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May 12, 2012 11:17:39 PM

Hi guys,

Sometime in August I plan on purchasing a new system, and I'm researching/planning now.

This computer will be used for gaming most importantly, I will multi task with programs, surf the web, and type papers.

Like in the title, I will be spending $1500-2000 on this computer. I have a Cyborg RAT 7 already, and I wish to buy a keyboard and monitor with it. Here are the parts I have picked out already:

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC ...

RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-8GTX

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM


Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
May 12, 2012 11:41:27 PM

It's best to start these threads a week or less before you plan on purchasing due to availability, price changes and new tech. With that said that case is an over sized and over priced hot box unless you plan on getting into some hardcore water cooling. The psu is way over kill. A 750w will suffice just fine and if you want a lot of headroom then look at a 850w psu.
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May 13, 2012 12:13:12 AM

1050w is a bit overkill even for 2 670s and yeah like Why_Me said, that 800d is too big for a regular atx build. get the 650D if you like the 800d
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May 13, 2012 12:26:25 AM

There's also no point in buying such expensive ram. You won't be bottle-necked by your ram, so it's just a waste of money. Just pick up some ddr3 1600 that you can get for cheap.
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May 13, 2012 12:48:33 AM

TheBigTroll said:
1050w is a bit overkill even for 2 670s and yeah like Why_Me said, that 800d is too big for a regular atx build. get the 650D if you like the 800d

The 650D is another hot box.

Two best Corsair cases for thermal temps are the 500R and 400R. After that it would be the 600T and 300R.
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May 13, 2012 2:23:37 AM

Thank you guys very much for the recommendations. I'll cut back on the ram speed, and same with the psu, any suggested brands?

And case-wise, I saw the 800D at Fry's today, and I thought it looked...good, really good. But I never thought about temps. The look of the 800D and 650D intrigues me alot, but would the high temps in them be controllable without liquid cooling? I'd rather stay away from water solutions.

Thanks again for help. I know I'm putting this up early, but this is going to be my first ever build and I want to get a good feel for different parts, compatibility, and I may be able to buy it sooner than I say.
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May 13, 2012 2:34:21 AM

WaffleIron said:
Thank you guys very much for the recommendations. I'll cut back on the ram speed, and same with the psu, any suggested brands?

And case-wise, I saw the 800D at Fry's today, and I thought it looked...good, really good. But I never thought about temps. The look of the 800D and 650D intrigues me alot, but would the high temps in them be controllable without liquid cooling? I'd rather stay away from water solutions.

Thanks again for help. I know I'm putting this up early, but this is going to be my first ever build and I want to get a good feel for different parts, compatibility, and I may be able to buy it sooner than I say.

http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Cases-Add-Ons-Computers/... <----- check out the 500R, 400R, and CC600TM on there.
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May 13, 2012 2:43:43 AM

Of the 500r, 400r, and 600t, I like the 500R. But that 650D...lol.

And m3tric, $50 cheaper, 8gb more, is the Intel SSD then just brand name for the reason it's more expensive? Or is there something the Intel has that the Crucial does not? And that ram is what I was looking at:D 
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May 13, 2012 2:50:00 AM

Forget all those cases and get the only case you will ever need the'NZXT Switch 810'

Grab an H100
8gigs of G Skill
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May 13, 2012 2:50:54 AM

Really? What's so good about that one?
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May 13, 2012 2:55:52 AM

WaffleIron said:
Really? What's so good about that one?



Lots of room amazing airflow amazing design, research it and you will become a believer. Drop your intel 520 ssd for a crucial M4 128 SSD, grab yourself a Corsair AX850 watt psu, grab Z77 certified 8Gigs of gskill 2400. Get those gtx 670 now though they are going to sell out soon.
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May 13, 2012 3:50:47 AM

redeemer said:
Lots of room amazing airflow amazing design, research it and you will become a believer. Drop your intel 520 ssd for a crucial M4 128 SSD, grab yourself a Corsair AX850 watt psu, grab Z77 certified 8Gigs of gskill 2400. Get those gtx 670 now though they are going to sell out soon.


just saying now phantom is not chosen as much as Corsair 500R.

now the reason why this is, is because 500R gives more width which means better cable management
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May 13, 2012 4:03:34 AM

boulbox said:
just saying now phantom is not chosen as much as Corsair 500R.

now the reason why this is, is because 500R gives more width which means better cable management


That's the thing that I like about corsair, is the cable management. Seems really nice.
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May 13, 2012 4:11:33 AM

Another thing I've been pondering...

I have the i5-3570k ivy bridge picked out. I thought that the i7-3770k ivy would maybe be...I don't want to say overkill, but more performance than I'll actually need. Would the i7 be worth the extra $120 for future proofing or what's your opinions on this?
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May 13, 2012 4:16:27 AM

WaffleIron said:
Another thing I've been pondering...

I have the i5-3570k ivy bridge picked out. I thought that the i7-3770k ivy would maybe be...I don't want to say overkill, but more performance than I'll actually need. Would the i7 be worth the extra $120 for future proofing or what's your opinions on this?

The only game I know of that takes advantage of hyper threading is FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator) but that's not to say more games later on won't start making use of hyper threading. That's a tough call but seeing how much fat can (should) be trimmed off that build of yours it's easy to fit the 3770K in there without bumping up the total price of your build.
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May 13, 2012 4:28:28 AM

What kind of fat can be trimmed off? I've been working on this, but as I said this is my first build, so I'm learning.

And if the i7 isn't totally necessary...maybe the i5 could suffice until I buy the new i7 that would come out in two years, let's say.
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May 13, 2012 4:34:05 AM

WaffleIron said:
What kind of fat can be trimmed off? I've been working on this, but as I said this is my first build, so I'm learning.

And if the i7 isn't totally necessary...maybe the i5 could suffice until I buy the new i7 that would come out in two years, let's say.

The case to a Corsair 500R, the psu to a XFX 750w modular (it's manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX and mid and upper tier Corsair psu's), and the motherboard to a Asrock Z77 Extreme6.

That right there knocks off close to $150 - $200. You combo the board with the cpu, and you get that case off of amazon to save money on shipping.
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May 13, 2012 4:39:28 AM

Oh wow, thanks a ton! Yeah 200 right there. I'm gunna go take a look at that.
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May 13, 2012 4:52:56 AM

Okay, that definitely helped alot. The 670, is that a good choice? I had a 560ti selected before, but I figured I'd like the performance of the 670, and it would last me years. The 560ti is $200 cheaper though basically, then again the 670 has 1000 more CUDA cores, higher clock speeds, and twice as much memory.
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May 13, 2012 5:00:54 AM

WaffleIron said:
Okay, that definitely helped alot. The 670, is that a good choice? I had a 560ti selected before, but I figured I'd like the performance of the 670, and it would last me years. The 560ti is $200 cheaper though basically, then again the 670 has 1000 more CUDA cores, higher clock speeds, and twice as much memory.

The difference between the 670 and the 560 ti in regards to gaming is like putting a Ferrari against a Dodge min van in race.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <---- review of the gtx 670 w/benchmarks
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May 13, 2012 5:03:55 AM

Hahaha...ohhh man. Okay, the 670 stays. Thanks!

Do you mind me asking one more question?
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May 13, 2012 8:51:09 PM

Best answer selected by WaffleIron.
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