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January 6, 2013 5:26:09 PM

Hey everybody,

I am about to buy my first gaming computer from CyberPower. I think I have come up with a pretty good build. Just note that I will NOT be overclocking, so I have the standard fans for the processor. I would just like to know if it is a good build, and what I will be able to run when I get it.



Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window
Laser Engraving: None
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: None
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Intel Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu MVP, TUF Thermal Armor, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, Display Port, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2) & 3x PCIe x1 (All Venom OC Certified)
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77: None
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Power Supply Upgrade: 800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
3D Vision Glasses: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: Black Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: Black Logitech B100 USB Optical 800 DPI Mouse
Mouse Pad: None
Headset: None
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USB Port: None
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None

I included practically everything from the build. I have bolded the more core components to make things easier to find. The total price without shipping & handling is $1307.

Question: The site offers a service that will arrange all wiring into a formation that will "maximize airflow". It is an extra $20, is this worth the extra $20?

Thanks everybody, I will take any advice you have to offer as I am new to this stuff.

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January 6, 2013 5:48:26 PM

An i7 is pointless for gaming, an i5 is a better choice. There's no reason to pay for a K CPU if you won't overclock.

It'd be much cheaper and more fun to build it yourself
January 6, 2013 6:14:26 PM

I agree with you 100% about making it yourself. My hands are kind of tied right now though with many other things and I don't have much time to make it on my own. I was planning on not going with a K processor by the way, I guess I mis-clicked. Thanks for the help with the i5 as well, I had heard that but wasn't quite sure if it was true.

Thanks again!
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January 6, 2013 10:18:12 PM

the i7 ivy bridge is not as good for gaming as the I5 ivy bridge cpu, though it is better for multitasking. in the other hand the I7 sandy bridge is very good for gaming. (not all I7's are bad for gaming)
January 7, 2013 1:32:43 AM

Alright, after considering all previous advice, here's what I have edited my build to.


CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-130]
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+66] (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX/SLI] ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCie x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+33]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+207] (EVGA Superclocked)

My monitor will still be an Asus 24'' monitor. My OS is now Professional because I changed to 16 GB RAM.
January 10, 2013 2:15:52 AM

Final decision:


CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-110]
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+9])
MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX/SLI] ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCie x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+33]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+207] (EVGA Superclocked)

The case is the CM HAF 912 and the CPU cooler is the Thermaltake Frio.

I am about to buy. Does all of this look good?
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