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Replacing Old Core2Duo Rig, let me know how I'm doing

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December 3, 2013 10:41:29 AM

So my old desktop is in dire need of replacing (Core2Duo, GTX 8800) and everything has changed SO much since I built that thing 5 years ago. I feel like I'm out of the loop a little bit, so I thought I'd come here before finalizing all of the purchases. Budget isn't a huge issue, but I don't want to spend money unnecessarily. I'm basically trying to future proof myself since I usually only build computers every 5+ years or so.

I already have some of these parts purchased on Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals:
1. i7-4770K,
2. GTX 770,
3. Intel 530 Series 240gb SSD

I'm looking for help & opinions with the following purchases:
1. Motherboard
2. Case
3. Memory
4. Secondary HDD.

The power supply is from my old machine, but that's pretty much the only thing I'm keeping.
Let me know how I'm doing so far, any opinions are definitely welcome. Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ekd4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ekd4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ekd4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.76 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1524.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 13:35 EST-0500)

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December 3, 2013 10:44:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.76 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1295.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 13:45 EST-0500)
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December 3, 2013 10:48:13 AM

Fpr 16Gb of ram on that board I would get 2 8Gb sticks rather than 4 4gb sticks. 2 sticks will put less stress on the memory bus. Other than that I don't see any problems.
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December 3, 2013 10:49:04 AM

lipps said:
So my old desktop is in dire need of replacing (Core2Duo, GTX 8800) and everything has changed SO much since I built that thing 5 years ago. I feel like I'm out of the loop a little bit, so I thought I'd come here before finalizing all of the purchases. Budget isn't a huge issue, but I don't want to spend money unnecessarily. I'm basically trying to future proof myself since I usually only build computers every 5+ years or so.

I already have some of these parts purchased on Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals:
1. i7-4770K,
2. GTX 770,
3. Intel 530 Series 240gb SSD

I'm looking for help & opinions with the following purchases:
1. Motherboard
2. Case
3. Memory
4. Secondary HDD.

The power supply is from my old machine, but that's pretty much the only thing I'm keeping.
Let me know how I'm doing so far, any opinions are definitely welcome. Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ekd4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ekd4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ekd4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.76 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1524.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 13:35 EST-0500)


Nice build!
The only things i would change would be maybe the mobo, the Maximus VI Hero is sometimes about $130 and its a great board with ROG features.
Next up the psu.... i know you already have it but its old, only 80+ and it might not have enough connectors for later upgrades or maybe even the 770....not sure.
If you want you could change it to something like these.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pg065...
80+ gold, 10 year warranty

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
High quality 80+ Bronze

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-hive...
750W 80+ Bronze pretty quiet

Ask if you need anything else!
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December 3, 2013 10:49:50 AM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.76 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1295.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 13:45 EST-0500)


I think you missed the part where he stated he has already bought the CPU, GPU, and SSD.
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December 3, 2013 10:49:52 AM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2el4X/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.76 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1295.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 13:45 EST-0500)


He already has the cpu and mobo and gpu if you read the OP
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December 3, 2013 11:15:25 AM

my bad. i read but sometimes miss stuff :p 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2em0F
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2em0F/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2em0F/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.76 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $739.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 14:15 EST-0500)

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December 3, 2013 12:09:33 PM

Wow so many quick responses, thanks guys! I appreciate all of the advice. I have a couple of questions:

1. @bignastyid - I'm really new to the current types of memory on the market, so I appreciate the heads up on the 2 x 8GB sticks. I've done enough reading to go cross-eyed and the articles/reviews I read on memory didn't make sense to me. Seems like everyone is agreeing on this part, so I'll switch it up. I'm planning on using iceclock's recommendation (Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($169.99 @ NCIX US), Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for stats wise on 2 x 8GB sticks? Otherwise those look good to me

2. @diazalon - RE: The PSU -- So I'm 90% sure that's the PSU I currently have, I know it's a Corsair 750w and I looked at all of the option and that one most closely resembles what I have (I'll confirm when I get home this evening). Forgive me, but I have no idea what 80+ means... the rest of what you said makes sense though, haha. I know that there are a ton of connectors/cords I'm not currently using on the PSU, but since most of this new equipment is totally foreign to me, I'll prob end up taking you up on your device.

RE: The Mobo -- So I dropped the ball on the Maximus VI Hero when Newegg had it on a cyber monday special and they are currently sold out. Looks like it's selling for around $199. So my question is: Would there be a significant upgrade over the one I currently selected if I waited for that one to go on sale again? Or if I went ahead and purchased the Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 will I still be happy?

I don't have a lot of experience with over clocking, but after doing a lot of reading about CPU's it sounds like I might want to do this in the future. I was planning on using the heat sink that comes with the i7-4770K, if I'm not planning on OCing the CPU right away will I be ok?
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December 3, 2013 12:12:48 PM

its noisy and warm. get the evo 212
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December 3, 2013 12:56:33 PM

So the G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($169.99 @ NCIX US) is sold out & Amazon has it for $189.99.

Would I be losing much if I went with G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($127.50 @ Newegg) instead? Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 3, 2013 1:09:38 PM

no that be fine.

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