Infamous Topic - My First Build - Suggestions/Advice/Feedback

Budget: $$ < 2,000
Goal:
- Play the latest games for the next year or 2.
- Be able to upgrade cpu and possibly going for xfire or sli configuration when the price drops for the 2nd vid card.
- USB 3.0 a must

So here's the lineup.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155
VIDEO: ASUS HD7870
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB)

Cooler: Noctua NH-C14
Case: NZXT Switch 810
Power: SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W

HardDrive:
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

Planning to buy the parts this week to start working on it. I forgot to mention, I'm aiming to build this in preparation for diablo 3!
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  1. Get a 2500K, a 680, a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3, a good 750W PSU and a much cheaper CPU cooler, like a Scythe Mugen 3. There: that's a far better GPU and still a few hundred dollars less. Maybe throw in a mechanical keyboard. Also, get RAM sticks without such giant, annoying heat spreaders. Here we are: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231547

    Note: the 680 isn't actually currently available. If you don't want to wait for it to come back into stock, grab a 7970.
  2. Quote:
    Get a 2500K, a 680, a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3, a good 750W PSU and a much cheaper CPU cooler, like a Scythe Mugen 3.


    +1. For gaming, the 2700K (or the 2600K) is overkill. Using the money you save to purchase a 680 is also a great decision. The Gigabyte Z68 motherboard will give you PCI-E 3.0 (when Ivy Bridge comes out) which you will probably want when you get a second 680 for SLI so you avoid cutting your bandwidth in half, especially for a card of that caliber. This is a much better gaming system and will be more futureproof.
  3. aicom said:
    The Gigabyte Z68 motherboard will give you PCI-E 3.0 (when Ivy Bridge comes out) which you will probably want when you get a second 680 for SLI so you avoid cutting your bandwidth in half, especially for a card of that caliber. This is a much better gaming system and will be more futureproof.


    Hi, wouldn't the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 also support ivy bridge based on it being gen3?
  4. butching314 said:
    Hi, wouldn't the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 also support ivy bridge based on it being gen3?


    It would. The main reason for going the Gigabyte route is saving that $100. My fault for not checking that one.
  5. Actually, I don't think it does support PCI 3.0. Go for the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  6. kajabla said:
    Also, get RAM sticks without such giant, annoying heat spreaders. Here we are: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231547


    Hi, I'd like to get more info on the mem sticks, picked those sticks primarily since I can always upgrade for an extra 2x more 8gb.
  7. Between the board and the 680 all boils down to the following:

    Extreme7: 3way sli but single pcie 3.0
    Extreme3: 2x pcie 3.0
  8. ^Yep. I don't think it's worth the extra cash.

    Mem sticks: if you insist. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558
  9. That motherboard has x16 and x16 setup for dual gpu setup and will give more performance than pci 3.0 x8 and x8
  10. My recommendation.

    Intel i5 2500k
    Cooler master hyper 212 evo
    asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
    Corsair vengence 2x 4 gb 1600 mhz low prpc powerofile ddr3 ram
    evga gtx 680 2 gb oc or sapphire hd 7870 ghz edition 2gb
    Pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver
    Crucial m4 128 gb sata 3 ssd
    seagate green baracuda 2tb 5900 rpm hdd
    asus 24x dvd writer
    cm storm sniper mid tower.

    Windows 7 home premium x64
  11. ^similar to my recommendation but with an overpowered PSU.

    PCI 3.0 x8 has exactly the same bandwidth (and performance) as PCI 2.0 x8.
  12. Sandy Bridge cpu's and the P67/Z68 boards are being phased out or Ivy Bridge, Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

    Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

    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.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

    http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Intel_Z77 <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

    http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=2&v=24 <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

    http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-core-i7-3770k/9 <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks



    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock-guide/ <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866663&sr=1-3 $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866828&sr=1-1 $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

    http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77_WS/#overview
    ASUS P8Z77 WS (4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 dual x16 or x16, x8, x8 or quad x8)

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview $220 should be a close guesstimate
    Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $34.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-R4-BMBS-20PK-R0/dp/B0030DL37I/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1333218396&sr=1-5 $11.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $128.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1333216718&sr=1-9 $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121626 $499.99
    ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html <---- a better look at that case
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