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August 21, 2012 7:50:14 PM


Well,

Here is my second attempt at preparing my gaming rig. I have made changes to almost all parts from the first time.

The parts below total up to $1,745 without the monitor at the bottom. Is that a good price for this specific rig?

I would appreciated more suggestions and advice! Criticism is welcome if needed!

I would like to more forward and start purchasing parts in the next day or two.

Will this combination have any problems playing any of the available games or upcoming games for that matter?
Are all the connections from the processor to the motherboard and graphics card correct?
I'm just making sure I didn't over look anything and don't make a mistake buying incompatible parts.

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4Ghz(3.8Gh Turbo) LGA 1155 – $229.99

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSCO - $89.99

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 ATX - $249.99

Graphics Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2 GB 256-bit Ready SLI Support Video - $407.99

Power Supply: Corsair HX 850 850W SLI Ready Crossfire Ready 80 Plus Gold Certified - $144.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $54.99

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5” 128GB SATA MLC - $118.99

HD: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB SATA 3.0 GB/s 3.6” - $119.99

CD/DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner Bulk Black SATA - $17.99

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black/Green Trim Steel/Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $119.99

Keyboard: Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER ULTIMATE Gaming Keyboard - $81.99

Mouse: Razer Taipan Expert Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Monitor: ASUS VK248H-CSM Black 24” 2ms HDMI Widescreen LED-Blacklit LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 Built-in speakers &webcam - $214.99

Game:
W/ Graphics card comes Borderlands2 (Free)

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August 21, 2012 8:28:59 PM

First, do you plan to overclock? If not drop the Noctua for something cheaper (like the Cooler Master 212 which is also good for moderate overclocking) and get a cheaper motherboard and don't get the "K" variant of the i5-3570. If you're not sure then consider that you're spending hundreds of dollars more just in case you decide you want to overclock.

Second, you do not need 850w PSU. Get a 650w unless you plan to crossfire in the future.

Third, get a different motherboard. The "thermal armor" actually just makes all you're components run hotter. I recommend the Asus P8z77-V LK which is much cheaper and a very well reviewed board.

Finally, that case is really big. From the parts you've listed you don't really need a big case, but that's also personal preference.

This is would I would build:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($173.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1390.39
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August 21, 2012 8:47:55 PM

jsrudd said:
First, do you plan to overclock? If not drop the Noctua for something cheaper (like the Cooler Master 212 which is also good for moderate overclocking) and get a cheaper motherboard and don't get the "K" variant of the i5-3570. If you're not sure then consider that you're spending hundreds of dollars more just in case you decide you want to overclock.

Second, you do not need 850w PSU. Get a 650w unless you plan to crossfire in the future.

Third, get a different motherboard. The "thermal armor" actually just makes all you're components run hotter. I recommend the Asus P8z77-V LK which is much cheaper and a very well reviewed board.

Finally, that case is really big. From the parts you've listed you don't really need a big case, but that's also personal preference.



Thanks jsrudd! That was a big help! If i were thinking about two graphics cards in the future, should i stick with the 850? I was planning on overclocking. That board is a better fit for sure after looking at it.
On the graphics card, do I need to worry about SLI support?
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August 21, 2012 8:52:35 PM

jason5535 said:
Thanks jsrudd! That was a big help! If i were thinking about two graphics cards in the future, should i stick with the 850? I was planning on overclocking. That board is a better fit for sure after looking at it.
On the graphics card, do I need to worry about SLI support?


If going to SLI then probably keep the 850w. You could probably get away with a 750w PSU, but not if you have a high overclock.

You don't need to worry about SLI support with regard to the graphics card. This is a motherboard feature and really almost all motherboard support 2-way SLI.
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August 21, 2012 9:10:38 PM

jsrudd said:
If going to SLI then probably keep the 850w. You could probably get away with a 750w PSU, but not if you have a high overclock.

You don't need to worry about SLI support with regard to the graphics card. This is a motherboard feature and really almost all motherboard support 2-way SLI.


sweet. I was worried about that. Thanks for the help. I appreciate it!
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August 21, 2012 9:30:20 PM

jsrudd said:
First, do you plan to overclock? If not drop the Noctua for something cheaper (like the Cooler Master 212 which is also good for moderate overclocking) and get a cheaper motherboard and don't get the "K" variant of the i5-3570. If you're not sure then consider that you're spending hundreds of dollars more just in case you decide you want to overclock.

Second, you do not need 850w PSU. Get a 650w unless you plan to crossfire in the future.

Third, get a different motherboard. The "thermal armor" actually just makes all you're components run hotter. I recommend the Asus P8z77-V LK which is much cheaper and a very well reviewed board.

Finally, that case is really big. From the parts you've listed you don't really need a big case, but that's also personal preference.

This is would I would build:


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($118.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($173.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1390.39



jsrudd,

I am planning on over clocking it for sure. So I am going to get the i5-3570K.
Will the ASUS P8Z77-V LK with Noctua NH-NH SE2011 be an good combination?
I'm not use how to judge a good motherboard for the cpu and cooling?
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