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Building first High-End Gaming PC for $2018, is everything compatible?

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May 28, 2012 9:43:40 AM

Are all the parts here compatible with each-other? I'm ready to click buy as soon as I'm sure they are!
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate SV35 Series 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.76 @ Mac Connection)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Other: XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 Open Water-Cooler
Total: $1696.65
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 06:57 EDT-0400)

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May 28, 2012 10:10:05 AM

for a $2k build,i would suggest at least a 670.i am not a big fan of OCZ for power supply.better go with corsair TX750 V2, it is enough for 670 SLi and overclocks.
other things are good.BTW,that's a sexy case ;) 
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May 28, 2012 10:12:37 AM

If i wanted to overclock the 3820, do you think it would be a difficult thing to do, as it's not k or x series so it isn't unlocked already? I was planning on overclocking both the CPU and both of my GPUs.
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May 28, 2012 10:18:27 AM

Thanks. Also, you don't think that two crossfire 7850s overclocked can outperform a 670? I was thinking that the slightly extra money would be worth it.
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May 28, 2012 10:24:20 AM

also I was trying to go with a modular PSU for around 100$
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May 28, 2012 10:28:00 AM

yes but not by a good margin.but they will have a lot of disadvantages too.AMD driver support sucks,more power consumption and more noise too.it is better to get a more powerful card then two weak cards.you can also upgrade you 670(SLi) in future.
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May 28, 2012 10:29:13 AM

is the 670 easy to OC? and will it be bottlenecked by my CPU if I OC both?
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May 28, 2012 10:36:02 AM

yes it's a very good overclocker and it will not bottleneck as both your cpu and gpu are very capable.
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May 28, 2012 10:39:27 AM

Ok, as far as brands go for the GPU, Asus and Gigabyte are at 399.99 and EVGA is 419.99, which would you say is the better brand? Also, a $507 asus 680 is within my price range. I'd prefer the 670 but if the 680 sees a significant performance boost (100$ worth) then I don't mind paying the extra.
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May 28, 2012 10:43:47 AM

evga has good customer service but reference cooler limits overclocking potential,better go with Asus DCII or gigabyte windforce x3.
and gtx 680 is not worth extra 100 bucks.
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May 28, 2012 10:46:21 AM

I think I'll go with the Asus DC2 because the gigabyte is out of stock anyway, and the overclocking is a must so that makes it an easy choice. I edited to update the post above, if you wouldn't mind giving it a quick look over, I went with a different corsair PSU then you suggested, same 750w but it was modulated instead. You're my last check before i press order :)  So let me know if you think its ready.
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May 28, 2012 10:49:01 AM

what corsair psu you selected?
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May 28, 2012 10:53:43 AM

HX750 is a great unit but-
it is made by CWT and TX V2 is made by Seasonic.in terms of power supplies,Seasonic>all.
TX V2 is a better value and modular unit hardly makes any difference.cable management is your talent not your power supply.
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May 28, 2012 10:58:08 AM

I can totally respect that and I think I'll follow your advice because after all I'm a newbie, and you, the veteran seems to be very sure about this haha. I edited above to add a monitor as well, if you care to put any input on it I'd appreciate it as well, doesn't matter quite as much as the other components though!
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May 28, 2012 11:00:08 AM

Why get that CPU over 1155?
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May 28, 2012 11:00:33 AM

not a big fan of acer but Asus makes some great monitors.
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May 28, 2012 11:01:59 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Why get that CPU over 1155?


i was going to ask the same question but then i thought maybe he wants LGA2011 for a *high end* build.
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May 28, 2012 11:04:24 AM

hellfire24 said:
i was going to ask the same question but then i thought maybe he wants LGA2011 for a *high end* build.

I figured the LGA 2011 will last longer in the future. And I've decided to stick with that monitor only because I stretched the price to get a monitor at all and anything else really is too high. Thanks for all your input, I'm going to buy it :) 
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May 28, 2012 1:02:04 PM

Yeah but a LGA2011 with the 4 core is like a ferrari with a 2 liter 4 cyl engine :p 
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May 28, 2012 2:01:45 PM

^all we are going to do is to throw a turbo in it(overclocking the cpu)and i am sure it will beat almost every other thing in it's class.
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May 28, 2012 2:14:36 PM

It would make more sense to go with 1155 if you're buying a 4 core.
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May 28, 2012 2:17:21 PM

i am big fan of 2500k for it's price to performance ratio and overclocking potential but sometimes it becomes personal preference.
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May 28, 2012 2:52:33 PM
May 28, 2012 7:53:22 PM

It may suck for YOU, but it has been 2 months since I built my PC and my 7950 has no issues with any games.
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June 4, 2012 4:11:12 AM

Best answer selected by joegiants182.
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