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September 21, 2012 6:05:49 AM

Hi so this is my first time building a computer and I wanted some advice. I've defiantly watched a lot of youtube videos and I feel pretty confident that I could build one on my own. Before buying all the parts, I want to make sure that all of it is compatible and would just like your opinions on the current build I have set up.

Link: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thank you.

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September 21, 2012 7:06:15 AM

moornix said:
You may want to consider getting a radeon 7950 instead. It's faster for a similar price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's about even http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/09/17/asus_geforce_...
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"As it stands, AMD’s position correctly reflects their performance; the GTX 660 Ti is a solid and relatively consistent 10-15% faster than the 7870, while the 7950 is anywhere between a bit faster to a bit slower depending on what benchmarks you favor. Of course when talking about the 7950 the “anything but equal” maxim still applies here, if not more so than with the GTX 670. The GTX 660 Ti is anywhere 50% ahead of the 7950 and 25% behind it, and everywhere in between."
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-...
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September 21, 2012 7:40:58 AM

Thank you for all the input so far. Out of all the parts I picked out, I would have to say that my knowledge of motherboards is the worst so I'm glad that you touched on that bigcyco1.

As for my graphics card, I probably want to stick with an Nvidia based card just due to the reliability I've had with them in the past.

Also is there a case that you recommend that has USB 3.0 and a window(I guess not as important but would like to have)?

And if you could expand on why the motherboard isn't compatible with my first choice, that would be great! Just for future references
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September 21, 2012 7:46:12 AM

Ok, not a bad build, but we are here to help and improve :) 

My suggestions are below and I have added multiple choices.

1- Swap the case, look at the following
Antec 1100 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec P280 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 500R Black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 500R White - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 550D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair C70 Military Green - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair C70 White - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2- As mentioned above, change the motherboard to a z77 chipset. (z67 is compatible, but it is better to have the newer Z77 boards)
Asus P8Z77-V - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus P8Z77-V Pro (same as above, added WIFI) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3- The 660ti is not bad, but there are "more preferred" cards in the same price range
Radeon 7950 Sapphire - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 7950 XFX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4- The importance of power supplies goes unnoticed. Don't look at anything else than Corsair or Seasonic. Seasonic makes PSUs for XFX, Corsair and a few others out there. Also, no need for anything over 600w for your system, my system runs with no issues on a 650w.
Corsair CX500 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair CX600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic M12 520 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic M12 620 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5- 3570K CPU is perfect, only go to the i7-3770k if you will be using lots of application e.g. Photoshop etc.

6- You don't need an aftermarket cooler, but it is preferred to get one especially if you want to overclock etc. The ASUS boards above makes it VERY easy to overclock your cpu using supplied software. As for CPU coolers, look at these
Coolermaster Hyper 212 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair H60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair H80 (bit thicker than H60 and includes 2 fans) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7- Lastly, see if you can get a SSD which will speed up your pc and make it more "snappier", 120GB should be fine for your OS and 3 or 4 games
Corsair Force 120GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel 330 120GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Force 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Force GT 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Muskin 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[EDIT]
Here are two channels on YouTube that I watch regularly about new stuff coming out etc. have a browse and see what he says about above mentioned cases.
http://www.youtube.com/user/NCIXcom
http://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTechTips

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September 21, 2012 8:04:31 AM

here are some case recommendations Case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Case:Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 21, 2012 11:13:28 AM

Oh wow I didn't expect to receive this much input.

This is my new and revised build after taking all of your suggestions

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Please let me know if you see any compatibility problems or what better options I have for around the same price.

As for the graphics card, I just feel very comfortable with Nvidia so I'm kind of shy to switch.

I'm still contemplating on whether or not to get an SSD and aftermarket cooler (budget issues) but will probably invest in them around Black Friday.


Once again, thank you for putting your time and effort into helping a beginner enthusiast like me.

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September 21, 2012 11:22:10 AM

Ekkusu said:
Oh wow I didn't expect to receive this much input.

This is my new and revised build after taking all of your suggestions

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Please let me know if you see any compatibility problems or what better options I have for around the same price.

As for the graphics card, I just feel very comfortable with Nvidia so I'm kind of shy to switch.

I'm still contemplating on whether or not to get an SSD and aftermarket cooler (budget issues) but will probably invest in them around Black Friday.


Once again, thank you for putting your time and effort into helping a beginner enthusiast like me.
looks good to me ;)  p.s. your better off staying with the org. build psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 21, 2012 12:03:47 PM

Yep, that looks like a solid build. Just remember to get an after market cooler if you decide to overclock.
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September 22, 2012 5:14:44 AM

Best answer selected by Ekkusu.
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