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October 6, 2012 2:25:30 AM

After doing some research, I've finally come to a nice general build for what I want. If you can, please give me some feedback whether I should keep or change something! :D  Don't be afraid.. I won't get all butthurt :lol: 
So here's my build and why I chose what I chose, along with some links:

CPU - Intel i5 3570k
Don't need i7 hyper-threading.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Love the design. I don't mind large coolers. I don't think a custom, or even a closed, liquid-cooling setup is necessary for this build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - MSI Z77A-GD65
Fits my color scheme well, PCIE 3.0 slots, heard it's a great board to OC with.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 Low Profile
I've had Vengeance RAM in the past and have had no problems so far. 8GB should be enough.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - EVGA GTX 670 FTW
Didn't think the extra $100 for the GTX 680 was worth the 3 FPS (No offense to anyone with GTX 680s. That's just my pocket) :lol: 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair AX850 or HX850
Figured 850W should be enough. I plan on overclocking my CPU to a nice 4.2 - 4.5GHz when gaming. I might grab another GTX 670 down the road.
AX850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HX850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - WD Black 1TB 7200RPM
I don't need anything more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive - Asus CD/DVD
I don't need anything more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Corsair 600T White
I know it's pretty expensive for a mid tower case, but I love the look and layout of it. I honestly don't mind paying a little extra for a good-looking case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Windows Home Premium
:) 

Total: w/o OS (I get it free because I'm a student) comes to about $1400 - $1500
I would appreciate any advice and/or feedback! :D 
Thanks in advance!



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October 6, 2012 3:22:11 AM

The CPU cooler looks awesome. :)  I presume you already knew about the 212 EVO if you wanted to go cheaper, so I guess this is really it.

Mobo is okay. Never really used/suggested MSI before. Only one thing- no PCI slots. XD That would be okay I guess if you don't have any use for those.

RAM is a green light.

The 7970 is priced the same as the GTX 670 and it outperforms it by alot except for games that are Nvidia-optimized.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=598

If you *reeally* want Nvidia though, I won't stop you. But don't get the EVGA, it's using a reference cooler which are most(if not all) of the time- horrible.

Both PSUs are essentially the same. I don't see any actual difference at all.
They are a bit overpriced IMO though. If you're open to alternatives:
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition
Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800 800W Continuous @50°C
SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W
All are just as good.

Great HDD. I assume you're not up for the SSD hype yet? :p 

I usually leave the casing to the end user unless he's on a tight budget since it's mostly about preference, so go ahead. :) 
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October 6, 2012 4:15:37 AM

I appreciate the response!

The whole lack of a PCI slot thing was my only concern about the motherboard. Though, I can't really think of anything I would use it for.. A sound card may be the only card I place in the expansion slots (besides the gpu, of course :kaola:  ), and those usually have a PCIe interface, correct? I haven't done a whole lotta research on em :lol: 

I was actually browsing through the forum while I was waiting for a response and saw a few people recommend the 7970, I believe, over the GTX 670. I'll definitely do some comparison between the two and figure out which is the better choice ^-^ Before, I always saw people recommend the 670, along with saying the card is better for the type of games I play (BF, COD, Borderlands, MoH), which was the main reason I favored the 670 xD

I'll take a look at the PSU alternatives you listed! It's always nice to save some money!

Actually, I was initially gonna go with an SSD for my games/OS, but realized I don't really wanna pay $100-$200 just for the ability to quickly load my game maps and OS. My rig will probably be kept on a majority of the time anyways, so I don't feel I'll get 100% of the benefits haha. I figured a mechanical HDD will do me just fine :) 
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October 6, 2012 4:35:13 AM

Dat 600T. Saw alot of builds in it, with great cable management. I'll be expecting that. :D 

Only things you will be putting in PCI slots are fan controllers, etc.

7970 performs well at higher resolutions and more monitors. Otherwise, its quite at par with the 670, maybe a tad better. (Hint: If your getting a 670, MSI has great cards and with the 7970, HIS has the best ones around.)

I go with the XFX XXX excella suggested, its one awesome PSU. :D  (Although the Seasonic ones are quite, I know since I own one.)

