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Making a new build $1600 what do you think?

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February 17, 2013 8:44:22 AM

hey there i'm making a new build i have a budget of $1600 and this is what i've come up with. its mainly going to be for gaming but i want it to last as long a possable. i will add another GPU when i need to upgrade and mabey more ram in the future.

Motherboard: asus z77-V LK
CPU: i5 3570k
Cooler: corsair H80
GPU: radeon HD 7950
Ram: G.skill (4Gbx2) 1600 ripjaws
Power supply:seasonic M12II 850W
SDD/HDD: OCZ vertex4 128GB/ WD Caviar black 1TB
Case: coolermaster HAF X

so what do you think?

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February 17, 2013 8:50:04 AM

Looks good to me.
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February 17, 2013 8:50:37 AM

Cooler: corsair H80 ---> liquid cooling has various problem, get 212 evo instead
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February 17, 2013 9:25:57 AM

You wouldn't even need a 750 for two 7970s, but it seems he only has one, in which case a 650 would be more than enough (with enough room to add another 7970 later).

Evo 212 would be enough unless you're going for 5Ghz.
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February 17, 2013 9:30:28 AM

one of the main reasons as to why i want to get the H80 is because i don't want the ram slots blocked. if i was to get a fan cooler it would be the Noctua NH-D14 but will it block the ram slots because i might upgrade in the future.

and just to be on the safe side i wanted to get a larger PSU so if i have to change or something happens with my GPU i'm not limted by my PSU.

is seasonic a good PSU brand, and i don't know much about my SSD is OCZ a good SSD?

thanks for all the replays guys
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February 17, 2013 9:30:37 AM

No problem your welcome enjoy!

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February 17, 2013 9:34:34 AM

and i don't know if i should overclock, because i want this pc to last as long as it can. do you think if i overclock with good cooling it will reduce my CPU and GPU life?
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February 17, 2013 9:34:39 AM

The ssd is fine if you want better i’d definitely suggest going with a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro.As far as overclocking if you overclock safely you will be fine.I have been doing it for years with no issues.
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February 17, 2013 9:41:46 AM

alright awesome thanks man

what about the noctua d14 if i get it will i be able to use all my ram slots later down the track?
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February 17, 2013 9:43:36 AM

You only need an aftermarket cooler in order to overclock. The stock fan will work at stock speeds. You can do a mild overclock to 4.0-4.4 with the evo 212 no problem, and not greatly reduce the life. No point in getting a "K" Cpu if you're not going to overclock. No point in getting the noctua either, check out the reviews on the 212, if you're not even sure you're going to overclock, a 212 will be enough, and is half the price.

Instead of a buying a water cooler to allow your ram to fit, buy lower profile RAM instead. These for instance.

Seasonic makes the BEST PSUs, no questions (they actually make several higher-end PSUs for other companies (corsair AX for instance)). They have a very very strong reputation.

I'd go for the 840 Pro Series SSD by Samsung, were it me.
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February 17, 2013 9:46:35 AM

Again, just to note, 550w is more than enough wattage for your system. I would go for single 12v rail. and as mentioned earlier, the seasonic 550 G series is a solid performer/deal for the price.
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February 17, 2013 9:48:19 AM



That is G.Skill Ripjaws X, about the largest RAM that will fit with the NH-D14. the high-profile vengeance RAM will not fit with the NH-D14

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February 17, 2013 10:06:53 AM

with the power supply i might be adding another 7950 in the future so i'm going to need the extra Wattage, i don't know apprearntly the Evo 212 blocks the closests ram slot.

so should i get the low profile g.skill ARES(1866 or 1600???) and go with either the Noctua or CM?
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February 17, 2013 10:15:24 AM

i get the low profile g.skill ARES 1600 and Noctua personally it's up to you though get what you like. :) 
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February 17, 2013 10:27:51 AM

and i should be able to fit 4 sticks in there?

and why get 1600 instead of higher one like 1866 or above??
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February 17, 2013 10:34:52 AM

Campo said:
and i should be able to fit 4 sticks in there?

and why get 1600 instead of higher one like 1866 or above??
Yes you should be able to fit 4 sticks in there and 1600 is the sweet spot you could go for 1866 or above however if it cost alot more i would not.
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February 17, 2013 10:38:23 AM

I'd look at the 650 G series from seasonic then. It's important to note that watt calculators use "max" load (which is basically when running prime, not actually playing a game), so it's not very often you'll use the wattage calculated. Pcpartpicker is a good one to go by, if it says 500w system, get a 650w psu and you will have more than enough.

WHy would you need 4 sticks of RAM?

If you want to best RAM, get the samsung 1600 11c 2x4Gb. It'll OC like a whiz. Unfortunately, it's very hard to find. It's also SUPER low profile.

In the end, it's your money, I think your system will be fine. just friendly advice. :D 
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February 17, 2013 10:38:24 AM

alright awesome thanks guys changing my SSD to samsung 840 pro and getting ares with the noctua
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February 17, 2013 10:41:35 AM

Campo said:
alright awesome thanks guys changing my SSD to samsung 840 pro and getting ares with the noctua
No problem your welcome enjoy! :) 
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February 17, 2013 10:42:59 AM

thanks dude :D  ill take at look at the 650 G and thanks for all the awesome advice guys and really quick replys, really apprechate it
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February 17, 2013 11:15:16 AM

I've got RipJawz with CM Evo and it'd be tight but I think I could fit more RAM...but when that time comes I'd probably buy a new components.

Sounds like a lot of future proofing but I think it's better to plan on buying again in a couple years. I can't imagine it'd be easy to find 7950s in 2 years.
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February 17, 2013 11:35:56 AM

envy14tpe said:
I can't imagine it'd be easy to find 7950s in 2 years.


I don't think you'll have an issue, honestly, as you can easily find 2 year old cards now. That said, it's not like they drop in price over that 2 year time.
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February 17, 2013 11:38:53 AM

As a side note you can also add a 7970 later instead of a 7950...
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February 17, 2013 11:41:02 AM

I think when that time comes, you'll likely be better off buying a new high end card as opposed to pairing your 7950.
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February 17, 2013 11:51:12 AM

eyeage said:
I don't think you'll have an issue, honestly, as you can easily find 2 year old cards now. That said, it's not like they drop in price over that 2 year time.

They don't drop in price? That sucks. I always thought it'd be way easier to sell and upgrade to new gen rather than 2 cards. And if price doesn't drop, then not much of an incentive for SLI/Crossfire.
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February 17, 2013 12:08:52 PM

It depends on the card, some fall, some don't. Rather, they fall, but not much. In the end, it will always depend.. Current gen technology will most likely supercede a couple year old xfire *ymmv
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February 18, 2013 8:14:22 AM

humm yeah i might look into it a bit more when i by my pc. thanks for all he advice guys
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February 18, 2013 8:32:12 AM

Personally, I think SLI/Crossfire is only useful for multiple monitors. Otherwise, a 680 or 7970 will rock any single monitor. Also, dual GPUs might bump you from 80fps to 110fps but who would notice? That's why I recommend planning on one GPU and a 500W PSU unless you want 3 monitors.
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