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Hey guys,

So I took all of the excellent advice from the thread, and compiled it into a version 2.0 build that I am leaning towards now. My original post and build is at the bottom of this post. I can spend a little more if needed, so if you guys think there is something that would help a lot for the extra cost, feel free to post.


SLI (The latest update)


A few things to note:
- I haven't added the parts as bundles, but that will give an extra $40-$60 off.
- Mail in rebates total $90.
- This will drop the cost by $150.

- The GPUs are placeholders (they really depend on stock).

- I have about $2k now and there is no use in saving it. This is a gift, so I won't be getting the change to use for future upgrades.

Possible questions:
1. Am I missing ANYTHING at all? I have a mouse and a mousepad, that is it. I am worried that I will be missing some part like a cable, or even the piece to hold the two SLI cards together (I have seen them, and assume that is what they are)
2. Do all the parts work together, are they compatible? (I don't know too much in this area)
3. Any recommendations on alternative parts?

Again, ALL help is more than welcome. I value all input.

Thanks a ton in advance,
Big Al

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Hey guys,

This is the first build that I have come up with mostly on my own. I usually have you guys make one, but I stepped up to the plate this time. I did some research, and this is pretty much my entire purchase. I need a wireless network card sadly, and a mic for gaming (I tried the zalman clip on mic and didn't like it). Also, I may be upgrading the graphics card in two years or so, so I am thinking the 670 will be fine, especially because it is actually in stock. Last partwise thing, I already have a mouse (USB) and mousepad.

I have a creative USB DAC that I use for my laptop that's pretty nice. Should I use that to start or get pci one (now or later)? I have a klipsch pro media 2.1 if it makes any difference.

It would be extremely helpful if you guys could make sure everything works and that I won't find something doesn't fit (I'm not that great on making sure I find parts that are compatible, and you guys are amazing at it). If you guys think that I should get something else, because it is either better, cheaper, or any other reason, please let me know.

ALL help and thoughts are welcome:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
RAM: G SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6"
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Wireless Network Card: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800
Mic: SYBA CL-SM-001
GPU: EVGA GTX 670

-$20 for HD/CPU combo
-$20 for Mobo/SSD

Total: $1,975.36

Thanks a TON in advance,
Big Al

Last notes of things I considered, comments welcome:
-Waiting for a 680 to come into stock
-Getting a CPU cooler and some better thermal paste (not sure because this is really only for gaming and I'd only do a light OC anyways)
-sound card as mentioned above

Edited by bigal1542 - 5/23/12 at 5:37pm
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post #2 of 86
Well the mobo is a bit on the overkill side for what you are gonna do. you could get a board for $120 that would be fine for you. im a lil bias since i own one but the Asrock extreme 3 gen 3 is $119 and has no problem handling a 5ghz overclock,has usb 3.0 sata 6gbs. pci express 3.0 and all that. If you wanted the latest chipset i would consider going ivy. but even then asrock has another mobo with the new chipset that is a good price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
The psu is a bit overkill for that specific machine but it leaves room for upgradeability in the future. All in all it looks like a good machine that im sure you will be happy with. the link to the ram isnt working for me.
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Well the mobo is a bit on the overkill side for what you are gonna do. you could get a board for $120 that would be fine for you. im a lil bias since i own one but the Asrock extreme 3 gen 3 is $119 and has no problem handling a 5ghz overclock,has usb 3.0 sata 6gbs. pci express 3.0 and all that. If you wanted the latest chipset i would consider going ivy. but even then asrock has another mobo with the new chipset that is a good price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
The psu is a bit overkill for that specific machine but it leaves room for upgradeability in the future. All in all it looks like a good machine that im sure you will be happy with. the link to the ram isnt working for me.

I'm on my phone and fixing the link is near impossible. If you google the name it'll lead you right it.

As for the mobo and CPU, would it be worth going ivy bridge? I've seen some meh stuff on it, especially with the new problems concerning the thermal paste.

Would I need a special board for IB?

Thanks for the help! I'll rep ya when I get on my laptop next, it doesn't work on my phone for some reason.

Thanks again!