Get the WD Blue, you wont notice a significant difference.
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October 6, 2012 4:53:04 AM

850W is certainly overkill, but this gives you the ability to go CF or SLI in a future build, so I like it. I recommend a water cooler for your CPU, because it's quieter, cooler, and that air cooler is so expensive that a decent water cooler is only a few bucks more. If you're going air, get a Hyper 212, no need to spend $65 on an air cooler. Like others have said, the 7970 is better card, and, if you plan on playing Crysis 3, AMD cards have always performed better in Crysis games, and you're gonna need all the power you can get for that game. Overall, I'd like to say that I absolutely love your build, but I would do things slightly differently. You obviously know what you're doing, so no matter what you pick, you'll do well.
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October 6, 2012 4:58:16 AM

^If you want to go watercooling, get a custom one or dump it. :D 
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October 6, 2012 5:04:32 AM

I love the 600T case! ^-^

Well, I know the 600T has a fan control knob on the front, and the TT120 comes with a fan controller that fits on the back of the case in one of the expansion slots. I'm not sure if I need a fan controller, but I think I'll be fine.

I haven't really looked at the 7970, nor the PSUs listed.
I guess I have some comparing to do xD
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October 6, 2012 5:11:58 AM

I like the idea of having more room in my case, but I've always heard if you're gonna liquid cool a system, to make a custom loop and not mess with the closed-loop systems. I know of the Hydro series by Corsair, but I've always heard they're very loud and overpriced for their performance.

Is there a different, more affordable method to cool my CPU? I know the 212 is great for the value, but I've seen some benchmark temps that kinda scare me haha
I know the Ivy Bridge chips run hot and I'm a bit worried the 212 won't keep temps down low enough, ya know?
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October 6, 2012 5:21:02 AM

It should be just about enough to get your CPU to at least 4.4 GHz.
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October 6, 2012 5:25:01 AM

excella1221 said:
It should be just about enough to get your CPU to at least 4.4 GHz.


The 212?
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October 6, 2012 5:39:42 AM

Yes.
If you want more air power though, you can get the Noctua NH-D14, but it's relatively pricier.
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October 6, 2012 5:56:40 AM

The Noctua was actually my first choice hahah
Hmm.. I'm still leaning towards the TT120. I know it's pricey, but the fact that it cools great and actually goes really nice with my color scheme makes me want it over the 212. I'll still look up some benchmarks and compare the two.

My biggest question now is whether to go with a GTX 670 or a 7970.
I don't see a significant performance difference between the two.
I know the 7970 has better fps for games like Dirt 3 and Crysis 2, and I know the 670 has better fps for games like Battlefield 3. I plan on using a single 120hz monitor.
I'm also curious about 3D support. It sounds interesting, but I would like the opinion of someone who has actually used it haha
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October 6, 2012 6:01:25 AM

I'm sure the temps will be close for either cooler. Get the one that you know will make you happy.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=598

The performance difference is a bit noticeable IMO. The 7970 is best to get for overall gaming, but if your highest priority is BF3, then get the GTX 670.

That's a great monitor, it justifies getting another card for SLI/CF in the future.
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October 6, 2012 6:15:42 AM

I think I'm gonna do some research on more CPU coolers and the 670 and 7970 until I find a deal breaker xD

Anyways, I really appreciate everyone's feedback on my build! It was extremely helpful!
Thank you excella1221, Nw333, and seanpull for your responses!
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October 6, 2012 6:57:12 AM

Hello Wayken I really hope my post is helpful to you :D 


Cpu - 2500k or 3570k

Mobo - MB MSI|Z77A-G45 Z77 LGA1155 R = 99$ with 10% off BTEJNNJ54 has mail in rebate with it for 10$ making it = 89$ after rebate

Ram - Samnsung MV-3V4G3D/US = This is a great ram dont get discouraged by the listed specs by Newegg read the reviews it's a beast + it's low profile = 39$ with 12% off code BTEJNNJ36

Cooling - Hyper 212+ = 15.50$ after 15% off discount code

Storage - Samnsung spinpoint F3 or WD Black

Optical - The one you chose is fine

Case - 600T = 140$ on amazon

Video Card - either a 670 or 7950 your choice

670= EVGA GTX 670 = 379$ - 10$ rebate + 20GC = 350$
SAPPHIRE 7950 = 309$ - 20$ Rebate = 289$



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


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=ryJ8Vg-B...




Sidenote - Dont forget to use Shoprunner for free shipping on all items and fatwallet dot com for cashback
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October 6, 2012 6:57:59 AM

Save Money? Combos Can Help You Here!!! :D 

Combo 1:
Intel Core i5 3570K + Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H = $230 + $190 - $20 = $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The Mobo has one more PCIe slot and is as good of an overclocker as the MSI z77-Gd65. Thanks to the combo, you're paying just as much too.

