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October 6, 2012 3:59:47 PM

Hello everyone, I've been building "AMD" rigs now for quite awhile and now I'm graduating building "Intel", or should I say will be.. So here is why I am here I need some opinions on whether or not this "rig" will do me good for the next couple years.. Here we go...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU COOLER: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU: MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CASE: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM : G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
SSD: undetermined not necessary at this moment , and nor will i be going higher then 120GB on it..

Thanks for your time, I am eager to read your responses.

-Haze

-edit: roughly 1500-1600 CAD budget

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October 6, 2012 4:03:43 PM

i know i know the GPU could be alot better but right now i cannot justify spending over 300 on a card with whats out there i would rather pick this up and wait :) 
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October 6, 2012 4:43:42 PM

The Sabertooth is unnecessary. Great mobo, but will you really use all the features? You'd probably be fine with a cheaper mobo. 750W is too much. Get a 600w. The 7950 is better than the 660Ti and is the same price or cheaper. No point in getting 1866 RAM. There's no tangible difference b/w 1866 and 1600.
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October 6, 2012 4:46:27 PM

thanks for the advice , ima be looking this over again, if i downgraded froma 750 to a 600 would i still have the power output for a sli/cross fire? depends on the card yes, but for whats out there now would it work?
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October 6, 2012 4:49:53 PM

You wouldn't have the power for SLI/CFX, but if you're playing at 1080p, SLI/CFX is superflous. If you're already playing at over 60FPS, so getting 2 cards isn't going to make your game more playable.
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October 6, 2012 4:53:27 PM

Right. thanks now for the hunt... with the cpu cooler i am getting the mobo is a tough one any suggestions on a good mobo for gaming with spacious room for the massive D14
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October 6, 2012 4:53:42 PM

obsama1 said:
The Sabertooth is unnecessary. Great mobo, but will you really use all the features? You'd probably be fine with a cheaper mobo. 750W is too much. Get a 600w. The 7950 is better than the 660Ti and is the same price or cheaper. No point in getting 1866 RAM. There's no tangible difference b/w 1866 and 1600.


^+1 to everything he said.

The Sabertooth is a gimmick. If you need all the features, it's basically the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and the ASRock z77 Extreme6. Both are CHEAPER.

The 750w is overkill, yes. Though if you are planning on adding another card in the future for CF/SLI, then keep it.
If you're using a single monitor only though, make sure it's 120Hz since that's the only reason to add another card for SLI/CF.

hazey123 said:
Right. thanks now for the hunt... with the cpu cooler i am getting the mobo is a tough one any suggestions on a good mobo for gaming with spacious room for the massive D14

Don't worry about the motherboard. Look at RAM and casing clearance when dealing with CPU coolers.
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October 6, 2012 5:03:35 PM

Im going to be downgrading or... sidegrading to the G-skill Ares 1600 Lowprofile, i should be fine :)  thanks guys huge help
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October 6, 2012 5:12:55 PM

Great choice. Happy building!
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October 6, 2012 5:19:27 PM

Best answer selected by hazey123.
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