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i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
05-06-2012, 02:46 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-06-2012, 04:30 AM by ragincajun907.)
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i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
Hello readers, after a month of countless hours on forums and custom online vendors I have decided to build my own gaming computer.

This build has the intended potential to add another GPU in the future. Any advice on brand preference or configuration issues im all ears.

Based off the Tier 7 guide

Case-Cooler Master HAF X USB 3.0 1x230mm 2x200mm 1x140mm GPU Duct This is the top rated case from what ive read but is it realy worth the extra $50 compared to the HAF 932?

CPU-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4-3.8GHz Turbo Unlocked Multiplier 77W
recomended

Cooling-CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
I know this is $30 more than the recomended air cooler but is it an upgrade? I am considering liquid cooling for a few reasons. Im worried about potential RAM spacing issues, I want to OC and overall cpu performance.

MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H Z77 SATA 6Gb/s 4x USB 3.0 FireWire E-SATA Ive never heard of BIOSTAR and have been leaning ASUS but im going with the next recomended mobo in this tier. What is the Asus equivilant to this board and is there any known reliability difference?

RAM- Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS 9 1.5v
recomended

GPU-EVGA SuperClocked Signature GTX 680 2GB
upgrade

SSD-Sandisk Extreme 2.5″ 240GB SATA III SSD
recomended

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB SATA III
I like the idea of the recomened Samsung Green 2tb but the slower speed seems counter-productive. Any thoughts here?

Optical-Sony SATA 24X DVD Burner
recomended

PSU-SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Not to sure on the brand quality but the price is right for a gold rating and should meet my needs for the eventual 2nd GTX 680

Sound-ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Sound Card w/ Headphone amplifier


This site has been one of the most usefull tools in finalizing my build list. Any help in tweeking this configuration is eagerly anticipated.

Thank you for your time.


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05-06-2012, 05:15 AM,
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RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
You don't have to go with water cooling. Just get "low profile" vengeance RAM and it should be fine with any air cooler. Also, for the Caviar Black, in my opinion, you have a legitimate reason to not like the green drive, if and only if, you put games on there. If you don't put any games on it and only hold media files, and others of the sort on the Caviar Black, then your being "counter productive" with your money since you could save maybe like 50 bucks by going with the green drive? But regardless this build looks like its gonna cost quite a bit so 50 bucks might not be much in the larger sense. Lastly, that SeaSonic X is probably one of the most highly regarded PSUs, so this is going to be one kick ass build in the end Smile.
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05-06-2012, 09:42 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-06-2012, 09:43 AM by guitarjack87.)
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RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
Quote:Case-Cooler Master HAF X USB 3.0 1x230mm 2x200mm 1x140mm GPU Duct This is the top rated case from what ive read but is it realy worth the extra $50 compared to the HAF 932?

The Haf X is great if you want to put in a full watercooling loop with in case radiator, but if you plan on using a 120mm rad like the corsair h80, you would do just fine with the HAF 932. the 932 would also fit most air coolers quite easily.

Quote:CPU-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4-3.8GHz Turbo Unlocked Multiplier 77W
recomended

Good choice. Just be aware that if you plan on overclocking, be careful with voltage until these chips get more seasoned, and the experts can give a baseline for what a safe voltage level is for long term use

Quote:
Cooling-CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
I know this is $30 more than the recomended air cooler but is it an upgrade? I am considering liquid cooling for a few reasons. Im worried about potential RAM spacing issues, I want to OC and overall cpu performance.

The corsair h80 generally competes with the noctua, silver arrow, and phantek air coolers, but is much louder, and it really only competes when the fan is at 100%. You could buy two fans with higher CFM, but at that point you would be better off going with the H100, or better yet, just going with a good air cooler. If you want the high performance of a liquid cooling loop, you need to be willing to spend more money on an actual open loop kit.

Quote:MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H Z77 SATA 6Gb/s 4x USB 3.0 FireWire E-SATA Ive never heard of BIOSTAR and have been leaning ASUS but im going with the next recomended mobo in this tier. What is the Asus equivilant to this board and is there any known reliability difference?

The asus equivalent board is either the asus 08z77-v lk or, more likely, the asus p8z77-v pro. If you are looking at something at a more comparable price, check out the asrock z77 extreme 6.
Be aware there have been several reports of post problems with the asrock boards, but they all came about the same time on newegg and may have just been a bad batch. There have been no known issues thus far with the asus boards, other than people whining about their sandy bridge processors not running stuff at pci-e 3.0 speeds, which they are not meant to do anyways.

