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Advice on my first custom build

Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

Hey guys, I decided about a month ago that I wanted to save up for a new, preferably game capable computer so instead of wasting $500 on a cheap laptop from Walmart just cause it was newer than my 5 year old PC and the little netbook I'm using right now, I decided to try my hand at building my own PC. I have the parts picked out and have a budget of about $2k

Put it this way I can barely run Minecraft on the computers I own now so I'd like this thing to have some kick if I can afford it. It will be for gaming mostly, hopefully MMOs, Skyrim, maybe Battlefield 3 if possible. I'd appreciate any feedback on the build and please let me know if I should change something, thank you.

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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 09 March 2013 - 02:38 PM

Personally I'm a fan of having multiple monitors.

So a multi-head card like the FirePro line is a must for a development machine. But sounds like you're building a game machine so it may not be what you're looking for. I see you do have 2 cards listed though. If you're going to spend over $500 for two ports, maybe a high end 4 port card will get you more bang for your buck.

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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:54 PM

All right I'll consider that thanks, what about keyboards? I've had my eye on the Corsair Vengeance k90 but recently I'm stuck between that and the Logitech G19. I would prefer mechanical.
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:25 PM

I would go to a computer store to try out several keyboards. Drop to an I5-2570k, better price, same performance. Drop the cooler to a Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo. Boost to dual GTX 670's.
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:46 PM

@ tlhIn`toq you need to get out more :online2long: :bigsmile:
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:45 PM

View Postandrewsw, on 11 March 2013 - 04:46 PM, said:

@ tlhIn`toq you need to get out more :online2long:/> :bigsmile:/>


Why do you think I don't get out? I spent all today cleaning and waxing my Dodge Ram 3500 dually - Thats a beast of a job on that big truck. Going Kayaking tomorrow. Outdoor gun range for a weekend of tactical training next weekend. Take the dogs running every day at lunch time. I love my outdoor time. Did I mention photography?

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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:24 PM

Doesn't look like I can update my post but here's my current build, it has changed some


CPU

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

Motherboard

MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory

G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire)

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire)

Case

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply

Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive

Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit)

Base Total: $1833.71
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.99
Total: $1781.70


Don't know if I should go with those two gigabytes or two XFX 7870ghz or does it matter? I do like the gigabyte
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

Why do you want water cooling?
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:27 PM

View Postadgjlsfhk, on 11 March 2013 - 07:13 PM, said:

Why do you want water cooling?

If you're referring to me, I don't. It was suggested to me. I really have no idea if a fan or liquid coolers are better than the other. This is my first build and I have heard arguments for both sides.

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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:04 AM

I would argue against water cooling, especially for your first build. The main reason is that it provides a very small benefit unless you get a much more expensive cooler than you got, and even then the advantage is only when you are overclocking by large amounts. Unless you want to overclock as soon as you get your computer, I would use the default one or maybe the $30 cooler master hyper 212 evo.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103099

Also I would suggest downgrading your proccessor to an I5 3570k, because it has very similar game performance and costs $100 less.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116504

benchmarks showing I5 vs I7 (actually a forum disscussion but benchmarks in many games are posted)
http://www.overclock...-gaming-rigs/10
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

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View Postandrewsw, on 11 March 2013 - 04:46 PM, said:

@ tlhIn`toq you need to get out more :online2long: :bigsmile:


Why do you think I don't get out? I spent all today cleaning and waxing my Dodge Ram 3500 dually - Thats a beast of a job on that big truck. Going Kayaking tomorrow. Outdoor gun range for a weekend of tactical training next weekend. Take the dogs running every day at lunch time. I love my outdoor time. Did I mention photography?

I was reading too much into your monitor set-up - no offence! I like the monitors being at different levels, but I couldn't decide whether I would find such an arrangement overwhelming.

Andy.
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:19 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($197.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($95.03 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.65 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Apevia CF4SL-URED 25.6 CFM 80mm Fan ($5.79 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Apevia CF4SL-URED 25.6 CFM 80mm Fan ($5.79 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Wired Laser Mouse ($44.79 @ NCIX US)
Other: ROCCAT-Ryos-MK-Pro ($150.00)
Total: $1856.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 05:18 EDT-0400)

Updated build, I think it's pretty close to finished except I'm still wondering about the PSU and if it's decent.
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:09 AM

Corsair makes good power supplies. You should be ready to build.

One quick question, Why are you using windows 7 professional instead of home premium?
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Re: Advice on my first custom build

Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:14 AM

View Postadgjlsfhk, on 13 March 2013 - 04:09 AM, said:

Corsair makes good power supplies. You should be ready to build.

One quick question, Why are you using windows 7 professional instead of home premium?

I'm using windows 8 and professional over home premium because I can
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