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May 12, 2012 5:49:57 PM

Hi , I am planning to build a computer, price range is approx 1800-2000 not including monitor. I am new to building computer so any help, advice or suggestion would be appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: next 7-10 days

Budget Range: ~1800 - 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming, some development, entertainment (watching movies..etc)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, please let me know if there are others which I should look into.

Country: US


Listed below is the full list of parts I have selected, Please let me know if everything is compatible, also let me know if you have other suggestions.


Case : COOLER MASTER HAF X ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Processor: Intel i7 3770k , I wont be overclocking straight away, but going for 3770k so that I can do that later down the road.


Motherboard: ASUS SabertoothZ77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card....Whenever it is available on newegg, I was thinking on ordering rest of stuff, assemble them so that I can at least use the computer, and order this card whenever it is available.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power Supply : Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-750M 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Cooler : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
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...


Hard Drive : Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


BlueRay/DVD Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12x BD Combo Model iHES212-08 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Any help, suggestion , advice on above components would be of great help to me, thanks in advance.


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May 12, 2012 6:16:56 PM

sharmagauravjpr said:
Hi , I am planning to build a computer, price range is approx 1800-2000 not including monitor. I am new to building computer so any help, advice or suggestion would be appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: next 7-10 days

Budget Range: ~1800 - 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming, some development, entertainment (watching movies..etc)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, please let me know if there are others which I should look into.

Country: US


Listed below is the full list of parts I have selected, Please let me know if everything is compatible, also let me know if you have other suggestions.


Case : COOLER MASTER HAF X ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Processor: Intel i7 3770k , I wont be overclocking straight away, but going for 3770k so that I can do that later down the road.


Motherboard: ASUS SabertoothZ77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card....Whenever it is available on newegg, I was thinking on ordering rest of stuff, assemble them so that I can at least use the computer, and order this card whenever it is available.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power Supply : Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-750M 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Cooler : CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
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...


Hard Drive : Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


BlueRay/DVD Drive : LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12x BD Combo Model iHES212-08 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Any help, suggestion , advice on above components would be of great help to me, thanks in advance.



For gaming, some parts are overkill.


Case: The HAF X is very very big, look up a video on it, if you still want it, go ahead, very good cooling!

Processor: i5-3570k is almost the exact same as 3770k, without hyperthreading, which you won't need anyways.

Mobo: I really like that one

Video card: The 680 is good, or you can get GTX 670's in SLI and just smash.

Memory: You don't really need 16gb, just go with 8gb of 1600.

Power supply: 650W for 1 card, 750W for 2. I recommend either the Seasonic X650/750 or Corsair AX650/750

CPU Cooler: Noctua D14. Don't question it.

SSD: Great SSD, consider going up to a 256gb if you can afford it.

Hard Drive: Fine

Drive: Fine

May 12, 2012 6:49:51 PM

Thanks for you response ,

For the CPU cooler, I know Nouctua D14 has amazing performance, I have only found good reviews about it, but I was only concerned about its size and ease of installation. I was little scared just by looking at it and thought it would be difficult to install ,specially for some like me who does not have much experience. But if it offers significant performance gain over Corsair H80 , I will go with it.

For other suggestions , I will opt for 8gb memory like you said. If 8 gb serves the purpose , It would be great to save some money there.

For power supply I am looking into corsair AX650/750 now. Just wanted to ask a quick question, is 650w sufficient , even with GTX 680 installed. ( I am going with one GTX 680 , as two GTX 670 are exceeding the budget :(  )

Thanks again for your help.
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