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Need Review and Advice on $2391 Gaming System

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June 20, 2012 10:36:07 PM

Hello, guys.

This is my first build ever, so I'm very excited for the feedback on how balanced the whole system is. I want to know, if anything in the system is an overkill/bottleneck, and if something should absolutely not be in there and be replaced.

Thank you!

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Approximate Purchase Date: This week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: Around 14.000 DKK (2.391 USD) incl. VAT

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, listening to music, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Dustinhome.dk, Komplett.dk

Country: Denmark

Parts Preferences: Nvidia Graphics Card, Intel Processor, Z77 Mobo.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm thinking of buying the Benq XL2420T 24" 120Hz Monitor. Please help me pick a Z77 Motherboard.

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Case Cooler Master HAF X Black
CPU Intel Core i7 3770k Ivy Bridge
CPU Cooler Corsair H100 Hydro CPU Cooler
RAM Corsair 16GB DDR3 Vengeance (2x8GB)
PSU Corsair AX 850W Modular PSU
GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD
HDD Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
ODD Sony DVD-R/RW 24x SATA
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
Additional Cooling/Bling Cooler Master Megaflow Silent Fan 20mm LED Red x3

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June 20, 2012 10:43:44 PM

For a gaming system - the 3770K and 16GB of RAM will be useless, you'll want the i5-3750K and 8GB of RAM.

Switch the H100 for a Noctua D14, and switch your SSD with an OCZ Vertex 4, and I'd say that's it. Also make sure your RAM is low profile.

If you want a motherboard suggestion I'd heavily suggest the EVGA Z77 FTW, that should fit in a HAF X. If that's not available I'd say go with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H.
June 20, 2012 11:00:08 PM

Alright, sounds good, g-unit. Thanks for the quick reply!

So no current game will gain anything from the 3770K or 16GB of RAM?

(If it's of any importance, I'll be playing World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Starcraft II, MW3, BF3, League of Legends, and DOTA II on the system)
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June 20, 2012 11:07:22 PM

no gain from using a i5 vs a i7

for the motherboard, the z77x-ud5h has tons of great features.\

for the case, if you dont need that much space (you wont need that much space if you put a regular atx mobo), you can get a haf xm. the haf xm looks exactly like a haf x (i think the xm looks better)



June 20, 2012 11:36:34 PM

AndreH said:
Alright, sounds good, g-unit. Thanks for the quick reply!

So no current game will gain anything from the 3770K or 16GB of RAM?

(If it's of any importance, I'll be playing World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Starcraft II, MW3, BF3, League of Legends, and DOTA II on the system)


No for gaming you won't benefit from hyperthreading and you won't use all 16GB of RAM.

I think I also agree about the case - the HAF X is gigantic and you don't really need the extra room - a HAF 932 is 1/2 the size and will still accommodate the biggest motherboards, GPUs, and anything else you can throw at it.
June 21, 2012 12:05:00 AM

haf xm is a haf x that is shrunken
June 21, 2012 12:13:54 AM

g-unit1111 said:
For a gaming system - the 3770K and 16GB of RAM will be useless, you'll want the i5-3750K and 8GB of RAM.


I can't find the i5-3750k on any danish stores. Is it a typo for the i5-3570k?
June 21, 2012 12:38:30 AM

no the i5 3570k is not a typo. it may be that they dont have it in stock yet or something
June 21, 2012 12:39:11 AM

TheBigTroll said:
haf xm is a haf x that is shrunken


I don't know about the case. I did pick the HAF X exactly because of what it is. It was never for any practical reason. I want a big, black, bad ass case, which looks awesome with red LED lights in the front, top and side, plus the window in the side.

Ofc, I don't have any real comprehension of what the size of it really is, but if I do decide to pick the HAF X over the XM and 932, I wouldn't be making a decision that would trip up the system, would I?
June 21, 2012 12:43:36 AM

the haf x is huge just saying. if you do pick the haf x, it wouldnt mess up anything in your build. the haf xm has all the same things as the haf x except for the extra expansion slots
June 21, 2012 12:43:47 AM

I see you're liking the Corsair gear, so get a 650D or something instead.
June 21, 2012 12:48:34 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the haf x is huge just saying. if you do pick the haf x, it wouldnt mess up anything in your build. the haf xm has all the same things as the haf x except for the extra expansion slots


Alright, that's exactly what I need to know. Thank you!

I will see both cases in real life, before deciding. So I won't end up with a case, that is way bigger than I thought!


Is the i5 3570K Ivy a fine alternative to the original i5 3750k?
June 21, 2012 12:50:34 AM

He did have a typo earlier... the only i5 they're refering to IS the 3570k.
June 21, 2012 1:02:47 AM

Sephypoo73 said:
He did have a typo earlier... the only i5 they're refering to IS the 3570k.


Thanks for clarifying that, Sephy.

About the cpu cooler: Wouldn't the H100 benefit the system more than the Noctua D14 (it's a small price difference, and the H100 can fit in the XM and 932 too, right?)
June 21, 2012 1:07:25 AM

AndreH said:
Thanks for clarifying that, Sephy.

About the cpu cooler: Wouldn't the H100 benefit the system more than the Noctua D14 (it's a small price difference, and the H100 can fit in the XM and 932 too, right?)


No - a strong air fan will always be safer than a closed liquid block like the H100 would be.

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Is the i5 3570K Ivy a fine alternative to the original i5 3750k?


Yeah that was a typo. :lol: 
June 21, 2012 1:21:06 AM

g-unit1111 said:
No - a strong air fan will always be safer than a closed liquid block like the H100 would be.


Alright, and the Noctua D14 will look awesome with a 14mm LED fan!

These RAM seem to be low profile, right? Corsair 8GB DDR3 Vengeance
June 21, 2012 1:22:04 AM

AndreH said:
Alright, and the Noctua D14 will look awesome with a 14mm LED fan!

These RAM seem to be low profile, right? Corsair 8GB DDR3 Vengeance


Yes - that works.
June 21, 2012 1:39:30 AM

Seems like we have a complete system then!

CPU Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge
Cooler Noctua NH-D14
RAM Corsair 8GB DDR3 Vengeance
MOBO Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
PSU Corsair AX 850W
SSD OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
HDD Western Digital Caviar Green
ODD Sony DVD-R/RW 24x Sata Black
OS Microsoft Windows 7 64-Bit OEM

And the undecided case:
HAF XM

Total costs: 12.491 DKK

Money saved and an effective system made. Thank you such much, G-Unit, TheBigTroll and Sephy! Words can't describe my gratitude! :D 

P.S. If I do pick another motherboard, as long as it is a Z77 chip, I'll be more or less fine, right?

Thank you so much!!!!
June 21, 2012 2:14:29 AM

also just saying. you can run the i5 3570k passively (without any fans) at stock speeds.

for aftermarket fans, id suggest fans like gentle typhoons or in your case bitfenix spectre pro