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pretty much what has been said but at that price point it would be almost sading to get less then 16 gb ram. is it overkill as of now Yea. but will it be worth it later on YUP. also PERSONALLY id take the h 80 over the D14 because i dont like the idea of having a heat sink of that size but that's just me.
Also as far as sound cards go any modern one beats onboard audio really so you can really go wrong. as far as anything else goes though most of the best ideas have allready been listed
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Logitech gets consistently flamed by the guys in the audio forum's here, along with Monster Beats and Bose. For the $350 number pointed to above I'd get a set of these (or for $50 less, these) and be stoked. Either that or I'd get a receiver and start putting together a system that can be upgraded over time with a sub and additional speakers.
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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.

I hardly doubt an 850 would be over kill. If he watercools later he will be throwing in a pump and bunch more fans, then, if he adds another GPU for physx. Just saying, too much power will not physically hurt his system. Also saying to plan for future upgrades.
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Awesome replies! Thanks for your time everyone smile.gif
I'll be playing games like Skyrim, Diablo 3, *Possibly EQ2, or EQnext when it comes out(?), Not really into FPS, but I've never had the opportunity to really play any, so maybe. Future games... I like Skyrim kinda games. (if any of that helps)

So the build is almost complete, only a couple more questions, here is the revised build:

Case - Switch 810 (You convinced me, lol) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146089
GPU - EVGA GTX 680
CPU - 2500k or Ivy Bridge equivalent depending on reviews and such.
Mobo - Asrock Z77
SSD - Crucial M4
CPU Fan - Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&Tpk (Not sure what it's name is)
OS - Win 7 Home
Sound Card - X-Fi Titanium vs X-Fi titanium HD. I want the best sound quality I can get without spending HUGE amounts - So I think I want a sound card for sure.

Now for the questions!

PSU - I've heard 750-850w, not sure what to get. Judging from the build would anyone be able to tell how much I'll really need? Someone mentioned TX750 could power SLI 680's without a problem, and I'm only planning on getting one (Until games become too much for a single, which might (?) be a while.)

Headphones - So do the Creative soundblaster Wrath headsets not utilize the sound card? Is there a way to make them? Or has anyone used the Ultrasone Pro 550's before? Any other headphones that would properly compliment the sound card?

Speakers - I have no idea about the wireless surround sound you guys are talking about, probably won't do that for the PC since I'll usually have my headphones on while gaming. I guess I don't mind a minor surround setup on the computer desk for if i game during the day - as long as it's simple setup lol. I just want a trio (Sound card / Headphones / Speakers) That'll work great with one another. These and the monitor issue is what I'm currently having trouble with.

Monitor - Since I have some time to decide - working off of my video card what would you say is the best option for a 24'', and the best option for a 30'' ( I ask for both because I may wall mount the 30'', so it'll be a little farther away ) With ~$1000 budget. I don't mind spending up to that much, but would rather not if it's only marginally better than something a little cheaper. (You pay for the best, but it's not always that much better than something a tier below.) I figure if I'm spending this much on a computer I might as well go all out with the monitor as well, to ensure I'm really getting all I can out of it.

Thank you guys so much, It amazes me that people will come into this forum simply to help others out. Such a nice community - Hopefully one day I can do the same.thumb.gif
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Awesome choice on the case. Check out this thread and join the club.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1209048/official-nzxt-switch-810-thread/3000_100#post_17041212

A lot of cool stuff in there. Start on the first page.

PSU = you will be absolutely fine with the 750.

Head phones = They utilize their own sound card. There is no other way to use them. The Ultrasone PRo 550 where one of the ones I was looking at when I was looking at head phones. They are about the same quality, but not wireless. That is what made the choice for me. Had a wired set of head phones and the wires were a pain in the a$$. Cool thing about the wrath's is if they are low on juice you can plug them into power, micro usb cell phone charger, and still used them. The 550s are good too.

Speakers, the Logitech that I told you about are really sweet for the price. There are cheaper versions as well. I always use my head phones now. Even if I am the only one home LOL.

Monitor = Damn just saw this. I think I am going to sell mine and get this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236206
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Just a clarification question do you need HEADPHONES or a HEADSET?
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Well, if they have a mic i guess they are technically a headset. Headphones would just be that with out a mic. In this case I use them interchangeably.


I think most of the surround sound stuff is for gaming and has a mic. Right?
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Well, if they have a mic i guess they are technically a headset. Headphones would just be that with out a mic. In this case I use them interchangeably.
I think most of the surround sound stuff is for gaming and has a mic. Right?

You will get better quality with headphones and a clip-on mic. Well if you actually care about sound... rolleyes.gif I love my headphones and I use a clip on mic, I wouldnt get the same quality of sound with headphones thumb.gif
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I heard Headphones for the most part have better sound quality than headsets, and I probably won't be needing a mic piece since I don't play online FPS games. - So probably headphones.

Probably won't be using anything 3D since it gives me a headache. I did however run across these with very good reviews:

U3011 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260028&Tpk=U3011
And
ZR30w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176177&Tpk=ZR30W

Or 27'' (Some people say not to get 27'', but what do you think?)
U2711 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260038&Tpk=U2711
And
ZR27W - Can't find a link to this on Newegg.

I think I'll probably pick between these. Any suggestions as to which one?

As far as the PSU i'll probably just stick with the 750 then.
Edited by Nannaki - 4/21/12 at 10:28pm
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You will get better quality with headphones and a clip-on mic. Well if you actually care about sound... rolleyes.gif I love my headphones and I use a clip on mic, I wouldnt get the same quality of sound with headphones thumb.gif

I don't know if I fully agree with that. The sound from the wraith is unbelievable. Lets face it. When you buy a head set you are not really paying for the mic. The cost is covering the sound quality of the headphone parts. In this case there is active noise cancelling which is perfect for when the wife is nagging, THX controls and numerous adjustments you can make to fine tune them.

There is even a full graphic equalizer built into the program for listening to music.

There are numerous times I find myself ducking to avoid ordinance from behind, or a ship from above. I can hear so many different things at one time it is almost too immersive. LOL.

I think discussing that topic is like discussing religion though. You will not sway me and I will not sway your opinion. At least we are all allowed to post our opinions. thumb.gif

I def respect your opinion though.
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