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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?WishListNumber=28249948

Thank you.
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  1. The case you chose has bad cable management options the motherboard you chose is not for ivy bridge cpu you want this one mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819#top
  2. 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=N82E16814150616
  3. Have you considered the HD7870? It starts at 220 bucks with a rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161411

    and is as fast as the 660Ti
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-benchmark-review,3279-17.html

    add $20 to the $80 you save on the graphics card and you can get an SSD which will make things faster =)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%204027&IsNodeId=1&name=%2475%20-%20%24100
  4. 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=N82E16814150616
    It's about even http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/56090-nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review-23.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power_Edition/28.html
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6159/the-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review/20
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/09/17/asus_geforce_gtx_660_ti_directcu_ii_top_review/11
    Quote:
    "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-ti-review/21
  5. 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
  6. Best answer
    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=N82E16811129178&Tpk=antec%201100
    Antec P280 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129179&Tpk=antec%20p280
    Corsair 500R Black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009
    Corsair 500R White - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139014
    Corsair 550D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012
    Corsair C70 Military Green - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139015
    Corsair C70 White - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    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=N82E16813131820
    Asus P8Z77-V Pro (same as above, added WIFI) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

    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=N82E16814202006
    Radeon 7950 XFX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150589

    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=N82E16817139027
    Corsair CX600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    Seasonic M12 520 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093
    Seasonic M12 620 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

    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=N82E16835103065
    Corsair H60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&Tpk=h60
    Corsair H80 (bit thicker than H60 and includes 2 fans) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016&Tpk=CORSAIR%20H80

    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=N82E16820233206
    Intel 330 120GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121
    Corsair Force 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233268
    Corsair Force GT 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233208
    Muskin 240GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226

    [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
  7. 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=N82E16811119257#top


    Case:Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139016#top


    Case:Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178#top
  8. 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?WishListNumber=20312445

    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.
  9. 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?WishListNumber=20312445

    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=N82E16817371031
  10. Yep, that looks like a solid build. Just remember to get an after market cooler if you decide to overclock.
  11. Best answer selected by Ekkusu.
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