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Need some guidance putting together a new gaming computer - I've been told this is the place to find it. thumb.gif

Pretty much building from the ground up. Some pieces I know I want, some pieces I've been told are good, and some I faithfully put in your good hands. smile.gif The only thing I don't think I'll need is an HDD since I usually only install and play one game at a time. So i can live with a decent SSD alone.

As far as the budget goes, It's hard to say. I expect to spend around $2-$3000, but I'd like the machine to properly compliment it's center pieces (GTX 680 and Ivy Bride CPU) Best way to put it is I'd like everything to be relatively as awesome as those two parts.

I may or may not be SLI'ing in the future, but I'd like to build around a single card setup. As far as overclocking... Never say never smile.gif

This is what I know I want:

CPU - Ivy Bridge. As for which one I have no clue. Does anyone know which will be most efficient for gaming? (I only ask since the 2500k was just as good if not better than the 2600k for gaming)

GPU - GTX 680. Not sure which brand. Open to suggestions.

SSD - Vertex 4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233


This is what I've been told I should get. Open to suggestions:

PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016

CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118091

Motherboard - Someone said Z77 was a great choice with IB coming out soon. They recommended Asus, but there are a bunch listed under "asus z77" Wasn't sure which would be best for the build.


This is what I'll for sure be needing help with:

Mouse - Something quiet, and good for gaming. (do these exist?) I game late night, so amongst silence the clicking sound bugs the girlfriend.

Keyboard - Something quiet as well, there was this one I was reading about a while ago with a backlight. It's supposed to be super silent, and feels really good to type on!

Speakers - Best for my buck? I care about sound quality, but I can live without the best.

Ram - Whatever compliments the center of the build.

Dvd drive - People say just pick whatever. True?

Monitor - This is hard. I want something awesome, but i'm not sure i can stomach spending 1k+ on a monitor. Is screen res just personal preference? Or is there one that's usually ideal for gaming. <-- Same with the size of the monitor. 27''? 30''? What will make my GTX 680 shine, without spending $1000+? Also, for giggles - In your opinion, what is THE best gaming monitor out there ($$ aside)

OS - Windows 7? which one should I get?


I think that covers all the parts... If not feel free to add. Thank you all again for your time, and i apologize if it was a loaded post! thumb.gif
Edited by Nannaki - 4/19/12 at 11:37pm

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Alright here we go.

First of all I must address the case. You have awesome tast in hardware, but I think you need something better for a case to put it all in. It must look good too. IMO. Get this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146088

It also comes in black. See the build log in my sig.

GPU= I tend to lean towards EVGA and MSI. They usually cost more, but offer more with the cards. Customer support for both is top notch.

CPU= I am still researching this my self. Gaming usually is not that effected by the CPU as much as people, but it always helps to have a better CPU. I have tended to stick with the i5 as I have not seen a major need for the i7. I think HT will help with gaming though, which only comes with the i7.

SSD= Good

PSU = Good, I might suggest you do a 850 in case you plan to SLI and OC everything. Trust me, you will eventually. biggrin.gif

Cooler = Looks okay, but there are better air cooling options at that price point I think.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016
if you want to start with a water cooling kit. Same price after rebate than what you choose and will work better.

Mobo = Def get the z77. I am not very into ASUS lately. They have really bad cust support. IMO. Here is the z77 version of my z68 board. I love this board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157299

Mouse = there is really no way around them clicking. All the ones I have ever had make plenty of noise.
You want high DPI, but also something that allows you to change on the fly as well. Never thought that would be useful but it is. Here is what I have. You can customize to fit you hand and it has awesome features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826102062

keyboard = There are silent ones out there. You def want a back lit one. I use the Microsoft sidewinder x6. I guess it is not that quite though.

Speakers = if you are trying to be quite, I might suggest you invest in a good head set. Here is what I use.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826158155
It is wireess and has awesome sound and surround 3D effects too.

For actual speakers, I have always been partial to the Logitech big boys.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121050
Just freaking awesome.

RAM = This is like discussing religion. Everyone has a different opinion. Most people like the Corsair or G.Skill. I like Kingston, but find it a little pricy. I am using the G.Skill rip jaws. I would suggest you at least get the 1600 MHZ speed, or higher, RAM. REally don't need more than 8 gigs. Get 2 x 4 GB. Try to keep from getting 4 sticks of RAM. That may cause stability issues if you OC down the road.

