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Hi Overclockers!
I recently spent a significant amount of money on a new gaming and streaming rig, and i'm wondering if you can skim through it and see if everything is in order.

MoBo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
CPU: Intel i7 3770k
RAM: Corsair 8GB DDR3 Vengenace LP (1600mhz)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7970 Ghz-Edition VAPOR-X 3GB
SSD: Samsung 840 250GB SSD
HDD: SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.12 1TB
PSU: Corsair TX 750W V2 ATX12V
Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 S-1155/1156/1366/AM3
Case: Fractal Design Miditower Define R4 BLACK
Monitor: Achieva ShiMian QH270-lite

The monitor requires DVI-dual link port, and it immediately confuses me. The HD7970 has 2 DVI-I ports. Is that all it means?
Thanks a bunch and i hope i didn't misplace the thread.
Edited by n1ksthlm - 11/9/12 at 5:20pm
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It's a fine computer, and seems to be stable with the current components. One question, and this is a generalization based on the evidence pointing towards the possibility that this may be your first time building a computer, are you familiar with the process of partitioning a hard drive and installing an OS?
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The build is solid and all will be compatible.

It would be one DVI cable from video card to monitor, don't worry will work.
 
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Go with the Samsung 840 as your SSD

Ditch the D14 for a corsair Hydro H80 or the H100. The H100 is a lot better.

The rest is fine to be honest, I'd probably not get the sabretooth motherboard but yeah, it'll work well enough.

C
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And the inquiry with the DVI connectors, as long as you have a DVI cable in your possession, the monitor configuration will work. However, it will not have the ability to play sound on it's own power, and will require an external sound system.
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Originally Posted by charlie97 View Post

One question, and this is a generalization based on the evidence pointing towards the possibility that this may be your first time building a computer, are you familiar with the process of partitioning a hard drive and installing an OS?

Thanks for the answer! Yeah, it's my first build and the first time i'll use a PC in 5 years. I have a friend who has built his own computers for what seems like forever, and i will be watching very closely and make sure than whenever i decide to upgrade something i can do it myself. It's been a learning process this last month trying to research so many different things but because i started with absolutely zero knowledge there are still a lot of things i don't understand yet. smile.gif

EDIT: Oh, i completely misunderstood your question. I have installed an OS and partitioned a hardrive before, albeit a long time ago. Anything to keep it mind specifically that i might not know about?
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

Go with the Samsung 840 as your SSD
Ditch the D14 for a corsair Hydro H80 or the H100. The H100 is a lot better.
The rest is fine to be honest, I'd probably not get the sabretooth motherboard but yeah, it'll work well enough.
C

Thanks for the advice, although i have already changed the order several times already and feel like i want to give it a shot before doing any additional changes. There is so much information out there and so many different opinions that i'll never get it done if i don't settle for this. But i will definitely check out your suggestions out.

Any particular reason you suggest water cooling over the D14? I've heard great things about the D14 aside from it's size and weight. Isn't water cooling only more benificial if i'm doing some extreme overclocking? It's also my first time overclocking obviously, so i will probably not push it too far unless it turns out to be needed.

Are you suggesting the Samsung 840 because of the size? At this point in time i'm only playing 2 games, so 2 games and my OS should work fine on 120GB which is why i went with that. The reviews claim it's very fast everywhere i've looked aswell.
Why would you not get the sabretooth personally?
Excuse me for all the questions, but i'm really motivated to learn more right now!
Edited by n1ksthlm - 11/2/12 at 8:53am
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120 GB is a fine size for an SSD with OS, programs, and games. That's what I use. He's suggesting the 840 because it's newer and probably faster, and the sandforce drives have a bad rep. Although they have gotten better lately.

The NH-D14 is one of the top air coolers, the H100 will be a slight improvement I believe but I think the H80 is almost identical in performance. It depends on your case configuration and preference. The H series, for example, can blow all the hot air directly out of the case, no hot air in the case from your CPU. And you have less weight hanging from the motherboard. The NH-D14, on the other hand, is less complicated, there's no risk of leaks, and it might be quieter since there's no water pump. The NH-D14 is a great cooler, it's mostly preference when deciding between those.

As for DVI, DVI-I means the connection contains both DVI-D (digital) and DVI-A (Analog). If the monitor has that, that means it will accept DVI-I, DVI-D, and DVI-A connections. Essentially, any DVI cable will work from any source. Most likely you will be using DVI-D, The analog portion is really only needed is you're using a VGA adapter.
The dual-link part is what is needed to get the maximum resolution on that monitor. There are extra pins in the middle of the connector for dual-link. If the cable you have has a gap in the middle, it's only single link.
On the 7970, only one of the ports is dual-link. I'm not sure which one it is, the manual should tell you.
So basically: On the GPU, figure out which port is the dual-link one. Make sure the cable you have is dual-link, meaning it has all the pink in the middle. DVI-I vs DVI-D doesn't matter.
Here's Wikipedia, it has some good pics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface#Specifications

Edit: Oh, and for the sabertooth. It's a great board, some people think it's overpriced and the features it has aren't necessary. If you like it and you have the extra cash great, go for it. But if you want to save money you can get a different board that will perform just as well for like 90% of people. Some people also think it's ugly with the armor stuff, but that's just preference. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, it just may not be the best value if you don't use all the features.
Edit2: Check out Sean's guide for SSDs/HDDs and such: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
He goes over installing and optimizing windows for the SSD and then using a hard drive as storage.
Edited by MME1122 - 11/2/12 at 5:32pm
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post #8 of 11
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Thanks a bunch MME, i can't get over how helpful this forum looks to be already!
What's your opinion on the ASUS auto tuning? I've heard it can generally screw up the voltage, but a newegg video i watched late last night stated it's a very good starting point for a 4.2Ghz overclock or so. If you want a "safe" overclock like that, is it still a lot better to do it manually? And while i'm at it, how do i notice if i've got any faulty parts like the RAM (which i heard is the most common). I take i should run at stock for a few days at least, but how do i monitor if it's working like intended?

Again thanks.
Edited by n1ksthlm - 11/3/12 at 6:13pm
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Minor bump, i switched to a Samsung 830 128GB SSD and got a nice tax refund this week. Is there any part of the build where could put a little extra money into for a performance gain at this point?
I was thinking about a 256GB SSD, but i don't play enough games or use enough software to really come close to filling this one. Two additional ram sticks? Only video rendering i'm planning on doing is what i record in games. I'm feeling satisified, but if there's anything you would change or upgrade in my shoes then let me know!
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Why'd you get the GHz edition? It's 100 - 150 more for 2% - 5% increase in performance, and you should only get it if your going to overclock it. Alot. I'd swap the Cooler out for a Phanteks pc-t14pe. Change the SSD too a Intel 330, Samsung 830, Plextor MS5 or Crucial. No need for an i7, unless your going to need it, video editing, 3D modeling etc.. Monitor isn't great. Everything else looks solid, you can change the MoBo if you like.
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