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November 3, 2012 9:03:06 PM

Ok guys! Here is my college rig:

CPU : Intel i7 - 3820 Sandy Bridge LGA2011

Mobo : ASUS P9X79 LE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

Graphics Card: EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Power Supply: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card

Etc: LED fans, optical drive, Win 7, aftermarket HSF

Also need help picking out a case, needs to be fairly spacy, not as big as a HAF-X, not as small as most $70-$90 cases, not too much mesh, nice shiny design like NZXT's cases, with sideview to show LEDs

Total round 1500~1600

Questions:

a. Do i need a sound card? The one i have now is round 40 bux, because my motherboard's specs didnt seem to include 7.1 audio

b. Just to double check, the LGA 2011 fits with my motherboard, yes?

c. How does my HDD look?

d. Is my processor too much?

e. Is my Graphics Card too much?

I wanna tone down prices of each so i can get around 1480's
But i also dont wanna lose too much power, for i want this to be future-proof!
Getting this before christmas , after thanksgiving

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November 3, 2012 9:12:01 PM

buy a socket 1155 motherboard and processor instead

use an SSD as a boot drive

case suggestion Antec 1100
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November 3, 2012 10:18:30 PM

Any reasons for a 1155? Its a bit more expensive if i go with the 3770k, runs .1 Ghz faster if i overclock, not sure about motehrboard

Why SSDs? I have yet to actually understand a benefit from them, other than that, its a dollar per GB, ill think about gettin a 750 GB HDD then

Thats a sexy case. I want somethnig like that, but more unique, like the phantoms and guardian models of NZXT. I dont like those because they dont have too much space, and lots of screws.
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November 3, 2012 10:26:21 PM

ssds are good for people that dont like staring at loading screens in games. also cuts boot times down to nothing
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November 3, 2012 10:27:35 PM

sgruggy said:
Any reasons for a 1155? Its a bit more expensive if i go with the 3770k, runs .1 Ghz faster if i overclock, not sure about motehrboard

Why SSDs? I have yet to actually understand a benefit from them, other than that, its a dollar per GB, ill think about gettin a 750 GB HDD then

Thats a sexy case. I want somethnig like that, but more unique, like the phantoms and guardian models of NZXT. I dont like those because they dont have too much space, and lots of screws.


You go for the 3570k processor which is $70 CHEAPER, and aswell is unlocked for overclocking. The i7-3820 is NOT overclockable because it is not unlocked.
An unlocked processor allows you to essentially use the true power of the hardware, run that cheaper processor at 4.5Ghz and crush the opposition :)  ($30-50 for a aftermarket cooler also, such as Hyper 212 EVO)

An SSD has no moving parts, so it has no seek time. This seek time allows the thousands of tiny files that programs need to access to load much faster than on a standard Hard Drive. You just pick up a 60-120GB SSD for your OS and Applications, install your games/media onto the secondary Hard Drive. Now you enjoy your computer starting much faster, as well as much higher overall system responsiveness.
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November 3, 2012 10:43:20 PM

Oh thanks guys. Didnt know the 3820 wasnt overcloackable
Problem with the i5, is that it's an i5, and i want this to be future-proof :o 
So imma stick with the i7, and cut out some extra LED fans to make up.
As for the SSD, i chose a 128 GB one, and cut my WD hdd to Seagate to make up for costs.

Any comments on the graphics card? Should i pick the 7970?
What about my sound card? Do i need it?
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November 3, 2012 10:47:54 PM

nothing is futureproof, hyperthreading has been around for over a decade and still isnt used in most things. unless you run programs that specifically benefit from hyperthreading, there is just no point in getting an i7 over an i5

edit: 7970 is a great choice in card. imo amd has the best cards for the best price on the market right now, by a lot.
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November 3, 2012 10:49:59 PM

Can you tell me a good price for a motherboard?
I just cut my LGA 2011 to a 1155 by $100, and im wondering if its poor quality.

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Because i like eufi bios :D 
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November 3, 2012 11:32:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($162.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.07 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1394.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

i think anything above this build will be a useless overkill.
and trust me this case with blue led fans is freaking sexy lol
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November 3, 2012 11:35:47 PM

why would you get a vertex 2? especially at that price... not a good suggestion
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November 3, 2012 11:53:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($162.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1371.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Edited SSD PART thanks to neon neophyte !
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November 4, 2012 12:15:14 AM

This is an amazing build!
Just a couple things i wanna change
Can you find me a Mobo with UEFS bios like ASUS has? It's easier to overclock and manage. Also easy on the eyes.
Also going to upgrade the 7970 to the GHZ version, for 50 extra bux, rly not a lot.
Gonna total to 1490 something, i gonna buy extra LED fans.

edit: Gonna swap the HSF for a Zelman one with LEDs :D 
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November 4, 2012 12:20:38 AM

The 7970 "non ghz edi" reach the same overclock speeds as the "ghz edi's" do. If you're not going to OC then sure, pay for the factory to bump it 50/75mhz, it's your money. Otherwise, get the cheapest (with best cooler) and OC it yourself.

i5-3570K (OC'ed) and 7970 (OC'ed) is the fastest combo out for gaming right now (besides dropping $950 on a GTX 690)
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November 4, 2012 12:28:57 AM

Thanks! I have 0 experience clocking video cards though

Im deciding over the 3770k overclocked and the 3570k
Its round 60 dollars more, but will it last longer, without upgrading that is?
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November 4, 2012 12:33:13 AM

wont last longer, wont even perform better unless the program has hyperthreading
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November 4, 2012 12:49:00 AM

Thanks!
This will do nicely. Cant wait for next month!
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November 4, 2012 1:29:12 AM

thanks for the feedback, guys!
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November 4, 2012 1:30:34 AM

Best answer selected by sgruggy.
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November 4, 2012 3:47:04 AM

sgruggy said:
Oh thanks guys. Didnt know the 3820 wasnt overcloackable
Problem with the i5, is that it's an i5, and i want this to be future-proof :o 
So imma stick with the i7, and cut out some extra LED fans to make up.
As for the SSD, i chose a 128 GB one, and cut my WD hdd to Seagate to make up for costs.

Any comments on the graphics card? Should i pick the 7970?
What about my sound card? Do i need it?


You don't need the sound card, and yes - go for the 7970.
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