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December 26, 2012 6:13:56 PM

Hello,

Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I am building a new PC. I have created a list of the components I am going to use but before ordering I wanted to get some feedback on them, I am trying to build this for the least amount of money possible. However I don't want to skimp on power are there any changes that any of you would recommend? My primary use for this pc will be gaming.

Case: 104.99 Thermaltake Overseer RX-I
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: 119.99 ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu: 209.99 Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Powersupply: 109.99 OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 42.99x2 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB DDR 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Os drive:109.99 Intel 520 Series Cherryville 2.5" 120GB SATA III SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage drive:119.99 Western Digital WD 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: 349.99 EVGA 03G-P4-3668-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW+ 3GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: 19.99 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Os: 99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price after shipping $1,294.39 (one 20 dollar promo on Hard Drive and a 15% Off on the PSU applied)
Thank you very much for any help you can provide.

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December 26, 2012 6:40:24 PM

Don't have an unlocked CPU so if not going to overclock down the line you can see if you can find a cheaper Z77 or H75 mobo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155 - see what meets your connectivity needs) to save some money.

750W is way overkill if you're not going to SLI - maybe need 550 or 600W.

Don't think I'd spend that much on a ti when you can get a 7970 for a little more (unless you're getting a game bundle with the ti that you plan to buy anyway).
December 26, 2012 7:15:19 PM

Looking good! I wouldn't bother with the 3550 though - grab a 3450 and save some money (real-world performance is identical) or get a 3570K if you're wanting to overclock. I wouldn't use OCZ for PSUs - Seasonic-built units are best. So XFX, Silverpower SP-Sxxx / SP-SxxxM / SP-SS lines, PC Power & Cooling Silencer series and Silencer Mk III series, or obviously Seasonic themselves.

For SSD, I'd take a Samsung 830 or 840 Pro (or Vertex 4 if you can't find an 830 and don't want the expense of the 840 Pro). I'd also bump the GPU up to a GTX670 if you can - GTX660 Ti is great, but the GTX670 will last you longer. There's already a game out (Far Cry 3) that won't run smoothly maxed at 1080p on a GTX660 Ti. You'd need a GTX670 to do that. So looking to the future, that's what I'd get.
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December 26, 2012 7:17:02 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Don't have an unlocked CPU so if not going to overclock down the line you can see if you can find a cheaper Z77 or H75 mobo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155 - see what meets your connectivity needs) to save some money.

750W is way overkill if you're not going to SLI - maybe need 550 or 600W.

Don't think I'd spend that much on a ti when you can get a 7970 for a little more (unless you're getting a game bundle with the ti that you plan to buy anyway).


I would like to overclock later on, What unlocked Cpu would you reccomend? I am planing to do SLI If the 700'S don't hit in a few months, I would be open to a non Nvidia card but I freely admit I know nothing about current Gen AMD Products.
December 26, 2012 7:30:29 PM

If overclocking, 3570K is the most recommended.

If you want hyperthreading (not used much yet except for Battlefield 3), then the 3770K.
December 26, 2012 7:31:37 PM

sam_p_lay said:
Looking good! I wouldn't bother with the 3550 though - grab a 3450 and save some money (real-world performance is identical) or get a 3570K if you're wanting to overclock. I wouldn't use OCZ for PSUs - Seasonic-built units are best. So XFX, Silverpower SP-Sxxx / SP-SxxxM / SP-SS lines, PC Power & Cooling Silencer series and Silencer Mk III series, or obviously Seasonic themselves.

For SSD, I'd take a Samsung 830 or 840 Pro (or Vertex 4 if you can't find an 830 and don't want the expense of the 840 Pro). I'd also bump the GPU up to a GTX670 if you can - GTX660 Ti is great, but the GTX670 will last you longer. There's already a game out (Far Cry 3) that won't run smoothly maxed at 1080p on a GTX660 Ti. You'd need a GTX670 to do that. So looking to the future, that's what I'd get.


I am looking at changing to this SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Why do you reccomend it over the intel? Is it more stable, faster? I was under the impression that the Evga 660 ti 3GB FTW+ will out perform a entry level 670, Is that not the case? Just to clairfy I am not disagreeing with you I am just wanting to make as informed of a choice as possible.
December 26, 2012 7:39:03 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
If overclocking, 3570K is the most recommended.

If you want hyperthreading (not used much yet except for Battlefield 3), then the 3770K.


Thank you, I think I will get the 3570k, I like The i7 but not to the tune of 110 extra bucks. Not enough real world gains for my uses as far as I can see.
December 26, 2012 7:48:43 PM

sam_p_lay said:
Looking good! I wouldn't bother with the 3550 though - grab a 3450 and save some money (real-world performance is identical) or get a 3570K if you're wanting to overclock. I wouldn't use OCZ for PSUs - Seasonic-built units are best. So XFX, Silverpower SP-Sxxx / SP-SxxxM / SP-SS lines, PC Power & Cooling Silencer series and Silencer Mk III series, or obviously Seasonic themselves.

