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June 17, 2012 7:40:10 PM

hello, this is my gaming build I just need to know if the parts are compatible and how good do you think this rig will work. It will be used for hardcore gaming, research papers and surfing the internet.
CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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motherboard:ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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GPU:GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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case:COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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PSU:SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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SDD:SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
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RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
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HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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optical drive:SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
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CPU fan:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
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OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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headset:Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A Quick Disconnect Connector Connector Circumaural PC Gaming Multi-Speaker 5.1 Channels Headset
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mouse:RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
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keyboard:RAZER Lycosa Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
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June 17, 2012 8:17:01 PM

Id get the Asus 670 TOP ... it's 7% faster, runs cooler and is less noisy
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The HAF-XM gets a 9.1 rating from benchmarkreviews; the Corsair 500R gets 9.25 ...
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Ya bought an SLI board but a single card capable PSU.... move up to a 750 or 850 ...Seasonic X series, Corsair HX at top end (10.0 jonnyguru rating); Corsair TX or XFX Core Edition (9.5 jonnyguru rating)

At $150 that's a bit expensive for an SSD, especially when the longer life, better performing Mushkin Chronos Deluxe is $115
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http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_d...

RAM is a good choice but ya want the low profile version....and the lower voltage will help run CPU cooler.
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HD is a good choice

Optcal w/ Blue Ray Read - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With an Ivy Bridge furnace as my CPU, I'd want something better....$15 gets ya the 212's bug brother .... good for another 5-7C of cooling
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June 17, 2012 8:41:44 PM

Your build is fine and so is your case those benchmarks are flawed OP you should take those benchmarks with a grain of salt they add Appearance benching into the overall score which makes it flawed as that is a matter of each individual personal tastes not up to a reviewer or tester to decide.Moving along... ram your going to want low profile so it don't conflict with the cpu cooler take your pick RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1339DS1S00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The SSD you chose price vs performance not the best choice but not a bad choice at all. ;)  Here are other great SSD to look at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 17, 2012 9:21:57 PM

Thanks! I chose the G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR as my RAM and the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX MKNSSDCR120GB-MX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
June 17, 2012 9:24:48 PM

jack bond said:
Thanks! I chose the G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR as my RAM and the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX MKNSSDCR120GB-MX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
No problem... your very welcome!BTW Good choices ;) 
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