DVD = I suggest getting one of the LG ones. About 17 - 22 bucks. Most people get the Liteon, but I have bad luck with them.

Monitor = LED 22 inches or above. At least 1080p resolution with HDMI connection.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236176&cm_sp=Cat_Monitors-_-Hot_Item-_-24-236-176
for the price this is decent.

Windows = 64 bit ultimate. Seems to be able to do it all.

Hope this helps!!! Have fun is the most important advise I can give you. biggrin.gif
Edited by selluminis - 4/20/12 at 12:40am
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$2500 Nvidia Surround Gaming Rig (Click to show)
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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 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2467.71

CPU: Grab the ivy equivalent of the 2500K. But personally I would wait on this, and not jump the gun, since you might be better of grabbing the 2500K. Wait for the benchmarks and overclocking results. I have heard that ivy runs hot.
CPU Cooler: H80 is a great cooler, I love mine. You could always do a custom loop with a RASA kit if you are feeling adventurous. wink.gif
Motherboard: Z77 or Z68 (gen3), it doesnt matter. But the Extreme6 Z77 is an AMAZING board.
RAM: This samsung RAM has been known to do 2400MHz+
SSD: Personally, I can not recommend you get the Vertex 4, I have no idea if it is more reliable than the vertex 3s. Hopefully it is, but the Vertex 3s were just not reliable enough imo. I would go with an Crucial M4 or Samsung 830.
Case: You really should be looking at a full tower case imho
GPU(s): EVGA have amazing warranties, but since the GTX 680s were JUST released and they are all reference right now, you are looking for a card with a good warranty. I put two in the build since the budget permits it.
PSU: The PSU in the OP is fine, and is VERY good. But a TX750 will power SLI 680s with no problem.
Monitor(s): Again, this is personal preference, but I LOVE my triple monitor setup. It will be showing you how much your SLI 680s SHINE.
OS: Usually Home Premium 64-bit will be enough. It is enough for a gamer or normal user, if you don't know about what features you get with Pro, you probably do not need them thumb.gif The only feature I use in pro is the ability to run applications in XP mode, which I hardly ever use and haven't used for months.

This leaves you with $500 for a mouse, keyboard and speakers. What sort of games will you be playing?
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CPU - Probably the 3570k. If I remember right, that will be the Ivy equivelant of the 2500k.
GPU - GTX 680, eh? I'm a big fan of EVGA. Great graphics products, awesome customer support + warranties.
SSD - I'm very partial to my Corsair Force GT 120gb drive. I get the rated speeds (555/535 or something), and it's never given me trouble. Therefore I can't really help but recommend it.
Case - That HAF 912 that you posted isn't worthy of all the nice stuff you're putting in here. I'd a Phantom, or a 650D/800D, or something along those lines. There are tons and tons of great case options. What exactly are you looking for in one? Flashy LEDs and stuff, or a stylish, low-key Lian Li kind of look?
PSU - Yeah the AX750 is probably fine. There are good (cheaper) options from Seasonic, Silverstone, PC Power and Cooling, etc. that you might want to look into, too.
CPU Cooler - The CNPS is proably fine, if not a little pricey.
Motherboard - If you're looking for Z77, grab the Sabertooth or ASRock Professional.
Mouse - I don't honestly know enough about mice to recommend you a quiet one
Keyboard - My Sidewinder X4 is pretty quiet, and I like how the keys feel. It's backlit, too. Beyond that I can't help much with keyboards either.
Speakers - As for speakers, check out OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products. Tomshardware also has a nice review of some 2.1 speaker sets.
Ram - Meh... you have lots of options. If you're OCD you may opt to go for a 4x4gb set just to fill up the DIMMs, but considering doing so will only set you back $85-95 nowadays, why not? G.Skill, Geil, and Corsair all sell great RAM.
Dvd drive - Yeah, pretty much go with whatever has the best reviews.
Monitor - You have a few options here, I guess. You can get a 1080p IPS 60Hz, a 1080p/1200p 120Hz monitor, or you can drop $300-450 on a Korean 2560x1440 27" IPS monitor.
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is all you need, as someone aslready mentioned.
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Wow, thanks for the replies!

