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April 23, 2013 1:56:34 AM

Hey,

This is my first post, but I've been harvesting all the great information people contribute to this website for awhile now. I'm building a new gaming rig, and I need some help making final decisions and just some general feedback on my choices. I wanted to come close to a final build before I put it out there for scrutiny.

I have a fairly open budget for this computer, but I'm trying to stick sub $2000.

What I've got so far (I'll put an * if I've already purchased the item):

CPU - Intel I5 3570k*
Ram - Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600*
CPU cooling - Noctura nhu12p* (kind of regretting this because I want to overclock and stupidly had been reading reviews from 2009)
Motherboard - asrock extreme 4 z77*
GPU - XFX Radeon hd 7970 Black edition*(399.99$)
OS - Windows 7 64bit*
HD - Samsung 840 256gb ssd* (169.99$)
Power Supply - Corsair enthusiast tx850m
Case - storm scout 2 (might be too small for noctura)
- Haf X (a little expensive)
- antec 1100 (on sale right now)
- fractal design r4
Monitor - Benq xl2420t (i was considering buying a 120hz 2ms tn that was cheaper instead, 399 is a lot)

I'm genuinely having a terrible time picking out a case.

Do you think I should switch to closed liquid? A full liquid system might be something I'd think about in the future. I would like to play around with some light overclocking with what I have. It won't be anything too extreme, because I'm new to OC and want to keep my rig from melting.

I feel pretty confident about most of my choices, but I'm open to any constructive criticism about variations I could've made.

Thanks for your input!

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a b K Overclocking
April 23, 2013 5:51:30 AM
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Wolf Cuz said:
Hey,

This is my first post, but I've been harvesting all the great information people contribute to this website for awhile now. I'm building a new gaming rig, and I need some help making final decisions and just some general feedback on my choices. I wanted to come close to a final build before I put it out there for scrutiny.

I have a fairly open budget for this computer, but I'm trying to stick sub $2000.

What I've got so far (I'll put an * if I've already purchased the item):

CPU - Intel I5 3570k*
Ram - Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600*
CPU cooling - Noctura nhu12p* (kind of regretting this because I want to overclock and stupidly had been reading reviews from 2009)
Motherboard - asrock extreme 4 z77*
GPU - XFX Radeon hd 7970 Black edition*(399.99$)
OS - Windows 7 64bit*
HD - Samsung 840 256gb ssd* (169.99$)
Power Supply - Corsair enthusiast tx850m
Case - storm scout 2 (might be too small for noctura)
- Haf X (a little expensive)
- antec 1100 (on sale right now)
- fractal design r4
Monitor - Benq xl2420t (i was considering buying a 120hz 2ms tn that was cheaper instead, 399 is a lot)

I'm genuinely having a terrible time picking out a case.

Do you think I should switch to closed liquid? A full liquid system might be something I'd think about in the future. I would like to play around with some light overclocking with what I have. It won't be anything too extreme, because I'm new to OC and want to keep my rig from melting.

I feel pretty confident about most of my choices, but I'm open to any constructive criticism about variations I could've made.

Thanks for your input!


Pretty solid card and CPU there. Other parts are good too.

A couple of comments:

Not gonna throw in a HDD in there? They're pretty cheap now and would do you well as storage drives.

Even a closed water cooling system has risks, since your going to run water in your rig after all. However, if you're confident you can cover the bases of water cooling then go ahead. My personal take on this though is for you to try out air cooling first, there are a lot of really good coolers out there and I'm gonna go ahead and suggest Noctua's NH-D14 for you.

Don;t worry about melting your PC, unless you live in a desert. I'm in a tropical country with ambient temps of 35*C during the summer and my CPU is still running with its stock cooler (gonna get an aftermarket tho'). Just be sure to have a good airflow by choosing a good case, managing your cables, and cleaning your rig regularly.

Don't get the Storm Scout, it's for mATX mobos and you've chosen an ATX one, it wouldn't fit.

Case choice is always tough, there are a lot of things to choose from in the market. I'll personally vouch for the NZXT 410, CM HAF XM, and my own chassis, the CM Storm Enforcer. It takes a lot of research to choose the case that's for you, so it's best to read reviews of cases you're looking at.

Anyway, I'm gonna give you a list of the features I think a good case should have
1. Internal USB 3.0 connectors
2. Competent cooling and cooling upgrade options
3. Plenty of cable management space behind the mobo tray
4. Bottom mounted PSU mounts
5. Easy to use fan filters

These are just suggestions and comments however, case choice is still ultimately up to you
April 23, 2013 8:15:30 PM

Thanks for the advice! I think I'm going to stick with the Noctura NHU12P for a bit just to save on money. Also your suggestion of the Haf XM was excellent. I had read a lot about the Haf X already, and the XM is almost as well designed, with a lot less extra space that I don't need. I appreciate it. I can't wait to boot it up when everything arrives.
a b K Overclocking
April 23, 2013 9:39:10 PM

Wolf Cuz said:
Thanks for the advice! I think I'm going to stick with the Noctura NHU12P for a bit just to save on money. Also your suggestion of the Haf XM was excellent. I had read a lot about the Haf X already, and the XM is almost as well designed, with a lot less extra space that I don't need. I appreciate it. I can't wait to boot it up when everything arrives.


Glad to help :) 
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