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January 22, 2013 5:40:22 PM

I'm building a new computer and I have all the components but I want to get a little feedback before I buy them. From what I've seen it looks like all the components are compatible and it should be able to run most games for the next 3 or 4 years but I want to get some more opinions before I commit. These are the components I'm looking at.

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard
Intel i5-3570K
Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 1600 mhz RAM
2 Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3 GB in SLI
WD VelociRaptor 500 GB
WD Green 2 TB
Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)
Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with 5 120mm fans

I want to run 3 ViewSonic VG2428WM 24-Inch Ergonomic Widescreen Monitors with 5760x1080 Resolution in Nvidia surround.
January 22, 2013 9:13:54 PM

Drop the Velociraptor and get a good SSD - the Velociraptors offer no additional performance benefit over a standard 7200 RPM drive. Drop the RAM to 8GB.

Instead of dual 660TI, get a single 670 or 680. Always, always get the single strongest card you can get.

The difference saved will allow you to get a better case than an Elite 430 - go with something like a Phantom 410 instead.

What's the budget? I could suggest a better build if I knew that.
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January 22, 2013 9:22:14 PM

^ he is 100% true
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January 22, 2013 9:31:45 PM

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Get a WD Caviar black as opposed to a Caviar Green. The Caviar Green is meant more for energy efficient servers. Gaming rig = Not an energy efficient server.


I run a WD green drive on my rig but I mainly have all my music and movies stored on it.
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January 22, 2013 9:46:56 PM

whats ur full budget?

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January 22, 2013 9:57:28 PM

get a 670 instead
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January 23, 2013 1:17:54 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Drop the Velociraptor and get a good SSD - the Velociraptors offer no additional performance benefit over a standard 7200 RPM drive. Drop the RAM to 8GB.

Instead of dual 660TI, get a single 670 or 680. Always, always get the single strongest card you can get.

The difference saved will allow you to get a better case than an Elite 430 - go with something like a Phantom 410 instead.

What's the budget? I could suggest a better build if I knew that.


I'm aiming for under a thousand but I'm trying to keep it as low as possible. From what I've read, dual 660 Ti's perform better than a single 680, even overclocked.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/31/galaxy_geforc...

I think I will end up going with an SSD though.
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January 23, 2013 1:19:19 AM

do u need windows.+key+mouse?

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January 23, 2013 2:03:37 AM

iceclock said:
do u need windows.+key+mouse?


No, I have windows and all the peripherals. I might invest in a Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse and Logitech G19 Programmable Gaming Keyboard with Color Display later on but for now I'll stick with what I have.
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January 23, 2013 2:06:03 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I run a WD green drive on my rig but I mainly have all my music and movies stored on it.


Im going to use the 2 TB for documents, music, videos, and pictures, but all of my programs are gonna be on the boot drive which is either going to be a WD VelociRaptor or an SSD
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January 23, 2013 2:08:33 AM

so ur full budget is?

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January 23, 2013 2:39:48 AM

iceclock said:
so ur full budget is?


Kind of off topic but your pic goes so well with that. Also budget is really important when asking people to suggest parts.
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January 23, 2013 2:41:09 AM

iceclock said:
so ur full budget is?


$1000
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January 23, 2013 2:42:58 AM

thanks chad.

does ur budget include windows+key+mouse?

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January 23, 2013 2:52:49 AM

skyline4727 said:
$1000


HOW did you expect to get two 660 Ti and a velociraptor drive for under 1000. Right now you're looking at about 1400-1500 $
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January 23, 2013 3:05:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z5xR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z5xR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z5xR/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.58 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $914.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 00:04 EST-0500)

should do it.

Base Total: $957.73
Mail-in Rebates: -$48.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $914.72

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January 23, 2013 3:05:57 AM

for 1k u def aint running tri screens ud need sli 670s or crossfire 7950s. and thats not 1k budget at all more like 1300$

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January 23, 2013 3:15:15 AM

chadk24 said:
HOW did you expect to get two 660 Ti and a velociraptor drive for under 1000. Right now you're looking at about 1400-1500 $


I'm most likely buying one 660 and then a second in a month or two. I checked the prices of all the components I listed on amazon and it comes out to nine hundred something, around 1300 with the second video card. I'm sure I could find even better deals on other sites but that's what I used for my estimate.
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January 23, 2013 3:17:16 AM

u got a link, impossible u got all the above for 900$

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January 23, 2013 3:22:03 AM

iceclock said:
for 1k u def aint running tri screens ud need sli 670s or crossfire 7950s. and thats not 1k budget at all more like 1300$


http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/31/galaxy_geforc...

Based on what I've read on here and a couple of other sites, dual 660 Ti's would actually run nvidia surround better than an overclocked 680 (in most cases the 680 couldnt even run surround). I think it's the cheapest solution I can find for running surround on playable settings.
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January 23, 2013 3:24:58 AM

iceclock said:
u got a link, impossible u got all the above for 900$


yeah, i realized. im probably gonna buy the critical stuff first and add the second video card and some extras a little later.
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January 23, 2013 3:34:54 AM

so how u like my build?

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January 23, 2013 3:53:53 AM

iceclock said:
so how u like my build?


