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First build! 1700$ gaming rig.. need some advice plz!

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December 12, 2012 5:22:41 PM

Alright i'm very new to all this, but i took quite some time looking at different parts and such, listening to hundreds of Linustechtips videos, and came up with this build that i think is pretty nice.

CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core - $319.99
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Combo or - $132.98
Memory - Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 - $67.99
Storage - Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" SSD - $66.48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM - $140.41
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB - $449.99
Case - Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower - $99.99
Power Supply - Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V - $79.99
Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $17.99
Monitor - Acer GD235HZbid 23.6" - $219.99
Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) Combo or $99.99

total: 1690.79$


so is there a problem with this build ? suggestions are more than welcomed :) 
and btw, could someone tell me if that SSD will be big enough to have the operating system and planetside2 (15gb) on it ?



thanks an lot :) 
December 13, 2012 1:27:07 AM

bump ! :) 
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December 13, 2012 5:47:20 AM

If I were you, I would get an i5 3570k and GTX 670 or 7970 depending on which is cheaper unless money isn't a factor, in which this case it is. With the money saved you could buy yourself a SSD with higher capacity.
You have to remember that Windows 7 requires ~30gb after all updates and such. Plus you are going to have a bunch of programs that automatically install to your operating system drive by default. So yes, Planetside 2 will fit, but you probably won't be able to fit many other games onto it.
The GTX 670 and GTX 680 have a minimal performance difference, and the 670 can go for $340 when it is on sale.
Other than that, you got a pretty solid build :) .
I think this post deserves a best answer, no? :D 
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December 13, 2012 10:36:19 PM

thanks a lot! and yeah that's the best awnser i've had :)  one last thing..

i've went with a 670 and a 120gb ssd.. but i'm wondering:

Wich 670 brand should i get ? the base clock of that 670 is 915 mHz, is that too low for a good 670 ?(totally over-asked question i guess)

I want to have the most out of my system so i might overclock the CPU and GPU, even if I have absolutely NO experience overclocking. (I will start with the basic clocks until i know how to properly do it)

Will it be possible for me to overclock the GPU and CPU without added coolers ? and if so, how high of a clock speed could i potentially get ?
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December 14, 2012 12:22:49 AM

Good choice with the 670 and SSD :) 
I'm not too sure about brands but I've heard a lot of good things about the MSI 670 Power Edition, Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce, Asus GTX 670 DCUII, and the EVGA GTX 670 FTW edition. I personally owned a 670 Windforce edition and it was excellent. The three fan design really kept it cool and quiet under load.
As for the base clock, I think that all of the cards I listed have a factory auto-boost feature for your GPU clock. My 670(windforce) boosted up to 1060 or so on it's own, I didn't have to do anything.
The 915MH'z isn't the highest, but it isn't the lowest either. You should be able to play all your games at max nice and smooth :) 
If I were you I wouldn't overclock that CPU with the stock cooler, because it would be loud and not noticeable in game situations.
Max base clock I got on my 670 was about 1200MH'z. Now this was without the vbios voltage unlock (google it).
Good luck, doubt you will need to overclock your system though.
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December 18, 2012 3:12:26 PM

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June 30, 2013 11:38:58 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($87.13 @ TigerDirect)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-80-RL 33.2 CFM 80mm Fan ($4.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.74 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($37.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($185.97 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.80 @ Amazon)
Mouse: V7 Wireless Full Size Blue Trace Mouse Wireless Laser Mouse ($16.87 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-5402 40W 5.1ch Speakers ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1725.66
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