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November 26, 2012 1:42:47 AM

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K
MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Formula Motherboard
Case: CoolerMaster HAF X Case
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Black CMZ16GX3M4X1866C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3
GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition
HD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 14X BD-R Blu-ray Writer OEM
PSU: Corsair HX-850 V2 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply
Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H70 Core CPU Cooler
SSD: Intel 520 Series 60GB SSD

I want the best build possible for gaming for 2.6k. Does it all fit? Is it good? Feedback please :) 

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November 26, 2012 1:51:25 AM

Whoah! For gaming, this is waaay overkill. Swap out the i7 for a 3570K as is offers literally the the same gaming performance as the i7.

Decrease the RAM to 8GB 1600MHz, as there is no visible difference from 1600MHz to 1866MHz at all, at least not to justify the price. And 16GB is too much for a gaming rig, 8GB is fine.

The PSU is far too large. Get a 550-650W PSU instead, even though that is still more than enough.

I wouldn't trust any pre-made liquid CPU cooler. Either hook it up yourself, or get a Hyper 212 EVO.

And this is just optional, but I'd recommend the Samsung 840 120GB over that Intel 60GB SSD.
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November 26, 2012 1:56:04 AM

Hi, where are you from?

USA?

Don't get that build, it's a waste of money =(.
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November 26, 2012 1:58:51 AM

Edit: Sorry, posted the same message twice.
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November 26, 2012 1:59:06 AM

I'm from Australia :)  And yeah, new build is -

ASUS Maximus V Formula Motherboard

CoolerMaster HAF X Case

Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition

Corsair Vengeance Black CMZ16GX3M4X1866C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3

Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

LG BH14NS40 14X BD-R Blu-ray Writer OEM

Intel Core i5 3570K

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Antec High Current Gamer 750W Power Supply HCG-750

Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD Retail Box
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November 26, 2012 3:54:58 AM

Sorry for the triple post, but how does the new build look? (Two posts above this)
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November 26, 2012 5:05:53 AM

Get the 670. 680 is not worth it.
Get the Samsung 830 which is better even though its older.
Get a cheaper motherboard.
Get a Corsair TX750
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November 26, 2012 5:24:07 AM

cutebeans said:
Get the 670. 680 is not worth it.
Get the Samsung 830 which is better even though its older.
Get a cheaper motherboard.
Get a Corsair TX750

How about a 7970 Sapphire? I want to run pretty much all games at at least 100FPS.
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November 26, 2012 5:26:55 AM

hahaha! That's pretty impossible :) .

7970 is a pretty good deal as well. I would go with whatever's cheaper.

670 or 7970.
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November 26, 2012 5:33:47 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: From now to mid December.

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) 2000-2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing and Rendering

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, AMD Graphics

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Newer games at high settings with above 70 FPS

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a PC, been using a laptop for a while now.
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November 26, 2012 8:07:03 AM

This is why why I wanted you to fill out the form. Otherwise we would have given you a gaming rig like you said in the OP, but it wont be able to video edit.

Monitor: ASUS VE248H 24in. $195
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Standard TN panel, 1080p 60hz monitor with 100mm VESA mounting. Fairly standard monitor.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770k. $335
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Strongest chip your going to get on the mainstream platform and is overclockable. Should be plenty for your needs.

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $35
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
The go-to budget cooling option, will support a moderate overclock on that 3770k (wouldn't go further than 4.4ghz on it).

Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $139
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
While this is a more budget end enthusiast board, it will do everything you could want. Has near all the features of much more expensive boards.

RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $82
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
16GB of fairly standard RAM, Low Profile so it wont conflict with large CPU heatsinks.

PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W, 80+ Silver Fully modular. $145
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Very good unit, have this one personally and love the thing. Very good reviews and not as expensive as a similar Corsair unit.

GPU: Gigabyte HD7970 Ghz. $469
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Just about the strongest single GPU on the market, should also come with some free games. Make sure to ask about that when you order it.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD: Samsung 830 128GB. $95
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case: Coolermaster HAF-X. $189
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Bit overkill, but I can hardly say anything since I have one under my desk right now for a much lesser rig. Very future proof this case, will support just about anything you throw at it.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit or Win 8 64bit OEM. $95 or $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total (Win8): $1882
Well under budget and will play games at max settings and edit/render videos very nicely.
If you really want to spend more money, dont bother with the main components, they are already plenty for your needs and to get stronger hardware will be redundant.
Places I can see you sinking money into and having a good effect is a bigger SSD, another monitor (maybe two more, video editing across multiple monitors is so much better, believe me) or even a custom watercooling kit. If you were willing to go over-budget, you could get three monitors and another HD7970 and get yourself a really good Eyefinity setup.
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November 26, 2012 8:13:31 AM

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^No point running games at 100FPS unless you want to pay $500+ for a 120hz monitor.
Also Nvidia cards are overpriced down here in Oz, AMD is the way to go until prices drop.

$500? This one was on sale for $199 last week. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

120hz monitors are amazing dont listen to that statement. Agree with him on the amd statement though, 7950 or 7970 are a better buy per performance to their Nvidia counterpart right now with amds new drivers out.
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November 26, 2012 8:20:49 AM

Plus when you can get a triple Eyefinity setup with 24" monitors for $100 more than the cheapest 120hz, would gladly go with the Eyefinity instead.
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November 26, 2012 9:21:44 AM

Best answer selected by RetainsLoL.
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November 26, 2012 9:22:08 AM

Thank you so much! I'm still open to other suggestions though!:) 
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November 26, 2012 11:10:46 AM

Just wondering, I'll be using Wi-Fi so will I need something to help me access that?
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