Looking for some advice on my upcoming build!

As of right now, I'm buying what I can until my next few paychecks. As of right now I can reuse my old graphics card (9800 GTX) and power supply (950W). I'll upgrade later when funds become more readily available.

Case:
Elysium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815011

Mobo:
MSI Big Bang-XPower II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130626

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3820
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231357
(and perhaps buy 2 more later, 24 is overkill enough)

GPU:
Radeon HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

All in all, I'm looking at $1,430 total for the set-up. Which isn't bad. I'm already halfway there. Though as I look at it, I think I'm going to swap out the mobo for something cheaper. As my CPU isn't rocking three digits, I think the mobo would be rather overkill for my set-up. That and I don't think 24 GB of ram is necessary for gaming.
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  1. FlyingSheep said:
    As of right now, I'm buying what I can until my next few paychecks. As of right now I can reuse my old graphics card (9800 GTX) and power supply (950W). I'll upgrade later when funds become more readily available.

    Case:
    Elysium
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815011

    Mobo:
    MSI Big Bang-XPower II
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130626

    CPU:
    Intel Core i7-3820
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

    Ram:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231357
    (and perhaps buy 2 more later, 24 is overkill enough)

    GPU:
    Radeon HD 7970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

    All in all, I'm looking at $1,430 total for the set-up. Which isn't bad. I'm already halfway there. Though as I look at it, I think I'm going to swap out the mobo for something cheaper. As my CPU isn't rocking three digits, I think the mobo would be rather overkill for my set-up. That and I don't think 24 GB of ram is necessary for gaming.

    If this build is solely for gaming, you don't need an lga 2011 setup. The mobos are extremely expensive for that kinda setup. I'd go for this...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cnvU

    Just use the following link as a base build, tweak a few things, add a few bells and whistles. For gaming, a setup based on the LGA 2011 socket is just extremely overkill. The gtx 670 is also just as fast as the 7970 on a single monitor at 1080p. The 7970 would only be useful on multiple monitors, at high resolutions above 1080p. The gtx 670 is $100 cheaper than AMD's flagship card and pretty much matches it or outperforms it.

    The H100 will allow you to overclock the CPU and keep it cool. Ivy bridge is infamous for running hot. I'm not too crazy over the H100, you may even go for this high performance air cooler instead...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
    Just make sure you grab RAM without tall heat spreaders. Otherwise, you may run into clearance issues...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233309

    If you are going to be doing heavy video/photo editing, you can grab a i7 3770k instead. I wouldn't recommend it, unless you're gonna make use of it's hyperthreading capabilities. If you're only going to be doing light editing such as gameplay for youtube, just grab the i5 3570k and save yourself a $150.

    Hope this helps :D
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