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January 28, 2013 7:10:40 PM

Hello, I am looking to build my first PC! I have done a lot of research but realize that there is still so much I don't know that may affect the performance of my PC.

My PC is aimed at being a high-end gaming PC with also the ability to make videos and digital audio composition/editing.

The main questions I have for this build are:

A) Do all of the components work together? Will I experience bottlenecking or incompatibility?

B) Am I getting the best for the money I'm putting in?

C) Am I hitting the tail-end of the life cycle of any of the components? Will new components with better quality and competitive prices come out in the near future?


SPECS:
NZXT Guardian BLack SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
ASUS Sabertooth p67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps
EVGA GeFOrce GTX 660Ti
Corsair XMS3 16GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Asus 24xDVD-RW
Cooler Master 212 Evo
Scythe slim 120mm
Cooler Master GX - 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply

Logitech G710+
Steelseries Sensei
ASUS VH236H 23-Inch Full-HD 2ms LCD Monitor


Build Price -- $1200 without any discounts. Mostly Amazon and Newegg.

Screen/Keyboard/Mouse -- $375


Please don't judge me too harshly on wanting a fun-looking case. I've read outstanding reviews about it overall and it is cheap which allowed me to spend more on the parts that matter.

The reason for the Scythe slim is that it replaces one of the fans that comes with the case so that I can fit the CM 212 Evo. This was recommended by several people on Amazon who own the case.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for helping me out!

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January 28, 2013 7:14:13 PM

i see some parts are off...

do you mind if i fix it?
btw do you want to overclock cpu?
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January 28, 2013 7:22:30 PM

AMD Radeon said:
i see some parts are off...

do you mind if i fix it?
btw do you want to overclock cpu?


I don't know how to overclock, but after building a PC for the first time I might be inspired to learn
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January 28, 2013 7:34:53 PM

this non-OC build can save your money. OC build will cost you another 150 usd for more expensive cpu+mobo+cooler

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1189.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 16:35 EST-0500)

make sure you get IPS panel for video editing :) 
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January 28, 2013 7:38:57 PM

If you are just gaming, slide down to the i5-3570. Any more than that is wasted power.
Next love the pick of the asus sabertooth board but get the one with the z77 chipset.
16 gigs of memory is nice, but unneeded. save 50 bucks and get 2x4GB.
I would also scratch the 1TB hard drive and find a reasonably priced solid state, and use an external hard drive for storage.
also scratch the evo and get a coarsair h60. They are prettier, and you won't have to buy the extra fan.

Hope you enjoy your build.
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January 28, 2013 7:48:47 PM

The reason for the 16gb of memory was because I was under the impression that it would help with music and video editing. If it's unnecessary I'd be glad to save the 40 dollars.

@AMD Radeon
Thank you so much for that list. I am actually unfamiliar with the Xeon CPU. I'm guessing that it is the better pick due to me not overclocking?

I also noticed no aftermarket cooling. Do I need one? Reading articles on building PC's I never can tell if it is necessary or not
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January 28, 2013 8:03:06 PM

My quick remark:

Aftermarket cooling. If you do not overclock - you will not REQUIRE one however, I would still recommend it CM 212 Evo.

The stock cooler of AMD or Intel can be loud and is always very cheap.

The CM 212 Evo is silent. I hate fan noise, but that's my personally challenge and it may not be yours.

Gotta roll ... Good Luck !!
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January 28, 2013 9:55:32 PM

zanduh said:



SPECS:
NZXT Guardian BLack SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
ASUS Sabertooth p67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps
EVGA GeFOrce GTX 660Ti
Corsair XMS3 16GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Asus 24xDVD-RW
Cooler Master 212 Evo
Scythe slim 120mm
Cooler Master GX - 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply


Corsair XMS 3 RAM is OK - get Vengeance or G.Skill Ares instead. That NZXT case is fine - pay a bit more for a Phantom 410.

You can't pair a 3770K with a P67 motherboard as it requires a BIOS update before the motherboard will recognize the CPU.

Drop the i7 to the i5-3570k and instead upgrade your GPU to a GTX 670. Switch out the motherboard with the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4.

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also scratch the evo and get a coarsair h60. They are prettier, and you won't have to buy the extra fan.


No. If you're using liquid cooling use the real thing or don't use it at all. Those plastic blocks are no better than strong air fans. The OP doesn't really have intentions of overclocking so it looks like that will be a wasted purchase anyways.
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January 28, 2013 10:48:50 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Corsair XMS 3 RAM is OK - get Vengeance or G.Skill Ares instead. That NZXT case is fine - pay a bit more for a Phantom 410.

You can't pair a 3770K with a P67 motherboard as it requires a BIOS update before the motherboard will recognize the CPU.

Drop the i7 to the i5-3570k and instead upgrade your GPU to a GTX 670. Switch out the motherboard with the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4.

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also scratch the evo and get a coarsair h60. They are prettier, and you won't have to buy the extra fan.


No. If you're using liquid cooling use the real thing or don't use it at all. Those plastic blocks are no better than strong air fans. The OP doesn't really have intentions of overclocking so it looks like that will be a wasted purchase anyways.


Thanks for the help!

I can't decide between yours and AMD Radeon's recommendations. I've read that the Xeon is like a locked i5/i7. How is the quality of the mobo though? 87 dollars seems extremely cheap.

I've also never had SSD before and don't know if I'd find it that attractive for the price that it carries. Is the SSD or a higher-tier gpu better in the end?
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January 29, 2013 1:30:34 AM

This is the new build based on your suggestions. I read that the Xeon E3-1230 v2 is now supported on the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4, but PCPartPicker disagrees, so I put in the i5-3570k

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 ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.75 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH226H 21.5" Monitor
Keyboard: Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei Wired Laser Mouse ($57.28 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1217.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 22:28 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2013 3:38:10 AM

zanduh said:
Thanks for the help!

I can't decide between yours and AMD Radeon's recommendations. I've read that the Xeon is like a locked i5/i7. How is the quality of the mobo though? 87 dollars seems extremely cheap.

I've also never had SSD before and don't know if I'd find it that attractive for the price that it carries. Is the SSD or a higher-tier gpu better in the end?


If you ask me go for a higher tier GPU. An SSD is great to have if you get a good one. And when I say good one I mean one based off a current controller like the OCZ Vector or Samsung 840 Pro. The thing is though is that you can always add an SSD later and it would perform exactly the same.
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January 29, 2013 3:55:25 AM

g-unit1111 said:
If you ask me go for a higher tier GPU. An SSD is great to have if you get a good one. And when I say good one I mean one based off a current controller like the OCZ Vector or Samsung 840 Pro. The thing is though is that you can always add an SSD later and it would perform exactly the same.

Ah ok that makes sense. Thanks again for the help! I ended up going with your recommendations and upgraded to the gtx670 and still am under the price of the original build.
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January 29, 2013 3:55:53 AM

Best answer selected by zanduh.
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