thoughts on this build. Its for gaming, just makign sure not to have to spend money for a 4-6 ears minimum.

I want a water cooling system ( looped i think is beter ) for the CPU ( idk if i should put one on the graphic card ) im not gona overclock...its basicly overkill already for the next years to come. but i just want a good cooling system. ihave the cooler master seidon 240mm in mind, but anything more or less 200-300$ is ok. and also for the case is there a beter one in the same price range. maybe one that comes with a full cooling system other than fans. plz help, most parts i get from ebay and gotta place bids soon.

Case - Cooler master rc-932 full tower.

CPU - Intel i7 extreme edition i7-3970x

Water cooling system - cooler master seidon 240mm.

Motherboard - Asus rampage IV extreme.

Power supply - Corsair pro series AX 1200 watt.

Graphic card - 6GB amd radeon hd 7990.

Memory/Ram - 16Gb corsair dominator platinum 1600 mhz 2x8
( gona upgrade to 8x8 down the road)

Hard Drive ssd - samsung 840 pro series 256GB
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  1. in 4-6 years all of that system will be nearly trash. that is a given.

    buying a normal system, i.e. not extreme components you'd get 90% of the performance at 60% of the cost, then spend that 40% in 2-3 years and end up with a system that lasts a lot longer.
  2. can u give me an example of a system that could run every game in high specs ( for games out right now )
    that would cost less...cause this i can get for 3.5k parts by parts. which is really not that much for the quality.
  3. Raoul St-onge said:
    can u give me an example of a system that could run every game in high specs ( for games out right now )
    that would cost less...cause this i can get for 3.5k parts by parts. which is really not that much for the quality.

    drop the extreme i7 for an i5 kseries, get a cheaper mobo, and drop the gpu to a gtx 780 or even a 770 that will run all on high at 1080p. the PSU is over specced, but will allow for sli in the future. That will give you most of the performance of your build. Especially when you consider that you should be running on adaptive v-sync so anything above 60fps will be lost.

    which version of windows will you be using. to be honest it looks like you've you gone to the bottom of each price list and picked the expensive parts.
  4. ill be using windows 7 home premium i already have it installed on this hard drive. Yea i guess im startign to realize this. I just want to make sure shit runs smooth at least for a couple years to come.
  5. windows home premium stops at 16GB, so they'll be no way to go up to 32GB. When buying bleeding edge equipment it might be better to buy two systems in effect, but 2-3-4 years apart.
  6. Its possible to do what your asking. Its the same setup ive been doing for the past 10 years. But you cant buy once and expect everything to last 4-6 years. I found you MUST upgrade your video card as times change.

    For your initial purchase, buy stuff thats reliable above all else. This will cost more, in some cases a LOT more, so plan accordingly. Secondly do not overlock anything, this reduces the lifetime and reliability. This also holds for "factory OC" stuff

    Suggestions on your current build:
    Swap out the water cooling for a GOOD quality air cooler. There is less to go wrong and they are easier to clean. A "side blower" style works best.
    (no guarantee these exact modules will work in your setup - but this is the style you want)

    get a smaller PSU, 1200w is really only for tri/quad SLI or xfire systems. And pick a quality brand.

    Since your gaming, your going to want lots of storage for your games. Use the SSD as a boot/system drive, and get a mechanical one to store the rest of your stuff:

    My current setup:
    Core i7 980x (stock speeds)
    cpu Fan like this one:
    PSU like this one:
    Asus mobo
    12GB ram
    80gb SSD system drive
    2TB data drive (the one I linked above)
    EVGA GTX 580 classified.

    I purchased the system in 2008 with a GTX285. Ive since upgraded to the 580, and im pondering a 700 series card for christmas. Ive also had to replace 3 of my 4 case fans.

    Im not a "hardcore" gamer, but the system plays everything I want at mid to max settings on @ 2560x1440 on my 27" monitor.
  7. Will it even run with 16GB or do i need to reduce? Wich windows runs more? thank you btw, this is really helpfull.
  8. Best answer
    You mentioned already having Windows and a hard drive, if you don't want to re-install (though you might have to) Add a drive and OS to this build of your choice and you are ready to go. Should last many years regardless of video card upgrades. One more chip is scheduled for this socket, so you can upgrade to that as well if needed.

    As to the above post, overclocking does reduce the life a PC, but gamers upgrade more frequently then would matter in that case. If you are building a server class machine to run for 7+ years, sure don't overclock.

    PCPartPicker part list: Price breakdown by merchant: Benchmarks: CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($200.99 @ SuperBiiz) Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($136.38 @ NCIX US) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($415.91 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($407.99 @ SuperBiiz) Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case ($171.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1804.21 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 14:19 EDT-0400)
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