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post #1 of 10
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So recently I decided that it is about time for me to build a new desktop and I just need some advice. This computer is going to be mainly used for gaming (skyrim, sims 3, diablo 3, etc.) and coding (just declared as a CS major smile.gif ). I plan on running the computer on two 19 inch monitors (but will hopefully buy another 23" in the near future). I will also overclock everything. I'm trying to keep it as close to $1200 as possible. After a good weeks worth of research and price checking this is what I have come up with:

Case Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 59.99
Fans Scythe SY1225SL12L 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan 32.97 (3 of them)
Motherboard P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard 159.99 (with insurance)
Graphics Card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP(11200-00-20G) 263.99 (with insurance)
Power Source Unit SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply 49.99
CPU Core i7 3770k 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor 289.99
Memory (Ram) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 94.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 84.98
CD/DVD Burner LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X 17.99
HSF COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 14.99
Keyboard and mouse Mircrosoft Wireless Desktop 2000 31.49
SSD Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 89.99
Speakers Logitech X-140 2.0 Speakers 24.61

So I have a couple questions:

1) Are all the Parts compatible? (pretty sure they are but just checking lol)?
2) Is there anything that you think I should change about the build?
3) Are there any (cheap) tricks to making my computer quieter?
4) Do you know of anywhere that I can buy the parts for cheaper?
5) Any general advice or warnings will be highly appreciated smile.gif

Thanks for all the help in advance.
post #2 of 10
The community here will recommend you getting a 3570k instead of 3770k for gaming. No difference in performance.

I would get the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 instead of the motherboard you chose. More phases for better overclocking and cheaper as well.

If you live near a microcenter, you can get the 3570K and the Extreme4 for less with their combo deal

I would get a pair of Samsung 30nm RAM. Found herehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

Cheaper and you can overclock it to better speed and timings.

16GB of RAM is a waste
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post #3 of 10
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Thanks for the advice. Definetly going to get the 3570k and the asrock z77 extreme4.
Do you think I should try to upgrade my dcs burner to a blue-ray burner or upgrade my graphics card with the extra 100 bucks I'm saving?
If you think I should upgrade my graphics card what should I upgrade to?
post #4 of 10
Do you watch blu-rays? Upgrade your graphics card if you got spare cash. Depending on your cash left either go for a 7870, 7970, 670 or 680 imo

Also do you already own a copy of an OS?
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i7 3770k Asus sabertooth z77 MSI Oc 7970 MSI Oc 7970 
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G skill  G skill  600 gb 7200 rpm HD samsung 830 SSD 
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post #5 of 10
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those 4 graphics cards are a bit out of my price range but I am thinking of getting the 7950. Do you think its a better idea?
And I do have windows 7 so its not an issue.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by danielsha91 View Post

those 4 graphics cards are a bit out of my price range but I am thinking of getting the 7950. Do you think its a better idea?
And I do have windows 7 so its not an issue.

The 7870 is lower than the 7950 and it's out of your price range? kookoo.gif

Yea, it's still a good card though
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post #7 of 10
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Sorry looked over that one for a sec doh.gif lol.

Do you think I need to get an aftermarket cooler if i want to overclock the 7950?

This is what I'm looking at getting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667
post #8 of 10
You don't need an aftermarket cooler

That card already has a beastly one tongue.gif

Keep the temperature under control though
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post #9 of 10
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Cool thanks for the help everyone smile.gif
post #10 of 10
Yeah I had 2 560ti TFII in sli. I think the TFII is just about the best non reference cooler out there. I had mine oc'd to 950 MHz each and was at 60C under furmark. Those were really good cards.
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