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Advice for New Gaming Build (1400 - 1700)

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April 10, 2012 5:21:08 AM

Hi all,

I'm currently looking to build a new gaming Rig now that Diablo 3 is coming out. I have some ideas as to what I want to do, but I would really love some advice as to whether I'm looking at the right parts. Any help or criticisms would be greatly appreciated!

I know I would Like a SSD drive but unsure whether to go for 120GB or 240GB from a value standpoint, also I have heard good things about the Noctura cpu cooler but is it worth the extra $50 over CM 212?

thanks again!

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Approximate Purchase Date: before May 15th! ;) 

Budget Range: $1400-$1700 before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, SC2, Diablo3, Skyrim etc.), Movies and occasional editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Optical and HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect but always open to suggestions (I like Tigerdirect because of %5 discount with discover and no tax in CA)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Would prefer a single board, but I'm still open to suggestions)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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what I'm currently looking at

CPU: Core i5-3750K $225

MoBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard $165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Galaxy 68NPH6DV5ZGX GeForce GTX 680 Video Card - 2048MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x Dual-Link DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, GPU Boost $529
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 4 GB PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM CML4GX3M2A1600C9 (x2) $55
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-128...

SSD:Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR240GB-DX) $274

Case:Silverstone RV03B-WA (Black/Gray) $145
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo...

CPU Cooler: Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail $80

PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total cost - $1613
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April 10, 2012 5:30:28 AM

If you plan to SLI, bump up the PSU to 750W.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2012 6:16:56 AM

That seems like an awful lot of money for a board that doesn't run dual vid cards. BF3 takes advantage of dual vid cards so that's something you might want to consider. Here's a slight twist on that build of yours to take a look at.


This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

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... $139.99
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 i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 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)

Add this fan down below to that CM 212 EVO cpu h/s for a "push - pull" effect to help bring the cpu temps down even more.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-... $11.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0

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.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

Total: $1,079.35

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $234.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

or...

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.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW
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