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This is my first post in the community!

Build will mainly be used for gaming on a 1080p TV. Please leave any suggestions, or if you would change or recommend anything different than listed here.

PS. Yes I know the PSU is more than enough. Its for the future + its a good quality psu.
(EDIT) I plan on overclocking the cpu to 4.0 Ghz, and not sure how much on the GPU but it will be overclocked.
(EDIT #2) Added links

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Case -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139013
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Free Shipping * $20 Rebate
$89.99


Motherboard -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646
MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Free Shipping * $10 Rebate -*- 3 Year Warranty
$109.99


GPU -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672
MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
$20 Rebate * Free shipping - 3 year warranty
$469.99


Power Supply -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC
FREE SHIPPING * $25 REBATE -*- 7 year warranty
$129.99

CPU -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Free Shipping
$214.99

CPU Cooler -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214023
Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.SILENCE CPU Cooler With PWM Twister Bearing Fan
FREE SHIPPING
$34.99

SSD OS Drive -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120
Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT060A3K5 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Free Shipping - 3 year warranty
$69.99

RAM -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233280
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
Free Shipping - Lifetime Warranty
$66.99


Hard Drive -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Free Shipping * 2 Year Warranty
$69.99

CD Drive -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106352
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Internal Model IHAS324
Free Shipping * $5 Mail in Rebate
$19.99

Extra Fans -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103022
COOLER MASTER R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm 4 Blue LED Case Fan 2 in 1 pack
Free Shipping
$11.99

Extra Fans -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103077
[x2]COOLER MASTER R4-L4S-10AB-GP 140mm Blue LED Case cooler
Free Shipping
$21.98
Edited by Traphix - 12/4/12 at 4:18am
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before you get the msi board, consider this: asrock z77 extreme 4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

really solid board, good features for price, I have one so I can vouch for it. Iam aware that it has a higher price.

don't waste your time with 60gb SSDs, you will run out of space eventually, and it will be a hassle to remove things so other things will fit.

This SSD offers twice the storage for only $30 more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vtx425sat3128g

I also have one, I can vouch for its reliability

other than that, not much else I would change. most of the things I was about to suggest were just my preference. good luck

*I'd also suggest getting a 7970 and save a few bucks, but you may want to stick with the gtx 680
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll consider the ASRock motherboard, but for $99 the MSI is pretty good, as long as it doesn't fail on me.

I'm only going to be putting my OS on the 60gb SSD and nothing else so the space is fine, I also wanted Intel for reliability.
(Edit) Maybe you didn't see it but I have a 1TB Seagate hard drive for $69.99 on my list.

I'd rather stick with the GTX680 because its over-clocked already, with a good cooler and i'll be overclocking it some more. The reference 680 outperforms the 7970 on most of the games I play, and the extra gb of memory won't be useful.

+Rep for taking the time to post and use links. Ty
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I'd avoid getting the MSI Z77A-G43, MSI cut some corners to get it that cheap.

First of all, it's not a good board for overclocking, they've really crippled it in terms of BIOS options, the absolute maximum you can add to the VCore is only 0.06V.

If you want a solid overclocking board and bang for your buck motherboard, I really recommend you go for the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4! thumb.gif

But it's your money and decision to make, I'd read through this and decide for yourself.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/06/11/msi-z77a-g43-review/1

If you're going to spend $400+ on a graphics card, get a 7970, it's destroys the GTX 680, or save another $100 and get a 7950, it's only about 3 to 5% slower than the 7950. Both cards overclock like crazy if you want them to which will blow any single GPU card in existence out of the water. The 2GB of VRAM on the Nvidia cards is already pretty standard and most games are maxing out 2GB of VRAM already, the 3GB of VRAM on the Radeon 7900 series cards will last you longer.

There's really no reason to get an Nvidia card right now unless you want the gimmicks and 3D gaming.

As for your cooler, the best air cooler out there is the Noctua D14, it cools better than most similary priced closed loop, watercooling solutions and is pretty silent as well. Note that not all types of RAM would fit under the cooler since it's pretty large.

