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Brand new pc gamer help appreciated!

Last response: in Systems
April 17, 2012 4:45:14 AM

Hello :D  I'm a console gamer and I have seen the error of my ways. I want to experience the ultimate gaming experience... PC GAMING!

I already have my mind set on which components to purchase, but I would like to have some feedback on the rig I am planning to build. So, here are the specs!

Haf 912 case- max 120mm fans for the case

I7 2700k (might wait for I7 3700k)

ASRock Fatal1ty z68 professional gen3 Intel atx mainboard

Win 7 professional

120gb intel 320 series ssd


8gb ddr3 ram

CM hyper 212 evo CPU cooler (could this handle a 4.0 - 4.5 overclock at decent temps?)

850 corsair psu

And an EVGA superclocked gtx 680

Plus a 32" lcd monitor 1920x1080

All of this will run me about 2k.

I think it's pretty kickass but I would like to see others' opinions. Thanks! :D 
April 17, 2012 5:04:51 AM

I think you are pretty much headed in the right direction. that being said, i don't think you need W7 Pro (unless there's a special reason). I think you should get 2 1TB drives instead of 1 2tb drive (you'll certainly have the sata ports). I changed the mobo a tiny bit and listed a 2600k instead of a 2700k . Also bump the HSF up to a Noctua. If you want to cut cost, keep the 212 evo and get the 2500k instead.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.97 @ CompUSA)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.27 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.27 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($161.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1880.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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