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October 7, 2012 3:53:07 AM

Below are the parts I currently plan on purchasing for the build:
Case: Corsair 600T
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
System Cooling: Corsair H100
Processors: Intel Core i7 3770K
Power Supply: Corsair HX1050 1050W
Graphic Card: NVIDIA GTX 670
Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz (2x4GB) Memory
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Edition
Hard Drive One: 120GB Intel 520 Series
Hard Drive Two: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
Optical Drive: CD/DVD Burner

Here is the link to PC Part Picker build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzhG
Total: $1798.18


Approximate Purchase Date: Shortly after I make sure all parts are compatible and available.
Budget Range: $2,000 - $3,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Drafting, Photography, Web Browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Chicago, IL
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Is the 750 Watt PSU enough for the additional GTX 670 in the future?
Also, would you recommend keeping the 3770k or would a 3570k be enough?

Thank you for taking the time to help out!
October 7, 2012 4:42:25 AM

Your build is pretty good, but it has some spots for improvement.
The sabertooth is a good, but it is overpriced for what it is.
The h100 is cool, but the silver arrow is cheaper and is actually better.
If you are doing some photo-editing, the i7 is the way to go.
The 750 would be enough, but just enough, so I would go 850.

I will post a build, but I will include an eyefinity set-up because it is just awesome. I also included two 670's. Finally, I included a little bigger of a SSD.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzh1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzh1/by_merchant/


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler ($69.70 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($260.01 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ B&H)

Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($384.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($384.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($46.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $2795.59

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 7, 2012 4:53:39 AM

Timoti87 said:
Below are the parts I currently plan on purchasing for the build:
Case: Corsair 600T
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
System Cooling: Corsair H100
Processors: Intel Core i7 3770K
Power Supply: Corsair HX1050 1050W
Graphic Card: NVIDIA GTX 670
Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz (2x4GB) Memory
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Edition
Hard Drive One: 120GB Intel 520 Series
Hard Drive Two: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
Optical Drive: CD/DVD Burner

Here is the link to PC Part Picker build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzhG
Total: $1798.18


Approximate Purchase Date: Shortly after I make sure all parts are compatible and available.
Budget Range: $2,000 - $3,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Drafting, Photography, Web Browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Chicago, IL
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Is the 750 Watt PSU enough for the additional GTX 670 in the future?
Also, would you recommend keeping the 3770k or would a 3570k be enough?

Thank you for taking the time to help out!


Yes a 750w is easily enough! Yes get an i5-3570k! I recommend a 7950 though.
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October 7, 2012 4:56:44 AM

CaptainTom said:
Yes a 750w is easily enough! Yes get an i5-3570k! I recommend a 7950 though.


Why would you recommend the 7950 over the 670?
October 7, 2012 4:57:46 AM

750W is not just enough. 650W is. 750W is just enough with plenty to spare.
October 7, 2012 5:08:23 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.26 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 600T (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($146.83 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.72 @ Amazon)
Total: $1728.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I have made some changes to the build.
The Noctua NH-D14 has a great reputation and I have been reading that the H100 can get loud.
Do you think the G.Skill Memory is low profile enough to fix underneath the CPU Cooler?

Thanks for the quick replies!
October 7, 2012 5:20:27 AM

azeem40 said:
750W is not just enough. 650W is. 750W is just enough with plenty to spare.

The 650 may be just enough. The system I posted uses over 560 watts at max load. There is no guarantee that a 650 would produce that. The 750 would be sufficient, but an 850 could tri SLI.
October 7, 2012 5:21:51 AM

zared619 said:
The 650 may be just enough. The system I posted uses over 560 watts at max load. There is no guarantee that a 650 would produce that. The 750 would be sufficient, but an 850 could tri SLI.


850W it is then. I plan to have this PC for quite a while.
October 7, 2012 5:26:49 AM

The ripjaws series is definitely too tall. You need ares, or vengeance series RAM. I recommend the silver arrow over the dh-14, but they are both good. Additionally, you can get a better motherboard for the money.
October 7, 2012 5:39:43 AM

zared619 said:
The ripjaws series is definitely too tall. You need ares, or vengeance series RAM. I recommend the silver arrow over the dh-14, but they are both good. Additionally, you can get a better motherboard for the money.


I have grow to like the looks of the motherboard and the case, so those are less likely to change.
On PC Part Picker they do not have the Thermalright Silver Arrow listed, so I stuck with the Noctua.
The memory has also been switched to a lower profile (no heat spreader) to fit underneath the CPU Cooler.

