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March 3, 2013 3:01:22 AM

Hey everyone!

I have spent a good amount of time over the past few months searching the internet for tips on my first build that I will be putting together in the next 2 weeks or so, and I am finally coming to you all for a final look at my build before I go on a trip to Washington DC and buy some of the parts at Microcenter!

I have been following there emails and what not for about a year and I am beyond excited to finally be able to go to one, but that is besides the point. In terms of my build I am looking to build a nice gaming rig that can take on Starcraft, WoW, and hopefully some BFC/Crysis 3 with no problems at all. The money that I spend on it is not really a big issue, and if you guys see a flaw that you think could be fixed with a little extra cash I can throw that into the considerations.

Either way I would really like some input on the GPU and CPU especially, these will be overclocked as much as I can without getting to risky (i.e raising the voltage levels). I think that with what I've read the 7970 looks like I can get the most from it with just the one card if I put out just the little bit of extra cash so I think I want to go for it. Also I picked the 3770k just because I can get it for about $5 more than a 3570k at Microcenter, and thought why not get the extra HT technology and that few FPS more for just $5.

The things that I really think I could use more information on are the Case (if any of you have a really cool one that you like I'd love to see it or do some research on it), I have been trying to decide if I should go for the Full Tower even though I'm not doing anything like SLI at the moment, but should I go bigger for better air flow? The other component is the Mobo, I have picked one that I read about on Overclocker websites, but everyone seems to really like the Sabertooth and I'm wondering if it really is all it's cracked up to be.

Anyways that's enough of a wall of text, here is the build and thanks for any/all the help you guys have to offer!
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Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Week of March 11th

Budget Range: $1500 after rebates and including a mouse/keyboard/monitor (Mouse and Keyboard are not shown because I haven't chosen them)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and engineering applications like Solidworks with some rendering

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Nothing to upgrade from, this is a first time build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Thinking windows 7 professional/ultimate)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere it's cheap, will be buying from Microcenter when I can

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Gainesville, Florida. But heading to Washington on a trip and will be near a Microcenter for a few days!

Parts Preferences: Really thinking Intel, but up for discussion if someone has such a strong opinion

Overclocking: Yes but don't want to raise voltage and get too dangerous. Thinking of taking the 3770k to about 4.3-4.4 and overclocking whatever GPU I get to its max

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe someday

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for now, might upgrade in the future, but at least not for another year.

Additional Comments: Noise isn't something I really care about that much because my laptop is like an airplane already... but I would like to show off my build with a nice case. The case I have listed is one that I found that's pretty cool, but if any of you guys have one that you think is really cool I'd love to hear about it!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Going to spend last summers internship money to build myself the PC I've always wanted.

Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor ($224 from Microcenter)
Intel i7 3770k

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($26 from Newegg)
Hyper 212 Plus

Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard ($130 from Microcenter)
ASRock Z77 Mobo

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) ($95 from Newegg)
Ripjaws 16GB RAM

2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s Desktop 3.5" Internal Hard Drive($90 from Microcenter)
Toshiba 2TB 7200 HDD

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ($400 from Newegg)
Gigabyte 7970 3GB GPU

Raidmax 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply ($100 from Amazon)
850W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply

Nzxt Technologies 3 x 120 mm USB 3.0 Tempest 410 Elite Steel Mid Tower Airflow Case ($70 from Amazon)
NZXT Tempest Case

Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE 24x SATA DVD+/-RW 5.25" Internal Drive ($17 from Outlet PC)
Cheap DVD/CD Drive...

Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor ($150 from Amazon)
Asus LED 2ms 23" Monitor

Total Cost = Approx $1300 without Mouse/Keyboard/OS
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March 3, 2013 3:04:38 AM

Never get a raidmax PSU. Its the worst of the worst. Get one from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

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March 3, 2013 3:09:29 AM

How does this one look? Simple PcPartpicker search, but it looks like it will still satisfy what I need.

XFX P1-850B-BEFX 850W ATX12V ($120 from Newegg)
XFX 850W 80 Plus Gold PSU
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March 3, 2013 3:11:56 AM

That's a lot of watts. You need like 650 MAX. But, its a very high quality PSU.
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March 3, 2013 3:16:56 AM

I kind of just put the 850W in there to give me some head room if I decided to Crossfire in the future. Also I have seen a few PSU's like this one on Slickdeals for really cheap (about the same as a 650W PSU) so I really just put this one in as a place holder.

