Critique My Build...

Hello Everyone,

Looking for a new build after 4 years. On top of that not too updated with the tech news these days. So just wanted you guys to check out the rig i assembled. Suggest some changes and modifications if you can.

Processor:
Intel i7 3770k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131818

RAMs:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231536

GPU:
MSI GTX 680 Lightning
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127693

PSU:
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

HDD:
Western Digital WD Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Case:
Cooler Master HAF-X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

Blu-Ray Burner:
ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

Monitor:
Acer S275HL IPS Panel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009460

Keyboard:
Razer Lycosa Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114008


The only thing I have a mouse now. I hope i did not miss any crucial parts. Currently the price is coming upto $2140 on my shopping cart. On top of that I have to get myself an OS! Which would come up to 140 with the current Windows 8 prices.
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  1. One thing which you don't mention, that would be handy to know, is the purpose of the build. If its primary "specialist" purpose is gaming, then I would suggest a number of changes, to both improve performance, and reduce cost. Are you "looking" to reduce costs, or concentrate on high performance? If build is intended for high-end photo/video editing work, then whilst a few things could still be "tweaked" to make it better, it is nearer to an "ideal" solution. Frankly, unless you are particularly keen, I would give Windows 8 a miss, for the moment. Cynical perhaps, but let others sort out the bugs, before taking the plunge. Stick with 7, and upgrade later, IF 8 proves to be any good. Do you have a local Microcenter, to take advantage of any good deals they have?
  2. High end gaming is my primary goal. Photo editing is sometimes but not always. I was thinking Windows 8 as currently i dont even have any OS.

    Please do tweak it for me! I would be glad for the inputs.
  3. Quote:
    I would give Windows 8 a miss, for the moment. Cynical perhaps, but let others sort out the bugs, before taking the plunge.


    I use Windows 8. It's a bit of a learning curve from Windows 7, but once you get past Metro it's the same Windows everybody else uses.

    For light photo editing the 3770K is overkill. If you were using heavy duty CS5 / 6 on the other hand I'd say keep it. Use the difference and add a good 128GB SSD to the mix.

    The HAF X is overkill as well, if you want to drop the case to the HAF XM you will save money there. Alternately consider the NZXT Switch 810.
  4. OK.... Then are you saying going for an i5?
  5. hell_storm2004 said:
    OK.... Then are you saying going for an i5?


    Yes.
  6. Ok... Thanks! Changed my shopping cart to Intel Core i5-3570K.

    Just wanted to know that in future, i have SLI in mind. Hope the CPU wont have bottleneck issues.
  7. hell_storm2004 said:
    Ok... Thanks! Changed my shopping cart to Intel Core i5-3570K


    Then I'd say use the difference and add a good 128GB SSD to the mix like a Vertex 4 or Samsung 830.
  8. I have the SSD in mind. Will get it during the Christmas. That is when my next salary would happen! :kaola:
  9. malbluff said:
    Do you have a local Microcenter, to take advantage of any good deals they have?


    Forgot to answer this.... Yes I do. Just 8 miles from my home!

    Woah... the 3570k is just $169 at MC! $50 less than newegg. Cool! :)
  10. Something along these lines, if you want to keep bluray and GTX680 (not sure that's best value)
    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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.88 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($488.94 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1346.22
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 19:05 EST-0500)
  11. Awesome website that...!! Cool!

    So do you think the GTX 670 is better? I just want to max out all games, that is all! The only reason I'm not choosing AMD, is that its been a while since I owned one. My last nVidia was way back in the AGP days... XFX FX 5200FX almost 10 years ago! :)
  12. hell_storm2004 said:
    Awesome website that...!! Cool!

    So do you think the GTX 670 is better? I just want to max out all games, that is all! The only reason I'm not choosing AMD, is that its been a while since I owned one. My last nVidia was way back in the AGP days... XFX FX 5200FX almost 10 years ago! :)


    Yeah 670 will max out everything you can throw at it. AMD GPUs have dramatically improved over the last couple of years - the 78XX and 79XX are excellent performers, especially the GHz editions.

    Ha ha, I remember the AGP days. Great cards.
  13. Yeah... back in the old days, it was all one way traffic. I think AMD gained significant ground with the 4xxx cards, and bettered it with the 5xxx cards. The 4 to 5 jump was big in terms of performance. That really was game changer for them. And now, one big advantage which i see is AMD is always one release ahead (so to speak..) of nVidia. Which plays a significant role in their gain in market. To bad, their processors aren't doing too well!

    But hearing that the GTX 780's are just round the corner. Many say its too soon and just a rumor. But you never know! :bounce:
  14. hell_storm2004 said:
    Yeah... back in the old days, it was all one way traffic. I think AMD gained significant ground with the 4xxx cards, and bettered it with the 5xxx cards. The 4 to 5 jump was big in terms of performance. That really was game changer for them. And now, one big advantage which i see is AMD is always one release ahead (so to speak..) of nVidia. Which plays a significant role in their gain in market. To bad, their processors aren't doing too well!

    But hearing that the GTX 780's are just round the corner. Many say its too soon and just a rumor. But you never know! :bounce:


    Yeah Piledriver is an improvement over Bulldozer - slowly but surely they'll return to their former glory. The new A10 is supposed to be excellent from what I hear. I missed out on gaming during the 4XXX generation - I didn't have the money to build PCs back then. :lol:

    I'm not expecting much out of the 7XX series - after a major change in architecture it will just be another rehash - like with cars.
  15. Generally say, if you play a wide variety of games, AMD GPUs are better VALUE. However, nVidia are particularly good in SOME games, so, if you tend to play a couple of games, most of the time, it's definitely worth checking specific performance, in those.
  16. @g-unit1111: Well the Bulldozer was much anticipated... turned out to be a dud compared to the Sandy Bridges! I saved for it, but the delay in the release made me spend my saving elsewhere!


    @malbluff: I normally prefer playing whole range of games. But this time would love to try the PhysX thing. Its what i have missed. I have played some of those games on friend's computer's but would try out first hand this time. I was opting for the HD7970 as an option. But somehow, think will go for nVidia this time.
  17. Certainly agree with that. If you could work out a sort of "average fps/$" over all games, I suspect AMD would win easily, but nVidia are much better in some games, plus, as you say physX. There certainly isn't a right and wrong choice.
  18. I wish nVidia didn't make that propitiatory. And i wish AMD enhances the Open CL thing to compete with physX!
  19. Other than the CPU, all prices of Microcenter are the same as online! :(

    And many of the stuff aren't even available. Most consistent low prices are on amazon.com i see!
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