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August 21, 2012 3:10:11 PM

Hi guys, I'm building a new gaming PC and was wondering if you could look over my build, I'd greatly appreciate any opinions/input.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: next week

Budget Range: 1550 max, if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Gaming, Light Video Editing using Adobe Premiere.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

So here's what I have so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1540.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-21 13:33 EDT-0400)

About the SSD, is that a good choice? I only aim to use it for the operating system and maybe photoshop. CPU wise I won't OC that much, so will that Cooler do a good enough job?

So what do you guys think? Is this build Okay or should I change anything? I'm pretty certain everything will fit together, but I wouldn't mind if someone confirmed it. Thank you very much for your help, I greatly appreciate it.

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August 21, 2012 5:37:47 PM

Also, one more question since I'm completely new to SSDs. If I install windows to the SSD, can I choose where other programs install too? Like, for example only have windows and photoshop installed on the SSD while everything else is installed in the bigger HDD? Is that possible or would all programs need to be installed to the SSD?
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August 21, 2012 5:39:55 PM

jyanez16 said:
Also, one more question since I'm completely new to SSDs. If I install windows to the SSD, can I choose where other programs install too? Like, for example only have windows and photoshop installed on the SSD while everything else is installed in the bigger HDD? Is that possible or would all programs need to be installed to the SSD?


Yes - when you install the programs you can tell it to install in a different directory other than the default. I'd do this for everything that's not Windows and a couple of main programs (Office, drivers, etc). That SSD is a great choice, alternately check out the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe and the Samsung 830.

That build looks good but it makes no sense to pair a 2700K with a Z77 motherboard, go for a 3770K instead. Also increase your SSD to the 128GB model and drop your PSU to the 750W model.
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August 21, 2012 5:43:02 PM

Get the 2600K or the 3770K(if the 3770K isn't too much extra). And yes, when you install any program, it asks for the installation location, and you can change it to any other drive if you wish. However, a 64GB SSD is a bit small, and with Windows, you won't have a lot of room to install games. Newer games use about 10GB or more. You're getting too big of a PSU. You'll only need 650w-700w. The build is good. Just needs a few tweaks.
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August 21, 2012 5:46:38 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yes - when you install the programs you can tell it to install in a different directory other than the default. I'd do this for everything that's not Windows and a couple of main programs (Office, drivers, etc). That SSD is a great choice, alternately check out the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe and the Samsung 830.

That build looks good but it makes no sense to pair a 2700K with a Z77 motherboard, go for a 3770K instead. Also increase your SSD to the 128GB model and drop your PSU to the 750W model.


Alright, I switched some of the parts out:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($62.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.06 @ Amazon)
Total: $1454.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-21 13:47 EDT-0400)

Regarding the SSD, I only plan to install windows and maybe photoshop to the SSD, so I don't think I'll need any more than 64 GB, unless I'm wrong. Anything else I can change/fix?
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August 21, 2012 5:51:47 PM

jyanez16 said:
Alright, I switched some of the parts out:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($62.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.06 @ Amazon)
Total: $1454.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-21 13:47 EDT-0400)

Regarding the SSD, I only plan to install windows and maybe photoshop to the SSD, so I don't think I'll need any more than 64 GB, unless I'm wrong. Anything else I can change/fix?



Looks a lot better but you will definitely benefit by upgrading to the 128GB M4. Even if you keep it to a minimum you start to lose a lot of Windows functionality due to the tight capacity.

Also I didn't see RAM listed, I suggest something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 21, 2012 5:58:58 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Looks a lot better but you will definitely benefit by upgrading to the 128GB M4. Even if you keep it to a minimum you start to lose a lot of Windows functionality due to the tight capacity.

Also I didn't see RAM listed, I suggest something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Wow, can't believe I didn't list memory. I was planning on getting this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've never used more than two sticks, so I don't know if I should stick with two sticks or go with the one you linked. Which one would be better? Would the MB I picked fit the 4 sticks?
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August 21, 2012 6:04:24 PM

jyanez16 said:
Wow, can't believe I didn't list memory. I was planning on getting this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've never used more than two sticks, so I don't know if I should stick with two sticks or go with the one you linked. Which one would be better? Would the MB I picked fit the 4 sticks?


They'll both work - the RAM I pick is low profile and if you plan to use any aftermarket cooler it will make the installation go a lot easier than if you use RAM with the tall heat sinks.
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August 21, 2012 6:18:03 PM

1: id get a better 670 than the evga such as the gigabyte windforce or the msi twin frozr 4. much better cooler design
2: do you seriously want the 650D? its pretty dam expensive compared to a fractal define r4 which is better in my opinion
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August 21, 2012 6:42:06 PM

TheLittleTroll said:
1: id get a better 670 than the evga such as the gigabyte windforce or the msi twin frozr 4. much better cooler design
2: do you seriously want the 650D? its pretty dam expensive compared to a fractal define r4 which is better in my opinion


I'm honestly not completely certain on what the difference between the brands is. From what I've read, EVGA seems to have the best customer service, but the gigabyte one runs cooler. They all have good reviews, so I don't know which one to go with.

@lordofdeath24

I'd rather stick to Nvidia, if possible.
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August 21, 2012 6:46:28 PM

jyanez16 said:
I'm honestly not completely certain on what the difference between the brands is. From what I've read, EVGA seems to have the best customer service, but the gigabyte one runs cooler. They all have good reviews, so I don't know which one to go with.

@lordofdeath24

I'd rather stick to Nvidia, if possible.


I like EVGA personally - the other cards mentioned are both good options. I've heard people having to return their Gigabyte cards due to defective fans though.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 6:50:40 PM

EVGA is great, but the fans aren't that great. Get the MSI or ASUS 670.
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August 21, 2012 7:27:08 PM

GPU wise, I'll have to look into it more. Definitely between the Gigabyte and EVGA. Other than that, I think everything should be set to go.
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August 21, 2012 7:36:25 PM

nah. msi is slightly better than gigabyte
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a b 4 Gaming
August 22, 2012 2:34:24 AM

MSI and ASUS both. The ASUS DirectCU II is killer. Again, EVGA has great support, but they use reference designs, so the MSI and ASUS versions are guaranteed to run quieter and cooler.
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August 22, 2012 1:45:38 PM

Best answer selected by jyanez16.
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