I7 3930k build

So I have been lucky enough to get an I7-3930k from Intel for a really outstanding price through employee purchase from my company.

That being said, I've decided to ask for a little advice for my 3930k build!

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007
This is the case I'd like to continue to use. I love the build quality and the cable management is perfect.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128532
I generally like Gigabyte's m-boards, that being said I have NO INTENTION on overclocking, the only reason I am using such a powerful processor is because of the price point.

Cooling: This is where I am stuck, I know I want to keep air cooling on this processor as water cooling is more management than I care to give. My current ideas are: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 vs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074 My only two concerns are. What would you think is quieter vs keeping the rig cool (This machine is purely for games.)

RAM: I plan on using quad channel ram, but I think I will be going for 8GB. I don't see a reason to go higher for games due to the nature of game design. Would I be able to use any ram with the heat syncs I've listed? I've heard people complain about the slots getting covered.

HDD: Will be solid state, but that is all I have planned. I will likely just buy a quality brand for the lowest price.

Powersupply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036
This is my current power supply. I'd like to roll it over as it is only 3-5 months old. Would this be enough power?

Videocard(s): I am torn as to what I should do for videocard. I am a gamer, and this machine will be purely for gaming on 1-2 monitors running 1920x1280 res. I have had a few friends suggest to me SLI/Crossfire for my build, but I am still leaning toward a single GPU.

So what I am really asking is for a little help on CPU cooling, and video cards for this machine. The PC is purely for Games and I plan to do live streaming with it. (Streaming my games).

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  1. If youre absolutely certain you wont be doing any overclocking, just use the stock CPU cooler. Itll get the job done. And if you do decide to do some OC'ing later on, its not that big a problem to swap in a good aftermarket cooler later.

    As for video cards, get the best one you can afford. If youre going to be running multiple monitors, youre going to need a good bit of horsepower. The $500 GTX680 is the best single card on the market right now with the $450 7970 right behind it and the $400 GTX670 nipping at its heels. These will be the best way for you to go if youre going to be gaming at resolutions over 1920x1080. If youre not going to overclock your video cards either, Id get the GTX680 if you can afford the $500 price tag.
  2. The issue I'm having is the high end I7's don't come with stock cooling :[

    My videocard budget is 300 or so!

    Thanks for your info!
  3. Please don't cheap out on the power supply. Get a nice PSU from XFX, Corsair, Seasonic, or Antec...even if its weaker. Don't cheap out on it.
  4. msgtadamus said:
    The issue I'm having is the high end I7's don't come with stock cooling :[

    My videocard budget is 300 or so!

    Thanks for your info!

    Ah. In that case, grab a Cooler Master Hyper 212+. They're usually $30 or less and will do a great job.

    If your budget is $300, then the 7870 would be the best card at that price. They're starting at $310 at Newegg and will give good frame rates on any game at 1920x1080 at max settings.
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