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Old 01-25-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default My First Build!

I've began my first ever build. So far what I have is RAIDMAX Super-Aeolus Case, 8gb 1600mhz Ram (Intel High-Performance). Here's what i'm looking to add. (all links below)

Case - Amazon.com: Raidmax AEOLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ATX-818WB: Computers & Accessories

RAM - Amazon.com: Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K: Computers & Accessories

Intel i7 2600k 4-Core 3.4ghz
Amazon.com: Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 Ghz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I72600K: Electronics

Phoenix III 120gb SSD
Amazon.com: G.Skill International Enterprise Phoenix III 120GB Solid State Drive FM-25S3-120GBP3: Computers & Accessories

CoolerMaster Silent Pro M 1000W
Amazon.com: Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply with Modular Cables (RSA00-AMBAJ3-US): Electronics

Amazon.com: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: Computers & Accessories

Western Digital 500gb 7200rpm
Amazon.com: WD Black 500 GB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache, 5 Year Warranty - WD5003AZEX: Computers & Accessories

Other Components:

Corsair Hydro-Series
Amazon.com: Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60: Electronics

LG Blu-Ray
Amazon.com: LG Electronics UH12LS29;BLACK/BULK Internal SATA 12x Super Multi DVD Blue with 3D Playback: Computers & Accessories

~Where I'm Caught~


I don't know which graphics card here I would rather have the most. If you guys could help me make my mind up I would appreciate that very much. Cause I personally don't know which would be the most for my dollar.

Amazon.com: EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW+ 4096MB GDDR5 256bit DVI HDMI DisplayPort 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card 04G-P4-3673-KR: Computers & Accessories


Amazon.com: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR: Electronics


Amazon.com: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 WF 3X GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-DP Crossfire Ready Graphics Card GV-R797TO-3GD: Computers & Accessories


Anyway, overall; how does this rig look? This is my first build and I'm a little antsy! Any help would be great!

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Old 01-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: My First Build!

if you want to save some cash you can downgrade the i7 to an i5 3570K since they both practically have the same gaming performance. You can also downgrade the PSU since even if you overclock everything you probably won't need anything more than 600watts unless you SLI or Crossfire in the future. The motherboard is really expensive too. you can easily find a $130 mobo with plenty of additional slots and the ability to do some pretty good overclocking. I have the $190 version of that mobo and I feel like I overspent.

If you do stick with the i7, get the 3770K since it's a newer generation of the i7, you have the motherboard for it (Z77). They are practically the same price.

if your resolution is at 1920x1200 or lower I'd go for the 7970 or 670 since the extra price for the 680 on such resolutions doesn't really give you much of a performance boost.

It all ultimately depends on how much you want to save cash. If that doesn't really matter, then go for it.

btw, seeing a 500GB HDD with all this high end gear confuses the hell out of me expecially since 1TB is only like $20 more.
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