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Build Ready - Please look over and offer advice, thanks!

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January 17, 2013 1:31:27 AM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.6

Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45(8D) Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel

Storage: Hitachi 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Superclocked

Case: Azza Genesis 9000 Full Tower Gaming Case w/ 2 x 230mm fans

Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart Series 850W Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply

Other: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan


*ok i realize the power supply is a little much at 850W and the cpu is overkill, any advice is more than welcome
January 17, 2013 1:41:44 AM

Whats the purpose of the build and budget?
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January 17, 2013 1:44:52 AM

gaming at high settings, and homework - this currently is putting me around $1250 which is ok with me
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January 17, 2013 1:45:16 AM

Also, do you plan to overclock the cpu? (the liquid cooling kit would suggest that you do, yet a non-K cpu has very limited overclocking potential). Also, what OS are you planning to install, and how? I notice you didn't include an optical drive.
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January 17, 2013 1:52:53 AM

wasn't going to do much overclocking, i can drop the asetek and just go with the case fans. getting windows 8, and it's just a SAMSUNG 24X DVDRW
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January 17, 2013 2:01:31 AM

I think will be a much better build for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.96 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1182.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 23:01 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 2:02:18 AM

That optical drive should work fine, unless it uses an IDE interface - the motherboard you chose has no IDE connectors.
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January 17, 2013 2:11:53 AM

@manofchalk - that is a sexy build. is the i7 only useful when doubling video cards? for some reason i have a hard-on for the GTX680, but from what i read the 7970 is faster.

@mauvecloud - good advice, motherboards are the most confusing part for me still
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January 17, 2013 2:18:47 AM

The i7 is only useful when you need the extra threads, which in gaming you don't.
If you want to stick with Nvidia, get a 670. Its 95% the performance of a 680 for $100 less, can even overclock it past 680 performance. Though yes, the 7970 will outperform the 680.
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