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2k Gaming/Multimedia PC 1st time builder needs advice

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June 10, 2012 7:50:32 AM

So planing to get all of thise done in around a month or 2 from now, this pc should be mainly used for Gaming/Streaming and probly some minor video editing/PhotoShop planing to also get a 27" monitor running on 1920x1080 Also will be hooked up to a 42" Tv for watching movies no playing should be done on it most of the time . And i also want this to be as quiet as possible


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge $349.99


Case: NZXT SWITCH 810 White CA-SW810-W1 Steel $169.99


MB: MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $179.99


Colling: Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro $99.00


Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $97.99


GPU: ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $529.99


HDD1: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III $129.99


HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $94.99


CD drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner - OEM $74.99


PSU: NZXT HALE90-750-M 750W ATX $159.99

I also plan to overclock so i took that in consideration as well, so would be really helpful if you guy could rate/comment and give out suggestions for this build.

thx~


June 10, 2012 10:46:58 AM

Games and videos can take up a lot of space - you should be able to get a 1TB HDD for not too much more than the 500GB one.

By the way my primary display is a 40" Samsung TV over HDMI - it's brilliantly immersive for gaming; you might want to give it a try.
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June 10, 2012 12:11:15 PM

1: if you game a lot more than you video edit, get the i5 3570k.
2: personally, i dont think you will every use up a lot of space in the switch 810. just get something cheaper like a corsair 500r
3: for a motherboard, the z77x-ud5h has a lot more features and is around the same price. if not, the asrock extreme4 is the cheapest board with all the needed featuares. the gd65 from msi isnt the best value here.
4:a cooler master tpc 812 will outperform the water cooler any day for 40 dollars less. a hyper 212 evo will be slightly under the water cooler
5:if you are to get a heatsink, get some lower profile ram such as gskill ares or mushkin blackline
6: a gtx 670 will perform within 5-8% of the 680 for cheaper. a good card is the evga ftw 670 or the asus directcu2 top 670
7:get a 1tb drive. they arent that much more expensive than the 500gb
8: get this power supply instead. it is much better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
either one is a good choice
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June 10, 2012 3:03:39 PM

whoops. though the label ment 80+ bronze. my bad
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June 10, 2012 5:27:05 PM

If he's willing to spend that much on PSU, probably best to go straight for Seasonic X 750W or Corsair AX 750W for the same price.
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June 10, 2012 5:30:15 PM

if seasonic is considered in the price, get the x760w from seasonic. it has the best power supply fan with hybrid fan technology meaning the fan only spins when the load is above 40%
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June 12, 2012 7:07:25 AM

TheBigTroll said:
1: if you game a lot more than you video edit, get the i5 3570k.
2: personally, i dont think you will every use up a lot of space in the switch 810. just get something cheaper like a corsair 500r
3: for a motherboard, the z77x-ud5h has a lot more features and is around the same price. if not, the asrock extreme4 is the cheapest board with all the needed featuares. the gd65 from msi isnt the best value here.
4:a cooler master tpc 812 will outperform the water cooler any day for 40 dollars less. a hyper 212 evo will be slightly under the water cooler
5:if you are to get a heatsink, get some lower profile ram such as gskill ares or mushkin blackline
6: a gtx 670 will perform within 5-8% of the 680 for cheaper. a good card is the evga ftw 670 or the asus directcu2 top 670
7:get a 1tb drive. they arent that much more expensive than the 500gb
8: get this power supply instead. it is much better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
either one is a good choice


I Might go with the 3570k considering I'm gonna maily gaming on it. For the case I liked the 810 for the space for adding stuff in the future AND because I has a nice side window which I wanted tho if I do switch case it would be a ThorV2 which was my original choice.

As for Mobo tbh I'm not looking for anything specific I just don't want anything hard to deal with, while being able to OC with all the proper features.
I went with water cooling because I don't want any noise I want everything to be as silent as possible. If the difference between the 680 and 670 is that low then ill probly got for the 670 then as well go for the 1tb and the Seasonic X since with the same price and better rated.
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June 12, 2012 10:45:02 AM

the air cooler is quieter. the corsair fans are like jet engines
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June 12, 2012 12:24:25 PM

Firstly the Seasonic X series (and derivates from other brands) are fanless up to 20% load.
http://www.seasonicusa.com/images/X/X-04.jpg

AIO watercoolers are not usually that good when it comes to noise. This is for two reasons. The first is that the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro has a fan speed range of 1200-2000RPM. If you want a quiet build then 1200RPM should be the maximum speed of most of your fans IMO.
The second reason is pumps. AIO watercoolers have pumps, which air coolers do not have and which contribute noise to the system.
According to the TT website the motor speed in the pump of the Water 2.0 Pro is 2800RPM +-150RPM. I don't know exactly what is spinning at 2800RPM, but I can't believe it will be quiet at that speed.

I'd suggest looking at coolers from Scythe or Thermalright for good heatsinks which come with quiet fans. For the price of that the TT Water 2.0 Pro you could also get the Noctua NH-D14, Zalman CNPS12X or Prolimatech Megahalems (with your choice of fans).
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June 12, 2012 6:51:44 PM

That case is fantastic for custom water cooling. You can fit a RASA 750 RX 360 water cooling kit in there (top) no problem. It has enough cooling capabilities to cool Ivy plus 2 GTX 670 video cards.

XSPC RASA 750 RX 360 $189.95 Gives you everything: Radiator + Pump + Resevoir + CPU water block (very good quality actually) and tubing as well.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Or you can go full custom water cooling by buying separate components which probably costs around 300 bucks and has higher quality/better cooling performance and not to mention it looks a lot better.

Radiator: Aqua Computer AirPlex Revolution $95.99 --- The best performance radiator for 3 x 120 or 3x 140 mm that fits inside your case
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
Review: http://skinneelabs.com/aqua-computer-airplex-radiator-r...

Pump: Swiftech MCP655™ Series 12 VDC Water Pumps $66.95--
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Resevoir: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir $47.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

CPU waterblock: Swiftech Apogee HD Extreme $69.99
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Tubing: ~6 feet: Clearfex 1/2'' ID 3/4'' OD ~$7.50
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Coolant: Swiftech HydrX PM Premixed UV-Reactive Coolant - 16 fl oz. (473 ml) $3.95 Choose different color to match the color of your mainboard/case
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Compression Fittings: XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Chrome Finish x7 $28
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Total of the full custom water cooling parts ~$300 but you will have one of the best custom water cooling gear out there that actually fits inside that case without any modification. Not saying this is cheap in anyway, but if you truly want watercool, this is a much better way to do it than the 99 dollars thermaltake watercool kit. If you want to cool video card, GPU waterblock needs to be added in that list and it is HIGHY recommended to go full GPU waterblock that covers VRM instead of the universal GPU waterblock. Both watercooling systems kit above can power up to 2 GTX 670 video cards no problem. If you want to do 2 GTX 680 SLI, the full custom water cooling (not RASA kit) is recommended due to higher thermal load of the video cards.

Note that the fully custom watercooling described above (Pump, CPU waterblock and Radiator are actually one of the best components according to professional watercooling reviews). Compression fittings are highy recommended over normal fittings to prevent leak. Good luck.

If you don't know how to assemble computer, I think its best if you do it first before doing any watercooling setup. Also, read this watercooling sticky thread below carefully and make a drawing of the whole setup beforehand before you setup the system.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265776-29-read-first-...
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