First time builder seeking advice

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week.

Budget Range: <$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com & amazon.com

Location: Richmond, VA (USA)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (Was looking into 3770k), GTX 680 (or whatever offers better performance, however only Nvidia), Corsair Obsidian 800D Case, SSD Boot Drive and 1TB+ Data Drive, Reliable/Fast RAM at least 8GB (is 16GB worth it?), Liquid Cooling?? (I heard it's significantly easier to assemble now compared to before)... and I have no idea for the motherboard, help?

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking for a fast gaming monster and hoping to keep my rig cooled down with optimal airflow. I chose the 800D just because I prefer it's simple look and seems assembler-friendly. I'm open to any suggestions, and bear in mind I am a first time builder, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: New computer.

Thanks ahead of time to anyone offering a helping hand, tomshardware has always had the most helpful community so I figured this place would be my best bet to get quality help.
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  1. wherestheliu said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week.

    Budget Range: <$2000

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

    Are you buying a monitor: No

    Parts to Upgrade: Everything

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com & amazon.com

    Location: Richmond, VA (USA)

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (Was looking into 3770k), GTX 680 (or whatever offers better performance, however only Nvidia), Corsair Obsidian 800D Case, SSD Boot Drive and 1TB+ Data Drive, Reliable/Fast RAM at least 8GB (is 16GB worth it?), Liquid Cooling?? (I heard it's significantly easier to assemble now compared to before)... and I have no idea for the motherboard, help?

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Looking for a fast gaming monster and hoping to keep my rig cooled down with optimal airflow. I chose the 800D just because I prefer it's simple look and seems assembler-friendly. I'm open to any suggestions, and bear in mind I am a first time builder, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: New computer.

    Thanks ahead of time to anyone offering a helping hand, tomshardware has always had the most helpful community so I figured this place would be my best bet to get quality help.


    You don't need the i7. Just go with a i5-3570k.
    I think 8GB is just fine. But you have a higher budget so then you might want to go for it.

    and you should get a 680.
  2. Ah- is the performance difference between the i5/i7 not as significant?
  3. Thanks for the help Noob12, however I was wondering if the CPU cooler you suggested would fit in a mid-ATX tower? I was reading a few reviews regarding the Noctua NH-D14 and a common theme that seemed prevalent among them was the fact that albeit a very effective cooler, was obnoxiously large and difficult to install.
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