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May 5, 2012 8:06:03 AM

As I am currently living in Hong Kong, I will not be ordering any components online as there are huge computer malls selling all types of computer equipment. I've wanted to build my own computer over the past year but i have not been able to due to school reasons. I have finally decided that I must get it done so I will be buying the components and building it on June 13th, however I am not sure if the parts that i want are good enough/waste of money, so i would like to have as much advice and criticism as possible as it will help greatly. :) 

I have read many forums about new builds and so I thought why not get extra help as it will be my very first build (yes I'm a noob) :sol:  and I would also like this build to be good for at least a couple years for gaming and school work. :) 


Purchase Date: June 13-15


Budget: Doesn't really matter although it would be great if it was not that expensive.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING (like GW2, LoL and higher end games), Movies, music.


Country: Hong Kong


Parts Not Required: A mouse, everything else is required as I only have a laptop currently.


Overclocking: I would love to once I fully comprehend it.


Case: Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower ATX Case Black
because I absolutely love the look and the blue LEDs but feel free to advise me on a better case with a nice look and a see through side panel as I want it to look fantastic.


Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
as it has many good features and would match my beautiful case :p  although I was wondering if it is worth it and good for gaming, once again advice on any other ASUS motherboard would be nice. (huge asus fan over here) :) 


Open to ALL advice/criticism.


CPU: Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K or the Sandy bridge Core i5 2500k (heard it was worth it for gaming)
Once again money is not the case, I simply want the best of the best for gaming.
Highly need advice on this.


CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100
as I have heard it works great and cools really well as I will be over clocking, however I was wondering if it would fit into my case with all my other components.
If not then suggestions on other CPU cooler would be great. :) 

The Zalman Z11 Plus also has 4 fans on it, so I was wondering if just the H100 plus the 4 fans would be enough.


GPU/Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Kepler or the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690
not sure if this is an over kill but once again I simply want the best of the best.


Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
Not sure if this is another over kill but it looks/works from what I read, any advice/suggestions would be great. :) 


PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold 850-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-850AX
Is this enough for my whole system? I will be over clocking eventually.


SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 Industry's Highest I/O Performance Up to 120K IOPS 128G SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive - VTX4-25SAT3-128G
Not sure if this is good enough for a few games on plus the O.S.


HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Once again not so sure about this.


DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black


OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM


SLI or crossfire: Yes in the future.


Monitors: ASUS VK246H 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black with Webcam


Total: around 1600-2000 CAD$ so like 20000 HKD


I'd like to know If I should change anything?
Will my components "bottleneck"?
Will everything be compatible?
Is the cooling system going to work/fit in well (in the Zalman Z11 plus)?
Will it last for at least 5 years?
Is it worth it?
How do you like the build?


I appreciate any and all input as this is a big purchase for me and I've been waiting for a long time.
Once again I will NOT be ordering anything online as I can buy them at the computer malls, however they may not have ALL these parts so my build may further be changed.
Thanks in advance and wish me luck. :) 

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May 5, 2012 8:29:42 AM

give me a moment but I think its all good except a few parts, i'm writting it down on note pad so i can just copy paste it in a few min


edit:

mobo asus v-deluxe = this is an awesome mobo go grab it. it's sexy any mobo is good for gaming z77 socket.

cpu the ivy i7 3770k uses threads which you will not really make full use of at least up to the games right now, but it's good and if your looking for the best i7 2600k or i7 3770k

cpu cooler goes with h100 it's good

gtx680 sli or gtx690 go with both but if you can grab gtx690 go get it because it will make you look more awesome

for memory go with g.skill ripjaws Z 16gb 1600mhz cl9 4x4gb, as for gaming right now you will hardly use 8gb but having 16gb is good for epeen

psu = seasonic x-850 80plus gold or seasonic p-860 80plus platinum (I like seasonic) and it's good who make their own psu while corsair is good too they get people from seasonic to make their psu and also from other company too.

for ssd go with samsung 830 (120gb or something) crucial m4 (128gb or higher) intel 510 (120gb or higher) your paying top bucks better go with reliability

os go with windows 7 ultimate FPP (full package product) it's better than OEM less hassle too.

but since you will be using crossfire or sli you might want to bump up seasonic p-1000 80plus Platinum or seasonic x-1050 80plus gold although 850w or 860w is plenty for dual gpu setup but well I like those huge headroom but you can always go with more than enough headroom.

for monitor that one you picked is good.


