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August 18, 2012 9:39:51 PM

Hello guys! Im new here on the forum... I am going to build a PC for the first time, and I am still not sure if all the parts will work together. I already choosed the parts and ust want to know from you if everything is compatible... Also, what is a good gaming motherboard? I choosed the Asus Sabertooth Z77, but in my opinion it is a bit too expensive...

PARTS:
MB: Asus Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (4GB x 4)
PSU: I did not choose one yet... I want a modular PSU, but the one I choosed was 150 bucks (750W), but Im looking for something cheaper...
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 2GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
Driver: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
+$150 - $200 on keyboard, mice and headset.

Ill be using this rig mainly for gaming, but also for video editing, light 3d modelling and school work....

Is everything compatible? I want to save some money over the MOBO and PSU... save something around $100 on the MB and $50 on the PSU...

I also choosed a CM aftermarket Heatsink ($20)


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August 18, 2012 10:09:54 PM

You're spending way too much on the MB and PSU. You're not going to be OCing so the Sabertooth is definitely not worth it. the GTX 670 will also be enough for gaming. If it's not enough you can always get another to put it in SLI. But... the GTX 670 is a solid card for just $400. Much less than the GTX 680. Plus after OC, the 670 beats the GTX 680.

Check out my $1100 build over here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Swap the i5 3570K with the i7 3770K (You've saved some money by dropping down the MB and PSU so might as well get the chip to OC if you want in the future) (+116): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap the 7950 for the GTX 670 (+$60): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
16GB of ram, solid kit for a great price (+$44): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Swap for this PSU ($10): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $1351

A better bang for the buck and cheaper as well.
Review for the 750 Hive if you don't trust it:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-65...
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August 18, 2012 10:45:03 PM

this is a better bet

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eYXl

i highly recommend a nice mechanical keyboard but its not worth it if you spend over 100 dollars on it. im currently using the cooler master quickfire rapid. its cheaper than most other good mechanical keyboards (the blackwidow non ultimate edition isnt very good) and has pretty good build quality. only drawback is that there is no numpad but i dont use it anyways
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August 19, 2012 3:03:53 AM

TheBigTroll said:
this is a better bet

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eYXl

i highly recommend a nice mechanical keyboard but its not worth it if you spend over 100 dollars on it. im currently using the cooler master quickfire rapid. its cheaper than most other good mechanical keyboards (the blackwidow non ultimate edition isnt very good) and has pretty good build quality. only drawback is that there is no numpad but i dont use it anyways


wow thats a nice build!! Yeah i was going to switch keyboards... $100 it`s way too much! I wanted the Red MX switches, but the black ones will do... There is ust one problem with this MOBO... I could not find USB 2.0 ports... Some devices dont work properly with USB 3.0 ports. Are there USB 2.0 ports on this MB? I changed the PSU and motherboard and now I can add a 23 inch monitor and the price will be the same as before!!! I just have this problem with the usb 3.0.. I looked after another MB and found these two... What do you think?

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

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

TY
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August 19, 2012 3:07:03 AM

There are 6x USB 2.0 headers inside. I've never heard of USB 2.0 devices not working with USB 3.0.
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August 19, 2012 3:12:29 AM

obsama1 said:
There are 6x USB 2.0 headers inside. I've never heard of USB 2.0 devices not working with USB 3.0.

My friend had a headset that didnt work with 3.0, the audio came all messed up, bit with 2.0 worked perfectly... Well if there are 6x USB 2.0 inside I guess that is not a problem... But can I see them from the pictures?? Forgive me if that is a stupid question xD

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August 19, 2012 3:22:16 AM

It's in the specs. It's header, so you plug it into the front ports on the case.
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August 19, 2012 3:31:04 AM

ohhhh, thanks :) 
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August 19, 2012 3:39:29 AM

670 has 90% of the performance of the 680, and a 5min OC brings you to 680 performance. Take the $100 and spend it on peripherals or an SSD. An SSD REALLY helps with video editing.
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August 19, 2012 3:47:26 AM

what do you mean with `5min OC`? It helps when rendering, right?

