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March 10, 2013 8:45:36 AM

I'm pretty new to this, but I've mustered up some parts that I'm fairly sure are compatible. I just though I'd ask on here to be sure.

Motherboard: $239.99
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

Processor: $329.99
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Video Card: $289.99
ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Ram: $62.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
(PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Case: $99.99
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with
Upgraded USB 3.0

Power Supply: $99.99
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire
Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

HardDrive: 79.99
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM

CD-Drive: 19.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD R 8X DVD RW 12X DVD R DL 24X DVD-R 6X
DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model
DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

OS: $119.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

Grand total: 1342.91

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March 10, 2013 8:54:34 AM

Whats it going to be used for?

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March 10, 2013 9:04:14 AM

plankingdom said:
Whats it going to be used for?

Pretty much just gaming.
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March 10, 2013 9:39:38 AM

If it's just for gaming, drop to an i5 3570k (very similar performance for much cheaper), and use the extra cash on a better GPU (670 or 7970).
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March 10, 2013 10:01:06 AM

2wenty said:
If it's just for gaming, drop to an i5 3570k (very similar performance for much cheaper), and use the extra cash on a better GPU (670 or 7970).

This, and also you can get 100w more psu for not much more money, worth it if you ever decide to add a new graphics card
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March 10, 2013 10:05:04 AM

are you kidding me?239 for a motherboard and you pick a 660?

first of all 3770k is just more power than you need for gaming so go on for a 3570 with a H77 or a 3570k with a Z77 if you are going to oc the cpu!

of course i would pick an 7950 rather a 660!or higher GTX!i find your PSU just fine but for real get a cheaper motherboard!in case you dont overclock the money is just very much!
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March 13, 2013 1:22:50 PM

Gennaios said:
are you kidding me?239 for a motherboard and you pick a 660?

first of all 3770k is just more power than you need for gaming so go on for a 3570 with a H77 or a 3570k with a Z77 if you are going to oc the cpu!

of course i would pick an 7950 rather a 660!or higher GTX!i find your PSU just fine but for real get a cheaper motherboard!in case you dont overclock the money is just very much!


I didn't really mention that this would also be for programming (I'm sure that probably doesn't make a huge difference)
One of the main reasons I picked the motherboard was because of the look, and the design. Watched some videos on it, it has some pretty cool armor and a neat ventilation system. Though, i'm still on the fence whether or not it is worth the 100 dollars...

When it comes to the GPU... though theoretically the 7950 should have better performance that the 660 ti, I personally have a little more trust for NVidia, and from what I have heard/seen, they seem to be a little better with driver updates and compatibility. But, I'm sure I could be swayed. Like I said, I'm fairly new to this.

To me, anything above a 660 or a 7950 seems overkill, but I'm not sure. Couldn't I pretty much run any game on max with one of these?

And the processor: I'm thinking that this is the one I want to get, just based on reviews.
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March 13, 2013 1:24:31 PM

2wenty said:
If it's just for gaming, drop to an i5 3570k (very similar performance for much cheaper), and use the extra cash on a better GPU (670 or 7970).


I didn't really mention that I will also be using it for a lot of programming, not that this is that big of a deal.

Also, how much of a performance difference? I am willing to spend the extra on an i7 if it is going to give me a little bit more speed overall
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March 13, 2013 1:25:35 PM

S3nl4c said:
2wenty said:
If it's just for gaming, drop to an i5 3570k (very similar performance for much cheaper), and use the extra cash on a better GPU (670 or 7970).

