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Hello I'm building my first comp heres my potential setup. any ideas?

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February 2, 2012 12:08:02 AM

Hi everyone!

I am looking to build a computer myself for the first time when i get back from deployment. I was hoping some of you geniuses wouldn't mind looking at my potential build and tell me whether i can make this any better and if these parts are compatible or not.... thank you for your time! I found all of these parts on newegg.com aside from the processor which obviously isnt available. I am open to any suggestions my budget is 2500 to 3000...

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Ivy Bridge i7-3770K

Memory: (2 F THESE) CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10

GPU: (2 OF THESE CROSSFIRED) SAPPHIRE 100315-2GL Radeon HD 6850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Audio Card: HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive: (2 OF THESE) Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Wireless Adapter: Rosewill RNX-MiniN2 (RWLD-11002) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2, IEEE 802.1x

Liquid Cooling: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

February 2, 2012 12:49:22 AM

It would be nice if you posted some links!
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February 2, 2012 12:52:16 AM

BuBzXXL said:
It would be nice if you posted some links!


The ivy bridge is not out yet. So can't really link to that :p 
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February 2, 2012 1:15:46 AM

Hi there! Welceom to the forums.

You've done a good job so far. Could you please full out this form and put it in your post? http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... gives us a little more information. Here's what I have to say on what you have so far.

-Drop the CPU to a 2500k. There's no sense putting your money on the i7-3770k quite yet. The 2500k is available now and the best buy on the market. Plus, you'll save a cool benjamin.

-Quite the expensive mobo you got there! I might prefer something with a little bit better overclocking capabilities, like this board here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Yes it's microATX but it offers some of the best overclocking out there for a relatively tame price. Plus it just looks badass!

-Your RAM is erm.. Very expensive and very unnecessary. 4GB is fine for the average user, 8GB for a gamer. This keeps prices down and performance up! Spend the extra money on fast RAM instead of more RAM.

-Woah buddy, wanna swap those GPU's. For a gaming rig, the GPU is the most important part. Try using a pair of 6970's instead of 6850's. The performance gap (and the price gap, haha) is HUGE! don't buy 6850's if you plan on gaming.

-I would drop the sound card unless you have a KILLER headset. Onboard is fine and the board I linked has a great sound card built in.

-Your PSU is overkill. Grab a quality 850w or 1000w unit from Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX, or Enermax to name a few. Coolermaster isn't considered "top tier".

Your hard drives are alright, just get the cheapest you can find.

-I would drop the liquid cooling in favor of a good air cooler. Something like a Noctua DH14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you wanna overclock to 5.0GHz or something. If not, a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO would get the job done, without a doubt.

-Lastly, the SSD. You have a good, reliable SSD there. If you wanna get a little more speed for around the same price I'd suggest an OCZ Vertex 3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well, I basically tore your build apart :p  Just trying to help you out, man. Cheers!
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February 2, 2012 1:31:44 AM

He also didn't state what the computer is for. He might need the cores/threads and ram if he is doing more than just gaming.

With a 3k budget I'd also go with 7950/70s because you can /drool
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February 2, 2012 1:51:09 AM

crewton said:
He also didn't state what the computer is for. He might need the cores/threads and ram if he is doing more than just gaming.

Haha, yeah. I just assumed.
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February 2, 2012 2:36:20 AM

yeah guys definitely gaming/media center
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February 2, 2012 2:38:31 AM

also im going to hook up a 7.1 surround sound system to it as well so its not just a head set but i do have some tritons
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February 2, 2012 2:49:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: july 2012

Budget Range: 3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming-media center/schoolwork/internet



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon

Country: united states
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: best performance... not experienced enough for brand prefs yet

Overclocking: im not sure about how this works yet but i'd like to be capable

SLI or Crossfire: trying to decide between 1 awesome gpu or 2 medium crosffired/SLI

Monitor Resolution: 60 in sharp led quattron 3d tv (i already own this)

Additional Comments:i am all about best performance.

srry aout no links.... i have horrible internet where i am stationed and it takes a loooooong time to load websites please bear with me.....
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February 2, 2012 3:03:54 AM

also i would like to get the best system i can for 3000 dollars, ill be spending all of it (even if its overkill :)  ) and i am open to any and all suggestions even if you tear my build apart, i do however really want that specific case. thank u all soooo much
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February 2, 2012 3:09:54 AM

I'd definitely wait untill after the first tests and reviews of the ivy bridge cpus to know exactly which one you'd want for best performance to garantee you can maximize your full budget. Intel hasn't dropped the ball yet but theres always a chance for a fumble with the first wave of chips. And it happens.
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February 12, 2012 1:51:12 AM

Best answer selected by ender2785.
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