edit2: if your going for gtx690 and plan to sli them in the future, go with seasonic x-1250 80plus gold or corsair ax-1200 80plus gold psu or those platinum 1000/1200 from enermaxx not sure if they got platinum higher than 1,000w
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May 5, 2012 8:55:55 AM

woawww sweet, thanks a lot!
Is it worth it to SLI 680s?
I was also wondering if I should buy an HDD and would my case be good for all of this?
and is this build good for over clocking?
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May 5, 2012 8:57:35 AM

don't spend so much on a gaming rig now as it is going to get outdated in a year.here's my rough suggestion for you-
storm trooper full tower or any other that looks good to you.
2500k is best for gaming,grab 2600k if you are going to use hyper threading,IB runs hot and needs more cooling.
that motherboard is great.
H100 is good bu not great.there are many issues,stock fans are crap.a high end air cooler will easily take you to 4.5ghz+.
A single 680 is enough to max out almost anygame at 1080p(higher in most cases)with silky smooth framerates.
for gaming,16gb is overkill but if you are going to do photo/video editing then no problem,get 16gb.
that is a great unit and will easily handle 680 SLi+overclocks.
OCZ is the most unreliable ssd maker IMO.better go with crucial,samsung,mushkin for great performance and reliability.
samsung f3 1tb is better drive.
other stuff is good.
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May 5, 2012 9:02:09 AM

5 years ago Dx10 cards came out, the 8800 series. Are they still viable now? not hardly, never build a system now that you expect to last more than 2 or 3 years max and even then itll start to show its age.
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May 5, 2012 9:28:13 AM

hellfire24 said:
don't spend so much on a gaming rig now as it is going to get outdated in a year.here's my rough suggestion for you-
storm trooper full tower or any other that looks good to you.
2500k is best for gaming,grab 2600k if you are going to use hyper threading,IB runs hot and needs more cooling.
that motherboard is great.
H100 is good bu not great.there are many issues,stock fans are crap.a high end air cooler will easily take you to 4.5ghz+.
A single 680 is enough to max out almost anygame at 1080p(higher in most cases)with silky smooth framerates.
for gaming,16gb is overkill but if you are going to do photo/video editing then no problem,get 16gb.
that is a great unit and will easily handle 680 SLi+overclocks.
OCZ is the most unreliable ssd maker IMO.better go with crucial,samsung,mushkin for great performance and reliability.
samsung f3 1tb is better drive.
other stuff is good.



thanks a lot, I think i may go for that case the storm trooper, it looks real good, hopefully i can change the LEDs fans to blue to go with my mobo :p 
any recommendations for a cooler?
so sandy bridge 2500K it is then :) 
would I be able to over clock to a very high score as well? haha
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May 5, 2012 9:29:02 AM

vrumor said:
5 years ago Dx10 cards came out, the 8800 series. Are they still viable now? not hardly, never build a system now that you expect to last more than 2 or 3 years max and even then itll start to show its age.


true, thanks for the advice :) 
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May 5, 2012 10:06:15 AM

here's a good rig that will fulfill your needs-
switch 810 full tower-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
f4 2tb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus 24" 2ms-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
strider gold 850w modular-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
inspire 2.1 speakers-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sidwinder x4 gaming keyboard-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ballistix sports 8gb 1600mhz 1.5v dual channel ram-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
z77-ud5h-wb motherboard-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM 612 PWM-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus 12x blu ray-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
m4 256gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
msi twinfrozer iii gtx 680-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$2164
highlights-
your case is one of the best in market.looks really great-

reliable 2tb drive is enough for backup and other data.
high quality 24" 1080p provides great gaming experience.more ppi(pixel per inch aka pixel desinty)provides sharper quality then a 27" 1080p panel.
silverstone is a very reliable brand and this 850w will easily power up a 680 SLi+overclocked setup.
good speakers will provide enough sound to maximize your gaming and movies experience.
anything more expensive will hardly make any difference.x4 is a great gaming keyboard with plenty of great options.
8gb is enoughmore than enough for gaming and other daily stuff.
the board provides all the great features for a reasonable price.
2500k provides best gaming power for it's price.
612 pwm is a great cooler for it's price,just behind the mighty(did i mentioned it's very expensive too?)noctua d14-
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hy...
blu ray for movies and multimedia stuff.
for SSDs, reliability is the main concern.crucial is most reliable SSD maker IMO.256gbis enough for OS and games.
note-every component is high quality,compatible and good to go.this rig will max out almost any game at 1080p(even at higher resolutions in many cases)with smooth frame rates.
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May 5, 2012 10:22:01 AM