Keep in mind that this is also new architecture, so there is not a lot of long term data on these boards yet.

Quote:SSD-Sandisk Extreme 2.5″ 240GB SATA III SSD
recomended

Good SSD, keep in mind, there is like a fire sale on crucial 256gb ssds right now on most major retail sites, I know because I bought one for about $240 a few days before the sale and was pretty upset that they dropped to $200. You can get it now for $230 and free shipping here.


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05-06-2012, 07:30 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-06-2012, 07:50 PM by ragincajun907.)
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RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
Well I am convinced in that air cooling will be better for me and the HAF 932's space can handle it but after doing some more reading I have a few unanswered questions.

Will the eventual 2 SLI GTX 680's be bottlenecked by the i5 3570k at 4.7-5.0Ghz?

Will this demand on the cpu call for the high performance of a liquid cooling loop or will air cooling be suffcient?

Should I even plan on getting an additional GPU if going to use atmost two monitors?
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05-07-2012, 11:35 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-07-2012, 11:41 AM by PwnBroker.)
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RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
(05-06-2012, 07:30 PM)ragincajun907 Wrote: Well I am convinced in that air cooling will be better for me and the HAF 932's space can handle it but after doing some more reading I have a few unanswered questions.

Will the eventual 2 SLI GTX 680's be bottlenecked by the i5 3570k at 4.7-5.0Ghz?

Will this demand on the cpu call for the high performance of a liquid cooling loop or will air cooling be suffcient?

Should I even plan on getting an additional GPU if going to use atmost two monitors?

1. from what ive seen, in modern game titles no, in older game titles yes. that is at 1080p res and higher, and at ultra settings with aa/aaa/and especially msaa enabled. just look at what metro and bf3 does to a gpu at those settings. good luck trying to oc to 4.7-5 gig!

2. i would say yes and then some, there are some over at overclockers that are having tbl reaching 4.6 gig.

3. for multi monitors, higher resolutions and settings, yes you will benefit from sli'ng that card, with modern titles. and again from what ive seen, this card scales really really well with sli setups. a single card would get you playable framerates, a dual setup would keep you at 60 fps with the ultra settings at the higher resolution of dual montors.(although there appears to be a problem with sandy bridge-e platforms and pcie 3 support with that card)

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05-07-2012, 12:08 PM,
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RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
The Corsair H80 would be a downgrade over a high end air cooler. If you want water cooling, you should build your own loop.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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05-08-2012, 09:37 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-09-2012, 05:14 PM by ragincajun907.)
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RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
Revised Build

Case-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
recomended

CPU-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4-3.8GHz Turbo Unlocked Multiplier 77W
recomended

MOBO-ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$240 but so sexy

RAM- Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS 9 1.5v
recomended

GPU-EVGA SuperClocked Signature GTX 680 2GB
upgrade

SSD-Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $244
on sale

HDD-SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
recomended

Optical-Sony SATA 24X DVD Burner
recomended

Sound-ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Sound Card w/ Headphone amplifier
recomended

PSU-SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC
Actual power draw is around 925w considering SLI but will ive read that the oversupply I will have unitl the second GPU could damage existing components and reduce the effectiveness of the PSU. Any thoughts here?

Cooling- Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
upgrade Will this fit correctly in my case considering the Sabertooth Z77 and the low pro RAM?

Monitor-ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
From what ive seen this is a great monitor at a good price.

OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total- $2187 If i can get the GPU for actual retail.

A few questions come to mind.

Am I missing anything? I asume the adapter comes with the SSD.

Will I need any extentions or extra cable considering my case size?

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05-10-2012, 09:19 PM,
#8
RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
PURCHASED!!!! no turning back now
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05-11-2012, 04:46 PM,
#9
RE: i5 3570k Tier 7 Build Review
cool, good luck with the build. i love asus products. i read what you wrote about the psu and oversupply, and well, whoever wrote that is wrong. a pc psu is a switching power supply, it only supplies what is demanded and it is no harder on a power supply to run at half load than it is to run it at almost full load, discounting effeciency.

so go ahead and plug in that single 680 and kill some zombies, terrorists, dragons or whatever your fancy is until your other card comes in.
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