1st time build help - $1750 Gaming PC Build

Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get some input on this build before buying it. I want to keep it under $2000 CAN after taxes. I just wanted to know if anyone could spot any compatibility issues that I might have overseen.

Use, from greatest to least: Gaming, FL Stuido (music sequencer), Internet streaming/watching videos online/browsing, music/video playback.

Estimated purchase date: hopefully this week

need monitor? yes

need os? yes

location: Canada


Parts List:

MoBo
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro $194.72
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD1163&vpn=P8Z77-V%20Pro&manufacture=ASUS

CPU
Intel Core i7 3770K $342.16
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD2249&vpn=BX80637I73770K&manufacture=INTEL

CPU Cooler/Heatsink
Zalman CNPS9500 AT $32.61
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15210AC7548&vpn=CNPS9500AT&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW $389.79
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD2660&vpn=02G-P4-2678-KR&manufacture=OTHERS

Sound Card
ASUS Xonar Dgx $37.44
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2112&vpn=XONAR%20DGX&manufacture=ASUS

SSD
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB $113.29
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=26490DR2643&vpn=VTX4-25SAT3-128G&manufacture=OCZ%20TECHNOLOGY

HD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $105.84
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&vpn=WD1002FAEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD

Power Supply
OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified $106.96
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC1398&vpn=OCZZ1000M&manufacture=OCZ%20TECHNOLOGY

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST $18.06
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS

Case
Antec Nine Hundred $98.52
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1037111049F&vpn=NINE%20HUNDRED&manufacture=ANTEC

Monitor
ASUS VH242H $156.98
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN6470&vpn=VH242H&manufacture=ASUS

Keyboard
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 $54.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191&Tpk=sidewinder%20x4

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $101.11
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12850SW2113&vpn=GFC-02050&manufacture=MICROSOFT


Total Price w/o shipping, taxes or mail in rebates (free shipping on all parts except Sound Card and CPU cooler): $1,752.47

What do you think?
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  1. Looks pretty good. Does FL Studio benefit from hyperthreading? If not then the i5 3570k will be a better choice. If so, keep the i7.

    The coolermaster 212+ EVO CPU cooler is about the same price and is worth a look.

    That SSD has great performance for the price however, I would look at the Samsung 830 as well.

    Are you buying RAM? :)

    That power supply is very big, do you intend on SLI in the future?
  2. The vertex 4 is a great SSD, and its one of the best on the market, as is the samsung. I wouldn't give weight to either one, just which ever is cheaper. Instead of the EVGA graphics card, I would go with a MSI 670 Power Edition. It overclocks better and even if you don't overclock, it runs much cooler and quieter.
  3. 3570K instead of 3770K should be fine hyper threading does not appear to be needed

    That zalman cooler isn't really that great Hyper 212 evo is cheaper and better
    There are lots of coolers that are better for cheaper look around and ask again that zalman is poor and old school and can be compared to a articfreezer pro sure it was good 5 years ago

    1000 watt OCZ is overkill 750 corsair or seasonic or xfx incase you want to SLI

    Saved you $200
  4. I don't recognize anything as using hyperthreading so ya may wanna reduce the build cost by $100 with the 3570k. If ya have something that will use HT, keep the 3770k.

    With IB, I'd upgrade to the Hyper 612
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC1714&vpn=RR-H612-20PK-R3&manufacture=COOLERMASTER

    I'd get the Asus 670

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD1092&vpn=GTX670-DC2-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-review/23
    EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
    EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
    Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review/23
    Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
    Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
    Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

    That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage,

    You don't need a sound card, it's on the MoBo already.

    Drop the OCZ PSU.....you don't need 1000 watts. For two 670's you'd need a 750 watter.....if you doing serious OC's on two GFX cards and CPU, then an 850 watter. Corsair TX or XFX Core edition if not going big on the OC's. If ya want those big OC's, then the HX series is the one I'd opt for.
  5. Jay-Z said:
    Looks pretty good. Does FL Studio benefit from hyperthreading? If not then the i5 3570k will be a better choice. If so, keep the i7.

    The coolermaster 212+ EVO CPU cooler is about the same price and is worth a look.

    That SSD has great performance for the price however, I would look at the Samsung 830 as well.

    Are you buying RAM? :)

    That power supply is very big, do you intend on SLI in the future?


    Yes it benefits from hyperthreading. And ya, I'm buying Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 memory (approx $40). It skipped my eye when I was posting this thread.
  6. How important is FL Studio performance? The i5 will still do a great job. However, if it is for work or you will be using it a lot then the extra on the i7 may be worth it. The RAM is good although Gskill have good deals too.
  7. Jay-Z said:
    How important is FL Studio performance? The i5 will still do a great job. However, if it is for work or you will be using it a lot then the extra on the i7 may be worth it. The RAM is good although Gskill have good deals too.


    Pretty important, on par with gaming capability importance. The whole point of buying a new comp is so I can use it and game (my laptop died).
  8. OK, there is not much difference in gaming performance but if FL Studio is really improtant then go the i7. That should last you a while. Also, I have a HX750 power supply and it is great. It may be a better choice for you. You can run 670 SLI on it too if you plan on it in the long term.
  9. Jay-Z said:
    OK, there is not much difference in gaming performance but if FL Studio is really improtant then go the i7. That should last you a while. Also, I have a HX750 power supply and it is great. It may be a better choice for you. You can run 670 SLI on it too if you plan on it in the long term.


    kk, I'll swap out the psu. I just wanted to have some sort of future-proofing im the power supply. If a 750w or 850w will do the trick, might as well change. Thanks.
  10. No problem, I hope your build goes well.
  11. just remember the performance vs you laptop will be night and day with the 3570.

    The 3770 is just cream
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