand I should look for? Thanks!


All sata cables are basically the same (Quality wise) so you're ok!
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