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September 28, 2012 1:18:33 AM

Well Folks,

I am looking at building my first gaming pc. I have to say, I am kinda afraid of building such an expensive one encase of the worst. But most or all of the prebuilt ones that newegg.com sell only have some of the components I want and the rest are overkill. So here is what I was looking at through newegg.com . Here is my build, oh and its for gaming.......

GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black Wired Professional Multimedia Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823334002

Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133191

Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design
Item #:N82E16824009255

Pixxo MO-I133U Black Wired Optical Mouse
Item #:N82E16826664010

Kingston SSDNow V200 Series SV200S3/256G 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-alone drive)
Item #:N82E16820139951

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116504

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986

NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller
Item #:N82E16811992005

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131821

Rosewill RX750-S-B 750W Compatible with Core i7, i5 Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817182067

Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler Dual 120mm PWM Fans 120x25mm CLW0215
Item #:N82E16835106188

Sony Optiarc High Speed SATA DVD RW Burner Drive Black with DVD+R DL Overburn Model 5280S-CB-PLUS
Item #:N82E16827118073

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136769

CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820233203

TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter
Item #:N82E16833704045


EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked with Back Plate, Signature 02G-P4-2685-KR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130780

Grand Total: $1,962.84

So my questions are...

1.Is all this compatible?

2. Is this overkill (i'm trying to future proof this as best I can)?

3. How can I save money or in what areas?

4. Is any of my parts crappy and can I do better in picking them?

5. Is there anything I am missing?

Any help would be very very appreciated. I am hoping to buy all this stuff tomorrow possibly. Also, I am open to all options in changing my build, except the GPU.

Cheers,
Alan

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September 28, 2012 1:45:07 AM

this is overkill, you will need a new grafics card every 3 years and i would ge the 7970 bc its better bang for the buck

you can save money by getting a cheap case like the haf 912 (which i have and like)

i dont know if h100 is better

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September 28, 2012 1:50:46 AM

That's a nice build bud.I have a few recommendations. Do you really need sabertooth mobo.If you really want to spend that kind of money i recommend getting Asus Maximus mobo. Frankly I think you would be just as good with Asus P8Z77-V Pro, it's on par with the sabertooth benchmarks wise the only thing sabertooth has going for it is it's looks and five year warranty other then that the other features with the fans keeping your motherboard cool are gimmicks and my friend bought it ®rets it.
Also what you gain, for your use, by having a GTX680, over a GTX670, doesn't REALLY justify the additional cost, but of course, that is your choice.The PSU is a NO GO you could get either Corsair HX, or Seasonic X series those are two that come to mind of course there are other reliable power supplies.
Given you are spending well, in other areas,that's about all i see wrong or questionable.
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September 28, 2012 1:56:54 AM

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iK1K

1: get a mech keyboard. way better than rubber dome
2:sabertooth is a gimmick. heats up the board rather than cooling it
3: i have a better IPS monitor. won many awards across different sites and i have a version of it
4:you can get a way better psu like mine
5: lol 500gb hard drive. 1tb is not that much more
6:D ont bother with liquid cooling unless you are going custom. heatsinks are quieter and generally perform better
7:no need for a fan controller. my case has one but you shouldnt use it since its already so quiet
8:cheaper dvd drive
9:you can get a bigger version of my ssd for not much more and it would be miles ahead of the v200
10:id get a better mouse. using a crappy one on a 1700 dollar rig doesnt make sense. i recommend the deathadder black edition from razer but not all people like it
11: my 670 can outperform your 680. it has a much better cooler and will let you overclock way further than that evga. not to mention evga is overrated most of the time
12: the motherboard i chose has a wifi card
13: 16gb of ram is overkill. so is 8gb for games
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September 28, 2012 1:58:21 AM

the maximus v formula is good for people who like a ton of freebies. not to mention the great onboard audio (but most people wont tell the difference). still my recommendation lies upon the v-pro
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a b 4 Gaming
September 28, 2012 1:59:40 AM

TheBigTroll said:
the maximus v formula is good for people who like a ton of freebies. not to mention the great onboard audio (but most people wont tell the difference). still my recommendation lies upon the v-pro
+1 ;) 
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September 28, 2012 2:05:18 AM

i5 3570k
Hyper evo 212+
8GB G.Gkill 1600
Gigabyte UD3H
Corsair TX650
Asus 670 or 7970Ghz (preference)
Plextor M5P 128SSD
1TB WD Black
Corsair 400R

Thats the core system add whatever else you need
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September 28, 2012 2:12:31 AM

ASRock Extreme 4 on a high end build wtf!Noway you want quality assurance stick with Asus or GIGABYTE mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_p... <--- review w/benchmarks http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ASUS-P8Z77-V-PRO... <--- review w/benchmarks http://www.techreaction.net/2012/06/28/review-asus-p8z7... <--- review w/benchmarks
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September 28, 2012 1:01:45 PM

Well Folks,

Thanks a million for the feedback. I have redone my build based on some of your recommendations. Some build advice while defiantly better than mine, didnt fit into what I was looking at, mainly price wise. Here is my build....

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231546

Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design
Item #:N82E16824009255

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139010

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811352020

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820227792

GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black Wired Professional Multimedia Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823334002

Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Bare Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822148764

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
Item #:N82E16827106289

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
Item #:N82E16835103099

Pixxo MO-I133U Black Wired Optical Mouse
Item #:N82E16826664010

ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 670 ZT-60302-10P Video Card
Item #:N82E16814500267

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131819

Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820313080 (THIS COMES FREE!!!)

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116504

TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter
Item #:N82E16833704045

TP-LINK UC100 USB Cradle
Item #:N82E16833997218

Grand Total: $1,808.85

I know I didn't change my keyboard and mouse, but will when I sit down and actually buy all this. Also, while I like the case listed above, can anyone recommend a good full size case for the same or less money, but still have all the frills of the Fractal. I guess I am things that a full size case would be easier to maneuver in when building?? Maybe I am wrong.

That part picker from the big troll is cool, thanks. I am restricted in buying the stuff from newegg though.

Finally, The mobo has a wireless card...so should I delete the wireless adapter on my build list?

Again, please feel free to critique anything on the list.

Cheers again,
ALan
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a b 4 Gaming
September 28, 2012 1:55:50 PM

why are you restricted to buying from newegg. us.ncix has free shipping and generally faster customer support. they also do price matches

take out the wifi adaptor

the amp 670 isnt as good as the power edition

get the noctua d14 instead. much better

get the pa238q. much better monitor

the xfx xxx 750w psu is just as good as the hx750w if not better. or you can get this which is a steal for the quality

if the ram comes free and is 1.5v, use it. otherwise dont since anything higher than 1.5v is going to void your intel warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
September 28, 2012 2:40:21 PM

This is pretty much the best you can do for 2000 dolars excluding the wi-fi adapter.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($331.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($331.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.10 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Pro Wired Standard Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei RAW Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1999.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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September 28, 2012 3:17:49 PM

not fisher price watercooling again.....
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October 5, 2012 6:46:40 PM

Well Folks,

Its been a bit, but I have had to hold off on buying stuff till November, my work is not going so good at the minute. So I could buy now but on a less budget, so if I wait till November, I should be back to normal with my $1800-$2000 budget.

I wont ask for a best answer as all of you have been a huge help and have made me a lot wiser to whats good and whats not so good. So I will sign off and I shall be back the beginning of November to re-pick your brains. Again, thanks to all, I appreciate all your help.

Cheers,
Alan
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October 15, 2012 2:50:42 AM

Best answer selected by alanburke62.
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