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August 4, 2013 8:40:07 PM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
Storage: 1: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD
2: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-2206 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)

I am looking to put together a PC for gaming in the near future and I'm looking around at what I want and what it'll cost me. Tonight, I was browsing around and this is what I came up with. I'm looking for comments regarding compatibility, space, whether or not some of my components are crud or if I'm spending too much, ect. Just help me out. I've never done a build before and this is new to me so I just want to make sure everything is copacetic. Thanks.

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August 4, 2013 8:46:08 PM

sd1994 said:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
Storage: 1: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD
2: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-2206 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)

I am looking to put together a PC for gaming in the near future and I'm looking around at what I want and what it'll cost me. Tonight, I was browsing around and this is what I came up with. I'm looking for comments regarding compatibility, space, whether or not some of my components are crud or if I'm spending too much, ect. Just help me out. I've never done a build before and this is new to me so I just want to make sure everything is copacetic. Thanks.


it looks pretty good, but the liquid cooling is unnecessary, and i suggest getting a cpu with a k at the end so that you are free to overclock. and if you are to overclock, then keep the liquid cooling. Just make sure everything is tightly seeled, you dont want any water on the parts
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August 4, 2013 8:50:36 PM

The sound card is unnecessary, and you're spending too much on the CPU and motherboard compared to the GPU.

Get an i5 4670k and a good 1150 motherboard, and use the money you've saved to get a better graphics card, such as a 760 or even a 770.
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August 4, 2013 9:01:15 PM

Maygentria said:
The sound card is unnecessary, and you're spending too much on the CPU and motherboard compared to the GPU.

Get an i5 4670k and a good 1150 motherboard, and use the money you've saved to get a better graphics card, such as a 760 or even a 770.


The 4670k is the has well version of the 3570k, right? Also, link me to the 1150 you'd recommend.

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August 4, 2013 9:02:15 PM

Are you using this for anything other than gaming and internet browsing? That CPU is probably overkill and the MB together will put you spending more than you really need to. Especially if you are only looking to use 8Gb of 1333 RAM and a single GTX 660 I don't see the benefit to this platform. I second the notion of the Ivy Bridge 1155 i5 and if you can get a cheap one and a solid motherboard you will save a lot of cash that you can then put towards a new GTX 760 or GTX 770 for example. Why did you pick that particular CPU and MB? Will the GTX 660 really satisfy you after spending all that money, you may regret not getting something higher up considering the $ you are spending. Just a thought.
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August 4, 2013 9:13:06 PM

MagusALL said:
Are you using this for anything other than gaming and internet browsing? That CPU is probably overkill and the MB together will put you spending more than you really need to. Especially if you are only looking to use 8Gb of 1333 RAM and a single GTX 660 I don't see the benefit to this platform. I second the notion of the Ivy Bridge 1155 i5 and if you can get a cheap one and a solid motherboard you will save a lot of cash that you can then put towards a new GTX 760 or GTX 770 for example. Why did you pick that particular CPU and MB? Will the GTX 660 really satisfy you after spending all that money, you may regret not getting something higher up considering the $ you are spending. Just a thought.


Okay so if I switch CPU to Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor, MB to ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard, and add a GTX 760/770 I'd be looking a little more balanced? And my main goal is to have the absolute best gaming experience possible while also enjoying my first build, if that makes sense. And, since this is my first build and I'm a little new to everything and I lack the eye of balance when it comes to piecing together a PC.
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August 5, 2013 8:51:45 AM

sd1994 said:
MagusALL said:
Are you using this for anything other than gaming and internet browsing? That CPU is probably overkill and the MB together will put you spending more than you really need to. Especially if you are only looking to use 8Gb of 1333 RAM and a single GTX 660 I don't see the benefit to this platform. I second the notion of the Ivy Bridge 1155 i5 and if you can get a cheap one and a solid motherboard you will save a lot of cash that you can then put towards a new GTX 760 or GTX 770 for example. Why did you pick that particular CPU and MB? Will the GTX 660 really satisfy you after spending all that money, you may regret not getting something higher up considering the $ you are spending. Just a thought.


Okay so if I switch CPU to Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor, MB to ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard, and add a GTX 760/770 I'd be looking a little more balanced? And my main goal is to have the absolute best gaming experience possible while also enjoying my first build, if that makes sense. And, since this is my first build and I'm a little new to everything and I lack the eye of balance when it comes to piecing together a PC.


yes, but you would aslo have to have good gaming RAM, look at the g.skill sniper series 2133mhz
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