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Building my own Gaming PC (Need help on choosing the right components)

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June 4, 2013 10:40:29 AM

Hello Everyone,

This is my first time building my own PC that run almost every games and still run cooler.

Please help me on choosing the right components.

Do I need to buy a separate Motherboard Stand up? (Im not what it called but is a kind bolt that needs to be installed before placing the motherboard in the case)

My Budget is $1800 to $2500

Thanks in advance

CASE: NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Powersupply: Corsair Professional Series AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold
RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 16GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked 3GB GDDR5 384bit
CPU Fan: Thermaltake Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler up to 240W TDP Dual 130 mm VR Fans
HDD: WD Blue 750 GB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Processor 3.6 GHz 10 MB Cache LGA 2011

Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit
Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g

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a c 233 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 10:45:07 AM

1. Yes; you will likely need motherboard stand offs. It should be included for you.

2. I wouldn't go with LGA2011. With your budget, Haswell is more than within your budget.

3. CPU Cooler is kind of weak.

4. Add a SSD.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 10:45:40 AM

good but realy there is no reason to go sandy bridge-e over hawassel unless you do some sereous content creation
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June 4, 2013 10:50:25 AM

Any Suggestion which best CPU cooler for my build, SDD and Processor?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 10:52:26 AM

NH-D14 for all out air cooling or corsair hydro 100 for liqued
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a c 233 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 11:11:46 AM

For gaming, go with either i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge) or i5-4670K (Haswell).
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a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 11:23:34 AM

This is an absolute monster IMHO.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.98 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste ($11.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($233.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.75 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2356.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 14:23 EDT-0400)
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a c 233 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 11:34:46 AM

You shouldn't need more than this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($145.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $1642.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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June 4, 2013 12:32:06 PM

I forgot to mention that I do have some of the components that I need.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM It stop working for about 3 years now. I can still return it for replacement but don't know how long it take to get a replacement.
LG DVD/CD Burner

Can you suggest a good Power Protection for my build?

Windows 7 Home Premium DVD Installer but the has been activated and I just wondering if I can use the Windows 7 Home Premium Key from alienware laptop (The sticker behind it). I tried it before and it works on Windows XP.

I'm sorry for my bad English and for asking so many question just really need someones help



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June 4, 2013 12:39:50 PM

CommentariesAnd More said:
This is an absolute monster IMHO.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.98 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste ($11.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($233.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.75 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2356.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 14:23 EDT-0400)


Thanks for your suggestion but my only options is buy it in amazon or newegg so I don't have to pay for the shipping and taxes. :) 
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a c 233 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 1:05:24 PM

NCIX offers free shipping. See my build.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 10:21:29 PM

dancingduck said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
This is an absolute monster IMHO.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.98 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond 4g Thermal Paste ($11.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($233.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.75 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2356.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 14:23 EDT-0400)


Thanks for your suggestion but my only options is buy it in amazon or newegg so I don't have to pay for the shipping and taxes. :) 


Well , The price is inclusive of all shipping and taxes.
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June 5, 2013 9:59:43 AM

You could try my setting. of course, you can also make a few changes.
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June 8, 2013 9:10:05 PM

I changed some of the component as suggested.

Thanks for the help guys. :) 
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August 10, 2013 9:02:49 PM

I'm sorry guys it takes me so long to post the an update on my build. I went in the Philippines for a vacation.

Here's my final build and currently working without issue.


CASE: NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Powersupply: Corsair Professional Series AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold
RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 16GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked 3GB GDDR5 384bit
CPU Fan: Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid
HDD: Samsung MZ-7TD250BW 840 Series Solid State Drive
2nd HDD: Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Processor 3.6 GHz 10 MB Cache LGA 2011
Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit

My CPU Temp is around 40c to 50c when playing games 28c to 35c while surfing the net or running some program. I decided to stick with Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Processor 3.6 GHz because my wife started doing some video editing.

Fan Setting
2 120mm side - intake
1 140mm front - intake
2 200mm top - exhaust

The liquid cooling blocked the 200mm whole or what ever you call it hehehe so I wasn't able to install additional 200mm fan.


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