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July 26, 2013 4:28:47 PM

Hey.

I was wondering as I'm building a custom gaming computer would these components work together and be a good gaming setup. With the fans they are more included for free in the case just to let you know and also I was wondering what power supply would be good for this setup, Thanks.

CPU/PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-3770K

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P8Z77-V-PRO

RAM: Corsair 16GB (2x8GB)

SYSTEM DRIVE: Samsung SSD 120GB 840 Series

STORAGE DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

GRAPHICS/VIDEO CARD: Asus GTX680 DirectCU II OC Edition PCI-E 3.0, 2GB 256-bit DDR5, Base: 1019 boost: 1084 / 6008 MHz, 2x -DVI, HDMI, DP, Fan

CASE: NZXT Phantom 410

COOLING SYSTEM: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (CLW0224) Water Cooler , FZ 140mm LED (x2) , FZ 120mm nonLED

POWER SUPPLY: Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

DVD BURNER/DRIVE: LG Optical Drive BH14NS40 OEM Blu-Ray Writer Drive

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July 26, 2013 4:46:36 PM

Okay, where do I start. Well, your cpu pick is fine, but honestly you should go with the core i7 3570k and save 100.00. You will never notice a performance difference at all unless you are performing 3d rendering or video editing, so don't waste your money. Take that extra 100.00 and invest in a better water cooling set up. There is no reason to purchase a water cooling set up unless you get at least a corsair h100 or something like it that is at least a 2 fan radiator set up. The single fan rads do not perform any better than a stock heatsink and fan at all. You can find benchmarks that will prove my point. I would replace the cpu and water cooler with the two links I have listed below. Swap out those two components and you will be good to go! Also, I have included a link to my favorite power supply. The one I am posting is a 650, I have used that one and I also have an 850 made by the same company, and they are great!
http:// core i7 3570k
http:// Thermaltake extreme
http:// Antec 650
Honestly I recommend the Swifttech H220 but good luck finding one. It is the best all in one watercooler on the market and has the best benchmarks and for 150.00 you cannot beat it, but swifttech pulled it from the us market the other day due to a patent infringement, so you will have to do some hunting to find one if your in the u.s.~~~Happy Gaming~~~Suferbus :) 
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July 26, 2013 5:42:06 PM

I'll keep the CPU, as I'm doing 3d rendering and some other editing sometimes. And thanks for the first reply. I'll update my liquid cooling of what you recommended.

Thanks for the help.
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July 27, 2013 9:50:06 AM

Good call on the cpu if you will be doing 3d rendering. Definitely go with better cooling. I would look for a Swifttech h220. It is an awesome All-In-One water cooling loop, and you can additional custom cooling loops to it later on without voiding the warranty. Also you could check out XSPC. I personally use XSPC for my water cooling and I can vouch for the low temps I am getting. XSPC has a wide variety of cooling solutions, so I'm sure you could find one to fit your budget and needs. Good luck~~~ Suferbus :) 
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July 27, 2013 9:54:36 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

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$79.99 \ Modular \ Made by Seasonic
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July 27, 2013 10:18:19 AM

Nice call Blackbird, thats a great PSU! I have been using Antec PSU's exclusively for the last year in all of my builds and I don't have a bad thing to say about them. Every psu manufacture puts out a dud now and then, but I can honestly say that the True Power, HCG M Series, and Earth Watts line up's have been great performers in the gaming rigs I have built.
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