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February 7, 2013 7:36:37 PM

HI all,

After 5 years i'am ready to build my new rig. I use ti mostly for gaming and graphics design, with a bit of coding, web development.

My old comp is an amd phenom 9600 runing on gigabyte MOBO ma790fx-dq6, 4 Gb of ram and hd4850x2 GPU. 120 sdd ocz vertex 4 and 500 gb WD black, 850 watt corsair.
I've had a lot of problems with my current setup mostly BSOD duo to the display drivers..(i guess) but after countless hours of testing me or local service couldn't pinpoint the problem...But i got off topic...

I'am planing to purchase new comp in a few months, and do not plan to upgrade it for another 5 years...

I will be using my psu, and drives from current rig,
and for new parts:

- i7 3700k proc (or shuld i wait for hashwell????) - i know the difference won't be that great, i'am planing to upgrade around may or june so maybe to waint a month more???
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- MBO - ECS Z77H2-A3D, iZ77 - 3 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H - 2 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS P8Z77-V LK, Z77 - 2 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- 1150 socket for hashwell - if so-..witch manufacturer do you recommend??

- 16 GB CORSAIR CMZ16GX3M4A160C9 Vengeance, DDR3 1600MHz, kit 4x4 GB
http://www.myunitedpc.com/cgi-store/united_store.pl?cat...

- GeForce GTX 680 Phantom, 2GB (or 4GB???) DDR5 - (or wait for 780 ?????)
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=863&lang=de

- COOLERMASTER CM 692 Standard, RC-692B-KKN5, MIDI case
https://www.deal.no/deal/default.asp?page=vare&produsen...

Not interested in SLI...i will use just one card..


ANY advice/help would be appriciated...

Thank you!!!!

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February 7, 2013 10:01:34 PM

ASUS p8z77 - V, I'm also thinking about getting this motherboard for my new i5 and I've been using ASUS for a good few years now and they've never let me down
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February 7, 2013 10:44:35 PM

Papandano said:
HI all,

After 5 years i'am ready to build my new rig. I use ti mostly for gaming and graphics design, with a bit of coding, web development.

My old comp is an amd phenom 9600 runing on gigabyte MOBO ma790fx-dq6, 4 Gb of ram and hd4850x2 GPU. 120 sdd ocz vertex 4 and 500 gb WD black, 850 watt corsair.
I've had a lot of problems with my current setup mostly BSOD duo to the display drivers..(i guess) but after countless hours of testing me or local service couldn't pinpoint the problem...But i got off topic...

I'am planing to purchase new comp in a few months, and do not plan to upgrade it for another 5 years...

I will be using my psu, and drives from current rig,
and for new parts:

- i7 3700k proc (or shuld i wait for hashwell????) - i know the difference won't be that great, i'am planing to upgrade around may or june so maybe to waint a month more???
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- MBO - ECS Z77H2-A3D, iZ77 - 3 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H - 2 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS P8Z77-V LK, Z77 - 2 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- 1150 socket for hashwell - if so-..witch manufacturer do you recommend??

- 16 GB CORSAIR CMZ16GX3M4A160C9 Vengeance, DDR3 1600MHz, kit 4x4 GB
http://www.myunitedpc.com/cgi-store/united_store.pl?cat...

- GeForce GTX 680 Phantom, 2GB (or 4GB???) DDR5 - (or wait for 780 ?????)
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=863&lang=de

- COOLERMASTER CM 692 Standard, RC-692B-KKN5, MIDI case
https://www.deal.no/deal/default.asp?page=vare&produsen...

Not interested in SLI...i will use just one card..


ANY advice/help would be appriciated...

Thank you!!!!

OK well let's get started with the easy stuff first. I wouldn't suggest waiting for Intel's Haswell unless you are prepared to wait until May/June as Haswell will not be released to the public until then (current reports suggest June 1st release date).

Now onto the parts list, first off the i7 3700k is a wonderful processor and nearly unbeatable for just about any computer use. I'd suggest looking into the i5 3570k as it is nearly as fast and cheaper, however, you said that you do some graphics design and web coding so the Hyper Threading that the i7 has could be useful enough to you to warrant the extra cost over the i5.

As for motherboard, since you say that you do not plan to upgrade your system for five years you just might want to look into a motherboard that has on-board Thunderbolt connectors for future connectivity with Thunderbolt devices. My own personal suggestion for motherboard would be Gigabyte's Z77X-UP5 TH. Not only does this board feature two fully equipped Thunderbolt connectors it also won Tom's Hardware "Recommended Buy: 2012" Award even managing to beat out ASUS's Sabertooth Z77 which itself is also an excellent board.

(Link to TH's recommendation: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd... )
(Link to newegg's product buy page: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

The RAM kit that you selected is fine, however, I would recommend you to look into an 2x8GB 16GB memory kit so you can have only two modules installed in your motherboard ( I would only recommend running four modules if you were looking to buy into the LGA 2011 platform since it uses a quad-channel memory controller). Good brands for memory are Corsair, Kingston, GIEL, GSkill; just make sure to buy at least a DDR-3 1600 CAS 9 kit as a minimum.

