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January 8, 2013 12:28:42 AM

Ok so my comp now is getting a lil outdated im currently running a gateway fx 6800 and i want to build my own gaming pc

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
CPU Cooler:CORSAIR Hydro Series H100
Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal
Video Card:EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: CORSAIR GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

Let me know if im doing somehting wrong here.

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January 8, 2013 12:47:59 AM

brentc239 said:
Ok so my comp now is getting a lil outdated im currently running a gateway fx 6800 and i want to build my own gaming pc

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
CPU Cooler:CORSAIR Hydro Series H100
Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal
Video Card:EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: CORSAIR GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

Let me know if im doing somehting wrong here.


Don't get a 680. The 7970 GHz is quite stronger. Also you don't need a power supply that big or Windows ultimate.
January 8, 2013 12:48:52 AM

Everything looks good to me.
I would get the 670 over the 680 though, the performance difference between the two is like 5% which IMO doesn't justify the price premium. You can easily just OC the 670 anyway if you wanted that extra 5%.

Also, I would not recommend EVGA unless your system is on liquid cooling; the reference cooler on their cards is kinda bad.
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January 8, 2013 12:54:14 AM

i just read to that the mobo doesnt fit in a corsair 500r in that u lose half of your sata connectors. Would that be an issue?
January 8, 2013 1:16:45 AM

Oh, I've always thought the 500r was a full-tower.
The motherboard as a whole, won't fit at all, I highly suggest you either get a full-tower casing or a regular ATX motherboard.

Is there any reason you need an E-ATX though?
January 8, 2013 1:20:37 AM

What's the goal of the h100? Can get good quiet performance on noctua dh14 or decent with $35 evo.

Agree - get a 670 or 7970 and do not get one with reference cooler - i made that mistake.

8gb ram is plenty.

Physical media is endangered species - skip bluray or buy cheap br box if you plan to watch on a tv.

January 8, 2013 1:44:42 AM

No I really dont need an E- ATX guess i need to switch it up because i already have the case. Think i will go with Asrock extreme4 and im going with 670 ftw dont think i should really worry about the water cooling right now until heat becomes a problem
January 8, 2013 2:51:34 AM

The FTW uses reference cooling. Performance in terms of temps is relatively inferior to the custom ones like Vapor-X, Windforce X3, Twin Frozr, etc.

Reference coolers tend to be noisier as well.

What I meant when I said "liquid cooling" was a custom water loop.

+1 to the NH-D14 - high end aircoolers such as this and the Silver Arrow perform on par(or sometimes better) than closed-loop water coolers like the H80 and H100.
January 8, 2013 2:56:57 AM

what would be your best choice for a video card that will be quiet?
January 8, 2013 3:12:55 AM

For a 670, either the ASUS DirectCU II or the Gigabyte Windforce x3.
The MSI PE has Twin Frozr IV, but from what I remember, the card has overvolting issues.

As for a 7970 or GHz, my personal favorite is Sapphire's Vapor-X, followed by Gigabyte's Windforce x3.
January 8, 2013 3:19:27 AM

E-ATX can fit in ATX cases in some circumstances, that being if there is enough room after the normal ATX specification on the right. Like the Corsair 600T, while being specified as MATX/ATX, can actually fit in E-ATX boards because E-ATX use the exact same screwholes as ATX. Its just if you have enough room, it can fit. I'm not sure about the 500r, and I wouldn't recommend putting an E-ATX into an ATX case without some research to if it'll fit.

The 670 PE overvolting issues were fixed, and the Gigabyte 670 Windforce 3 is voltage locked, which isn't an issue if your not going to overclock, but having control of voltage is nice. The 670 FTW from Evga uses a 680 reference cooler on a 680 PCB, so while its not as good as most mainstream non reference coolers, its certainly better than all reference coolers on the 670. The Asus DC2 is awesome as well.
January 8, 2013 3:32:10 AM

ok so im going with Asus DC2, noctua NH-D14, and Asrock extreme 4 mobo, and getting rid of the bd burner and going with a sony optriac dvd drive this should outperform my gateway fx hopefully it will all get here by the weekend. Thank you all for all your input and advice
January 8, 2013 3:58:11 AM

Aren't all 670s voltage locked except the MSI Lightning and Galaxy SOC? :p 
January 8, 2013 4:02:35 AM

brentc239 said:
what would be your best choice for a video card that will be quiet?


Is there a reason you are ignoring the 7970 (GHz)?
January 8, 2013 4:19:34 AM

the only thing id change is the 680 to an msi 670 power edition.
keep the 16gb of ram as in a couple of years who knows games will require much more ram and ram is cheap anyways.
also keep the power supply. it may be overkill for now but in future if you ever SLI that 800 watts may come in very handy
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