For SSD, I'd take a Samsung 830 or 840 Pro (or Vertex 4 if you can't find an 830 and don't want the expense of the 840 Pro). I'd also bump the GPU up to a GTX670 if you can - GTX660 Ti is great, but the GTX670 will last you longer. There's already a game out (Far Cry 3) that won't run smoothly maxed at 1080p on a GTX660 Ti. You'd need a GTX670 to do that. So looking to the future, that's what I'd get.


If you approve of this PSU I think I will take get it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the tip on seasonic I like the how the specs on this one look.
December 26, 2012 7:51:32 PM

Here are some changes that will help make this build better.
#1 cpu - i5 3570k $215 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0E1K/?tag=pcpapi-20
You have a mobo for overclocking but a locked cpu. Even if you don't want to oc it will give you the option later for only $5 more.

#2 ram - g.skill ripjaws x $39 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3%2D12800CL...
The ram you picked is 1.65v you should get 1.5v for this build.

#3 psu - xfx pro750 xxx edition $80 after $10 rebate http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&m...
Very good quality psu at a great price.

#4 os - windows 7 $92 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q0PT3I/?tag=pcpapi-20
Save $8 :D 

Later when/if you oc the cpu you should add a cpu cooler like the cooler master hyper 212 evo.
December 26, 2012 8:18:44 PM

That PSU looks excellent :-) Alternatively, strife's suggestion is also quality, but maybe more wattage than you need. As for SSD, the 840 Pro is simply the fastest consumer SSD in existence. If it's within your budget, it's the best choice available. And as for the GTX670, I don't know the details of the particular GTX660 Ti you're looking at, but I'd estimate you'd need to be looking at somewhere around a 250MHz overclock on a GTX660 Ti to match GTX670 performance. I doubt there's any GTX660 Ti with that kind of factory overclock :-) Good choice on the 3570K.
December 26, 2012 8:30:18 PM

Nah that's a top quality case, very highly regarded and frequently recommended. I was almost going to get a HAF922, just wasn't particularly fond of the design. Obviously that's just personal taste though, and in every other aspect though they're excellent cases.
December 26, 2012 8:35:28 PM

sam_p_lay said:
That PSU looks excellent :-) Alternatively, strife's suggestion is also quality, but maybe more wattage than you need. As for SSD, the 840 Pro is simply the fastest consumer SSD in existence. If it's within your budget, it's the best choice available. And as for the GTX670, I don't know the details of the particular GTX660 Ti you're looking at, but I'd estimate you'd need to be looking at somewhere around a 250MHz overclock on a GTX660 Ti to match GTX670 performance. I doubt there's any GTX660 Ti with that kind of factory overclock :-) Good choice on the 3570K.


The 660 has like a 170ish oc on it, is there a 670 in the same price range you would reccomend? (300-350) Also, thank you very much for the info on the ssd, It will be the one I go with then. it is not that much more.
December 26, 2012 8:43:10 PM

Good choice :-) And I'd definitely recommend it - I'd never take a factory-overclocked lower model over a stock higher model when there's very little price difference. GTX670 is a just much better card.
December 26, 2012 10:39:47 PM

Ok thanks for the help guys, I just ordered it it should be here on fri, once I get it built ill upload pics

Final build is

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
Samsung 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128
Western Digital WD 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

I think it should be a screamer! :wahoo:  :wahoo: 
In a month or so once my coffers somewhat replenish I'm going to add 8gigs more ram (Its my understanding that for right now I shouldnt see any real difference in perfomance in games with 8 vs 16) and also some silent case fans and a water cooler for the cpu or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... to do some OCing with.
December 27, 2012 9:01:53 AM

Nice! :-D I have to admit I'll a bit jealous - that setup looks absolutely flawless to me. And you're right about the memory - even 8GB is more than you really need for gaming, so will be ample.
December 27, 2012 12:38:41 PM

sam_p_lay said:
Nice! :-D I have to admit I'll a bit jealous - that setup looks absolutely flawless to me. And you're right about the memory - even 8GB is more than you really need for gaming, so will be ample.


Thanks its going to be my pride and joy, I am going to use it to finish the last two years of my Comp Si Degree. I think I will do some custom airbrushing on the case. I know I'm going to spend like 5 hrs routing, wraping and heatshrinking cables behind the MoBo tray.
January 31, 2013 7:09:00 PM

Ok its been about a month and now I am thinking about getting the couple of upgrades that I didn't when I built the system. I am wanting to put a new CPU cooler on and do some over clocking. I also want to replace all of my case fans and put in some dust filters. I am just wanting to go air cooling because I don't want the hassle of water.

Here are the parts I am thinking about going with at this point.
CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-R 135mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case fan 1: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case fan 2: COUGAR CF-V14HB Vortex 140mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case fan 3: COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Dust filters: HAF 912 Magnetic Dust / Fan Filter Set
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13277/ffi-78/DEMCifle...

Are these good? Can any one recommend better/less expensive options with the same quality? I am wanting to OC as high as I can and still be rock solid. Also what is a good sound card for headphone use?
January 31, 2013 9:20:22 PM

Any one?
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