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Help me finish my gaming rig (~$1600)

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June 1, 2012 2:14:46 AM

What's up everyone? Really appreciate you taking a look at my build. Here's what I already have:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) - $189.99 @ Microcenter
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 - $169.99 @ Microcenter
GPU: ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB - $539.99 @ Fry's Electronics

Microcenter saved me a ton on CPU + Mobo, pretty happy about that. I'll probably get hate for the 680, but I saw Fry's had it in stock and just went for it. This is my current plan to wrap things up:

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB – $99.99 -
SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB – $123.99 -
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (4x4GB) - $97.99 -
Case + PSU: COOLER MASTER HAF X + CM 850W Silent Pro Modular Supply w/ Fan Control - $357.98 -
Total: $1579.92

Opinions? Is the case or PSU overkill? Do I need more cooling? (Have no clue what I'm doing cooling-wise). Can anybody recommend a good Blu Ray drive?

Thanks a ton and welcome to ALL suggestions - even the parts I've already purchased are returnable. (But I really want to keep that GTX 680).

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June 1, 2012 2:21:37 AM

The build looks pretty solid. A couple suggestions though.

-The crucial M4 is a good SSD, but Mushkin 120 Gb is at $90 right now which is a great deal and a good SSD.

-As for the RAM, 16Gb is not needed for gaming, max you would need is 8Gb, unless you plan on doing heavy video editing. Also you want to make sure you get low profile RAM so your heat sink will fit properly.

-Next you have the CPU to OC and a mother board to do it, but no cooler. So i would suggest the 212 EVO it is cheap, good, and can OC up to 4.5 GHz.

-THe PSU is overkill, if you want you could go with a 620W, but if you want to SLI in the future I would go with 750W.
June 1, 2012 5:33:45 AM

Thanks a lot for your comments. :) 

I looked at the Mushkin as well, but I'm a little worried about its reliability. A lot of people seem to have had some problems with it.

I'll take a look at the 212 EVO, thanks. I was looking at this one as well: (Even better? Different deal altogether?) Also, might you be able to point me to a good overclocking guide?

I'm thinking I might SLI in the future, if the 680 goes down in price a bit. How much should I be spending on my PSU?

I actually will be doing a good amount of video editing, and RAM is super cheap, so I think I'll stick with 16 GB.
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June 1, 2012 5:48:00 AM

The Mushkin is reliable, the people have issues with it because they don't upgrade the BIOS....

That one is similar, but a waste of money. It's close to the 212 EVO, but the 212 is the best bang for the buck if you stay under 4.5 Ghz. Which is what most people do because anything over that you have to start messing with voltages.

If you think you might SLI in the future I would go with a 750W PSU. Which you can get a good one between $100-$150. This is the one I would suggest.

And yeah stick with the 16Gb then.

June 1, 2012 5:49:38 AM

Oh and the Crucial M4 is also good, it's a little slower on bigger files around 500Mb, but quicker on smaller ones then the Mushkin (so I've been told). But both are very reliable as long as you upgrade your BIOS.
June 1, 2012 5:57:25 AM

You mean most dont upgrade the Firmware on the SSD, which is actually the main cause. I think the 612 is good if you want cooler temps, but the EVO is good too.
June 1, 2012 6:01:15 AM

Yeah thats what I meant.
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