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Back to the drawing boards!!! New build time!!!

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August 13, 2012 2:00:09 AM

Hey guys! Well...it's getting to be that time again :pt1cable:  . This will be my second build and I'm quite excited about it. I haven't started ordering just yet as I wanted to bounce some ideas off of you guys here at Tom's Hardware and my good buddies over at AVS.

So Far I'm not 100% sure on the case but maybe wanted to do a little something different....

*Corsair Vengeance Series C70 High Airflow Military Green Mid-Tower Case
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S02GLQ/ref=ox_sc_a...


*ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 TUF Series Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RIFKUS/ref=ox_sc_a...


*Intel Core i7-2600K (not really interested in Ivy Bridge)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXSA/ref=ox_sc_a...


*Corsair Hydro Series H100
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051U7HMS/ref=ox_sc_a...


*CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056KUWS4/ref=ox_sc_a...


*SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive Desktop Upgrade Kit MZ-7PC256D/AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GQ0G/ref=ox_sc_a...


*Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRNW/ref=ox_sc_a...


*ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZMG55I/ref=ox_sc_a...



*EVGA GeForce GTX690 Signature 4096MB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008544ZIQ/ref=ox_sc_a...


*ASUS Xonar Essence ST 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card - OR - I'll just use my Auzentech HTHD Card that I already have in another machine.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UVME88/ref=ox_sc_a...


*Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200W 80 Plus Gold Certified Performance Power Supply (1200AX)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003PJ6QVU/ref=ox_sc_a...


*Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 64-Bit.

Any input would be greatly appreciated :D  . Obviously this machine is going to be for gaming...I play FPS's like COD, Crysis, BF3, etc.
August 13, 2012 2:17:50 AM

Get the i5 2500k as hyperthreading is not used in gaming. Get 8GB RAM. 16GB is a waste. There is a lot of overkill on your build. When I get home, I'll come up with a more balanced build for you.
August 13, 2012 2:29:24 AM

azeem40 said:
Get the i5 2500k as hyperthreading is not used in gaming. Get 8GB RAM. 16GB is a waste. There is a lot of overkill on your build. When I get home, I'll come up with a more balanced build for you.



I'll be looking forward to it :bounce:  .
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August 13, 2012 3:29:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1154.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-12 23:30 EDT-0400)

This assumes you are gaming at 1080p. It should max almost every game.
August 13, 2012 3:49:45 AM

azeem40 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1154.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-12 23:30 EDT-0400)

This assumes you are gaming at 1080p. It should max almost every game.


Hmm...I forgot to mention "Overkill" is my middle name...there's nothing about this that's really exciting. I guess my questions were more along the lines of...

*Do I really need a 1200W PSU or would a 850W be enough?

*2500K vs. 2600K (I have a 2500K in my current build now OC'd @4.4GHz).

*Possible stutter issues with the 690?

*Too much RAM?

Stuff like that...


August 13, 2012 3:51:55 AM

You could have included all this in the OP, which you didn't, so what else do you expect from an advice giver?
August 13, 2012 3:56:37 AM

azeem40 said:
You could have included all this in the OP, which you didn't, so what else do you expect from an advice giver?


Yes I could of been more specific...my apologies. I guess I just figured people'd assume I wanted to go big considering the specs listed. Again, my apologies. Thanks for the input.
August 13, 2012 3:56:57 AM

1200W is WAY too much. Even 2x SLI won't use that much. 850W is good, and has a good amount of headroom. 2600K makes no difference in gaming. Most games are GPU-limited. Having a better GPU is more important than a good CPU. Get the 3570K/2500K. 690 does not have any stuttering issues. 8GB of RAM is enough. Most games at most, even at highest details, only use 2GB max. Though, if you're running a multi-monitor setup and you want to play BF3 at Ultra, then it uses a lot more than 2GB. But normally, at 1080p, no game uses over 2GB. By the time games use 8GB, you'll be overdue for an upgrade anyway.
August 13, 2012 4:14:28 AM

Just want to throw out there that if you're going for about 4.4GHz then you will be fine with 3570K and the H100. I can get 4.4 with an Evo with all voltages at auto. Also, a 4.4 IB is roughly 4.8 SB, depending on the application. Plus, if they ever make VirtuMVP useful the 4000HD will be more beneficial.
August 20, 2012 2:13:54 AM

Yeah man...I think I'm either going to end up keeping my old 2500k or getting a 3750k. I'm also considering keeping my GTX 580's (3Gb) that are in SLI and throwing them on some blocks. Although it'd be nice to go with a new graphics card I just don't know if I can justify the cost compared to the performance increase. Right now with these two 580's I can get a silky smooth 60fps in all my games including Crysis 2 & BF3 on Ultra settings (using V-Sync or the fps would be higher) - and that's including the DX11 & high res. texture patch on Crysis 2.

So far I ordered....

Corsair 800D case: http://tinyurl.com/8pwergf

Asus Sabertooth Z77 MB: http: http://tinyurl.com/9cxt788

Seasonic SS-1250XM: http://tinyurl.com/8b39br4

Now I'm looking at WC parts...

So far I've decided on...

Black Ice Rad: http://tinyurl.com/9m2kgme

Res/Pump: http://tinyurl.com/92lu8w3 (I'll be getting the MCP655 VS pump)

It's going to take me another week or two to get everything else picked out...I've been so busy with other stuff...but am really looking forward to getting this built underway. It'll be my first WC'd system.

Tnanks again for the input.
August 20, 2012 3:10:33 AM

Bad PSU wattage. Should have gotten 1000W.
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