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April 11, 2012 6:23:33 PM

Hello
So these are all the parts I've picked out so far
Altogether, it comes to just about $2000, which I am ok with
Since this is the first time doing this though, I am worried about a few things
I've watched a lot of tutorials and read a lot of stuff, but I'm still worried that all the pieces I've picked out aren't compatible. I think they are, but I would really love to get a professional opinion

Now, the other issue I have is with this whole 'future proofing' concept
The reason I tried to pick out the best parts I could find is because I want this computer to last a while
I was thinking 5+ years, but from the reading I've done, it doesn't seem like this is actually viable
You should know however, I am not that big of a gamer. Yes, the main purpose of this build is to game, but I won't be playing every single high end game out there on Max settings. If I could still be able to run new games on the lowest settings in 3-4+ years from now, I'd be happy
With all that said, here are the parts I have picked:

Case: Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 11199-03-20G Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU:Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Just so you know, I am willing to spend $2000-$2300 on this, but nothing higher than that

Would appreciate all kinds of feedback, thanks for reading

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April 11, 2012 6:29:07 PM

Swap the MOBO to something else, Not a fan at all of ASrock. EVGA, ASUS, Gigabite. You'll find something good from them.

CPU cooler, Zalman all the way.
RAM, I prefer Corsair.
You may consider some SSD's in RAID 0 for your system drive. the WD drive, even being a black edition will be your bottleneck. Great drive for storage though.
I love my XFX graphics card, I have nothing bad to say about Sapphire though.
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April 11, 2012 10:06:02 PM

killermoats said:
Swap the MOBO to something else, Not a fan at all of ASrock. EVGA, ASUS, Gigabite. You'll find something good from them.

CPU cooler, Zalman all the way.
RAM, I prefer Corsair.
You may consider some SSD's in RAID 0 for your system drive. the WD drive, even being a black edition will be your bottleneck. Great drive for storage though.
I love my XFX graphics card, I have nothing bad to say about Sapphire though.


I'm not a fan of Zalman coolers - they attract dust easily than some others I've had and so far have not given me the results I've wanted. RAIDing SSDs is kind of pointless IMO - RAIDing the secondary HDs - you might see an improvement there.

I just got that same video card and I love it so far - it's met my expectations and then some.

Here's how I would spend $2300:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $319.99
CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $309.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 Socket LGA2011SE Cooler - $94.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $79.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $149.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $119.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $509.99
Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor - $189.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $2.287.88
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