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December 13, 2012 10:44:36 PM

As the title suggests, I am looking for advice, and I'll try to make this as easy to read as possible. Also, I'm going to have a few comments beside certain parts.

Approximate Purchase Date : Soon, I would like to actually build the computer before 2013

Budget Range : With the parts I have chosen, I can get this for about $1720 which includes shipping and taxes. So, if there are any people who know of a place where I can get these parts for less, that'd be appreciated. Rubix had told me that someone was able to spend $850 on parts excluding the case, PSU and SSD. So, ultimately, I would like it to be less.

System Usage (Most to Least Important) : Gaming, Media, School Work

Preferred Websites : Any, I know Newegg, NCIX or Amazon a lot more, but any reputable website is fine.

Country : Canada (Ontario)

Parts :

Case : Coolermaster Haf X Red (Pretty set on the case.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53776

CPU : Intel Core i7-3770k (I'm set on the i7 mostly because I have an i5 right now and find it slow, although I value everyone's opinions, that part is not up for debate.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70540&promoid=1306

CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=47090&promoid=1268

GPU : MSI GTX 670 PE (Chose that one because of the high clock speeds, and I would like to keep the GPU Purchase on Newegg because I know they have the 2 free games.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM : Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz (Quantity:2)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MOBO : MSI Z77A (I've heard mixed reviews about MSI Boards, but couldn't seem to find any better ones for around the same price.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU : ZS Series 80+ Bronze PSU 750W (Went with 750w because I plan on OCing. The CPU to atleast 4.4ghz or so, I dont know if I can get away with less, but if any suggestions for the mobo support SLI then 750w may be a good idea, but I assume most suggestions wont.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=888898684

Optical Drive : LG DVD Writer
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76514&vpn=GH24NS72&manufa... Electronics&promoid=1285

Storage : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM HDD
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1306

Crucial M4 128GB SSD
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60445

Other Parts/Software : Windows 7
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=45271&promoid=1306

Rosewill Wireless Card (Honestly, that will just be much easier for me.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Final Notes
Basically I would just like a review of these parts, and any suggestions of where I could save money without sacrificing preformance.
I am also curious about the mobo I selected only having two fan headers, yet the Haf X has 4. Should 2 fans per header be ok?
Thanks for any help you guys can/do give me.


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December 13, 2012 11:01:06 PM

first question: how much work do you do a day that requires many threads (rendering, video editing, and modeling). if you dont do more than 3hrs of that stuff, a i7 is useless

ill configure something for you after that
December 13, 2012 11:05:39 PM

Aramid_4 said:
As the title suggests, I am looking for advice, and I'll try to make this as easy to read as possible. Also, I'm going to have a few comments beside certain parts.

Approximate Purchase Date : Soon, I would like to actually build the computer before 2013

Budget Range : With the parts I have chosen, I can get this for about $1720 which includes shipping and taxes. So, if there are any people who know of a place where I can get these parts for less, that'd be appreciated. Rubix had told me that someone was able to spend $850 on parts excluding the case, PSU and SSD. So, ultimately, I would like it to be less.

System Usage (Most to Least Important) : Gaming, Media, School Work

Preferred Websites : Any, I know Newegg, NCIX or Amazon a lot more, but any reputable website is fine.

Country : Canada (Ontario)

Parts :

Case : Coolermaster Haf X Red (Pretty set on the case.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53776

CPU : Intel Core i7-3770k (I'm set on the i7 mostly because I have an i5 right now and find it slow, although I value everyone's opinions, that part is not up for debate.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70540&promoid=1306

CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=47090&promoid=1268

GPU : MSI GTX 670 PE (Chose that one because of the high clock speeds, and I would like to keep the GPU Purchase on Newegg because I know they have the 2 free games.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM : Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz (Quantity:2)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MOBO : MSI Z77A (I've heard mixed reviews about MSI Boards, but couldn't seem to find any better ones for around the same price.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU : ZS Series 80+ Bronze PSU 750W (Went with 750w because I plan on OCing. The CPU to atleast 4.4ghz or so, I dont know if I can get away with less, but if any suggestions for the mobo support SLI then 750w may be a good idea, but I assume most suggestions wont.)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=888898684

Optical Drive : LG DVD Writer
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76514&vpn=GH24NS72&manufa... Electronics&promoid=1285

Storage : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM HDD
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1306

Crucial M4 128GB SSD
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60445

Other Parts/Software : Windows 7
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=45271&promoid=1306

