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October 27, 2012 9:44:49 AM

Hey everyone, I am looking to build my own computer for the first time. Since I'm a gamer, and am really looking for a rig that can play the best games perfectly, I am kind of going all out for this build, as I want it to last for the next few years at least, with a few upgrades here and there if necessary.

Basically, I need the opinion of people who have a lot of experience with home builds, to let me know if everything will work together, if there are going to be any issues, if I have forgotten anything, if they have a better option, etc. Any ideas are welcome.

Also, please remember that I'm from Australia, so suggesting American prices is probably a bit pointless (unless you have a really good way of importing from the States without ridiculous shipping fees).

Anyway, here is what I have come up with so far.

Processor:
Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core @ 3.6GHz

Graphics Card:
2x Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB in SLI

Motherboard:
ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard (not sure to go with this or the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme)

Power Supply Unit:
Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply

Case:
CoolerMaster HAF X Case

CPU Cooler:
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 LGA2011 CPU Cooler

Memory:
Corsair CMX16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001

SSD:
Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD Retail Box (is Samsung okay for SSD's?)

Optical Drive:
ASUS BW-12B1ST High Speed Bluray Burner

Wireless Card:
ASUS PCE-N53 Dual Band Wireless N600 PCI-E Adapter

Front Panel Fan Control:
Aerocool Strike X Panel (not really necessary I suppose, but cool for $50)

Card Reader:
ICY BOX 3.5in Multiport Panel with Card Reader

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Retail Pack

Monitor:
ASUS VE247H 23.6in Widescreen LED Monitor

Keyboard and Mouse:
I already have these.

So that's everything. Have I missed anything, made any blunders, or generally just done something stupid?

Also, do all the parts come with necessary cords, etc?

Thanks everyone :) 

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October 27, 2012 9:53:06 AM

You won't really need LGA2011 unless you want the extra PCI lanes.
The 680 is a very overpriced card; it performs too close to the 670. You're basically paying ~$100 for a 5% difference in performance. Also, a 7970 GHz Crossfire would outperform a 680 SLI.
Cooler Master PSUs are known to have high failure rates. Please do not cheap out on PSU. If it fails, you risk your components frying.
You can opt to drop the sound card since onboard ones are already pretty good.
Get the NH-D14 or Silver Arrow instead for a cooler. Way better performance.
I don't think you can triple-channel RAM on that motherboard.
The 830 is a great SSD, yes.
The monitor is OK, but at your budget, you can get a 120Hz monitor to make use of the 2-way SLI/CF GPU.
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October 27, 2012 10:09:13 AM

Thankyou for that information. Since the motherboard cant triple channel, does that mean it wont support 3 sticks of RAM? Or will it dual channel 2 of them? Or what? Should I just drop to 8GB?

I was aware you shouldnt skimp on PSU's, but I wasn't aware the CoolerMaster ones were so prone to failure. What brand would you suggest?
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October 27, 2012 10:14:06 AM

You'll probably only be able to put 2 out of the 3 RAMs.
And yes, 8gb is all you'll need. Even that, you won't max out.

Antec, Corsair, OCZ, PC Power & Cooling, Rosewill, Seasonic, XFX are pretty nice.

I don't know your budget, but here's a bit of a revision of your build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($175.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($154.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Samsung S27A950D 120Hz 27.0" Monitor ($465.00 @ Scorptec)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $2591.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can drop the monitor, if you want. Just look for the cheapest 120Hz monitor you can find so the Crossfire GPUs won't go to waste.
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October 27, 2012 10:44:54 AM

That looks like a good build actually. Do you suggest the ASROCK Z77 over the ASUS Rampage IV Formula? For what reasons? Also, what are your reasons behind choosing the i5? I also do a bit of video encoding (mostly just encoding my DVD's into individual episodes), and I read that the i7's are better for that kind of thing. So would the CPU you suggested be better than the i7 3280?

EDIT: How's this looking?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($175.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($154.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.90 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $2397.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

EDIT: Is Crossfire not overly useful without a 120Hz monitor? I thought it would be useful in games? That was the main reason I was going for 2 graphics cards.
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October 27, 2012 11:09:34 AM

The i5 and i7 perform the same on games.
But yes, the i7 does a lot better on rendering especially with hyperthreading. If you don't mind shelling out the extra $100 for it, sure.

Everything looks great btw.

Crossfire would still be useful but it would be wasted.
A 120Hz monitor increases your fps cap w/o tearing to 120.
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October 27, 2012 11:20:43 AM

Yeah true I suppose about the fps cap. Well I will look around for some cheaper 120hz monitors that dont look so ugly (the stand on that samsung XD). I'm not having the easiest time though, they are mostly 3D (which I don't really want) or ugly, or over 24" (which is probably the biggest I want).

EDIT: What about a 75Hz monitor? http://pcpartpicker.com/au/part/lg-monitor-d2342ppn
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October 27, 2012 11:28:24 AM

All 120Hz monitors have 3D support, hun. :p 

It's your call about the 75Hz, really.
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October 27, 2012 12:04:46 PM

Oh right haha. Well they are all pretty expensive. Not really sure if I want to spend that much just on a monitor. Maybe I'll just get a good 60Hz one, and then when 120Hz ones are a fair bit cheaper I'll grab one of them :)  Maybe in 6 months or so :) 

Thanks for all your help though :) 

Oh and last thing: Do all the necessary cables come bundled when you buy the parts? Or do you have to buy them seperately? And what's the go for thermal paste? Is it all pretty good, or is some better than others?
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October 27, 2012 12:52:54 PM

The cables should come with the build, don't worry about that.

Stock thermal paste is fine, unless you want heavy OC, or you just wanna really go low on temps. If so, get the Artic Silver.
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October 28, 2012 12:03:51 AM

Thank you so much for all your help :D 
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October 28, 2012 12:03:57 AM

Best answer selected by AleXndrTheGr8st.
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