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January 18, 2013 3:30:34 AM

Hi I am Liam, first off I want to thank everyone for taking your own time to give me a hand on picking my equipment. I am in no way computer minded and am relying mostly on the knowledge of friends and my brother. I thought that I may relieve the torture of me constantly asking them questions and see what you guys thought of my parts list so far, if things would work or not etc.

I am looking to purchase all parts by early Feb at the very latest and the price of build isn't so much of an issue although please base prices generally around the parts I have picked. For some reason those are the prices I felt comfortable paying.

The machine will be mainly used for adobe photoshop, autocad, watching movies and playing games with my brother.

My suppliers will either be in New Zealand or Los Angeles as those are the two places I frequent. I have heard some less than satisfying things about newegg and their warranty dept. Could someone shed some light on that for me?

Anyhow here is the list I have so far, some have more than one listed because I have not yet decided. Sorry if I left something out on the descriptions.

CPU: Intel i7 3770k
http://ark.intel.com/products/65523

CASE: NZXT Phantom 820 Enthusiast Full Tower Matte Black
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

RAM: Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance LP 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9
http://www.corsair.com/memory-by-product-family/vengean...

BOOT: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Indilinx Everest 2 SATA3 (VTX4-25SAT3-128G)
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-vertex-4-sata-iii-2-5-...

OR

SAMSUNG 840 PRO SERIES 128GB SATA3 SSD (MZ-7PD128BW)
http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memory-storage/MZ-7P...

COOLING: Corsair Hydro Series H100i
http://www.corsair.com/us/hydro-series-h100i-extreme-pe...

GAME DRIVE: Unsure

OPTICAL DISC DRIVE: Unsure, possible one dvd-RW and one Blu-ray

PSU: SEASONIC X-SERIES 1050W 80PLUS GOLD POWERSUPPLY
http://www.seasonic.com/product/pc_retail.jsp *Listed at the bottom

and what I have been struggling with the most, these two..

MOBO: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

or

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP7 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pi...

GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&fa...

or two

GIGABYTE GV-N680SO-2GD GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pi...

or two

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature 2
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-268...



Thanks for reading.
January 18, 2013 3:56:06 AM

personally i will :
-if not overclocking, i will get http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637e31230v2 instead. xeon for lga155, similar with i7 3770, low price because of no iGPU
-if OC, get decent air cooler instead of liquid cooler (noisy and problematic)
-pick gigabyte 680 for better windforce cooler
-pick OCZ vertex 4 because of reliability. samsung 830 is better. 840 = no
January 18, 2013 4:21:07 AM

gigabyte over evga? also which 680 specifically sorry?

also which air cooler would you recommend, sorry I understand that some of the choices might be bad but without alternatives I'm needling a haystack here..needling, that reads kinda wrong..

but yeh, an if the price is only the difference in the cpu's I am ok with spending a little more if one day I get right into this and wish to overclock it. That was one of the reasons I was having a hard time picking motherboards
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January 18, 2013 4:47:12 AM

ok thanks for that. I will take a good look at those now
January 25, 2013 9:43:36 PM

was looking at a asus sabertooth instead now rather than a gigabyte? thoughts? was buying this weekend
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