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March 23, 2012 6:31:08 PM

Finally looking at putting a new PC together as its been years and just looking for some advice from fellow tom's. I am going to be using this PC mostly for gaming and a little web surfing/movies. I will be gaming on a TV and a PC monitor (both 1080p).

This is what I have so far:

MOBO: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU Cooler: Not sure

RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SSD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: Not sure (looking for around 2TB)

GPU: Not sure (680 gtx more then likely)

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CD/BD-ROM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Price isn't really option for the GPU and I know I could easily settle for a 2600k but I am upgrading from a Q6600 on stock clocks so I hope to see a huge improvement. Below is what I am upgrading from.
Q6600 > i7 2700k
275 GTX > 680 GTX
Crappy HDD > SSD

Any recommendations let me know.. I'm just not wanting any bottle necking. I know that Ivy is around the corner and Sandy Bridge-E but I just don't see the value in them for my personal use. If my 2700k bottlenecks my computer I would defiantly look at paying a bit more for the 3800 CPU's.
Thanks again toms!
a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2012 6:47:10 PM

You will definitely see an improvement more so because of the architecture upgrade.

That setup looks super. I'm going to pick up a couple 680s myself when they are available at my local PC parts store.

You could consider the Kuhler 920 as the cooling solution to top off that processor.

Anything else I'd recommend would just be a matter of personal preference.

It's all solid.
March 23, 2012 6:54:45 PM

As for future proofing is it more viable to go with a i7 3800 series or could I just generally stick with the i7 26/2700 CPUs. I don't plan on upgrading again for at least a year maybe two depending on the games and what the demand.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2012 12:09:44 PM

Honestly, if you have the money for it, I'd go for the LGA2011. The only thing is, if I were going to do that, I'd get the 3930 6-core processor at around $600. Otherwise, the 2600k or 2700k on the Z68 platform have shown a gaming performance advantage over the lower-end 38xx processor.

But if you don't want to spend $900 on the motherboard and processor, the 2600k or 2700k will give you great gaming performance at around $500 total. This will let you sink more money into your video card(s). Even 2 680s in SLI don't saturate the bandwidth of the 8 lanes of PCIe 2.0 16x interface.

I have to tell you, I'm going to be upgrading my video capabilities to 2 680s when they get them in stock at my local PC store, but I don't even really need to. I really believe I'd get 2-3 more solid years out of my 2 580s before I might see them start to choke and that's on a 1366 platform.

The motherboard your looking at is gen 3 so it has PCIe 3.0 support. This is the way to go for an 1155 board. Also, if you get a 680 now and add a second at some point, you easily even be able to drive BF3 in ultra mode across 3 screens at around 60fps. If you're just running with one screen, you won't even need the 40 PCIe lanes the lga2011 would give you unless you plan to plug in a lot more disk controllers or other add on cards.

So... short story long, the 1155 setup you've chosen seems like a great way to go. I'd say you'd get about 4-5 years out of it without having to start worrying about an upgrade. But if you have $400 extra to spend and you need to run 3-way+ SLI, you could get into the LGA 2011, but I'm guessing they'd both have about the same useful lifespan of 4-5 more years. In terms, of future proofing, this is about as much as you can ask for.
March 26, 2012 12:50:13 PM

to be honest i'd wait for the ivy bridge to come out, at the same pricepoint you can get the equivalent of the 2700k (its called the 3770K this time) and mainly it has better overall performance. you'd have to wait a month so i'd say its worth it.

not to mention the fact that your board (beautiful board i have the v-pro version) supports PCIE 3, and your gtx 680's will, so you'll need a processor to utilise that. sandy bridge does not support 3.0

wait for ivy bridge then re-assess. your too close to a release to be thinking of upgrading to what is about to become redundant.
March 26, 2012 6:46:54 PM

Awesome thanks for the replies got another little question. The 680 will use the PCIE 3.0 and the 2700k won't. How much of a difference are we taking for games waiting for Ivy. I understand it will be more processing power as well for general tasks but if I hop on a deal for the 2700k (235$ normally 330$) would I be completely bottle necking my GPUs?

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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2012 11:32:51 PM
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dahfranchize said:
Awesome thanks for the replies got another little question. The 680 will use the PCIE 3.0 and the 2700k won't. How much of a difference are we taking for games waiting for Ivy. I understand it will be more processing power as well for general tasks but if I hop on a deal for the 2700k (235$ normally 330$) would I be completely bottle necking my GPUs?

Nobody knows what the benchmarks for PCI-E 3.0 will be until the release of Ivy Bridge which is due out April 29th along with the new Z77 and Z75 boards.

Personally I would wait a month for it all to be on the shelves. I mean you waited this long so what's another 3 -4 weeks?

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.

Also take advantage of FREE SHIPPING. If your Canadian then newegg is going to hose you on the shipping charges. This site down below along with it's sister company (Best Direct Canada) offer free shipping and usually 9 times out of 10 it beats neweggs prices. Here's a few items to take a look at.

This case down below hasn't been on the market all that long but it has all the bells and whistles. 200mm side fan, multiple fan controllers, dust filters, SSD cage, front 3.0 USB ports, etc....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6196&v... $113.56
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair HX you have linked in the OP. It's quality for a cheaper price.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8651&v... $135.65
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

gtx 680 of course....

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $497.71
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

And a 2TB storage drive...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR0798&v... $132.50
Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB SATA 6GB/S 3.5IN 12MS 5900RPM 64MB Hard Drive OEM

Here's a nice fast 240GB SATA 3 SSD at a decent price...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=30170DR2463&v... $238.22
Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

An inexpensive yet proven cpu cooler that comes with great thermal paste...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $29.69
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

That cooler up above is set up to add this fan to it for a "push - pull" affect to bring the temps down even more...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC6691&v... $8.05
Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Those are Asrocks Z77 and Z75 board line up so far...although they are going to add more boards here soon. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI also have their boards ready to go. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

Add ram, optical drive, etc...
March 27, 2012 12:38:43 AM

Awesome thank you sir.. how is your experience with that site? I usually tend to lean away from less known sites just because I am afraid of getting some dead on arrival and a company just screwing me over for money. I will defiantly check that site out. Thanks again :) 
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2012 12:49:16 AM

dahfranchize said:
Awesome thank you sir.. how is your experience with that site? I usually tend to lean away from less known sites just because I am afraid of getting some dead on arrival and a company just screwing me over for money. I will defiantly check that site out. Thanks again :) 

I live in Alaska, but a lot of Canucks on here purchase from that site. For what you save you end up with more goodies...bigger SSD, etc... Newegg is a hose job for Canadians.
March 27, 2012 12:56:49 AM

Thanks bud! I appreciate the help! I am literally ordering the SSD and PSU right now. Amazing deals!
March 27, 2012 12:56:57 AM

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