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Building my first gaming pc and need some help!

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August 8, 2013 6:58:47 AM

Hi guys I'm going to be running this set-up but I'm a little concerned that some of the items might not be compatible or fit together so I was wondering if anyone has a similar set-up and if you have any other recommendations of something better or that I should replace for what I'm aiming for about the same price range which is around $1800 or so, it would be most helpful. The pc will be mostly for gaming and I probably won't overclock anything from the start but I do have some parts listed that would come in handy should I want to in the future. Also how many fans would you guys recommend I buy in my particular case to replace the stock ones as I have no clue what type of fans (Pressurized or Airflow 120mm-140mm) I should be getting to replace the stock ones with the CPU cooler I've chosen. Also will the memory I've chosen clear and fit in the DIMM slots with either CPU coolers that I've chosen. Anyways here's the list.

Set-up I want to run is:

Case-Corsair 500r or Corsair 600t

CPU-Intel Core i7 3770k

CPU Cooler- Noctua nh-d14 or Cooler Master 212 Hyper Evo

Motherboard- Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 or Asus Sabertooth Z77

RAM- 16gb (4x4gb) Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 1600

Fan Controller-NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller

Hard Drives- 128 gb Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD and a Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA Hard Drive 64MB Cache 7200 RPM

GPU- MSI Gaming Geforce GTX 760 or Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7950

PSU-Corsair HX Series HX650 or Corsiar HX Series HX750

Case Fans-Cooler Master 120mm LED Blue Fans or 120mm Noctua NF-P12-1300 and Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm case fans

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August 8, 2013 7:20:32 AM

Looks pretty good. Absolutely no reason that all wouldn't fit together nicely.

I have the i7 3770k, its an awesome processor, literally cannot make the thing lag at all. Can't speak for the choice of CPU cooler but should be fine. I use the Kuhler 620 liquid cooler on mine, sits at 26c idle, never seen it exceed 42c even under stress testing. Make sure your motherboard choice supports VCore overclocking if you are going for the 3770k though. I use a Gigabyte mITX board which only supports multiplier increases so I cant overclock past 4.2ghz (not a huge loss though!)
GTX 760 should be a good match too. I have the GTX670 in mine which although is slightly warm at times (around 65-75c under load), I doubt you'll see any issues if you are using a full size case. I only use an mITX case so cooling/airflow in an ATX should be more than ok. *Edit* I only run 2x 120mm case fans and the liquid cooler on the CPU. You may want an additional fan because your case is larger but should be all good.
Personally i'd go for 2x8gb RAM so you can leave the other 2 slots free, in case you decide to throw another 2 in later. I'd probably go for the 750w PSU too, but thats just airing on the side of caution. At the end of the day, it'll only ever draw whatever power it needs so its better to have more spare than not enough.
Mostly, enjoy yourself! Its great fun building a PC and by the looks of it, you're well prepped :D 
August 8, 2013 7:33:26 AM

thx I'm going with the Corsair 500r Mid Tower Case or the Corsair 600t which from images I've seen of people using some of the parts I listed using these towers on pcpartpicker looks like they would all fit fine but I just wasn't sure as no one had a system with exactly all the parts I listed at the same time.

Now my only other issue would be now the stock fans that for example come in the 500r or 600t. Can I replace them with the Noctua NF-d12 or NF-d14 ones where applicable and if so how many of them should I buy. I want to cool the system as much as possible so I want to fit in as many as I can but I don't know whats an ideal number I should get to replace the stock ones and to add new ones where possible. I read somewhere about the Noctua NH-d14 taking up so much room that you could not replace the 200mm side fan on the side panel with say a Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm because of the clearance and the case would not close. Would I be better off just getting a Cooler Master 212 Hyper Evo or is it just as big as the Noctua NH-d14?

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August 8, 2013 8:15:25 AM

I would always replace original case fans, simply for the noise factor. Most of the bundled case fans are cheap and loud which is annoying as hell when you want to watch a movie. Also it looks like the 600t case is seriously calling out for a Corsair H80 or similar sealed liquid cooling loop. Would not only stop you ever having to worry about CPU temps but they double as case fans and would give better clearance for the RAM.
As for the number of fans, sometimes more is not better. You need to take into account the flow of air circulating around the case, as opposed to just blowing as much air as you can into the case. Equally you need to remember the PSU will have an in-built fan which can be used as a case fan/extractor fan depending on which way it is mounted. I cant see that you'd need more than 3-4 additional 120/140mm case fans, its just about arranging them in the correct intake/exhaust placement to get the maximum effect. I think at the end of my last build, I had more left over spare case fans than I actually had inside the case.