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January 17, 2013 8:32:37 PM

Hi guys!

I'm making the long overdue switch from OSX to Windows, and I am going about it by building my own PC. It will be my first time, and obviously I want to triple check everything before I start to buy the things I need. Could anybody help me by telling me if all of these components are compatible (If they aren't, suggestions would be greatly appreciated).

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Full Tower Case

Processor: Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770K CPU (4 x 3.50GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 8Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

Mobo: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, Intel Z77 Express, ATX, PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0, Quad GPU AMD CrossfireX, Supports HDMI 1.4a)

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)

RAM: Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengenace 16GB 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Memory Two Module Kit

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3.5 inch 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB 6GB/S Internal SATA Drive

Disk Drive: LiteOn IHES112-115 Internal 12x SATA Blu-ray Bulk Combo

Power Supply: OCZ OCZ700MXSP-UK 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply

Graphics Card: XFX FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Dual Mini DisplayPorts/HDMI/Dual-Link DVI-I (Double Dissipation Edition)

I am wanting to run 3 monitors from this PC, which I think (hope) will be possible, I am also debating using thermal paste with the processor. Will it help? As I say, I am new to this so any help is greatly appreciated!

OS will probably be Windows 7. Also, does anybody have any good anti virus recommendations? I'm wanting to build this so I don't have to upgrade much, obviously keeping everything running smoothly is something I would like. I just hope it all works and I'm not missing anything.

I can post links to the components if need be.
Thanks in advance guys!
January 17, 2013 9:48:22 PM

That motherboard is expensive, not worth it I'd get the AsRock z77 Extreme4. If you only want gaming I'd choose the i5 3570k. 16GB of RAM for gaming is too much, get 8gb. That Power Supply is not reliable, it does not give the 700w it says. The thermal paste is a must, without it heat can't be transfered to the cooler. For Antivirus get avast, it's free and it works great. I added a SSD to make loading times much faster.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8pQ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8pQ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8pQ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($422.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1355.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 18:48 EST-0500)
January 17, 2013 10:03:56 PM

Excellent! Thank you so much for the help! It looks like you've saved me a ton of cash! I'll have to shop around because I'm in the UK. But this is looking like a bit of a better investment!
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January 17, 2013 11:02:11 PM

Here is UK version some pieces were missing, so I changed.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y9gk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y9gk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/y9gk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.79 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£186.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£359.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case (£99.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£66.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1172.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 01:03 GMT+0000)
January 17, 2013 11:15:32 PM

I agree with many of loresr97's recommendations. I would go with a Seasonic power supply though. As for the SSD, I really like Samsungs 840Pro, yeah they are expensive, but they are also the fastest on the market.
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