Revised build, input welcome

By TommySticks ยท 6 replies
Oct 22, 2012
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  1. Alright, I last posted here looking for advice on building a computer. I just got home about a week ago and I'm ready to buy, but before I buy I was hoping you guys could check out my new build. It was recommended by a buddy, but I kinda trust you guys here more than him. If you could give me any input, that would be appreciated.

    Here's my old build:

    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Mobo $180
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $230
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL $90
    GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $400
    Total: $900

    Here's my new build:

    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel $239.99
    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core $329.99
    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $78.99
    EVGA SuperClocked+ 02G-P4-2684-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $469.99

    Here's the case, hard drives, PSU, and other crap that I've chosen:

    Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX $149.99
    CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V $174.99
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $169.99
    Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $109.99
    Asus VE248H Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers $204.99
    Windows 7 64 bit $99.99

    I wanna spend around $2000, and a link to my new build if you wanna see the specs.

  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Regarding your link to your new build, you will have to make your wishlist public.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    So, why exactly are you 'upgrading'?

    Also, unsure how that PSU will go with SLI'd GTX680s and overclocked everything.
  4. TommySticks

    TommySticks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, I think I've fixed it.
    I ran the original build by my buddy here that knows more about this stuff than I do (I don't know much) and he walked me through the new build over the phone.

    As for the PSU, I'm only getting one GTX 680. Does the PSU not have enough wattage?
  5. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Your revised build looks solid. Although, I do find it hard to justify 16gb of RAM. Especially without a specific purpose for the build. But, since it is so cheap. It is one of those "why not" situations.

    The HX850 will no doubt be enough for a single GTX680 as well as pair of 680's in SLI.
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    IMO that build is pretty solid too. I recommended pretty much the same thing to my friend yesterday.

    Although, if you're going to be gaming on a 1080p monitor, you could easily get away with a GTX670 and save some money.

    Edit: Oh, and a 1TB disk for data isn't exactly much these days. Your call.
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    What are you using the computer for? If it's just gaming then you won't see any benefit from the more expensive 3770K or Asus Sabertooth mobo. In fact your original choice of the AsRock Extreme6 is slightly overkill too since you're only running one GPU.

    If you get 16GB RAM then get a 2x8GB kit, they cost pretty much the same as 4x4GB and you have extra room for upgrade.

    Spend the money you saved on the CPU and mobo on a better monitor, e.g. a 120Hz one or an IPS panel depending on your usage. You've put together a great build and it would be a shame to see it with a crappy 60Hz TN monitor.

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