Any thoughts on the GPU or Mobo? Can I overclock easily with this set up?
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March 3, 2013 3:20:57 AM

Both the board and GPU are great. You can overclock no problem here.
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March 3, 2013 3:23:02 AM

Alright! Think it's worth it to go up to the 7970 at the moment? Or is it just throwing money around to get it?
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March 3, 2013 3:24:19 AM

If you have the money, go for it.
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March 3, 2013 3:25:12 AM

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March 3, 2013 3:35:45 AM

Superbucsfan said:
Hey everyone!

I have spent a good amount of time over the past few months searching the internet for tips on my first build that I will be putting together in the next 2 weeks or so, and I am finally coming to you all for a final look at my build before I go on a trip to Washington DC and buy some of the parts at Microcenter!

I have been following there emails and what not for about a year and I am beyond excited to finally be able to go to one, but that is besides the point. In terms of my build I am looking to build a nice gaming rig that can take on Starcraft, WoW, and hopefully some BFC/Crysis 3 with no problems at all. The money that I spend on it is not really a big issue, and if you guys see a flaw that you think could be fixed with a little extra cash I can throw that into the considerations.

Either way I would really like some input on the GPU and CPU especially, these will be overclocked as much as I can without getting to risky (i.e raising the voltage levels). I think that with what I've read the 7970 looks like I can get the most from it with just the one card if I put out just the little bit of extra cash so I think I want to go for it. Also I picked the 3770k just because I can get it for about $5 more than a 3570k at Microcenter, and thought why not get the extra HT technology and that few FPS more for just $5.

The things that I really think I could use more information on are the Case (if any of you have a really cool one that you like I'd love to see it or do some research on it), I have been trying to decide if I should go for the Full Tower even though I'm not doing anything like SLI at the moment, but should I go bigger for better air flow? The other component is the Mobo, I have picked one that I read about on Overclocker websites, but everyone seems to really like the Sabertooth and I'm wondering if it really is all it's cracked up to be.

Anyways that's enough of a wall of text, here is the build and thanks for any/all the help you guys have to offer!
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Week of March 11th

Budget Range: $1500 after rebates and including a mouse/keyboard/monitor (Mouse and Keyboard are not shown because I haven't chosen them)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and engineering applications like Solidworks with some rendering

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Nothing to upgrade from, this is a first time build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Thinking windows 7 professional/ultimate)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere it's cheap, will be buying from Microcenter when I can

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Gainesville, Florida. But heading to Washington on a trip and will be near a Microcenter for a few days!

Parts Preferences: Really thinking Intel, but up for discussion if someone has such a strong opinion

Overclocking: Yes but don't want to raise voltage and get too dangerous. Thinking of taking the 3770k to about 4.3-4.4 and overclocking whatever GPU I get to its max

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe someday

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for now, might upgrade in the future, but at least not for another year.

Additional Comments: Noise isn't something I really care about that much because my laptop is like an airplane already... but I would like to show off my build with a nice case. The case I have listed is one that I found that's pretty cool, but if any of you guys have one that you think is really cool I'd love to hear about it!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Going to spend last summers internship money to build myself the PC I've always wanted.

Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor ($224 from Microcenter)
Intel i7 3770k

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($26 from Newegg)
Hyper 212 Plus

Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard ($130 from Microcenter)
ASRock Z77 Mobo

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) ($95 from Newegg)
Ripjaws 16GB RAM

2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s Desktop 3.5" Internal Hard Drive($90 from Microcenter)
Toshiba 2TB 7200 HDD

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ($400 from Newegg)
Gigabyte 7970 3GB GPU

Raidmax 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply ($100 from Amazon)
850W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply

Nzxt Technologies 3 x 120 mm USB 3.0 Tempest 410 Elite Steel Mid Tower Airflow Case ($70 from Amazon)
NZXT Tempest Case

Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE 24x SATA DVD+/-RW 5.25" Internal Drive ($17 from Outlet PC)
Cheap DVD/CD Drive...

Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor ($150 from Amazon)
Asus LED 2ms 23" Monitor

Total Cost = Approx $1300 without Mouse/Keyboard/OS
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1431.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 00:34 EST-0500)
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