Rosewill Wireless Card (Honestly, that will just be much easier for me.)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Final Notes
Basically I would just like a review of these parts, and any suggestions of where I could save money without sacrificing preformance.
I am also curious about the mobo I selected only having two fan headers, yet the Haf X has 4. Should 2 fans per header be ok?
Thanks for any help you guys can/do give me.
It's a solid build i would suggest you get i5-3570k and different motherboard.Here that card in action if your interested http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnLUJxCBZUg&feature=plcp Crysis 2 Campaign MSI GTX 670 OC Test :D 
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December 13, 2012 11:23:07 PM

TheBigTroll said:
first question: how much work do you do a day that requires many threads (rendering, video editing, and modeling). if you dont do more than 3hrs of that stuff, a i7 is useless

Well I said homework, because in the future I will be going into software engineering, but I could be doing a few hours of rendering every so often, but as I said, I have basically decided upon the i7, because I feel like it is basically the best thing for me. I knew there would be recommendations for an i5 which is why I had said what I said. But, if I'm happy with the answer to my next question, I may be convinced. If I overclocked the i5 to 4.4 or 4.5ghz or so, could I expect to see roughly the same performance as a i7-3770k at .1ghz or so less?
December 13, 2012 11:26:46 PM

bigcyco1 said:
It's a solid build i would suggest you get i5-3570k and different motherboard.Here that card in action if your interested http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnLUJxCBZUg&feature=plcp Crysis 2 Campaign MSI GTX 670 OC Test :D 

Do you think the MSI 670 would be fine running a game on one screen (1920x1080) and having youtube or whatever on another 1920x1080 monitor? And thanks for the quick reply, which I will also extend to TheBigTroll, but I hadnt been planning to directly reply to your message, bigcyco so I was planning to make a general thank you for you two. I also looked at those two mobos, and I'll check them out on newegg.ca for prices, and perhaps see if I can get futureshop to beat neweggs price if they have the boards too.
December 13, 2012 11:32:32 PM

like how far from the future. if its 3-5 years, you are better off buying a rig for that then
December 13, 2012 11:35:09 PM

Hmm, 2 years I suppose. So you may recommend I just upgrade it a bit then?
December 13, 2012 11:46:37 PM

Your welcome!Yes those boards would be a better choice also if your not planing to run SLI a reliable 550W power supply will do.
December 13, 2012 11:53:11 PM

Even with overclocks? And perhaps with the money I save on the CPU if I decide to go with the i5, I could put into a 680? Although, there may be a bottleneck, I dont know. And if you or TheBigTroll could answer my earlier question of whether a i5-3570k OCed to 4.4ghz (or higher if its possible to do with fairly low temps) is comparable to an i7 at 4.3ghz or so
December 14, 2012 12:00:59 AM

With overclock there no for sure thing if you get a good chip you should be able to overclock it to that on the NHD-14 the 680 is only 7% faster i do not think it's worth the extra cost.I have two MSI 670 PE now and i5-2500k no bottlenecks so i do not see it being a issue.
December 14, 2012 12:02:48 AM

I was asking if it is relatively close to the i7 with an overclock that is a bit better. And ok
December 14, 2012 12:10:37 AM

Oh yeah
December 14, 2012 12:39:01 AM

Oh yeah, I was asking that?
December 14, 2012 12:41:32 AM

And i answered Oh yeah, as in yes
December 14, 2012 12:47:33 AM

Alright, I had thought you were just acknowledging that I had asked a question.
December 14, 2012 12:53:47 AM

Sorry for the confusion.
December 14, 2012 1:00:13 AM

It would look awful imo lol.Nevertheless it would be compatible.
December 14, 2012 1:03:29 AM

Yea I was thinking to same thing. Ill try to see if I can find any pictures of a mATX in the haf x
December 14, 2012 10:01:29 AM

whoever puts matx in a haf x is just stupid. do it right and get a haf xm or haf xb. then putting a matx board in it doesnt look so stupid
December 14, 2012 3:46:53 PM

Yea I think Ill just go with an ATX board. I'd rather the Haf X so.
December 14, 2012 3:52:26 PM

Would you guys recommend staying away from MSI boards?
How would this one look? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... -And I dont think I recieved a reply about the Haf X having 4 fans and the board only having 2 headers, should 2 fans per header be ok, or should I plug 2 into the PSU or something? Thanks
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