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September 12, 2012 3:03:13 AM

Looking for opinions on what I have. Main concern I have is with the compatibility between parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better): about six weeks

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping : 0 - 2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies):

Gaming, Surfing the internet, watching movies, Folding@Home

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No: Yes looking a the Asus VH242H 23.6-Inch Full-HD LCD Monitor with Integrated Speakers.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No : Yes I'm going with Windows seven

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

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU) : I like Nvidia, Intel, and Corsair (for the power supply).

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe : Maybe ,but most likely not

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe : Maybe later

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get) : Looking at 1920x1080

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using):

I'm trying to build a gaming machine that will last 3-5 years (I don't expect it to play max graphics in 3-5 years ,but I'm looking for reliable parts). I would like to known if my current build below will play specifically Skyrim and Shogun 2 at max settings. I'd like to stay away from water cooling for this build. So please let me known if I will have adequate air cooling with my build so far.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke) : Last gaming computer overheated ...... well it was an older gaming laptop that skyrim managed to kill off (I think it fried the mother board or the GPU).

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.

Current Build:


Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window
Adding in 1-2 extra 120 mm fans besides the default three fans in the case.

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
Cooling Fan: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler (Designed for Over-Clocker King)(CLP0575)

Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA FTW Edition)
Power Supply : 850 Watts - Corsair Professional Series CMPSU-AX850 80 Plus Gold Power Supply

Hard Drive: 120 GB Intel 330 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 500 MB/s Read & 450 MB/s Write(Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD (Single Drive)

Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

Thermal Display: NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer

Thank you guys for your suggestions and answers in advance.
September 12, 2012 8:48:05 AM

Looks loke a nice build. A few pointers though:
- If you are not thinking of overclocking, the stock boxed cooler from intel is really enough. The thermaltake is not necessary (but nice for oc)
- Same goes for the psu. 850w is really overkill for that build. Go for something like 600 - 650w.
- Unless there are other reasons that are not obvious, you do not really need to add extra fans to those already included.
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September 12, 2012 9:51:59 AM

You dont need an i7. All the advantages it has against the i5 is just hyperthreading which will games dont even utilize much. The i5 3570K is what your looking at.

You also want a GPU from MSI, Asus or Gigabyte as they have much better coolers than the reference coolers EVGA has.

750W is all you need since you said you might do SLI.

Expect this to last only around 2-3 years since the new Haswell Intel processors come out in 2013 and chances are, Ivy and Sandy Bridge will be obsolete.

@cohentrooper, you can never have enough fans for a build like this :p 
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September 12, 2012 9:54:44 AM

If not overclocking, you can get the non K version of that i7 and save a bit of money.

The OP said they might SLI later so having that extra power in the PSU might come in handy later.
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September 12, 2012 10:37:41 PM

Thank you guys for your responses and help. Another question I had was if the only difference between the i7-3770k and 3770 was being able to over clock? If so then would the 3770 work ok with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA FTW Edition) ?

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September 13, 2012 3:28:36 AM

Yes it will work fine, they are the same chip except the K version has a 'unlocked multiplier', meaning that with the K version you can go into the BIOS and set the clock speed to be higher.

If you do go with the non K version, you won't need that cooling fan.
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September 13, 2012 8:09:00 PM

Probably going with the non K version then. If so would the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan be a better fan for my needs then the Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler?
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September 14, 2012 2:14:00 AM

If you are not overclocking then the stock Intel fan should be ok, but if you want to be safe and keep the CPU running cool through intensive gaming, then the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo would be the best.
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September 14, 2012 2:30:09 AM

here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($429.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($429.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($172.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $1952.09
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 22:30 EDT-0400)
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September 14, 2012 4:35:03 AM

Thanks guys for all your help. On a side note I might end up switching the Motherboard out for a ASUS sabertooth. Would that motherboard still work with this set up. Thanks again for all your help.
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September 14, 2012 4:42:50 AM

BlueSamurai said:
Thanks guys for all your help. On a side note I might end up switching the Motherboard out for a ASUS sabertooth. Would that motherboard still work with this set up. Thanks again for all your help.


There is no point in doing that, the sabetooth motherboards are extremely overpriced, i have one rule for picking motherboards: go loud or go home, you either buy the best and most expensive motherboard you can find with 4way SLI support @ quad 16x or a decent ~120$ mobo... there is no point in buying a 200$ motherboard over a 120$ one, it will give you ZERO benefits.
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September 14, 2012 6:53:12 AM

You have a point ,but the Sabertooth comes with a 5 year warranty that is very attractive. It also has better performance then the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH and I also like its features.
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September 14, 2012 2:01:10 PM

BlueSamurai said:
You have a point ,but the Sabertooth comes with a 5 year warranty that is very attractive. It also has better performance then the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH and I also like its features.


Hmmm... there is no point in having a 5 years warranty when in 2 years its going to be obsolete and gigabyte makes its motherboard using a really high quality standard.

FYI, motherboards have ZERO effect in performance.
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September 14, 2012 3:35:44 PM

idroid said:
Hmmm... there is no point in having a 5 years warranty when in 2 years its going to be obsolete and gigabyte makes its motherboard using a really high quality standard.

FYI, motherboards have ZERO effect in performance.

+1. :D 

Sabertooth will be obsolete VERY soon. (exaggerating, but still.) Haswell is going to be released next year and its going to use the 1150 socket which the Sabertooth board you are getting now doesnt support, it uses 1155.
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September 14, 2012 8:20:37 PM

Thank you guys for all your help. You've really helped my build.
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September 14, 2012 8:20:55 PM

Best answer selected by BlueSamurai.
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