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Upcoming First Time Gaming Build

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February 26, 2013 5:00:56 PM

Hello all,

First time posting, long time lurker. I recently had some income resources free up and decided to up my computer system. Back in 2009 I purchased an Alienware Aurora R1 with the following specs: Intel i7 920 2.67 (factory overclocked to 3.2) - 12g 1033mhz RAM - Single GTX295 - 525 PSU - 1tb HD. I recently decided to upgrade a few things to extend the computer's life. I added a dell factory 875 watt psu, Samsung 840 512g SSD, and two Gigabyte GTX670 in SLI. I had to tear out a bunch of panels in order to get the GPUs in. The fit is so tight, it make me uncomfortable with potential overheating.

I know the motherboard/cpu is bottle-necking my newer components and decided I will give building my first PC a try. The main use for this computer will be 90% gaming (Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, etc.) (Currently running a 23' single monitor @ 1080, will upgrade to a single 27inch 1440 in the future). Will also do some blu-ray burning, photo and video editing on a non-professional level.

This is a list of components on the new build I am thinking of:
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011012-WW)​
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply with Modular Cables (RS850-AMBAJ3-U​S)
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K
CPU Cooler: Noctua for Intel LGA 1155, 6 Heatpipe 2x140mm
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600​C9B
(Already Owned) GPU: Gigabyte Windforce GTX670's in SLI
(Already Owned) SSD: Samsung 840 512g
(Already Owned) HDD: 1 TB Seagate internal and 3 TB WD external.

I mulled over the I7 3930k and compatible mb for a long time but decided the 3770k will be better for my needs. I plan to do some light overclocking on the 3770k (4.5ghz max). Does anyone have any advice about the chosen components for this build and any suggestions?

Thanks,
Chris

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February 26, 2013 5:38:40 PM

Since you are 90% gaming and non-professional video editing, get a 3570k but if you have the money go for i7 nothing bad. 16gb is too much for a computer of your needs. This is a beast computer you already listed out, there are specs that oyu could decrease your cost such as 750W 8gb ram, 3570k but its a top end pc.
February 26, 2013 5:53:57 PM

pete123edgar said:
Since you are 90% gaming and non-professional video editing, get a 3570k but if you have the money go for i7 nothing bad. 16gb is too much for a computer of your needs. This is a beast computer you already listed out, there are specs that oyu could decrease your cost such as 750W 8gb ram, 3570k but its a top end pc.



Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't think the 750w would be sufficient with dual gtx670 and an overclocked 3770k. I guess I am paranoid since I had to upgrade my last psu since I didn't get high enough wattage the first time. I guess it also make sense since GPUs and CPU are becoming more and more efficient these days.
February 26, 2013 5:57:51 PM

Also, are any of you guys running Windows 8 and what are your general thoughts? I am currently running windows 7 and thought I might upgrade to 8 with the new build.
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