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December 2, 2012 7:37:30 PM

I was thinking of a build like this:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K (http://goo.gl/BNAVs)
Motherboard: Intel DZ77RE-75K (http://goo.gl/TWrMu)
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2048MB - 02G-P4-2670-KR (http://goo.gl/P0TJg)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB - CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B (4x4GB)(http://goo.gl/DAozI)
Cooling: Intel Liquid Cooling - BXRTS2011LC (http://goo.gl/8Ml2J)
HDD: 2 of Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - WD2002FAEX (RAID1 in case if one of them break)(http://goo.gl/PDczz)
SSD for Intel Smart Response: Intel 330 Series 60GB - SSDSC2CT060A3K5 (http://goo.gl/byvax)
Blu-ray burner: LG 14x Internal BDXL Burner - WH14NS40 (http://goo.gl/GaTiF)
Power supply: Corsair Professional Series 750W - AX750 (http://goo.gl/ZtaZQ)
Chassis: Antec LanBoy Air Blue (http://goo.gl/iHMYV)

So here are my questions:
- Will there be any bottlenecking here, possibly?
- Would I need a blu-ray or would I just need a DVD burner?

Tell me if there are any other issues with this.

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December 2, 2012 7:58:31 PM

I dont't see why there would be any bottlenecking, all items are high quality. I would stay away from intel motherboards and coolers and go for an asus or gigabyte motherboard( the quality is just going to be much better for the same price or less) and for the cooler go with a corsair h80i. You dont need bluray unless you would like it, dvd burner is fine
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December 2, 2012 8:06:33 PM

Flyerx said:
I dont't see why there would be any bottlenecking, all items are high quality. I would stay away from intel motherboards and coolers and go for an asus or gigabyte motherboard( the quality is just going to be much better for the same price or less) and for the cooler go with a corsair h80i. You dont need bluray unless you would like it, dvd burner is fine


Yeah - tread extremely carefully purchasing Intel boards - they don't really allow access to the multiplier and the software and BIOS they use is very out of date. Actually tread carefully buying anything Intel makes other than CPUs. I wouldn't purchase a closed liquid loop though. I also wouldn't buy an Intel branded SSD either as they still use out of date Sandforce controllers.

The Lanboy Air is an OK choice for case - there's better ones that Antec makes like the P280. What is your budget? I think I would scrap most of that and get something different.
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December 2, 2012 8:18:14 PM

Flyerx said:
I dont't see why there would be any bottlenecking, all items are high quality. I would stay away from intel motherboards and coolers and go for an asus or gigabyte motherboard( the quality is just going to be much better for the same price or less) and for the cooler go with a corsair h80i. You dont need bluray unless you would like it, dvd burner is fine

Well, I'm hearing of leaks on Corsair coolers, and I never heard of any on the Intel one. Also, I looked at Asus and Gigabyte motherboards, and what seem nice to me are Asus's Maximus V Extreme and Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UP5 TH. Are there any you personally prefer? I also forgot to mention that this is a sort of gaming build.
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December 2, 2012 8:29:33 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah - tread extremely carefully purchasing Intel boards - they don't really allow access to the multiplier and the software and BIOS they use is very out of date. Actually tread carefully buying anything Intel makes other than CPUs. I wouldn't purchase a closed liquid loop though. I also wouldn't buy an Intel branded SSD either as they still use out of date Sandforce controllers.

The Lanboy Air is an OK choice for case - there's better ones that Antec makes like the P280. What is your budget? I think I would scrap most of that and get something different.

My budget is $2000, but I might not actually do this build. I'm just asking so that I would be prepared in case I would need to build a new one. I also would put an mSATA SSD, like this one on the motherboard rather than a 2.5" SSD, if I get one of the 2 other motherboards I was thinking of on the post I posted just before this one.
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December 2, 2012 8:50:50 PM

BlueAndGray said:
My budget is $2000, but I might not actually do this build. I'm just asking so that I would be prepared in case I would need to build a new one. I also would put an mSATA SSD, like this one on the motherboard rather than a 2.5" SSD, if I get one of the 2 other motherboards I was thinking of on the post I posted just before this one.



If it's for gaming, get the 3570k, and a good aftermarket cooler for it.


8 gb of ram, ddr3 1600 cas 9 or better, 1.5v, for gaming 16 gb is overkill.


Intel mobos are garbage as the other posters have already addressed. Get a model, like the asrock z77 extreme 4 or the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H.

A 256 Gb ssd for use as a boot drive/game drive, I like the samsung and corsair models.


2 gtx 670's or 2 7950's.

And a dvd all in one drive for installing games/software.
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December 3, 2012 12:13:18 AM

maxalge said:
If it's for gaming, get the 3570k, and a good aftermarket cooler for it.


8 gb of ram, ddr3 1600 cas 9 or better, 1.5v, for gaming 16 gb is overkill.


Intel mobos are garbage as the other posters have already addressed. Get a model, like the asrock z77 extreme 4 or the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H.

A 256 Gb ssd for use as a boot drive/game drive, I like the samsung and corsair models.


2 gtx 670's or 2 7950's.

And a dvd all in one drive for installing games/software.

Heh, I thought I once heard that ASRock mobos are even worse. But yeah, I'll probably go with an Asus Maximus V Extreme, 8gb of RAM, a DVD burner rather than a BD burner, and the other CPU you mentioned.

EDIT: I just realized that the Maximus V Extreme is somewhat overkill looking at its price, so I might go with Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UP4.
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December 3, 2012 1:00:33 AM

BlueAndGray said:
My budget is $2000, but I might not actually do this build. I'm just asking so that I would be prepared in case I would need to build a new one. I also would put an mSATA SSD, like this one on the motherboard rather than a 2.5" SSD, if I get one of the 2 other motherboards I was thinking of on the post I posted just before this one.


There really isn't any reason to purchase an mSATA drive - get a real SSD.

I think on a $2K budget I'd drop that whole build and get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1631.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 22:00 EST-0500)
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December 3, 2012 1:27:40 AM

g-unit1111 said:
There really isn't any reason to purchase an mSATA drive - get a real SSD.

I think on a $2K budget I'd drop that whole build and get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1631.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 22:00 EST-0500)


nice build but i would trade off a few parts and make it into something like this to save some money

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1485.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 22:27 EST-0500)

not much of a performance lost either
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December 3, 2012 4:32:08 AM

So I looked at reviews for some water coolers, and actually, Corsair coolers seem to have more problems than the Intel cooler, so I just decided to go with the Intel cooler. I don't see why not. So I narrowed down everything, this is what I got:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC 74.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($158.21 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($158.21 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Blue ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1682.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 01:30 EST-0500)

Oh, and also, about the case, I only chose the LanBoy Air because it's easy to carry around in case if I ever need to. It also has a good airflow.
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