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$2k "high end" gaming PC, did I do it right?

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December 18, 2012 11:04:23 PM

Hey guys, I'm new to the community and have very basic experience and a basic tech level when it comes to hardware specifics. I'm looking to replace my current gaming pc which I've had for about 6 years and have the money to get what I think is some of the best components out there. I've never built my own pc but I know there are websites out there that I can use as a reference to help me, so here's to my PC building virginity. I was originally going to go through a prebuilt PC manufucaturing website however after looking and comparing the price I could practically do it myself and get a 690gtx card for the same price of a prebuilt pc with a 680. Plus it should be a good learning experience.

Below is a list that I've come up with for what I think is a pretty top end rig.

Case- COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Blue LED Fans-1x 230mm front fan, 1x 230mm top fan, 1x 230mm side fan, and 1x 140mm rear fan ~ $159.99-Newegg

Motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt ~$239.99-Newegg

Hard Drive- Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ~$109.99-Newegg

SSD- SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ~$149.99-Newegg

Video Card- EVGA 04G-P4-2690-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ~$999.99-Newegg

CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K ~$319.99-Newegg

Memory- CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 ~$85.99-Newegg

Power Supply- RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ~$119.99-Newegg

Optical Drive - LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM ~$54.99-Newegg

System Cooling- CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance CPU Cooler ~$64.99-Newegg

$2,340.71 Grand Total with shipping & taxes.

So here's what I'm worried about

1. Did I miss any essential components?
2. Are all of these parts and components compatible with each other, will my pc work (lol)?
3. Is my case and PSU sufficient? I really have no idea when it comes to cases, very open to new ideas and different ones.
4. I've used newegg before and I know they're reliable, but am I getting the most bang for my buck?
5. Is my system cooling good to go? I read the 690 pumps out temps when ran hard.
6. The last potential issue is that I play on a "47 lg led tv, will I have any problems?

I know there are quite a few questions but I don't want to lay down a lot of money and not have a terrific end result. I'm very open minded when it comes to choosing different parts, but I'd also like to know why. I'd like to pretty much run any game I can at max settings with no problems. Thanks guys!!

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December 18, 2012 11:16:38 PM

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1. Did I miss any essential components?


Everything is there but I'd switch a few things.

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2. Are all of these parts and components compatible with each other, will my pc work (lol)?


They're compatible.

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3. Is my case and PSU sufficient? I really have no idea when it comes to cases, very open to new ideas and different ones.


No. The case is good but you have a $2500 budget. You should not even consider one of the worst brands in the industry. Get a Seasonic - far better power supply.

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5. Is my system cooling good to go? I read the 690 pumps out temps when ran hard.


The 690 isn't worth purchasing. Go with a dual 7970 or 670 setup instead - you'll get the same or better performance. I wouldn't get an H50 either - there's far better cooling choices you could get. If you do liquid cooling use the real thing or not at all.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2103.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 20:16 EST-0500)

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December 18, 2012 11:31:22 PM

if you'll be running 1080 a high end 670 would be great or 680 for overkill. for higher resolutions or multiple monitors a 690 would be good (overkill but still good) and a 690 runs cooler and with less power than sli'd 680s. with one 670 or 680 and a lightly overclocked 3570k you'll be fine with a 750w power supply from any good brand.
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December 19, 2012 12:08:20 AM

rostrow416 said:
if you'll be running 1080 a high end 670 would be great or 680 for overkill. for higher resolutions or multiple monitors a 690 would be good (overkill but still good) and a 690 runs cooler and with less power than sli'd 680s. with one 670 or 680 and a lightly overclocked 3570k you'll be fine with a 750w power supply from any good brand.


I'd heavily suggest reading this: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/39605-nvidia-gef...

Dual 670s are identical in performance to the 690 and they're $300 cheaper. If you want to run a multiple display setup go with dual Radeon 7970's.
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