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1600-1800 Gaming PC Build

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April 28, 2012 11:07:33 PM

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=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

SSD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Windows - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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April 28, 2012 11:11:41 PM

Nothing I would change!
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April 29, 2012 12:42:43 AM

This motherboard is cheaper and offers pretty much the same features- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Samsung F3 1tb is slightly faster than the WD 1tb Black and is much cheaper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This ram is very good also- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (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=N82E168...

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-...
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April 29, 2012 12:53:35 AM

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
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April 29, 2012 1:17:36 AM

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)
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April 29, 2012 1:27:05 AM

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
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April 29, 2012 1:30:10 AM

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.
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April 29, 2012 1:46:53 AM

thanks for all the help
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May 7, 2012 2:42:48 PM

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.

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May 7, 2012 2:48:09 PM

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