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New Gameing Build 1600$ +/- 200$ (future oriented)

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January 25, 2013 2:02:38 PM

This is what I have in mind after a couple days of research:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula
Memory: Corsair Vengance DDR3 2x 8GB
Storage: Samsung 840 256GB SSD
Storage: Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD7970 Vapor - X Ghz Edition
Power Supply: XFX PRO650W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8

I think that the CPU, Mobo and the Video card are a nice combo so I would like to keep them (but I'm open to suggestions). As of the rest i put the 2x 8GB Ram cause I don't want to lose space for future expansion. I also plan on crossfire the GPU in the future. The CPU cooling and the PSU should suffice for now. PSU will be replaced to 750W-850W once i crossfire the GPU. I also thought about OC. In that case I probably will need a cooler like Corsair H100.

Still have no clue about a case. Any ideas?

I live in Europe and i haven't looked up the US prices, but i guess with the shipping prices it will cost the same.
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January 25, 2013 4:09:15 PM

You don't need a motherboard that expensive if you're not getting an unlocked CPU. And that would also make purchasing an H100 moot.

I would suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($165.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1599.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 13:09 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 4:17:02 PM

It would be alot easier to help you if you would read this, and follow the format given:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
ie, what is your budget?? what site/store will you buy parts from? do you need a keyboard/mouse/monitor/etc..??

Off the top of my head, i can already tell you that motherboard is overkill for what you are looking for... if you were going to be doing some serious overclocking it MIGHT be worth it, but still probably not...Just get an asus p8z77-v lk.. If you do plan on overclocking I would suggest getting a 3570k since it has an unlocked multiplier... you could probably fit in a 3570k if you switched that maximus board to a p8z77v lk, which is good enough... you could also save some money by going with just a 120GB SSD, which is still good enough for just the OS and for the choice programs you want to load fast.. A for the PSU, it would be an incredibly stupid waste of money to get a 650w and than upgrade to a 750w.. Just spend a few extra bucks and get an 850w psu just to be safe.. Go for a Corsair or a Seasonic.. Even if you do overclock, an h100 is still overkill, even an h55 would be good enough for a modest overclock.. As for a case, I would suggest looking at Corsairs lineuo, and pick one that you like the looks of, that fits your budget.. All Corsair cases are great, just read the reviews!
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January 25, 2013 4:22:13 PM

another thing i might add, is find a site that ships to you to build your system... using PC partpicker to find the best deals/sales in the U.S, and then converting it to euros will not be even the slightest bit accurate, it will only get your hopes up and make you think you can afford something that you actually can't. newegg unfortanately will not ship to europe as far as i know.
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January 25, 2013 4:22:40 PM

CPU - Intel Core i7 3570K
You need this to Overclock as it is a Unlocked Processor.

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master TPC812
This has Vapor-Chamber cooling so it will perform better than other cooler at its price. You can get to 4.1 to 4.3GHz Safely.

Motherboard - Asus P8Z77 V Deluxe
It doesnt have ROG label but its almost the same.

Memory - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengence 1600Mhz
16GB is not needed for gaming.

SSD - Crucial M4 256GB
One of the most reliable out there

Hard Drive - WD 1TB Caviar Black
Fastest 7200rpm drive.

Video Card - Msi GTX 670 Power Edition OC
More than enough for today's games at 1080p. You can always SLI Later

Power Supply - Corsair HX750
80+Gold. Enough for GTX 670 SLI.

OS - Windows 8 64bit OEM
No box, Only CD and Serial Key

Case - Corsair 550D
Spacious, good looking and quiet. All the qualities of a great case. Cooling is 'OK' but you can add 5 more fans.


Hope this helped. This is what i would buy...

And do you really want Windows 8? Win7 is cheaper and i think its better.
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January 25, 2013 4:24:47 PM

dns7950 said:
Even if you do overclock, an h100 is still overkill, even an h55 would be good enough for a modest overclock.. As for a case, I would suggest looking at Corsairs lineuo, and pick one that you like the looks of, that fits your budget.. All Corsair cases are great, just read the reviews!


I'd personally stay away from closed liquid loops. They don't really offer you any performance benefit from what a regular strong air fan will offer you. If you're going to go liquid cooling use the real thing or not at all.

The case I picked - the NZXT Switch 810 - is one of the better large cases on the market and is made for liquid cooling.
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