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$2000 Gaming PC - Need advice

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April 26, 2012 6:18:30 PM

Been playing on an old machine for a while. Figured I'd finally take a hand at building one now that I have spare money. I've already taken the liberty of looking at parts but I'm unsure if they're compatible with each other or even if they're good parts/deals.


Approximate Purchase Date: May 15th

Budget Range: $2500~ Would really rather not go over, if at all possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming at maximum settings for the foreseeable future. (Ex: BF3, Skyrim, Max Payne 3)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Nvidia card. Last few PC's have had ATI and they didn't last. :pfff: 

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: N/A


Thank you very much to everyone for any help or insight you can provide! :D 
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CPU: i5-3570k

MOBO: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMP16GX3M4A1333C9 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL: ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 26, 2012 6:58:24 PM

CPU: i7-3770k (when it's out)
GPU: GTX 570 (or 580) in 2-way SLI
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750w
Case: HAF X
Cooler: Corsair H100 (if OC'ing, else NZXT Havik)
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-v Deluxe

Everything else i have no experience in and someone else should give advice.
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April 26, 2012 7:00:36 PM

The Rampage IV won't work with the 3570K - you will need a Z77 motherboard or the i7-3820 CPU. But even then $400 on a motherboard is major overkill for any build. You will also need an XL-ATX case for the Rampage IV - and the Phantom won't work for that either.

The OCZ Agility is not a good choice and has very questionable reliability.

The Phantom is a good case choice - pretty much anything NZXT makes is. On a gaming system you don't need 16GB.

Try this setup:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99 ($15.00 MIR)
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $169.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 12 - $69.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $141.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

Total: $1714.89 - $35.00 MIR = $1,679.89
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April 26, 2012 7:16:44 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The Rampage IV won't work with the 3570K - you will need a Z77 motherboard or the i7-3820 CPU. But even then $400 on a motherboard is major overkill for any build. You will also need an XL-ATX case for the Rampage IV - and the Phantom won't work for that either.

The OCZ Agility is not a good choice and has very questionable reliability.

The Phantom is a good case choice - pretty much anything NZXT makes is. On a gaming system you don't need 16GB.

Try this setup:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99 ($15.00 MIR)
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $169.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 12 - $69.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $141.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

Total: $1714.89 - $35.00 MIR = $1,679.89


That power supply is way too much, get 750 watts. It seems pointless to get Sandy Bridge with Ivy right around the corner, and for cooling he should get water-cooling. Asus makes the best Mobos, for everything else refer to my earlier post.
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April 26, 2012 7:20:44 PM

benjamincakir said:
That power supply is way too much, get 750 watts. It seems pointless to get Sandy Bridge with Ivy right around the corner, and for cooling he should get water-cooling. Asus makes the best Mobos, for everything else refer to my earlier post.


I've never been a fan of water cooling and I generally try to advise against it - especially if the build is a first-timer (which is generally the case with about 80% of the builders on here). If there's a lot of experience involved then I'd say go for it.

Asus, Asrock and Gigabyte - you can't go wrong with any of them. I'm considering getting the Extreme 6 for my system.

The 950 will pretty much future-proof any GPU you plan to buy and if you want to run a second or third 680 down the road, you're covered. You won't be with a 750. I have that same PSU and it's great.
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April 26, 2012 8:36:43 PM

FREE SHIPPING! Direct Canada is out of Richmond, BC and offers free ground shipping on any order over $50 CAD.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC4634&v... $116.80
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS White

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- a better look at that case

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC8651&v... $135.65
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD6646&v... $203.87
ASUS P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelau... $ 212 USD
Intel Ivy Bridge 3570K 3.4Ghz

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554&v... $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

Add this fan down below to that CM 212 EVO for a "push - pull" effect to bring cpu temps down even lower.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC6691&v... $8.05
Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v... $48.09
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD4900&v... $496.31
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1260149193P&v... $102.60
LG BH12LS38 12X Blu Ray Rewriter Bdrw SATA Black Lightscribe 3D Playback

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8182&v... $132.50
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $228.99 + $9.99 Shipping
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total: $1,725.90 CAD


*** Optional motherboard that runs dual cards @ x16 & x16

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD8687&v... $321.59
ASUS P8Z77 WS ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 CrossFireX SLI 4PCI-E16 SATA3 DVI USB3.0 Motherboard
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