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$1600 Build - All Parts Compatible and Worth It?

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March 17, 2012 6:57:24 AM

Case: Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2550K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155

Cooling System: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan

Motherboard: GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX MB

Memory/RAM: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)

Power Supply: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready

Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO or Asus Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Xonar DG Sound Card
( I have Logitech Z313 2.1 DT speaker & Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset ) Do you think I should upgrade from on-board sound to Asus Xonar DG?

OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
March 17, 2012 10:28:09 AM

i would not spend so much on case.nzxt phantom or 500R are good cheaper alternatives.
get 2500k,2550k is not worth extra bucks.
get a good air cooler like hyper 212 EVO.H60 isn't that great and stock is crappy as hell.
get low profile ram.
gtx 580 is outdated.get 7950 or 7970(if budget allows)
don't spend so much on a hdd.get a ssd.
you don't need dedicated audio card unless you are going to do some serious sound editing.
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March 17, 2012 11:37:27 AM

ok dont listen to last reply if your willing to spend so much jack. wait till nvidia releases its series and decide then i would personally go with some z series 1155 board a 3770k witch will also be out really soon. that way you can see the benchmarks.I personally have a 2600k gtx 570 8gb corsair ram ocz vertex2 ssd and am extremely satisfied. however i waited patiently watched bench results and measured performance per dollar. now that i look back as the 2600k does not support pci3.0 (small regret) but 2011 was real first to this market its way overpriced. you are on the cusp of generation switch so be patient with 1600 dollars you can build a really awesome pc in a month or so. heres how i would go about such 3770k cpu nvidia 670gpu 8gigs ram any will do its cheap as hell right now any ssd to keep up with other components dont cheap out to much on psu case comes down to personal preference i really liked the article on easy liquid cooling on this website the nzxt case is sick. i know you dont wanna here blow a bunch of bucks on cpu but the performance of the 3770 sounds like the best bang for buck if you want it to last for a while. last edit yeah the last post is correct on current configurations and you would never need an audio card as all newer boards will have the audio resources needed... but like i said we are in a transition between generations. wait see how things roll out and when you can see where the best bang for buck is go there amd or intel i dont care
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March 17, 2012 11:58:37 AM

freshbakd said:
ok dont listen to last reply if your willing to spend so much jack. wait till nvidia releases its series and decide then i would personally go with some z series 1155 board a 3770k witch will also be out really soon.


well that's a good idea but i don't think it's going to be out "really soon" :lol: 
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March 18, 2012 3:47:56 AM

It comes out next week hellfire.
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March 18, 2012 4:13:59 AM

^ i heard it was scheduled for june?but if it's coming next week that it's worth waiting.
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March 18, 2012 4:20:05 AM

That is what NVIDIA says atleast. I think the GTX 690 is scheduled for June, but Idk for sure.
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March 22, 2012 12:03:32 AM

I guess I will wait for the nvida kepler and intel ivy bridge then. Thank you :) 
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March 22, 2012 2:28:06 AM

if you are done then close the thread.
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March 22, 2012 5:52:40 AM

Have fun. Don't forget to ask for help when that time comes. :) 
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