And for everyone else, all help is welcome!
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you dont need a special board for ivy, since you said you were going to oc small ivy could be a good choice for you and you wouldnt have to worry about the thermal paste issue. 3770k beats out the 2600k but is expensive.
post #5 of 86
If you're going Z77 you might as well go Ivy and take advantage of the board, if not go with a Z68 board or P67 board and save some money you won't notice a performance difference. Unless you plan on doing video/heavy photo editing, might as well grab a 2500k and save a few more dollars as well.
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post #6 of 86
Since your spending a good amount on this Rig, I would get the latest and greatest! Meaning Ivy.
post #7 of 86
Wow that's a great looking setup for $2000 with monitor etc included. The z77 saber tooth is awesome looking as well as performing. Also, great choice on the m4 I've had one for awhile now and love it!

As for ivy it would work great with that mobo if you wanted to go that route. Its really up to you if its worth or not.

Have fun with the build! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by bigal1542 View Post

Hey guys,
This is the first build that I have come up with mostly on my own. I usually have you guys make one, but I stepped up to the plate this time. I did some research, and this is pretty much my entire purchase. I need a wireless network card sadly, and a mic for gaming (I tried the zalman clip on mic and didn't like it). Also, I may be upgrading the graphics card in two years or so, so I am thinking the 670 will be fine, especially because it is actually in stock. Last partwise thing, I already have a mouse (USB) and mousepad.
I have a creative USB DAC that I use for my laptop that's pretty nice. Should I use that to start or get pci one (now or later)? I have a klipsch pro media 2.1 if it makes any difference.
It would be extremely helpful if you guys could make sure everything works and that I won't find something doesn't fit (I'm not that great on making sure I find parts that are compatible, and you guys are amazing at it). If you guys think that I should get something else, because it is either better, cheaper, or any other reason, please let me know.
ALL help and thoughts are welcome:
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6"
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Wireless Network Card: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800
Mic: SYBA CL-SM-001
GPU: EVGA GTX 670
-$20 for HD/CPU combo
-$20 for Mobo/SSD
Total: $1,975.36
Thanks a TON in advance,
Big Al
Last notes of things I considered, comments welcome:
-Waiting for a 680 to come into stock
-Getting a CPU cooler and some better thermal paste (not sure because this is really only for gaming and I'd only do a light OC anyways)
-sound card as mentioned above

Great system.

except for two minor details.
1. get two of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147094 and over clock to 2133 @1.55 volts. I've also seen this RAM hit 2400+ @ 1.65v with 11-12-11-28 1T
2. if you need a wireless card get this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074 I had it in my x58 system htat i gave to my mom, and its still working for her great. and it works perfectly with x64 windows. lots of other adapters for some reason don't work so well with x64
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i must say that is a mighty nice build! As far as going ivy bridge, the 3770K does run a bit hotter then the 2600K when doing an oc. But since you say your going light (like 4.5ghz?), it wouldn't be a problem as long as you have a good cooling setup. I would go with an H80 with a PP, it would fit really good in your case. Or go bigger with an H100. They both look great in the 932 case. thumb.gif

I am pretty jealous of the M4 drive, the prices have dropped a ton drool.gif
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Thanks everyone for the help!

A bunch of you guys are recommending Ivy Bridge, but I've seen mixed results about if it's worth it. This will mostly be for gaming and browsing the Internet. Nothing relating to photoshop or video editing. Does IB have advantages in daily use?

Also, you guys mentioned that the saber tooth was overkill. If I go for sandy bridge, what would be a good mobo to go for? If I go ivy what would be a good one? (the asrock mentioned above looks solid, but they have some cheaper boards that look the exact same). I'm currently looking at the asrock z77 either gen3 or gen4. They have pcie 3.0, which I'm assuming is better now? Maybe not?

Also, is it worth getting 16 GB of ram? I could spend an extra 50 bucks and get 16 if it's worth it.

If I can save money, that would be awesome. I could use it for future upgrades.


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Originally Posted by F1ynn View Post

i must say that is a mighty nice build! As far as going ivy bridge, the 3770K does run a bit hotter then the 2600K when doing an oc. But since you say your going light (like 4.5ghz?), it wouldn't be a problem as long as you have a good cooling setup. I would go with an H80 with a PP, it would fit really good in your case. Or go bigger with an H100. They both look great in the 932 case. thumb.gif

I am pretty jealous of the M4 drive, the prices have dropped a ton drool.gif

I'm not so sure on a cooling setup. I might upgrade that in the future, just to save money now. Do I need a cooler to OC the ivy? Again, this is pretty much soley for gaming.


Thanks for everyone's help! Rep for everyone that helped when I get on my laptop either today or tomorrow!
Edited by bigal1542 - 5/20/12 at 7:07am
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