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September 25, 2012 1:20:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, music, programming.

I've been planning to build a gaming rig for a little while now. So far, I have a general vision of what I want, but I would like some feedback. So tell me what you guys think! Any suggestions or advice would be awesome! Thanks in advance!

Build:
CPU - i7 3770k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116501

CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835608018

MOBO - Asus P8Z77 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131819

RAM - 16gb Vengeance Low Profile (I know it's a little overkill, but RAM seems to be pretty cheap nowadays...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233197

SSD - x1 60GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe for OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226246
AND x1 240GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe for Games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226226

HDD - Western Digital 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136769

PSU - 850W Corsair HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139011

GPU - EVGA GTX 680 (Might grab another one of these later on)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130768

Optical - LG Blu-ray Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136250

Case: Fractal R4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811352022

Thermal Compound - Arctic Cooling MX-4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835186038

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium
a b 4 Gaming
September 25, 2012 1:22:42 AM

Get an i5 3570K.
I recommend 8GB, but if you really want 16, then get it.
Better to get a 1TB WD, and 128GB SSD.
No point a 680; get a 670.
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September 25, 2012 1:24:15 AM

Everything you said, I was thinking xD
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September 25, 2012 1:31:39 AM

no need for thermal compound comes with the superior nt-h1 notua compound(one of the best). For a 670 if you want a blower just get a ftw, but if you want the other kind of fan (don't remember what it is called) get a msi pe. do you really need a blu-ray drive? That motherboard is really only good for wi-fi if you don't need grab like extreme4 from asrock. And everthing in obsama1's post.
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September 25, 2012 1:33:12 AM

the nh-d14 is really only for people who overclock if you don't plan to get a hyper 212+ great price to performance ratio.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 25, 2012 2:09:04 AM

Here's a few options to have a look at.


http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Edition-Semi-Modular-... $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... $378.98 save: $18.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC2... $195.99 & 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.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

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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