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Need help on i7 system build.

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November 21, 2012 6:30:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next, depending on black friday deals.

Budget Range: $1000 - 1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, Photoshop, Watching 1080p Youtube, FL Studio, Some video editing, internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts already have: Already have a new Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor unopened $250 <-- Part of budget price.

Do you need to buy OS: No, I have windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, Tigerdirect, Frys, computer central.

Location: San Jose,CA

Parts Preferences: Intel Core i7-3770K.. SSD for OS and couple of most played games.. (128gb)

Overclocking: I want to overclock, but not till later and nothing extreme, maybe to 4.5 ghz

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, for now single card, not top shelf but better then average

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Already have

Additional Comments: Somewhat quiet, just not loud. I want to be able to play battlefield3 on highest settings that budget lets me, Also want to be able to play Formula1 2012, GTA5, skyrim,crysis2, dirt, all the games that are out right now and will be out for couple of years if possible.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The PC Im using right now is a big ol' workstation I bought for $35 from someone, its a 3.2ghz Pentium 4 based Xeon.. makes weird noises.. runs hot.. and uses up way to much power. Im past due on upgrade and want to do my fist build now that I can afford to get something decent for the first time.


Ok so I already got the processor because I got a good deal on it. I just need to build on that. I don't need.. monitor, mouse, keyboard. I do want SSD and storage drive ~1TB. I will be adding a sound card later on when I buy monitor type speakers.

MOTHERBOARD: I have no idea on which to get, my friend gave me this suggestion...
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard --

but would this one be good enough?
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard --

MEMORY: Initially I been thinking get 16gb, but Im not sure if I need that much, what I want is for the PC to be snappy, very little internet lag while scrolling or playing videos. I don't know the difference between getting ddr3-1800 or ddr3-2100 I want it to be fast but I don't want too little of it, and of course don't want to go over budget.

STORAGE: I want a SSD for sure. 128gb or higher IF there is a really good black friday deal. and a storage drive around 1TB.

GRAPHICS: Something maybe 3GB and can handle high settings gaming. I would be happy playing Formula1 2012, BF3, all latest on high settings, 1080p.

AUDIO: I want to buy nice monitor speakers and a high quality soundcard for FL Studio and music enjoyment later on, for now I will probably get a 7.1 headset for gaming. I dont know which slot (pci or pci-e) I should have available for that upgrade when the time comes.

CASE,PSU,CPU COOLER , ETC... Whatever else is needed that I know I probably missed that I need.

PRICING: I planned on getting all my parts during this black friday if they are on sale.

PARTSPICKER: What do you guys think of these builds?
found this on this site...
This is my starting point...just an idea, no Idea about half the components..

PS: Im sure Im repeating myself as I type, or not making sense. Im sorry in advance.. Im very tired from 7 day work week and very little sleep :sleep:  . I hope I made sense. Any help would be appreciated

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November 21, 2012 8:49:33 AM

If you're often using PS and video editing, then 16 GB is to go,but if you're doing it only occasionally, with 8 GB you're fine.

Here's build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.97 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1195.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 05:48 EST-0500)
November 22, 2012 2:10:14 AM

I revised my list of parts.. what do you guys think of it?

I have no idea on graphics card still... does the evga gtx 670 seem right?
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November 22, 2012 2:12:45 AM

Power supply is overkill. Get the 7950
November 22, 2012 2:21:36 AM

I picked that supply because it seemed like a good deal if I decide to get a second graphics card, sound card, cpu cooler or fans later on.

Why do you say 7950 over the gtx 670?

Also.. -$70 from the total because I already got the processor cheaper
November 22, 2012 3:50:29 AM

If I should switch over to the 7590, then which one?

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


SAPPHIRE FleX 100352FLEX-2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost

Maybe a different one all together?
November 22, 2012 3:54:37 AM

7950 is the best!