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February 18, 2013 5:57:18 AM

Hi all!

I am planning on building a new desktop gaming pc in the coming months. I'm new to building computers, and the only questions I can't answer myself is if everything is compatible in my build, and if the components that I have chosen will bottleneck the video card etc. I was aiming for about a 2000$ limit not including the monitor, key board etc. for a computer that would last with minimal mods for the next couple of years.

Here's the spec list:

Tower: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770S

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Video Card (!!!): ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

The total price came out to $1,896.89 all in, which is great so I have some wiggle room if anything need to be change.

If anything needs to be changed because of compatibility or bottle neck issues, could you send me the Newegg link of whatever component it is, if it's not to much trouble. All this stuff looks the same to me so this would be great!

Thanks in advance for your time, and any advice and input will be much appreciated :) 

















February 18, 2013 6:50:12 AM

Hi, get the i5-3570k if you are planning on gaming, ht wont be utilize which will be a $100 waste. Its fine getting an i7 if you like but get the k version if you plan on oc. Choose a z77 motherboards, why the old chipset? I recommend a 850w could go for corsair brand. you wont need 4gb gpu, its just a waste really. Cutting down your cost for the gpu,cpu. You could get a better psu or ssd or simply buy a second gpu and sli it. Sorry I cant display my reply nicely, typing on a phone while on bus.
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February 18, 2013 7:17:11 AM

4gb GPU is good if you want to play 2-3 monitors,but if you want to play only on 1080p gtx 680 2gb is more then enough,hell its a probably best single gpu now.
VRAM for GPU isnt first thing you should look(of course also not the last).
Like pete123 said i5-3570k for gaming(or non K if you dont want overclock),3770 is more for video editing etc as it uses hyperthreading(for now games are not using it but for next gen gaming..who knows)
If you're going for 16gb RAM,go for 8x2 slots not 4x4,for possible future upgrades of more 2 slots with 8gb.
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February 18, 2013 7:34:37 AM

Looking at that CPU cooler, looks like you want to overclock. If you don't, the stock cooler that comes with the CPU is more than enough.

If you do plan to OC, you'd need a CPU with the K suffix, ie: i5 3570k.

The i5 3570k is sufficient, we don't need i7's hyperthreading for gaming unless you plan to do some form of rendering.

You only need 8GB worth of RAM for gaming, 4GB is actually enough. DDR3 1600 is enough, going higher is not worth it, performance gained is very small.

I don't see the point of Windows Ultimate, save some money and just get Home.

With all that saving, you can go add another GPU. I don't think you need a 4GB GPU unless you are planning to render stuff, if you do, then your choices make sense.
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February 18, 2013 3:56:35 PM

So after reading your guys advice, I went ahead and changed the os to windows 7 home, the motherboard to a z77 motherboard, changed the power supple to 850w, the processor to one with a k at the end and 2x8 instead of 4x4 for the ram. I guess that I should have said this before, but I do edit videos as well which is why I went for an i7. I do plan on oc my cpu I just didn't know about the k (I'm a noob what can I say)

Here are the new specs I've changed:

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

I'm staying with 16gb of ram simply because it's one less thing I'll need to change once gaming becomes more demanding. I still need to know if everything is compatible and if there will be any bottle necking issues? And thanks again for your input!
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February 18, 2013 4:04:25 PM

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 Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.13 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($390.04 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1349.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 13:03 EST-0500)

All you really need right now. You can add on more RAM in like 2 years maybe. Don't know if you want to OC or not, so I just threw in a CPU Cooler.
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February 18, 2013 7:28:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/En5i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/En5i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/En5i/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($296.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.13 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($553.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($174.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1666.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 16:23 EST-0500)

Like I said before I would like to stick with i7 and 16gb of ram. I wanna stay with an 850w power supply just to be on the safe side for if/when i add another video card. My main concern at the moment is still need to know if everything is compatible and if there will be any bottle necking issues
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February 18, 2013 9:07:06 PM

Simon_93 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/En5i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/En5i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/En5i/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($296.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.13 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($553.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($174.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1666.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 16:23 EST-0500)

Like I said before I would like to stick with i7 and 16gb of ram. I wanna stay with an 850w power supply just to be on the safe side for if/when i add another video card. My main concern at the moment is still need to know if everything is compatible and if there will be any bottle necking issues


Again, I'm super heavy on the i5 side. You don't need an i7 at all. It may be years and years before games utilize the i7s potential. Also, you don't need a 680. Only 5% slower than the 670. Also, OCZ is better imo. Finally, you don't need 850Ws. Even like 650W is enough for 2 way SLI + OC.

