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#1 +Matthew S.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:12

So Now that I got the case out of the way (It's the NZXT Phantom 820 btw lol)

I'm looking to build a new system for 2013, my old system I build in 2009 and is starting to show it's age (hey it's AMD...)

My current build:

Processor: AMD Phenom™ II Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs)
Memory: OCZ Gold Series 8GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
Hard Drive: 2x320GB SATA 1x500GB SATA 1x 1TB SATA
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
Monitor: Acer 23in LED Monitor
Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
Speakers: Logitech X-540
Keyboard: Razor Arctosa
Mouse: Logitech G700 Cordless Gaming Mouse
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Motherboard: MSI K9N2 SLi Platnium nForce 750a
Computer Case: CoolerMaster HAF X

So this time I'm willing to spend a little extra and go Intel.


The parts I choose so far are (All prices are in Canadian Dollars):

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP7 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - $389.99
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K - $329.99
Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Water Cooler - $124.99
RAM: 2x G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB - $127.49
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 249.99
PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - 239.99
Media: 2x LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - BH14NS40 - $100.99 (One is for the old system)
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version - $189.99 (Subject to change)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 CA-PH820-M1 Matte Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 249.99

I'm open to all suggestions, remember this is for a Gaming rig.


#2 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:07

I dont understand why you got all this fancy stuff then you decide a 7850 0_0

Is there a reason you want the unlocked i7?
Motherboard? Do you see yourself needing everything it has??
I heard maybe to wait for the 110i, but im not into liquid cooling..
Are you still planning on using your original SATAs right? I think prices arent there yet to spend that much on a 256GB
1200W is overkill, but hey I would suggest bumping down a tad to save like $100 and make sure you get a FULL MODULAR PSU

and btw the memory modules you choose are incompatible with your mobo
You choose:
RAM: 2x G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB - $127.49

Your board:
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR3 2400+ (OC)/1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported 32GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel

#3 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:13

PSU is overpowered
Buy the 'k' version of 3770 only if you want to overclock and run benchmarks on it. If its purely for gaming, then get i5-3570k and overclock it.
Extra money from the above two, get a 7950 or a 7950 boost, if possible. That is a good buy
16 GB RAM is overkill again. 8 GB will do just fine
That motherboard is way too expensive, if you wont use all it has to offer

#4 Jason S.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:32

i'd stick w/ the 16GB RAM, personally.

Also, i'd get a 7900-series GPU or a GTX670/680

#5 +sanke1

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:35

Don't worry. I have same RAM and Mobo and the RAM will work just fine. You just need to set it to operate at higher speeds in your bios for it to show up as 1866 Mhz in Windows.

#6 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:36

That motherboard is a crazy waste of money.

Get these and put a few hundred more towards a graphics card:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116504
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131837

#7 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:37

Don't worry. I have same RAM and Mobo and the RAM will work just fine. You just need to set it to operate at higher speeds in your bios for it to show up as 1866 Mhz in Windows.


Cool glad someone kicked it, I usually stick to what the specs say :p, but you own both.

#8 DudeBro

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 17:40

If you you're gonna spend that much then going for an x79 LGA2011 platform would be better. They will be compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E cpu's. If you decided you wanted a six-core processor then you can upgrade to those. Advantages are more pcie lanes for better sli/crossfire, quad channel memory, 64GB max limit for ram. Cons are no native usb3 support so they require 3rd party controllers and no onboard video. Something like i7 3820 and ASUS Sabertooth x79 will come to around $600.

But if you want something that's good for gaming right now and the near future then a 3570k and a cheaper motherboard like a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H or ASUS P8Z77-V LK would be good. Combined total would be about $350.

1200w psu is overkill unless you plan to go triple sli/crossfire nvidia titans or something. I suggest 850w if you plan sli/crossfire. 650w is good nuff for a single graphics card. You can save $100 cutting back on the wattage.

Upgrade to an AMD 7950. That's the best bang for the buck right now especially with the 2 free games. I suggest sapphire dualx or gigabyte windforce version. Nvidia 670 would be the equivalent in performance. You could probably get 2 cards for sli/crossfire with the money saved cutting back on cpu/motherboard/psu. If you get a crossfire computer from a system builder like cyberpower/ibuypower you can get 6 free games. http://sites.amd.com...reloaded.aspx#5

I don't mind the 16GB ram, its never bad to go overboard on ram IMO. I got burned before thinking 2GB was enough 7 years ago. Boy I was wrong. Who knows what the future holds for gaming especially with the PS4 having 8gig gddr5. Also prices of ram is going up and not going down anytime soon. When it gets phased out by ddr4 its gonna more expensive. Better 16GB now or never.

#9 OP +Matthew S.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 18:20

I dont understand why you got all this fancy stuff then you decide a 7850 0_0

Is there a reason you want the unlocked i7?
Motherboard? Do you see yourself needing everything it has??
I heard maybe to wait for the 110i, but im not into liquid cooling..
Are you still planning on using your original SATAs right? I think prices arent there yet to spend that much on a 256GB
1200W is overkill, but hey I would suggest bumping down a tad to save like $100 and make sure you get a FULL MODULAR PSU

and btw the memory modules you choose are incompatible with your mobo
You choose:
RAM: 2x G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB - $127.49

Your board:
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR3 2400+ (OC)/1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported 32GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel

you did notice the little (subject to change) on the video card right? And I do plan on making use of that board and CPU.

And it does support 1866

#10 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 18:47

Can you answer the other questions?

Reasoning for i7 unlocked?
I prefer air cooling because youre going to have expensive equipment too lol..
old SATAs still gonna have purpose?
1200W is still overkill.
8GB memory is fine for me, but to each their own..

And yes I did notice that, but the whole point of the comment was you are spending all this extra you dont need and then low ball a GPU.

#11 DudeBro

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 19:20

Well I don't see anything wrong spending a premium on parts if you can afford and have a use for it. It's just the mid tier video card is the only thing thats wrong with that build. For gaming, GPU is the top priority.

#12 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 19:28

You just repeated what I said :p

#13 OP +Matthew S.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 22:38

Well I don't see anything wrong spending a premium on parts if you can afford and have a use for it. It's just the mid tier video card is the only thing thats wrong with that build. For gaming, GPU is the top priority.

welp got a suggestion for the video card.

#14 YounGMessiah

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 22:42

If you got the bread, a GTX 690, if not a 680
If you want to stick with ATi then 7970 or 7950

#15 Crisp

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 22:47

welp got a suggestion for the video card.


7950 or 7970