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Building first computer (gaming beast??)

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May 8, 2012 4:50:45 AM

Hey guys, noob here, mega noob considering only ever owned Macs, But I need advice on my build (opinions, suggestions, incompatibilities)
Would be much appreciated.

Here is my list of components:

CPU: Intel S2011 Core i7 3930K 3.20GHz (6 Core) (will maybe turboboost to 3.8)

MOBO: Asus S2011 ATX P9X79-Deluxe

COOLING: Thermaltake Contac 39

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4X4)

GPU: Asus Mars II OR Asus GTX680 OR Asus GTX690

CASE: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition

PSU: 1050w Corsair HX-1050

HDD: 2x Seagate 2TB Sata3 7200RPM

And maybe an SSD for the OS.

Thanks :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2012 5:44:55 AM

Don't get that cooler unless you plain on overclocking you don't need it just use the stock one. :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2012 5:47:52 AM

if you want your rig to have a little bling bling It would probably also be a good idea to get some cheap but nice case fans later down the road too. A couple of these would probably do the trick ;)  (They also come with red or blue LEDs):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 8, 2012 5:53:49 AM

I'm too tired to research parts, but if you look at the reviews, the i7-2600K at the time was a the better gaming CPU than the i7-3930K. Where the i7-3930K shines is video rendering, stuff like that. That will easily will save you $300. You could even drop to the i5-2500K / i5-3570K, and save another $400 on CPU alone. Also, 8GB is enough for a gaming system. Plus, Z77 motherboards are cheaper than Socket 2011 motherboards.
May 8, 2012 8:22:29 PM

Not a big fan of that case, I've built a rig with it, seemed very flimsy and overpriced. I'd check out the Corsair 600T
Gaming CPU-wise, not much performance difference between i5-2500k to the most expensive models. If you're looking for something nice though, go with a i7-3770k to stay current :) 
Gonna have to to look into a motherboard to match the CPU if you go that route, probably something from the Asus P8Z77 Series.
The GTX 690 is a monster of a card, I'd go with that if you have the money lol. If you're just planning on using 1 monitor in your setup, the 680 is probably much more cost effective, 690 for 1 monitor is overkill IMO.

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