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New Gaming Rig, Compatiblity Reassurance and Advice Needed

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October 22, 2012 7:13:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better) : Tomorrow

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping : Trying to stay under 1,900 (US)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) : Gaming, surfing the net, watching movies, folding@home

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No :

No already purchased one.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard. : Yes ,getting windows 7 thought .


Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU) : CPU = Intel, Mobo = Asus, and GPU = Nivida

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe : Unsure , leaning towards no

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe : Good possibility of sli down the road

Your Monitor Resolution: : 1920 x 1200

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke) Computer I use for gaming died.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links. :


Case = Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window
GPU = NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card
CPU = Intel® Core™ i7-3770 3.40 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
Cooler = Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan

Memory = 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX )
Motherboard = ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Intel Z77 Chipset
PSU = 850 Watts - Corsair Professional Series CMPSU-AX850

24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD

Besides advice I am also needing somebody to put my mind at ease and double check the parts to ensure they are compatible.

Thank you in advance for your help, time, and advice.
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October 22, 2012 7:20:08 PM

For gaming you don't need the i7. Drop that to the i5-3570K and invest the difference in a stronger GPU.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1416.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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