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September 21, 2012 2:25:55 AM

Hey all,

-Caution, You are talking to a newbie

I am Building my first PC, It will mostly be used for FPS Gaming (Ex:BF3,MW3) and Light Editing.
I Want to know how my build will stand up to the test.
Around $2,000 will be put into the build, and just the build, not including keyboard,mice,and monitor.

The Specifications so far...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77

CPU Cooler: I've done minimal research and they say use this. Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler Or This. COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
I plan on overclocking, without high temps.

GPU: GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SSD: ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922

Will it fit?
Is it Good enough?
Anything that will increase performance for a lower price?

If so Please Comment Bad or good, and suggestions are preferred. Again, this will be used for gaming. I'm Sorry if this is posted wrong which i know it is.
Will everything work and be compatible with each other? Please help.

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September 21, 2012 3:24:03 AM

if you are spending this much i would hate to see you going wrong on some parts(also if you are spending this much i would suggest getting a 120Hz monitor)

if you are doing 3D get the 670 if not choose the 7970 Ghz edition

switch the SSD for a 256GB samsung 830

switch the i5 2500k to an i5 3570k

also if you are spending this much i would be expecting you to show it off. if so then an H100 will do you a great job and i would switch the case with a clear side panel

switch HDD into a Seagate barracuda 1TB or WD blue 1TB

take out the AX650 and get an HX750 or an XFX XXX pro 750W(this allows you to SLI)

but all in all for a $2000 build i would spend it more like this

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i4C7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i4C7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i4C7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($103.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1989.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 23:23 EDT-0400)

that is if i already have all the other stuff like 3xmonitors, keyboard/mouse,
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September 21, 2012 3:37:48 AM

This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's. Windows 7 is combo'd with the motherboard. Just add a case to this build.


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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $279.98 save: $10.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98 save: $18.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $55.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $23.49 & 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-Desktop-Dri... $85.61 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital 1 TB WD Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC2... $199.90 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $409.99 - $400.00 after $10.00 rebate
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,446.65 *not including shipping & rebates


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

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list
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September 21, 2012 3:39:10 AM

Hey, Thanks for actually replying, It would be a shame if i did go wrong on this build.
Other than that Thanks for Lowering the price for me :)  I will Check the parts Soon and hope everything goes right for me.
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September 21, 2012 3:54:12 AM

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