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January 27, 2013 10:31:03 PM

Hello. I'm building my first computer but I don't want to screw up so I'd love if you helped me to not make a mistake I would regret.

I came up with this:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: GeForce GTX670
MOBO: AS Rock Motherboard X79 EXTREME6
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 250 GB
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750
Case: NZXT Guardian Black ATX Mid Tower (Not sure if it's ok for the Hyper 212 cooler)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750

I was thinking about buying a 7970 instead of the 670 but I've never used ATI so I don't know if I should.

Mainly I want it for gaming, however I'll be using it with the CS6 suite, 3D Max and other design and programming software.
I'll overclock evetually, but I'm still reading to make sure I don't screw up.

What do you guys think?

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January 28, 2013 12:01:56 AM

It looks okay to me. Though you won't really need an LGA2011 platform for gaming, unless you'll be doing a tri-SLI/Crossfire set in the future.

Also, the 840 has received mixed to negative reviews so far, it's either the 830 or 840 PRO for samsung. If you're open to other brands, there's the OCZ Vertex 4 or Vector, Crucial M4, Plextor M5S or M5P.

The 7970 would outperform the 670 in most games, but if your media work is a lot, you'll probably benefit from nVIDIA's CUDA cores.

PSU is overkill, but it gives a good upgrade path to a 2nd GPU without upgrading the PSU wattage, so if you're planning on SLI/CF, keep it. Otherwise, get a 550w unit.
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January 28, 2013 1:07:26 AM

Well, I'm trying to think of the future here so that's why I'm pushing it a little with the PSU for a second graphics card eventually and the 2011 platform to upgrade to Ivy Bridge E (Maybe 8 cores?) in the future. The possibility of adding a third card also looks promising and I really hope that this build will have a long lifespan doing some upgrades. Here's hoping I'm not making a bet I'm gonna lose though and that it will be worth the extra money.

So my fear is that I'm making this bet while I could just go with a 3850 and save some money or even getting a second graphics card and get the best performance in my games since that was the idea to begin with. :??:  I guess I just don't want it to get old too soon.



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January 28, 2013 1:31:44 AM

Get a Corsair HX750 since it's modular, Samsung 840 Pro or OCz Vertex 4. I'm not sure about ATI currently as I was two months ago. Currently Nvidia is getting lots of hype while Amd's stocks are falling.
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January 28, 2013 1:53:11 AM

Here is what I'd consider:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1094.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 22:54 EST-0500)

* CPU is plenty for 98% of tasks and is ~$80 cheaper than your 2011 selection.
* CPU HSF is a bit spendy (I usually spend about $20-30 for one), but has great cooling! Check it out at FrostyTech for more info!
* Mobo has what is needed for just about everyone.
* RAM is a bit overkill, but at this price is hard to get and also leaves 2 RAM slots open if you want to upgrade later.
* GPU is the best bang for the buck, IMHO. If you feel later down the road that your trailing in gaming, than you can just upgrade the GPU.
* PSU has 48A on the 12v rail so you can power any single GPU out there!
* Case has 2 x USB 3.0 Front ports and plenty of cooling!
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