As for the GTX 680, it's an excellent card for gaming, however, if you're interested in doing GPGPU the Radeon 7970 might be a better option for you. As for waiting for the GeForce 7XX or Radeon 8XXX series cards at the earliest the Radeon 8 series cards won't be out until Q2 2013 (again, sometime between March-June) and the GeForces won't be out until around the same time so if you want the newest cards you'll have to decide if you can wait for them.

Your case is fine, but personally I'm a big fan of the Antec P280 and it can be had for around $110 USD.
(Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Hope this helps.
February 8, 2013 10:15:20 AM

Thank you for all the help :-)

Unfortunately, I'am from croatia and prices here are a lot higher than on newegg, for example Antec P280 is a bit over 200 USD, and Gigabyte's Z77X-UP5 TH is over 400 USD (only one vendor sells that MBO in croatia for now).

That beeing said the Gigabyte's Z77X-UP5 TH seems like the best option, i hope the prices will go down becouse I plan to buy everything around may or june.

Ad far as red team vs green team..after owning hd 4850x2 i'am definitely going for a green team next...I'am not happy with my current graphic card.

Still, my primary concern now is: I could wait a month more for haswell to come out..but...is it a good idea to buy hashwell right after relese, and how long shuld I wait after relese to buy next gen tech?


February 8, 2013 8:59:20 PM

Papandano said:
Thank you for all the help :-)

Unfortunately, I'am from croatia and prices here are a lot higher than on newegg, for example Antec P280 is a bit over 200 USD, and Gigabyte's Z77X-UP5 TH is over 400 USD (only one vendor sells that MBO in croatia for now).

That being said the Gigabyte's Z77X-UP5 TH seems like the best option, i hope the prices will go down becouse I plan to buy everything around may or june.

Ad far as red team vs green team..after owning hd 4850x2 i'am definitely going for a green team next...I'am not happy with my current graphic card.

Still, my primary concern now is: I could wait a month more for haswell to come out..but...is it a good idea to buy hashwell right after relese, and how long shuld I wait after relese to buy next gen tech?


Well that's unfortunate. Croatia is a beautiful place, it's too bad that you're limited in your selection in technology vendors. I know Croatia will be officially joined with the EU on July 1st so you will most likely end up with better access to vendors but that probably will not happen until late 2013... One thing I can suggest, is to try ebay and see if you can find sellers that will ship to Croatia. My recommendation for Z77 motherboard still stands, however, there are excellent alternatives which I'll list for you (in order of what I'd recommend first, to last).

#1 (MSI Z77 MPOWER Intel Z77: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
#2 (ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
#3 (MSI Z77A-GD65 Z77: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
In addition to these, the next one I'm going to list is a lesser-featured model of the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH that still has thunderbolt, but many fewer features making it a cheaper board, however, I'd only recommend this board if you're very interested in having Thunderbolt on your motherboard.
#4 (GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

lol 4850x2 that's the problem right there. Old school crossfire. But I'll tell you now (and anyone properly informed will say the same) that issues with cards are pretty evenly spread across both nvidia and AMD and are usually problems with the vendor that manufactured the card (ie., you bought a low end ATi Sapphire card and it sucks or a low end EVGA nvidia card and it sucks). The second source of problems usually has to do with drivers and TBH both nvidia and AMD are terrible on the driver front; these days they don't have a stable driver release until their cards have been on the market for 3-6 months. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is just to be careful what brand and model of card you buy, it doesn't matter if it's an nvidia or AMD chip, you're likely to run into problems if you don't do your research to find a good piece of silicon.

Alright, lastly, if you're going to be waiting a few months to buy your next upgrade I'd very much so have to tell you to wait for Haswell. When it comes out it'll be the fastest thing you can buy and most definitely keep you a bit more future-proof than buying into any Ivy Bridge system right now would, if you can wait for Haswell, do it. Anyway, to directly answer your question, yes it is a good idea to buy Haswell right after release as the silicon will be fully developed, Intel doesn't release a new microprocessor architecture unless its ready; the only reason to wait to buy Haswell after release would be to see if prices come down but honestly we're talking maybe $20 USD you could save if you waited a month or two after release and in my opinion that's not enough of a savings to warrant waiting that long.

Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm happy to help.
February 9, 2013 6:18:28 AM

Thank you for your help.

I will use your advice for motherboards. Gigabyte's Z77X-UP5 TH is still my first choice if i'am goiging to buy an IB proc. There is still time till may or june, i'll know more then about haswell as well, i hope haswell k series will be as the same price range as 3770k is now.

As far as graphics cards I know that problems are an posibillty no matter if it is an amd or Nvidia.

When it comes to hardware i had a worst of luck. In 5 years 2 memory moduels, 3 HHD and 2 graphic cards crap out on me (one Nvidia and one amd - amd was dead on arrival) and a dvd rom, luckly everything was stil in warratny. 80% of that was in first year.

I guess that's why i'll try either an gainward 680 4 GB nvidia (i kwno 4 GB is only good if you use mutiple monitor or on high resolution, wich i dont, but i think it is still better to buy 2 than 4 for a bit more future proofing) or 780 when it comes out - I'll still have to read all the reviews when they come out :-)
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