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January 19, 2013 7:21:02 PM

Hello I'm about to build a new comp for myself and just wanted some feed back to make sure everything looks ok. Ill be using this computer for gaming fps, mmo, pretty much any games that catches my eye.

I already have os W7 64bit and a 27in 1920/1080 monitor.
Overclocking - maybe
SLI - maybe later for upgrade

Mobo - ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K
GPU - Galaxy 67NPH6DV6KXZ GeForce GTX 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - CORSAIR HX Series HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD - Western Digital WD Black 1T http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE - SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler -COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 19, 2013 10:34:38 PM

Question. I have never had a SSD in a computer whats the + side to having one other then I will start up faster and game screens may load faster?
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January 20, 2013 12:12:23 AM

everything feels faster basically. you put the os, apps,and games on the SSD and other media on a hard drive
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January 20, 2013 8:50:29 PM

TheBigTroll said:
this is better.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ysVj


Ok I see most ppl uing the asrock mobo, so why is the Gigabyte mobo better for me to use? Also i dont really see the need to spend $60 on a cpu cooler the CM EVO i picked will work fine wont it? As far as PSU goes I dont know to much about them but I know I want somthing going to last and work the right way since its the part sending power to everything.

I was kind of thinking of getting this.
CORSAIR AX760 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
What do you think?
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January 20, 2013 8:58:08 PM

gigabyte has better power delivery. extreme4 is decent but the gigabyte is better still

the 212 is nice but is 2x as loud as the noctua and doesnt quite cool as well.

it works but its overkill. the ax760 is even more outrageous. the capstone is made by superflower, a manufacturer on par with seasonic
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January 21, 2013 8:55:47 PM

same thing as the x-d3h but with more fan connectors, 2 more usb3 ports (there are no usb2 ports on a gigabyte z77x-ud3h), and you have a 8 pin power connector instead of a 4 pin. not that you need that much extra power but its for the people who would like to push as far as they can go with air cooling or beyond
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January 21, 2013 9:03:09 PM

TheBigTroll said:
same thing as the x-d3h but with more fan connectors, 2 more usb3 ports (there are no usb2 ports on a gigabyte z77x-ud3h), and you have a 8 pin power connector instead of a 4 pin. not that you need that much extra power but its for the people who would like to push as far as they can go with air cooling or beyond


you forgot that the d3h only has 1 pcie 3.0 while the ud3h has 2
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January 21, 2013 9:10:29 PM

nah. its just newegg screwing. their website still states it has a x16 and a 8x slot which is the standard
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January 22, 2013 5:01:57 AM

OK so I have changed some things around now and this is what im looking at getting.

Mobo - GA-Z77X-UD3H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - i5 3570k

CPU - cooler Hyper 212 EVO

GPU - Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2x4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Western Digital WD Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR AX760 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - CM Storm Stryker http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - InWin GRone http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BTW Im building 2 comps the same, one for the wife so thats why I have 2 cases picked out she likes the Stryker and im going to try the GRone.

I dont know about the HDD much if there something better let me know dont care about cheaper really just as its going to last, still dont understand about the SSD if all im getting is a 15sec boot up I could care less. The SSD is not going to make playing games better or give me more frames?

If you think anything is wrong with this plz let me know. I understand some things are a bit spendy like the psu I have picked just thought it would be a good investment 7year warranty.
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January 22, 2013 7:06:37 AM

Here's some money savers.


750w psu is more than enough to power dual 670's in SLI and give you plenty of juice left over. This psu is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA and it's top of the line.


http://www.amazon.com/Lepa-G750-MAS-80plus-Certified-Mo... $126.74 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
Lepa G750-MAS 750W 80plus Gold Certified ATX 12V Modular Single Rail 62A Power Supply


This board down below supports SLI and it's identical to the extreme4 other than it has two less SATA 6 ports. Most users never use more than two. One for storage and one for the SSD.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming. This leaves you room for another 8GB if you ever get into something like hard core video editing, etc..


