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First gaming pc, can someone give my list a once over?

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March 27, 2013 1:36:59 PM

Would this be efficient to play most new games on max? Should anything be changed? Optimized?

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($569.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-2208 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1807.92

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March 27, 2013 1:46:29 PM

Your build will work well.
My thoughts:
1. Sabretooth is overpriced, most any Z77 motherboard will do as well.
2. You will get little(1%) out of 1866 ram, 1600 is fine.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
3. Few games will use the extra hyperthreads of the 3770K, compared to a 3570K
4. I doubt that the GTX680 4gb version is worth the price premium over 2gb. Read this: http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Pe...
5. For a top end build, look at spending on a great IPS monitor. Perhaps a 2560 x 1440 unit.
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March 27, 2013 1:46:43 PM

Fine, but I could shave $400 off that and have 95% of the performance, you'll need a storage HDD too, 240GB is not enough.

To make it cheaper, swap the i7 for an i5, change the 2x8GB into 4x4GB and get a normal 680 the extra vram doesn't do a lot a normal resolutions.
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March 27, 2013 1:50:24 PM

+1 ^^ the mobo, make that shave $500-550 off it.

Have you just picked through a list of expensive things, that's a very expensive way of building a machine.
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March 27, 2013 2:01:27 PM

There is little difference in cost from 2 x 8gb vs. 4 x 4gb. But it is easier to OC with 2 sticks vs. 4.
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March 27, 2013 2:03:41 PM

So what would be a solid motherboard and CPU combo?
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March 27, 2013 2:05:42 PM

this motherboard is way expensive!i recommend a cheaper one like gigabyte!also why such a big ssd?
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March 27, 2013 2:11:30 PM

why do you want to oc your ram? what's the point, there is no perf benefit
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March 27, 2013 2:11:58 PM

Would this be better?

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($237.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($545.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($151.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1610.98
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March 27, 2013 4:51:42 PM

DjGingerJoe said:
Would this be better?

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($237.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($545.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($151.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1610.98



Go back to the Z77 and the i5-3570k. Also you want both the SSD and the HDD. Drop the 840 pro for another model.
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March 30, 2013 12:43:58 AM

DjGingerJoe said:
So what would be a solid motherboard and CPU combo?


Asus P8 Z77-V Pro + Intel i5 3570K

Perfect combination
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