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April 13, 2012 3:58:02 PM

Trying to piece together my first self built pc for gaming, also trying to sorce all parts from this one online retailer www.invadeit.co.th

so far this is what i've come up with:

Case: Silverstone Raven RV03B-W

M/B: Asus Sabertooth Z77

CPU: i7 2600k

GPU: Asus GTX680

CPU: Heatsink/fan ???

RAM: ??? any recommendations

PSU: ??? will possibly go sli in the future so something to handle it

I will probably go with 1 small ssd for system and a 2TB H/D for storage

Any advice would be gratefully appreciated... thanks!!

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April 13, 2012 4:13:18 PM

I hate the design of the Sabertooth with the plastic covers on everything.

I've been checking out EVGA's Z77 FTW but that might be a bit on the pricey side for some. This might be a better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat sink: I'd recommend the 212 Evo but you might want to check this article for alternate suggestions: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

RAM - I generally like one of these two:

Crucial Ballistix: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Kingston Hyper X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: I'll recommend the same one I just bought as it covers all the bases and then some: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 13, 2012 5:05:54 PM

Thanks for the info,

The 212 Evo cooler seems good, was looking at that earlier

would Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600 be a solid choice

and PSU: COOLER MASTER SILENT PRO GOLD 1000W do the trick?

if so then i can order all from the same website
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April 13, 2012 5:43:09 PM

putnam55 said:
Thanks for the info,

The 212 Evo cooler seems good, was looking at that earlier

would Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600 be a solid choice

and PSU: COOLER MASTER SILENT PRO GOLD 1000W do the trick?

if so then i can order all from the same website


If you get the Vengeance you need to make sure that you watch the tall heat sinks on it because that will not be good for installing aftermarket coolers. If you get that RAM you need to make sure you get this version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Silent Pro series has an incredibly iffy reputation as Cooler Master is notorious for slapping fake labels and certifications on their PSUs, if you can get something from Seasonic, Corsair, or XFX that would be far better.
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April 13, 2012 5:54:24 PM

Crappermaster is to be avoided. They are a dishonest company, and do not deserve anyone's business, regardless of quality. Some of their PSUs have liar-labels on them, or claim protections that are missing; consumer fraud, plain and simple. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, or Enermax/LEPA would be good, safe choices.
Xigmatek and Noctua are alternatives for CPU coolers.
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April 13, 2012 6:06:42 PM

If you intend to do something more than gaming that requires more threads (or money is no object) stick with the 2600K or IB equivalent in a couple weeks. Otherwise, save $100 for use elsewhere by going with a 2500K (or IB equiv) since the majority of the evidence shows HT neither helps nor harms in games.

I was leaning towards the 2600K but further research pushed me to go the 2500K route (well, actually a 3570K as soon as they drop).

Good recommendations all around.
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April 13, 2012 6:07:26 PM

Corsair AX1200 is available for a for $$ more
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April 13, 2012 6:08:30 PM

The top choices anyone should consider before any other PSU brand is Seasonic #1 and XFX #2. After that, PC Power and Cooling, Corsair TX/HX/AX, Rosewill Capstone, and Rosewill HIVE, in no particular order.
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April 13, 2012 6:19:00 PM

Onus said:
Crappermaster is to be avoided. They are a dishonest company, and do not deserve anyone's business, regardless of quality. Some of their PSUs have liar-labels on them, or claim protections that are missing; consumer fraud, plain and simple. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, or Enermax/LEPA would be good, safe choices.
Xigmatek and Noctua are alternatives for CPU coolers.


I'm not the biggest fan of Xigmatek as I had a Gaia and it gave me CPU temp read errors left and right and eventually fried the motherboard I was using at the time. Noctua would be far better.

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Corsair AX1200 is available for a for $$ more


1200W is not needed anymore as new CPUs and GPUs that are coming out are far more energy efficient than previous generations. You'd only need 1200W if you were running say, quad 680s or 7970s. I'll recommend the one I just bought even though it's none of the aformentioned brands and it's incredibly solid and covers all the bases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the cost of the AX1200 you could be putting that difference in upgrading your GPU. But you already have the 680 picked out so you could invest that elsewhere, maybe in upgrading your SSD to a 128GB model.
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