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post #1 of 8
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Was hoping to have this build double checked for compatibility and make sure I am not forgetting anything.
Will be using this in order for: Gaming, Graphic/Video creation, Movies

Also since I decided on 120hz monitor for regular 2D and 3D, do I need to SLI and get two GPU?


Here is what I have so far along with some extras. redface.gif


COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC-942-KKN3 Black Steel Item #: N82E16811119239 $219.99

NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller Item #: N82E16811992011 $34.99

ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Intel Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131818 $279.99

ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 Item #: N82E16814121634 $539.99

SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817151105 -$40.00 Instant $259.99 $219.99

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K Item #: N82E16819116501 $319.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit Item #: N82E16820147135 -$30.00 Instant $219.99 $189.99

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory (with Orange/Blue Light) Model BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2TXOB Item #: N82E16820148554 $54.99

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory (with Red/Green Light) Model BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2TXRG Item #: N82E16820148555 $54.99

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533 $109.99

Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136792 $179.99

BenQ XL2420TX Black-Red 24" 5ms (2ms GTG) LED-Backlit 120Hz 3D-Ready LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824014288 $499.99

PLEXTOR Black 12X Blu-ray Writer SATA PX-LB950SA Item #: N82E16827249079 $159.99
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Internal Model IHAS324 Item #: N82E16827106352 $24.99

Logitech G13 USB Advanced Gameboard Item #: N82E16823126050 $64.99
Logitech G19 Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard Item #: N82E16823126053 $174.99
Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse Item #: N82E16826104261 $69.99

Logitech G930 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset Item #: N82E16826104399 $129.99
Logitech Z623 200 w 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified Item #: N82E16836121048 $131.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Item #: N82E16832116986 $99.99
Arctic Silver 5 Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM Item #: N82E16835100007 $11.99

COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan Item #: N82E16835103073 $22.99
Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 140mm UFB CPU Cooler Item #: N82E16835709002 $104.99


ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card $187 and Sennheiser PC 350 $160
(if I get the above Sound card and headset I wont be getting the Logitech USB headset.)



all help greatly appreciatd. smile.gif
post #2 of 8
First thing that jumps out is way too much power supply - if you aren't going to be doing SLI just get a quality 650W. One of the Seasonic, Rosewill CAPSTONE or Corsair HX are good choices. If you think you might SLI, then a good 850W would be fine.

Also, very expensive motherboard - is there anything you need on that motherboard that the Asus P8Z77-V or P8Z77-V LK don't provide? You won't see any difference with overclocking, so the only reason to get an expensive board like that is the peripherals (like extra connectivity).

No reason to get 1866 RAM either, just get DDR3-1600, it performs the same for Ivy Bridge.

No real reason to get the STX either, if you get the Sennheiser headset - you can still easily drive that with the Xonar DX. The STX is an awesome card, but it really shines with hard to drive headphones - with normal headphones the DX will provide a similar experience.

You also might consider getting a GTX 670 instead of the 680 (especially if you are going to SLI). It is 95% of the performace of a GTX 680, but more than $100 cheaper.

And the Samsung 830 has been as low as $155 at Amazon this week, so be sure to check there also.

Nothing wrong with your choices, but you can get equal performance for quite a bit less money.
Edited by Forceman - 10/19/12 at 6:34pm
post #3 of 8
You say that you are a first time builder but you're picking out parts that someone with a lot of experience would pick out. You most likely wouldn't know how to take most these parts into full advantage so there is no point of getting them.

Why are you getting the NZXT Hue when you are buying the Blue Edition of that case? Just get the Switch 810 or the 650D, they will go great with the Hue.

Get the P8Z77-V motherboard. Its $70-80 cheaper but there is literally no difference between the two in performance.

That 680 is overpriced and the performance difference between it and a 670 is not noticeable. I would save yourself $100 and just get a 670. If you really want a 680 then get the cheapest one you can find. Dont get any of the dual fan or overclocked ones. You can overclock your card higher then those cards yourself easily. My 660 Ti gets more FPS right now then a reference 680 since I have the card overclocked as well as my processor.

750w power supply will be more then enough even for two 680s in sli. These cards barely use any power.

16gb of ram is overkill in my opinion. I deal with complex modeling and 8gb of ram is more then enough for me. There is no difference between 1600mhz and 1866mhz so I would save yourself some money there. Also Ivy Bridge processors work best with dual channel memory. (meaning only two sticks of ram)

3TB of HDD space? I guess you really need it so I wont say anything about that.

