Building first computer

By lazzzz
Jan 29, 2012
Post New Reply
  1. I'm Building my first computer i like the idea of these specs i pretty much want about 16gb ram n a really good processor but im unsure where to go with the rest of the build. any way heres my ideas, pease any opinions or help would be muc appreated and lso the main question will it work??
    Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME/BF3 X79 LGA2011 8*DDR3 5*PICE16 SATA3 RAID USB3.0 1394 BF3
    Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 CL9 Vengeance Performance with XMP 1.3 for AMD, Intel P67, Z68
    Intel BX80623I72600K CORE i7 2600K/ 3.40GHz/ 8MB CACHE/ LGA1155
    COOLER MASTER 3 x 23cm fans, front Red LED, Tool-free kits, Black interior, Transparent side panel
    Western Digital WD1002FAEX 3.5" CAVIAR BLACK, 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 3, 5YRS
    EVGA Geforce GTS450 1GB 783MHz PCIe 01G-P3-1351-KR
    Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray/ DVD Combo Drive - 5.25" internal SATA, 12x Blu-ray Reader & DVD Burner

    cheers
    Liam
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

    The short answer is, no it won't quite work out.
    What do you need the computer for? Why exactly do you want the load of RAM "n a really good processor"?
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,061   +1,179

    The motherboard has LGA2011 CPU socket
    The i7-2600K uses LGA1155 CPU socket

    Thats two different CPU socket designs, they are not compatible.
  4. Great1122

    Great1122 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 152

    The motherboard and processor are incompatible. The motherboard has an lga 2011 socket and the processor requires an lga 1155, you can find a much cheaper motherboard with an lga 1155. I think that motherboard is around $470 and you could find a similar lga 1155 for around $200 which leaves you with $370 for graphics card, the radeon hd 6970 is $333 shipped on newegg so I suggest getting that. Based on the components listed above you have a budget of around $1500 (assuming you live in the US). Your hdd, case, and drive are fine, you really don't need more than 4 gb of ram so even 8gb is a stretch but if you really want 16 gb ram then go for it. I suggest getting the i7 2700k since its around the same price as an i7 2600k. And you need at least a 500 watt power supply if you get the hd 6970, 600 watt is recommended.
  5. lazzzz

    lazzzz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok cheers for that so im thinking maybe this motherboard.... Asus P8Z68-M PRO MB

    and my other question i want an awesome 3d graphics for COD and Battlefield 3 and so on, so any recomedations to be able to get wicked graphics?

    ill be running it through my LG 55" 3D LED/LCD TV
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,061   +1,179

    Judging from your build, I would say at least

    GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    or
    Radeon HD 6850

    I have a GTS 450, it does everything I need but I can see some lag at 1600 x 900 resolutions.
  8. lazzzz

    lazzzz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    price isnt really an issue id liike to stay around 1500 but can go to 2grand if its worth it
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

  10. lazzzz

    lazzzz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    so 3 graphics cards? i know im gunna sound like an amatuer but how expensive would that be and how would it work? i take it the motherboard has 3 slots...
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

    I think you'd need to use 6870x2 and a 6870. That should run about $600 USD.
    I'm not too convinced that's the best solution though.
  12. PC nerd

    PC nerd TechSpot Booster Posts: 314   +34

    The three graphics cards fit into the 3 PCIe slots.

    They are all hooked up to the power supply using the PCI 6 or 8-pin cables.

    Then, the thee graphics cards are connected to each other by a CrossFireX bridge.


    It shouldn't be too expensive to set up 6870s in triple crossfire.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
  13. lazzzz

    lazzzz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    sweet sounds awesome im in australia any advice on where to buy this stuiff from?
    and wat bout nividia ge force?

    always thought they were great
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

    No that 6870 only comes with one CF slot. You'll have to find a set of 6870s that have two CF connections, or use a 6870x2 and a normal 6870. I don't believe there are any 6870s with two crossfire slots, so 3x6870s will only need 2 PCIe slots.

    You could just pick up a single 7970 and I think that'd actually net you similar performance and you might be able to get them cheaper.
  15. lazzzz

    lazzzz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    and 600 is a bit more than i wanted to spend on video how much difference will it be from spending say 300?
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

  17. Great1122

    Great1122 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 152

    If you have any of these lg hdtvs: 55LX6500, 47LX9500, 55LX9500 then AMD HD3D technology supports your tv, if you want a geforce card, nvidia 3d vision doesnt work for any led hdtv, only mitsubushi dlp hdtv according to nvidia site, so I suggest you pick amd radeon over nvidia geforce.
  18. PC nerd

    PC nerd TechSpot Booster Posts: 314   +34



    Ahhhh. My mistake. I thought they all ran off the same bridge.
  19. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    If Battlefield 3 is your intention at full HD and high detail I would not even consider a HD6870x2 + HD6870 combination -- it makes no sense when you're hitting the ballpark of high end GPUs anyway.

    You need at least 2x HD6970's, 2x SLI GTX580's, or a single dual GPU HD6990 or GTX590 to enjoy that game at those resolutions/detail levels. The HD7970 comes in at the top of the single core GPU pile for performance -- it is the fastest single core GPU solution available.

    I would seriously recommend you purchase a HD7970 (or two if you can afford them), then add another one at a later date to supplement performance. Going for HD68xx models is a false economy for your expectations.

