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post #1 of 8
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I've been kind of a lurker for awhile, but I figured I would join this great community and see if I can get some advice and whatnot on the rig I'm building. This will be my first "real" build and not just swapping out parts on an existing build

CASE:
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227

4 x 120mm case fans

MoBo:
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791

CPU:
waiting to purchase I7 3770k when it debuts

Cooling:
ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler ... (not purchased yet)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118054

I am thinking this is the HSF that I want to go with because I plan on using a ram cooler and these dimensions should allow that to fit.

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBZM
Cas Latency: 7
Voltage: 1.5V
Quad Channel Kit
Timing: 7-8-8-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231537

Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835145001

PSU:
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&Tpk=sapphire%20radeon%20hd%206870

DRIVES:
1 x OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive... (boot/os)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

2 x Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive... (storage)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

Keyboard:
AZIO Levetron Mech4 KB588U Black 11 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839010

Mouse:
Logitech Call of Duty: MW3 Edition G9x Black 7 Buttons Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104627

Monitor:
VIZIO E220MV 22-Inch 1080p LED LCD HDTV - Black
http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-E220MV-22-Inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B004YAVE70?tag=duckduckgo-d-20

I already own this but I figure it should be ok for a decent monitor, no ?

DVD Drive
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

I'm a casual gamer mostly into rpg and mmo gaming. Also, I will be using the build for moderate video conversion/streaming over network. I have a MOTOROLA SB6121 SURFboard Cable Modem with gigabit ethernet, A linksys E3000 flashed with dd-wrt firmware and WD Live Plus flashed with WDLXTV firmware. All are connected using cat6 lines. I also have 100Mb/sec internet connection.

this build should be able to perform well enough, yeah ? I want to get into playing SWTOR and games of the like. Please feel free to give any and all advice, criticisms, etc. I could use the help.

Thanks and thanks for having me at OC.net
post #2 of 8
What is your budget for the rig itself (minus OS, monitor and other peripherals)?

We can probably help you save some $$ and put it in other places in the build. The motherboard you picked is a great mobo, but a little pricey. Expecially since you are only pairing it up with a 6870. Ram is overkill as well. you will notice a single difference in gaming, 1600MHz CL9 is the sweet spot for perfomance and price. the samsung low voltage ram is VERY nice as well, since it normally overclocks to 2400MHz+
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256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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post #3 of 8
If you're going with the i7-3770K, which is an Ivy Bridge Processor, then you are going to have to buy the Z77 or a Z75 express chipset, which would be any of these Asus boards on this page:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001315%20600315497&IsNodeId=1&name=ASUS&Order=RATING&Pagesize=20

If I had an unlimited budget my vote would be for the Sabertooth since you were willing to spend $259 on a P68. However, if I was building a rig today, I would buy this one since you are only buying one video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837


For five bucks more you can get SLI capability if you decide to run add a 2nd graphics card and the same audio chip with this board as the Sabertooth:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837


It would help to know your budget and how often you upgrade or plan on upgrading in the future.
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Ivy bridge is compatible is compatible with 6 series chipsets, albeit with a bios update.
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post #5 of 8
Just a heads up on that case: My friend bought one then wanted to upgrade to a aftermarket cooler. I believe it was a 212+, but it did not fit. The case is quite narrow and is not a very big case. You won't have any room for cable management. If you want to get a little better case with great airflow I suggest getting the HAF 912. It's still a CM which means great quality and it has the best aspects you'd want of a case.
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Originally Posted by jaykaybay View Post

Ivy bridge is compatible is compatible with 6 series chipsets, albeit with a bios update.

correct, Asus has the update on their support site already.


I went with the 6870 simply to have a card at this point. once pcie 3.0 cards come down in price a bit I will be picking up a couple of them. Also I've been reading that the amd cards are a bit buggy at the moment. Seems that the drivers crash and need to recover ? I will wait a bit until all that is ironed out before sinking the cash into the cards.


Thanks for the heads up on the case, I will look into it further. I read in the newegg reviews that others are having no problems with the 212+ fitting and the Zalman is a bit shorter than that.


I appreciate all the feedback.

thanks everyone
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by jaykaybay View Post

Ivy bridge is compatible is compatible with 6 series chipsets, albeit with a bios update.

That may be true but if you're going new it would be best to go with what you know what works out of the box. Plus you get Intel's new USB 3.0 controller integrated into the hub out of the box which is the faster than most third party's design according to Techreport.
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post #8 of 8
The mechanical keyboard - I would test out black switches before you buy them. I tried them and hated them... as do alot of people.

I would put some money into a better case. Otherwise later on you will wish you did not cheap out on the case.
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