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April 21, 2013 6:13:32 PM

I have never built a Gaming PC, let alone even a PC! So any support or valid opinions that you think could improve this spec's, without sacrificing performance - but keeping the price down, would be much appreciated.

SPECIFICATIONS:

-CASE: Corsair Obsidian Series 650d
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Series-Computer-...
http://www.corsair.com/en/power-supply-units/cx-series-...
WHY? Great for Cable management, good cooling built in and great build quality.

-PSU: Corsair TX Series 750 watt Modular
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Series-Modular...
http://www.corsair.com/en/power-supply-units/tx-series-...
WHY? For the future basically. The 80+ Bronze is also reassuring of the great quality of Corsairs products.

-CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k Quad Core 3.5GHz
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro...
http://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/processors/co...
WHY? $100 cheaper than the i7 which is the same as the i5, except quicker when doing CPU intensive things. For Gaming, great and Intel makes good products.

-MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z77-V-PRO-Intel-Motherboar...
http://www.asus.co.nz/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8...
WHY? Supports Nvidia Quad SLI & AMD QUAD CROSSFIRE.
HELP: If it says it supports QUAD CROSSFIRE, or QUAD SLI, does it mean up to QUAD, or Only QUAD when more than 1 GPU?

-RAM: Corsair Vengence 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Memory 1600MHz
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...
http://www.corsair.com/memory-by-product-family/vengean...
WHY? Apparently 8GB is good when playing games, and nothing more is really needed.

STORAGE
-SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB
or
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-120GB-internal-MZ-...
http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memory-storage/MZ-7T...
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...
http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/desktop-har...
WHY? using the combo of an SSD & HDD, it allows for fast OS, programs and bulk data, e.g. Photo's & Document, to be stored on a large HDD.
HELP: The SSD by Samsung at the moment is between a 'PRO' version for +$40 Dollars, and +8GB. But whats the difference? They are Both the same manufacturer, around about the same amount of memory, and are both speedy - BOTH are SATA III @ 6.0 Kps.

-VIDEO CARD:
Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 680 4GB GDDR5
LINKS:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Displayport-PCI-Express-...
http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pi...
WHY? Original choice/want for a GPU was a GTX 670, then it went to a AMD HD 7970, then becasue a number of tests showed the GTX 680 was better, I decided to chose the GTX 680 with only +$70 more to pay.


-OPTICAL DRIVE: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Lite-On-Super-AllWrite-Layer-Driv...
http://www.liteonit.eu/en/optical-storage-dvd-rw-intern...
WHY? Good bang for my buck! Pretty cheep, and good for whenever I may have to use it.

Questions:
-The SSD by Samsung at the moment is between a 'PRO' version for +$40 Dollars, and +8GB. But whats the difference? They are Both the same manufacturer, around about the same amount of memory, and are both speedy - BOTH are SATA
III @ 6.0 Kps.
-And would the GTX 680 Gigabye version, be good for any overclocking? I read somewhere that its cooling is quite good, so I kinda assumed so. Any ideas?


Any Support and opinions much Appreciated.

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April 21, 2013 6:27:11 PM

looks good

but drop the gtx680--its only a fraction faster than the gtx670--not $70 worth faster

change that to a gtx670 or 7970 and use the savings to get the 840 pro

read somewhere there were some issues with the 840--but not the pro
April 21, 2013 7:06:26 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
looks good

but drop the gtx680--its only a fraction faster than the gtx670--not $70 worth faster

change that to a gtx670 or 7970 and use the savings to get the 840 pro

read somewhere there were some issues with the 840--but not the pro
+1 i agree.Also your motherboard is a very solid choice i have done a few builds for friends using it and they are all happy.With ram make sure you get low profile so it does not conflict with your aftermarket cpu cooler which i see you have none listed i recommend any of these CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


April 21, 2013 11:44:13 PM

+1 in the high end category, Toms has now placed HD 7970/GHZ as best buy for sometime now
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