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New Rig... Gaming.Video/Multimedia... CPU Fan Question

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April 7, 2012 1:06:44 AM

Hi everyone! Love this site and all the community but am newly registered.

I am awaiting the launch of Ivy Bridge and building my new PC piece-by-piece until then.

I have never BUILT my own PC before but have taken 3 different hardware courses in the past so I have a good idea of what I am getting into and my previous rigs have always been custom built (granted always on the cheap cheap side, under $1000).

I don't have a "Set" budget but don't want to go over CDN$2200 (about $2500 after tax) (at least for the next 3 months.. then will add).

So far I have already picked up:

- Optical: LG BRD/DVD Read/Writier: $85 (was on sale $25 off)

- Intel 120 GB SSD: $220

- PSU: Corsair GS800 Gaming, 800W (non-modular): $140

- DDR3: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB): $82 (was on sale a couple days ago from $95)

- OS: Win7 Home 64bit: $120

= $647


What i'd like to add:

-Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower: $100

-CPU: Intel i7 3770K: $350?


- GPU: Sapphire, Radeon 7870: $370]]

= Internal Mech: Western Digital Caviar Black 1Tb: $140

= $1235

Total = $1,882 + $50 or so shipping + tax = $2,183.15

So right now i'm in my budget and don't want to go much higher (as mentioned...).

I will also need a new mouse and keyboard after and probably a monitor upgrade from my 3 year old LG Flatron.

My main question is with fans and cooling, which is something i've never fully gotten into.

If I will be dabbling with OCing am I better off getting an after market CPU fan? or water cooling? Or just add another larger fan? Or should I even touch it until I look at cross-firing another 7870 down the road?

Does the GPU have a part in this? Will it be over-all "cooler" if I just bite the $150 more to get a GTX 680?

I'd rather keep my costs down around this level if possible as per all the other accessories I need to upgrade in a couple months.

If there's anything else i'm missing of sever importance, that would be helpful too. :) 

(Oh and before it's mentioned I do plan on utilizing the 3770k... use my PC as a Multi-media center and part of my issue now is not being able to play most games these days while streaming on my TV simultaneously or converting video)

Thanks everyone!
April 7, 2012 9:10:48 AM

Using the GTX 680 instead of the HD 7870 is only going to create more heat as it's a high end card. Not that it would be a problem because that case looks decent.

If you plan on overclocking then yes I would buy a CPU cooler. If you plan on doing small-moderate overclocks then something like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo is great. For something more heavy, I'd get the Noctua NH-D14 or similar.

That PSU looks a little bit expensive too, for that price you could get a modular Seasonic PSU:

Even the AX-750 is only $28 more and that's 80 plus gold and fully modular:

There are also these two which are at good price at the moment (especially the Antec at $89.99)
April 7, 2012 10:07:23 PM

Thank you JM I was going to order a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo but descovered via another forum that the Rosewill Blackhawk Case requires removal of a side-fan in order to fit the 212 in.

I am really leaning towards the GTX 680 now and thinking I might downgraded the board to a P8Z77-Pro instead of Sabertooth...

Just not sure if I should get the 212 evo and remove a side fan, or if it might be better to just add some water cooling when I decide to actually start OCing.