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Building my new gaming PC - opinions/tips appreciated

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April 21, 2013 4:42:45 PM

Hi.

I am currently in the state of building myself a new PC. The main purpose of the PC is gaming, and I would like a system that will be able to handle all games in maximum/high settings without any problems for the next couple of years. My budget is ~1400$.

This is my first time ever building a PC on my own, and my knowledge about this is fairly limited, so I would like to know your opinions about my build. I have based my choices from what I have read in reviews online, combined with what I felt would be nessecary.

Here is the build I've come up with:

Case:
Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263

or

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
Link: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=49226

Power supply:
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z77-V LK
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

CPU:
Intel Core i5 3570K
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

CPU cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Graphics card:
MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675

Storage:
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
SSD: Kingston SSDNow v300 120GB
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820721107

Memory:
Kingston HyperX blu 8GB 1600 MHz CL10
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

I've also picked out the parts on "pcpartpicker.com" for a better overview. Here's a link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Sc1Z

So, what do you guys think? Will this build be able to handle upcoming games in high/maximum settings for the next couple of years?
And any tips on what case I should choose? Which one would you prefer?

Any opinions, suggestions and tips are very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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April 21, 2013 4:48:04 PM

Great build, but get 2 RAM sticks of 4GB.
a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2013 4:51:36 PM

Make sure you pick out the 3570k bundle when buying the CPU and board.

Also, your PSU is overkill for your system, consider a CORSAIR CX600M instead.

Everything else looks good. Although, if your are only playing at 1080P, consider downgrading to a 660 Ti

Lastly, switch the ram to Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

This would be my recommended build:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1047.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

1440P build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($254.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($254.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($116.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1329.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 21, 2013 5:16:51 PM

Do not listen to slowsho, the GTX 670 is great for all resolutions, especially 1080p.
April 21, 2013 5:26:33 PM

Thanks for your replies guys.

I will definitely downgrade my PSU then.

What is the reason you would go with 2x4GB RAM instead of 1x8GB?

I think that running 660Ti SLI would be a bit of an overkill, I will however consider downgrading the 670 to a single 660Ti, as from what I can read in reviews they perform almost equal in tests.

Thanks again for taking your time to answer!
a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2013 5:31:05 PM

ballerslife said:
Do not listen to slowsho, the GTX 670 is great for all resolutions, especially 1080p.









At $100 more than the 660 Ti, there really isn't any point in picking up a GTX 670 for 1080P. You are better off going with a 7950 or 7970 if you are playing a title that requires extra GPU power.
a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2013 5:36:32 PM

loomz said:
Thanks for your replies guys.

I will definitely downgrade my PSU then.

What is the reason you would go with 2x4GB RAM instead of 1x8GB?

I think that running 660Ti SLI would be a bit of an overkill, I will however consider downgrading the 670 to a single 660Ti, as from what I can read in reviews they perform almost equal in tests.

Thanks again for taking your time to answer!


Your ram is high voltage. The one I recommended is a much better choice. Also, you want 2x 4gb over a single stick is due to the performance increase realized by using dual channel over single channel. 660 Ti SLI is overkill for 1080P :)  but worth considering for a multi-monitor setup or if you pickup a higher resolution screen.

Also, if you think you may add a 2nd card down the line, the 750W PSU would come in handy :) 
April 21, 2013 6:34:04 PM

slomo4sho said:
loomz said:
Thanks for your replies guys.

I will definitely downgrade my PSU then.

What is the reason you would go with 2x4GB RAM instead of 1x8GB?

I think that running 660Ti SLI would be a bit of an overkill, I will however consider downgrading the 670 to a single 660Ti, as from what I can read in reviews they perform almost equal in tests.

Thanks again for taking your time to answer!


Your ram is high voltage. The one I recommended is a much better choice. Also, you want 2x 4gb over a single stick is due to the performance increase realized by using dual channel over single channel. 660 Ti SLI is overkill for 1080P :)  but worth considering for a multi-monitor setup or if you pickup a higher resolution screen.

Also, if you think you may add a 2nd card down the line, the 750W PSU would come in handy :) 


Cool, thanks. I'll go with the 2x 4GB RAM instead.

I guess you're right about the PSU, probably worth spending some extra bucks on a 750W now, rather than having to actually replace the PSU if I choose to add a second card some day.
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