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December 24, 2012 9:09:51 AM

Building this pc in a few days, and would like some opinions on changes. I mostly do video editing and gaming.

Specs:

Cpu: i7 - 2700k (already own it) (ocing to 4.5Ghz)
Gpu: Asus GTX 670
Case: Cooler master storm trooper with the windowed side panel
Mobo: Asus sabertooth z77
Ram: corsair vengeance 16gb
Ssd: samsung 840 128gb
Hdd western digital 1tb black
Psu: 750w or either corsair or xfx?
Cooler: corsair H100i

Please let me know your opinions and what you would change and why, thank you i need your help!

Sorry for repeat, i did not get much help on the last one!

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December 24, 2012 9:42:19 AM

hiporc said:
Building this pc in a few days, and would like some opinions on changes. I mostly do video editing and gaming.

Specs:

Cpu: i7 - 2700k (already own it) (ocing to 4.5Ghz)
Gpu: Asus GTX 670
Case: Cooler master storm trooper with the windowed side panel
Mobo: Asus sabertooth z77
Ram: corsair vengeance 16gb
Ssd: samsung 840 128gb
Hdd western digital 1tb black
Psu: 750w or either corsair or xfx?
Cooler: corsair H100i

Please let me know your opinions and what you would change and why, thank you i need your help!

Sorry for repeat, i did not get much help on the last one!


The SSD needs to be the 840 Pro series, otherwise go for Corsair GS/GT/GTX, or Mushkin's copies, and lastly adata. I would get the pro though xD. Grab the Corsair PSU, and drop that overpriced motherboard. You don't need it; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Day you go. Cases are personal touches so not much to say there though I would recommend the haf advanced 932, it is #1 on newegg for a reason. And lastly that WD Black is worthless http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... :hello: 
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December 24, 2012 9:58:27 AM

Here ya go!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $908.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 06:49 EST-0500)

* GPU is $260 after $20 Promo code and $20 MIRc!!! You can get the GTX 670 if you like, just thought that at this price and performance it's hard to beat!
* PSU is Plenty for any single GPU out. If you want to SLI/Xfire later (I don't recommend you do) than up the PSU to at least a quality 650w or better PSU.
JonnyGuru.com's review of PSU, if you have questions about it.

Other thoughts:
* The SSD I selected isn't the PRO model, but for the size and decent speed I would get it. You are going to want some space on your Boot/OS drive to install several games and the OS on, so that is why I would suggest at least a 250-256 gb SSD. The 128 gb SSD is going to push your limits on what you want to install on it. Most SSD's performance starts to degrade after 80% of capacity (which is about 100 gb's on a 128 gb SSD - which is before the OS install of 15-20 gb's).
* Mobo has all of the options that most will need. No sense spending ~$250 on a mobo when you have similar performance out of a $100-160 one.
* RAM should be at stock voltage (1.5v is stock) and run at least at 1600 mHz and @ CAS 9 speeds (which is what I have listed above).
* Case will hold up to 12.4" GPU's and keep on running. If you want some more on a similar form factor, than the Corsair 300R can handle 450mm/17.7" of GPU space!! Also don't forget to get a case w/Front USB 3.0 ports!
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December 24, 2012 6:59:04 PM

Praxeology said:
The SSD needs to be the 840 Pro series, otherwise go for Corsair GS/GT/GTX, or Mushkin's copies, and lastly adata. I would get the pro though xD. Grab the Corsair PSU, and drop that overpriced motherboard. You don't need it; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Day you go. Cases are personal touches so not much to say there though I would recommend the haf advanced 932, it is #1 on newegg for a reason. And lastly that WD Black is worthless http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... :hello: 


thanks, i wont have enough for the pro ssd, should i go the 830? i will go corsair on the psu. but the mother board, two reason i chose it were because or Asus's reliability and because of the fact that it has a *** ton of usb ports, which i need. Why i am going an atx board is because i probably am going to add another video card in down the road. i chose the case that i did because of the fact that it has a nice side window, air filters, and good cooling. If you know of any other motherboard possibilities that might suit my needs, that would be much appreciated, thank you for you feed back. :) 
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December 24, 2012 7:38:06 PM

yeah, personally would tend to go for 830, in terms of proven reliability. Bear in mind, if using 2700K, whilst z77 is ok, some cheaper ones don't give the best performance, if OC Sandybridge. eg would personally avoid the ASRock Extreme (potential overheating). Frankly, I'd go with z68.
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December 24, 2012 7:41:10 PM

malbluff said:
yeah, personally would tend to go for 830, in terms of proven reliability. Bear in mind, if using 2700K, whilst z77 is ok, some cheaper ones don't give the best performance, if OC Sandybridge. eg would personally avoid the ASRock Extreme (potential overheating). Frankly, I'd go with z68.


thanks for the heads up
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December 24, 2012 7:41:28 PM

Go for 830
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December 25, 2012 12:34:31 AM

malbluff said:
yeah, personally would tend to go for 830, in terms of proven reliability. Bear in mind, if using 2700K, whilst z77 is ok, some cheaper ones don't give the best performance, if OC Sandybridge. eg would personally avoid the ASRock Extreme (potential overheating). Frankly, I'd go with z68.

Not sure why one would go with z68 since it limits some features that the z77 chipset gives you.

As far as OC'ing the AsRock Extreme, look below at one review:

"When it came time to overclock with ASRock's Z77 Extreme 4, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it could pull off the same overclocks as some if the high end boards I have used."

Here's the link to the review, if you have questions about OC'ing the AsRock Extreme Mobo.
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December 25, 2012 8:24:04 AM

If OP was THINKING of getting i7-2700K, I'd say better get i7-3770K and z77 mobo. As already got 2700K, presumably for better OC capability, z77 gains virtually nothing, over z68, with Sandybridge, and, with some, like Extreme 4, cooling can be an issue. With high overclocks, don't tend to handle higher CPU wattage of Sandybridge well (fine with lower Ivybridge wattages, of course).
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December 27, 2012 9:38:33 PM

Best answer selected by hiporc.
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