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New $1500-1600 Build

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January 1, 2013 6:04:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next Week


Budget Range: (e.g.: 1500-1600) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming )


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Everything


Do you need to buy OS: No



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg and ncix preferably



Parts Preferences: NO preference


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200


Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

I would like a quiet and cool computer above all


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been using the same computer for about 4 years, time to upgrade

I put together this for $1600

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vkAf

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January 1, 2013 6:37:42 PM

That build looks really good, here's what I would suggest - just a couple of minor changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1682.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 15:36 EST-0500)

I switched out the RAM and included a better SSD, cheaper power supply (but just as good), and optical drive.
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January 1, 2013 10:20:29 PM

impaledmango , your build looks really solid wouldn't change anything in it , maybe the rams only.
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January 3, 2013 3:47:33 AM

mastrom101 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vBrS

You have a good build as it is, but I would make those minor changes.


Why would you get the Vengeance RAM with the tall heat sinks and a Hyper 212? :non: 
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January 3, 2013 11:36:09 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Why would you get the Vengeance RAM with the tall heat sinks and a Hyper 212? :non: 



I prefer Corsair over Samsung, at least for RAM.

That RAM is compatible with the 212, I have the same configuration and I haven't had one problem.
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January 3, 2013 11:59:14 PM

mastrom101 said:
I prefer Corsair over Samsung, at least for RAM.

That RAM is compatible with the 212, I have the same configuration and I haven't had one problem.


I'm not a big fan of the Samsung RAM - I hear it's good, but I prefer G.Skill, Mushkin, or Corsair but I always get low profile RAM.
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January 4, 2013 12:15:31 AM

its ram its all the same. imo cheaper is better. at least samsung and crucial make their own ram. all the rest just by it off other people.
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January 4, 2013 12:27:20 AM

is it worth it to replace all the case fans with noctua fans to make it really quiet?
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January 4, 2013 12:35:14 AM

mastrom101 said:
I prefer Corsair over Samsung, at least for RAM.

That RAM is compatible with the 212, I have the same configuration and I haven't had one problem.


it is compatible but it reduces ways you can put it in

samsung>corsair for ram

samsung's ram are beastly and oc a lot better than vengence
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January 4, 2013 12:38:07 AM

impaledmango said:
is it worth it to replace all the case fans with noctua fans to make it really quiet?


not in my option. those fans are like $30 a piece. the stock corsair fans i got in my c70 are pretty quit i can barely hear them at full speed.
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January 4, 2013 2:50:46 AM

impaledmango said:
is it worth it to replace all the case fans with noctua fans to make it really quiet?


Not really, it's not how many fans your case has that will improve your airflow and lower temperatures but the direction that they circulate air in that will lower temperatures. I'd suggest reading this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...
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