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September 14, 2012 7:15:46 PM

Hello, everyone. I plan on ordering parts this weekend for my first build. My budget is around $1500. I suppose I could go a bit over budget but I'd prefer not to since it's always good to save money. I plan on dual booting Windows and OS X (Hackintosh). I'll be using Windows strictly for gaming and OS X for everything else. Since I am going to Hackintosh route I don't have as much flexibility in choosing parts. I'm fairly certain everything I've selected is compatible, but if not please let me know. Please tell me what you think.

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend.

Budget Range: Around $1500.

System Usage: gaming, video editing, and programming.

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Parts to Upgrade: New system.

Do you need to buy OS: Not now. I'll purchase Mountain Lion in Mac app store and I'm going to use the Windows 8 RTM until it forces me to purchase a key.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: I'm stuck with the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H and Nvida 6xx series since I'm building a Hackintosh.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Your Monitor Resolution: Currently only one 1920x1080 monitor. I plan on adding to more later this year.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current system is over 4 years old and lacks the power that I need.

i7 3770k - http://goo.gl/B3w10

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - http://goo.gl/Hqjqv

Galaxy GTX 670 GC 4GB (I know 4GB is more than I need, but the card is only $420 after rebate) - http://goo.gl/eHNf1

Corair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8GB) - http://goo.gl/py4xu

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - http://goo.gl/py4xu

Fractal Design Define R4 with Window - http://goo.gl/W2Aq7

Corsair H80 - http://goo.gl/8v1OC

Cooler Master Silent Pro RS850 (I know it's more than I need now, but I'd like to have extra power for future upgrades.) - http://goo.gl/n5jNf

Total: $1455

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September 14, 2012 7:40:43 PM

Its not that bad.... but a lot of things can be improved.

here, buy this:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
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)
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 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1490.82

That PSU will allow you to get a second GTX670 whenever you want to, and there is no point in higher than 2GB of VRAM unless you're gonna game @ 5760x1080

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September 14, 2012 9:15:15 PM

Thanks for the reply. I didn't know a 750W PSU could drive two GTX 670s, so I think I'll take your advice on the power supply. I understand that no current games use over 2GB at 1920x1080, but I plan on adding additional monitors in the future. I'll probably have a triple monitor setup by the end of the year. And the Galaxy card is at a great price for a 4GB card. The onboard audio on the GA-Z77X-UD3H has issues with OS X so I think I'd be better off with the GA-Z77X-UD5H. I'm not sure about the storage. I don't really see the point in a SSD. I don't care about booting up a 10 seconds faster and I don't transfer large amounts of files daily. Both the Define R4 and 500R have solid reviews, the necessary features, and plenty of space. I prefer the look of the R4 so I think I'll be sticking with it. I have a perfectly good optical drive in my current system that I'll probably use with the new one. Thanks for the advice. You saved me about $50 with the PSU.
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September 14, 2012 11:42:11 PM

Mechanized said:
Thanks for the reply. I didn't know a 750W PSU could drive two GTX 670s, so I think I'll take your advice on the power supply. I understand that no current games use over 2GB at 1920x1080, but I plan on adding additional monitors in the future. I'll probably have a triple monitor setup by the end of the year. And the Galaxy card is at a great price for a 4GB card. The onboard audio on the GA-Z77X-UD3H has issues with OS X so I think I'd be better off with the GA-Z77X-UD5H. I'm not sure about the storage. I don't really see the point in a SSD. I don't care about booting up a 10 seconds faster and I don't transfer large amounts of files daily. Both the Define R4 and 500R have solid reviews, the necessary features, and plenty of space. I prefer the look of the R4 so I think I'll be sticking with it. I have a perfectly good optical drive in my current system that I'll probably use with the new one. Thanks for the advice. You saved me about $50 with the PSU.


*yes, dual GTX670s can be overclocked using less than 700w for the whole system.
*@5760x1080 BF3 consumes about 1.9GB of VRAM with decent details.
*trust me, an SSD is a must have for todays system... its not about booting time, its also about extremely low latencies and all your programs will open a LOT faster
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