Combo 2:
Corsair CC600TWM White + Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz HP = $165 + $44 - $10 = $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Black Vengeance Ram for black slots! Don't worry, your large cooler wont be troubled by the high profile ram as the motherboard's pair of ram slots is Far from it :p 

GPU Combo Note:
EVGA GTX670 FTW + Borderlands 2 = $410
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX-Borderlands-Bund...
The Borderlands 2 Offer is only on Amazon and tigerdirect at the moment.

Or even Better, Gigabyte GTX 670 WindForce 3 = $400 + Borderlands 2
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PSU Discount Note:
Corsair AX750 80 plus Gold = $170 - $15 Rebate - $25 (Code: PSU106) = $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The coupon code expires today! This is perfectly fine for 2 GTX 670s. It's AX not HX! :D 

HDD Discount Note:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm 64MB Sata 6Gb/s = $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price is for a limited time!

CPU Cooler Note:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO + CM 120mm Blue LED Fan = $31 + $9 = $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This should save $25 and still give you the cool blue led Tuniq-look if you hook up the led fan to the other side of the 212evo.
Or You could just stick with the Tuniq.

DVD Drive:
LiteOn DVD Burner = $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Make sure to enter the coupon code for the PSU!!

Total: $1287 + $11 shipping = $1298!!!
Enjoy! B)
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October 6, 2012 7:05:55 AM

Please do not recommend the EVGA 670. There's a reason why it's so cheap- it has reference-cooling which is pretty horrible.
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October 6, 2012 7:07:41 AM

excella1221 said:
Please do not recommend the EVGA 670. There's a reason why it's so cheap- it has reference-cooling which is pretty horrible.


I'll gladly edit that part
Hows the Gigabyte WF3 :)  ?
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October 6, 2012 7:18:34 AM

WF3 is always great. :D  One of the best custom coolers imo.
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October 6, 2012 7:51:50 AM

i would build something like this if it was my build

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ju6W
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ju6W/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ju6W/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($146.77 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1304.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

saves u $200 for things like fans(600T doesnt have a whole lot of fans so something you might want to invest on or invest into a better heatsink)

lets you have places you can upgrade here and there if you would like. also i put inside an SSD which would boost your system a whole lot more than just an HDD

for your cooler i would add in another fan for a push pull configuration. for case fans just make sure to have a positive airflow.

i just switched to a GIGAbyte board just because it provides a lot of features and overclocking with Easytune 6 is very easy just 1 or 2 clicks restart and your done.

also the board has a nice black and blue color.

i put in an XFX 7970 GHZ, there is nothing wrong with it but you can go better by getting Sapphire Vaper-X 7970 GHZ if you are lucky enough to get it since they get sold out pretty fast.

as for the research of 670 vs 7970 GHZ, GHZ wins almost all games since the new drivers are very awesome, also i would choose 7970 CFX over 680 SLI since AMD CFX are a bit more stable than 680 SLI(microstuttering and such) just go Nvidia if you plan on doing 3D(i have done it, it was pretty nice but not worth the extra $$$ for the monitor and glass kit)
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October 6, 2012 7:54:04 AM

I know you said you don't want anything more than a WD hard drive, but I'm going to throw this out there anyways:

Get an ssd. You will be SO much happier with your computer. It makes your boot times disappear, it makes Windows feel a million times snappier, and here's the best part...

Any game that has loading screens? If it's on the SSD, those screens will go about four times as quickly. Especially useful for MMOs and single player games like Half-Life.
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October 6, 2012 8:26:57 AM

Get an SSD of samsung which are popular & SSD will do wonders as darksable said
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October 6, 2012 11:29:02 AM

Id recommend the Vertex 4. He can always add in an SSD in the future anyways, he'd just have to move the OS and game files. -ehem- Samsung 840 anyone? -ehem-
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October 6, 2012 11:51:12 AM

Your build is actually pretty good BUT i can make it quite a bit better without increasing its price significantly.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($211.87 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.20 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($165.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.37 @ Amazon)
Total: $1491.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 6, 2012 5:03:59 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Your build is actually pretty good BUT i can make it quite a bit better without increasing its price significantly.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($211.87 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.20 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($165.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.37 @ Amazon)
Total: $1491.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



that isnt really better...

with a regular $1200-1300 is just as good as this. you spend it on an i7 which is not needed in games 16GB of ram is way to much for games and you dont even have an SSD inside or room for that matter
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