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October 26, 2012 8:31:33 PM

Hello,

Based on some comments I have read here, I ditched the liquid cooling, changed cases, went with name brand SSD and HDD (rather than the mystery brand) and went with a less expensive mobo and lower wattage power supply.

Any suggestion for improvements would be appreciated. I am trying to build a fast, multipurpose PC that is also suitable for gaming. Budget is flexible.

• CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [ 19]
• CAS: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ dual 200mm fans, integrated fan controller, front USB 3.0 Port & Side-Panel Window [ 137]
• CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD -R/ -RW CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
• CD2: LG 14X Internal Blu-ray Burner, BD-RE, DVD RW, 3D Playback Combo Drive [ 99] (Black Color)
• CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
• CS_FAN: Default case fans
• FAN: * Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [ 4]
• FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
• HDD: 240 GB Intel 520 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 550 MB/s Read & 520 MB/s Write [ 170] (Single Drive)
• HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [ 192] (Single Drive)
• IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
• MB_SRT: None
• MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [ 66] (Corsair XMS)
• MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX/SLI] ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCie x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [ 13]
• MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
• NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
• OS: Microsoft® Windows 8 (64-bit Edition) [ 104] (64-bit Edition)
• OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
• POWERSUPPLY: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [ 71]
• VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [ 233] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

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October 27, 2012 2:50:07 AM

Looks great. You can still go lower on your psu wattage if you want to otherwise it's solid.
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October 27, 2012 10:55:06 AM

A couple of suggestions: No need for two ODDs. Just get the bluray drive.

It might not be worth getting the 3770K over the 3570K

Your HDD is overpriced, though that might just be Cyberpower. You should be able to get 2TB for <$100. Caviar black is overkill though, any 7200RPM drive will do. Nameless is fairly fine on HDDs.

You might want a 7970 GHz Edition over the 680; it performs better and is usually cheaper.
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October 30, 2012 2:42:04 AM

Thanks. I like 2 optical drives to burn copies of CDs (I'm old, I still have CDs). I prefer to err on the side of caution with HDD and PSUs, so I am perhaps being overly conservative. I have had good luck with nvidia cards, not so much with ATI.
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