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Intel i7/GTX670 Build Help Required

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November 26, 2012 11:04:22 PM

Hello,

I need some advice on my first full build on some small bits, such as the motherboard and case, as well as the graphics card.
I plan on ordering within one week (asap) to use it for mainly playing video games such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, etc..

Is this version of the 670 that I found the same as in this article? As in the end with the "all-around":
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes...


CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K ($300 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR If I need to save for some reason:
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K ($220 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($129.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Suggestions would be nice. Saw that this was recommended somewhere on this site.

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ($24.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
What works best for these parts?

Storage:
Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0001 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan ($139.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM (@19.99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Anything I missed?
Thanks in advance! :D 
November 26, 2012 11:11:06 PM

What are you planning to do with this build?

We need a bit more details to help you out.
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November 26, 2012 11:13:20 PM

Edited, sorry about that :) .
"To use it for mainly playing video games such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, etc.."
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November 26, 2012 11:27:08 PM

I would consider getting a larger capacity PSU for the machine, at 600 Watts your upgrade potential is very limited. for example if you were to add another video card to the rig you would probably need to upgrade the PSU anyway.
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November 26, 2012 11:32:39 PM

I'm not worried so much about upgrade potential. Although i'll keep it in mind, thanks!
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November 26, 2012 11:38:55 PM

you will not need the i7 unless you will be doing some hardcore video editing/rendering, or photoshop. and doing it pretty much most of the time.

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 ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1130.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 20:38 EST-0500)

and download this if you do not like windows 8
http://windows8startbutton.com/
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November 27, 2012 12:01:43 AM

I was wondering whether or not the i7 adds longevity to the computer. I'd rather not upgrade in 1.5 years.
Also, do I need an extra CPU cooler? And after all i'm mostly buying the i7 for the longevity and if it wont use it much then it's not a problem. (I'll be doing some of video editing/rendering)
Also, from what I've seen my graphics card outperforms the 7970.

I've changed 2 of the parts based on your suggestion: the motherboard and optical drive. I mostly wanted to know if my parts were all compatible, and so if you could confirm if they are i'd be very thankful.
I'll look into the hard drives as well thanks!
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November 27, 2012 12:26:38 AM

However the new drivers for the 7970 make it better, with overclocking it can reach speed higher then the gtx 680.

Also I would not pick an i7, the difference is minimal, and the $100 extra could buy a way more powerful cpu later.

like the core 2 extreme vs the core 2 quad, now you could get a core i3 and outperform either of them.

As people say, "there is no such thing as future proofing"

For the hard drive make sure you get a ssd, it will make everything better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a good psu, although it is only 550 watts it is seasonic, gold rated, and it cost $60.

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November 27, 2012 12:36:41 AM

NeroNamikaze said:
I was wondering whether or not the i7 adds longevity to the computer. I'd rather not upgrade in 1.5 years.
Also, do I need an extra CPU cooler? And after all i'm mostly buying the i7 for the longevity and if it wont use it much then it's not a problem. (I'll be doing some of video editing/rendering)
Also, from what I've seen my graphics card outperforms the 7970.

I've changed 2 of the parts based on your suggestion: the motherboard and optical drive. I mostly wanted to know if my parts were all compatible, and so if you could confirm if they are i'd be very thankful.
I'll look into the hard drives as well thanks!


...*facepalm* An i7 is an i5 with hyperthreading enabled. It's not any better at anything but that. It also doesn't make your computer last longer - the aftermarket cooler does. Trust us, you don't need anything more than an i5 clocked at 4.2 or so. (If you don't overclock, don't get a "k" model CPU, and go for a cheaper h77 motherboard.)

The GTX 670 is a beastly card - it used to beat the pants off of the 7970. However, with AMD's new drivers, and a minor overclock, the 7970 wins, for cheaper. And trust us, cheaper is better, even for a max performance PC.
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November 27, 2012 1:21:41 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Ok heres what I have so far. I haven't heard of SeaSonic so i'd rather buy from a brand I know of such as Cooler Master or Antec for PSU's. For the hard drive I found a cheaper one of the same specs. Still will look into NCIX US's $50 so I can get 2. The SSD and Ram keep going out of stock. Also the CPU is sought after as well. :) 

So in the end, hows that? (I hope that link works) :) 
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November 27, 2012 1:26:04 AM

^Seasonic are the manufacturers of the best antec and corsair PSUs. (Coolermaster isn't reliable at all, though.)

You don't need a power supply that big - 600w would be plenty.

Do you need the wireless card? It'll be less fast and less reliable than an ethernet cable would, so if you aren't moving the computer a lot...

Finally, are you overclocking? If not, there are three things to do: Buy a non "k" processor, get a h77 motherboard instead of the z77, and up the 7970 to a GHz edition.
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November 27, 2012 1:40:59 AM

DarkSable said:
^Seasonic are the manufacturers of the best antec and corsair PSUs. (Coolermaster isn't reliable at all, though.)

You don't need a power supply that big - 600w would be plenty.

Do you need the wireless card? It'll be less fast and less reliable than an ethernet cable would, so if you aren't moving the computer a lot...

Finally, are you overclocking? If not, there are three things to do: Buy a non "k" processor, get a h77 motherboard instead of the z77, and up the 7970 to a GHz edition.


Then I guess i'll change it back to Sea Sonic (thanks for the info guys really appreciate it). I also do need the wireless card.

I think I will be overclocking the CPU later on,as well as the GPU.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Ok swapped out the psu for a SeaSonic but it's still 750w since someone mentioned it'd be better later on if I intend to CrossFire.

I'll be back when it's morning where I am to try and read your responses. Getting a bit late. :) 
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November 27, 2012 1:49:48 AM

Alright. I'd advise spending $30 on a Hyper 212 EVO. You'll need it when you overclock, and putting it on now will be a lot nicer than removing the stock heatsink and having to clean everything later.

And yes, if you do decide to crossfire, 750w is the sweet point. That Corsair was a good model too, but if the seasonic is cheaper, go with it.
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November 27, 2012 11:44:10 PM

Sounds good. Just a thought, but with the $100 you didn't need to spend on the i7, you could upgrade to a larger / faster SSD.
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