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August 28, 2012 7:08:21 AM

I'm looking into buying a new computer that can stream and play games on high settings. So far I came up with this build:

Case: 120$
NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower

CPU: 290$
I7 3550k

GPU:380$
Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC 2 GB

MOBO: 130$
Z77 Extreme6

HDD: 110$
Western Digital 1 TB RE4 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache

SDD: 110$
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III

RAM: 50$
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB

Cool: 110$
Corsair Hydro Series H100

1300$+ ~100$(tax) + free shipping everything = 1400$.
My budget is about 1300-1500$
I already have monitor,keyboard,mice,PSU(CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W), windows,dvd drive and speakers.
I never bought a galaxy card and it is discontinued on newegg so I am a bit iffy about it.
I wanted to try out the H100 cooling but is it worth the hassle or should I just get a regular cpu fan( I do plan on OC)
I would like to know what you guys think about the build.

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August 28, 2012 7:37:19 AM

Pretty good build. Here is what I would get for that price:
i7 3770k
Noctua NH-D14
Asrock z77 Extreme 4
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 Tb
Plextor M3 Pro 128 Gb
EVGA Gtx 670 FTW
G-Skill Ripjaws 16 Gb
Corsair 500R

Price should be about the same as yours.
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August 28, 2012 7:42:11 AM

if you want intel system you are going in right way but if amd system go with fx 8150.which is top amd cpu currently.Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 is best match for cpu around $400...
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August 28, 2012 2:44:37 PM

@l0v3rboi
Is the EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW worth the extra 20-40 bucks over the galaxy 670 OC?
Any reason to go Extreme 4 over Extreme 6 in the motherboard?
And any preference in the heat-sink over the H100?
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August 28, 2012 3:09:07 PM

Get a card from Gigabyte, Asus or MSI, they have great coolers. Dont know about Galaxy as Ive never had any experience with them.

Imo, custom water loop > H100. If you really want water cooling atleast. You get to make your tower look awesome and all with a well done custom loop, add a little lighting and BAM. Take a picture and put it in a photo album :D 
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August 28, 2012 3:12:33 PM

Yea I would like to do custom loop but so many things can go wrong plus it is more expensive. I was looking at Noctua NH-D14 that 0v3rboi recommended.
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August 29, 2012 2:36:35 AM

Its a nice cooler. Cant go wrong with it :) 
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August 29, 2012 3:22:45 AM

That case comes with a built in multi channel fan controller, LED on/off switch, 200mm side fan, dust filters, etc.... That XFX psu is a SeaSonic OEM as are all XFX psu's and it's modular. That vid card down below runs head to head with the gtx 680.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Mo... $149.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=s9_hps_... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $32.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC... $44.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $21.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Enterprise-... $89.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital 500 GB RE4 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive - WD5003ABYX

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJ8UI/ref=s9_hps_... $169.36 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.43 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,469.61 *not including rebates


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 670

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios
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August 29, 2012 3:47:07 AM

Thanks for the build advice.
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