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October 15, 2012 4:47:04 AM

I haven't built a gaming PC in a long time so I was wandering if this build is good or, if I have unnecessary items and am bottlenecking anything.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: 2 sets of Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive and OCZ Vertex Series 30GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card : Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card

Case: Antec DF-85 ATX Full Tower Case

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Mionix Naos 3200 Wired Optical Mouse

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October 15, 2012 5:08:32 AM

I would not get the Sabertooth - the plastic thermal armor can actually trap heat underneath it. Get the Gigabyte UD4 TH instead as it's a bit cheaper and has Thunderbolt support.

Hitachi HDs have a tremendously high fail rate - you'd be wise to avoid those, go with Seagate or Western Digital instead.

The sound card isn't needed - you can drop that.

Instead of the 680 - you could get the 670 for $100 less - they're essentially the same card - and then spend the difference on getting an SSD for that build.

I'm also not the biggest fan of the DF85 - if you want to get an Antec case get the new 1100 instead, same Antec quality with USB 3 and better cable management.

And then get this for your RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 15, 2012 5:11:07 AM

Swap the cooler for a Hyper 212 EVO.

The Sabertooth is a gimmick, it's basically the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and the ASRock z77 Extreme6.

You don't need 16gb of RAM, 8gb is already plenty. 1600 MHz would be recommended too.

The 680 is a very overpriced card, if you want Nvidia, get the 670 instead.

Drop the sound card, integrated cards are enough. Unless you have an epic audio system that is.

Everything else is a green light. :) 
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October 15, 2012 5:28:47 AM

If you really want great sound quality,
Go for ASUS Maximus V GENE (motherboard). The Supreme FX III sound card will blast your speakers and its price point is lower than the sabertooth. Not to mention the fact that it beats the sabertooth in all performance benchmarks.

You can then drop the sound card and invest the money elsewhere such as a larger SSD.

Review of the sound quality on the Maximus V Gene: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Maximus_V_Gene/...
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October 15, 2012 4:17:49 PM

mysteryos said:
If you really want great sound quality,
Go for ASUS Maximus V GENE (motherboard). The Supreme FX III sound card will blast your speakers and its price point is lower than the sabertooth. Not to mention the fact that it beats the sabertooth in all performance benchmarks.

You can then drop the sound card and invest the money elsewhere such as a larger SSD.

Review of the sound quality on the Maximus V Gene: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Maximus_V_Gene/...


Yeah but why would you get an mATX board though on a full ATX system? Then you're stuck with limited expansion options.
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