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January 1, 2013 8:25:58 PM

This is my first attempt at building a pc. My goal is to have a gaming pc able to play games at the highest settings and watch blu rays.
Would this be a compatible and good build.

CPU:Core i7 3770k
GPU:GTX 680
Memory:Corsair Vengence 16GB DDR3
Motherboard:AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4
PSU:Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt
SSD:Samsung 840 Series 250gb
Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
Blu Ray:LG WH12LS30 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA Black with Software Lightscribe Bulk
Operating System: Windows 7

Thanks

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January 1, 2013 8:49:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($127.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1491.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 17:48 EST-0500)

the 7970GHz is currently the fastest single GPU card out there but if you want nvidia that much you should go for a 670 because the price is getting lower and doesnt have that much more of a performance decrease to the 680
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January 1, 2013 9:23:06 PM

web3390 said:
This is my first attempt at building a pc. My goal is to have a gaming pc able to play games at the highest settings and watch blu rays.
Would this be a compatible and good build.

CPU:Core i7 3770k
GPU:GTX 680
Memory:Corsair Vengence 16GB DDR3
Motherboard:AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4
PSU:Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt
SSD:Samsung 840 Series 250gb
Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
Blu Ray:LG WH12LS30 12X Blu-ray Burner SATA Black with Software Lightscribe Bulk
Operating System: Windows 7

Thanks


Your build is compatible and a good build. Excellent job :D 
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January 1, 2013 11:01:05 PM

MasterMace said:
Your build is compatible and a good build. Excellent job :D 


For games you don't need the 3770K or 16GB of RAM. I'd also recommend ditching the BD-R burner - I have found that watching BD-R movies on a PC is a pain in the ass (it's more horrible playback software than the hardware), I use mine more for backups than I do actually watching movies. So actually it's a decent build but could use a few tweaks to make it great:

Here is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1320.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 20:00 EST-0500)
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January 2, 2013 12:52:46 AM

boulbox said:
the 7970GHz is currently the fastest single GPU card out there but if you want nvidia that much you should go for a 670 because the price is getting lower and doesnt have that much more of a performance decrease to the 680



Ummm... you sure about that? http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...
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January 2, 2013 1:12:04 AM

supermochalala said:
Ummm... you sure about that? http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...



That is only on one benchmark, there are many other kinds of benchies that show that 7970 GHz beat the 680 sometimes even on platforms that prefer Nvidia more such as BF3. Besides it only shows the regular 7970 and not the GHz not to mention AMD overclocks a lot nicer than Nvidia since Nvidia lock their cards
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January 2, 2013 2:15:42 AM

boulbox said:
That is only on one benchmark, there are many other kinds of benchies that show that 7970 GHz beat the 680 sometimes even on platforms that prefer Nvidia more such as BF3. Besides it only shows the regular 7970 and not the GHz not to mention AMD overclocks a lot nicer than Nvidia since Nvidia lock their cards


The reason that NVIDIA is preferred is because of CUDA and PhysX which the Radeons don't have. But this is correct though - I've also seen a lot of benchmarks that put the 7970 GHz edition faster than the GTX 680.
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January 2, 2013 2:19:30 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The reason that NVIDIA is preferred is because of CUDA and PhysX which the Radeons don't have. But this is correct though - I've also seen a lot of benchmarks that put the 7970 GHz edition faster than the GTX 680.


True but i rarely use Cuda and the only time i use PhysX was pretty much playing Borderlands 2 and Batman which are very great games and shows great use of PhysX. But still i rarely see it when i am so intensely focused on the gameplay
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