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Compatibility check

By icdeadpeople123 ยท 9 replies
Mar 21, 2013
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  1. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +977

    Over-clocking is easy, I understand your concerns though. It doesn't void the warranty. But, if you set the voltage too high then you can wreck your CPU. I recommend you watch videos if you want to OC.
    1) I would get a K series CPU just so that you can future proof it longer. (CPUs dont really need to be replaced as often as GPUs, so get a good one @ the time of purchase)
    Note: If you want to OC, and get the K series like I recommended, then you may wanna add in a Hyper 212 Evo.

    2) I would get this PSU instead: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 Since you are spending so much on your build, you wanna get a reliable power supply, and the one I stated is high quality.

    3) The 3GB GTX 660TI is not necessary for 1080P resolutions. It may come in handy in the future with more strenuous games, but games are good at working with what you have and toning down AA (uses up most VRAM) wont do much other than take away unnecessary eye candy.

    4) When you get all your components together you will have to set the RAM to 1600MHz through the BIOS.

    Note: When building a PC, dont use drivers from CDs. You will want to get drivers from online. Would you like me to outline the vital drivers you will need when you receive your PC?

    As for the $100 question, yes they are all compatible.
  2. icdeadpeople123

    icdeadpeople123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Q1: Y do I need to set the ram?
    Q2: are you saying I don't need a video card?
    And just to note, I will be using this computer for recording, video editing, photoshop, 3d animation, and gaming.
    Q3: Yes could you please list all the drivers I will need?
    And Q4: Can I get these parts for less money anywhere that you know of?
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    RAM runs by default at a lower speed.

    Do you even read? :S He said paying extra for 3GB video card is pointless. Get the 2GB version and save your money.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +977

    Q1 Answer: The motherboard automatically sets the RAM to 1333MHz for some reason, there is an explanation that I do not know of. But every platform does this. You have to set it manually, it is easy though.
    Q2 Answer: No you need one, I am just saying you do not need 3GB for running at 1080P, but I forgot you were using it for Photoshop (past forum thread), that extra GB will come in handy. So no worries, dont change the video card.
    Q3 Answer: Yes, I can list them after I have dinner :).
    Q4 Answer: Is there a Micro center near you? I dont think they are located in Canada, but worth a try to ask. You can get an i7 3770K for $229 in store only. Also, they have awesome motherboard combos, sometimes you can get a free motherboard or real cheap. It is my favorite store. Dont you guys have Frys or something in Canada?
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +977

    icdeadpeople123 No worries my friend, Stick here just has little patience lol.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +977

    Remember to install Windows 8 64Bit.
    Here I go, these are the most important drivers you will need to install:
    1) BIOS: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V/#support_Download_36
    I cannot get a specific link, so go down and collapse the menu, then download the latest BIOS version.
    2) Chipset driver: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20775&keyword=chipset&lang=eng
    Download the exe version (not the zip).
    3) USB 3 drivers: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...Id=3467&DwnldID=21129&keyword=usb+3+&lang=eng
    Hopefully this will work on Windows 8, it is made for Windows 7, and they havent released one for Windows 8.
    4) SATA drivers: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V/#support_Download_36
    Again, like the 1st one, scroll down till you see SATA, collapse that and when you see the one labeled: Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Driver Software V11.5.0.1207 for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
    Intel(R) AHCI/RAID Driver for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
    After you install the Intel SATA driver, install the Asmedia AHCI Driver V1.3.4.0 for Windows 8 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL) (just scroll down from the Intel one).
    5) Ethernet: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...rsion=Windows 8, 64-bit*&DownloadType=Drivers
    Download the 64bit version. (PROWinX64.exe)
    6) Graphics driver (this may be dated by the time you complete your build): http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/57096
    7) Sound driver: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads...evel=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false#High Definition Audio Codecs
    Download the 64bit Driver only version.

    Just a side note: I think you are better off just buying a regular keyboard and spending more on a mouse. Mice are more important when it comes to gaming, gaming keyboards are just a luxury. I would say spend a few more bucks on a Deathadder 2013. (even though it is optical, it will perform 10x better than the cheap laser mouse). It matters what games you play though. If you play FPS games, go for the mouse, if you play MMOs, go for the setup you currently have.
  7. icdeadpeople123

    icdeadpeople123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I will be playing mostly minecraft, some Dota 2, Garry's Mod, Portal 2, TF2, pretty much all thoes but mostly minecraft.
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,323   +591

    Just a reminder, it is not necessary to quote the entire post just above yours when you are responding to it. If there is a particular part that you are answering, you may quote that part. Thank you.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +977

    You dont really need an i5 and a 660TI for that. I would recommend getting an i5 3570K + GTX 660 (this is even pushing it), and put the savings to an SSD. The types of games you play would benefit more from an SSD to load textures faster.

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