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February 8, 2013 5:10:40 PM

So I've saved a good amount of cash ($2800 is about the limit) and I've been planning to build this computer for quite some time. This computer is being build for the purpose of gaming (for long hours), streaming, and video editing/photoshop editing. I really don't plan on over-clocking the system in any way or have any idea on how to so I'm hoping to see what people think of how this build is. I haven't thought of a after-market cooler yet in fear that it may be too large and block the RAM sticks.

But here's my build:

Tower- Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower

Mobo- ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU- Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

GPU- EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (x2)

RAM-CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Cooler- N/A (Possibly thinking of COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler)

SSD-OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC

Storage-Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power- CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD

I know that this build would probably be over the top in which I don't mind but please still give me thoughts and feedback, it would greatly be appreciated .

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February 8, 2013 6:02:39 PM

You could really spend 1/2 that and still get a really killer rig. You don't need the Sabertooth if you're not overclocking and even then it's not a good board to purchase as the thermal armor traps more heat than it's designed to prevent.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1945.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 15:00 EST-0500)

If you're not going to overclock:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.72 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1816.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 15:02 EST-0500)
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February 8, 2013 6:38:59 PM

G-Unit is all over it. I'd like to add, tho, that there is a TON of wasted potential in not overclocking today's CPU. A $35 cooler gets you a 20-30% increase in clock speed and I find that to be a good ROI. That's not even pushing the CPU to the limit so not impacting the lifespan (just leave speedstep on). It's as easy as going into the BIOS and setting the multiplier to 41 (or 42, or 43), save and exit. If you want to fine tune you can but it's not necessary for joe user.

Just wanted to throw that out there.
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February 9, 2013 12:29:56 AM

Well I'm still a bit new with things. I mean what would I'd want to do when over clocking the CPU? I wouldn't even know where to start.
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February 9, 2013 12:58:31 AM

yeah, G-unit killed it with his builds. give him a good budget, he'll make magic happen.

and yup, overclocking is so easy these days why NOT do it? all it takes is a quick google/youtube search. if you can build a computer, you can DEFINITELY overclock a Z77 rig.
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February 9, 2013 5:06:35 AM

Augray37 said:
yeah, G-unit killed it with his builds. give him a good budget, he'll make magic happen.

and yup, overclocking is so easy these days why NOT do it? all it takes is a quick google/youtube search. if you can build a computer, you can DEFINITELY overclock a Z77 rig.


Hey that's what I do! :lol: 
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