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December 13, 2012 8:01:34 PM

Hello Tomshardware community :hello:  This will be my first gaming pc build. You guys have helped me so much and the following build wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for you guys. So I thank you all so much for that. Anways here is my build! Please post your opinions and what you like / dislike about it! Once again thanks.

Potential's High End Gaming PC Build

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Computer Parts

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ASUS GTX680 DC2T 2GB 1137 MHz Core Clock Video Card ($539.99 @ Newegg)
HDD Storage: Western Digital Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache Sata 6.0 Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
SSD Storage: Samsung 840 Pro 128GB Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Thor V2 White Edition ATX Full Tower ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair HX750 80 PLUS Gold Certified Modular Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD BURNER ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Mircosoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Accessories

Monitor: Asus VG278H 27-Inch 120Hz 2MS 1920x1080 3D Gaming Monitor ($549.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ($111.91 @ Amazon)
Mousepad: Razer Goliathus Speed Edition Gaming Mousepad Small Size ($15.91 @ Amazon)
Subwoofer: Polk PSW505 12 Inch Subwoofer ($189.99 @ Amazon)

Total for Computer Parts: $1760.51
Total for Accessories: $867.08
Total for Everything: $2627.59

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available)
(Freebies include Assassin's Creed 3, Borderlands 2 and $45 dollars in Mail-in Rebate Cards)

Thanks guys!

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a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2012 8:12:10 PM

Did you already buy these parts? Its a good build. Make sure to do nice cable management and post pictures when you are finished!
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December 13, 2012 8:21:29 PM

djangoringo said:
Some changes :

Just put a 670 sli setup :

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sm2e


Looks nice. I'll think about it although I'm really happy with what I have at the moment.
December 13, 2012 8:23:43 PM

Deemo13 said:
Did you already buy these parts? Its a good build. Make sure to do nice cable management and post pictures when you are finished!


I haven't bought any of these parts yet but I will within a week or so. I'll definitely do my best with the cable management, it shouldn't be a problem with my case. I'll most definitely post a picture here when its finished ;)  Thanks!
December 13, 2012 8:36:51 PM

Drop the Sabertooth, its overpriced, if you want the similar features for cheaper, try the Asus P8z77-V Pro. I've heard that in some situations the thermal armor on the Sabertooth can actually increase temps, and the included MOBO fans are supposedly pretty loud. And, if your already spending this much, might as well go 16gb RAM but it is not absolutely necessary.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2012 8:37:00 PM
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The only thing I would change is to get a 670, as the $100 extra really is not justified in terms of performance. Its like a 5% difference, which if you really wanted, you can overclock to achieve.

And post pictures into the Tom's Hardware Member's Gallery stickied to the top of the page, everyone posts their builds there.
December 13, 2012 8:43:35 PM

Deemo13 said:
The only thing I would change is to get a 670, as the $100 extra really is not justified in terms of performance. Its like a 5% difference, which if you really wanted, you can overclock to achieve.

And post pictures into the Tom's Hardware Member's Gallery stickied to the top of the page, everyone posts their builds there.


Yeah I'm REALLY stuck between the 680 and 670. I might downgrade some stuff to get two 670s for SLI. I really wish they still made the topped version of the 670, if they did I would instantly grab the 670 topped over the 680 topped.

Also, thanks for the heads-up for where I can post the picture of my build.
December 13, 2012 8:46:52 PM

chugot9218 said:
Drop the Sabertooth, its overpriced, if you want the similar features for cheaper, try the Asus P8z77-V Pro. I've heard that in some situations the thermal armor on the Sabertooth can actually increase temps, and the included MOBO fans are supposedly pretty loud. And, if your already spending this much, might as well go 16gb RAM but it is not absolutely necessary.


Meh. I had the P8Z77-V Pro in mind but I just went for the Sabertooth because it has fairly better reviews and just looks sexy AF. As for 16GB, I was thinking about doing it but after some research I decided it wasn't worth it. I'll mainly be gaming on my rig. I can always upgrade the RAM whenever I want too. Thanks for the suggestions though.
December 14, 2012 12:21:13 AM

Any last opinions / suggestions?
December 17, 2012 12:34:13 AM

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a b 4 Gaming
December 17, 2012 1:23:35 AM

That mobo asus z77 is overpriced, as the ram is (and the tall headers can block/difficult the cooler), some suggestions :


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sR6y

A much better mobo with much more features and quality and without that thermal armor which only helps to heat up the mobo, changed the gfx card for the 680 gtx lightning, asus 680 gtx dcii top has been reported with crashes from the overclock from factory(which requires flashing the bios to lower down the clocks), the msi 680 gtx lightning is cheaper and more stable, overclocks very well and the cooling is as the same as the asus.
Also put a better case for less money and a less pricey hdd with more space (1.5 TB) reliability and speeds as the same as the one you chose.
And that's all, good luck with your build.
December 19, 2012 11:33:18 PM

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December 19, 2012 11:38:16 PM

Thanks guys. I've changed my graphics card to a Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce OC 2GB and I've also changed the case to NZXT Phantom Black/Orange and changed my RAM to Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 CL8 DDR3 and picked up Battlefield 3.
a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2012 1:03:32 AM

Happy gaming and Happy Holidays!
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