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August 27, 2012 8:12:24 PM

Alright. After much research, I think I've finalized what my build will be like. Below is a copy of the build, and as always, your feedback is much appreciated!

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($136.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH242H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.66 @ Amazon)
Total: $1771.31

Also, as a first time builder, do you have any suggestions in relation to the building itself?

Thanks,
Feriscool.
August 27, 2012 8:14:09 PM

Looks pretty solid, not sure what you're going to do with the build, (Media or just gaming) but the i7 should be overkill if you're just doing light media work and more on the gaming side. You should save and drop down to the i5 3570K.

Again if you're doing light media, 16GB will be overkill but if you're doing heavy rendering perhaps you keep it.

Definitely one thing is for sure, drop that PSU to the HIVE 750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Save some money and it's modular with great performance:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-65...
August 27, 2012 8:14:57 PM

what do you plan to do with the system? i can probably build better. and you dont need 2 dvd drives
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August 27, 2012 8:34:30 PM

TheBigTroll said:
what do you plan to do with the system? i can probably build better. and you dont need 2 dvd drives


Gaming, video editing, rendering, photoshopping, and some more heavy duty stuff.
August 27, 2012 8:43:23 PM

Everything looks great!

Just drop the second optical drive; all you need is one.

I suggest getting this SSD...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You get a bit more storage and speed without sacrificing reliability. It's also quite a bit cheaper than the intel drive.

Other than that, great build! Looks like you did an excellent job. :) 
If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Hope this helps; good luck!
August 27, 2012 8:44:13 PM

Then you're good to go, the PSU is the only change I'd make.
August 27, 2012 8:46:00 PM

Meh, I wouldn't change it. If he can afford it, why change it? It's a reliable brand, more efficient than the Rosewill, and fully modular. It's also supposed to be getting an upgrade. It's apparently going to be called the HX750 V2 from now on and is going to be rated for gold efficiency.
August 27, 2012 8:47:44 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

As it's my first build, do you have anything to suggest before buying it?
August 27, 2012 8:52:30 PM

For $2K pick a better mobo than some crap from Asrock. Something from Asus.
August 27, 2012 8:55:48 PM

The Hive is also pretty much fully modular, minus the necessary 24 pin.

The HX750 isn't worth the price at all. 80+ silver has 0 effect on performance. 80+ Bronze is practically the same in performance, there is pretty much like 2-3 percent in change of efficiency. It'll make very little difference. Not worth the extra $60.

"Reliability" is hard to say, the current Hive units are made by Sirtec, a more than reliable OEM. Proven in its reliability especially since the OCZ ZS units are based on the same platform.
August 27, 2012 8:56:10 PM

Smeg45 said:
For $2K pick a better mobo than some crap from Asrock. Something from Asus.


Do you have any suggestions for motherboards that are compatible with everything I've chosen?
August 27, 2012 8:59:04 PM

aznshinobi said:
smeg please show me a review where the crap you're referring to isn't close to the Asus in performance:
Here's $160-$220 round up:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...
The Asrock "crap" you're referring to beats if not performs on par with the Asus for much less.


The build quality. Last Asrock I had last year flexed in half nearly when I was putting it in. It was flimsy and crap and died in less than six months. I won't touch them. They've always been cheap and always will be. Feel the build quality of the Asus. Its like comparing Diablotek to Seasonic.
August 27, 2012 9:00:25 PM

Actually, the upgrade has already occurred.

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not 2-3% difference, rather it's 8-10% more efficient.

Not to mention, the Corsair comes with a 7 year warranty vs. the Rosewill's 3 year warranty.
August 27, 2012 9:03:00 PM

I've only heard good things about the ASRock Z77, so I think I'm going to stick with it.
August 27, 2012 9:03:05 PM

Alright Smeg, the reviews show otherwise, times change. But I've seen many others show better results with the Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 lasting and haven't broken yet.

August 27, 2012 9:06:44 PM

Also, as it's my first build, do you have anything to suggest before buying it?
August 27, 2012 9:07:16 PM

DeusAres said:
Actually, the upgrade has already occurred.

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not 2-3% difference, rather it's 8-10% more efficient.


80+ Gold is up to 90% efficiency, the Hive 750w as reviewed by Hardware Secrets outputs about 82%-86% ( http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-65... )

HX Efficiency: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-HX750W-P...

The HX gets about 3%-6% differential which doesn't warrant a $60 premium when the difference is unnoticeable and the reliability is still there. So it's not an 8-10%
August 27, 2012 9:07:59 PM

Feriscool said:
I've only heard good things about the ASRock Z77, so I think I'm going to stick with it.


+1^

Excellent board.
August 27, 2012 9:10:58 PM

aznshinobi said:
80+ Gold is up to 90% efficiency, the Hive 750w as reviewed by Hardware Secrets outputs about 82%-86% ( http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-65... )

HX Efficiency: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-HX750W-P...

The HX gets about 3%-6% differential which doesn't warrant a $60 premium when the difference is unnoticeable and the reliability is still there. So it's not an 8-10%


Meh, his choice. The 3 year vs 7 year warranty definitely warrants a $55 premium.
August 27, 2012 10:55:16 PM

this is what i would get
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fHDH

you could pay 50 more dollars for the corsair ax750 and you get slightly better efficency and a full modular unit. i personally have the xfx unit which is great.
August 27, 2012 11:39:40 PM

I'd get a Corsair TX 650 v2. 5yr warranty, and no you don't need gold or silver ratings. The Corsair will last and last throughout upgrades.
August 28, 2012 12:12:24 AM

@Smeg45: better off with a 750w for SLI. more headroom. if you are getting a 650w unit, id get the xfx 650w given its the exact same as the corsair one and its cheaper. same 5 yr warranty (id say xfx warranty is better given corsair customer service always gives you a long lineup)
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