So after reading your responses, I've revised the list a little bit and have a couple more questions.

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

GPU - (EVGA GTX 680) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

SSD - (Crucial M4) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

CPU Fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

MoBo - (Asrock Z77) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157299

Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&Tpk

OS - (Win 7 Home) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

CPU - The 2500k equivalent Ivy Bridge, or depending on reviews and such, Possibly the 2500k itself.

Still have a few more questions if I may:

PSU - Everyone seemed to be OK with the PSU I listed, but said I could either get something equivalent for cheaper, or should even consider maybe going up to 800 or so for future OC'ing and SLI possibilities. Should I go more? Is too much power detrimental? Thanks!

Monitor - Ok, so I've decided to go either 24'' or 30'', single monitor setup. Between the two, which would compliment the 680 more so than the other? I've buckled and may spend up to ~$1000 dollars on the monitor alone, as to fully appreciate the 680. Any Suggestions for a Mid-to-high end monitor? Should I go 24'' or 30''? (only getting a single 680 for the time being, if that helps)
How important is response time and contrast ratio when selecting an ideal gaming monitor? I have no idea how to properly shop for one. Thanks!

Speakers - Saw some pretty nice suggestions for speakers above, which unfortunately (for me), got me started with Sound cards and headphones. More suggestions for speakers are welcome, I may pick from some of the above.

Sound Card - Been searching online for the past hour or two trying to figure this out. Looks like I could use a little help, lol.
I found a couple - Essence STX (which a lot of people complained about due to some high pitch screaming that would randomly occur) And the X-Fi Titanium / X-Fi Titanium HD.
Upon looking at some of the speaker setups above, i realized how important quality sound would be for immersive gameplay.
Could really use some help on this one, should I pick between the above 3, or should i pick something else entirely? Mid-to-high range(suggestions?)

Headphones - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826158155 - recommended above^ Has some pretty good reviews. I also ran across the Ultrasone Pro series of headphones (550 seems popular) Able to compare these two? Which Ultrasone pro model would most compliment the soundcard?

Sorry for the loaded post (Really, I feel like I'm jamming too much in here) I really do appreciate all the help guys. Thanks to the posters above for the help as well!thumb.gif
Edited by Nannaki - 4/20/12 at 9:32pm
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PSU = Too much power is never bad. Not enough power is bad and can damage parts. Although, it will usually shut off before that happens. I just suggest the 850 for more headroom down the road.

Monitor = Get as big as you can tolerate. I personally would stay around 24 if sitting right in front of it at a desk. The higher the refresh rate the better. Is 240hz really going to show you much of a difference over 120 hz? Maybe if you plan on going 3d. At least do 120hz refresh.


Head phones = the wraith set that I suggested above actually do not use a sound card. There is a usb transmitter that has the sound card built into it. If you plan on getting those, do not wast money on a sound card unless you are also getting speakers.

Case = I just came from the CM 932 advanced. Good case, but not really good on the cable management. See my build log in my sig to see the difference between the switch and the 932 advanced. I still suggest the switch hands down. Air cooling or water cooling. Sorry to keep pushing that matter, This is the best case I have ever built in.

Sound card = There are so many choices. The x-fi titanium HD seems to be a really good choice.

Speakers = Another alternative is this, if you have a surround sound receiver, you can hook the sound card to that and then use any speakers you like. Once I get my new house done that is my plan. I think this is a far better choice then getting the PC specific sets. Food for thought.

Remember, part of your plan should be trying to make this as future proof as possible. Unless you like spending a lot of money all the time. LOL.
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750W is plenty for SLI 680s with overclock and everything. A quality 750W can run SLI 570s which need more power.

For headphones what kind of games are you playing?
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PSU = Too much power is never bad. Not enough power is bad and can damage parts. Although, it will usually shut off before that happens. I just suggest the 850 for more headroom down the road.

Too much power can certainly be bad. If you have an overkill PSU, you're wasting a lot of efficiency by keeping it at low loads.
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op, you might want to read this, since you pointed out there is a possibility of you going sli . . .

http://www.overclock.net/t/1246487/upgrading-my-2500k-for-hd7970-cfx

and if the 3570K does not show much performance increase, then it might be better to look at the 2600K or 3770K.

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