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Aright so I am building myself a gaming rig. Please take into consideration that about 2 weeks ago I didn't know crap about how to build a PC... Lets just say that I have been reading and learning non-stop from forums/youtube/articles ect. I am just a guy that is making the leap from console gaming to PC gaming since money is less of an issue atm.


So these components have arrived or are being shipped to me right now. All I'm missing so far is a CPU and a GPU. I registered my rig on my profile but I'll add it here in a spoiler in case it didn't work:
SlightlyBetterThenAToaster Box (Click to show)

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

PSU + CASE:
-CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR8182&vpn=ST2000DM001&manufacture=SEAGATE

DVDR: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
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CPU FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
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Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 20000:1 2MS VGA DVI HDMI Speakers


So basically I want to know a few things. First, should I get the GTX 680 or get the Radeon HD 7970? Any manufacturer in particular should I look for? I would prefer to run on a single high end GPU card to avoid complications with SLI/Crossfire and on top of that give me an option to upgrade later on.

Now for the CPU, I will most likely be waiting for the Ivy Bridge i5-3570K. Do you guys think this CPU will be more then enough to handle all my gaming needs or would the i7-3770K be a better choice for only 100$ more?


If you guys spot any problems that might occur on my build or helpful hints be sure that I will read your posts. Any links or videos might be helpful I usually bookmark it. I have lost count of the number of hours I've spent researching and learning on building PC's in only 2 weeks lol. Thanks a lot in advance guys.
Edited by Perfectly Naded - 3/19/12 at 11:02pm
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In my opinion your best bet for price/performance is Ivy bridge i5, iirc testing shows that i7 has pretty much 0 difference while gaming only impacts other things like intense video editing
And whatnot, if your going to be running eyefinity/surround I would recommend HD7970, can play 5760x1080 max on most games, if your just going to be running at 1080p I would say a GTX 680 is probably a better bet, mainly because I am an nvidia fanboy but they normally run faster at 1080p than radeon cards. If you go with the GTX 680 I would for sure go with EVGA, their customer service is top notch, if you want the best stock cooler though it's hands down the MSI series cards.

Hope you find something in here useful. Goodluck with the build, if you anything like most of us here you will be running a custom waterloop for max performance in no time.

Edit: Noticed you have the Hyper 212 Evo, I have the Hyper 212+ and I love it, only thing I would suggest though is possibly getting aftermarket fans for better noise control and possibly higher CFM. PM me if you have any questions
Edited by Twitt - 3/20/12 at 1:24am
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Well for the sound I have a pair of Turtle Beach X31 headset that I already have with the needed adapter for PC usage. I do have a 100$ gift card from future shop coming my way from my visa point rewards so I might get some decent sound system, idk yet.

I'm really tempted to just pick up a i5-2550k or i7-2600k since these 680 cards are starting to pop here and there over the web. I think Ivy Bridge is only coming at the very end of April if I'm not mistaking. Patience might be an issue lol.
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680GTX+3570k
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