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June 18, 2012 5:59:12 AM

Hello All,

I built my current rig just around 6 years ago (AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+). It's becoming quite dated these days so I'm looking to upgrade a bit. I may also be looking to build a NAS/HTPC box at some point in the future but one paycheck at a time! :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: ~$1000-$1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HTPC (part time), Browsing
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg preferred but not required if price savings is substantial.
Country: US
Parts Preferences: See list below.
Overclocking: Yes (in the future)
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like to keep it relatively quiet.

Part List: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ap4a
*Looking for advice on these parts and willing to change if needed.

Current Concerns:
  • CPU/Motherboard/Memory/PSU compatibility - They appear to all be compatible from this semi-novice's point of view; however, looking for confirmation.
  • Is the GPU overkill? I plan to do some decent gaming and would like the build to remain somewhat future proof.
  • PSU powerful enough? I'm unsure if the currently selected PSU is a bit too low on the wattage side (especially if I do decide to SLI/Crossfire in the future).

    This current build is something I just worked up over the past day or two to get a rough idea. I am very open to looking into more cost effective parts/bundles. I also would like some insight if any of the parts I've picked aren't the best of choices.

    Please let me know if you need any more info and thanks in advance!! :D 
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    a b 4 Gaming
    June 18, 2012 7:43:39 AM

    I notice a lack of a HDD, 128GB's wont get far.
    CPU cooler? you'v got an overclocking chip and an overclockers board, so might as well.
    I would recommend this GTX670 over the one you picked, better cooling on it. $10 more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    PSU seems a bit weak, see if you can find a 600W version to give some headroom for overclocking and such.

    Other than that, very good good build.

    Concerns you raise:
    They are all compatible.
    The GPU is pretty powerful, but for a dedicated gaming rig isnt overkill (does depend what games you play, for Sims its very overkill)
    Up the PSU to 600W, though even with that you cant do SLI/Crossfire (Need 750W for that)
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    a b 4 Gaming
    June 18, 2012 9:41:46 AM

    The build looks pretty good i would suggest you get an aftermarket cooler for overclocking this is the cheapest good one CPU Cooler: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+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 also you want low profile ram here 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: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...
    RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Also,the PSU is a no go you want this one SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... other than that it looks pretty solid to me good job! ;) 
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    June 19, 2012 3:40:18 AM

    Thanks so much bigcyco1 & Manofchalk!

    Here is my updated part list:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ap4a

  • -I added the CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler.

  • -I switched to a 750W PSU (Corsair HX750) since I'd rather have the extra watts just in case I need them later on (for SLI) -- I learned on my last build to never skimp on the PSU and this one looks to be pretty solid (modular is nice too!)

  • -I switched to the low profile G.Skill RAM you mentioned, bigcyco. I'm assuming the low profile is needed when the 212 is used since it takes up a bit more room?

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    I would recommend this GTX670 over the one you picked, better cooling on it.

    Will the cooling be that much more noticeable on the GTX670? I really like the style/design of the EVGA card.

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    I notice a lack of a HDD, 128GB's wont get far.

    I already have 2 1TB and 1 640GB I can utilize for this build.

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    does depend what games you play, for Sims its very overkill

    Hello Kitty Island Adventure -- All damn day!

    So what do you guys think? Any other issues with the build?
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    June 19, 2012 3:49:23 AM

    Looks good. Happy building!

    ETA: If you live near a microcenter they offer discounts on IB chips with select mobo's.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    June 19, 2012 4:03:43 AM

    Looks great to me good job also the PSU upgrade was wise thinking and future proofing and the one you picked is very reliable and top notch!And yeah, you assumed correctly you need the low profile ram because the ram with the big heat sinks conflicts with most after market coolers.Anyway,Happy gaming enjoy,and god bless!! ;) 
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    June 29, 2012 5:38:39 PM

    Best answer selected by cjules86.
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