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Finalized build, all parts are ordered!

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October 20, 2012 10:50:38 AM

After tons of research and a lot of help from this forum, I have completed (buying at least) my first computer build! Besides everyday computing I will also use it for 3d modeling and rendering. That is why I chose to go with 16gb of ram (8gb would be fine otherwise), and why I chose to use an aftermarket cpu cooler on an unlocked 3770. Rendering is cpu intensive and heats it up.

The Fractal Design arc mini should be a good case with 120mm fan in front, back, and 140mm fan on top. The power supply is 450W gold and semi modular for $70, seems like a great deal and it matches the case. Down the road I will probably add a Nvidia graphics card, but the intel 4000 should suffice for awhile. Not so much for gaming, but the Nvidia has CUDA technology which is helpful on some rendering programs, it uses the graphics card to help process the images.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Gemin II S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $960.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

October 20, 2012 1:02:06 PM

Sorry to say this, but a 450w PSU isn't much headroom if you plan on adding a GPU. You should have opted for a 550w PSU. And generally, while Gold PSU's are great, Bronze is cheaper and close enough to Gold. But otherwise, looks like a fine build.
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October 20, 2012 1:10:31 PM

Like obsama1 said, you may have skimped on the psu. I would have gone with a Seasonic 520w modular unit that's the same price. BUT, although Rosewill is not the best brand (I am not sure who makes the psus for them), 450w will do it until you start adding a video card, more hard drives, etc.
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October 20, 2012 1:24:43 PM

Your CPU is not an i7 with the "K" meaning that you can't overclock it. And even if you bought the unlocked Intel CPU, you can't also overclock with H77 motherboards.
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October 20, 2012 1:41:20 PM

Thanks guys. Regarding the power supply, current setup is 170w, and if I add the graphics card I want to get (Evga 1gb 650 ti) and a 1tb hard drive, it is 300 watts. I've heard you want to have more watts on psu than you need. 300 watts on a 450w psu should be good right?
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October 20, 2012 2:00:03 PM

Waitforit said:
Your CPU is not an i7 with the "K" meaning that you can't overclock it. And even if you bought the unlocked Intel CPU, you can't also overclock with H77 motherboards.


I decided I didn't want to mess with overclocking, I figure the 3770 should be plenty fast without it, and I don't want to wear parts down quicker. So I went with 3770 and h77 mobo.

I also picked the h77m over the pro 4 because I don't need 4 memory slots and 32gb max, using Windows 7 HP 64 bit can "only" use 16gb.
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October 20, 2012 2:03:44 PM

brandon402 said:
I decided I didn't want to mess with overclocking, I figure the 3770 should be plenty fast without it, and I don't want to wear parts down quicker. So I went with 3770 and h77 mobo.


Then why get an aftermarket cooler? :heink: 
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October 20, 2012 2:18:28 PM

Waitforit said:
Then why get an aftermarket cooler? :heink: 


Well with doing graphic rendering it basically uses the computer chip at full load, which makes it hot. From reviews I have read, a stock heat sink fan is....well a stock heat sink fan, it just keeps you from overheating but doesn't cool too much. Also the 3770 does overclock, it's just not unlocked like the 3770k so it can't be overclocked as much.
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October 20, 2012 2:20:48 PM

You said on your first post in this thread that you ordered an unlocked i7.


You should have stayed with the stock cooler, and ordered a cheaper case like the NZXT Source 220 And spend what you saved and add some money for an HDD, or get a better mobo. And also, if you want to add a graphics card down the road, get a better PSU like this: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
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October 20, 2012 2:22:41 PM

brandon402 said:
Well with doing graphic rendering it basically uses the computer chip at full load, which makes it hot. From reviews I have read, a stock heat sink fan is....well a stock heat sink fan, it just keeps you from overheating but doesn't cool too much. Also the 3770 does overclock, it's just not unlocked like the 3770k so it can't be overclocked as much.


Well, it's your choice then. But better get the PSU I recommended.
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October 20, 2012 2:41:20 PM

500w psu is more stable :) 
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October 20, 2012 3:12:27 PM

Ok thank you guys! I cancelled the order for the 450w and I'll order a 550w.
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October 20, 2012 3:20:41 PM

karma.
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