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November 14, 2012 1:09:10 AM

Hi guys,

First off, im a noob at building PC as this is my first one. here are my current specs:

i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 Ghz (3.8 Ghz Turbo)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO PR-212E heatsink CPU cooler

MSI OC GeForce 660Ti (1920X1080 Resoultion. Wont go above that)

APEVIA ATX-CB700W ATX 12V

Kingston 16GB (2X8GB) DDR3 1600

MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77


(1)I am only using this machine for gaming. I am planning on OC the CPU to about 4.4 GHz.
(I am a little confused about the mother board qualities and stuff)
(2) I am trying to keep everything around $850 so please dont suggest the $300 Maximum Mobos for "Better performance"
(3)I also do not need SSD, since I really dont get pissed off that much from loading screens.
(4) I might SLI with another GTX 660Ti maybe 1 year later

Is there a problem or potential problem with this build?

Please Comment. Thanks

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November 14, 2012 1:21:08 AM

8GB ram is overkill for gaming, so you certainly don't need 16.

I'd take the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H over the MSI one - it's only a little more expensive for way better build quality. (It won't be "better performance" but it will be more reliable, and considerably better for overclocking.)

I don't know Apevia - if nobody else comes along and says it's a decent power supply, don't buy it. When a bad PSU dies, it can take your entire system with it. (You also only need 550w or so.)

As for the SSD, there are benefits other than loading screens. If you do work or homework on the computer, I'd grab a cheap, tiny one, because it'll make windows feel MILES more responsive.

Other than that, what's the resolution of the screen you're going to use? That'll tell us if the 660ti's memory bandwidth is going to be an issue or not.
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November 14, 2012 1:24:44 AM

I wouldn't go near an Apevia brand power supply, and 700W is far more power than you need for a single GPU system. I generally recommend sticking to Antec, Corsair, PCP&C, Seasonic, and XFX units, and you shouldn't need more than 550W at most. 16GB of RAM is overkill at the moment, you would probably be fine with 8GB and still be able to upgrade later if needed.

Is your budget for just those parts, or do you also need to buy a case, hard drive, DVD drive, etc?
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November 14, 2012 1:28:25 AM

DarkSable said:
8GB ram is overkill for gaming, so you certainly don't need 16.

I'd take the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H over the MSI one - it's only a little more expensive for way better build quality. (It won't be "better performance" but it will be more reliable, and considerably better for overclocking.)

I don't know Apevia - if nobody else comes along and says it's a decent power supply, don't buy it. When a bad PSU dies, it can take your entire system with it. (You also only need 550w or so.)

As for the SSD, there are benefits other than loading screens. If you do work or homework on the computer, I'd grab a cheap, tiny one, because it'll make windows feel MILES more responsive.

Other than that, what's the resolution of the screen you're going to use? That'll tell us if the 660ti's memory bandwidth is going to be an issue or not.


Thank you for the awesome reply. I will be using 1920X1080 max. Wont go above that
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November 14, 2012 1:31:07 AM

ckholt83 said:
I wouldn't go near an Apevia brand power supply, and 700W is far more power than you need for a single GPU system. I generally recommend sticking to Antec, Corsair, PCP&C, Seasonic, and XFX units, and you shouldn't need more than 550W at most. 16GB of RAM is overkill at the moment, you would probably be fine with 8GB and still be able to upgrade later if needed.

Is your budget for just those parts, or do you also need to buy a case, hard drive, DVD drive, etc?


Thank you for the awesome reply! Im not planning to instal an optical drive as I never used the one on my Lenovo W510 in 2 years.

I will probably just pick a normal 7200 RPM 500GB-1TB hard drive.

As for the case, I dont have one selected yet. Suggestions for one around $50?

Thanks
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November 14, 2012 1:36:34 AM

I wouldn't SLI the 660 Ti.
It won't be that great and the bus rate would bottleneck.
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November 14, 2012 1:49:12 AM

Do you live near a Microcenter? If so I'd do something like this:

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 ($26.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec DF-35 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $839.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 22:48 EST-0500)

If you're not going above 1920x1080, then you'll have no need to SLI in the future and you don't need a crazy high wattage PSU.
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November 24, 2012 4:21:48 AM

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