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[Still Unsolved] Look Over My Final $800-ish Build?

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April 8, 2012 4:23:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Very late April, early May. Probably not later than the second week of May.

Budget Range: $850 is a pretty solid ceiling. With rebates... well... if the rebates are reliable, then factor them in.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, CoD, Combat Arms, Skyrim), Video Editing, Internet.

Parts Not Required: HDD (Crucial 256GB SSD), monitor (1680x1050), keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Nothing. Microcenter is okay, but I'd rather not. It's like a 2 hour drive each way.

Country: I'm in Indiana, US. Preferably not China-made parts, but as long as it's reliable...

Parts Preferences: Quiet

Overclocking: Yes, but not 24/7

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, may upgrade to 1080p later on.

Additional Comments: Quiet! Also, aesthetics mean next to nothing for me. I'm looking for it to last a while, as well (hence the 2GB GPU)

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Hello,

So I've got this build fleshed out. I'm going to wait for IB, so if anyone knows of any good mobos that are cheap that come out along IB, go ahead and recommend! I'd like USB 3.0 on them.

Full build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6p3k

Individual parts (I'ved linked to newegg because it has specs. I'll buy using pcpartpicker to find the best deal):

CPU: i5-2500k (or the i5-3750k... whatever is the IB equivalent)

GPU: Radeon 7850 2GB MSI Twin Frozr OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Extreme4 Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:Antec 550W. Could anyone recommend a better PSU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal R3 (I NEED TO KNOW IF THIS WORKS! WILL EVERYTHING FIT OKAY? IT'S GOT A DEAL THAT ENDS TODAY! CAN I BUY IT A MONTH AHEAD OF EVERYTHING ELSE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Plus

Memory: G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case fan (I will get one to put in front panel): Cougar 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So I have a few questions:

1) Are all of the cables long enough?
2) How is the airflow?
3) I'm thinking of a 2-front-intake and 1 stock exhaust fan setup. Noise/temp levels okay?
4) Mobo... any nice Z77s?
5) Will the USB 3.0 in the I/O panel of the Fractal be able to connect to my motherboard's USB 3.0?
6) This will be on a carpet floor. What would you change? Carpet has more dust, so would the PSU be mounted to intake from inside the case?
7) Could anyone recommend a different but still budget PSU? I'm having trouble with that.

I'll probably update the questions with more, once I remember all of them :D 

Thanks!
April 8, 2012 8:58:24 PM

Ummm... anyone? Heh, heh :/ 
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April 9, 2012 12:46:55 AM

Thanks! Anyone else have any input? PSU is changed to that, by the way
April 9, 2012 12:48:47 AM

I would get a HAF 922 or 932, block the bottom vent, and have it intake from front and side.
April 9, 2012 12:51:04 AM

It would definitely be too loud. I've looked over the case, and I'm pretty solid on the Fractal.
April 9, 2012 12:55:24 AM

It would actually be quieter than the Fractal, but it's your case, go with the hone you like.
April 9, 2012 1:01:41 AM

Would it really? Because the sound deadening foam and stuff is supposed to make it way quieter. I'm not pushing you away, I'm just surprised. How would that work? HAF cases are like... really airy.
April 9, 2012 1:01:46 AM

Everything looks fine just if you want to save some money go with the AsRock Pro3 Z77 mobo
April 9, 2012 12:06:25 PM

What is the difference between the Pro3 and Extreme4? I will be overclocking... is it SLI/Crossfire?
April 9, 2012 6:30:53 PM

I think the Extreme 4 just has gold caps, but i'm not sure.
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