Seeking New Build Advice

Approximate Purchase Date: most likely February 2013

Budget Range: 1,500-2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: entire build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Location: Fort Campbell, KY

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: would prefer a windowed case, silent pc parts, and some closed loop water cooling for the cpu

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current build is 3-4 years old

This would be my second PC build, the first being 3 years ago with little to no experience. I was wondering if anyone would change this future build or if they had any comments about it.

-CPU: i7 3770k
-CPU Cooler: H100i
-MB: Maximus V Formula
-Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 (16GB)
-GPU: EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Signature 2
-SDD (boot drive): OCZ 4 128GB
-HDD (storage drive): WD Cavier Black 1TB
-PSU: Corsair 860i
-Case: NZXT Switch 810

I will be using this build mostly for gaming (FPS and MMO)
I'm trying to future proof as much as I can without spending above $2500
The budget will only include a monitor, peripherals and and Windows will be seperate
I am from the US and currently not living near a Microcenter
OC: yes
Build: the more quiet the better
SLI: if it fits the budget
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  1. i7 supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory, not 1866.
    for gaming 8 gb ram is just fine, 16 is too much, unless you do video rendering
    seeing as you have lots of money to spend, why not get gtx 690 it's like two video cards in one, but you won't have to think of sli.
    again, for gaming you don't need mobo so expensive, you won't even use some features you're paying for, but seeing as your pc is high end, get some mobo for ~230$
    oh and you've chosen a good psu but its too much for your build, smth like 650-700W will do
  2. Best answer
    -i7s are for work not gaming
    -fast ram is useless
    -expensive board is overkill for what you are doing
    -closed loop coolers are scams for how much performance they would offer over a high end heatsink.
    -680s are useless given a 670 performs the same and a 7970 performs better
    -black drives are scams given they dont perform any better than other 7200rpm drives
    -860i is overkill
    -810 is overkill for its size
    -futureproofing is impossible. trying = wasting money
    -dominator platinums dont perform crap better than other ram. just for asthetics

    plus, the build you have put together isnt that quiet at all

    get this

    the d14 se2011 is basically a regular d14 but with pwm fans. it does not come with mounting brackets for 1155 socket, but you all you need to do is email noctua and ask for a free set of mounting brackets
  3. thanks gentlemen for the prompt and educational response!
  4. Best answer selected by AdamMischel.
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