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post #21 of 48
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So far this is what I have.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($254.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1297.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 03:55 EST-0500)

Of what I have so far, unsure if the liquid cooling or the fans that stayfrosty supplied would be better. The power supply as well is not set in stone.

But I think the internal drives, memory, cpu, and gpu are all set.
post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by dmanstasiu View Post

Why would you tell the OP to buy slower, more expensive RAM? There's no benefit from the RAM you're suggesting

What are you talking about? He originally had 2133 RAM listed, so I recommended getting 1600 instead, then he listed 1.65V RAM, so I recommended getting 1.5V instead and listed a couple of options. One of which was cheaper than the Samsung, and one of which was the Samsung RAM!
post #23 of 48
If I were you I'd get a custom water cooling loop instead of the H100i, if you do want a prebuilt cooling solution, I'd go with a Noctua D14, it's quiet and it performs really well. Sure the H100i cools better but it's pretty noisy.

What case are you going with?

I'd go with this PSU instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-power-supply-hale90750m

It's more efficient and has modular cables, which would let you keep your cables much neater in your case.
Edited by StayFrosty - 12/2/12 at 1:05am
post #24 of 48
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Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

What are you talking about? He originally had 2133 RAM listed, so I recommended getting 1600 instead, then he listed 1.65V RAM, so I recommended getting 1.5V instead and listed a couple of options. One of which was cheaper than the Samsung, and one of which was the Samsung RAM!

That is true. I appreciate the advice that you gave me, and it helped me narrow down what RAM would be acceptable.
post #25 of 48
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

If I were you I'd get a custom water cooling loop instead of the H100i, if you do want a prebuilt cooling solution, I'd go with a Noctua D14, it's quiet and it performs really well. Sure the H100i cools better but it's pretty noisy.
What case are you going with?

Not sure on the case yet. I'll look into the Noctua D14, but I don't know if I want to go with a custom loop on my first attempt.
post #26 of 48
What kind of cases do you like? I can recommend some awesome cases.
post #27 of 48
From my experience, the only thing you might want to change is the power supply. The one you picked is a solid power supply for the quality of product.

I chose the same PSU for my first [ current build / sig rig ] and the PSU has never let me down. The problem was cable-management smile.gif That PSU has all the cables attached at all times, and they can sometimes be a pain to deal with [assuming you care about the aesthetics of your case]

I just bought a new PSU the other day, and this time I made sure to buy a full-modular one.



SSDs on sale, if you're interested:
Intel 520 Series 120GB - $120
Mushkin Chronos 240GB - $150

PSU suggestion;
Corsair 750W Enthusiast -$100

Two things to look out for when shopping for PSUs;
1- The efficiency rating. Bronze < Silver < Gold. These ratings determine how much power is saved - how efficient the PSU is.
2- For aesthetics, modular vs full modular. modular can mean "full modular" (i.e. all cables removable) or only certain cables removable. Check reviews to figure out each manufacturer's decision

A full-modular PSU will be more expensive but if you shop around you can still find good deals. A few days ago I bought a Seasonic X650 (650W) PSU, full-modular, gold-rated for $90. I'm going to be running virtually the same hardware as you, and 650W is still enough smile.gif
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

If I were you I'd get a custom water cooling loop instead of the H100i, if you do want a prebuilt cooling solution, I'd go with a Noctua D14, it's quiet and it performs really well. Sure the H100i cools better but it's pretty noisy.
What case are you going with?
I'd go with this PSU instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-power-supply-hale90750m
It's more efficient and has modular cables, which would let you keep your cables much neater in your case.

Just as a note to OP, a custom watercooling solution, even for CPU-only, would still run $200-250, with very good deals and finds. It's an expensive route to take smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

What are you talking about? He originally had 2133 RAM listed, so I recommended getting 1600 instead, then he listed 1.65V RAM, so I recommended getting 1.5V instead and listed a couple of options. One of which was cheaper than the Samsung, and one of which was the Samsung RAM!

my apologies, I guess I misread.

Of coolers water and air

While before I often preferred air coolers such as the NH-D14 over "pre-built" closed watercooling loops like the Hxx's by Corsair, the new ones are actually outperforming enthusiast air cooling.

Check out this user's experience transferring from an NH-D14 on his 3930k to a H100i loop.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/member-reviews/57935-corsair-h100i-mini-review.html
temps (Click to show)
Temps with NH-D14:


Temps with the Corsair H100i:

Other sites have the NH-D14 superior by about 5-6ºC, such as this http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/audio/corsair_h100i_review/2

The more research you do the better smile.gif
Edited by dmanstasiu - 12/2/12 at 1:20am
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post #29 of 48
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What kind of cases do you like? I can recommend some awesome cases.

As long as it is functional and doesn't cost too much extra, I'm down with getting sweet looking cases. I haven't had that much time to look at different cases, so I don't have a real good frame of reference to tell you what I like.

Speaking of cases, what size would I need and why? I was originally planning on going with just the largest, just in case, but if I can go with a mid (like the one you originally selected for me) without sacrificing too much airflow that would be good.
post #30 of 48
Oh god I just facepalmed so hard. You forgot a motherboard... [My fault for not noticing before doh.gif]

The case size will need to match, or be bigger than, the motherboard size. ATX's are a standard size

Order goes : mITX < mATX < ATX < server sizes you dont need to worry about tongue.gif

ATX is a standard size with lots of decent options out there. I'll get back to you on this tomorrow night, I gotta sleep thumb.gif
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