Please review my build. Comments + Suggestions appreciated!

symbfrk

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Hey, First off the formality:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, photoshop, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: NY, USA.

Parts Preferences: Nope

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: ...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Sick of my Pentium 4, Its been a while, I mean a WHILE since i upgraded lol.

Phew. ok so, I am gona build a new PC by the end of this month. I have done lots of research/watched reviews and have selected the components. Please review my build and tell me about the compatibility. Also I would love to hear your comments/suggestions. I would be using it primarily for gaming @ ultra settings (single monitor 1080p). Will be overclocking GPU + CPU. No SLI. Here is the list of currently selected components:

Processor:
Intel i5 3570K Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 @ 3.4 GHz - $230 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Motherboard:
Asus Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 z77 mATX - $200 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830

Harddrive:
Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB SATA III SSD - $ 100 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045

Graphics:
MSI Nvidia GTX 670 PE/OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 - $410 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

RAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 @ 1866MHz F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL - $55 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

Power:
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC - $130 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Air Cooling - $31 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

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Alternatives:

Considering this mobo because according to review it performs slightly better than Maximus V Gene! SERIOUSLY need help here!
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 z77 ATX - $190 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

Considering this one because I want to water cool my CPU BUT I am ehm scared of water cooling :S
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Water Cooling - $ 68 | http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209049

Your input will be much appreciated! :)
 

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I've changed most of the stuff,
With Sandy Bridge you can get a higher overclock due to larger nm, less heat. You can get an oc of up to 4.6-4.7GHz.
16GB of ram with help with photoshop,M4 is better and the mobo and psu I chose is cheaper.
-I included a case if you need one.
I suggest this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M Pro Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1217.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 23:55 EDT-0400)
 

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I don't think I would change your build honestly. The best I could do is say get this 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423
But honestly that is only $10, you also get borderlands 2 with it, and that one is better so... Also I would stay with that 3570k because it is about 10% faster maybe a little more. Consider this air cooler as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Direct-Contact-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347941229&sr=8-2&keywords=cooler+master+hyper+212+evo I am not sure if you have prime but it is only $22 if you do with free shipping. I would go with the cheaper motherboard for that reason. About the water cooler. I saw mostly good reviews on amazon and newegg. But there were a few people who said that there's leaked and fried their entire computer. It seems like it doesn't happen often but it is something to consider.
 

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here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($239.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($239.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.71 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1354.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 00:36 EDT-0400)
 

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I wouldn't change build looks solid to me good job!Just get this mobo instead if you want top of the line mid high end mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545#top http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h_wifi_review,1.html <--- review of that motherboard w/benchmarks

http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboard-roundup/ <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/05/09/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-review/1 <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/gigabyte-z77x-ud5h-motherboard-review/ <--- review of that board w/benchmarks

 

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get this ram it's cheaper just as good take your pick RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416#top

RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544#top

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546#top
 

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Thanks for the input so far guys!
@bigcyco1
The memory I mentioned is just $14 more. Its in the budget so not really a problem :p but the one u mentioned does have slightly better timings 9-9-9-24 at the cost of less frequency (1600Mhz) as compared to the one I chose 9-10-9-28 (1866Mhz). Both @ 1.5v. So what should I opt for I mean better timings or better frequency? (Once again, I am totally fine with money :) )
 

bigcyco1

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go for (1600Mhz) there is no benefit to (1866Mhz) ;)
 

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i have 64GB @2400Mhz and i still don't know why :lol:
 

symbfrk

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Aha, Oki doki then. Will opt for the 1600Mhz. I was lured by the design of ASUS (I think that phrase is correct, right? I mean my English isn't that good..) and after reading a few more reviews which @bigcyco1 linked to, I am 90 percent sure I am gonna get the MVG. Plus I don't really like the BIOS design of the GigaByte it seems a bit weird :lol:
 

bigcyco1

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i agree the GigaByte bios looks weird :lol:
 

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where are you from?
 

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buddy i need an honest opinion.... do you think that it will be a good move to get an Asrock X79 Extreme 11 or keep my WCed Asus Rampage IV? my motherboard runs my gtx 680s @ 16/8/8/8 but the Extreme 11 will run them @16/16/16/16 do happen to know where i can find a few benchmarks comparing quad SLI/Crossfire with different PCI-e speeds?
 

bigcyco1

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have no idea bud sorry :( i am a Asus fan so of course i will say keep what you have lol.
 

symbfrk

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@idroid I am from Pakistan, the parts will be sent to me by a relative currently located in USA. And HOLY Mother of GOD you got Quad GTX 680's woot :eek: What are your specs? Are you a professional editor or smth? or just an enthusiast who is (definitely) more on the extreme edge?
 

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Yep, 4 GTX680s 4GB edition, i7 3960x, Asus rampage IV extreme, dual Seasonic x860, 64GB 2400 ram, triple VG278H, 3x 512GB Vertex 4, top of the line peripherals and a KICK ASS watercooling system, the PC is HEAVILY modified, every wire is individually sleeved and all the connectors were replaced with UV RED ones and a nice red led cord.

Nop, i am just a business man :D tbh... i don't play more than 3 or 4 hours a week (although i am insanely good) and i haven't touched that system in 3 months because my wife is stuck in Germany because she is pregnant and she is not allowed to travel so i won't see my rig until late November :(
 

symbfrk

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Ohh, so your a big guy. Married as well so I should call you Mr.idroid :D
and my dear lord you have a true gamer's dream machine sir. Remarkable setup I must say. I would have love to have a look @ your setup but since its not available to u atm so .. Once again, just awesome! How much did it cost you?
 

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TBH i dont know the exact amount of the system itself because i bought all the parts from a bunch of different sites and i also bought a lot of furniture and peripherals with it but i think the box itself + watercooling system was about 7.5k
 

symbfrk

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Sick man ;) Do you have xfire? Maybe we could play a game or two together :D

EDIT: I feel like I jacked my own thread lol. Anyways, I am still looking forward to more opinions/suggestions from people, feel free to post :p
 

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xfire? sorry... i am not very familiar with anything other than steam :lol:
 

symbfrk

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Haha, Its like MSN messenger but targeted toward the gaming community. Pretty useful, popular and straightforward. Lets you voice/text chat with friends as well shows you which game they are currently playing. Anyways, since no one else is suggesting anything I think that the build is pretty much fine. lets see for 1 more day then Imma pull the trigger.
 

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just make sure to select a best answer to close this thread ;)
 

symbfrk

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aamm... Where is thae button to select the best answer? I am sure it was at the bottom of the message when I selected one in my previous thread but can't seem to find it now. Lame, yes. but I really cant find it :lol:
 

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