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My First Gaming Build

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July 1, 2012 9:09:33 AM

Hey guys..

I just wanted to know if all these components fit together...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K


Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65

Power Supply: Corsair AX 850W

Case: HAF XM

CPU Cooler: RTS2011LC

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2 TB

DVD drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7280S

And also.. Can i get anything better for the same price?


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July 1, 2012 10:22:29 AM

can you please fill out the how to ask for build advice template.

the components work right now but there are certain parts that are unbalanced

1: i5 3570k performs the same in games
2:you better be getting the power edition 670. the reference design sucks. another great 670 is from gigabyte
3:the motherboard is a bit expensive. at that same price, you can get a gigabyte z77x-ud5h that has many more features
4:a cheaper power supply that is about as good is the xfx xxx 750w. 750w is enough to power 2 670s and overclocked CPU
5: you will need a aftermarket heatsink to overclock the CPU. a good and cheap one is the hyper 212 evo
6:the intel water cooler isnt all that great. the 30 dollar hyper 212 is within 2 degrees from the intel cooler
7:id get a SSD like a sandisk extreme 120gb to boost system performance
July 1, 2012 6:23:23 PM

I definitely agree with cutting down on the CPU. I also agree with the choice of the aforementioned motherboard.

Also the HAF X is a monster, you don't need it unless you're running an XL-ATX board with a custom loop. You can get an NZXT Phantom or NZXT Switch 810 - and save like $100.

Take that $200 and invest in a good SSD like this:
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July 1, 2012 6:31:06 PM

The HAF XM is not the same as HAF X. The XM was released 3 or so months ago and is a Mid-Tower case.
July 1, 2012 7:40:00 PM

its basically a haf x that has fewer expansion slots and it costs much less