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Need help with a gaming rig.

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February 12, 2013 10:25:23 PM

so, i'm looking to build a gaming rig. here is what i have planned to buy:

*PSU: NZXT HALE90 80 Plus Gold 1000 Watt Power Supply with Modular Cable HALE90-1000-M (White)
*RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
*GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR
*OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
*COOLING: Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60
*CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
*MOTHERBOARD: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4
*CASE: Nzxt Technologies Phantom with Green Trim (Green LED) Enthusiast Full Tower Case - Phan-002Gr (Black) -
*HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003
*WIFI:ASUS(PCE-N15) maximum performance Wireless-N Network Adapter ( 300Mbps Transmit / 300Mbps Receive) with PCI-E interface, Include Full Height and Low Profile bracket, WPS button Support

so my basic questions are:

-will there be any bottle-necking in game performance?
8gb of ram is enough, right?

any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

plans for the future:
-upgrade to 16gb of ram, when i have the expendable cash
-add a SSD

Games i will be playing: battlefield 3, skyrim, fallout 3, grand thet auto vice city, bully, guildwars 2.


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February 12, 2013 10:40:08 PM

*PSU: NZXT HALE90 80 Plus Gold 1000 Watt Power Supply with Modular Cable HALE90-1000-M (White)
*COOLING: Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60

those item are a bit inappropriate

btw how much is your budget? let see if we can help better? US/canada?
February 12, 2013 10:48:44 PM


unless you got plans to set up a custom water loop (judging by the H60, i reckon you don't), scrap the power supply, and get a quality 600/750W (depending on whether or not you plan to run the graphics card in SLI) from Antec/Corsair/Seasonic/XFX and a cooler master Hyper 212 EVO, and go treat yourself to an SSD now.
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February 12, 2013 11:01:49 PM

my budget, 'round 1400 U.S. dollars. OK, so far what i'm doing via your recommendations:

drop to PSU to a: NZXT HALE90 80 Plus Gold 750 Watt Power Supply with Modular Cable HALE90-750-M (White)

and i'd like to use the h60 because electronics like to heat up in my room a little faster than normal areas, i'm not sure why, but they do. Also, i do plan to eventually upgrade to a custom water cooling system, but wouldn't the H60 work as a stand alone system?
February 12, 2013 11:19:56 PM

actually NZXT isnt popular psu maker so that we cant recoomend it to you
and h60 .... ogh i woned it once and switched to normal air cooler in just 3 days

water pump is noisy and problematic
February 12, 2013 11:44:49 PM

the NZXT Hale series is a so-so brand, though there are better options for the price;

as for the H60; a matter of price/performance. the CM 212 series has always been somewhat of a favorite offering the best performance for it's price. it's not that they don't perform better, but (depending on the reviewer) for a 1-3 degrees celsius loss for twice the price with a gain in noise? it just isn't worth it unless you already got everything you need (i.e;SSD, high end GPU/CPU,etc) and you're ready to spend more.