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

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!
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  1. 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)
  2. +1^^^^
  3. 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.
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