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April 6, 2012 11:15:45 PM

Greetings Everyone,

I am getting ready to do my first computer build ever. I have some experience replacing some components such as video cards and RAM but have never built a computer from the ground up. I have a lot of resources at my disposal in the way of family who has done several builds themselves. So here it goes. I want to build a gaming PC that I dont have to worry about upgrading for a few years. I want to have the ability to overclock my CPU, GPU, and RAM. Here is something that I really want... since my computer will be in my room and I will use it to watch movies as my moniter is a 32 inch LED TV, I would like it to be as quiet as possible. Bearing that in mind... here is what I have come up with so far on the components:

Case:
I have narrowed it down between the Antec 300:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the Rosewill Challenger U3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the simple look of both of these cases. They both fit in the space I have so only question I had about both was the cooling and space to install the components I want.

CPU:
Have pretty much ruled out the AMD FX-8150 so rigt now its the Intel I7 2600k. However I was wondering if I should wait for the Ivy Bridge to come out and get that. Was not sure how they were going to be priced in comparison to the 2600k. Anyone have any information on this?

Motherboard:
Right now it is either the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the ASUS Sabertooth X79:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
On this I have some wiggle room. I am not dead set on either of these boards but my goal is to have a board that I dont have to replace for several years and will be able to handle just about any component I can throw at it for games. Quality matters to me here.

CPU Cooler:
I want to overclock my CPU so getting an aftermarket cooler seems to be something that is highly reccommended. Noise matters to me here. I want cooling plus silence... and it has to fit in my case. I was thinking of going with Cooler Master Hyper N 520:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the Noctua NH-U12P :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
any other suggestions would be appreciated. It just has to fit and be quiet.

Video Card:
Was thinking of SAPPHIRE 11200-00-20G Radeon HD 7850 2GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If there is something better for the money, this is about my video card budget, then please let me know.

I have not researched any of the other components such as RAM or hard drives though I plan to get one SSD for this rig.

I was going to put some additional case fans on the system once I figured out what case I was going with, and yes those have to be as quiet as possible to.

I am open to any comments or suggestions. Thank you very much for any help you can be.
April 6, 2012 11:31:54 PM

Hello,

Welcome to the forum. I'll leave a more detailed suggestion later. General advice:

1) If gaming is your priority, don't blow so much money on the CPU.
2) Wait a month for Ivy Bridge to arrive.
3) What resolution is your TV? 1080p?
4) Why is overclocking so important? It's a complicated step and fun to fool around with, but you really don't NEED it for gaming.
5) What is your budget (didn't see it in the OP, but maybe I missed it).

I'll be back later after dinner.
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April 6, 2012 11:34:43 PM

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Motherboard:
Right now it is either the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131700
or the ASUS Sabertooth X79:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131801
On this I have some wiggle room. I am not dead set on either of these boards but my goal is to have a board that I dont have to replace for several years and will be able to handle just about any component I can throw at it for games. Quality matters to me here.


First any micro ATX board like the Maximus IV is a poor choice as it will severly limit your future expansion options. Second - neither one will work with the 2600K and it's not needed for a gaming system. If you go with the X79 - you will need the i7-3820. If you go with the 2600K - you will need a Z68 motherboard.

And I wouldn't recommend either if gaming is the main focus of this build - go with the 2500K and get a good aftermarket cooler. Then spend the difference between that and the motherboard on upgrading your GPU to a 7950 or 680.

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Have pretty much ruled out the AMD FX-8150 so rigt now its the Intel I7 2600k. However I was wondering if I should wait for the Ivy Bridge to come out and get that. Was not sure how they were going to be priced in comparison to the 2600k. Anyone have any information on this?


*waits for Why_Me's response in 3... 2... 1...*
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April 6, 2012 11:43:33 PM

Thank you for the quick responses. I see I have a lot of homework to do. To answer one of the questions... I have a 1080p tv. The reason I will be using the computer is for gaming but it will also be used for some video editing as well and has to be well rounded. I was thinking overclocking may be a way to extend the life of my computer later down the road as I want this system to last as long as possible. Again thank you for the responses. If you have any good motherboard recommendations I would be grateful.
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April 6, 2012 11:53:47 PM

oh... and budget is about $1000-$1500 USD
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April 7, 2012 6:18:55 AM

mekso said:
Thank you for the quick responses. I see I have a lot of homework to do. To answer one of the questions... I have a 1080p tv. The reason I will be using the computer is for gaming but it will also be used for some video editing as well and has to be well rounded. I was thinking overclocking may be a way to extend the life of my computer later down the road as I want this system to last as long as possible. Again thank you for the responses. If you have any good motherboard recommendations I would be grateful.


If you're going to be doing some video editing then I can see where the 3820 or 2600K would come in handy.

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How about this mobo?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131790


Excellent choice - anything by Asus or Gigabyte are bar none the best right now - Asrock is good but their failure rate is somewhat questionable.
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April 7, 2012 7:14:12 AM

Check my sig for suggestions :) 
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April 7, 2012 1:37:04 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Motherboard:
Right now it is either the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131700
or the ASUS Sabertooth X79:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131801
On this I have some wiggle room. I am not dead set on either of these boards but my goal is to have a board that I dont have to replace for several years and will be able to handle just about any component I can throw at it for games. Quality matters to me here.


First any micro ATX board like the Maximus IV is a poor choice as it will severly limit your future expansion options. Second - neither one will work with the 2600K and it's not needed for a gaming system. If you go with the X79 - you will need the i7-3820. If you go with the 2600K - you will need a Z68 motherboard.

And I wouldn't recommend either if gaming is the main focus of this build - go with the 2500K and get a good aftermarket cooler. Then spend the difference between that and the motherboard on upgrading your GPU to a 7950 or 680.



I'm gonna have to disagree here. I'm a fan of going smaller where possible. Depends on how much hard drive storage our friend needs. The Antec 300 is a terrific case, I know from experience. If the OP doesn't need more than 2-3 hard drives, though, he can get away with a micro-atx case with an mATX board. Several boards have 4 RAM slots, which is plenty.
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