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November 21, 2012 11:13:21 PM

I am dead set on buying a pre-built PC, I just need help on deciding what to put in it, so thanks for the advice!

Here it is:

CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Case

EXTRA CASE FAN UPGRADE: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans (1,000 RPM)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

COOLING FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull))

MOTHERBOARD: * (4-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support) GIGABYTE X79-UP4 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Ultra Durable 5, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 4 Gen3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1 & 1 PCI

FREEBIES: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card

MEMORY: 32GB (4GBx8) DDR3/1866MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major Brand])

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)

POWER SUPPLY UPGRADE: 750 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready

HARD DRIVE COOLING FAN: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System (1 x System)

OPTICAL DRIVE: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

SOUND: * ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Audio Card



Basically what I want is a desktop that will be able to play games on fairly good settings for a few years. Not very knowledgable on parts so advice on where I went over or under-kill is much appreciated. I like saving money but I also don't want a part that will force me to go to low graphics in a year or two.

Thanks again for any advice!

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November 22, 2012 1:23:25 AM

you'd probably be better off with a 3770k cpu, 8 or 16gb of memory.
a gtx 670 and a ssd and hdd would be good too. you be able to handle most upcoming games maxed out,
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November 22, 2012 1:30:05 AM

So like this

Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major Brand])

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)

Do you recommend the CPU and memory because what I had doesn't add much performance compared to cost?
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November 22, 2012 1:33:52 AM

you don't need i7 i5 is a 1% decrease in performance for a $100 less. 8gb of ram is all you need also. A 750w psu isn't needed unless you will be throwing a 2nd graphics card in the future. you don't need a hard drive cooling fan. i would upgrade the graphics card to a gtx 670 or radeon 7970. 1866mhz ram does not have much improvement at all over 1600mhz & if you can try getting a 120gb< ssd. A ssd is a hard drive that is wicked fast but not cheap most people get between 120gb-256gb.
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November 22, 2012 1:45:45 AM

Don't bother with an i7. In a lot of cases, the hyperthreading is actually a DECREASE in performance.

Like piehead said, get an i5-3570k. It'll be way more than enough for years to come. Get 8GB of RAM (which is overkill for BF3, Photoshop, and 20 tabs in chrome all at once), get a 600w PSu, and drop the hard drive fan.

Do NOT go with a closed-loop water cooler. An air cooler will be cheaper AND give you better performance. Plus it'll be way less likely to break, and won't take your entire computer with it even if it does.

Get a better graphics card - that's the most important part for gaming. Don't get a 680 though - it's only 5% better than the 670, for $100 more.

Oh, and getting a sound card, unless you listen to HD audio files, is just silly.
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November 22, 2012 1:50:15 AM

Ok I had just assumed that water coolers were the thing now lol I have never had one. Also, with the hard drive, does it make much of a difference? The reason I ask is because my current laptop, with a 280GB HD is full, and the cost requirement to go to even 240GB is a big jump compared to the one I have in there currently. And with the sound card, I don't need one for my 5.1 surround logitech speakers? Like I said I'm a PC noob :)  THanks for all the advice.
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November 22, 2012 2:01:51 AM

So here is my new build after the advice:

CAS: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Gaming Case [-28]

CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

COOLANT: Standard Coolant

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (1,000 RPM Black Color with No LED Enlobal Magnetic Barometric Bearing 17 dBA)

FAN: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler (Designed for Over-Clocker King)(CLP0575) [+38]

FREEBIE_MB: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card [+0]

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (FREE Upgrade To 2TB
SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro Gaming Keyboard [+0]

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major Brand])

MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 2x Thunderbolt, Ultra Durable 5, BT+WiFi Card, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, HDMI, 3x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+190]

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2 Builder Series CX600 V2 80 Plus Certified Power Supply [+33]

RUSH: No Rush Service, Estimate Ship date by 12/10/2012

SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+364] (EVGA Superclocked [-26])
_PRICE: (+1325)
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November 22, 2012 2:05:29 AM

My second build has these few things different for $100 more:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

Motherboard: * (4-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support) GIGABYTE X79-UP4 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Ultra Durable 5, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 4 Gen3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1 & 1 PCI

I know the i7 isnt worth it but i really dont understand the motherboards so just double checking to make sure this one isn't worth the extra bucks
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November 22, 2012 3:06:18 AM

And one more question, would it be worth it throwing the extra money towards dual graphics cards?
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November 22, 2012 4:57:52 AM

I would recommend dual cards yes, may seem pricy but in the end it goes a long ways
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