    Ulimtately you need to be realistic with your expectations. If you want to enjoy the game (~60FPS or more) at 1920x1080 pixels with high/ultra detail, you need to spend the money. The less powerful the GPU, the less performance it will have in BF3. It is that simple. To get an idea of GPU requirements for BF3 at Ultra detail see here. High detail at 1080p here.

    At 1080p, a single HD7970, HD6970, GTX570 or GTX580 would suffice with high detail. But ultra is a different story.
  20. Great1122

    Great1122 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 152

    The 7970 is already performing quite well averaging 69.2 fps on battlefield 3 ultra details 4x AA at 1920 x 1070 and this is with immature drivers, once the drivers advance performance will increase, so the 7970 is more then capable to run BF3 at 1080p with ultra details.

    That being said, the 7970 would be a good gpu choice for his needs "i want an awesome 3d graphics for COD and Battlefield 3 and so on, so any recomedations to be able to get wicked graphics". Hoping he has one of the three LG hdtv's i mentioned before so HD3D would be supported.

    Here are my suggestions:
    Intel Core i7 2700K - $369

    ASUS P8Z68-V LX Motherboard - $130

    Sapphire Video Card HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E HDMI DVI-I Dual Mini DP Retail - USD $577.71 (AUD $543.32)

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX - $149 + $9 shipping

    Antec HCP-750 ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - 92% Efficiency - 750 W - $186.90

    Coolermaster COOLER MASTER HAF RC-932 - $152.68

    LG OEM BH12LS38 BLK BluRay Burner 10xBD-R Read/Write 16xDVD+-R Read/Write SATA Silt Play Win7Comp. with Software - $90

    Corsair 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMM Kit RAM [CMX8GX3M2A1600C9] - $58.36

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM - $99

    Total $1787.26 (shipping secluded from everything except the HDD) an increase of $287.26 from the $1500 budget, why I think it's worth it is because if you want to decrease price your obviously going to get a cheaper graphics card and the 7970 is the second best AMD graphics card (the HD 6990 beats it but that graphics card is too expensive), with this build you have the opportunity to add another 7970 down the road if you feel that a single 7970 is not fitting your needs anymore( according to guru3d the average system needs a minimum of 750 watts and the Antec HCP-750 ATX12Vis a good power supply with 92% efficiency). So let me know what you think. Few things I should add, I included a blu-ray burner in case you wanted it if you don't need it would make the price go down by $80, and I also suggest holding of on the HDD until prices become cheaper. Also get a cpu cooler if you are going to be overclocking and I just included the HAF 932 due to the type of case you should be looking for, if it doesn't aesthetically appeal to you then you can find a similar case that does.
  21. PC nerd

    PC nerd TechSpot Booster Posts: 314   +34

    The i7 2700K is a bit unnecessary, surely?

    The i7 2700K is about £40 more than the i7 2600K, and it's only a 100MHz increase... You could do that yourself for free

    Also, you might as well spend a bit more on a decent motherboard.

    The Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard is perfect. It is also ready to take the 22nm Ivy Bridge processors in the future.
  22. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    Good catch on the HD7970 at 1080p/ultra. I didn't have any data to hand at the time of posting.

    I'd agree i7 2700K is overkill. A 2600K is plenty good enough.
  23. Great1122

    Great1122 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 152

    The i7 2700k is only $20 more in Australia/US so thats why i recommended it, but I guess I wasnt comparing best deal to best deal . I suggested the motherboard based on his previous posts but an ivy bridge ready motherboard is ideal.
  24. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,255   +110

    I would vote for the 2500k, hyperthreading isn't very useful in this case. The 2600k/2700k is not a bad choice but I just don't see it being worthwhile for gaming. Up to the OP I guess, but it sounds like we're pushing the budget already.
  25. Great1122

    Great1122 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 152

    The OP states "i pretty much want about 16gb ram n a really good processor", the 2500k is a good processor, but the 2600k or 2700k would probably be the one he's looking at for better performance (not necessarily in terms of gaming). And I was a bit ignorant in my last list of suggestions so here is an updated list more suited towards what he wants:

    Intel Core i7 2600K Unlocked Quad Core Processor - $335.00

    ASUS P8Z68-V LX Motherboard - $130

    Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 Video Card - 2048MB 256-bit GDDR5 RAM - 880 / 5500MHz Clock - PCIe 2.0 - HDMI, 2x DVI & 2x Mini DisplayPort - AMD Eyefinity - CrossFireX Ready - DirectX 11 (11187-03-40G) - $394.80

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX - $149 + $9 shipping

    Antec HCP-750 ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - 92% Efficiency - 750 W - $186.90

    Coolermaster COOLER MASTER HAF RC-932 - $152.68

    LG OEM BH12LS38 BLK BluRay Burner 10xBD-R Read/Write 16xDVD+-R Read/Write SATA Silt Play Win7Comp. with Software - $90

    G.Skill Ripjaws-X 16GB(4x 4GB) Memory Kit - 240pin DIMM - PC3-10666 / DDR3-1333 - CL9 - 1.5v - Unbuffered - Non-Ecc (F3-10666CL9Q-16GBXL) - $104

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM - $99

    Total:$1650.38 the extra $150.38 gets you that extra graphics performance if you don't need it then go to the Radeon HD 6870 or the gtx 560 ti, Also note that all these sites are in Australia, in the US the prices for some of these items would be much cheaper, but if he gets a faulty item from an US site, that would take a lot of time to replace vs getting it in Australia.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.