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August 19, 2012 12:41:38 AM

Normally I try to look up and do things on my own, but I am really quite unsure if I should go ahead and make the purchase. I am building a gaming computer that also use it for my artwork, videos, etc. Looking at all these custom pc building sites has made my head spin and I figured I could get more for my money if I just purchased the parts from Newegg. Since this is my first time and I do have sort of a budget, can anyone tell me if this is overkill? If so, what would you recommend in replacement? Also, should I get vga liquid cooling for the graphics card or just a regular liquid cooling kit? ... maybe it would be better to just stick with the fans, but I wouldn't know with this build. I realize this build is over $2300 and I was hoping to spend closer to $2000 (on just the components listed). Would it be worth it to ditch the SSD for now? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Case: Cooler Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower - $169.99
PS: Corsair HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $174.99
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 - $339.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $249.99
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $91.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support - $499.99
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card - $169.99
SSD: Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $198.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $179.99
Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - $129.99
Operating System: Windows 7 professional 64 bit - $139.99


~Michelle

ps I already have the wireless pci network card and external components such as keyboard, mouse, headphones, uninterrupted power supply and led monitor.

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August 19, 2012 10:56:50 AM

You don't need the sound card your motherboard has audio.
Gtx 670 will save $100 and maintain performance.
A 12x blu ray writer costs half that.
You could get 1tb instead.
That should keep you in budget.
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August 19, 2012 11:19:29 AM

Your build isn't that overkill. It's just that you're spending unnecessary money. For starters:

You do NOT need an 850W PSU. 650 would be more appropriate, unless you're planning to SLI. You can save around $90 there.

The mobo already has functionality that replaces your sound card. Sound cards are mainly for audiophiles, gamers that have a thing for sound or people that work with sound as a living and need the extra features it provides. As you're going to be gaming and working with videos/artwork, the sound card is unnecessary. So you can save another $170.

SSD I would keep, since a big chunk of your performance would be coming from the SSD. However, I would consider downgrading the size if you're looking to cut costs even further, but of course that depends on what you're planning to put on the SSD.

Blu-ray burners don't normally cost that much...I would shop around/research alternatives.

Also, if you're going to be OC'ing then I (and the rest of Tom's) would suggest an aftermarket cooler, since the IB chips OC at higher temps compared to the SB series. A popular one is the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Evo. That, or a closed water loop from Corsair? I don't really know my water cooling :p 
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August 19, 2012 12:16:46 PM

an i5 3570k will do the same results in games only get the 3770k if your using hyperthreded software i have the i7 3770k it is great but i should have got the 3570k
saved the money good luck
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August 19, 2012 1:52:29 PM

a 750W PSU will do you better :)  it saves money too :D 
EVGA uses reference coolers and you'd be better off with a 670 (as suggested) from Gigabyte, MSI or Asus.
If you are gonna go for water cooling, get an H100 from Corsair or dump the whole water cooling idea. :D  Just my opinion
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August 19, 2012 3:17:26 PM

Best answer selected by chell1984.
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