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First time Builder: Need advice on a SSD mobo GPU

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October 21, 2012 11:13:25 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.57 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1152.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

basically I have THREE issues with it..

1st : the Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ---> UD5H
2nd : Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ---> GTX 670 FTW
3rd : PUT SSD IN WITHOUT A HARDDRIVE!


does these three worth me to make the changes? This is a tough decision making for me
This is my first build tho, I dont think i'll upgrade it shortly. Im up in the air right now
PLease help!! :pt1cable:  My budget is $1100max but i really want it to be the best.
THANKS.
October 22, 2012 7:31:15 AM

Can i put only ssd in my desktop without hdd? because of the tight budget...
October 22, 2012 7:36:21 AM

1. The UD3H should be fine. Is there a particular feature on the UD5H that you want? If not, the UD3H should be fine.

2. If you are running high resolution, big AA and want to overclock, get the 7950. If you are happy with the factory overclock and are using a single monitor, 670 FTW.

3. Keep the hard drive. I have a 128GB SSD with the 1TB Caviar Black and would not survive without either one. My main programs and OS fit on the SSD comfortably, but my documents, music and other programs need the extra space. If you have NAS (Network Area Storage) set up in your home/office then you can get away with just the SSD, a setup I am looking at in the future.
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October 22, 2012 8:16:18 AM

Jay-Z said:
1. The UD3H should be fine. Is there a particular feature on the UD5H that you want? If not, the UD3H should be fine.

2. If you are running high resolution, big AA and want to overclock, get the 7950. If you are happy with the factory overclock and are using a single monitor, 670 FTW.

3. Keep the hard drive. I have a 128GB SSD with the 1TB Caviar Black and would not survive without either one. My main programs and OS fit on the SSD comfortably, but my documents, music and other programs need the extra space. If you have NAS (Network Area Storage) set up in your home/office then you can get away with just the SSD, a setup I am looking at in the future.


Thanks for your quick response. I heard the UD5H has the wifi system but idk what that actually means to a computer.
I definitely will go to max resolution for this build. im currently using a 27" Viewsonic which is resulting a really good performance. The only reason that i wanna change the 7950 into GTX 670 is because its cheaper.. but also EVGA has a promotion with the GTX 600 series ( it supports Borderland2 with special effects and a free Borderland2 Download Key) <---which makes me really confuse..I want the better one, meanwhile the 7950 is CHEAPER but cant satisfy my desperation from the game. :non: 
October 22, 2012 8:38:41 AM

wi-fi is basically wireless internet. If you have an ethernet cable and aren't running a hotspot for your phone etc, then wi-fi would not be that useful to you.

If you are mainly playing Borderlands 2 then the 670 may be the way to go. The 7950 will perform just fine but the 670 does have Physx which will help with the special effects.
October 23, 2012 4:38:51 AM

would my pc run slower without a ssd? or affect the gaming performance?
October 23, 2012 5:29:09 AM

Without an SSD boot times and programs startup times will be much slower. Gaming performance is usually not affected too much. (At least from my experience running both). Some texture intensive games may benefit from the faster read/write speeds.
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