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First build. Need help+advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: Maybe a couple months, hopefully sooner

Budget Range: Approx. $1500 rebates/discounts/shipping included

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>Movies>School

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, Amazon.com, microcenter.com(last option)

Location: North-Central Texas, US

Parts Preferences: Intel Build, Open to ideas

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


PROCESSOR (CPU)-
Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5 GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115095

MOTHERBOARD-
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007G51UV0/?tag=pcpapi-20

RAM-
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231489

HARDDRIVE-
Western Digital WD RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136697

VIDEO CARD-
GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125418

POWER SUPPLY-
Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800 800W Continuous http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] llFullInfo

CPU COOLER-
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=

COMPUTER MONITOR
Asus VE228H 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor with Integrated Speakers http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00413PHDM/?tag=pcpapi-20

OR

COMPUTER MONITOR (HOLIDAY SPECIAL)
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236052

OPERATING SYSTEM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

You can also find the build @ http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rdqs

I only plan on getting one monitor for now!

I have very limited knowledge when it comes to building, but I have learned a lot from these forums. I was just hoping to get some input, and I'm open to anything.I was also curious as to the cables that are going to be needed. I have seen it is hit or miss on getting them with the drives/mobos/etc... Thanks for all your help!
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  1. Are you going to get another video card to Crossfire in the future? If not, I would recommend a different power supply.

    Also, just FYI, none of these links work. But I would switch the Cooler Master V8 for a Noctua NH-D14
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/reJG
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/reJG/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/reJG/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1464.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 17:13 EST-0500)
  3. Where is your case
  4. I have a thermaltake chases case and already bought the Intel I7 2700k sandy bridge. I might end up buying another video card, but if you think I can get by with just one I'd definitely go down to around a 600w psu? And the links don't work? They work for me...but that might be cause I posted it I guess?
  5. Thermaltake chaser. I'm on my phone. Stupid auto correct
  6. oh o.k.
  7. kkulle said:
    I have a thermaltake chases case and already bought the Intel I7 2700k sandy bridge. I might end up buying another video card, but if you think I can get by with just one I'd definitely go down to around a 600w psu? And the links don't work? They work for me...but that might be cause I posted it I guess?
    I would get a 7950 at least 7870 is not going to max games out.
  8. What video card would you suggest? And would it be worth the extra $75+? I appreciate this, considering I don't want to throw my money away. Does the system seem to be compatible? I will change the psu, but which of those would you suggest? For a new builder this is a lot to keep in mind..
  9. Best answer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202003 Radeon HD 7950 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 500~550 Watt power supply unit. Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.
  10. Is the 550w going to be plenty for this build? I know it is dangerous to go too high, but I want a little wiggle room. And I'll add that video card to my build once I get home. I appreciate all your help.
  11. Anyone?
  12. What did you need bud ?Yes 550W is fine if you want a bigger power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
  13. Awesome man. You have been such a big help. Other than that does it look decent? And I guess I'll have to wait on the parts to see which aftermarket cables I'll need?
  14. Can you give me a list of everything you are ordering? Then i can tell you
  15. PROCESSOR (CPU)

    Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5 GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
    BX80623i72700K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

    MOTHERBOARD

    ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007G51UV0/?tag=pcpapi-20

    RAM

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231489

    HARDDRIVE
    Western Digital WD RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136697

    VIDEO CARD
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-202-003&SortField=1&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=5&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29#scrollFullInfo

    POWER SUPPLY
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Power+Supplies-_-SeaSonic+USA-_-17151095

    CPU COOLER
    COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    COMPUTER MONITOR
    Asus VE228H 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor with Integrated Speakers http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00413PHDM/?tag=pcpapi-20

    OR

    COMPUTER MONITOR (HOLIDAY SPECIAL)
    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    OPERATING SYSTEM
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    CASE
    Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

    Hopefully its good!

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/riWe


    I don't understand why the links aren't working...
  16. All is compatible i would not buy two different monitors i would buy the same ones but to each his/her own.
  17. Oh no I plan on buying only one :) thank you so much for your help. I definitely needed it.
  18. Your very welcome! :)
  19. Best answer selected by kkulle.
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