hellfire24 said:
here's a good rig that will fulfill your needs-
switch 810 full tower-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
f4 2tb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus 24" 2ms-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
strider gold 850w modular-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
inspire 2.1 speakers-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sidwinder x4 gaming keyboard-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ballistix sports 8gb 1600mhz 1.5v dual channel ram-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
z77-ud5h-wb motherboard-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM 612 PWM-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asus 12x blu ray-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
m4 256gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
msi twinfrozer iii gtx 680-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$2164
highlights-
your case is one of the best in market.looks really great-
http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/cases/switch/NZXT_Switch_810_Water_Cooled.jpg
reliable 2tb drive is enough for backup and other data.
high quality 24" 1080p provides great gaming experience.more ppi(pixel per inch aka pixel desinty)provides sharper quality then a 27" 1080p panel.
silverstone is a very reliable brand and this 850w will easily power up a 680 SLi+overclocked setup.
good speakers will provide enough sound to maximize your gaming and movies experience.
anything more expensive will hardly make any difference.x4 is a great gaming keyboard with plenty of great options.
8gb is enoughmore than enough for gaming and other daily stuff.
the board provides all the great features for a reasonable price.
2500k provides best gaming power for it's price.
612 pwm is a great cooler for it's price,just behind the mighty(did i mentioned it's very expensive too?)noctua d14-
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hy...
blu ray for movies and multimedia stuff.
for SSDs, reliability is the main concern.crucial is most reliable SSD maker IMO.256gbis enough for OS and games.
note-every component is high quality,compatible and good to go.this rig will max out almost any game at 1080p(even at higher resolutions in many cases)with smooth frame rates.



holy crap, that's perfect!
thanks for all the help and time specially!
However I shall follow your first advice as in the future there will be better things but I still have 1 month to decide so I may or may not do this exact build, thanks! :) 
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May 5, 2012 11:06:19 AM

If I were to continue on with my build, would anyone know if the H100 fit into the Zalman Z11 plus case with the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard?
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May 5, 2012 3:48:34 PM

i won't recommend that case but yes it can fit a H100 on top with almost any motherboard.
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May 5, 2012 3:56:49 PM

hellfire24 said:
i won't recommend that case but yes it can fit a H100 on top with almost any motherboard.


Oh really? What are the negative aspects of it? haha
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May 6, 2012 4:23:51 AM

I'd say get a water cooling kit from xspc. h100 has known issues.
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May 8, 2012 8:24:18 AM

Anonymous said:
I'd say get a water cooling kit from xspc. h100 has known issues.


get a water cooling kit? It's going to be my first build, so it would only make things even more complicated for me, unless if it is really easy then yes, but IS it easy?
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May 15, 2012 12:50:55 PM

My New Rig... Probably will be outdated as of next year but, damn, shes sexy.

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000. Over-clocked to 4.6 GHz
Corsair Cooler to CWCH80 (Hydro)

MOBO:
ASUS P8Z77-V LE Motherboard SKT.1155 INTEL Z77 ATX 4D.DDR3-1600MHZ 1X PCIE 3.0 QUAD-GPU CROSSFIREX SATA 6G/S

Memory:
Kingston 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9

VIDEO:
ASUS 680 GTX, DUAL ASUS VW266H 26 inch LCD 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

HARDDRIVES:
Crucial M4 256GB SATAIII 2.5" SSD
Intel X25 M 160GB SATAII 2.5" SSD (Raid 0)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 2TB 3.5 SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB CACHE

MEDIA:
LG Blu-ray Player SATA Lightscribe 3D Playback
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D SB1354 Sound Board

CASE/KEYBOARD/POWER:
Antec High Current Gamer 900W Power Supply
Sentey Arvina Extreme Division Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screw-less. Neon lighting.

Steelseries IKARI laser gaming mouse

BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard
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May 15, 2012 2:35:21 PM

sup3rfly said:
My New Rig... Probably will be outdated as of next year but, damn, shes sexy.

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000. Over-clocked to 4.6 GHz
Corsair Cooler to CWCH80 (Hydro)

MOBO:
ASUS P8Z77-V LE Motherboard SKT.1155 INTEL Z77 ATX 4D.DDR3-1600MHZ 1X PCIE 3.0 QUAD-GPU CROSSFIREX SATA 6G/S

Memory:
Kingston 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9

VIDEO:
ASUS 680 GTX, DUAL ASUS VW266H 26 inch LCD 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

HARDDRIVES:
Crucial M4 256GB SATAIII 2.5" SSD
Intel X25 M 160GB SATAII 2.5" SSD (Raid 0)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 2TB 3.5 SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB CACHE

MEDIA:
LG Blu-ray Player SATA Lightscribe 3D Playback
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D SB1354 Sound Board

CASE/KEYBOARD/POWER:
Antec High Current Gamer 900W Power Supply
Sentey Arvina Extreme Division Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screw-less. Neon lighting.

Steelseries IKARI laser gaming mouse

BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard



nice i'll be getting the same MOBO as you, would you recommend it? Any malfunctions so far?
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May 15, 2012 2:43:54 PM

No issues so far, knock on wood!
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May 15, 2012 2:55:31 PM

sweet, thanks, hopefully nothing will happen to mine as well haha.
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