Opinions on 1500€ gaming system

I'm soon building a pc and I would appreciate if some people could give their opinions about the chosen parts

Approximate Purchase Date:
most likely this week

Budget Range:
+- 1500€

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
gaming, surfing/watching movies, Maybe sometimes a little bit of video editing but not much at all

Parts Not Required:
HDD

Country:
Belgium

Overclocking:
Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe

Monitor Resolution:
1680x1050

Parts I selected:
GPU: ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD
Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

Sound card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006&Tpk=asus%20xonar%20dx

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233202

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

CPU cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 rev.B SCMG-2100
http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/cpu-cooler/mugen-2-rev-b.html

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227757

DVD: LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247

Now I was wondering if a 650W power supply would be able to maybe give power to two 670's in the future and if not wheter a 750 one could.
I'm also maybe thinking of putting a led strip in there and I was wondering if a 1m kit of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812170026 would be enough to light up the HAF X, or if a 2m one would be better.
And lastly I would appreciate it if some of you gave your opinions about the build
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  1. Quote:
    Now I was wondering if a 650W power supply would be able to maybe give power to two 670's in the future and if not wheter a 750 one could.


    2 x 670 will require at minimum a 750W PSU.

    Quote:
    I'm also maybe thinking of putting a led strip in there and I was wondering if a 1m kit of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6812170026 would be enough to light up the HAF X, or if a 2m one would be better.


    I personally wouldn't spend the money - but that's just my opinion.

    Quote:
    And lastly I would appreciate it if some of you gave your opinions about the build


    It's an excellent start but my suggestions would be to cut down on the case - the HAF X is quite a monster and you only need it if you're running a monster motherboard like the Rampage IV Extreme. I'd also swap the SSD and cooler for a Noctua D14 and a Crucial M4. I don't like the Agility 3 due to the Sandforce controller being used - I'm not a fan of Sandforce drives in the slightest.

    Also ditch the sound card - they're no longer necessary, and swap your RAM for something like the Crucial Ballistix or Mushkin Blackline.

    Is there a store that you buy from? Knowing local availability will help to suggest a system.
  2. Hmm I did most of what you recommended, but I was wondering about the crucial ballistix there is a sport, tactical and elite. the only difference I can see between sport and tactial is CL9 vs CL8, is that right? And if I understand that right that doesn't really make a difference in performance in normal usage?
    For the case what do you think of the CM storm scout? ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 )
    and for the question about the store, I buy form a store in the Netherlands: https://azerty.nl
  3. I like a big case better air flow, heat is one thing that kills electronics quite rapidly. That is why laptops die so quickly. Also I like the hyper series cpu coolers a lot. Or could go liquid cooling with a smaller case.
  4. Hey will start first with the HDD/SSD
    90GB SSD only is way too small for games/video editing. Better get one 120-150GB SSD at least for primary system disk and get 1 or 2TB HDD for storage (lets say western digital blue or black series).
    Unless you already have HDD ignore this but still get a bit bigger SSD.

    Case - Haf X is way too big, if you want this design then go for the middle tower version - Cooler Master HAF XM

    Soundcard - as g-unit1111 said ditch it, unless you are going to do some serious audio editing and need soundcard, but then you would buy a professional one. The sound chip in the motherboard is good enough for your needs.

    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO - very good one if you are want overclock and acceptable price, if you want a cheaper version of it check: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
    If you are not going to overclock, just go with the a cheaper motherboard

    CPU is OK, you don't need more

    GPU - ASUS GTX670 is a monster card, that will last at least 2-3 years, but then again for 1680x1050 resolution is overkill, it all depends what kind of games are you going to play, still if you get a 24" LCD it will max everything. If you intend to play on single monitor with 1680x1050 resolution don't ever think of getting gtx 670 in Sli, unless for the next 2 years.

    RAM: 8GB was overkill for windows 7 32bit. for 64bit is enough but Windows 8 is coming in a few months, who knows you may want to try it, so get 16GB of RAM for future proof.

    PSU: if you are going to overclock and want SLI get 750W-800W from: OCZ, Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, if not 650W is enough
  5. hmm yeah the haf xm might be a good choice, the ability to go SLI is more for being future proof and about the RAM, couldn't I just buy 8gb now and buy more later if I need it? the 8gb will only take up 2 slots
  6. Quote:
    RAM: 8GB was overkill for windows 7 32bit. for 64bit is enough but Windows 8 is coming in a few months, who knows you may want to try it, so get 16GB of RAM for future proof.


    Windows 8 still won't use more than 8GB of RAM even on the 64-bit version - 8GB is plenty.

    Quote:
    PSU: if you are going to overclock and want SLI get 750W-800W from: OCZ, Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, if not 650W is enough


    Yes all of those brands are good. Stay away from Diablotek, Ultra, Apevia, Raidmax, and there's a few others I would not recommend.

    Quote:


    hmm yeah the haf xm might be a good choice, the ability to go SLI is more for being future proof and about the RAM, couldn't I just buy 8gb now and buy more later if I need it? the 8gb will only take up 2 slots


    That's definitely the way to go on RAM - buy 8GB to start with, add more if you need it.

    Try this build:

    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 - € 102,80
    PSU: Corsair TX 750 V2 - € 91,23
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - € 176,14
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - € 212,75
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - € 70,00
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ares 1600MHz 1.5V - € 55,18
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - € 114,99
    HD: 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green - € 107,02
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - € 379,92
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - € 103,18

    Total: € 1.487,69
  7. I would just buy 16gb it is on average about $20 per 4gb stick it's cheap future proofing. Plus you will not have to open your system upgrade later to add it.

    On the 670 I would consider getting the 4gb cards from EVGA, again not much more for more future proof.

    +1 on the bigger SSD and buy Crucial, I have one and it is really great. I would say 120-250 on the SSD.
  8. MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
    I would just buy 16gb it is on average about $20 per 4gb stick it's cheap future proofing. Plus you will not have to open your system upgrade later to add it.

    On the 670 I would consider getting the 4gb cards from EVGA, again not much more for more future proof.

    +1 on the bigger SSD and buy Crucial, I have one and it is really great. I would say 120-250 on the SSD.


    On a gaming system - you'll never use all 16GB and in some cases can actually hinder system performance - 8GB is the sweet spot.

    And yeah the 128GB is the best bet for SSD - I have a Crucial M4 and it's been great so far.
  9. @ g-unit, do you think he needs to SLI his GPU, I think with 1 he will be good for 2-3 years.

    EDIT: Granted 2-3 years will not have everything maxed out on games.
  10. Quote:

    Try this build:

    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 - € 102,80
    PSU: Corsair TX 750 V2 - € 91,23
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - € 176,14
    CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - € 212,75
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - € 70,00
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ares 1600MHz 1.5V - € 55,18
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - € 114,99
    HD: 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green - € 107,02
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - € 379,92
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - € 103,18

    Total: € 1.487,69


    That looks like a very good build, I can get windows 7 very cheap so I'll probably change some things around
  11. MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
    @ g-unit, do you think he needs to SLI his GPU, I think with 1 he will be good for 2-3 years.

    EDIT: Granted 2-3 years will not have everything maxed out on games.


    A single 670 will max out everything on greater than 1080p for several years.
  12. He is right. At 2560x1600, it still maxes most games with everything turned up. At 5760x1200, it still can, but you need to turn AA and AF off.
  13. Gonna order the PC Tonight or tomorrow, thanks everyone for the great help
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