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Ivy Bridge Gaming Rig - Need Double Check

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June 2, 2012 2:16:14 PM

OK I have done all my research. Looked at all my options. And I have made all of my choices. I just need a look from some other sets of eyes to make sure it is all compatible. So without further ado....

CASE - Blackhawk Ultra
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB - ASRock Z77 Extreme9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - i7 3770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series <X2>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked <X2>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical - ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - ASUS VW246H <X2> <Already have 1 so total of 3>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Crucial M4 256 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Western Digital Caviar Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - KINGWIN LZP-1000 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard - Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Headset - Logitech G930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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June 2, 2012 2:40:30 PM

1: blackhawk ultra is overkill for your build. get something smaller such as a corsair 650d or 800d
2: get some low profile ram such as crosair low profiles. they will fit better under heatsinks
3: get the asus directcu2 680s. they are much much better than the ega ones.
4: with this kind of budget, go get a thermalright silver arrow or a noctua nh-d14. if not, get a h100 rom corsair
5: get a faster ssd such as the intel ones or the mushkin chronos deluxe. they are pretty reliable
6: for 2 way sli, 750w is more than enough. get a hx750w from corsair or a xfx XXX edition 750w. they are both made by seasonic=the best.
7: why the heck did you get the sata 3 black drive. the seagate barracuda 1tb with 64mb of cache is faster than the sata6 black drive if not the same
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June 2, 2012 2:45:39 PM

First off, this looks like a gaming rig and for gaming, an i5 3570k will be just as good as the i7. As for the CPU cooler, you can step it up at this budget even if you aren't heavily OCing. Something like the CM Hyper 212 EVO or even the V8 will work better.
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