RAM Compatibility List:
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_ram_gen&products_id=34&lng=en

If you don't want to spend $80 on the Noctua D14, the next best thing is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, it retails for around $25 nowadays and is the best bang for your buck in terms of air cooling out there! thumb.gif

As for your SSD, I'd get a Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD instead, it's just great! thumb.gif

Here's my take on your build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($106.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 760W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.00 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1347.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 07:40 EST-0500)
Edited by StayFrosty - 12/4/12 at 4:41am
post #5 of 9
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Yes, I will swap out the motherboard.
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The Enermax ETS-T40 is enough-better of a cooler to warrant the $10 premium over the hyper 212. I guess i'm shallow when it comes to pc colors, I hate the way the Noctua looks. I'll try it out, and if its not as good as I hoped i'll get the Noctua, paint it and put the Enermax is my current computer.
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Everything i've found, besides poorly coded games like Metro 2033 / AVP, the GTX 680 kills the 7970. And I'm not a fanboy, I have a 6870 PC currently.
Even Fan Noise and Power Consumption.
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And in the link below. Overall performance the 680 is 7% better at 1200x1920, and thats including the poorly coded games I don't play.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_680/27.html
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And the card I've chosen is overclocked and will be overclocked more.
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If you can link something stating otherwise, that'd be great.
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The 7970 does seem to perform the same as / better than the GTX 670 for the same price or lower, though.
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+REP Thank you, for the suggestions and links.
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Yea, thats a pretty good build. But like most other people said, switch out the MSI board. Their boards tend to not be as reliable, and usually die rather quickly from what Ive heard. I myself use an Asus, board, and you pretty much can't go wrong with Asus. I would also recommend switching out the Air Cooler for a closed loop water cooler. Water coolers work a lot better, and usually result in less noise and lower temps. I would recommend the H80 or even H100 if you have the money. Overall tho, pretty solid choice, and you seem to have made some good choices. Most of the stuff I would debate is more of a matter of personal taste/opinion.
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I would also recommend switching out the Air Cooler for a closed loop water cooler. Water coolers work a lot better, and usually result in less noise and lower temps. I would recommend the H80 or even H100 if you have the money.

I was under the impression that those water coolers don't last too long, and if the tubing or seals fail? There goes everything, I'd rather stick to air cooling.
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Yea, thats a pretty good build. But like most other people said, switch out the MSI board. Their boards tend to not be as reliable, and usually die rather quickly from what Ive heard. I myself use an Asus, board, and you pretty much can't go wrong with Asus. I would also recommend switching out the Air Cooler for a closed loop water cooler. Water coolers work a lot better, and usually result in less noise and lower temps. I would recommend the H80 or even H100 if you have the money. Overall tho, pretty solid choice, and you seem to have made some good choices. Most of the stuff I would debate is more of a matter of personal taste/opinion.

Uh watercoolers are ALOT noisier than the air cooler I picked out. The Noctua D14's noise levels top out at just under 20 decibels, the H100 however tops out at 40 decibels... rolleyes.gif

Only the really expensive closed loop coolers work better than the Noctua D14, if you want to overclock and want a cooler for making sure your processor doesn't burn out, it's either than Noctua D14 or a custom water cooling loop.


OP, the Corsair Hydro Series coolers are built pretty sturdily, in the high improbable event that it does leak, they'll gladly replace all your parts that were fried, same policy goes for other manufacturers I guess, but I can only tell you from my experience that Corsair does replace your parts if their cooler leaks and fries your components. thumb.gif
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that is true, the D14 is prolly the best air cooler evar.
The h100 also is a popular choice too tho, cause it works rather well and can keep temps lower than the D14. However there still are some issues with the D14 and most air coolers in general, such as weight on the motherboard. The D14 really is heavy, and if you plan on moving your system around, or if it will be put in a place with some heavy abuse, the D14 is more likely to break and possibly the motherboard as well. so again, up to you to decide.
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