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November 12, 2012 6:27:49 PM

Some up-front information about this computer;

I've been out of the tech game for a few years. Making sure I'm not missing
something obvious. Going to buy the core parts first so I can make sure to
test them in case I have to RMA. Be about a 3-4 month project.
It's a complete build. Tower, monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc.
Will be buying OS, going with Win7 x64, OEM.
All of the parts I currently have are off of newegg.

Case: NZXT Phantom
PHAN-002OR(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU: Ivy bridge i7 3077K 3.5
GHz(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Heatsink/fan: Thermaltake Frio Overclock
ready(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth
Z77(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Note* With the heatsink and fan coupled with that motherboard, has anyone
tried those two specifically so I know it fits no problem?

Video: GeForce GTX 670
2BG/256bit(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
**Based off of the video card benchmark on PassMark**

PSU: COOLER MASTER
800W(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
**In case I SLI another vid card**

HDD: Western Digital
500GB(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
**Maybe updating to 1TB. Looking into SSD to boot with, but I'm not
completely familiar with them yet**

Monitor:( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
RAM: G.SKILL Ares 2x4GB(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
**The RAM happened to go on Shell Shocker, so I ended up snatching it up when I had the chance**


Also investing in a surge protector. The keyboard and mouse were already
taken care of. If there is anything I left out let me know.

-Thanks!

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November 12, 2012 6:43:45 PM
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id get this over everything you put out
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nt0u

-cheaper ram
-not a scam of a motherboard
-better heatsink
-better video card. even if i were to get a 670 it would not be from evga unless its super cheap
-better power supply
-better case choice
-i5s and i7s are the same in games. if you are doing work, please tell so i can further modify the build
November 12, 2012 6:50:03 PM

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this PSU. hardware secrets even awarded it.
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November 12, 2012 6:57:52 PM

yeah there isnt much wrong to do with it but id trust seasonic more than coolermaster and the fact that the xfx is 40 bucks cheaper makes it more worthy of recommending to me
November 12, 2012 6:58:20 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id get this over everything you put out
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nt0u

-cheaper ram
-not a scam of a motherboard
-better heatsink
-better video card. even if i were to get a 670 it would not be from evga unless its super cheap
-better power supply
-better case choice
-i5s and i7s are the same in games. if you are doing work, please tell so i can further modify the build



I'm looking into it.
November 12, 2012 7:01:52 PM

@TheBigTroll, so with the video card, the benchmarks have the 670 as better performance by a slight margin. For better price. And as for EVGA they didn't guide me wrong in the past, unless the company took a downfall or something.
November 12, 2012 7:02:27 PM

Asus Sabertooth is a decent mobo, but overpriced for its features. I too would go with either the Gigabyte UD5H like TheBigTroll suggested, or perhaps the UP5-TH if you can afford it in your built.
November 12, 2012 7:05:29 PM

the up4 is a dollar more. you lose the packed io but you do gain better power delivery and thunderbolt
November 12, 2012 7:06:19 PM

should look the hardware and not the brand. if the xfx is 40 cheaper than that most definently should go into the build.
November 12, 2012 7:07:27 PM

vance09 said:
Asus Sabertooth is a decent mobo, but overpriced for its features. I too would go with either the Gigabyte UD5H like TheBigTroll suggested, or perhaps the UP5-TH if you can afford it in your built.


I'm basically waiting to see if newegg throws the Sabertooth on sale, if it does I'll pick it up for the cheaper price. If not I'll end up looking around for a cheaper board like you guys are saying too. The dust guards are cool and pretty useful, but not for the price difference.
November 12, 2012 7:10:24 PM

the dust guard are pretty useless. there are 2 fans that have to blow air into the motherboard to keep things cool (still hotter than you just not putting a plastic cover on the board) which means dust intake that you can never clean out

even if its on sale, the cheapest it would ever get is 209.99. still a scam
November 12, 2012 7:12:34 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the dust guard are pretty useless. there are 2 fans that have to blow air into the motherboard to keep things cool (still hotter than you just not putting a plastic cover on the board) which means dust intake that you can never clean out

even if its on sale, the cheapest it would ever get is 209.99. still a scam


Noted. I'll end up pulling it out for another board. Thanks for the input so far.
November 12, 2012 7:15:37 PM

And this build is pretty much pure gaming. I'm military, so all the work I do is on more special computers than this.
November 12, 2012 7:21:10 PM

Oh and what about Republic of Gamers motherboards? My friend has one and recommended them.
November 12, 2012 7:22:05 PM

good so my build would suit you perfectly.

if you were to strip it down even further for purely playing games, i would use a cheaper motherboard, cheaper heatsink, and would add a sound card
November 12, 2012 7:22:42 PM

ROG boards are good but are not needed. all that is really useful to gaming is a sound card, which you can get one for 30 bucks
November 12, 2012 7:26:58 PM

Don't look at motherboards based on brand name, look at them for the features that you want and the durability of that specific motherboard.
November 12, 2012 7:28:17 PM

I do appreciate the help. Saved me a good... $350-$400? I don't shop purely on brand name, I do look at what everything has to offer, trust me on that. I'm looking through some more things but I have a good idea for what I want to do now.
November 12, 2012 7:31:38 PM

Best answer selected by TheGhxst.
November 12, 2012 7:33:29 PM

you dont need to look any further. just buy.

if you need help with recommendations, we can help out even more. the only thing for me is that i dont build rigs in rackmounts
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