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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2013 5:28:18 PM

Here is a new gaming build that I plan to buy this summer when I'll have the money. Comments ?


Case: HAF XM (w/ Noctua fans)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P SE2

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Profesional Fatal1ty

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


GPU: ASUS GTX680 DirectCU II TOP

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


PSU: Seasonic X-Series 650W GOLD

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128 GB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4x4 GB - 1866 MHz

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2013 5:37:06 PM

First of all, there are going to be new parts by this summer, so asking now is jumping the gun a bit...

Second of all, you're spending money in a lot of places that won't get you any benefit.

1) There's no difference between an i5 and an i7 except for hyperthreading, which games don't use yet. Save yourself $100.

2) You're spending WAY too much on the motherboard. Get an Extreme6 instead.

3) A 680 is a waste of money. It's only 5% faster than a 670, but it's 25-30% more expensive.

4) 16GB of RAM is a waste. Running Battlefield 3, Photoshop, AND 50 tabs in chrome all at once, you STILL won't need more than 8GB.

Even if you have the money to blow, don't just waste it - you might as well just set it on fire. Instead, save it to put towards a future upgrade in 3 years.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2013 5:37:34 PM

Switch RAM to 2x8 rather than 4x4 for future expansion. Other than that, I like it.
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February 11, 2013 6:05:28 PM

Awesome gaming rig and fully future proof
My advice to you would be
=> buying 670 instead of 680 coz it outperforms 680 when overclocked and costs significantly less
=> getting a liquid cooled closed loop cooler. It allows more space for aggressive overclocking and it is smaller in size
=> 2x8 Ram instead of 4x4 so that you can upgrade in future

Have a great build
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