PacificNic

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I'm looking to build a new computer for myself and am planning to use it for gaming AND video editing/rendering, and it's my understanding that an i7 is ideal for this. Now I am just gonna throw in some links to the parts that I would really like to have in my system so that I get thoughts and opinions on each. Also, if you would like to shoot in a build that you've compiled for me, that would be pretty cool. I do need a monitor, but I've got keyboard/mouse/headset covered. I've also got a black/grey and blue theme in mind so that's why the RAM is not identical.

Corsair H100i:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032

NZXT Switch 810:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146088

Patriot Memory (2x8GB) Blue:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220708

Patriot Memory (2x8GB) Black:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220686

ADATA 256GB SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211597

NZXT 850W Modular PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116016

That's what I am decided on right now, but I am not sticking to these parts no matter what. In terms of my actual system, I am thinking: Ivy Bridge i7, H100(i), 32GB Patriot 1600MHz CL9, GTX 670 4GB by EVGA, Switch 810, 850W Modular PSU for later expansion, ADATA 256GB SSD, a solid GIGABYTE/ASRock mainboard, and some Lite-On.

Thoughts?

Thanks

*EDIT*: I don't really mind whether the CPU is Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge, whichever works best in the general public's opinion.
 

g-unit1111

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Fix your links. There's a couple of things I would suggest:

1. You don't and most likely won't need 32GB of RAM. Get 16 to start with but you can always add more later.

2. Stay away from closed liquid loops - if you're going to use liquid cooling, use the real thing or not at all.

3. The 4GB card is overkill if you're using a single monitor. Even 2GB will hit 2560 x 1440.

If you post your budget I can suggest a full build.
 

PacificNic

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I have a budget of $1750 for the computer only. My monitor costs $250, it's got 120Hz refresh rate and a 2ms repsonse time. That's exactly what I want from a monitor although cheaper would be nice. With a monitor, I've got a $2000 budget. I don't NEED a mouse and keyboard but if you find some good deals, may as well squeeze them in. I don't mind if you go a bit over budget but no too much :p

Also, just wondering, what's so bad about closed, single loop water cooling systems? I thought they had good cooling performance esp. with overclocks...
Oh and on a side note, the 4GB GPU was there because I could afford it and I thought it would give me faster render times, correct me if I'm wrong. Same story with the 32GB RAM, I could afford it and I thought it would run like a beast :D

Thanks to all of y'all for throwing in your 2 cents :)
Nice to see you here g-unit, I've noticed you around the forums and your advice is noteworthy.
 

g-unit1111

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My builds are now world famous... kind of makes me wish I got paid for this. :lol:

For $1750 here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1726.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 12:33 EST-0500)

Then add whatever monitor you want and you're good to go.
 

PacificNic

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Sorry that I did not make this clear but i do not need an OS. Why an i5 for rendering, just wondering? Also plan on overclocking like crazy, can that cooler handle it?
Also, no need for HDD mass storage, my 12TB NAS handles that :D However, I do need all 256GB of SSD for all of my games, those I keep on my computer (about 200GB saved onto computer MAXIMUM)
I just don't want to spend $1750 and then regret it :p
Thanks!
 

g-unit1111

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12TB???? Wow... :ouch:

Here it is adjusted:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1574.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 23:34 EST-0500)

Saved a good $200.
 

PacificNic

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Yeah 12TB for my s*** tons of data! Thanks for that build, it's cheap as dirt for what is included! I appreciate your help, as I am sure many other bargain-searchers are because your builds are awesome.

FYI... Tom's Hardware should make you an intern/hire you. You seem to know what you're talking about and you aren't a fanboy of any sort, and that's what makes your builds so balanced: you give an honest opinion!

Thanks again...

:)

On a side note, real quick, how does a Radeon card compare to a GeForce card for processes like Adobe Premier and Sony Vegas?
 

PacificNic

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I know that I'm ignoring a lot of what you said g-unit, but this seems too good to pass up. How does it look in your opinion?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($28.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1734.35 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 08:00 EST-0500)





Thanks!
 

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Switch power supply and lose the Corsair H100i rest is good.I hope you know you need two 670's to max out games on 120hz monitors. ;)
 
From best to worst from techpowerup

Asus 670 TOP - 10.0 rating (only card ever to get a 10.0)
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html

Gigabyte Windforce SC 670 - 9.8 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX_670_Windforce/33.html

MSI Twin Frozr IV 670 - 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/33.html

Palit Jetsteram 670 - 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_670_Jet_Stream/33.html

Zotac AMP 670 - 9.6 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/33.html

They didn't do the EVGA so.....

http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-670-sc-review/23
EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review/23
Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdpContent=2


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3way-sli-review/4


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 564W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough for 2x 670 in sli.If you want 850W these are better choices
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017 (XFX PRO850W XXX Edition)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102#top (SeaSonic X Series X-850)
 

PacificNic

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Why lose the H100i? I have seen some really good reviews on it, so it seemed like a good option. Why switch PSUs? It has native support for 3-way SLi which I think would be great. I don't want to max out my games on a 120Hz monitor, but it saves me buying a 60Hz and then a 120Hz when I manage a 2nd GTX 670. Eventually I hope to get a 3rd.

Just trying to get the best bang for buck here :)

*EDIT*: Also, while 750W is more than enough for what I will ever need (I don't think I'll get that 3rd 670), I never found a 750W with reviews that were that great but I am open to any and all suggestions that mean that I can shift money into other projects/components. Thanks!
 

PacificNic

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($461.57 @ Mac Connection)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1350.37 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 08:01 EST-0500)
 
looks great to me.
 

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$461 for a 2gb 670????
 

PacificNic

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According to bigcyco and lots of reviews, it outranks the 680 at stock clocks I believe. Seems like a darn good option to me as that cooling solution leaves plenty of room for overclocks.
 

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Way overpriced.