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Processor Intel i7-3770K @4.3
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
Cooling Noctua NH-U12P SE2
Memory Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB 1600MHz
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC 3GB
Storage Smasung EVO 250GB, Seagate 2TB, Lacie 2TB
Display(s) Dell U2412M
Case NZXT Whisper with 2X140mm + 3X120mm Fans
Power Supply Seasonic X-650 KM3
Software Windows 8.1 PRO 64-bit
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Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month or two

Budget Range: ~900$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM, Graphic Card) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using - Seasonic 750W**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.ivory.co.il/ its a Israeli website not in English...

Location: Israel

Overclocking: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would like it to be quiet and have a S/PDIF


The parts im staying with are:
NZXT Whisper
Seasonic 750W
Seagate 2Tera
Hitachi 1 Tera


I thought about this system (prices from ivory.co.il):

Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H =149$
Intel Core i5-3570K =311$
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz דגם CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 =98$
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 =65$
Zotac דגם NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 2GB ZT-60901-10M =290$

Beacuase I need spdif I need to know whats better to buy a more expensive MOBO like ASUS P8Z77-M / Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H or buy a sound card .. what do u say?
 
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Software Windows 10 Pro x64 version 1709
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Good Choices

I have a similar system, and it's great for everything I do (see my system specs). I don't see any problems with your selections. The motherboard you picked does have an SPDIF header, but no ports. The cheapest way would be to get a $30 sound card with SPDIF ports, but maybe the same money added to your motherboard budget would get you a better board with the ports built in, the GA-Z77-D3H is a good choice, and not much more expensive. It should be a very decent build. By the way, I'm using the optical SPDIF out on my Asus P8Z88-V motherboard, and it sounds fantastic.
 
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Where do you live? What city?
 
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Processor Intel i7-3770K @4.3
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Memory Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB 1600MHz
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC 3GB
Storage Smasung EVO 250GB, Seagate 2TB, Lacie 2TB
Display(s) Dell U2412M
Case NZXT Whisper with 2X140mm + 3X120mm Fans
Power Supply Seasonic X-650 KM3
Software Windows 8.1 PRO 64-bit
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-Hood you have a good sound because the Audio Feature :
Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
DTS Ultra PC II
DTS Connect

the ones i mention dont have it...
I edited the original massege because the Asus i mention was mATX

-drdeathx i live in Beer Yaakov. why?
 
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Memory 16GB Adata XPG V2 2400MHz
Video Card(s) EVGA 780 Ti Classified
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Power Supply Cooler Master V1000
Mouse Ttsports Talon Blu
Keyboard Logitech G510
Software Windows 10 Pro x64 version 1709
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-Hood you have a good sound because the Audio Feature :
Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
DTS Ultra PC II
DTS Connect

the ones i mention dont have it...
I edited the original massege because the Asus i mention was mATX

-drdeathx i live in Beer Yaakov
Well, it's just the Realtek ALC892 chip, which isn't all that great, it's considered to be barely adequate as audio chips go, and is used on many boards. The ALC889 is also common, and has a better signal-to-noise ratio (108 instead of 95 dB). So maybe look for the cheapest board that has one of these audio chips, it shouldn't be too hard to find one in the $125-$150 range.
 
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Storage Smasung EVO 250GB, Seagate 2TB, Lacie 2TB
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Case NZXT Whisper with 2X140mm + 3X120mm Fans
Power Supply Seasonic X-650 KM3
Software Windows 8.1 PRO 64-bit
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The chipest mobo with 889 I found here is P8Z77-V LE PLUS that costs 231$
What about the VIA audio chips? and VIA VT2021 codec in specific?
Mybe just go with Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H and add Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 for 60$?
or the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 226$
 
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Memory 16GB Adata XPG V2 2400MHz
Video Card(s) EVGA 780 Ti Classified
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Software Windows 10 Pro x64 version 1709
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The chipest mobo with 889 I found here is P8Z77-V LE PLUS that costs 231$
What about the VIA audio chips? and VIA VT2021 codec in specific?
Mybe just go with Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H and add Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 for 60$?
or the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 226$
I think I would go with the Asus board, it's a full ATX board (12.0" x 9.6", 9 screws), which is easier to build and runs cooler because it's more spread out. The Gigabyte is ATX, but only 12" x 8.4" with 6 screws, so the right side of the board is unsupported, the side where you're always plugging/unplugging SATA cables, etc. Anyway, you'll have the better motherboard and no need for a separate sound card which may block airflow to the video card.
I've never had a board with the VIA chip, but they seem to be used on the cheaper boards and probably can't compare with the Realtek.
 
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Memory Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB 1600MHz
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC 3GB
Storage Smasung EVO 250GB, Seagate 2TB, Lacie 2TB
Display(s) Dell U2412M
Case NZXT Whisper with 2X140mm + 3X120mm Fans
Power Supply Seasonic X-650 KM3
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I just saw the store have MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming with Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC898
and supports Sound Blaster Cinema. costing a little more what do you think?
 
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I just saw the store have MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming with Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC898
and supports Sound Blaster Cinema. costing a little more what do you think?
Many people swear by MSI, and reviews of that board are positive for the most part. Personally I prefer Asus, but only because the only MSI board I ever owned had a bad problem with overheating the north bridge and freezing the system. But that was 2 years ago, a $50 socket 775 board, and the new ones are a lot better. It's really just a matter of preference, if the GD65 has the features you want, by all means go for it.
 
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Case NZXT Whisper with 2X140mm + 3X120mm Fans
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the msi and gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H got "support" for creative technologies, what does it mean?
and what about the Gigabyte G1.Sniper m3 got creative chip and Asus Maximus v gene ?
They are mATX and I have full tower
 
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