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Im a newbie; I respectfully request your build advice

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August 17, 2012 8:25:42 PM

I'm looking to build a dream machine for gaming, data crunching, coding, and graphic design. This is the first time I have ever built a computer and am looking for general advice. I have put some specific questions below:


Approximate Purchase Date: next two weeks

Budget Range: up to $1543.21 After Rebates, After Shipping (plus or minus $200)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Games, Analytics / Statistics, Serving Websites, Programming, Graphic Design

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe

Do you need to buy OS: Windows
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:


Am I overspending in one area more than another that does not make sense?
Will these parts be compatible with each other?
Will this computer last a long time?
Is it worth it to get an overclockable processor and cooling fan?
How important is the sound card?

The current setup I have consists of these parts:
GeForce GTX 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-3770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Vertex3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sparkle PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital WD10EZEX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lite-On ihes112-04 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Logitech Pro 9000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Logitech MK320 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Was thinking of possibly overclocking with the [Intel Core i7-3770K]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with this cooling fan, [Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler with Four Direct Contact Heat Pipes]: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

If I do overclock, I was going to put on my own heat sink gel, Arctic Silver or the equivalent, between my motherboard and processor because I was told that the stock heat sink gel is not sufficient

Was also thinking about substituting my SSD for something with slightly less memory (90GB) for a modular power supply with higher efficiency
August 17, 2012 8:40:29 PM

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If I do overclock, I was going to put on my own heat sink gel, Arctic Silver or the equivalent, between my motherboard and processor because I was told that the stock heat sink gel is not sufficient


That's one thing that is not needed. Depending on which fan you get it will come with its' own compound - fans like the Hyper 212 include really good compound, and there's no need to buy extra.

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Am I overspending in one area more than another that does not make sense?


I wouldn't get the vertex 3, the sound card isn't necessary, and switch that PSU. I'm not sure I would trust that brand even if it is gold certified. I'd also ditch that RAM as the tall heat sinks aren't needed.

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Will these parts be compatible with each other?


Yeah but I think I would switch things up a bit. Is the web cam really necessary? You can always add that later.

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Was also thinking about substituting my SSD for something with slightly less memory (90GB) for a modular power supply with higher efficiency


You don't have to sacrifice anything on a $1600 budget.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1543.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 16:40 EDT-0400)
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