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Final check, buying today, 1st time builder!

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December 6, 2012 11:40:27 AM

Hey guys, my last thread on my build, I updated some of the parts based on more research and recommendations and want to make sure everything looks good. I will be ordering everything today. Do I need to order any extra sata cables or anything? I;m assuming I'll need one for the WD drive since it's just the bare drive. Thanks for your help!

Here is a link to my original thread about my uses for the computer. I also plan to OC. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/373648-31-help-gaming...


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1404.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 08:40 EST-0500)
December 7, 2012 1:42:16 AM

bump for help please!
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December 7, 2012 2:53:51 AM

It might help if you linked your first post so people know what you're trying to do with this build since you posted it like 3 days ago. Luckily I happened to have been involved in that one so I already know.

The i7 is overkill for gaming as the only difference from the i5 is hyperthreading which does not help in games. It will, however, make video editing go a little quicker. If that justifies the extra $100 for you then go for it. Also you didn't say if you would be overclocking or not. If you have no desire to OC then a K-version is no better than the less-expensive non-K versions.

You could get a better SSD than the 840 and save a few bucks at the same time like this one:

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

Other than that everything looks solid.
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December 7, 2012 4:57:22 PM

bardacuda said:
It might help if you linked your first post so people know what you're trying to do with this build since you posted it like 3 days ago. Luckily I happened to have been involved in that one so I already know.

The i7 is overkill for gaming as the only difference from the i5 is hyperthreading which does not help in games. It will, however, make video editing go a little quicker. If that justifies the extra $100 for you then go for it. Also you didn't say if you would be overclocking or not. If you have no desire to OC then a K-version is no better than the less-expensive non-K versions.

You could get a better SSD than the 840 and save a few bucks at the same time like this one:

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

Other than that everything looks solid.



You are absolutely right Bardacuda, I should have linked my original thread, that wasn't well thought out. I have never OC'd before, but I do plan to give it a shot with this build. As far as the i5 vs i7, I guess it would depend on the performance difference I should expect. I mean if we are talking a 10-15% difference I'd rather save the $100 and go with the i5, if it's higher than that I think the i7 would be worth it.

In regards to the SSD, I know very little about them. I've read a few people saying to stay away from the ones that use sandforce, is that just people overreacting? I ask because the 840 doesn't seem to use it but the one you recommend does. I'd rather spend the extra $20 if there is concern about the reliability since this will be a work computer for me, but if they are about the same performance wise I'm all for saving the money.

Xlerator, I think the case I picked actually works out cheaper after rebate at $150. I do like the look of the one you sent me though.

As always thanks for your input, this site is an incredible resource.

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December 7, 2012 10:40:06 PM

It depends what performance difference you're talking about. In games the performance difference will be close to 0% and hyperthreading can actually lower performance slightly. If you're talking about multi-tasking, running virtual machines, encoding video, or some other kind of task that can use multiple threads but does not put a huge load on any given one, then you could probably get 30% or higher increases in performance.

General rule of thumb is if you want a system that's good at everything, not just gaming, then an i7 is justified. If you're only concerned with gaming performance and other than that only using your computer to browse the internet or watch movies or something not requiring a lot of multi-threaded CPU power then an i7 is no better than an i5 and you are just wasting $100 that could be put towards the video card or better/more storage etc.

I'm no expert on SSDs either but from what I understand some drives that used the first generation Sandforce controllers suffered from longevity/reliability issues, but second generation Sandforce changed that, and the good ones are considered more reliable than Samsung's SSDs.
Maybe someone with more expertise could clarify that.
I don't think the Samsungs are bad, but just that you could get a little more, for a little less.

If you've already ordered this PC though it is a solid build, nothing to be disappointed about. :) 
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