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Futureproof Gaming PC for ~2k Build. Need input (^_^)

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May 12, 2012 4:48:27 PM

Hi tom's hardware ! I know that there are 8 million of these posts located on any given forum... So here is another one =D

I am primarily a gamer but I do some 3dsmax work although nothing too intense. Primarily I am looking to build a rather futureproof ( for the next 3-4 years anyway ) rig that will handle anything I can throw at it.

All of my questions follow the specs.

Mobo:

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:

EVGA GTX 560ti ( already have this installed on old rig, might get a 2nd one at some point )

RAM:

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ( was going to get 2 and raid 0 them possibly )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drives:

Whatever, might just use old ones. Not a big issue.

Cooling:

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:

Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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#1: The cpu - Being "future proof" with a Sandy Bridge cpu is kind of contradictory since there are the Ivy Bridges out now. I have read comparisons and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of reason for me to go with the Ivy Bridge... But I am open to the idea.

#2: The mobo - This sabertooth just plain looks awesome although it is really made for overclocking, which I don't really want to do. I am also concerned about the idea of having plastic covering everything inside, people say it is great but idk...

#3: The HDDs: I elected to go with 2 1TB drives because I read that 1TB drives typically last longer than 2TB drives. I have no idea why this would be the case and am looking for input. Also, I am wondering if i can raid 0 these two drives while using the SSD for my OS and whatever games I am playing atm.

#4: PSU: Basically just... Is it adequate ( keeping in mind I may add a 2nd 560ti in the future )

#5: Cooling: I have never run liquid cooling before, does this rig need it ? And, if so, is my listed cooling solution adequate ?

#6: Case: Being totally honest here, I am looking at this case because it looks sweet and has a lot of room. I am WIDE open to suggestions on a different case because this one is silly expensive and if I am liquid cooling I don't know if I need all those fans or not...

#7: Overall part compatibility: This is only my third rig that I have built but as far as I can see all of these parts appear to get along with each other. If anyone can see a problem I missed please point it out.

#8: Price: All together this comes in at a hair over 1500 bucks, which is well under my 2k limit. I would, however, like to get some nice headphones and a couple LCDs so I am approaching the 2k limit.

Ok... That's it. I am infinitely grateful for any input. As I mentioned above I know that these posts are all over and I hate imposing another one on you guys; but, I think some of you enjoy this (^_^)
May 12, 2012 5:09:18 PM

First of all, never futureproof, it is a waste of money. Second of all, buying a computer for $2k is unecessary, and third of all, the term futureproof refers to periods of time longer than 3-4 years. So you are basically buying an insanely expensive computer that you will replace in 3-4 years anyway, that has a graphics card fit for a $1200 computer. But, what you can do, is buy a 128 GB SSD, as 240GB is a waste of money, since SSDs are only useful for cache. In addition, buy a better graphics card, and get rid of liquid cooling, because that's just ridiculous unless you are using crazy powerful parts. The mobo I think is overkill, just get a normal one for around $150. All in all, this will save you a lot of money for a nice monitor, headphones and other accessories.
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May 12, 2012 5:12:33 PM

My understanding is that PCIe 3.0 will not work on a Z77 motherboard without an Ivy Bridge CPU. Though you will probably not see any difference when using a 560 ti, if you upgraded your GPU down the road to keep the system high-end, you might find PCIe 2.0 to be limiting you.
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May 12, 2012 5:13:50 PM

You make a good point. Still open to ideas on the build and other opinions (^_^)
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May 12, 2012 5:17:30 PM

Do you live near Microcenter? Because stuff there is insanely cheap. Also, I reccommend the 3770K. It will be faster and has PCIE 3.0.
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May 12, 2012 5:21:28 PM

obsama1 said:
Do you live near Microcenter? Because stuff there is insanely cheap. Also, I reccommend the 3770K. It will be faster and has PCIE 3.0.



No I don't anymore :( . I used to when I was in georgia and that is where i bought all the components for my current rig. I adore microcenter but I am limited to newegg / online retailers atm.

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May 12, 2012 5:23:21 PM

woemler said:
My understanding is that PCIe 3.0 will not work on a Z77 motherboard without an Ivy Bridge CPU. Though you will probably not see any difference when using a 560 ti, if you upgraded your GPU down the road to keep the system high-end, you might find PCIe 2.0 to be limiting you.



Ok this is the kind of input I am looking for ! So is the 3770K the way to go on this build then ? And am I going to run into heat issues to the point where liquid cooling is needed or is the consensus no.
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May 12, 2012 5:49:04 PM

As long as you don't stray too far from stock voltage, and don't plan on any OC higher than 4.4GHz then you'll be perfectly fine.

I went with a Sabertooth Z77 board as well. Yet to receive it but its stability is pretty good, I hear.

In terms of future-proof, a single (or even pair) of 560Ti won't cut it. For $2000 I squeezed in 1 more HDD than yours and a GTX 680, as well as a Seasonic X-850 - and I live in Canada where parts have 10-20% markup. So I think you could save a lot of money if you intend to keep this build, or get more for your money if you keep your $2000 budget.
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May 12, 2012 6:01:31 PM

OK well then that solves my cooling concerns (^_^). I am torn about the GFX card because I just got this damn 560ti a year or so ago. I think I will just run the single 560 and then upgrade to a better single card down the road.

So with SLI out of the picture, subtracting the water cooling, replacing the 2600k with a 3770k, and replacing the 256 SSD with a 128, what other comments / ideas do peeps have ?
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