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Old 05-11-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default My Build Thoughts? & Need Advice

Processor: I7-3770K
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Motherboard: Intel Z77
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphics Card: GTX 680 (Only One)
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2689-KR GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: SeaSonic X-1050 Newegg.com - SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Ram: RipJaws X (Only 8 GB)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL

Solid State Drive: Crucial M4 512GB Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT512M4SSD2 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sound Card: ASUS 90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z Newegg.com - ASUS 90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z 7.1 Channels 24-bit 24 bit 44.10 kHz Playback
24 bit 48 kHz Playback
24 bit 96 kHz Playback
24 bit 192 kHz Playback PCI Interface Xonar Essence Sound Card

Tower: Cooler Master Cosmos II Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Optical Drive: Asus Blu-Ray, DVD Burner Newegg.com - ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

Liquid Cooler: Corsair H100
Newegg.com - CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

i think everything is compatible but please inform if its not.

i really contemplating getting a cheaper sound card, is it imperative i get a good sound card? I'm really heading towards a 70-80 dollar sound card to save money and I'm not going to buy a 7.1 speakers anyways. probably $80 5.1 speakers. would it put my desktop to shame if i did?

and should i get two video cards? is it necessary to run on high settings? and since i am getting one, should i get a better/more expensive model?

and the ram, should i stay at 8? or should i get 16?

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Old 05-12-2012, 05:23 AM   #2
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everything would fit 2gether ok as far as i can see there are a few things i may change or look at...

its up to you on the ram side stay with 8gb and only if your using most of this quite often would i upgrade otherwise if your only ever using a max of 6gb your going to have the other 8gb sitting there doing nutting.

you gpu im not the best at these i cant tell you if there better ones out there or not but that will handle three monitors no trouble... how meany monetors are you planing on using and what sort of things are you doing on your system i.e. what games or photo editing.

not shore on sound cards 2bf i just use my built in one with a good set of speakers and it seems fine i am tone deaf tho so :/

the power supply seems high to me but i havent run all your components throw a power supply calculator so cnt say 2 exactly what one you need.

hard drives wise 512gb thats expensive lol $599 do you realy need that much for your ssd and if you do look at doing this Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) buy 2 of them for $500 and raid 0 them for a even faster set up witch works out cheaper

and id be tempted to go for air cooling with your cpu as im not a fan of these pre built water kits much but thats just me

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Old 05-12-2012, 08:39 AM   #3
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I agree with 1adf1 in reducing the size of the SSD. 256GB would be plenty for the OS and a few games.

Too much power supply. While having headroom is good for future upgrades, you don't want to buy too much power supply. Plug your rig's specs into this and it will tell you how much power you need from your power supply.

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The motherboard has on board 8 channel audio so you might be able to get away with skipping the sound card altogether.
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