1600-1800 Gaming PC Build

Recently decided that I want to build a new gaming pc and thought I would make a new post asking for advice and suggestions. I used these forums for my first ever build and it worked out great.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 30 days

Budget Range: 1800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Internet/Streaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Country: US

Parts:

Case - Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

MB - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

RAM - G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

VC - 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=N82E16814130768

HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

SSD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

OD - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Windows - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992



Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
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  1. Nothing I would change!
  2. This motherboard is cheaper and offers pretty much the same features- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    The Samsung F3 1tb is slightly faster than the WD 1tb Black and is much cheaper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


    This ram is very good also- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191 (only 2$ won't matter much)

    You may want to take a look at the 7970 3gb. It is in stock, overclocks better than the 680, and this one is 460$ with a factory OC of 1000mhz. You really can't go wrong with either card now- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982

    Now to safely sli/crossfire a 680/7970 you will want an 850w PSU. Here is an 850w silver rated PSU for 140$ (free shipping at amazon.com)- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-ST85F-P/dp/B00307RLZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335660102&sr=8-1
  3. That's a pretty solid build - here's one I typically recommend for that price range if you want a comparison:

    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
  4. Things to change

    really like the case but since you are getting that case i suggest changing to a modular power supply

    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750

    same price with rebates even get a $20 off with same case bundle

    switched asus with gigabit mobo(nothing wrong with the asus one just a fan of gigabits work on this mobo)
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 with i5 2500k

    a little bit more if its to much u can just keep with ur asus

    much more of a fan of g.skills ares series as it goes into my color scheme a lot more than snipers
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB @ 1866
    or if you are stuck on sniper series(btw these are promo only buy these if it is still going won't see much of a difference between 1600 and 1866 but 1866 has promos that will make it around the same price as 1600 so why not buy something better thats worth the same)
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB @ 1866

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
    this one has a bigger cache and it has a $20 promo

    NOTE:500R has better cooling than 600T
    (more of a fan of 500R because of the curves it has)
  5. this build is very great he just doesn't put in time when finding bundles you can get

    like the mobo its a very good mobo $20 more than your current one but with this bundle it should be the same price

    Asrock z77 Extreme 6
    (think he got extreme 4 and 6 mixed up since extreme 4 is 139.99 and extreme 6 is 169.99)

    if you are worried about the no reviews on the cooler it is good spec wise haven't tested it out yet.

    if you want a cooler that is very good spec wise and have gotten lots of reviews
    Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready
  6. boulbox said:
    this build is very great he just doesn't put in time when finding bundles you can get

    like the mobo its a very good mobo $20 more than your current one but with this bundle it should be the same price

    Asrock z77 Extreme 6
    (think he got extreme 4 and 6 mixed up since extreme 4 is 139.99 and extreme 6 is 169.99)

    if you are worried about the no reviews on the cooler it is good spec wise haven't tested it out yet.

    if you want a cooler that is very good spec wise and have gotten lots of reviews
    Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready

    Be aware though, the Thermaltake Frio is VERY loud.
  7. thanks for all the help
  8. Hey guys just wanted to give a update to my build. I used the info from this thread and some others to pick my components. My final specs are:

    Case - CM Storm Trooper
    CPU - I5 2500k
    PSU - Corsair HX850
    MB - ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
    Video Card - EVGA GTX 680 SC
    Mem - Mushkin DDR3 8gb 1333
    HD - Samsung F3 1tb
    SSD - Crucial 128gb
    Optical - LG Blu ray
    Cooler - Noctua NH-D14

    Now I just have to get it together. This is only my second build but I think I should be good. Thanks again for all your suggestions. I'll post another pick of it complete.

  9. You are welcome. Looking forward to those pics of it finished.
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