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April 6, 2012 7:18:57 AM

Hey guys,

So I'm looking forward to building my first gaming pc. It's primarily going to be used for games but I will also use this for video cap/editing and Photoshop. I want to build one that's pretty high end (enough to play any current and upcoming games smoothly and on high or highest settings). I would like to have a future proof build if I can.

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Approximate Purchase Date: If I can pick everything out then probably this month or the next.

Budget Range: $2000 more or less.

System Usage: Gaming, Video Cap/Editing, Movies, Web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, 16GB RAM, Nvidia Card

Overclocking: Maybe later on.

SLI or Crossfire: In the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1080 at most. Might run 2 monitors.

Additional Comments: Preferably quiet, good airflow and air cooling, not too big or heavy

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Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77

CPU: i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature (Bought)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (x2)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (x2)

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850

Case: Corsair White 600T


I'm open for suggestion on everything but mostly:
1) Motherboard (Fingers crossed good and reliable :D  )
2) Case (Mid or full tower with plenty of space, good airflow, front USB, Mic/Headset ports)
3) CPU
4) RAM (16GB)

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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 7:44:07 AM

The GTX 580 is dead .

The new radeons 7950 , 7970 and nVidias GTX 680 beat it easily

You need a 650 watt psu

The 2700k is a slight overclock but there is no other difference

Cases are a personal choice but which other part of your computer will match the white case?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 10:29:02 AM

This budget will sufix your needs

intel i7 3820
asus sabertooth x79
Corsair vengence 4x4gb 1600mhz ddr3 ram
evga gtx 680 2gb
crucial m4 128 gb ssd
wd carvier blue 500gb x2 in raid 1 for work files
seagate baracuda 3tb hdd
pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver psu
windows 7 pro
corsair carbide 600t white edition.

This should fit in your budget . if not then you can reduce few parts.

Motherboard

asrock x79 extreme4

hdd

seagate 1tb 7200 rpm
April 6, 2012 7:18:17 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The GTX 580 is dead .

The new radeons 7950 , 7970 and nVidias GTX 680 beat it easily

You need a 650 watt psu

The 2700k is a slight overclock but there is no other difference

Cases are a personal choice but which other part of your computer will match the white case?


Yea I might go with the 680. I was trying to make it a red/black color scheme or blue/black but more importantly I want reliability over cosmetics.
April 6, 2012 7:24:13 PM

serialkiller said:
This budget will sufix your needs

intel i7 3820
asus sabertooth x79
Corsair vengence 4x4gb 1600mhz ddr3 ram
evga gtx 680 2gb
crucial m4 128 gb ssd
wd carvier blue 500gb x2 in raid 1 for work files
seagate baracuda 3tb hdd
pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver psu
windows 7 pro
corsair carbide 600t white edition.

This should fit in your budget . if not then you can reduce few parts.

Motherboard

asrock x79 extreme4

hdd

seagate 1tb 7200 rpm


Is it worth it to go 2011 socket instead of sticking with 1155? What are the pros and cons? Wouldn't 1155 suffice for gaming and some vid editing? I don't think I'd need all those DIMM slots on the sabertooth. I don't think I'd be going over 16GB RAM.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 7:40:57 PM

A budget of 2000 you can affort and upgrade next year with ib-e

if not then wait for ive bridge and also with the remaining money buy a nice ips monitor.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 8:48:39 PM

After IB, there probably won't be an upgrade path for the 1155 socket, so I say stick with LGA 2011.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 8:56:59 PM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... <----- Here's a price run down of the Ivy Bridge cpu's in $USD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <----- Z77 boards already for sale in Australia. In the past few years the Aussies have been getting the goodies a month ahead of the US and Canada including Sandy Bridge and the 1155 boards. The Aussies have already pulled some of the 1155 Cougar Point boards (H61/H67/P67/Z68) from their site. In fact a lot of those boards are no longer for sale on that site compared to last month.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <----- Line-up of Ivy Bridge desktop cpu's to date.

Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

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/Inte... <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=... <----- 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-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks



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



http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC600TWM-WHT-Special-Grap... $169.67 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - White

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011013-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/B0050... $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/P8Z7...
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 $332
Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.5Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

Add this fan down below to that CM 212 EVO cpu h/s for a "push - pull" effect to help bring the cpu temps down even more.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-... $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=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $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=N82E168... $499.99
ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 8:59:55 PM

Have fun paying extra $ when the LGA 1155 socket becomes extinct. Since he has the $, I'd go with LGA 2011.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 9:02:23 PM

azeem40 said:
Have fun paying extra $ when the LGA 1155 socket becomes extinct. Since he has the $, I'd go with LGA 2011.

So when is Haswell due out?
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2012 10:52:30 PM

I'd say 2011 is more worthwhile if you want the 'longer longevity' and 'upgradeability' and can put up with the extra heat (and therefore noise) in the meantime.
April 17, 2012 11:22:11 AM

Thanks for all the help so far guys. I've been researching and thinking more over the past few days. So, I was thinking what if I get a Z77 board with a 2600K for now. What I'm thinking is that once I put this together I won't be upgrading for maybe at least a year or 2 so maybe then I'll get a 2011 if I need to upgrade.

If so, how does this look to you? Suggestions?

Newegg Wishlist

I have 2 mobos, PSUs, 2 sets of RAM in that list because I don't know which one to pick yet so any help is welcome. Also will the corsair vengeance clear the Hyper 212 fan? Any advice or changes?
April 17, 2012 12:01:47 PM

Oddone said:
Thanks for all the help so far guys. I've been researching and thinking more over the past few days. So, I was thinking what if I get a Z77 board with a 2600K for now. What I'm thinking is that once I put this together I won't be upgrading for maybe at least a year or 2 so maybe then I'll get a 2011 if I need to upgrade.

If so, how does this look to you? Suggestions?

Newegg Wishlist

I have 2 mobos, PSUs, 2 sets of RAM in that list because I don't know which one to pick yet so any help is welcome. Also will the corsair vengeance clear the Hyper 212 fan? Any advice or changes?


well,if you think you can utilizes hyper threading then get 2600k otherwise 2500k is better then 2600k for gaming.the parts you selected are great but a bit overpriced IMO.you can get similar(or better) performance with cheaper parts.i would suggest the following changes-
1-he case is great but i find it a bit overpriced.nzxt phantom or corsair 500r are great alternatives.both are similarly priced,have a look-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



2-i like asus boards but now i think UD5H is a better 'value for product'.it has a lot of 'necessary' features and is cheaper too-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3-the power supplies you selected are great but overpriced.i would sugggest pc power and cooling 950w silver psu-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it's a great deal for $130.

4-you don't need 16gb ram for gaming but if you think you can take full advantage of it then grab a good low profile kit,some thing like this-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5-for storage go with a single 2tb drive and for $130 f4 2tb is a good deal-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6-i love crucial ssds but mushkin enhanced chronos deluxe is faster and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Quote:

Max Sequential Read
Up to 560MB/s
Max Sequential Write
Up to 525MB/s

it's a 240gb drive for $230 :ouch: 

7-coolermaster stock paste is good enough and get hyper 212 EVO is better then 212+ and looks cool-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

other things are good.
April 27, 2012 2:22:48 AM

Okay so I sprung and ordered a GTX680 SC Signature card. :D 
Now just need to figure out the rest of the PC. I took the SSD off the list because that would make it go over budget a bit. Besides, I could get it later on.
I really like the 600T case but I've read about the pass through front USB ports. How do you guys that have the case fix that?
Also, noob question, but if I buy 2 HDD's bare bones, will the mobo come with all the cables or do I need to get some myself?
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