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Building a gaming pc that can also video record, need second opinions

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September 28, 2012 6:41:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Oct 3rd-5th

Budget Range: $1656.56

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Video recording at 30 FPS or more

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: New build ( Except Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Colorado, USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia, Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Should I get a different brand of 670, are all my parts compat, and is there a better air cooler for the same price as the thermal take or should I just stick with it?
Also, using OCZ Freeze as my thermal paste because i managed to find some.

Parts: (Edit 5)

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
MOBO: AASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
GPU: MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
PSU: Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, Low Profile
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Opitical Drive:LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal, 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive
Data/Speed: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III
Data/Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5"
September 28, 2012 7:12:23 PM

You have the wrong RAM up there. You want 1.5v RAM for these 1155 boards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- look for low profile RAM like the Crucial Veneance low profile, G.Skill Ares, Mushkin or Crucial on there.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <------ Case + RAM combo rigtht there

Also that psu you have up top is super over kill. 750w is more than fine for two of those cards in SLI. That MSI will do fine. Combo the cpu with that Asus board to save $25.
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September 28, 2012 7:16:24 PM

1. Yes. There are cheaper alternatives to some though, while still retaining quality.
- Get the ASRock z77 Extreme4 instead. Cheaper, more features.
- Great case, though with that price range, you can get a decent full tower already.
- That RAM is horrible running at 1.65v. Get this instead.
- CPU is great.
- PSU is overkill. 1050w is alot unless you're doing SLI/CF, and even then it's still overkill.
- SSD is great too.
- Storage HDD is okay.
- I'm not familiar with Thermaltake coolers, so I'll suggest either the Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua NH-D14.

2. Nice plan.

3. Windows 7 Home Premium, or if you need to utilize "XP mode", get the Pro version.
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September 28, 2012 7:58:41 PM

Thanks for the quick replies guys, I'll start looking into those options right away, and that Asrock extreme4 looks like a nice board, so I will definitely be switching to it instead. Also, ya i had a feeling the Wattage was way to much, but i need a nice range for my build, so what is your recommended wattage if i am going to overclock and not do SLI's?
and @ excella a guy who has built lots of computers tells me that thermaltake is an amazing brand, but i'll look into your options as well.
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September 28, 2012 8:01:43 PM

I'm gonna say.. at least 600w.
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September 28, 2012 8:22:51 PM

Tomidie said:
Would this one do?
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you said that the HDD is alright, is there any better 2 TB Drives for the same price or just a bit more?

The 560w version is plenty. Seasonic X series are about as good as it gets, without spending silly money.
Caviar Black are good HDD's. 5 year warranty, bit pricey.
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September 28, 2012 8:38:33 PM

Thanks for the PSU range, and since I was able to save up enough money on other things in my build, I was able to go for the Caviar Black.

Three more questions then I think my mind will be at ease.

1. I know the cpu cooler has been addressed, but any more options to look into or is it thermaltake all the way?

2. Does it matter which Optical Drive I get? If so, is the one I chose any good?

3. Should I stick with Msi for my 670 or go with a different brand?

(Edit) after reading reviews of Asrock xtreme 4, would like a second opinion.
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September 28, 2012 9:10:56 PM

Tomidie said:
Thanks for the PSU range, and since I was able to save up enough money on other things in my build, I was able to go for the Caviar Black.

Three more questions then I think my mind will be at ease.

1. I know the cpu cooler has been addressed, but any more options to look into or is it thermaltake all the way?

2. Does it matter which Optical Drive I get? If so, is the one I chose any good?

3. Should I stick with Msi for my 670 or go with a different brand?

(Edit) after reading reviews of Asrock xtreme 4, would like a second opinion.

Personally, i reckon the CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo takes some beating, for modest overclocks, at a budget price. The NoctuaNH-D14 is very good, high performance, if a bit of a beast.
Most optical drives are very similar, in performance. Lite-On, or LG, are fine.
The twin fan, overclocked, GPU's, from MSI, are pretty good.
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September 28, 2012 9:15:07 PM

If you want better QUALITY than the ASRock, check out Asus P8z77 range. Just pick one that has the exact features, you want. You do pay a bit, for the name Asus, though, but no denying they are good quality.
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September 28, 2012 9:15:20 PM

Thanks again, you have been very helpful! Now, what is your opinion on the Asrock extreme 4? was gonna get it then i saw several reviews that have made me iffy.
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September 28, 2012 9:20:27 PM

Tomidie said:
Thanks again, you have been very helpful! Now, what is your opinion on the Asrock extreme 4? was gonna get it then i saw several reviews that have made me iffy.

The ASRock is a reasonable performance budget board, and good value for money. If you want better QUALITY, there are more expensive boards that DO the SAME things.
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September 28, 2012 9:26:24 PM

Thank you so much sir, you have been an amazing help. I have decided to go with this board instead

ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, if you have a recommendation that is NOT Asus but still has the same value, feel free to speak up I am not picky.
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September 28, 2012 9:51:28 PM

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September 28, 2012 9:51:55 PM

Best answer selected by Tomidie.
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