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First build, need a few suggestions

Last response: in Systems
October 26, 2012 9:32:53 PM

So far I have

My questions are:

1) Do I need a CPU cooler? and if so, what would you suggest?

2) How much RAM should I get? The motherboard comes with 8gb (2x4gb) free, but I kinda want to get 16gb. I have heard though that 2x8gb is better than 4x4gb.

3) Any suggestions on an optical drive?

4) What should I get for the power supply?

Some info: I'm planning on having a 3 monitor setup for gaming, and whatever else I may need it for in the future.

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October 26, 2012 10:30:00 PM

1) The i7-3770K comes with a stock cooler, it is sufficient to keep the CPU cool at stock clocks. You will need an aftermarket CPU if you plan to a) overclock and/or b) want to reduce noise levels (the stock cooler can be noisy).

2) How much RAM depends on what you will use the computer for.

3) $20 @ Newegg

4) If you're only ever going to use one GTX 680:
Rosewill Capstone-550M ($80 @ Newegg)
If you'e going to SLI in the future:
Rosewill Capstone-750M ($105 @ Amazon)

Reviews for the Capstone series:
October 26, 2012 10:45:49 PM

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