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January 2, 2013 6:23:35 PM

Hey guys, so I'm going to assemble my first desktop and I'm looking for some advice.

This is the setup I'm currently going with. Keep in mind I live in Denmark where prices are a lot higher.

CPU: http://ark.intel.com/products/65523
I7 3770k 3.5 GHz quad core
SSD: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memory-storage/MZ-7T...
250 GB Samsung series 840
HDD: http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/desktop-har...
Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD
Motherboard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Tower: http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf912/home.php
HAF 912
Monitor: www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VE2a6N/
RAM: http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/hyperx/blu
1600 MHz 16GB 2x8
GPU: http://www.asus.com/News/sd9RkiKvNY1Aw9br/
Asus Matrix Radeon 7970 Platinum
PSU: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1995/1/
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 Platinum
Optical Drive: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...
Samsung SH-118AB

What I'm asking is:
Is it all compatible?
Is there anything I should downgrade/buy instead?
Is it a good idea to overclock? If so what fan would be good for the price?

Thanks in advance for answers.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 2, 2013 7:36:23 PM

Is it all compatible? Yep

Is there anything I should downgrade/buy instead? Seasonic makes the best PSU's

Is it a good idea to overclock? If so what fan would be good for the price? Overcloking can get you a 15% preformance boost if you OC both the processor and GPU. I recomend Noctua NH, Corsair 100i, and the coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo for overclocking.
January 2, 2013 7:56:39 PM

Is it hard to overclock? I dont want to break anything :/ 
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January 2, 2013 9:10:42 PM

If this computer is strictly for Gaming, Internet, Video, etc, it is not necessary to have a powerful CPU like that, i have it, trust me. Although it says Quad-Core, the Ivy Bridge is actually an 8 Core, which will give you nearly no benefit whatsoever for Gaming, etc. If i had to take a wild guess, it won't be for 5 to 10 years before the Ivy Bridge will be used fully in games that support 8 cores. Go with an i5-3570K, it is more than enough for every game out there, plus you can overclock. And as far as overclocking, don't do it unless you really need it, look at your CPU usage when running intensive tasks and as such, watch those temps. As far as Ram you don't need anymore than 8GB unless your into hardcore video editing and 3d software like me. The Motherboard is a great choice, i went with the same. I realize i am a youngster on TH, but I've been building computers for 10 years now. (: BTW i would also recommend very highly, not to use stock Intel coolers, buy the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, it's the best out their for those CPU's.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 2, 2013 11:24:16 PM

3Drockz said:
If this computer is strictly for Gaming, Internet, Video, etc, it is not necessary to have a powerful CPU like that, i have it, trust me. Although it says Quad-Core, the Ivy Bridge is actually an 8 Core, which will give you nearly no benefit whatsoever for Gaming, etc. If i had to take a wild guess, it won't be for 5 to 10 years before the Ivy Bridge will be used fully in games that support 8 cores. Go with an i5-3570K, it is more than enough for every game out there, plus you can overclock. And as far as overclocking, don't do it unless you really need it, look at your CPU usage when running intensive tasks and as such, watch those temps. As far as Ram you don't need anymore than 8GB unless your into hardcore video editing and 3d software like me. The Motherboard is a great choice, i went with the same. I realize i am a youngster on TH, but I've been building computers for 10 years now. (: BTW i would also recommend very highly, not to use stock Intel coolers, buy the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, it's the best out their for those CPU's.


He said he wanted to do editing too. Look at title before you post.
January 3, 2013 1:51:00 PM

It is for both, mainly gaming.

Is Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 good? Clock is @ 1100 MHz. Reason is that the other graphic card wont be available here for another month.
Also would it all fit in a Corsair Obsidian 650D?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 2:22:17 PM

smasker said:
It is for both, mainly gaming.

Is Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 good? Clock is @ 1100 MHz. Reason is that the other graphic card wont be available here for another month.
Also would it all fit in a Corsair Obsidian 650D?


Yes and yes.


Also, if you plan on overclocking, with a good heatsink, all you have to do is look on google for someone who has OC'ed the same processor and GPU, and just kind of follow in thier footsteps. You just have to be carefull with overvolting, because if the volts are too high you're making too much heat and have to notch it down.
January 3, 2013 2:44:28 PM

austing said:
Yes and yes.


Also, if you plan on overclocking, with a good heatsink, all you have to do is look on google for someone who has OC'ed the same processor and GPU, and just kind of follow in thier footsteps. You just have to be carefull with overvolting, because if the volts are too high you're making too much heat and have to notch it down.


Thanks for the answers.

Any suggestions for something I could pick instead which is better/cheaper for better/same performance?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2013 3:35:58 AM

smasker said:
Thanks for the answers.

Any suggestions for something I could pick instead which is better/cheaper for better/same performance?


A case with some nice black inside finish? :D 
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