Please advise on this

I am building my first Desktop PC.

At the moment I chose a Intel I7-3820 (3,6 GHz), ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME, 16 GB Kingston hyper x extreme quad-DDR3 2400 MHz, 120 GB Kingston SSD, Corsair H80 Hydro CPU Cooler.

I am trying to find out if I should go, for this configuration, for 32 GB Kingston DDR3 2400 MHz or stay with the 16 I chose. Also I would like to decide between GTX 670 4GB, GTX 680 2GB and GTX 680 4GB. I do not play alot but I am using a 46" TV as a monitor.

Please advise
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  1. 16 gb is fine....over 8 gigs of ram is overkill for games
    go fro gtx 680 2 gb...2 gigs is fine for a single 1080p display
  2. Best answer
    What is the main purpose for this PC?

    If it is for gaming, that is one thing.
    If it is for app performance, like rendering/editing, that is another.

    Obviously, you have a high budget, but I advise you to save half of it.

    For gaming:
    1. A 46" TV is still only 1080P(1920 x 1080)
    You will get very good graphics performance out of a GTX680.
    But, really, the added 5% performance over a good GTX 670 may not be worth the price premium.
    There is little advantage to 4gb compared to 2gb.
    Read this:
    2. From a cpu point of view, a 3570K with a mild OC to 4.3 is as good as it gets for gaming. Any Z77 based motherboard will do. No need for a enthusiast motherboard which is intended for record seeking competitive overclockers or professional gamers.
    3. I do not advise the use of all on one liquid coolers in anything other than a small form factor case. They are expensive, noisy, and less reliable. In a decent case, they cool no better than a good air cooler. Something like acm hyper212 will do the job. If you want the best, look at noctua NH-D14 or phanteks.
    4. With your budget, I suggest a 240gb ssd. It will hold the os and a bunch of games. The best is currently the samsung 840 pro.
    5. No game, by itself uses more than 2-3gb. But, ram is cheap, and I suggest a 16gb kit of 2 x 8gb.
    DDR3 1600 ram is all you need. Intel cpu's have a very good memory controller, and you will get negligible real performance improvement or fps from faster ram. 1-2% perhaps. Read this:
    6. I suggest a quality psu of perhaps 750W from Seasonic. That will handle any single graphics card you might buy.

    If you will mainly be running cpu bound multi threaded apps then do spend extra on the cpu.
    The best would be a 3930K and a socket 2011 motherboard.
    More reasonably, a 3770K and any Z77 based motherboard.

    If your use is for 64 bit enabled apps like photoshop, then added ram is good, and 32gb might be warranted.
    You will need windows 7 or 8 pro to access >16gb.

    Find a case you love, and spend what you need to on it.
    You will look at it every day.
    If the case holds your motherboard and parts, and has two 120mm intake fans or equivalent, it will do the job.
  3. Ok. Thanx. Here it is:

    - COOLER MASTER CM STORM TROOPER case (not the best but I like it alot)
    - Intel QUAD-CORE I7-3820 (3,6 GXz)
    - ASUS SABERTOOTX X79, 2011 socketed, or RAMPAGE IV EXTREME 2011 socketed
    - 16 GB DDR3 1600MHz. or 16 GB DDR3 2400 MHz
    - 2GB GTX 680 grafic
    - 240GB Kingston Hyperx SSD
    - 1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK sata 6 (7200rpm) (is it necessary to go for 10 000rpm?)
    - Corsair 750w PRO SERIES ups
    - I'l think about the CPU Cooler ( any suggestion for the above CPU?)
    - Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Extreme sound
    - WINDOWS 7 Professional 64Bit SP1 ( completely hate Windows 8)
    - 46" Sharp Aquos HD TV 1080p (as a monitor)

    Would you guys change anything?
    Thank you
  4. Hi Geofelt

    I will be using this PC for games ( a few of them) and watching movies on my video projector.
    I am NOT a performance gamer. Just want a good quality pc I can use for any media.
  5. Then everything geofelt said applies. The components above are complete overkill for even a very good gaming setup. The system in my sig was $1300 and runs like a champ.

    I'd recommend a standalone Blu-ray player for movie watching on the projector (of course if it's 1080).
  6. Hi guys

    What do you think about this cooler for my above cpu?

    CNPS12X Ultimate Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler from Zalman

  7. I think I should go for this cpu cooler for my desktop:

    Thermaltake Frio Extreme Socket 2011

    Who knows what about this thermaltake?
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