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[Help] New Gaming/Video Recording Build

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August 18, 2012 1:20:39 AM

Hey folks, just your typical thread about building a new PC. I'll keep it short and to the point.

Looking to build a machine that'll not only allow me to play games, but will allow me to flawlessly record and stream what I'm playing. Here's what I'm thinking so far. I welcome any and all tips, opinions, and questions.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Disk Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I prefer to buy bundles (like the case and PSU together, the processor and motherboard together, etc.) just so I can save a few bucks. What should I edit, and what should I add to what I'm currently planning?
August 27, 2012 2:01:11 PM

I finalized my build, in terms of what I think represents the best bang for the buck. However, I really wanna hear from you guys out there.

Will there be significant gain by upgrading my heatsink to the Noctua 6 NH-D14 or the Thermaltake Frio?

Do I need an 850w PSU, or would a 750w PSU suffice?

Do you think the RAM I selected represents the best option? I want to stick with 2x8GB sticks if at all possible, to allow for an easier upgrade to 32GB in the next 2-3 years (if need be).

The GPU I selected looks to be the best 7970, but I'm definitely open to other recommendations.

As for the HDD and SSD, I just selected what looked best at the time, but I'm sure some better ones exist. Thoughts?

What can I downgrade to save a few bucks without sacrificing performance?

What can I upgrade for a few bucks to increase performance?

Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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