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New build, $1800, CAD, gaming, quiet

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September 22, 2012 8:52:57 AM

My second build in over 2 years. Need advice on parts I've picked.

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month
Budget Range: $1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Lots of multitasking, web browsing, Revit 2013 (3D modeling & drafting), AutoCAD, MS Office, Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, video editing (home videos), streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), FPS games (BF3), cloud & sync applications (Live Mesh, Dropbox, Sugarsync, Cubby)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but not included in budget
Do you need to buy OS: No, already have a copy of Windows 7 Pro
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location: US, Pacific Northwest
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Asus or Gigabyte motherboard
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x1600
Additional Comments: Looking for a simple case as small as possible but to be able to fit everything. I'd like a very quiet system but not go overboard in trying to achieve this. I tried to pick a quiet PSU. Any other suggestions on getting a quiet system would be great.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need something faster than my laptop. Wife is hogging the old desktop in her home office.

Here are the parts I have picked:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($207.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($562.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 660W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1840.76

I've already ironed out the graphics card I need (for 3D modelling & gaming) in the video cards forum.
I'm looking for alternates for the motherboard, ram, cpu cooler, etc.
Do I really need the 256GB SSD? Will be using it for the OS. Does it make sense to put large files on it while working on them? I'm not very familiar with SSD's but looking for a good reliable one.
Will the RAM & CPU cooler fit? Do I need low profile RAM or maybe go with a different cooler?
September 22, 2012 9:05:48 AM

sorry, it's late, and I'm tired. But do you really need 1600mhz RAM? You could easily shave 30$, which may or may not be relevant, and put in low profile RAM, by using this stuff.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Unless you think you really need that extra frequency for photoshop, I would personally pocket that extra money, or put it into a little fancier cooler....
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September 23, 2012 4:32:26 AM

Did some research and it doesn't seem to be a big difference, if any between 1333 and 1600 so I probably don't need the 1600 mhz RAM. I will switch to the cheaper RAM.
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September 23, 2012 4:50:28 AM

One more question. You say you do not want to run a configuration in SLI/crossfire, yet you are purchasing a card that is two gpu's that are SLI'd. What was the reason you didn't want to run an SLI/Crossfire configuration, if you don't mind me asking.
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September 23, 2012 5:38:02 AM

This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's not to mention that psu gives you some headroom to run two of those cards in SLI which is a good thing seeing how BF3 is coded to take advantage of SLI/Crossfire. That Corsair case down below allows you to add 120mm/140mm case fans, better cable management, and it comes with dust filters and a 2.5" SSD bay along with 2x 3.0 front USB ports.


http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $395.98 save: $13.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $599.99 - $579.99 after $20.00 rebate
MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <------ another look at that case

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that Asrock board

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri... <----- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D19387... <--- Corsair 140mm "Quiet Edition" case fan (side cooling).
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September 23, 2012 2:19:02 PM

lsixecho said:
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 660W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)

I'm looking for alternates for the motherboard, ram, cpu cooler, etc.
Will the RAM & CPU cooler fit? Do I need low profile RAM or maybe go with a different cooler?

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO has good minimum fan speed and noise ratings, but not so good max noise and speed: 600-2000RPM, 9-36dBA. So IMO you'd have to be prepared to have a noisy CPU cooler on load if you bought the EVO. Or be prepared to change the fans on it if it's not good enough for you. Or choose a different heatsink now if you don't want either of those scenarios.

If you are not going to SLI in the future then there is very little reason to get the 660W version over the 560W version.
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September 23, 2012 9:32:55 PM

abraham_mammogram said:
One more question. You say you do not want to run a configuration in SLI/crossfire, yet you are purchasing a card that is two gpu's that are SLI'd. What was the reason you didn't want to run an SLI/Crossfire configuration, if you don't mind me asking.


I think Revit won't be able to use the GPU's in SLI so I would rather go with one good card rather than 2. If I was just gaming, I would consider SLI.
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September 23, 2012 9:35:09 PM

Silvune said:
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO has good minimum fan speed and noise ratings, but not so good max noise and speed: 600-2000RPM, 9-36dBA. So IMO you'd have to be prepared to have a noisy CPU cooler on load if you bought the EVO. Or be prepared to change the fans on it if it's not good enough for you. Or choose a different heatsink now if you don't want either of those scenarios.

If you are not going to SLI in the future then there is very little reason to get the 660W version over the 560W version.


Thanks for the info. on the cpu cooler. Will look for a quieter one....
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September 23, 2012 11:09:40 PM

Why_Me said:
This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's not to mention that psu gives you some headroom to run two of those cards in SLI which is a good thing seeing how BF3 is coded to take advantage of SLI/Crossfire. That Corsair case down below allows you to add 120mm/140mm case fans, better cable management, and it comes with dust filters and a 2.5" SSD bay along with 2x 3.0 front USB ports.


http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Ga... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $395.98 save: $13.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $599.99 - $579.99 after $20.00 rebate
MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <------ another look at that case

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that Asrock board

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri... <----- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D19387... <--- Corsair 140mm "Quiet Edition" case fan (side cooling).


PSU: would go for it if it was quiet. I'm not planning to SLI so it may not be for me

Case: That is actually a nice looking case and a little smaller than what I picked, which is what I want. Thanks.

Motherboard: I'm not too familiar with the Asrock brand but a lot of people seem to get these boards. Need more time to check out the review..

Extra fan: Do you recommend getting the additional fan for extra cooling? I won't be overclocking. Do you think it's necessary to get?

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September 23, 2012 11:20:17 PM

lsixecho said:
PSU: would go for it if it was quiet. I'm not planning to SLI so it may not be for me

Case: That is actually a nice looking case and a little smaller than what I picked, which is what I want. Thanks.

Motherboard: I'm not too familiar with the Asrock brand but a lot of people seem to get these boards. Need more time to check out the review..

Extra fan: Do you recommend getting the additional fan for extra cooling? I won't be overclocking. Do you think it's necessary to get?

The side fan blows air right at the motherboard (cpu & gpu).
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