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August 18, 2012 5:09:48 AM

This is my first build, so please keep in mind I had no idea what I was doing.

I'm unsure about everything I added, but mostly about the motherboards, sound cards, CPU coolers, etc, so any sort of suggestions help! If you have a better build, please post it!

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($159.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.07 @ Amazon)
Total: $1372.97

Thanks. :) 

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August 18, 2012 5:17:10 AM

Im guessing this is a gaming rig? If so, you dont need an i7. i5 3570K if gaming.
You wont need a 1000W PSU lol. a 750W is enough, even for 670 SLI. :) 
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August 18, 2012 4:11:23 PM

Anyone else with suggestions?
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August 18, 2012 10:26:59 PM

No, just follow Nw333's suggestions and you're good.
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August 18, 2012 10:37:10 PM

azeem40 said:
No, just follow Nw333's suggestions and you're good.


Did I really pick a good computer without knowing what I was doing?...
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August 18, 2012 10:43:26 PM

Lol.
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August 19, 2012 2:19:17 AM

Yeah, I still don't feel confident enough. I need more feedback.
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August 19, 2012 2:24:34 AM

if you really need more feedback, you can get an awesome cooler for $30: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO.

You actually already made a decent rig, you just went a bit overkill on the CPU and PSU.
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August 19, 2012 2:33:11 AM

Nw333 said:
if you really need more feedback, you can get an awesome cooler for $30: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO.

You actually already made a decent rig, you just went a bit overkill on the CPU and PSU.


Thanks for the suggestion. I'm worried about so many things, like if you get a reformat CD when you buy from newegg, or if all the parts are compatible. :/ 
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August 19, 2012 2:36:41 AM

I'd suggest a 660 Ti SLI for $600, which would be even more powerful than the 680. Get 8GB of RAM. Get the i5-3570K, smaller PSU, and Hyper 212 as suggested above. It's all compatible. All you need to assemble is a screwdriver.
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August 19, 2012 2:43:22 AM

obsama1 said:
I'd suggest a 660 Ti SLI for $600, which would be even more powerful than the 680. Get 8GB of RAM. Get the i5-3570K, smaller PSU, and Hyper 212 as suggested above. It's all compatible. All you need to assemble is a screwdriver.


I don't think I can go any higher with the GPU just because they cost so much afterwards. I've heard a lot of suggestions for the i5-3570K. What are the advantages to getting it over the i7? Keep in mind I'll be gaming, video editing, browsing, administrating, etc.

How much smaller of a PSU? I'm look at the Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply. Would that be sufficient?

Also, do you know if NewEgg sends a reformat CD of some sort?

What about the case and its size?

P.S. I edited the original post.
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August 19, 2012 2:51:52 AM

What type of video editing do you do? Professional, or as a hobby? If it's pro. go i7. If not, i5. The i7 is the i5 with hyperthreading. That's it. Programs that can't utilize it(all games) won't show improvement. 750W is great. You use the Windows DVD to reformat.
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August 19, 2012 3:11:36 AM

obsama1 said:
What type of video editing do you do? Professional, or as a hobby? If it's pro. go i7. If not, i5. The i7 is the i5 with hyperthreading. That's it. Programs that can't utilize it(all games) won't show improvement. 750W is great. You use the Windows DVD to reformat.


Alright, your help is very much appreciated. Do you know if everything will fit in my case? What about cable management?
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August 19, 2012 3:23:02 AM

The Antec 1100 is pretty big. Should be no problem.
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August 19, 2012 3:40:22 AM

obsama1 said:
The Antec 1100 is pretty big. Should be no problem.


Alright, thanks a lot for the help. If you have anything to suggest about a first-buy, please tell me. :p 
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August 19, 2012 3:49:38 AM

Get the 2600K. A 2min overclock brings it to 2700K level. Heck, even at stock, they're pretty much equal in performance. If you have the option, get the i7 2600K. Might want an anti-static wrist strap for ~$5.
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August 19, 2012 4:01:33 AM

I found out that the GTX 670 is a GDDR5, while the motherboard I chose is DDR3. That's a problem, right? Do you know of any GDDR5 motherboards? (P.S. I didn't include the motherboard on the list)
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August 19, 2012 4:12:30 AM

That DDR3 is RAM. DDR5 is vRAM. Its different from the memory on the RAM sticks.
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August 19, 2012 4:15:24 AM

Nw333 said:
That DDR3 is RAM. DDR5 is vRAM. Its different from the memory on the RAM sticks.


Can you suggest a motherboard from this list that is compatible with everything I have so far?
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/
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August 19, 2012 4:26:06 AM

ASRock Extreme4 would be good.
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August 19, 2012 4:26:15 AM

Z77 version.
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August 19, 2012 4:28:42 AM

obsama1 said:
Z77 version.


Are you certain it's fully compatible?
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August 19, 2012 4:31:16 AM

Absolutely. 110%. It's on the CPU Supported list @ the ASRock website.
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August 19, 2012 4:51:10 AM

Absolutely.
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August 19, 2012 4:52:03 AM

obsama1 said:
Absolutely. 110%. It's on the CPU Supported list @ the ASRock website.


What about compatibility with the GPU?
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August 19, 2012 4:53:35 AM

GPU's work on all mobos. All it needs is a PCIe slot.
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August 19, 2012 4:54:23 AM

obsama1 said:
GPU's work on all mobos. All it needs is a PCIe slot.

Thanks again.

If anyone else has more suggestions, please post 'em!
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August 19, 2012 6:18:27 AM

You might want to change the evga gtx 670 yo something like gigbyte or msi cuz they use less power and they dont get hot as easily as ive heard.
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August 19, 2012 3:18:42 PM

Gamingfan 1432 said:
You might want to change the evga gtx 670 yo something like gigbyte or msi cuz they use less power and they dont get hot as easily as ive heard.


Yeah, that's why the CPU cooler is a concern. Anyone got any reviews or suggestions with the current GPU and CPU Cooler I have?
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August 19, 2012 4:26:44 PM

Gamingfan 1432 said:
You might want to change the evga gtx 670 yo something like gigbyte or msi cuz they use less power and they dont get hot as easily as ive heard.

THey dont use less power lol.

Anyways, @OP, hes right on getting one from gigabyte or msi as they have awesome coolers. Although I dont know why the CPU Cooler will be a concern since it wont even affect the GPU in any way lol.
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August 19, 2012 4:56:15 PM

How about the ASUS DirectCU II version? Their coolers are great.
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August 19, 2012 5:04:30 PM

obsama1 said:
How about the ASUS DirectCU II version? Their coolers are great.

That too lol. :D 
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August 20, 2012 2:05:45 AM

I'm now unsure as to which cooler I should get. What do you all recommend from what you've discussed?
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August 20, 2012 2:14:04 AM

Just get MSI, Gigabyte, or ASUS. Great coolers, so just go for whichever is cheapest.
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