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September 12, 2012 3:11:03 PM

Hello,

I am building a desktop for the first time. This machine is more like a toy for me at the moment since I have a laptop for daily tasks.

I will eventually be using this machine for video/photo editing, gaming, and programming.

I would like any advice with the following list (also a confirmation that everything should be compatible with one another would be wonderful):

AR = After Rebate

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R ($114, $94.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA ($279.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7–3770 ($309.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO ($36.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video: MSI GTX 660 Ti PE ($309.99, $299.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16 ($82.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU750AX ($169.99, 154.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Western Digital 1.5 TB WD ($150.53)
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Black-Cache-Deskt...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5” ($109.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you!

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September 12, 2012 3:18:55 PM

What is your primary use for this computer? What resolution is your monitor? And what is your budget? :)  If we know this, we could comment on your rig with greater ease and make better recommendations.
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September 12, 2012 3:22:33 PM

mocchan said:
What is your primary use for this computer? What resolution is your monitor? And what is your budget? :)  If we know this, we could comment on your rig with greater ease and make better recommendations.


I will use this machine for video/photo editing, gaming, and programming.

My biggest budget for everything is 2K; though I'm trying to keep tower down to 1.5K. I'm in need of a new monitor with a much better resolution of what I have right now, but I will purchase this after the desktop is built.
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September 12, 2012 3:25:07 PM

Alright, thank you for your response :)  I'll be right back with a parts list for you.
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September 12, 2012 3:31:07 PM

My 2 cents :) 

iDroid's recommendation isn't too bad, either :)  very similar to what I personally have.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler ($69.70 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $1583.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 11:29 EDT-0400)
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September 12, 2012 3:33:20 PM

mocchan said:
My 2 cents :) 

iDroid's recommendation isn't too bad, either :)  very similar to what I personally have.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler ($69.70 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $1583.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 11:29 EDT-0400)


TBH i don't like that motherboard, its a bit small and it will bend over time if you place heavy CPU cooler (like the Thermalright siver arrow...ugly btw) and dual cards :/  and the Vertex 4 is a bit faster
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September 12, 2012 3:39:01 PM

idroid said:
TBH i don't like that motherboard, its a bit small and it will bend over time if you place heavy CPU cooler (like the Thermalright siver arrow...ugly btw) and dual cards :/  and the Vertex 4 is a bit faster

Personal preference of the cooler :lol:  I find it to be sexy if you choose the right color fans.

Again, personal preference for the SSD, there's so much competition for them right now it's not even funny anymore. If OP prefers the Vertex 4, then I'm not stopping them :lol:  both are great options and OP can't go wrong with either one. But since the 830 looks so sexy...-stares at velcro strips- I'll definitely mount it somewhere I can see it :lol: 

With the motherboard, you may be right, if that's the issue, then OP may want to swap it out for something else. With their budget, it's a very easy swap as there's PLENTY of headroom.
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September 12, 2012 3:45:59 PM

mocchan said:
Personal preference of the cooler :lol:  I find it to be sexy if you choose the right color fans.

Again, personal preference for the SSD, there's so much competition for them right now it's not even funny anymore. If OP prefers the Vertex 4, then I'm not stopping them :lol:  both are great options and OP can't go wrong with either one. But since the 830 looks so sexy...-stares at velcro strips- I'll definitely mount it somewhere I can see it :lol: 

With the motherboard, you may be right, if that's the issue, then OP may want to swap it out for something else. With their budget, it's a very easy swap as there's PLENTY of headroom.


Yeah... this kinda getting boring for me too, i hope AMD comes up with a super fast CPU to match/beat haswell and companies like Qualcom get into the competition as well by making some kick-ass x86 CPUs and video cards.... i would like that Nvidia made CPUs :D 
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September 12, 2012 3:47:37 PM

idroid said:
Yeah... this kinda getting boring for me too, i hope AMD comes up with a super fast CPU to match/beat haswell and companies like Qualcom get into the competition as well by making some kick-ass x86 CPUs and video cards.... i would like that Nvidia made CPUs :D 

:lol:  agreed. Hopefully AMD can make some kind of reasonable come-back with their PD and Steamroller CPU's, Intel CPU's are fast, but they're no fun to OC :( 

Also, that would be very interesting if that were to happen.
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September 12, 2012 3:51:25 PM

mocchan said:
:lol:  agreed. Hopefully AMD can make some kind of reasonable come-back with their PD and Steamroller CPU's, Intel CPU's are fast, but they're no fun to OC :( 

Also, that would be very interesting if that were to happen.


and what better way to celebrate the occasion by releasing the next gen of consoles so we can enjoy better games for the PC!! well... i will keep dreaming :/ 
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September 12, 2012 3:54:27 PM

idroid said:
and what better way to celebrate the occasion by releasing the next gen of consoles so we can enjoy better games for the PC!! well... i will keep dreaming :/ 

:lol: 
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September 12, 2012 3:57:43 PM

Thank you for the reply! I think I'm going to go with idroid's set up (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gJ5o). At least, something extremely similar.

:) 

Now...hopefully I can figure out how to put it together xP :pt1cable: 
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September 12, 2012 4:01:34 PM

:lol:  not to fear! There's plenty of guides on the web, one great one is the one done by Newegg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls <-step-by-step instructions :) 

If you get stuck, there's a great community right here on THG! :) 
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September 20, 2012 12:05:30 AM

LOL! Actually that mistake will make you even happier.

It's better than the one you were supposed to order, so it's actually a very nice trade off.

Both cards are identical so you have nothing to worry about compatibility wise.
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September 21, 2012 8:04:22 PM

mocchan said:
LOL! Actually that mistake will make you even happier.

It's better than the one you were supposed to order, so it's actually a very nice trade off.

Both cards are identical so you have nothing to worry about compatibility wise.


*phew* That's a relief :lol: 

I'm just waiting for one more shipment and then I can start :bounce:  :lol: 
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September 21, 2012 10:14:46 PM

:)  I'm glad you're having fun in the process :lol:  (or so it seems)
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October 7, 2012 12:33:34 AM

mocchan said:
:)  I'm glad you're having fun in the process :lol:  (or so it seems)


Hello :)  It's me again, so my parts finally came in, but then school started so I got a bit busy. :fou: 

Anyways, When I turn on the tower, all of the fans work (except for one, but that's 'cause I need to buy a 3 to 4 pin converter, which isn't a big deal), but nothing will show up on the monitor (the bios). Now.....I don't know what to do. :( 

I do plan on buying a new monitor...but the one I used should work.....but I don't know :cry: 

P.S.

I am having fun in the process.....it also helps that I got the Borderlands2 coupon thing for free :lol:  ...now if I can just get my computer to work......
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October 7, 2012 6:06:44 AM

You shouldn't need to buy an adapter for fans at all! You can stick the 3-pin connector into the 4-pin connector on your motherboard :)  One pin will stick out, but it's not like you'll be putting/touching the area near the fan header all the time so I don't think it's a big deal.

Also, which connector did you plug in your video cable into? Did you plug it into the motherboard connectors (near all the USB and audio ports)? Or did you plug it directly into the graphics card (has vents and multiple display outputs)?

If this hasn't been of any help, I highly recommend checking this link out - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...

:)  That should solve your problems. If it doesn't, come back to this thread and we'll see what's going on with your rig!
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