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post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by NeonRed3mption View Post

I highly recommend you go with the i5 instead. Save yourself some money, its already wicked fast.
120 gb should be enough, but it all depends on what you plan to put on it.
I recommend you go with GTX 660 Ti from EVGA, you cant go wrong wit h their customer service and personally I prefer Nvidia to AMD (But that's just me!)
The rest looks great!!
Happy hunting!

Please explain why he would want a much much much much much weaker card?
post #12 of 30
Look at the Samsung 30nm DDR3... pretty much the best RAM on the market right now.
post #13 of 30
Well, I thought that a 660 would be more fitting to his build (if he was to get an i5) rather than an 680 and save him some money.

Much much much much weaker? No...
Edited by NeonRed3mption - 12/10/12 at 7:04pm
post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by Derek1387 View Post

Look at the Samsung 30nm DDR3... pretty much the best RAM on the market right now.

Only 2 slots on an ITX board though, so no good for 16GB.
post #15 of 30
I think it's because we have no idea what you're using the rig for. That's why people are suggesting downgrading to the i5, or the 660 and the RAM.
From what I've read, anything over 8Gb for gaming/folding/basic stuff is way overkill... But again, don't know what your aiming for.

The Samsung Ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096) is CHEAP and overclocks EASILY and heavily. Definitely a must buy imo.

As for the video card and processor, like I stated above, don't know what your needs are. If you are a folder, I'd recommend going nVidia for sure. Having had both a 7950, two 7970s and 660Ti (in sli) I'd have to recommend nVidia if you are going multi-monitor. But if you are going single monitor, can't go wrong with any card you choose, really.

Processor wise, no use spending all that on a 3770K if you're not going to fully utilize it, really.

my two censt!
post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by Samurai707 View Post

I think it's because we have no idea what you're using the rig for. That's why people are suggesting downgrading to the i5, or the 660 and the RAM.
From what I've read, anything over 8Gb for gaming/folding/basic stuff is way overkill... But again, don't know what your aiming for. Paraphrasing... (Click to show)
The Samsung Ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096) is CHEAP and overclocks EASILY and heavily. Definitely a must buy imo.
As for the video card and processor, like I stated above, don't know what your needs are. If you are a folder, I'd recommend going nVidia for sure. Having had both a 7950, two 7970s and 660Ti (in sli) I'd have to recommend nVidia if you are going multi-monitor. But if you are going single monitor, can't go wrong with any card you choose, really.
Processor wise, no use spending all that on a 3770K if you're not going to fully utilize it, really.
my two censt!

In summary, you have two builds based one two conditions, below:
Single-Monitor Gaming / Light Use (Click to show)
BitFenix Prodigy
ASRock Z77E-ITX
Intel Core i5-3570k
EVGA Nvidia GTX 660 ti
Corsair H80i Liquid Cooling or H80 or H100i or H100
(There are plenty of reviews that state that there is a slight difference between the two in performance-- you choose. I would recommend looking into Asetek systems-- since these Corsairs are rebadged Aseteks systems.)
Any 2x 4GB RAM set or 2x 8GB RAM set
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
Samsung 840Series SSD
Rosewill Capstone 550M
Multi-Monitor Gaming / Multi-Threaded Applications / Folding (Click to show)
BitFenix Prodigy
ASRock Z77E-ITX
Intel Core i7-3770k
EVGA Nvidia GTX 670 SC+ 4GB

Corsair H80i Liquid Cooling or H80 or H100i or H100
(There are plenty of reviews that state that there is a slight difference between the two in performance-- you choose. I would recommend looking into Asetek systems-- since these Corsairs are rebadged Aseteks systems.)
Corsair 16GB(2x8) Dominator Platinum RAM -- or any other 2x 8GB RAM set
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
Samsung 840Series SSD
Rosewill Capstone 550M

The only reason why I have upgraded to 2 x 8GB set is for the RAMdisk program. I use 8GB of RAM for the system and the other 8GB for caching. It saves writes on my ssd.
Edited by aznpersuazn - 12/10/12 at 7:36pm
post #17 of 30
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ASRock Z77E-ITX - "Not sure if i should pick the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe instead"

Personally I am not a fan of ASRock - that's just me. Both boards will do you justice, get whichever has better features that you will use and whichever price you feel comfortable paying.
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Intel Core i7-3770k - "Should i save some money and go with the i5-3570k instead?"

If you enjoy editing videos like me adding fancy stuff from Sony Vegas and after effects to game play then get the 3770k. Its a great processor for streaming/ video editing. If this is purely a gaming rig then just get the 3570k. Either way you are picking between two monsters and both will probably exceed your needs. Again pay what you are comfortable with for the features you want/need.
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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Sapphire VAPOR-X - "Or should i pick a GTX 680 instead?"

I would recommend the Sapphire 7950 vapor-x because 7950 is 3-5% less in performance than a 7970. a 7950 overclocked to 1.1 Ghz core or more will beat a stock 680 on current drivers smile.gif I am personally picking up 2 msi tf3 7950s for my rig cuz i am a MSI fanboy smile.gif
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Corsair H100i Liquid Cooling - "Is H100i worth the additional bucks over the H100?"

Yes the H100i is definitely worth the extra cash. Water cools better than air because it has a higher specific heat capacity (the ability for it to retain its heat). The main difference which makes your question answered YES is that the pipes which circulate the coolant are much larger I would say more than twice the size of the H100. This increases the amount of water able to be transferred and thus increases the overall specific heat capacity of the liquid which the pipes contain.

