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$1500-$2000 First Build

Last response: in Systems
September 8, 2012 7:09:32 PM

Comments: I really Like the aesthetics of the Corsair 650d, So I wont budge on that. Also overclocking isn't a priority as I don't know how to do it. But I would like to try in the future. I also want to do SLI in the future. Noise isn't that big of a deal. However, I would prefer not to have a jet engine next to me. Also thinking of adding LED lighting later.

This is going to be my first build. I'm very new to this, but I have been trying to do as much research as I possibly could before posting. I'm also willing to up my budget as I prefer performance and reliability over value if the difference in price isn't too much. I will be using this rig far into the future and I want some longevity, and the ability to upgrade in the future.

Also I have no preference for either an AMD or Nvidia GPU.

Do I need to buy aftermarket CPU Coolers or fans? Anything I should consider or do different?

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week

Budget Range: 1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (not part of budget)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Oak Harbor Washington

Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is what I got so far:

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) $179.99

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 $164.99

Memory: CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) $162.99

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $239.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) $329.99

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB $499.99

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III $216.99

ODD: Cheapest I can find

Total so far: $1,794.93

More about : 1500 2000 build

September 8, 2012 7:14:14 PM

The 500R has better temps. The 650D gets pretty hot. Drop the 680 to a 670. The difference is 5% but $100 too.

I doubt you will need the extra features of that board. Drop down to a Z77X UD3H or Z77 Extreme4.

As I say with other new builders, you don't need the i7 or 16GB. Drop down to the i5-3570k and 8GB.