You can get a really good Asus Blueray drive for $60 which is literally the same as that plextor one.

I dont see why you're wasting your money on all these unneeded accessories. They're not going to make you better at the games you play.....
$160 on a sound card? You might as well just burn your money. Sound cards don't even make that much of a difference especially with the logitech or pc 350 headset you want. Getting a $30-$50 card will sound the same as a $150-$200 card. If I were you, I would just get a pair of Astro A40s and connect them to your motherboards optical port. It will sound the same as a really good sound card and the headset itself is really good as well.

Lastly there is no noticeable difference between the BenQ XL2420TX and the BenQ XL2420T. I would save yourself $150 and just get the BenQ XL2420T.

Hope this helps, just keep something in mind when buying computer parts.

More expensive, doesn't always = better. thumb.gif
Edited by midniteboss - 10/19/12 at 7:14pm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
I do plan to SLI just not sure if I will do it now. It all depends on whether 1 GTX680 or 670 is enough for 3D. I read that for some games, the 120HZ monitor along with 3D will be close to max it out. So thats why the 1000watt PSU.

The 1866 RAM is the same prices as the 1600 and NewEgg was out of the 1600 so I picked that.

The p8z77-v was my first choice, then looking at the deluxe it has 20 phase power, dual band wi-fi, better on-board audo, more Sata and USB 3.0, and with the Q-shield, it made me think it had better components. I will take another look.

I was doublechecking the build today and was wondering if Intell SSD is a better choice as its supposedly more reliable and 5yr warranty.

And lastly, do you have any suggestions on speakers? Because computer will be on desk in bedroom, I really cannot do 5.1 or 7.1 so I was looking to do that with the headphones and for speakers just get 2.1.

I appreciate your help on this. I am trying to balance between quality and price but with all the choices its not that easy. redface.gif
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks midniteboss. I have been researching for the last few months choosing which are the best parts, most reliable, etc. I can see now that my time would have been better spent asking questions on the forums instead.

I did not realize I could plug headphones into optical port. Do I need to get a mixamp for those? And if I do that, should I bother getting the $60 sound card?

I have alot of videos, pictures, etc. I already have a little over 1 TB and I have yet to store alot more graphics/pics. biggrin.gif

I chose the BENQ XL2420TX as that one has the built in emitter and the 3D glasses.

As for your other suggestions on peripherals, do you have any specifics on what to replace them with. i.e keyboard, mouse. I thought the keyboards LCD was pretty cool to see stats and stuff.
post #6 of 8
On the performance side, there is going to be no difference between the P8Z77-V and the Deluxe, so the question is whether a few extra SATA ports and wi-fi is worth $100 to you. If you are going to get a sound card, the onboard audio is irrelevant. The power phases don't make any functional difference.

The Samsung 830 is pretty much the best all around SSD available right now, I would just stick with it.

Unless you really like the look of the Ballistix RAM, you can just get whatever DDR3-1600 is on sale - G.Skill Ripjaws are usually pretty well priced. Performance-wise it'll all be the same.

Even SLI 680s won't use more than 850W (and really 750W is enough, but 1000W is overkill).

Did you have a cooler already - I didn't see one listed.

Also, if this is just a gaming machine, you can get the 3570K instead of the 3770K with no loss of gaming performance.

Any reason you choose two hard drives instead of a single 3TB? Unless you need more than 2GB, I would just get a single 2TB drive now, and then get another in the future when you need it. Hard drive prices constantly drop.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
The only reason I would get a sound card would be to drive the headphones if needed. Or the speakers. I am going to check out the Astro A40's midniteboss mentioned.

The CPU cooler I chose is Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 140mm UFB CPU Cooler Item #: N82E16835709002 $104.99

This is part gaming machine, part graphic/video editing.

That Seasonic PSU is 80+ platinum. I did look around but could not find the 750 or 850 platinum. Any suggestions?

I chose 2 drives because I did not see a 3TB drive and also thought that big might be slower or less reliable. Cannot remember why. I will check around.

Almost forgot. I liked the higher on-board audio spec for the Deluxe. Do you think the quality between ALC892 and ALC898 SNR is neglible?

Thanks again to everyone for the help
post #8 of 8
I don't think you'll notice any difference in the onboard sound - but if you really want better sound get the -V and one of the lower Xonar cards (like the DX or DSX).

Not sure about that cooler, but the NH-D14 is $20 cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608024

A Gold PSU is plenty efficient, no need to pay exorbitant prices for a Platinum one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264
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