Source - Kin Major smile.gif

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Corsair TX 550Watt PSU - "I believe this should be enough wattage?"

Again like other people have stated I would get an AX version. When you really think about it the power supply is such an underdog component it may be the only part in a pc which can be used multiple times over. Think about that when you buy you power supply and keep in mind that Corsair has 5 and 7 year warrantys on different models. If you upgrade your PC frequently to stay in the "now" then I would suggest a long term investment in a quality power supply thumb.gif
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Corsair 16GB(2x8) Dominator Platinum RAM - "PewPew it has colors!"

Simple answer it is overkill, but heh if you got the cash and want the flash why not tongue.gif I was thinking about getting some just for the lights xd.

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Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD - "Will 128GB be enough, or should i consider a 840 pro series upgrade?"

You haven't specific what enough is for your needs, gaming? video editing? pictures? movies?. It is a very general statement you have made. I am going to assume it is for gaming and say yes and no. If you only play a handful of games like myself ( about 3-4) then yes it will sustain your needs. If you play more and want maybe MS Office programs for quick access to work/school files and such I say no ( depends on how many). Personally it is extremely hard for me to saturate a 250GB disk so I got a 256GB OCZ vertex 4 and a 128GB for boot drive and MS office files ( almost none cuz i am out of school).

All in all it is a very relative decision, and always ask that question will it last me until my next upgrade:)

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i will also order 2x additional fans for the H100i for push/pull

I recommend Corsair SP 120 Quiet Edition fans for the rad. The stock are noisy and are known to have a bad rattling noise. I bought 4 to replace them and give me push/pull. The Corsair fans are quieter than Noctuas NF-F12s and almost push the same amount of air. You also get 2 fans for the price of 1 Noctua - Case Closed! thumb.gif

Enjoy your build - Brian smile.gif
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by aznpersuazn View Post

In summary, you have two builds based one two conditions, below: Single-Monitor Gaming / Light Use (Click to show)
BitFenix Prodigy
ASRock Z77E-ITX
Intel Core i5-3570k
EVGA Nvidia GTX 660 ti
Corsair H80i Liquid Cooling or H80 or H100i or H100
(There are plenty of reviews that state that there is a slight difference between the two in performance-- you choose. I would recommend looking into Asetek systems-- since these Corsairs are rebadged Aseteks systems.)
Any 2x 4GB RAM set or 2x 8GB RAM set
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
Samsung 840Series SSD
Rosewill Capstone 550M
Multi-Monitor Gaming / Multi-Threaded Applications / Folding (Click to show)
BitFenix Prodigy
ASRock Z77E-ITX
Intel Core i7-3770k
EVGA Nvidia GTX 670 SC+ 4GB

Corsair H80i Liquid Cooling or H80 or H100i or H100
(There are plenty of reviews that state that there is a slight difference between the two in performance-- you choose. I would recommend looking into Asetek systems-- since these Corsairs are rebadged Aseteks systems.)
Corsair 16GB(2x8) Dominator Platinum RAM -- or any other 2x 8GB RAM set
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
Samsung 840Series SSD
Rosewill Capstone 550M
The only reason why I have upgraded to 2 x 8GB set is for the RAMdisk program. I use 8GB of RAM for the system and the other 8GB for caching. It saves writes on my ssd.

If the single monitor is 1080p, Yeah a single 660Ti would be fine I'm sure. Not to say AMD wouldn't be good too, but from my experience with those specific cards, I like the 660s better.

Going multi-monitor 5760x1080 one 670 highly OCd should be fine I'm sure. The above information posted by brian is also all very true.

In terms of the cards beating each other, in reviews and benchmarks they all trade blows depending on the situation, however, from personal experience and using both, I have had a much better experience going team green.
Warning: F@H Recruitment disclaimer :D (Click to show)
Not to mention We're always looking for new Folding @ Home users.. and right now, nVidia cards can crank em like no other!
post #19 of 30
This.
post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 
Wow smile.gif You really came up with some great information there guys smile.gif +1 for you Brian for a clean explanation on why i should pick one over another smile.gif

Well i don't really know why, but i have this feeling - if one item is e.g. corsair, the rest must be smile.gif

This is definitely some great answers you guys had, i believe the i7-3770k might be way to overkill for my purposes which is primary gaming. Also i like to do a small amount of Video encoding, photoshop etc.

I stick with the H100i from Corsair smile.gif And eventually i switch the fans smile.gif

The HD 7950 over the HD 7970 i'm still unaware of, according to Anandtech Comparison in Benchmarks, the HD 7970 GHz Edition has far better performance than the HD 7950 W/Boost. Can anyone prove different? smile.gif Got a GTX 580 atm, thats why id like to try something different (AMD).

I really like the RAM i picked, not only because of its "bling bling" but also because of the general look and its "Link". Going to cut a side-window in my BitFenix Prodigy with Cold Cathodes UV, and add some anti-kink coils around my H100i in red. So i believe the Platinum RAM will look perfect inside my BitFenix..

As what goes for the powersupply, considering a Corsair AX750Watt - i believe this would be future proof?

Ill stick with the 128GB SSD 830 Series from Corsair, will only use it for system boot, surfing, and 2-3 games smile.gif

I have not yet tried a ASRock motherboard, neither have i tried one from ASUS - i'm very uncertain about this point.
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