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January 31, 2013 4:12:01 PM

Hey guys. Awhile ago, Mid-December, a user here built me a build. Now, I want to get some extra opinions on the build since it's over a month later. I want to play games on max settings and do editing, that type of thing. I've never done this before, so any suggestions/opinions help. I am planning on buying it within the next week. Thanks in advance.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sccx

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January 31, 2013 4:48:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AG7q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AG7q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AG7q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.20 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($123.32 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1763.01
(Prices include shipping, t
axes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 13:48 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1859.40
Combo Discounts: -$18.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $1789.38

would do better.

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January 31, 2013 4:55:08 PM

Below is my first build. If it helps.

Corsair 500R Case.
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 MOBO.
i5-3570k CPU.
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB RAM (Low Profile for the CPU cooler).
Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler with arctic 5 thermal paste.
Corsair HX750W PSU (its modular and easy to connect components to).
Gigabyte OC'd 2GB GTX 670 GPU.
128GB Samsung 830 SSD.
1TB WD Black HDD.
Some optical drive of your choice (get them as cheap as $14).
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January 31, 2013 5:24:23 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AG7q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AG7q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AG7q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.20 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($123.32 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1763.01
(Prices include shipping, t
axes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 13:48 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1859.40
Combo Discounts: -$18.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $1789.38

would do better.

Would do better as in performance? I see it's cheaper, but will it play games on Max settings? I'm new at this sorry.
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January 31, 2013 5:25:13 PM

The build he made you is... well it's good i can't deny it. But it's value is highly questionable.

I made a new one for you that is better quite a bit better and it's cheaper too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1636.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 14:10 EST-0500)

Compared to his build, it uses a cheaper motherboard, which overclocks just as well.
It uses an 8GB kit instead of a 16GB one.This will not reduce performance in any way. This way you aren't spending money on something you're not going to use.
And if you're still concerned about having "only" 8GB of ram, just add another kit.
I also included a higher capacity, slightly slower hard drive in combination with a higher capacity SSD, which is a bit slower than the Vector one he used.
The case i included is, in my opinion better than the one he used and so is the monitor.

Or if you want even better gaming performance, go with this build instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1813.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 14:21 EST-0500)

And finally a build aimed that's still good at gaming, but more aimed toward editing.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: EVGA 132-SE-E775-K2 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1669.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 14:24 EST-0500)

Or if you want the best of both worlds, add another HD 7870 XT and it'll game almost as well as the second build.
By the way the HD 7870 XT is a good bit slower than the HD 7970 GHZ (30%) but it's still good enough to play new games at high settings.
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January 31, 2013 5:39:59 PM

I'm partial to Jon's build for some reason.
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January 31, 2013 5:48:15 PM

Thanks JED! Lol I'm partial to yours as well.......for some reason...=P i run my games at max and I haven't had a hitch.
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January 31, 2013 5:50:55 PM

I know it sounds crazy, but me neither.
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January 31, 2013 5:51:53 PM

Kamen_BG said:

Or if you want even better gaming performance, go with this build instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1813.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 14:21 EST-0500)

I'm thinking of using this build. Even though it is a little more at $1813.85. But this build will play at Max settings right?
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January 31, 2013 5:55:06 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
I know it sounds crazy, but me neither.


We've been overiden. =P
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January 31, 2013 5:58:48 PM

Oh the humanity.
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January 31, 2013 6:02:20 PM

What's going on here? ^^ haha
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January 31, 2013 6:06:42 PM

ItsJay said:
What's going on here? ^^ haha


We were just relaying to you that we are quite fond of our twin set-ups and we run our games at max without a hitch.
^_^
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January 31, 2013 6:06:51 PM

Hijacking your thread - sorry ;)  Our builds are nearly identical tho his is mo' betta.

And in a way, we might have been getting at that you can play anything (except maybe Crysis 3 or Metro 2033) at max on a 1080 screen with a single GPU (even a slacker stock like mine). So, if you don't want the extra power draw and driver pain of SLI, can give it a go with one and see how you like it. Easily add another if necessary.
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January 31, 2013 6:09:09 PM

^Like.^

One more thing...I've used Windows 8...and, personally, I hate it. Get Windows 7. =D
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January 31, 2013 6:41:07 PM

the build i made is of the highest quality parts. u can say what u want but i dare u to prove my build is less good than any of you guys build.

without proof or reason its just opinion.

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January 31, 2013 6:49:36 PM

iceclock said:
the build i made is of the highest quality parts. u can say what u want but i dare u to prove my build is less good than any of you guys build.

without proof or reason its just opinion.

That would play everything on Max settings? If so, I think I'll go with that one.
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January 31, 2013 7:04:40 PM

iceclock said:
the build i made is of the highest quality parts. u can say what u want but i dare u to prove my build is less good than any of you guys build.

without proof or reason its just opinion.


We were not contesting that that build is better. We never were. Dare away, but there is nothing to dare...

Jeb even said as much.

We were stating that we were able to run most of the modern games we have on max with our current, near identical, builds. If the OP has money to spend then by all means he should drop it on another GPU for SLI and get the top of the line parts.

My proof that I can run my games on max without a hitch is my own experience.