Below you will find the edited build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzy8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzy8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jzy8/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.26 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.15 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.72 @ Amazon)
Total: $1627.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 7, 2012 6:20:41 AM

If you follow the link on my build, you can see that the silver arrow is on pc part picker.
Also, I would go with the SSD I included or the 128GB version of it.
October 7, 2012 7:02:09 AM

Sabertooth is fantastic board ..... love it, worth every penny ....and 5 year warranty gives nice warm comfy feeling. Plus the combo usually nets a nice savings but the board's been so popular of late the discount has dropped from $30 to $13:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair HX series are great PSU's
1050 is the exception and is a dog (8.5 performance rating)
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Get the HX850 (not the TX) which is big enough for two 670's and gets a 10.0 rating.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'd get the 500R over the 600T

Ya didnt say which Vengeance RAM ... matches white case and is low voltage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To my mind, introducing water into a electronic device gotta do a lot more than 1/4 degree more cooling in exchange for the added noise and risks. The Phanteks or Silver Arrow run 1/4 C warmer and eliminate those two concerns.

As for the Noctua..... it loses too hard to the Phanteks ..... they look very much the same but the Noc's color choices are fugly. The Noc has only a 1 year warranty to the Phanteks 5 and the Phanteks has better numbers.

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lotta good Tier 1 SSD's on THG's rankings but none at the cost of the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe ... has premium long life toshiba toggle mode flash
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Seagate Barracuda XT is my HD choice in 2 or 3 TB size...WD Black next

Here's the 670 rankings

Asus 670 TOP - 10.0 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
Now only $399 ..... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte Windforce SC 670 - 9.8 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX...

MSI Twin Frozr IV PE 670 - 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...

Palit Jetsteram 670 - 97 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_67...

Zotac AMP 670 - 9.6 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_67...

tho here's an interesting wrinkle .... say bye bye to the MSI Power Edition
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSI-GTX-660-670-overvo...

Ya did say y wanted to watch movies right ? But no Blue Ray capability ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 7, 2012 4:26:34 PM

Timoti87 said:
Why would you recommend the 7950 over the 670?


In all honesty I think the 7870 is the best price/performance card out there at $220. However it is clear he wants a little more power. A 670 is ~9% stronger than a 7950 while costing 33% more. Is 9% worth $100 to you? Not me.

However I did just find a 7970 GHz on newegg for $400! So if you want power and really want to spend that much, I recommend a 7970 GHz.

October 7, 2012 4:31:05 PM

Timoti87 said:
850W it is then. I plan to have this PC for quite a while.


Again I have 2 x 6950's running on a 600w. A GTX 670 uses 30w less!!! A 750 will more than suffice! Hell with a 750w you could easily to 3-way SLI!
October 7, 2012 9:48:36 PM

I have made changes to the CPU Cooler, Memory, and Video Card.
The Noctua is very ugly but I heard it runs very quiet, does the Phantek run at a similar noise level (the dbA looks about the same)?
I like the white memory and it is low profile so it should fit fine underneath the cooler.
I would like to keep the Corsair 600T Case and the Asus SABERTOOTH Motherboard for sure (I have grown to like them looks wise).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2145.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I like how we are getting this system worked out to where it should be!
October 7, 2012 9:57:09 PM

I would go with the Vertex 4 over the intel SSD. They are similar in performance, but the OCZ is cheaper.
October 7, 2012 10:28:17 PM

You are going to get failures with any SSD, especially those of higher capacity. The lower capacity Vertex 4's are the best you can buy at the price.
October 7, 2012 10:34:26 PM

zared619 said:
You are going to get failures with any SSD, especially those of higher capacity. The lower capacity Vertex 4's are the best you can buy at the price.


You make a good point!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2110.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 7, 2012 10:38:54 PM

That build looks fantastic! :) 
October 8, 2012 1:28:11 AM

I am guessing I should make sure to buy Thermal Paste for the CPU Cooling or does it come with the CPU Cooler?
October 8, 2012 1:30:09 AM

Yea, you should buy some
October 8, 2012 3:40:18 AM

Is there anything else anyone would recommend before I mark this thread as SOLVED?
October 8, 2012 9:48:04 PM

Timoti87 said:
Is there anything else anyone would recommend before I mark this thread as SOLVED?


You could definitely save some money on things that won't change performance at all:


-Get a lower watt PSU since there is no point in anything above 750w for 2-Way SLI.

-There are sli motherboards that have just as many (Useful) features for ~$170

-That case is way overpriced. If you like it, then it is your opinion, but I see no need to spend that much on a case.


Honestly you could save at least $100 with what I said...
October 8, 2012 10:06:51 PM

I will look into those changes for the motherboard and PSU.

The case is chosen mainly for looks and reviews.

Thank you for all the help everyone!
October 8, 2012 10:08:40 PM

No problem!
!