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post #1 of 28
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Hi,
I'm going to make a gaming pc sometime around the Ivy Bridge launch this year. I have made a components list but i'm thinking about putting in some water cooling as I have some more room left in budget. Also I'm waiting for NVidia's 6xx series to come out (I'm aware of the 680). I'm also open to any AMD/ATI gfx cards. Lastly would I need to change my power supply for water cooling?

Here is the parts list;
  • Processor: Intel i5 3570k $211
  • Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 $168
  • Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws-X CL11 8GB 2133mhz $69
  • Graphics Card: ?
  • Solid State Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB $155
  • Optical Drive: Samsung Dvd $19
  • Power Supply: Corsair Hx 650w $134
  • Cooling; ?Snorkle.gif
  • Case: NZXT Phantom Black $177

P.S Budget is around $1300
post #2 of 28
2133 MHz is a waste of $. You won't see any real-world benefits.
post #3 of 28
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What would you recommend thanks for the sugestion! biggrin.gif
post #4 of 28
1600mhz cas9 1.5v RAM

it's only a tiny benefit over 1333mhz RAM (where Sandy Bridge is most comfortable), but it's also a tiny $ increase. Intel systems, AFAIK unlike AMD, just don't benefit much from snappy RAM. Hell, the non-overclocking boards aren't even rated for higher than 1333mhz.

Also, your power supply seems like overkill. You could go for a nice 500w system based on what's on sale at that time (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Capstone, etc).

I would suggest upgrading your SSD. Sandforce gen2 is... meh. Still rumored to have some rare problems. Currently the 'reliable' high-end brands are Intel 520, Samsung 830, Crucial M4, Plextor... m3? I can't remember the plextor series name. Marvel controller, pretty much just like the m4.

As for cooling, go for an air cooler unless your case is tiny or something. Better $ per performance, better decibels per performance, good performance period. If you want to spend extra, get a high-performing quiet cooler like Thermalright Silver Arrow/Archon or Noctua NH-D14. Assuming you were thinking about a closed loop water system. To me that's just spending money 'cause you like the Corsair logo. And you still have to buy replacement fans so that the thing doesn't sound like a jet engine.

Then again, maybe you were thinking about a custom water loop.

Graphics card will depend more on your resolution than anything else, I would think. If you have a normal 1920x1080 monitor, then just get a 7870, save some money and take a girl out instead of blowing the extra on a 680. There are only so many pixels to push for a 1920x1080 monitor.
Edited by MisterFred - 4/7/12 at 9:17pm
    
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Thanks for the reply biggrin.gif. I might stick with the HX 650w as i'm planning to overclock the processor when I get it to around 4.5ghz. Also would the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo be good for that. I don't really have room for a 7870 but I can get a 7850 2gb? Also they only have the 520 120gb and crucial m4 at the store i'm using so which one would you recommend 520 120gb vs M4 128gb? Also for ram what would you recommend out of these four ram kits?
  1. 8GB KIT 1600 (4GB x 2) KINGSTON HYPER-X $54
  2. 8GB KIT 1600 (4GB x 2) KINGSTON HYPER-X T1 $57
  3. 8GB KIT 1600 (4GB x 2) G.SKILL RIPJAWS-X $52
  4. 8GB KIT 1600 (4GB x 2) G.SKILL Sniper $54
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Yes, EVO should be stable at 4.5GHz.
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post #8 of 28
Between the Intel 520 & the Crucial m4, I'd get whatever's cheaper. If they're the same price, probably the Intel. 500w of a reliable PSU is more than enough to overclock that. Heck, 400w would be enough. You only need more if you're planning to add a second GPU at some point for crossfire (not really recommended). The 7850 would be an excellent choice in GPU - it'll do great. I mostly suggested the 7870 as a 'budget' alternative since I misunderstood you were considering a $500 680.

The Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo will managed a moderate overclock easy peasy. Not quite as quiet as the high-end air coolers, or so I'm told, but great temperature-wise. Those RAM kits all look expensive - are you in the US? Could find cheaper on Newegg. As for those 4 kits, I'd avoid the Kingston kits, only because most (not all) versions of hyper-x are rated at 1.65v power draw rather than 1.5v (a little better). Between the g.skills, get whichever has shorter/less ostentatious heatspreaders. (Less likely to get in the way of heatsinks/be ridiculous.)
    
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post #9 of 28
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I'm in AU so prices are a bit higher for ram madsmiley.png anyway decided to go for intel ssd here is the updated build and here is site i'm using http://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf biggrin.gif
  • Processor: Intel i5 3570k $211
  • Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 $168
  • Ram: 8GB KIT 1600 (4GB x 2) G.SKILL Sniper $54
  • Graphics Card: 7850 2GB POWERCOLOR $274
  • Solid State Drive: INTEL 520 120GB $192
  • Optical Drive: Samsung Dvd $19
  • Power Supply: Corsair Hx 650w $134
  • Cooling: COOLERMASTER HYPER 212 EVO $39
  • Case: NZXT Phantom Black $177
    Total: $1268

Anything you would change if so I have linked the website I used so that is what I can use.
Edited by hammcfrl - 4/8/12 at 12:02am
post #10 of 28
Hmm. Looking at that list, it seems like average/competitive pricing for down under. For power supplies I'd get the Antec Earthwatts 500 (note, at least in the states Earthwatts PSUs don't come with power cables, so you'll need to pick one up for $2-3 if you don't have one lying around). After that, probably the Antec Neo Eco 620w. They seem relatively cheap for being just as high quality as the seasonic/corsiars. Actually, if memory serves, the Antecs and the Corsairs are both re-branded Seasonics... the neo eco 620w and the corsair hx 650w and the Seasonic s12II 620w are probably pretty close to the same power supply.

Prices on air coolers are about the same as here. As usual, the various coolermaster 212 versions just laugh all over everything else in terms of cost-efficiency. Coolermaster really should raise prices, haha.

Most people buy cases based on looks. I'm assuming that's the case here. Phantom's a good case (obviously, for the $...) Otherwise, I'd probably be looking at the haf 912, the fractal design r3 or the Antec 280, depending on the level of sound dampening/savings I wanted. Edit: Actually, the Sonata III case is a better budget option than the haf 912 - it comes with its own Antec power supply (the two power supplies I recommended are the same as the ones in the Sonatas, heh). *** cases that come with their own power supply that doesn't suck...

Looks like you're pretty set on the build overall.

P.S. Except hard drive, but I assumed you were moving that over.
Edited by MisterFred - 4/7/12 at 10:52pm
    
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