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ATTN: Smart People! Need Advice on Gaming Build

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April 19, 2012 6:30:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: May or June

Budget Range: Eh... I expect on spending at least $2000, price isn't a HUGE factor, hoping to build around the CPU and the GPU, so whatever is equal to those in terms of awesomeness is ok with me.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Skyrim, New diablo, future games...

Parts Not Required: HDD probably, I may get one down the road for storage reasons but i usually install and play 1-2 games at a time, so one decent SSD should be good enough.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably Newegg, but I'll leave it up to you.

Country: USA

Overclocking: Never say never

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: Not even sure. Whatever looks best?

This is what I have so far: :bounce: 

SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Ivy Bridge - I'm sure they'll come in tiers, whichever one is best for gaming. I only say that because the i5-2500k was better for gaming than the i7-2600k.

GPU - GTX 680 - I'll let you decide which company (does it even matter?)

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Not even sure, someone told me ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional motherboard is good.

Mouse - Something quiet, and good for gaming. I game late night, so amongst silence the clicking sound bugs the girlfriend.

Keyboard - Something quiet as well, there was this one I was reading about a while ago with a backlight, and it's supposed to be super silent.

Monitor - These get expensive. But like I said above i'm working around the CPU and GPU so I don't want to gimp. Something awesome without spending a bajillion bucks. Not sure on size... 27''?

Speakers - Best for my buck? I care about sound quality, but I can live without the best.

Ram - Whatever compliments the center of the build.

Dvd drive - No idea.

I think I covered everything.... Thanks for the input guys!

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April 19, 2012 10:32:20 AM

Smart people know that your build needs a 600-650 watt power supply

that you are spending more on a cpu cooler than you are spending on the case , and probably pointlessly since zalman claim it can dissipate 350 watts of heat from a cpu only rated for 95 watts

They also know that all Z77 motherboards will perform very similarly and though fatal1ty needs to make a living it doesnt have to be at your expense
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April 19, 2012 11:02:25 AM

Mobo: MSI Z77 G45 or GD65
Ram; 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
PSU: 750W, or 850W if you plan to SLI and upgrade in the future.
DVD drive: any random dvd rw rom will do..usually 20$
Monitor: This is your personal pref. 24" is the best for me TBH
Mouse/keyboard: this is again your personal pref.
GPU: in may or june there will be aftermaket coolers for GTX 680. So see then. Also, GTX 685 and 670ti should come out also at that time
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April 19, 2012 11:27:27 PM

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your build needs a 600-650 watt power supply
-Outlander_04
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PSU: 750W, or 850W if you plan to SLI and upgrade in the future.
- constepatdyak

Now i'm confused! lol.
I may or may not SLI down the road, but I'd like to build around a single card setup for the time being. That being said should I still consider a 650w PSU? Able to recommend any? Not sure what makes a PSU good aside from the wattage.

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you are spending more on a cpu cooler than you are spending on the case , and probably pointlessly since zalman claim it can dissipate 350 watts of heat from a cpu only rated for 95 watts


Aside from cost, are there any downsides to this? I've read some pretty good reviews on the cooler, but if i can get the job done for less I'm always down for suggestions.

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all Z77 motherboards will perform very similarly and though fatal1ty needs to make a living it doesnt have to be at your expense


Would this be a wise choice among the Z77's?
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you both for your replies! Still open for suggestions on the other pieces. Thank you all in advance

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April 20, 2012 2:51:55 AM

Corsair,Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone make good quality power supplies. Check some out to match your price concerns. If you are not SLI down the road, just buy a power supply for 1 card. For the CPU cooler, try the Hyper 212. only about 30 bucks, one of the best air coolers performance-dollar wise. Monitor just go with 1920x1080 on a 24inch. I'd recommend an Asus Z77 board, any of them are great. eg Sabertooth/Deluxe.
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