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB


SSD all the way. OS and games. Makes loading up levels (maps) nice and quick.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


And a reliable storage drive.


http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00... $75.65 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX


Better brand of video card imo and it's light and runs cool.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $379.99 - $359.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GV-N670WF2-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


Decent mid range cpu cooler. Has a great mounting system and comes with a small tube of excellent thermal compound.


http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $29.98 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)


http://www.amazon.com/Lite-On-Super-AllWrite-Layer-Driv... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)
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January 22, 2013 10:01:08 AM

daman82 said:
OK so I have changed some things around now and this is what im looking at getting.

Mobo - GA-Z77X-UD3H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - i5 3570k

CPU - cooler Hyper 212 EVO

GPU - Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2x4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Western Digital WD Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR AX760 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - CM Storm Stryker http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - InWin GRone http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BTW Im building 2 comps the same, one for the wife so thats why I have 2 cases picked out she likes the Stryker and im going to try the GRone.

I dont know about the HDD much if there something better let me know dont care about cheaper really just as its going to last, still dont understand about the SSD if all im getting is a 15sec boot up I could care less. The SSD is not going to make playing games better or give me more frames?

If you think anything is wrong with this plz let me know. I understand some things are a bit spendy like the psu I have picked just thought it would be a good investment 7year warranty.


-ram is a full 10 bucks cheaper at us.ncix
-black drives are pointless. go get yourself a blue 1tb 64mb for 69.99
-760 is overkill. anything above a 80+ silver is generally overkill. id suggest getting the rosewell capstone 750m. best cheap option
-what is the point of a large case when the board takes up only half of it? and about gaming designs. id rather get a plain case like the R4 rather than get a "gaming" styled case that you will get bored of eventually from the design
-inwin cases arent that great
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January 22, 2013 10:01:27 AM

note that you still dont have a SSD
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January 22, 2013 4:32:49 PM

I have built 5 computers for friends and family I'm no pro by any means or I wouldnt be on here asking (im noob). However inwin does make a nice case I have one. I have used DF-85 half 912,932, antec 300, and inwin dragon rider, there nothing wrong with any of those cases imo. Personaly I really like the flashy big crazy cases, guess im not old and boring yet idk.

Anyways I guess im going to try the ssd like everyone is says. Thx for info on the hhd. The psu is hard for me to change I just had one die on me, and dont feel like having that happen again cause I went cheap.

Mobo witch should I use?
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
ASRock Z77 Extreme3

Witch ram is best
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB
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January 22, 2013 7:00:00 PM

the rosewell capstone is made by superflower, a company on par with seasonic. you are paying more for less efficiency basically

the z77x-d3h. no ud3h

same ram, just that the mushkin is only 35.57
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January 22, 2013 7:00:29 PM

you still have not tried out fractal. id say they are about the best case makers in that price range
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January 22, 2013 7:07:45 PM

Yea the R4 is really great quality over a lot of brands and at the price it is at, you can't really go wrong.
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January 22, 2013 7:23:23 PM

daman82 said:
I have built 5 computers for friends and family I'm no pro by any means or I wouldnt be on here asking (im noob). However inwin does make a nice case I have one. I have used DF-85 half 912,932, antec 300, and inwin dragon rider, there nothing wrong with any of those cases imo. Personaly I really like the flashy big crazy cases, guess im not old and boring yet idk.

Anyways I guess im going to try the ssd like everyone is says. Thx for info on the hhd. The psu is hard for me to change I just had one die on me, and dont feel like having that happen again cause I went cheap.

Mobo witch should I use?
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
ASRock Z77 Extreme3

Witch ram is best
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB

Here's two reviews on that psu I linked up above. Again that psu is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA and is a top of the line psu.

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/LEPA-Gol...

http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/ecomaster-le...


As far as the boards go....if you feel you might need the 4 x SATA 6 ports instead o the 2 x SATA 6 then go with the extreme4 over the extreme3.


With the RAM you can't go wrong with either G.Skill or Mushkin. Both are quality.

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January 22, 2013 7:54:10 PM

ok looking as other psu also the mobo d3h only has a 4 pin for cpu is that bad? why do most have 8pin?
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January 22, 2013 9:20:53 PM

most have a 8pin for more power. 4pin doesnt supply as much power to the CPU but generally is enough for 4.5ghz
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