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$1500-$2000 Gaming PC Build

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April 18, 2012 3:54:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late April (When IVY Bridge is released)
Budget Range: $1500-$2000
System Usage: Gaming, Normal, Family
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor, Speakers, Peripherals,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or
Country: Canada
Parts Preference: Intel ivy Bridge Compatible
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
MB: P8Z68-V / Gen 3
CPU: Either the upcoming i5 2570K or the i7 2770K
RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Edition DDR3 16GB (4 x 4GB) PC3-12800 Enhanced Latency Kit
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-E
PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W Modular Power Supply
HDD: Seagate 750GB Momentus XT 7200.1 SATA 2.5in Hybrid Drive w/ 32MB Cache
HDD 2: Seagate 2TB Barracuda 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5in Solid State Drive, 120GB
Case: NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case
Heatsink: Can't decide between Noctua NH-C14 or Cooler Master Hyper 212+
-I got the Patriot RAM instead of the Vengeance LP because it was 25$ cheaper. Should I stick with it or go for the Vengeance?
-The main problem that I'm facing is the heatsink, because I would like to try out overclocking, and I want it to stay as silent as possible.
-For the SSD, is it a good choice?
-CPU: Go with i5 2570K or switch to better i7 2770K?
-PSU: Is it enough power?
-GPU: This or go with ASUS DirectCU Radeon 7970?

All feedback is appreciated, and I thank you for taking the time to help me in my troubles. This is the first time I've built a machine of this caliber, so I don't want any screwups in the parts I'm choosing. Also, please note that this is for gaming use, but for practical uses as well. I plan to store my media, etc on the 2TB Drive so it'll be less hectic.


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April 18, 2012 5:24:44 AM

That old school 1.6v Patriot RAM isn't meant for these 1155 boards. You want low voltage RAM as in 1.5v or even less. That and 4x4GB of RAM for a gaming build is total over kill. Also you state that you don't plan on going with dual vid cards later on so there's no reason for that 850w psu. $49.99
Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB)

If you do plan on keeping the option open for a second card then look at these boards down below. $214.99
P8Z77-V w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, WiFi, SLI / 3-Way CrossFireX $194.99
GA-Z77X-UD5H w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Dual GB Lan, 1394, CrossFireX / SLI, HDMI, DisplayPort

For a single card set up look at this board and psu... $134.99
GA-Z77-D3H w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX / SLI, HDMI $84.99 - $64.99 After Rebate
ZS Series 550W Performance Power Supply

And for a more reliable SSD .... $139.99
SSDNOW V+200 Series 2.5in SATA III Solid State Drive, 120GB $34.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

April 18, 2012 9:54:47 AM

+1 to Why-Me. Also go for the Noctua NH-D14 & the Vengence LP ram. For the CPU I would take the i5 unless you are going to be encoding and gaming in which case I would take the i7. Hope this helps :)