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post #11 of 80
IMO switch to the Noctua NH-D14. It's much quieter than the H100 and the cooling isn't far off. Cheaper too. As far as case goes... I'd go with a HAF 922. IMO it's the best midtower you can get. Nice amount of room, and you can add in additional fans as well.
Edited by vikingsteve - 4/17/12 at 9:56pm
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Originally Posted by vikingsteve View Post

IMO switch to the Noctua NH-D14. It's much quieter than the H100 and the cooling isn't far off. Cheaper too. As far as case goes... I'd go with a HAF 922. IMO it's the best midtower you can get. Nice amount of room, and you can add in additional fans as well.

The CM HAF 922 is a nice case too. One of my friends own it and it's well made but I just don't really like how it looks. I like more sleek cases the HAF is more industrial looking if that's makes any sense.
post #13 of 80
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Originally Posted by UltraHoboLord View Post

The CM HAF 922 is a nice case too. One of my friends own it and it's well made but I just don't really like how it looks. I like more sleek cases the HAF is more industrial looking if that's makes any sense.

Yeah I know what you mean.
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Originally Posted by UltraHoboLord View Post

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: XSPC Rasa 750 Water Cooling Kit ($129.99 @ FrozenCPU)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($387.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 800W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply:  Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hope this helped thumb.gif

Wow, thanks. That's very helpful. I am on the same page as you with the CPU, Cooler, SSD, GPU, and Optical Drive. I've been checking out that NZXT case as well, I do like it, but I'm not one for shiny black finishes. I am a fan of the G.Skill memory, I might go with their Sniper Memory. I don't trust ASRock motherboards yet, I'm an Asus and Gigabyte fan. Never had any problems with those two brands, don't have any history with ASRock.

Just another week until the IB launch, so I'll be making a purchase here soon.
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Originally Posted by UltraHoboLord View Post

The CM HAF 922 is a nice case too. One of my friends own it and it's well made but I just don't really like how it looks. I like more sleek cases the HAF is more industrial looking if that's makes any sense.

I agree, I like the plain style of the 800D and 650D. I was also checking out a couple Lian Li and NZXT cases. I just want something roomy, not too flashy, water cooling friendly, sturdy, and black inside.
post #15 of 80
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
If you do not have any interest in a custom loop. the difference between the H80 and H100 is minimal. BUT, You will get much better temps with a RASA kit or any custom WC loop.

Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
You should really grab this memory, they are very overclock friendly and have been known to OC to 2400MHz+.

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Adorama)
128GB SSD, A great SSD, you can put a couple of commonly used applications to eliminate load times.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
You should be getting a top of the line card with your budget. a $1500 rig can fit the best single card out on the market with ease.

Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($162.49 @ Amazon)
Because you said you wanted it tongue.gif
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($162.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1393.82
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post #16 of 80
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Wow, thanks. That's very helpful. I am on the same page as you with the CPU, Cooler, SSD, GPU, and Optical Drive. I've been checking out that NZXT case as well, I do like it, but I'm not one for shiny black finishes. I am a fan of the G.Skill memory, I might go with their Sniper Memory. I don't trust ASRock motherboards yet, I'm an Asus and Gigabyte fan. Never had any problems with those two brands, don't have any history with ASRock.
Just another week until the IB launch, so I'll be making a purchase here soon.

I agree, I like the plain style of the 800D and 650D. I was also checking out a couple Lian Li and NZXT cases. I just want something roomy, not too flashy, water cooling friendly, sturdy, and black inside.

ASUS and ASRock are the same. ASRock is just a cost/performance branch of Asustek so if basically you already have history thumb.gif. Sniper memory is fine, My friend owned 4gb x 2 kit and shocked one of them lachen.gif. They perform well though. The Switch 810 is probably the best WC case and it has a lot of space.
post #17 of 80
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Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
If you do not have any interest in a custom loop. the difference between the H80 and H100 is minimal. BUT, You will get much better temps with a RASA kit or any custom WC loop.
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
You should really grab this memory, they are very overclock friendly and have been known to OC to 2400MHz+.
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Adorama)
128GB SSD, A great SSD, you can put a couple of commonly used applications to eliminate load times.
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
You should be getting a top of the line card with your budget. a $1500 rig can fit the best single card out on the market with ease.
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($162.49 @ Amazon)
Because you said you wanted it tongue.gifFull Build (Click to show)
Part list permalink
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($162.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1393.82

Just joined the site because I am also looking to build a nice gaming rig to upgrade from an i3 machine I have. what about waiting until the 23rd I think it is and buying an ivybridge 3770k it is compatible with that motherboard I am guessing (1155 Z77 chipset). and what are the thoughts on a Radeon 7850 video card I seem to see alot of talk about it on the net and it's half the price of that card.
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post #18 of 80
here is what i came up with i guess its much of what you must be looking at biggrin.gif so here it goes
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)

Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)

Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($118.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1336.35

and that leaves us with plenty of space for XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit 130$ so the

GRAND TOTAL : $1466.34 Shipped and before MIR biggrin.gif


Hope you like it thumb.gif
post #19 of 80
or something like this not exactly sure if its of your taste but just a option
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($121.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.95 @ B&H)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1518.88 Shipped


Any comments ????
post #20 of 80
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Originally Posted by HardwareDecoder View Post

Just joined the site because I am also looking to build a nice gaming rig to upgrade from an i3 machine I have. what about waiting until the 23rd I think it is and buying an ivybridge 3770k it is compatible with that motherboard I am guessing (1155 Z77 chipset). and what are the thoughts on a Radeon 7850 video card I seem to see alot of talk about it on the net and it's half the price of that card.

Yeah, I am waiting until the Ivy Bridge i5-3570K launches in 2 days before making a purchase. It's stupid not to. If it launches and is superior for the same price, win. If it launches and sucks, it'll knock the price of the 2500K down, win.

The 7850 is a pretty impressive video card, I just want to get the best of the best if I'm going to be spending in the $1500 ballpark. It's not like the rest of the build is lackluster, it's a pretty sweet rig and the GTX680 would be the showpiece.
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