No offense, but you're kind of stubborn :p 
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February 18, 2013 9:31:23 PM

SHORYUKEN said:
Again, I'm super heavy on the i5 side. You don't need an i7 at all. It may be years and years before games utilize the i7s potential. Also, you don't need a 680. Only 5% slower than the 670. Also, OCZ is better imo. Finally, you don't need 850Ws. Even like 650W is enough for 2 way SLI + OC.

No offense, but you're kind of stubborn :p 


I went for i7 because I also edit videos on top of gaming and I'll need its rendering capabilities, not to mention I want a computer that is good for now and the future, not only now. I have no idea what a good wattage is so I'll change to 650Ws, I was basing that choice off of what da3ndorphin3 said where he recommended a 850w power supply. I have to admit I am stubborn when it comes to the 680 :3 I want to be able to play Crysis 3 on ultra with high fps and the same for future high-demanding games. If anything I'll change from the 4gb to 2gb but not more then that.

What's OCZ anyways?
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February 19, 2013 5:41:53 AM

OCZ is a brand, I think he refers to OCZ SSD
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February 19, 2013 5:51:26 AM

Here is a better one in my opinion if you want to pay an extra $130 on your orignal parts you picked;
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EuQW
and Simon_93 is right, gtx 680 is a waste, unless you really like benchmark results or something, get a gtx 670 and down the road, sli config 2 gtx 670 and you won't have to worry about latest games.
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February 19, 2013 6:15:39 AM

pete123edgar said:
Here is a better one in my opinion if you want to pay an extra $130 on your orignal parts you picked;
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EuQW
and Simon_93 is right, gtx 680 is a waste, unless you really like benchmark results or something, get a gtx 670 and down the road, sli config 2 gtx 670 and you won't have to worry about latest games.


I'm actually liking this setup, mainly because you used the majority of the parts I chose haha. The only thing I'm unsure of though is the liquid cooling. I know that there's little downside to it, but I'm going to be putting this together myself and I feel that liquid cooling might be a pain to put together (mainly because I haven't really looked into it up till now), but other then that it looks mint!

Since pete123edgar you put this together, and you seem to know what you're talking about, everything is compatible and there won't be any bottle necking issues?
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February 19, 2013 7:36:13 AM

Simon_93 said:
I'm actually liking this setup, mainly because you used the majority of the parts I chose haha. The only thing I'm unsure of though is the liquid cooling. I know that there's little downside to it, but I'm going to be putting this together myself and I feel that liquid cooling might be a pain to put together (mainly because I haven't really looked into it up till now), but other then that it looks mint!

Since pete123edgar you put this together, and you seem to know what you're talking about, everything is compatible and there won't be any bottle necking issues?


Everything is good. The H100 is a closed loop liquid cooler, it's almost maintenance free and installation is easy.

If you are that concerned, you can get these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comparable performance, the best air cooling has to offer.
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February 19, 2013 1:43:25 PM

Solf said:
Everything is good. The H100 is a closed loop liquid cooler, it's almost maintenance free and installation is easy.

If you are that concerned, you can get these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comparable performance, the best air cooling has to offer.


Ok thanks again by the way, and ill look into liquid cooling. One more question though (sorry) I see you went for 4x4gb for the RAM vs. the 2x8gb that I had initially. Is there any reason for this? As in performance differences?
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February 19, 2013 6:01:30 PM

Again, 850W is an overkill. It takes 400W to power this system.
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February 19, 2013 9:18:48 PM

So I took pete123edgar's build and I took what SHORYUKEN had to say about the power supply being overkill and got a 750w instead, I would have gone lower but I get a deal for paring my tower and power supply so I just left it at that. After doing a little research I chose to change to liquid cooling for the clean look and performance.

here's the spec list now:

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1704.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 18:08 EST-0500)

The only question I have at this point is the difference between 4x4gb and 2x8gb of RAM and if there is any performance difference if anything.
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February 19, 2013 11:53:08 PM

To my knowledge(correct me if i am wrong), dual channel is used for bottleneck, the reason I chose 4x4gb is better distributed. Because if you get 2x8gb and wanted to upgrade later, I find that 32gb is too much. Plus getting 850W isn't that bad because if you somehow decide to go for a SLI setup, having extra power is a good thing, its more like a future proof. Getting 750W will be fine too.
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February 20, 2013 2:58:52 PM

That makes sense, but what do I know haha. Now that we've figured out the specs I have a couple questions for the building process. First of all does anyone know ghetto ways to ground yourself? So that you don't short-circuit the hardware.
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