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December 21, 2012 12:55:26 AM

I have done some research on a new computer that will be in the 1,700 range. I will use this computer for gaming and some high quality rendering. I would like you to check check it to see if i have done my research correctly nad if you have some suggestions.

Case- Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Power Supply- CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM- Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 Desktop Memory Model KHX2400C11D3K4/8GX

CPU- Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

Motherboard- Intel BOXDX79SR LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU- GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Blue Ray Drive- LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

SSD- OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

CPU Cooler- CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

I know i'm not getting a HDD to start with and i'm not filling up the ram slots, but I will be doing that in the future.

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December 21, 2012 1:44:02 AM

Don't get 4x2GB RAM. Get 2x4GB. Makes expansion easier and puts less stress on your system.

Everything will play together, though...
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December 21, 2012 1:47:44 AM

JMer806 said:
Don't get 4x2GB RAM. Get 2x4GB. Makes expansion easier and puts less stress on your system.

Everything will play together, though...

i would rather get the 4x2Gb ram because it has some very fast speed and my mobo has 8 slots so later i can buy another set of this and fill my board with some very fast ram but thanks for reading this and giving be some feed back
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December 21, 2012 1:50:26 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/trWT

stick with an i5. little to no gain in gaming compared to an i7, unless you also do video editing or any kind of rendering outside of gaming.

feel free to stick with the motherboard i put up or an Asrock Z77 extreme4 for a heck of a lot cheaper. no performance difference either way outside of OCing potential and stability, which based on the popularity of the extreme4, is nothing much to complain about.

little to no visible difference in gaming performance between a 1600mhz ram and 2400mhz. now if you were doing some thing else that'd utilize that ram speed, whole different story.

your 7970 is fine. so's a 670, which i recommended because it's cheaper. you should have a bit to spare for a 7970ghz edition. you may even be able to get 2x670's to SLI if you cut down on the motherboard (Asrock z77 extreme4) and SSD (Crucial M4 128gb).

only going with your PSU because you can clearly pay for it, and just in case you want to buy another GPU in the future for CF/SLI. if you're strictly a single GPU person, a quality 600W is good enough.
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December 21, 2012 2:05:58 AM

Hazle said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/trWT

stick with an i5. little to no gain in gaming compared to an i7, unless you also do video editing or any kind of rendering outside of gaming.

feel free to stick with the motherboard i put up or an Asrock Z77 extreme4 for a heck of a lot cheaper. no performance difference either way outside of OCing potential and stability, which based on the popularity of the extreme4, is nothing much to complain about.

little to no visible difference in gaming performance between a 1600mhz ram and 2400mhz. now if you were doing some thing else that'd utilize that ram speed, whole different story.

your 7970 is fine. so's a 670, which i recommended because it's cheaper. you should have a bit to spare for a 7970ghz edition. you may even be able to get 2x670's to SLI if you cut down on the motherboard (Asrock z77 extreme4) and SSD (Crucial M4 128gb).

only going with your PSU because you can clearly pay for it, and just in case you want to buy another GPU in the future for CF/SLI. if you're strictly a single GPU person, a quality 600W is good enough.

First off i will be doing some 1020p rendering. i do like my motherboard so i probably wont change it. from what i can tell from what i will be doing i will see a difference in the speed of ram. the real reason im going to use amd Gpu is because it has open source divers witch i may use in the future. if i do want to put another GPU in (witch i probably wont) i will change my PSU to something i little different. on new egg it says that i would need a 660W and i would rather have some extra then run out of power. However thanks for your advice and i will remember this for the future when i do up grade. I would again like to thank you becsue last time i posted something like this i only got some trolls replying.

Edit: i will be sticking to the i7 so i cant use that asrock due to the CPU slot and it only has 4 slots for ram witch i dont like. but over all the boards ok for its price
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December 21, 2012 2:34:01 AM

When you put the title New high end gaming build, and no description of the usage of the build, it's hard not to do what he did, which is recommend a i5 ivybridge cpu.
Anyway get the i7-3770k it's better than the i7-3820 see this : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/523?vs=551 , and get a z77 mobo like asrock z77 extreme 4, get 2x8GB ram 1600 mhz.
The psu will do for your system
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December 21, 2012 2:57:24 AM

djangoringo said:
When you put the title New high end gaming build, and no description of the usage of the build, it's hard not to do what he did, which is recommend a i5 ivybridge cpu.
Anyway get the i7-3770k it's better than the i7-3820 see this : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/523?vs=551 , and get a z77 mobo like asrock z77 extreme 4, get 2x8GB ram 1600 mhz.
The psu will do for your system

you are right it is not hard to do what he did. and according to that article you are right. but the mobo i have i like a lot and the i7-3770k is 30 dollars more. i don't know the difference between the mobo chip sets that come with the mobo's so i will look in to that and see the price difference. thanks for your advice.

Edit: one reason i would not want to switch mobos is because the amount of memory slots
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December 21, 2012 11:26:16 AM

nd0905 said:
you are right it is not hard to do what he did. and according to that article you are right. but the mobo i have i like a lot and the i7-3770k is 30 dollars more. i don't know the difference between the mobo chip sets that come with the mobo's so i will look in to that and see the price difference. thanks for your advice.

Edit: one reason i would not want to switch mobos is because the amount of memory slots


Keep in mind that the MOBO you have is a socket 2011 and an i7 3770k would need an LGA 1155.
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December 21, 2012 3:58:23 PM

You won't really see a difference in speed when going from 1866mhz RAM to 2400mhz RAM.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1779/4/
Just look how minimal the scaling is from 1600 to 2133.

I made you a build that is pretty much an upgrade over the PC you built in every aspect while retaining the same price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($180.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.73 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1663.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-21 12:51 EST-0500)

It has twice the memory capacity which may prove usefull.The memory is a bit slower but since its quad channel the bandwidth is already high enough that it will make no difference.
The motherboard i included is better in terms of overclocking capabilities, it also has some very nice features and costs less.
The water cooler i included is almost as good as the Corsair H80 but costs a lot less.
The graphics card you used in your build is known to bend PCI-E slots because it's really heavy.That doesn't mean it's a bad card, but i think there are better ones in that price range.
The Powercolor card i included has a very high factory overclock while the Sapphire card i'll link below uses an incredibly silent cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both are excelent choices.
I upgraded the power supply to a unit that is just as good as the one you chose, but it has a higher wattage and costs the same so it's a better deal.
I also included a much better case and an optical drive with higher BD read and write speeds.
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December 28, 2012 3:46:45 AM

Best answer selected by nd0905.
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