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Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Sep 23, 12 at 10:18pm (PST)
Subject:   Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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So here goes:

Case: $159.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
Has four fans big fans so I think it will stay quiet and do good with airflow. I've looked into the Fractal cases and would love to hear opinions on this.

HDD: $109.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Only need about 1TB of space maximum so I think I will just stick with this unless told otherwise.

Monitor: $179.99 x 2 ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24"
I want dual screen monitors and 1920 x 1080 resolution with an HDMI socket is perfect for me. Will use one for streaming via XSplit while the other is for multitasking. Will probably just keep one powered up if not streaming video games.

Video Card: $399.99 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB 384-bit
I've read all those reviews and it seemed to have worked out for most people. Wouldn't want anything less than 3gb since I plan to play games on highest setting for a good while in the future.

Optical Drive: $19.99 LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
Wouldn't even want one if I could install an OS without a software cd. Basic will do.

PSU: $144.99 CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W
I think 750 watts is all I need right?

Speakers: $24.99 Logitech S-220 17 Watts
Will probably have a headset plugged in all the time so don't really need anything special. Oh yeah, monitors also have speakers but not sure how good those are.

Memory: $40.99 x2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
I should be okay with this right?

Motherboard: $88.99 MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Well I needed LGA 1155 and I think this one supports an Ivy Bridge processor so I just sort of picked randomly. I would love some input on what motherboard I should purchase if this one doesn't work.

Processor: $329.99 Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
I prefer getting as much fps as possible while playing a game. Also, video editing software takes a lot of cpu so I think this should be okay. If anyone thinks this won't be enough to meet my needs as I will describe them at the end of this thread then feel free to tell me I need the six-core intel one.

CPU Cooler: $29.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
My brother has one and it's really quiet. It says its compatible with i5 and i7 so why not.

Total: $1,750.87

Also this Ikea desk if anyone cares will add $140 with delivery shipping.

Planning to do the 2 day free shipping trial on newegg and cancel it afterwards. The main purpose of this computer will of course be gaming and video streaming. My brother has a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz and that can only push up to 720p without frame lag on dual monitors. So i am hopping to get something that will have no trouble streaming in 1080p. I also have a ton of tabs open on my computer so I will use it for multi-tasking. Not sure what else to say other than ask for your feedback and input on this build. I can probably go up to $2000 total. Although 10% tax will add $170 already -.-




Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Sep 24, 12 at 5:55am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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the 932 is a good case, but i would suggest sticking with the 922. its only an inch smaller, and cooling performance between the two are pretty much the same.

you can save money on the hard drive by getting this one. same capacity and RPM.

cheaper PSU. or if you plan on having two cards in the future, this.

slightly cheaper RAM

cheaper motherboard. or if you want dual cards in the future, this. make sure you get the second PSU i linked if you want two cards though, as the first wont support two.

as for cooling, if you want to get a cooler, id suggest this. its more expensive, but it had a higher airflow, and has a lower maximum noise.



Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Sep 24, 12 at 8:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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Okay hiigaran , I will take those into consideration. One more question: So I currently am downstairs and in the complete opposite of the router(upstairs). I'm not sure I can wire the cable all the way down here so I will probably have to stick with wireless. What wireless adapter card I would need and how I would install that? Or if you have any better ideas about getting internet I am listening.



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Sep 25, 12 at 3:29am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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if it was me, i would probably take some cheap netgear or d-link pci/pci-e wifi card, but im not overly experienced with networking when it comes to hardware.

actually, it if was me, i would drill holes everywhere to get a cable all the way to the router. im not really a fan of wireless myself.



Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Oct 04, 12 at 12:10am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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So I got all these parts shipped and put them all together. At first it would power on and off every 5 seconds so I unplugged it. Ate dinner and it wouldn't power back on at all so I re-seated all the components of the computer. Crap D: What should I do now?




Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Oct 04, 12 at 12:58am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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okay first off, have you connected all the power cables? the video card should have all its power cables, and the motherboard should have the big 24 pin, and then another 4 or 8 pin somewhere else on it. a lot of people forget the second one.

if its all connected, remove all unnecessary hardware. remove all but one stick of RAM, disconnect the hard drive and dvd drive, and if the motherboard has a display port on it, remove your video card and plug the monitor in to the motherboard. see what happens.

at the moment, this is likely a PSU problem. its one of the most common problems.



Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Oct 04, 12 at 7:07pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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So the problem was the 4th memory stick. Whenever I insert a 4th one in I can't get the system to boot and it keeps restarting. New problem, whenever I attach my video card the screen goes completely black but I will try and figure it out after Windows 7 is installed.



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Oct 05, 12 at 3:14am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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youre not attaching the video card while the computer is on, are you?

also, when you attach the video card, are you reconnecting the monitor cable back to the card, or is it still in the motherboard? it must be in the video card if you put it in.



Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Oct 05, 12 at 7:43pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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I got everything figured out. Whenever I boot my pc the cpu fan keeps spinning at 100% and doesn't increase speed when the core becomes hotter. I used speedfan to check this and have to change fan speed manually to cool the core. Going to mess with the bios settings to try and make it auto.

Another problem, my computer refuses to boot with the 4th memory stick. All of the sticks are working since i swapped them out and in. Any idea how to fix that so i can add my 4th memory stick in?




Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Oct 06, 12 at 4:35am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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likely the 4th stick is dead. try one more thing first. put any of your other sticks in to the 4th slot, just to see if it isnt actually the slot thats the issue. in that case, youd have to return the motherboard, rather than the faulty stick of RAM.

also, if your working sticks work in the 4th slot, but the 4th stick in to a different slot, and make sure.



Author:   Benedict
Date:   Oct 06, 12 at 9:39am (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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Remember to take pics!



Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Oct 06, 12 at 12:32pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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I'd rather not mess with the motherboard anymore. Will probably just have the 3 sticks running..




Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Oct 06, 12 at 12:34pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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try and RMA the 4th stick. the stick is more likely to be the problem than the mobo, anyway.



Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Oct 07, 12 at 9:59pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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I'll post pictures when my new desk arrives to make it all look pretty. That should be on the 15th.




Author:   Vapid Soul
Date:   Oct 11, 12 at 8:42pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Compatibility Questions, Need Feedback
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This is how it all looks in the end Thank you for all the help I received.



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