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post #11 of 57
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Thanks for the continued help!

I will likely be using the home version of windows 7 as an OS. That's a good point though, I didn't factor that into my cost.

My monitor will be my TV - Vizio 42", 1080p, 120 Hz refresh, 3D TV. I'm very excited about this part biggrin.gif

I'm going to be looking deeper into processors tonight / tomorrow, and your suggestions will give me a great starting point.

Since it's not entirely necessary, I think I'm going to save a little money and hold off on the sound card for now. If It's something I decide I want later on, I can always look into it then.

For power supply compatibility, I mainly just need to make sure that it has the correct power output, correct? I've seen some links for power supply calculators. Will this be sufficient for determining compatibility, or is there something I'm not yet factoring in?

As far as cables, I assumed the case came with cables. What types of cables do I need? I know I'd need an ethernet if I decided to hardwire it, but aside from that? Also, can you elaborate on the high heatsink / side fan issue? I'm not familiar with this limitation, or completely familiar with what it means. Admittedly, I need to read more about heatsinks as well.

Please feel free to not answer any of these question. I didn't plan on asking any questions in this thread. I don't expect you guys to do the legwork for me - I'm ok doing the research for myself. smile.gif
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ill just leave this here http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20106366
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dont worry about the high heat sink, the case doesnt come with a side fan, so buy your heat sink first, its more important, the fan that fits on the side (with out modding) isnt that good of a fan either.
   
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Alright, thanks.
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Good thinking. Buy remember, you can't use high heatsink inside NZXT Phantom.

erm... what? you cant use the SIDE FAN with a high heat sink, big difference

Exactly. No side fan= more GPU temperature due to reduced airflow.
post #17 of 57
For power supplies, I think that it's better to have a single 12 volt rail, but don't quote me on that.

You should be able to turn on your computer and run it if you get a power supply based on your graphics card
They usually come with a rating of like "You need at least 500 watts" or something like that
But I think that number counts the graphics card and the cpu power and everything else too

You would probably have more than enough power if you had a 600 or so watt psu.
But there is a psu calculator on this forum in the psu sub section. It seems to do a pretty good job at factoring in parts and stuff.

Monitors and tvs usually come with cables, but since you are using a tv, I think you'll most likely get and hdmi cable. The only difference between hdmi and dvi is that hdmi come with sound too, and dvi is only display

And I don't think most computers come with an ethernet cable, but those usually aren't that expensive.
Wireless is always move convieniant though. And don't be fooled by the ones with a very tiny connecter versus the larger connecter( PCI-e x1 vs PCI) (The tiny connector is much faster, but it probably won't make much of a difference due to other chokes that can cause slow download/upload speeds)

As for your cpu, I read that the best bang for buck is a i5- 2550k, but it may be changing soon due to a new generation of cpus coming out soon.
If you could get an i7-2600k for around $200 ish, then it'd be a really great deal

If you get an expensive motherboard, they usually come with very good onboard audio, so you may be down grading if you get a cheap sound card with an expensive motherboard
And make sure if you do get a sound card, you get good quality headphones too, or else it wont make much of a difference.

speaking of motherboards, the Z77 chipset that you have was created for the new ivy bridge processors, so if you plan to get a sandy bridge processor, you could go with a Z68 instead.
Though I'm not sure how big of a price difference they would be, but if its minimal, I guess the Z77 would be better.
You don't have to worry about the sockets too much either because the sandy and ivy both use socket 1155, but make sure you check what processor you get, and the socket matches the motherboard. The first generation sandy bridge cpus have a 1156 socket

Oh, and in my opinion, I don't like gigabyte motherboards because it feels like you are getting blasted with advertisement as soon as you start up your computer. It doesn't really have a nice looking start-up screen. But besides that, they are very good motherboards.

I think that by having such a large screen, your graphics card will need more memory. Though I may also be misinformed.

Oh yea, make sure you read up on RAID setups for your SSD and HDD. Or plan on how you will intend to use them.

Any ways, good luck with your build!

Maybe you could water cool it eventually ;D
Edited by Peopie - 4/21/12 at 12:32am
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post #18 of 57
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Exactly. No side fan= more GPU temperature due to reduced airflow.

the phantom already has TWO side panel fans, as well the ability to add another with ease from below beside the psu for more gpu air flow
   
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post #19 of 57
Welcome mate.
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Peopie - lots of information for me to process in that post. Very very helpful. Thank you. I have some new things to look into, now. I did use a PSU calculator, and I'm looking at a Cougar 650 watt power supply (the calculator said I'd need about 612) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817553012

For the graphics card, I didn't think size of display mattered. I thought it was resolution and number of displays. Am I incorrect?

The cheapest I can find an i7 2600k is around $310... but I didn't realize they made a processor between the i5 2500 and 2600. For $10 more I can get the 2550 (over the 2500), so I'm going to pick that up, instead. It's another $70 to go up to the 2600, so I don't think I'm going to go for that one.

I'm planning on going Sandy Bridge... so I can go down to the Z68 without any negative performance effects (I want to be running all games on UItra)? This could potentially save me a significant amount of money. If so, can you recommend one? I was going with Gigabyte as it seemed like a popular brand around the forums.

EDIT: Did a quick google search, and found this link from Tom's Hardware, which seems to show no significant difference between the Z68 and Z77 in 3D gaming... So I may just be able to save a few bucks here... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-virtu-mvp-benchmark,3174-4.html

Thanks for the wishing of good luck. Water cooling is something that I may consider down the road. I made sure to choose a case that supports it so that it would be an upgrade I can make in the future (if I so choose).
Edited by joe7987 - 4/21/12 at 8:25am
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