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Hi guys,

Ive been a lurker on ocn for awhile now, but only now have i registered on the forum because im making my first gaming PC!!

Ive looked around for awhile and these are some of the stuff ive decided on. Id appreciate all input/suggestion you guys can give me!

Here are some of the stuff i decided to use for my budget of $1500:

Intel Core i7 3770 Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge 8MB Retail

ASUS P8Z77-V Pro LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan

NZXT Phantom Full tower.


Now i still need a SSD and some RAM (8/16g both ok), anyone have any suggestions?

and as for the video card, hopefully the Nvidia gtx 670 will be coming out soon.


I'd value all input given, as i am probably a complete newbie at this. Thanks Guys!
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rather than 1 massive drive id rather get 2 smaller ones :|, other than that it looks fine, why not get 3570k/3770k?
8gb/16gb is fine as both are pretty cheap, unless you have a need for 16gb ram get 8gb
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Thanks for your input.

I got a 2tb because it was on sale for $99. Is there some benefit of having 2 smaller HD?

hmm and I guess i could just go with the 3770k. But I'm quite a newbie when it comes to this, so im not too sure if ill be overclocking it anytime soon.

Ive seen some decent priced OCZ SSD's, but there seems to be quite a bit of negative reviews on some of the 60G ones they offer, anybody have any advice?
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Thanks for your input.
I got a 2tb because it was on sale for $99. Is there some benefit of having 2 smaller HD?
hmm and I guess i could just go with the 3770k. But I'm quite a newbie when it comes to this, so im not too sure if ill be overclocking it anytime soon.
Ive seen some decent priced OCZ SSD's, but there seems to be quite a bit of negative reviews on some of the 60G ones they offer, anybody have any advice?

I think he rather have you RAID 0 then just one.
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First off...WELCOME TO OCN!!!!!! cheers.gifwheee.gif
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I got a 2tb because it was on sale for $99. Is there some benefit of having 2 smaller HD?

Read up on what RAIDing drives can do for you.
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Ive seen some decent priced OCZ SSD's, but there seems to be quite a bit of negative reviews on some of the 60G ones they offer, anybody have any advice?

Search and read up on the Crucial M4 SSD. Fast and reliable. thumb.gif

Also, why the GTX670? Just to save some money?
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I think he rather have you RAID 0 then just one.
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First off...WELCOME TO OCN!!!!!! cheers.gifwheee.gif
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I got a 2tb because it was on sale for $99. Is there some benefit of having 2 smaller HD?
Read up on what RAIDing drives can do for you.
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Ive seen some decent priced OCZ SSD's, but there seems to be quite a bit of negative reviews on some of the 60G ones they offer, anybody have any advice?
Search and read up on the Crucial M4 SSD. Fast and reliable. thumb.gif
Also, why the GTX670? Just to save some money?

Thank you SinX7 / ragtag7 for your input.

I've gone through the Wiki of RAID, but im not 100% understanding it, hahaha as you can see im a complete 1st timer.

The crucial looks good thumb.gif but do you guys think i should get 60g or the 120g? I think i will only be putting the operating system on it

I've decided to get a rig for around $1500, so i think the gtx680 would be a little too high for me.

Any input / suggestion is still highly appreciated tongue.gif
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Thank you SinX7 / ragtag7 for your input.
I've gone through the Wiki of RAID, but im not 100% understanding it, hahaha as you can see im a complete 1st timer.
The crucial looks good thumb.gif but do you guys think i should get 60g or the 120g? I think i will only be putting the operating system on it
I've decided to get a rig for around $1500, so i think the gtx680 would be a little too high for me.
Any input / suggestion is still highly appreciated tongue.gif

If you're getting a SSD, get the highest storage you can! I have to get another one cause my 64GB is almost full and I just got it LOL.

Also RAID 0 from what I read helps improve the performance on the HDD. But I may be wrong since I haven't RAID any of my HDD before.
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Originally Posted by pepbe View Post

Thank you SinX7 / ragtag7 for your input.
I've gone through the Wiki of RAID, but im not 100% understanding it, hahaha as you can see im a complete 1st timer.
The crucial looks good thumb.gif but do you guys think i should get 60g or the 120g? I think i will only be putting the operating system on it
I've decided to get a rig for around $1500, so i think the gtx680 would be a little too high for me.
Any input / suggestion is still highly appreciated tongue.gif

I am going to get some heat for this but....

I am a fan of the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos SSD's, they are quick, reliable, have user up-gradable firmware, and are pocket book friendly. I have a 120GB that is on the way I caught on a sale, but even at normal pricing they are still priced nicely. Raid is actually pretty easy, but what a lot of us are doing now is getting the 120GB to 240GB SSD and putting the OS and our games on it. Then just having a large HDD for storage purposes, photos, music, video, etc. The benefit of Raid is diminished on SSD, because they perform at such a high level already, especially when compared to RAID on a HDD setup.

Overclocking: Even though you don't see yourself doing that now, you might in the future so in your budget you might want to consider the K series processors. Truthfully with the Asus board you are getting overclocking is REALLY easy, they even have an auto overclock. You click a button and it does a decent overclock on it's own, locks it in and you are off and running.

As for your Video card, I would look at something like the GTX 570, still a great card for the money!
    
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For your usage, step down to a i5 3570K and get a GTX 680 instead.
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You should definitely grab a 680 if you can. Here is a build I came up with that will fit your budget.
$1422 build ($1372 after rebates) (Click to show)
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.01 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1372.32

I did not add in your HDD, since you said that you found it for like $100 somewhere.

The PSU is major overkill, but is almost a steal. even before the rebate.
Also, I agree that you probably do not need the i7, the i5 would probably be more than enough.
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