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June 2, 2012 11:18:36 PM

Hello all. :hello: 

I'm new to the forums here and would greatly welcome your knowledgeable advice in a current build i'm putting together.
This will be my first custom build, predominantly for gaming. I also plan to do moderate OC'ing.

Here is what I am looking at so far:

Case = Antec 1100.

CPU = Intel Core i7 2600k @ 3.40 GHz. Socket H2 LGA 1155.

Motherboard = GIGABYTE G1.Sniper.2 Z68 Chipset. (E-ATX).

GPU = Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC edition. (I have not ruled out sli or crossfire at this point, so would greatly welcome ideas on a better GPU set-up for around a similar price range to the 7970).

Cooling = Noctua NH D-14.

Memory = Corsair Vengeance LP 16Gb @ 4x4Gb. 1600MHz. Cas. 8-8-8-24. @ 1.5v. (again, thoughts welcome here).

SSD = Samsung 830 128gb

PSU = Seasonic X-Series. X-1050W.



HD and Peripherals etc. (I will be using from my existing set-up).


Many thanks in advance,
RC. :) 

June 2, 2012 11:31:52 PM

For gaming, you will not need an i7. I7 is for video editing and rendering. No need for 1050W either. 750W is the max for any 6xx or 7xxx series paired with another single card. Speaking of cards, get the GTX 670. It performs about the same, OCs better, uses less power, and has a comparable multi monitor setup option.
June 2, 2012 11:38:51 PM

Definitely the Antec 1100 rather than the corsair

Hyperthreading cpu's like the 2600K dont help gaming much if at all so the i5 3570K is a better choice

Might as well use a Z77 chipset motherboard . The Asus P8Z77-V Pro is a good mix of features and price

Games never use more than 3.2 gig of RAM , so unless you want to play a few at the same time even 2 x4 gig of RAM is plenty for a gamer

Even two Radeon 7970's wont need a power supply that large . New gen 28nm graphics cards use less power .
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
A good 850 watt unit will be fine

So will a smaller cooler like the CM Hyper 212 evo or Xigmatek 1283 .
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June 2, 2012 11:41:16 PM

850W will allow for OCing of BOTH GPUs. :) 
June 2, 2012 11:58:28 PM

WoW! Fast and very welcome advice. :) 


So, I can bin the i7 and maybe go for the i5 2500k or 3570k ?

Was never sure about the PSU in the fist place... Just went bigger rather than smaller. 850W it shall be then.

I'm not sure why, but I seem drawn to stick with Z68 over Z77, if someone could advise me here I may sway to that direction.

I just picked that RAM initially due to the low latency 8-8-8-24, I've read many reviews of how anything over 8Gb for gaming is considered overkill.
I'd happily go with 8Gb 2x4Gb of low latency memory. Any ideas? I see alot of people with GSkill in their set-ups...


RC. ;) 
June 3, 2012 12:00:29 AM

if you like the 1100, get it or get the p280. p280 adds some silence. but then again the 302 will do fine
June 3, 2012 12:08:25 AM

If sticking with Z68, the obvious choice is i5-2500k. :) 
June 3, 2012 12:16:11 AM

roflchops said:
WoW! Fast and very welcome advice. :) 


So, I can bin the i7 and maybe go for the i5 2500k or 3570k ?

Was never sure about the PSU in the fist place... Just went bigger rather than smaller. 850W it shall be then.

I'm not sure why, but I seem drawn to stick with Z68 over Z77, if someone could advise me here I may sway to that direction.

I just picked that RAM initially due to the low latency 8-8-8-24, I've read many reviews of how anything over 8Gb for gaming is considered overkill.
I'd happily go with 8Gb 2x4Gb of low latency memory. Any ideas? I see alot of people with GSkill in their set-ups...


RC. ;) 


a good quality 750w is about the same as 850w.

On toms hardware, responses to posts are VERY fast.
June 3, 2012 12:18:50 AM

TheBigTroll said:
a good quality 750w is about the same as 850w.

On toms hardware, responses to posts are VERY fast.

Especially by me. ;) 
June 3, 2012 12:23:37 AM

azeem40 said:
Especially by me. ;) 



yeah i see you on many posts but i still dont know what you
June 3, 2012 12:26:07 AM

What I what? :p 
June 3, 2012 12:28:19 AM

do or work..... ive got a crappy keyboard.
June 3, 2012 2:30:50 AM

2x MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II/OC - 2GB in SLI
or
1x Gainward 4GB GeForce GTX 680 Phantom²
or
My original choice of the 3GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC...

What are the thoughts folks?
June 3, 2012 11:30:13 AM

nope. just get the 670 from asus or gigabyte. it is cheaper than all your solutions and is about 5% slower than the 680 for 100 dollars cheaper
June 3, 2012 12:03:22 PM

Get the ASUS 670 two of my friends have had issues with the gigabyte 670 and i have had issues with gigabyte 560TI straight junk imo get ASUS 670 ;) 
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