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Hi everyone, i'm planning on building a new gaming pc within the next month or two. My main uses for this PC would be watching 1080p movies, multitasking (having up to 30 tabs open in Firefox at once w/ background apps running. And most importantly for games such as Skyrim, BF3 on Ultra settings. Im hoping to future proof this PC as much as possible for future upgrades. My budget for this build is around $1400CAD. I did not include a video card in my shopping list as i am planning to just use my current (Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 6950 (6950PE52G) 2048MB PCIe x16 Gen 2.1) into this new build. Here is my shopping list.


Memory: Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Z68 LGA1155 mATX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 SLI CrossFireX HDMI SATA3 Motherboard

Heatsink:Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance CPU Cooler System LGA1366 2011 1156 AM2 AM3

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Regular Price: $149.99

HDD:Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 Intelli Power 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB USB3.0 1394 Fan Ctrl No PS

Im still debating between these two PSUs:

• XFX 1000W PRO1000W Ltd Black Edition Single Rail 12V 83A 24PIN ATX Full Modular 80PLUS Platinum PSU

• Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 CMPSU-850AX 850W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply


I am still in the primary stages of planning and looking into alternative that may be better suited to my needs. It would be great if i could get suggestions to improve this build while staying within my current price range.
post #2 of 18
Depends on exactly what you plan to upgrade later on, but I'd say the CPU and Mobo are both overkill, You can probably get by with a 2500K. The I7 would be nice, but its not needed. The Mobo you picked is an awesome board, but you would be fine with something half that price like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790. It'll allow you to add another video card in the future and it will OC just fine. Hey, if you've got the money to spend, get the one you want, but its really overkill, IMO. Between the two, you can trim $300 of your budget and not notice any hit in performance.

I'd go with the 850W PSU, unless you plan on going quad SLI in the future, 850 is all you will ever need.
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why such a large case for an matx mobo? not seeing the need for more than a 650w power supply either. unless your planning crossfire down the road.
Edited by toyz72 - 3/18/12 at 8:02pm
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post #4 of 18
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The mobo you suggested was also one of the ones i was looking at when choosing the mobo. I initially looked at the (Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3), (Asus SABERTOOTH P67) and (Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3) which you suggested. All three of these are approximately in the same ~$200 and under when its on sale. considering how these three are in the same price range, is it best to go with the Asus Maximus IV as it is an matx mobo?

Re: toyz72
I was also having some trouble choosing a case that would fit the Corsair H100 with a push/pull config, any suggestions?
post #5 of 18
whats your total budget ??? and what are the thing that you want in your rig i mean a must in your rig that you think ?? it can be the case the HSF or the HDD,SSD size ,etc ?
post #6 of 18
if your building for the next month or two, wait for the ivy bridge platform the i5 3570K, & a z77 motherboard... since this is a new build, there coming this late april this year,
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post #7 of 18
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Sorry if i wasn't specific eneough with my wording, but my budget for this PC is approximately $1400 CAD. I think i am pretty much set on the Corsair H100 as the cooling for the cpu, if necessary i may get additional fans to mount on the case. This would mean the choices for cases may be limited which i found here.

-HDD isnt too important for me but it just needs to be at least 1TB of storage space
-SSD needs to be around the 120GB mark since anything over may be over my budget for an SSD
-for memory would 16gigs be overkill? of would 8gigs (2gb x 4) be fine?

I would also want some room for future upgrades maybe run video cards in crossfire?
post #8 of 18
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 for future dual-gpu
2600k i guess
8GB of Samsung RAM is plenty..It clocks wonderfully...
Crucial m4 128 on the ssd
You could save some coin if you get a psu like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256067
 
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post #9 of 18
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xnuw im probably going to that your advise and may get the i5 3570K when it comes out and z77 ASUS Maximus V Gene Z77 depending on its pricing. For the casing im also considering the Cooler Master HAF 932 since it fits the Corsair H100 and with better air flow and at a lower price. Thoughts?
post #10 of 18
better and you get the latest one a real 2012 build
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