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Advice for 1st High end gaming PC

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April 9, 2012 2:28:08 AM

Hi everyone, like another poster here I'm preparing for the Ivy Bridge release for my first build and while I've gotten a huge chunk information from Tom's Hardware's guides I wanted to double check on how I'm doing etc etc.

Anyways,

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP after Ivy Bridge launch

Budget Range: Under $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: First and foremost- Gaming, then surfing the internet, watching movies, etc. No interest in video editing or computer graphics at the moment.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: U.S.

Overclocking: Yes

The CPU/Mobo are I guess fillers at the moment. I have the Intel Core i5-3570K in mind, not sure if that is compatible with current mobo choice. Or if it's practical to wait for that processor at all, opinions?

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Red White Finish w/Red Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sold on the case, was recommended by a friend for being aesthetically pleasing and built for great cooling.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2550K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Without IGP BX80623i52550K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Double D FX-797A-TDBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I plan on using my HDTV, so 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm unsure on how to choose optical drives and both case and heat sink fans. I was thinking about water cooling but that seems too complicated for my first build. Finally, I'm trying for a fairly future-proof build

All feedback is extremely appreciated

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April 9, 2012 2:54:54 AM

go to GTX 680, is out of stock but hope for there are plenty cards ready for the launch of IB
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April 9, 2012 3:07:02 AM

Tagging this thread for later
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April 9, 2012 3:10:58 AM

If you have an Ivy Bridge CPU in mind, may as well get the comparable Z77 motherboard

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

Or, you could save a little money and just get the P8Z77-V Pro (not on Newegg currently, but out there). Intel has been known to change pin counts so you'd need to be extra sure that the socket for Z68 1155 is EXACTLY the same for Z77, but why get a new generation CPU but not get a board designed for it?

Don't need water cooling, many OC'ers use the Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua heatsink and keep temps down just fine. Silenx makes good case fans. For optical drives just make sure its AACS compliant. LITE-ON and LG make good drives; go OEM, cheaper, same drive. Everything else looks good.
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April 9, 2012 3:13:55 AM

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




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://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4GHz

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)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

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.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.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

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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April 9, 2012 3:14:04 AM



EDIT: Whoa, that was a reply to the first responder. you guys are awesomely fast.

Researching the links provided now, thank you so much. Will check in in a bit.

The GTX 680 you linked is out of stock. Anyone know if http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

would be an acceptable substitute?

I'm unsure on the XFX PSU, not sure how much of a difference the 850 watts makes, along with the seasonic being fully modular, active pfcs, and 80 plus gold.

I immediately took to the seagate HDD, but do not know about the SSDs as their stats are hard for me to compare.

RAM I'm also unsure on as they're both 45$ with generally same stats and have free shipping. The corsair has a lot of feedback, 90% great.

The mobo why_me suggested was the same one I had picked out, but as sharkbyte pointed out the Z77. How much of a difference will it make?

Then lastly I feel like I can do better with the optical drive. I don't know how practical blu-ray drives are, but is a 20$ drive offer great performance?

Either way. thank you so much for your time
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April 9, 2012 5:22:36 AM

bleepbloop said:
EDIT: Whoa, that was a reply to the first responder. you guys are awesomely fast.

Researching the links provided now, thank you so much. Will check in in a bit.

The GTX 680 you linked is out of stock. Anyone know if http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

would be an acceptable substitute?

I'm unsure on the XFX PSU, not sure how much of a difference the 850 watts makes, along with the seasonic being fully modular, active pfcs, and 80 plus gold.

I immediately took to the seagate HDD, but do not know about the SSDs as their stats are hard for me to compare.

RAM I'm also unsure on as they're both 45$ with generally same stats and have free shipping. The corsair has a lot of feedback, 90% great.

The mobo why_me suggested was the same one I had picked out, but as sharkbyte pointed out the Z77. How much of a difference will it make?

Then lastly I feel like I can do better with the optical drive. I don't know how practical blu-ray drives are, but is a 20$ drive offer great performance?

Either way. thank you so much for your time

XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic as are the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's. "Semi modular" means the only wires/cables that are hard wired into the psu are the ones you will be using. Extra SATA cables, etc.. are modular. 850w gives you plenty of headroom to over clock, add extra drives, etc... and push two of those cards in SLI. As far as RAM G.Skill is about as good as it gets along with Corsair, Mushkin, and Crucial. As far as Blu Ray goes... I have no idea...Iv'e never used it yet, but if you use it and it's in your budget... :) 

The Z77 boards (Panther Point) are geared for the new Ivy Bride cpu's due out this April 29th. They have the native 3.0 USB, PCI-E 3.0, etc...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/341854-31-bridge-boar... <----- Look at this thread on the Z77 boards. I just started that thread earlier today.


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


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April 28, 2012 3:23:14 AM

sorry for bump, but computer shopping time is almost upon me and I'd appreciate some more feedback before i make the plunge!
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April 28, 2012 9:02:24 PM

Anybody?
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April 28, 2012 11:18:54 PM

Does anyone know when the Ivy chips will hit the retail market? I don't think the Sandy chips are going to drop in price, and at the same price the Ivy chips will be a little bit more worth the money and will be more future proof (more USB 3.0, SATA 3, PCI-E 3, and Thunderbolt, most of which is integrated into the CPU now).
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April 28, 2012 11:19:36 PM

Ivy Bridge CPUs are expected to release on Sunday.
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April 29, 2012 12:43:15 AM

I'd probably go for one of those. I'm stuck a dilemma because I want to upgrade my gaming rig and make a low power file server, and could reuse my i3 in that. However, the IB CPUs are supposed to have a lower power draw...
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April 29, 2012 3:27:18 AM

They do have a lower power consumption, but from early reviews from sites like THG (this site) and techradar, they run hotter than SB CPUs.
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April 29, 2012 11:13:46 AM

I hope there's a low-power i3 that doesn't conform to that trend. It just seems a bit counter-intuitive that lower power = more heat when power is directly related to heat.
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