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November 11, 2012 10:41:34 AM

So, I've decided to build my own desktop again. Done it before quite a few times, but that was almost 10 years ago since my last build. So, What i'm looking to build is a semi good gaming machine. I play guildwars 2, so my main goal is have a machine that is going to run that superbly. Occasionally i'll add a shooter or something. Left 4 dead 2 is usually my go to shooter, or CoD or BF3. It'll be hooked up to my TV via hdmi as a monitor most of the time. One of my main concerns is the SSD. THey are kind of small, so do I use one for my OS and another for my main programs? Or one just for the OS and then a regular HDD for standard storage? As well, I put the Power supply at 750w just in case I decieded to add a second gpu and SLi em later. As for the CD drive, I simply choose a blue-ray model so because I don't have a blue-ray player, I've been using my ps3, so its not a big change to use my pc vs my ps3, and thats something I just picked out of convience rather than necessity. So here's my parts. Tell me your thoughts and suggestions please and thank ya

case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Power: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

MoBo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-8GTX

GPU: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CD: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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November 11, 2012 11:29:26 AM

It works like this: you put your OS and neccessery programs on SSD, and they run faster, and HDD you use for files storage. One 120 GB ssd is enough for OS+programs/games. Yup, other parts are good choice, except cpu. It's sandy bridge, and i recommend getting the ivy bridge( i5-3xxx ones). Considering your mobo is z77(which means good for overclocking) get i5-3570k ('k' for cpu also means good for overclocking)
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November 11, 2012 11:54:23 AM

butremor said:
It works like this: you put your OS and neccessery programs on SSD, and they run faster, and HDD you use for files storage. One 120 GB ssd is enough for OS+programs/games. Yup, other parts are good choice, except cpu. It's sandy bridge, and i recommend getting the ivy bridge( i5-3xxx ones). Considering your mobo is z77(which means good for overclocking) get i5-3570k ('k' for cpu also means good for overclocking)


Good to know. Thanks man.
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November 11, 2012 3:27:54 PM

Currently on Newegg, the Ivy Bridge i5 (3570k) is on sale for the same price as the 2500k, but normally it is only $10 more anyways. It's worth it, because you can generally overclock it higher, and it is slightly cooler than the Sandy Bridge equivalent.

A 660ti isn't a bad card, but if you don't mind overclocking, a MSI or Gigabyte 7950 are in the market, which will be much better once you add some clock speed. I have the MSI version, and while it can run loud (I just wear headphones, so I don't mind), it keeps the card cool and I can overclock it to 1100/1600 without having to mess with voltages. At these clocks, it is far and above a 660ti, and it's still the same price.
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November 12, 2012 5:32:29 PM

Pizzaa said:
Currently on Newegg, the Ivy Bridge i5 (3570k) is on sale for the same price as the 2500k, but normally it is only $10 more anyways. It's worth it, because you can generally overclock it higher, and it is slightly cooler than the Sandy Bridge equivalent.

A 660ti isn't a bad card, but if you don't mind overclocking, a MSI or Gigabyte 7950 are in the market, which will be much better once you add some clock speed. I have the MSI version, and while it can run loud (I just wear headphones, so I don't mind), it keeps the card cool and I can overclock it to 1100/1600 without having to mess with voltages. At these clocks, it is far and above a 660ti, and it's still the same price.




Excellent man. Thanks for the input. I'm not very confident in my overclocking just yet but the option is good to have. Thanks yo.
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