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November 5, 2012 11:17:44 PM

I am ordering pieces for a new build and I am wondering if they are all compatible with eachother and of good make and quality.

Also, would I be better off with windows 7 or windows 8?

Motherboard
Asus P8Z77-V PRO Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset Dual channel DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 GLAN 8-CH High Definition Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 4x SATA 6.0Gb/s 1x eSATA 8x USB 3.0 10x USB 2.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n VI/HDMI/VGA/Display Port ATX

Processor
Intel Core i7-3770 Quad- Core Socket 1155, 3.4Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache, 22nm (Retail Boxed) Gen3 (BX80637I73770)

Memory
Corsair Vengeance LP Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz CL9 DIMMs (CML8GX3M2A2133C11B)

Case
Corsair Carbide Series 500R WHITE Mid Tower Case (CC-9011013-WW)

System Drive
Mushkin Chronos 60GB SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD), Read 550MB/s, Write, 515MB/s (MKNSSDCR60GB)

Storage Drive
Seagate Barracuda (ST2000DM001) SATA3 6.0Gb/s 2TB 64MB Cache (OEM)

PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Power Supply (OCZ700MXSP)

Optical Drive
LG BH14NS40 14x Blu-ray Writer, Retail Box
- Black, Internal SATA, 14x BD Write, 16x DVD Write, 4MB Buffer, supports BDXL,

Graphics Card
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 (GV-R797D5-3GD-B) 3GB GDDR5
- 925MHz Base Core Clock, 5500MHz Memory
- PCI-Express 3.0, DVI, HDMI, Dual Mini Display Port

Cooling
Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler

Thanks a lot for any input.

~Cheers
November 5, 2012 11:25:56 PM

It's compatible, but a few suggestions. Usless you are doing extreme overclocking, that liquid cpu cooler isn't going to be of much use. What are you going to be using the computer for? If you are not doing heavy video editing and or heavy rendering, A i5-3570k will work the same. Get a good power supply, like a corsair or seasonic. I'm more of a western digital guy when it comes to HDDs, but seagate works fine. Get low profile, 1600 ram. The difference between 1600 and 1866 is hardly noticable, if at all. There's my 2 cents.
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November 5, 2012 11:51:01 PM

CheesyHotDogPuff said:
It's compatible, but a few suggestions. Usless you are doing extreme overclocking, that liquid cpu cooler isn't going to be of much use. What are you going to be using the computer for? If you are not doing heavy video editing and or heavy rendering, A i5-3570k will work the same. Get a good power supply, like a corsair or seasonic. I'm more of a western digital guy when it comes to HDDs, but seagate works fine. Get low profile, 1600 ram. The difference between 1600 and 1866 is hardly noticable, if at all. There's my 2 cents.


Thanks for your input. The computer will be used for gaming and rendering 1080p gaming videos. Can you suggest an air cooler that would handle my needs? The RAM is LP, but I can get the 1600 and save the ten bucks.
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November 6, 2012 2:32:41 AM

Nate Beer said:
Thanks for your input. The computer will be used for gaming and rendering 1080p gaming videos. Can you suggest an air cooler that would handle my needs? The RAM is LP, but I can get the 1600 and save the ten bucks.

Get a cooler master hyper 212. It's a great cpu cooler, one of the best for its price range.

Also, just stick with 1600. Intel doesn't benefit much from faster ram, as you won't really notice anything at all.

Other than that, everything is fine!
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November 6, 2012 2:49:56 AM

Just a second, I think I can come up with a better build that will maximize performance and save you some cash.
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November 6, 2012 3:03:05 AM

Here ya go...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1481.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I recommend that you grab the i7 3770k. This will allow you to overclock it if you feel the need. It's not hard to overclock; just do some research if you're not comfortable with it.

I also don't see the need for a $200 motherboard. The ASrock z77 Extreme4 will more than meet your needs. The same thing goes for the CPU cooler. You can easily get a 4.5Ghz overclock with the cooler master hyper 212 evo. The corsair h100 is extremely overpriced.

As for the PSU, I don't like OCZ PSUs. Try to stick with Corsair, Seasonic, Antec and XFX to name a few. Make sure your PSU is 80+ certified. And if you plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, make sure you select the correct wattage. 750 watts will be enough to power a 2 card configuration.

I also believe you'd be better off getting Windows 7. It is one of the most stable operating systems out there. It's mature, fast and familiar. There's really no reason to get Windows 8.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!
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