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1100 dollar pc questions! i7 3770k motherboards and PSU for crossfire

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January 24, 2013 9:32:10 PM

Im building a rig with an i7 3770k and right now and Im wondering about a few things, Should I get an asrock z77 pro 4 or extreme 4? These are current specs
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.01 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.39 @ Amazon)
Other: Sickleflow R4 Case fan ($8.99)
Total: $1113.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 18:30 EST-0500)
Im also wondering if the power supply will be enough for me to overclock the CPU and GPU. Im also planning on crossfire in the future so will this be enough? Any ideas to make this a little cheaper?

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a b V Motherboard
January 24, 2013 9:35:30 PM

Grab the Extreme4, more features last time I checked. If you are only gaming grab a 3570K instead. The power supply chosen is fine, solid unit built by Seasonic which is the god of all power supplies.
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a b V Motherboard
January 24, 2013 9:38:16 PM

The Extreme 4 is the minimum.

The Pro4 does not have the PCI-E slot speeds you will need.

The Extreme 4 is not a full sized ATX board, and it also is fairly thin.
Otherwise it is similar to the Extreme 6 board.

If I were building an $1100 or more system, I would definitely get the Extreme 6.

Newf.

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a b V Motherboard
January 24, 2013 9:45:16 PM

This is for what, gaming?

The i7 is a waste of money. The only difference between it and the i5-3570k is that the i7 has hyperthreading, which games don't use. (Which means there's no reason for a gamer to buy an i7.)

Get the extreme4 - it supports future crossfire, among other things.

I'd get a seasonic or one of the more expensive lines of Corsair; that's actually made by a different company and isn't an amazing PSU. (But 750-800w is the sweet spot to power two high-end graphics cards and the CPU, both overclocked.)

Other than that, you have one beast computer, my friend - this is going to serve you well. I have only two recommendations:

1) Spend the little extra money to get a 128GB ssd. (The Vertex 4 is the best value wise.) It makes a HUGE difference as to how fast your computer "feels." (And if you play MMOs, installing them on the SSD completely gets rid of loading times.)

2) Just as a matter of personal preference, check out as a keyboard the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000. It's really well built, and easy to type on. It's also the only keyboard I'd recommend or use that isn't a mechanical board.
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January 24, 2013 10:00:30 PM

ok thanks! Im moving it back to i5, so in the future, besides of upgrading, could I just buy another 7950 and make it just as fast if not faster?
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January 24, 2013 10:03:33 PM

Oh and can anyone recommend a cheap (lower price for high quality) psu? Anything that can run this with crossfire and full OC so I guess 850w?
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a b V Motherboard
January 24, 2013 11:46:00 PM

dumbfounded425 said:
Oh and can anyone recommend a cheap (lower price for high quality) psu? Anything that can run this with crossfire and full OC so I guess 850w?

The one you picked @ $90 after rebate is a great choice at a great price.
It's made by Seasonic and has the 4 PCI-E 6+2 pin plugs you will need.
Don't change it.

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a b V Motherboard
January 25, 2013 12:08:43 AM

^ Really? I didn't know that Seasonic made that model. My bad.

And OP, you can add a second card for sure, but don't expect it to double your performance - drivers are never going to be that good, so you're going to get 80% at best.
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January 26, 2013 1:58:29 AM

Newf said:
The one you picked @ $90 after rebate is a great choice at a great price.
It's made by Seasonic and has the 4 PCI-E 6+2 pin plugs you will need.
Don't change it.

Newf.

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So newf, I could do 2 7950s in overclock mode and cpu overclock?
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a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 2:02:04 AM

Yep. More than enough headroom.
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January 26, 2013 1:04:45 PM

ok, 2 questions, Would a razer lycosa make a good keyboard? And How high do you think I could overclock GPU and CPU?
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