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post #1 of 13
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So I've been using my sig rig for quite a while now (early 2008 I think) and it's getting tired, so I've been looking around, trying to catch up with the newer stuff and I've come up with what I think is a nice build for the price. Here are the specs:

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB - $109.99

Visiontek Radeon HD 7970 800MHZ 3GB 5.0GHZ - $449.99

ASUS P8Z77-M Pro - $164.99

Intel Core i7 2600K - $304.99

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 600W Modular - $79.99

Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 - $87.94 (Open Box)

Bitfenix Shinobi Window White - $59.99

For a grand total of $1 370 CAD, shipping and taxes included, on NCIX. I'd like a little bit of input on how to optimize this rig cause (cost or performance) I'm not really up to date right now and I'm going to buy fairly soon, by the end of the week probably.
post #2 of 13
Never heard of that PSU before, so I went and looked it up. Looks pretty good for the amount you would be spending on it. Whats your main purpose for the computer?
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It's for gaming and the rest of the normal stuff (movies, browsing, etc.). Also, I'll be playing on my 42" LCD for now, and I don't know if I'll be getting a monitor or just playing on it, but I'm assuming with this setup I can play most game @ 1920x1080 ? Has anyone tried playing on a 42" TV?
post #4 of 13
No ivy? Otherwise looks great thumb.gif
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post #5 of 13
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They don't have any more 3770k in stock, they only have 3770's, how would that compare to the 2600k? I can compare the 3770k with the 2600k on Anandtech but not the 3770.
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They don't have any more 3770k in stock, they only have 3770's, how would that compare to the 2600k? I can compare the 3770k with the 2600k on Anandtech but not the 3770.

This might help
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post #7 of 13
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What is the real difference between K and non K Intels? Some say you can't OC them very far, others say it's just a marketing scheme and that you CAN overclock them trough the multi. I'm a bit confused as to whether the 3770 is an upgrade versus the 2600k after overclocking.
post #8 of 13
From what I've seen the K's have their multipliers unlocked to help with OCing. I'm currently looking at getting an i7-2600k myself.
post #9 of 13
Looks good. My gtx570 does great at 1080p (bf3) and I have played on a plasma once to try it. The 7970 is a BEAST in comparison. You will be extremly happy with the jump. If you can afford it, consider a SSD. If all your going to do is play at 1080p I would even consider a 7950 to allow for a SSD if there is no room for more money. Windows 7 takes up about 18GB, so depending on the programs and amount of games you want on your drive you can plan from there. 60GB would be good for most people and use your other drive for pics/data
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What is the real difference between K and non K Intels? Some say you can't OC them very far, others say it's just a marketing scheme and that you CAN overclock them trough the multi. I'm a bit confused as to whether the 3770 is an upgrade versus the 2600k after overclocking.

You need a K processor to overclock the cpu. Intel locks the multiplier on the non-k ones so the only method to overclock them is through the base clock which only allows for SMALLLLLLLL overclocks, like 500mhz if your lucky. Do want to mention for gaming you really only need a 2500k or 3570k. The hyperthreading that the i7 lineup adds doesnt always make a big difference in games. It really only shines in productivity work like encoding and stuff which I dont do myself, my 2500k has been great at gaming.

Im not sure how much you enjoy overclocking, but if your not into MAX overclocks of higher than 4.5ghz I would recommend ivy. Clock for clock ivy is quicker but above 4.5ghz it seems to hard to control the temp. compared to sandy that does much better. With air cooling your max on ivy might be 4.5-4.6ghz, with sandy 4.8ghz. If on a custom water loop ivy maybe 4.8ghz and 5.0ghz if you have a golden cpu. On sandy custom water loop 4.8-5.0ghz, 5.2ghz for a golden cpu.

That said, ivy at 4.0ghz is like sandy at 4.2-4.3ghz and sometimes they even perform closer to equal. ivy generally has a 200-300mhz advantage clock for clock. But because ivy runs so hot sandy can be overclocked higher to make up for it, so in the end they really perform the same. If you dont like to overclock to the max a cpu will do then ivy also has an advantage since at lower speeds its faster than sandy. Ivy seems easy to control up to 4.4ghz which performs like a 4.6-4.7ghz sandy. On the other hand sandy will almost always be easy to get 4.6ghz, some do 4.8ghz and great ones do 5.0ghz+ at acceptable 24/7 voltages/temps.

In otherwords pick your poisen biggrin.gif Ivy wins for casual overclockers with decent cooling. Sandy wins for more enthusiast overclockers with decent cooling.
Edited by 66racer - 5/7/12 at 1:17pm
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post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I appreciate the input! I've been nosing around all day looking at 3770 non K and some people have been able to hit 4.0 on 4 cores and 4.3 on turbo boost, which seems reasonable enough for me to make a switch to 3770 non K.
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