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Old May 3, 2013, 06:57 AM
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I am looking to buy a solid computer. I have decided i have the i7 3770k. I was thinking about these parts:
Processor : i7 3770K 3.5Ghz s1155 8MB. (I don't want to mess with OC, still should i still take the K or the regular 3770?)
MotherBoard: Asus Sabertooth Z77 (any better choice for a similar plus/minus budget?)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 2x8GB DDR3 (Heard it's a total beast... does it go well with the motherboard)?
HardDisk : Western Digital 1TB 64MB
SSD Drive : Crucial m4 64GB
Graphics Card : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 2GB DDR3 (Heard it's solid but the price)

Need help on figuring out the computer case, CPU Fan, and perhaps case fan/cooling if required. I really don't know much about hardware at all. My budget is "Decent". I need help matching the parts together. I didn't know this before but i guess you need the Motherboard to be ideal with the parts, problem is i don't know what goes well with that.

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Old May 3, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Old May 3, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Yeah, what are you doing with it? If you're video editing, you'll be good with that processor and video card. But if you're gaming at all, that video card will be seriously underpowered, and you won't be able to max anything out. If you're gaming, and not doing any video editing/rendering/3D work, then you won't need the i7. You could bump it down to an i5, and use the money to up the video card to a 660Ti or a 7950.

If you're not overclocking, then you definitely don't need a Sabertooth. Get a lower end Z77 board. Like THIS.

Also, get the largest SSD you can afford. 64GB is definitely not big enough, and you'll fill it up in no time, and will then have to decide what programs you want installed on your SSD, and what programs you want installed on your HDD. I would argue that 128GB still isn't big enough. 256GB of SSD space is the minimum capacity now where I feel comfortable with my main rig.
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Hey guys, thanks for your input!

Thanks for the tips. I will get a bigger SSD. Regarding what i want to do with the computer, i have an Internet Marketing business and i have two monitors connected. I open a shitload of windows and run maybe programs. I want to have a somewhat efficient computer also for Mining BitCoins/LiteCoins, and i want it to last long... Regarding games, i'm not quite "the gamer" but i do want to have the option to play games like StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 et cetera...

What do you recommend i run in the SSD disk other than Windows? Should i put games there? (What's the basic/custom way to set-up your computer in that manner?)

Thanks!
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Old May 3, 2013, 08:06 AM
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Hey guys, thanks for your input!

Thanks for the tips. I will get a bigger SSD. Regarding what i want to do with the computer, i have an Internet Marketing business and i have two monitors connected. I open a shitload of windows and run maybe programs. I want to have a somewhat efficient computer also for Mining BitCoins/LiteCoins, and i want it to last long... Regarding games, i'm not quite "the gamer" but i do want to have the option to play games like StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 et cetera...

What do you recommend i run in the SSD disk other than Windows? Should i put games there? (What's the basic/custom way to set-up your computer in that manner?)

Thanks!
Windows and as many programs as you can fit on there, including all your save files from your work.

Make sure you make daily backups of those save files to a regular harddrive though, and back that up to a completely independent drive weekly (or more often if your work is very important).
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Son's Rig: M5A97; 1055T; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; ASUS GTX650Ti Boost; 80GB Intel 520 SSD; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
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I would say your motherboard, memory and cpu are overkill. Correct me if i'm wrong, but you are not doing a ton of video editing. You are not wanting to play bleeding edge games at insane tweaked settings, and you are not wanting to use multiple gpu setups.

I would build a system that is going to last long and be able to megatask, but is not going to be used primarily as a video editing workstation.

Octacore cpu and motheboard $260
AMD FX-8320 Processor w/ Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 Motherboard Bundle at Memory Express

I don't think 16 GB of memory is required for non video editing workstations, but with memory so cheap you can get a hyperx kit for 130 bucks.

One last thing is you didn't mention your power supply. A key to having a long lasting system is a good power supply, as a bad one can break stuff when it dies.

EDIT: Spelling error

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