OC = overclock?? I never overclocked before, so im a little afraid to do something wrong and end up with some broken part...
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August 19, 2012 3:53:15 AM

It's easy and reversible. The 680 helps, but not by much. Seriously. The 670 is really close to the 680 in performance. There are a ton of tutorials that can help you. OC=overclock, BTW. Also, you do it within Windows, so you can reference a tutorial whilst doing it, haha. Pretty impossible to break your GPU unless you go crazy and crank everything up.
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August 19, 2012 3:57:40 AM

hahahaha thanks man!! ill pick the 670 then, its always good to save some money! Texture rendering is very slower with the 670 then with the 680, when OC does it get better?
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August 19, 2012 4:27:14 AM

Very slow? No! It's fast. And yes, you cna always OC to make it just as fast as the 680 or even faster if you like.
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August 19, 2012 4:45:14 AM

compared to the 680, im sorry hahahaha!! why is it $100 cheaper if it is only 5% `worse` than the 680? I know I will be able to play BF3 on ultra, but I have seen different benchmarks and even a video, and results are always different.. I just want something around 50-60 average fps...
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August 19, 2012 4:49:08 AM

do you know what is the best gtx 670? the zotac amp gtx 670 is pretty awesome!! it is better than a stock $500 gtx680! but it is $450... Do you think its worth it?
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August 19, 2012 4:51:54 AM

IDK. However, best is the ASUS one or EVGA one. Both are FANTASTIC.
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August 19, 2012 5:01:11 AM

does the core clock number changes something? Zotac`s is 1098MHz base clock, GB 980MHz, EVGA 967MHz, MSI 1019MHz and Asus 900-1000 MHz... Zotac has the highest base clock number, does this means it is faster/better?? Im sorry for asking so many questions haha Im just not sure
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August 19, 2012 1:20:50 PM

zotac isnt all that great with their amp edition. doesnt have much more oc headroom given it only has 2 6pin power plugs.

id suggest the gigabyte or the msi card. the msi is more overclockable given a better cooler and overvolting support

technically, the rated specs mean its faster but most cards can overclock to that level anyways so why bother
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August 19, 2012 4:58:07 PM

Or the ASUS version. But if you want to get serious with OC'ing, the MSI's unlocked voltages help.
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August 19, 2012 8:19:34 PM

what if i am not overclocking? is the zotac better? im not sure which one to pick, zotac, gb or msi....
I'm still not sure if i am going to overclock, if it is that easy like obsama1 said, ill give it a shot
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August 19, 2012 8:23:11 PM

its really easy. i suggest either the msi or the gigabyte. pick one and go overclock
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August 19, 2012 8:25:18 PM

ok then... can you explain me what core clock means?? :) 
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August 19, 2012 8:27:17 PM

its what the gpu runs at. measured in mhz
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August 19, 2012 8:31:46 PM

the higher the better?
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August 19, 2012 9:54:05 PM

yes but getting it too high might reduce the lifespan of the card since you are stressing it too much. appropriate speed depends on the chip too since each one tolerates to this stuff differently
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August 19, 2012 10:21:08 PM

zotac gtx 670 BASE clock is ouver 1050MHz... do you think this zotac has a short lifespan just because of its core clock? if i keep oc the msi or GB gpu it will reduce the lifespan like you said? if the zotacs lifespan isnt reduced by its base clock, then ill go with it
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August 19, 2012 10:40:12 PM

i mean by like how much you crank the card over the given settings. all cards at their given level are fully validated to work at that speed no problem. zotac can do that by putting a beast cooler and selecting (or binning) chips that are more capable of running at these higher specs than the other 670 chips they have recieved from nvidia

most manufacturers bin their chips so that they can have the ones that are better than the rest put into their overclocked editions while the ones that are not as good are clocked at the reference spec

i dont recommend the zotac since at the stock factory settings, its near its power limit (toms did a round up of 670s)


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August 20, 2012 12:37:09 AM

just read the review, quess i should pick the GB like u said before! Thanks bud
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August 30, 2012 10:38:42 PM

Best answer selected by killer205.
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