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My $1500 Gaming Build - Suggestions?

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July 28, 2012 1:26:41 AM

Case: NZXT Phantom RED Enthusiast Full Tower Case

Video Card(s): EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1460-KR) nVidia GeForce GT 560 Chipset(810MHz) 1024MB DDR5 Memory(4008MHz) Dual DVI/Mini-HDMI Port PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card
*Note: I will be taking my brothers GTX 560 as well and running one as SLI.

MOBO: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset Dual channel DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 GLAN 8-CH High Definition Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 4x SATA 6.0Gb/s 6x USB 3.0 10x USB 2.0 Display Prot/HDMI ATX

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.4Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm (Retail Boxed) Gen3 (BX806237I53570K)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V DIMMs (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B)

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (SSD), Read: 555Mb/s Write: 510MB/s (SH103S3/120G)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX) 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache (OEM)

Cooling: Corsair (CWCH80) Hydro Series H80 High-performance CPU Cooler -- for Intel 2011/1366/1156/1155/775 & AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2

Power: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W 80PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply (CMPSU-850TXV2)

Any suggestions around what may be flawed in this build or just what others think may be better around the same price?

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July 28, 2012 3:55:53 AM

You'd get more power out of the above build.

CPU: Good

GPU: not such a great idea. You can get a gtx 670 at your budget and it'll perform better than those SLI gtx 560s.

mobo: you kinda went overboard with this. no need for the sabertooth. Just get the asrock z77 extreme4. has all the features you'll ever need.

RAM: decent choice...I'd go for gskill sniper. It's low profile. this will help with the hyper 212's bulky heatsink. some people have trouble with the vengeance kit's tall heatspreaders.

I wouldn't mess with the corsair all in one coolers. Some people are having issues with them leaking and making noise. around 30% are receiving completely defective units and are having to RMA them within a few days. Just grab the hyper 212 evo to be safe. It's a strong performer.

an 850w psu is overkill. Just grab the one I recommended. It's strong enough to support SLI in the future if you decide to grab a second gtx 670. It's also more efficient and fully modular.

If you're not exactly stuck on the phantom case, I'd recommend either the Antec 1100 or the Cooler master HAF 922. If you go with the antec, grab a few extra 120mm case fans for extra air flow. All three are amazing cases. Just something to think about.

Good luck!
July 29, 2012 10:42:11 PM

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July 29, 2012 10:43:25 PM

Thanks for the tips.. I went for your build pretty much exactly after looking into it. It'll have a much longer life time too now =)
July 30, 2012 12:49:23 AM

If you want, you could step that Seagate HDD up to a Western Digital Caviar Black. This would help with reliability and "cool" factor.