Again, it was not a contesting post on my part...just information for the OP. Good day.
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January 31, 2013 7:07:14 PM

ItsJay said:
I'm thinking of using this build. Even though it is a little more at $1813.85. But this build will play at Max settings right?


Yes to answer your question.
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January 31, 2013 7:15:25 PM

jonclimbs247 said:
Yes to answer your question.

I tried finding the build you were talking about on PC Partpicker but I couldn't find the right parts. Haha
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January 31, 2013 7:29:56 PM

lol, any of these builds will run at max ;) 
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January 31, 2013 7:32:49 PM

ItsJay said:
I tried finding the build you were talking about on PC Partpicker but I couldn't find the right parts. Haha


Here's Link:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AHLJ

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 -$10.00 FREE $219.99 ($30.00 more than Microcenter) Buy
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 FREE $34.99 ($2.39 more than Amazon) Buy
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $134.99 -$10.00 FREE $124.99 Buy
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $49.99 FREE $49.99 ($0.01 more than Outlet PC) Buy
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99 FREE $99.99 ($10.00 more than Microcenter) Buy
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $129.99 FREE $129.99 Buy
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card $399.99 -$20.00 $3.99 $383.98 Buy
Case Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case $129.99 -$10.00 $9.99 $129.98 ($28.38 more than Mac Connection) Buy
Power Supply Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $129.99 FREE $129.99 Buy
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99 $4.99 $22.98 ($6.00 more than Outlet PC)


Buy
Total (10 / 10 Items): $1326.87

Base Total: $1317.89
Combo Discounts: -$13.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $1278.88
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January 31, 2013 7:33:18 PM

iceclock said:
lol, any of these builds will run at max ;) 


Agreed!
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January 31, 2013 7:35:48 PM

Well that narrows my choices then... I don't know which to pick then. =(
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January 31, 2013 7:36:58 PM

nice build :p 
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January 31, 2013 7:38:18 PM

iceclock said:
nice build :p 


Thanks baus! Yours too!
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January 31, 2013 7:41:08 PM

ItsJay said:
Well that narrows my choices then... I don't know which to pick then. =(


Chose Ice's if you have the cash, it's a really solid build. I just offered my 2 cents because I didn't have the cash but I still have the opportunity to SLI down the road, at any time. I haven't had the need to SLI because my one OC'd 670 is running all my games at max just FINE, with the build I have. Chose the one you want and can afford =P. They're all good.
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January 31, 2013 7:45:58 PM

Okay well thanks everyone.

EDIT: one last thing, what does OEM mean?
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January 31, 2013 7:49:26 PM

ItsJay said:
Okay well thanks everyone.

EDIT: one last thing, what does OEM mean?


Original equipment manufacturer (an organization that makes devices from component parts bought from other organizations). Basically straight from the manufacturer. :) 
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January 31, 2013 7:58:53 PM

jonclimbs247 said:
Original equipment manufacturer (an organization that makes devices from component parts bought from other organizations). Basically straight from the manufacturer. :) 

Okay, thanks. Is it different than just buying it from the store? As in setting it up?
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January 31, 2013 8:01:48 PM

yes, u gotta build it urself, unless u buy pre-built.

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January 31, 2013 8:03:37 PM

Oh snap - forgot to throw out there that I'd recommend passing on any GPU with a reference cooler (meaning the shroud covers the card completely and there is one fan in the back). My card is like that and it's my only regret on this build as it is crazy loud under load. If I had a do-over would get a Gigabyte Windforce (3 fan) model for whatever card I was buying. At a minimum, a two fan setup.
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January 31, 2013 8:11:41 PM

iceclock said:
yes, u gotta build it urself, unless u buy pre-built.

Oh yes, of course. Sorry, I meant is there any difference between an OEM version of Windows 7, and one from the store. Or is it the same thing?

J_E_D_70 said:
Oh snap - forgot to throw out there that I'd recommend passing on any GPU with a reference cooler (meaning the shroud covers the card completely and there is one fan in the back). My card is like that and it's my only regret on this build as it is crazy loud under load. If I had a do-over would get a Gigabyte Windforce (3 fan) model for whatever card I was buying. At a minimum, a two fan setup.


If I go with iceclock's build, would that be loud?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.20 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($123.32 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
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January 31, 2013 8:36:39 PM

wouldnt be any louder than other builds, if u want i can get u a silent cooler.

water cooling isnt any less loud than aircoolers.

depending on witch aircoolers of course.

http://lifehacker.com/5940236/a-beginners-guide-to-wate...

might help. but i find air does a fine job, its either u take a silent cooler and overclock less or get watercooling or aircooling for maximum oc.

its about choices.

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January 31, 2013 8:56:27 PM

iceclock said:
wouldnt be any louder than other builds, if u want i can get u a silent cooler.

water cooling isnt any less loud than aircoolers.

depending on witch aircoolers of course.

http://lifehacker.com/5940236/a-beginners-guide-to-wate...

might help. but i find air does a fine job, its either u take a silent cooler and overclock less or get watercooling or aircooling for maximum oc.

its about choices.

As long as this build is reasonably quiet, and the cooler on the build is effective, I'll be good. :D 
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January 31, 2013 9:21:05 PM

Best answer selected by ItsJay.
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