This, and also you can get 100w more psu for not much more money, worth it if you ever decide to add a new graphics card


This is true.
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March 13, 2013 8:51:56 PM

Well I chose to go the i7 route personally because I do a decent bit of graphic design, programming, and image manipulation. The 3770k is a good choice if you run any heavily threaded applications, or just need the extra power. There's a pretty good difference between the 3570k and 3770k when it comes to CPU intensive and heavily threaded task, but I have tried both personally and would say that they are close to equal on 90% of games or standard applications, but when it comes to programs like freeCAD, Blender, adobe CS6, Gimp, etc, the 3570k wont be able to keep up. Now for standard text editors/compilers your not going to benefit much from an i7. Definitely throw an ssd in there aswell if your already spending 1300, otherwise performance would be majorly disappointing for the amount of cash your spending. I would suggest a slightly bigger case aswell something like the switch 810 is still affordable and gives you some decent water cooling options later on.
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March 13, 2013 9:03:36 PM

Get the i7 you won't regret it. I own a 3570k and it's perfect for what I do. Which is gaming only and internet surfing. And my 3570k is faster than an i7 in pretty much everything cause it's overclocked. But for you the i7 is the way to go. It looks like your missing you CPU cooler? I guess you buying that big bad board just for the looks? It makes no performance difference whatsoever. It only helps for overclocking and SLI/Crossfire performance. And I own the 660 Ti so I can vouch that the 660 Ti can run pretty much every game on High settings. Even Crysis 3. Now it may not be able to run it on Ultra settings with high MSAA but neither can the 680. So the 660 Ti is a great card. And Nvidia to me has the best setup. As for as the control panel and the driver updates, and 3D Vision 2 which I have and it's awesome. You just can't beat Nvidia when it comes to stuff like that.
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March 13, 2013 10:29:33 PM

ericjohn004 said:
Get the i7 you won't regret it. I own a 3570k and it's perfect for what I do. Which is gaming only and internet surfing. And my 3570k is faster than an i7 in pretty much everything cause it's overclocked. But for you the i7 is the way to go. It looks like your missing you CPU cooler? I guess you buying that big bad board just for the looks? It makes no performance difference whatsoever. It only helps for overclocking and SLI/Crossfire performance. And I own the 660 Ti so I can vouch that the 660 Ti can run pretty much every game on High settings. Even Crysis 3. Now it may not be able to run it on Ultra settings with high MSAA but neither can the 680. So the 660 Ti is a great card. And Nvidia to me has the best setup. As for as the control panel and the driver updates, and 3D Vision 2 which I have and it's awesome. You just can't beat Nvidia when it comes to stuff like that.


Thank you for covering pretty much everything. I have thought a lot about it, and other than adding a 128GB ssd, changing the case,adding 8 more gb of ram, and removing windows 7(relized I get it through my school for free) I think I am finally happy with this build.

Yes, to be honest 50 percent of the reason I'm getting that board is just because it's cool lol. Not only that I've heard that it is quite durable and very well built compared to most alternatives. I don't plan on changing it ever, and it has a pretty nice 5 yr warranty which definitely says something.

Also, I already have a CPU fan on my old desktop that should serve nicely. Just sort of disregarded it.

Thank you for your advice and closure.
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March 14, 2013 8:26:00 AM

Since your getting that awesome board. And trust me I probably would too cause it's nice to have a beast MoBo. I would definitely get an aftermarket air cooler. I mean your spending quite a bit anyways so if I can persuade you to get an air cooler I know you won't regret it cause then you can get into overclocking and it's fun as hell. If your like me and you like quiet computers, you'll want the Scythe Ninja 3. Which is what I have. It's darn near the best cpu cooler for low RPM fans. And it works well at high RPM too and it's only 40 bucks. If you looking to go cheap the Hyper212 EVo is only 20 bucks. That's the least you should do for your PC. You can overclock with that cooler too. If you want the best then go with the Noctura DH14. Its like 85 bucks but it's the best in town. I hope you change your mind, the air cooler will at least look really cool in your case with the windows. BTW I have the same case that you want but I have the new version. The Antec 902 v3. Check that one out too you might like it. Also if you looking for a keyboard, DEFINATELY check out the Corsair K90. That's the best purchase I've ever made.
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