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January 4, 2013 3:09:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 760W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.00 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1589.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 11:46 EST-0500)

Got a great deal on the cpu, i7-3770k came down to 220 usd so i picked it up.

I'm wondering if the NH-D14 is worth the extra $20, and a little worried about the Extreme 4 breaking when i move the computer to and from college with such a large cooler on it. is there any way to mitigate this or is the extreme 4 strong enough? i have heard that there are a few points where the extreme 4 does not contact to the case standoffs because it is an inch shorter than standard atx boards. would this be worth going for another brand board like asus or gigabyte, or perhaps just going the extra 30 dollars up to the extreme six?

The weight NH-d14 is 1240 g with both fans, and the NH-U12P is only 940 g with both fans. That's a 19 percent difference in weight. also because the weight is away from the motherboard, the lever arm is longer. Am i paranoid? I'm worried i may be, but I would feel pretty stupid after spending all that time and money only to get my pc home and realize i had broken my motherboard in half.

also I looked at the power requirements, is 750W enough? and will it continue to be enough for another 670?

I'm interested mostly in gaming, eventually some overclocking.

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January 4, 2013 3:17:31 PM
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NH-D14 is worth the extra $20 yes :) 

to move the PC. place it horizontally and wrap the body/case
January 4, 2013 3:22:00 PM

So if i keep the box the case came in and just lie it on its side it should be good to go?
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January 5, 2013 12:05:43 AM

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January 5, 2013 6:32:10 AM

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I'm wondering if the NH-D14 is worth the extra $20, and a little worried about the Extreme 4 breaking when i move the computer to and from college with such a large cooler on it. is there any way to mitigate this or is the extreme 4 strong enough? i have heard that there are a few points where the extreme 4 does not contact to the case standoffs because it is an inch shorter than standard atx boards. would this be worth going for another brand board like asus or gigabyte, or perhaps just going the extra 30 dollars up to the extreme six?


Nah that's not going to matter. Any motherboard - a $70 motherboard or a $400 motherboard will be able to handle a D14. Brand doesn't matter. The form factor might if you were using say mITX or mATX but that shouldn't really be a problem either. I've installed large coolers on motherboards before with no problems.

Get the Vertex 4 instead of the Agility 4 otherwise everything looks good to me. I also agree with the D14 suggestion.
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