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First Build. Questions, Comments, Concerns.

Good Evening Forum. My name's Greg and I will be building my first computer hopefully come this January. Now I've selected a few components which I believe should all be compatible with each other but, as with anything else, I have a few questions/concerns maybe some of you could address.

Also. My budget is $2500 dollars which I believe this list is close to, give or take. Now I don't have a problem spending that but that doesn't mean I necessarily want to. So if anyone has any suggestions on substitutions in the list, I'd be willing to listen but please keep the loss of performance to a max of 15%.

Now I'm aiming for a Red And Black build for my first time and I would like to keep it that way but I'm open to different things.

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942

ASUS Maximus V EXTREME

MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680

CORSAIR AX860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler


Is the power supply enough? And is paying the premium for a platinum rated PSU worth it?

My Corsairs are rated at 1866 which my Motherboard in question can handle but I know that the CPU has a limit on that? I think it's 1600? So is the 1866 just a waste or what?

Think that's about it for now. I really hope to get some replies on this and have a nice lengthy discussion. I tried to make this as neat as possible. Thank you for your time.
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    First of all, what is the rig for? If its just for gaming there are some easy ways to cut costs without impacting performance.

    A Platinum PSU most likely isnt worth it. Its only a tiny bit more efficient than a bronze unit and you would likely need to get a 1000W+ unit to get a platinum efficiency, which is an utter waste.

    Not worth getting 1866Mhz RAM outright, performance gain is minimal compared to the price increase compared to 1600Mhz RAM. Although it would only be a matter of a ~$20 at most, its money that you dont need to spend.
    Also that Dominator RAM, ridiculously expensive. They are no better than RAM half their price.
  2. What is this computer for?
  3. Yeah, we need to know the system usage before we can suggest anything.

    Although let me just throw it out there that as of the current pricing, I see no point on getting a GTX 680 no matter what the system's usage for is since the performance increase from the 670 is only 5% which can be easily obtained with a slight OC.

    That's ~$100~ down the drain right there.
  4. Hi there guys. Sorry I'm getting back to you so late. I had written the original post at like 11 PM and my job is a 4 AM to 2 PM kinda gig.

    So reading the posts above it seems I forgot to mention what the primary purpose of this build was. That being a Gaming Rig. However I also intend to use it for other things such as video editing, music editing, and photo shopping.

    @manofchalk
    What would be your recommendation for a PSU? And also, I know that Corsair Dominator Platinum is over priced for the branding, but it looks really cool. I'm looking for RAM that's a bit flashy, but again I don't mind not flashy. Whatever you recommend.

    @excella1221
    Yeah I was thinking that as well too, but I didn't realize how easy it is to over clock a 670 to 680 specs so I'll probably be going with your suggestion but I'm probably going to get a 4 GB video card so that way if I ever did want to add a second monitor it wouldn't be so straining on the card. Or is even that over kill for let's say 2 1920 X 1080P resolution monitors?
  5. Millenium Panda said:
    Hi there guys. Sorry I'm getting back to you so late. I had written the original post at like 11 PM and my job is a 4 AM to 2 PM kinda gig.

    So reading the posts above it seems I forgot to mention what the primary purpose of this build was. That being a Gaming Rig. However I also intend to use it for other things such as video editing, music editing, and photo shopping.

    @manofchalk
    What would be your recommendation for a PSU? And also, I know that Corsair Dominator Platinum is over priced for the branding, but it looks really cool. I'm looking for RAM that's a bit flashy, but again I don't mind not flashy. Whatever you recommend.

    @excella1221
    Yeah I was thinking that as well too, but I didn't realize how easy it is to over clock a 670 to 680 specs so I'll probably be going with your suggestion but I'm probably going to get a 4 GB video card so that way if I ever did want to add a second monitor it wouldn't be so straining on the card. Or is even that over kill for let's say 2 1920 X 1080P resolution monitors?

    RAM, Pretty cool looking IMO,: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231609 matches your mobo well.
    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-Video+Cards-_-Sapphire+Tech-_-14202001&AID=10592396&PID=3938566
    SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227792&Tpk=Ocz%20Vertex%204%20256gb or you can go cheaper and get 128gb, unless you absolutely need 256gb.
    Seems you want to do alot, so try a 2tb HDD with the money that you are saving? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-Hard+Drives-_-Western+Digital-_-22136792&AID=10592396&PID=3938566
    Current PSU I am using, should work for what you need: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-Power+Supplies-_-PC+Power+and+Cooling-_-17703028&AID=10592396&PID=3938566

    This is whats best in my opinion, other people might have better suggestions. GL
  6. No one else wishes to contribute to this thread?

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  7. Best answer selected by Millenium Panda.
  8. Actually, you should've waited at least 24 hours for us. :lol:

    You can cut off $100 as well by going for an i5-3570K instead of the i7. There is basically no performance loss whatsoever in gaming. The only significant edge the latter has is hyperthreading.
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