It's really nice. I'm considering a lot of the parts you used.
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January 23, 2013 4:01:11 AM

sounds good, :)  if u need more help let me know

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January 23, 2013 4:03:36 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($192.16 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $955.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 00:51 EST-0500)


I swapped out your motherboard for the asrock z77 extreme4 I have one and I have no complaints. onboard sound is great and i like the error code indicator they have. Memory wise 8gb is fine and its black to match the board. they have red if you prefer. Graphics card 660 ti like you wanted and I personally love asus. chose a brand you want. SSD I feel is a not a must but definately a nice touch, you can swap for a 120-128 if you want but id say anything lower then 120 is a waste for a boot drive because some thing NEED to be on there and 60gb is not enough after half is used for the os. you can buy a 2tb later to add in as a storage drive. the power supply is modular and a good brand 650 is enough for a 660 and if you want 2 660s get a 750. Case is the one you had I like haf 912 but its what you want to look at so i kept yours. Optical drive is IMO useless so I threw in whatever. Let me know what you think
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January 23, 2013 4:06:33 AM

hes not gonna overclock mate.

having a seperate boot and data drive is essential.

u need optical drive for installation purposes. also the xeon i selected has 4 extra logical cores. will come in handy mate.



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January 23, 2013 4:12:25 AM

iceclock said:
hes not gonna overclock mate.

having a seperate boot and data drive is essential.

u need optical drive for installation purposes. also the xeon i selected has 4 extra logical cores. will come in handy mate.


If were judging each other then why did you chose a mobo without sli support if he wants 2 660s down the line? Also I have no Optical drive and never did. I installed from a bootable usb.
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January 23, 2013 4:16:01 AM

oops good point.

with that in mind heres my revised sli ready rig for u.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z8og
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z8og/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z8og/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.58 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $927.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 10:28 EST-0500)

Base Total: $977.75
Mail-in Rebates: -$58.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $927.31

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January 23, 2013 4:20:32 AM

LOL no hate. just saying, also unless he's editing 4 cores is fine.
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January 23, 2013 4:25:01 AM

tru but, 4 extra ht cores might come in handy if games start supporting ht more.

:D 

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January 23, 2013 4:26:25 AM

iceclock said:
hes not gonna overclock mate.

having a seperate boot and data drive is essential.

u need optical drive for installation purposes. also the xeon i selected has 4 extra logical cores. will come in handy mate.


Actually I was considering going to around 4.5 Ghz but that's not a problem. Anything over 3.0 Ghz will be fine for the next couple of years. But doesn't the Xeon you selected have the same number of cores as the i5?
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January 23, 2013 4:36:28 AM

Yeah, I looked it up and it only has 4 threads. same as the I5
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January 23, 2013 3:17:28 PM

iceclock said:
http://ark.intel.com/products/52271/

right. 4cores only ;P


It has hyperthreading but most games don't take advantage of that and I rarely use photoshop so I don't think it will make a big difference over the i5.
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January 23, 2013 3:22:09 PM

so ud prefer to have a pc that overclocks?

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January 23, 2013 3:24:53 PM

iceclock said:
so ud prefer to have a pc that overclocks?


Yeah, for an extra $10 I can get an unlocked processor and I'm thinking that would be more future proof than one where I can only change the bus speed.
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January 23, 2013 3:29:28 PM

ok here.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Other: intel 2570k 220$ ($220.00)
Total: $958.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 12:29 EST-0500)

Base Total: $999.17
Mail-in Rebates: -$53.00
Shipping: $12.55
Total: $958.72

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January 23, 2013 3:37:11 PM

iceclock said:
ok here.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Other: intel 2570k 220$ ($220.00)
Total: $958.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 12:29 EST-0500)

Base Total: $999.17
Mail-in Rebates: -$53.00
Shipping: $12.55
Total: $958.72


Awesome. Does that case come with the two fans in the front or do I have to buy those separately?
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January 23, 2013 4:49:55 PM

2 front 120 x 25 mm TriCool Blue LED Fan with 3-speed switch control

1 rear 120 x 25 mm TriCool Fan with 3-speed switch control
140mm Fans
1 top 140 x 25 mm Twocool Blue LED Fan with 2-speed switch control

looks good to me :D 

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January 24, 2013 12:29:24 AM

Look at toms hardwares 1000 dollar build
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January 24, 2013 12:29:48 AM

how is that helping make his build better?

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January 24, 2013 4:55:05 AM

iceclock said:
2 front 120 x 25 mm TriCool Blue LED Fan with 3-speed switch control

1 rear 120 x 25 mm TriCool Fan with 3-speed switch control
140mm Fans
1 top 140 x 25 mm Twocool Blue LED Fan with 2-speed switch control

looks good to me :D 


Alright, thanks a lot. You've been really helpful.
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January 24, 2013 4:55:30 AM

Best answer selected by Skyline4727.
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January 24, 2013 5:04:32 AM

iceclock said:
ok here.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z9aJ/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Other: intel 2570k 220$ ($220.00)
Total: $958.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 12:29 EST-0500)

Base Total: $999.17
Mail-in Rebates: -$53.00
Shipping: $12.55
Total: $958.72


I would say drop that mobo and get the asrock z77 extreme4 worth the extra little bit of money, you get more usb 3, a debug indicator, esata, and quad sli support.
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