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Hi
new to PC building, going to be building a gaming desktop this summer in the states, just wondered what people thought of these parts smile.gif

Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-core @ 3.4GHz, turbo boost 3.8GHz

Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit

Asus P8Z68-V PRO Motherboard

amd HD 7770 1GHz edition GPU hopefully x2 smile.gif

Asus 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive

Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Western Digital 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive

SanDisk Ultra 120 GB SSD

1000w ATX PSU

not sure about a case yet but will eventually overclock, so good airflow would be nice
post #2 of 5
First of all, welcome to OCN!

At first glance, it's looks like a solid start.

Some suggestions.

For a gaming desktop, your GPU is WAY underpowered in comparison to your CPU. You would get alot more bang-for-your-buck for a gaming system if you doubled your GPU budget. Typically, a good value is to make your GPU budget the same or greater than your CPU budget.....at least from my own personal experience. Nothing on the market now will bottleneck a I5 or I7......but i know of a lot of things that can bottleneck that HD 7770.

Don't start off with a SLi/Crossfire system. Get the best single card you can afford, and use SLi/Crossfire as a upgrade path in the future. SLi/Crossfire systems are pain in the butt. Trust me. :-)

An Asus ENGTX560 TI DCII would be a much better GPU choice for that computer. :-) I am continuously impressed with that the DCII GPU's can do, and it's a better fit for your build.

If your building this PC for gaming, a I7 will offer you NO improvement over a I5. If you do a lot of video encoding, photoshop, ect.....then a I7 is a better choice than a I5. If it's just for gameing, get the I5 and re-invest your money in a better GPU.

SanDisk Ultra? ....Ugh. I can think of 1,000 better choices. Get a SanDisk Extreme, Samsung 830, Kingston HyperX 3K, or something that is actually fast. X-D Here is a good guide on the best SSD's per dollar on the market right now --> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-storage-value,3184.html

Lately i have really liked the ASRocks better than the Asus's. Your motherboard isn't bad,....just...i think we can find better. Just wondering why you chose a Z68? With Ivy Bridge around the corner, Z77 looks like a much better choice. Take a look at the ASRock Z77 Professional. I think it is a all-around better motherboard than the Asus you chose.

As far as HDD's go, get, a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ. It will outperform any Western Digital, AND it's cheaper. If you still insist on the Western Digital, make sure it's a WD black...not a WD green. The "green" is their low power hard drive. The "black" is their high performance hard drive.

For power supplies, OCZ or Corsair make really solid stuff. Stay away from Antec or Diablotech. A Corsair Professional Series HX1050 1050W would be a really good choice.

As for a case, I have a HAF-X and love it. It will hold a H100 with plenty of room to spare. It's a excellent case for overclocking. I have either 6 or 7 hard drives in my HAF-X right now, with a tripple slot GPU and i still have a ton of room in there.

EDIT: Also, i agree with Ensamada on the RAM. If you run virtual machines on your PC, stick with the 16 Gb. If you don't use virtual machines, stick with 8Gb of RAM and reinvest that money into a better GPU.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 4/30/12 at 6:57pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8GHz @1.4V ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Professional Asus GTX 570 DCII 920 MHz @ 1.125V 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 12x Blu-ray Burner ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner Scythe Mugen II 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster 23" (2nd monitor) Hewlett Packard HP f1703 17" Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair Professional HX750 Coolmaster HAF X Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 120 Watt Sony Shelf System 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
PowerCase
Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 Aspire X-Navigator 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8GHz @1.4V ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Professional Asus GTX 570 DCII 920 MHz @ 1.125V 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 12x Blu-ray Burner ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner Scythe Mugen II 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster 23" (2nd monitor) Hewlett Packard HP f1703 17" Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair Professional HX750 Coolmaster HAF X Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 120 Watt Sony Shelf System 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
PowerCase
Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 Aspire X-Navigator 
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Your list is nice, but IMO, a 2500k and 8GB of ram is plenty for gaming. As for GPU, i would suggest looking into either a gtx 480/580 or maybe a 6950/6970 if you want to stick with AMD. all can be had for a decent price and still give you plently of performance for all the current and future titles coming out within the next year or two.

For SSD, look into either Intel, Corsair or Samsung.

For power supply anything 80 silver or 80 gold certified. Typically the Corsair HX1050 or AX1000 are the most popular ones, but look into Seasonic and OCZ as well.

Good luck on your build! thumb.gif
     
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|Seagate Barracuda 1TB| |Samsung Blu-Ray Drive| |Corsair H50| |NZXT 120LB x 2| 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB| |Samsung Blu-Ray Drive| |Corsair H50| |NZXT 120LB x 2| 
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Get the i5-2500k and upgrade GPU to a Radeon 7850.
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Hello, OP?

What do you think of our feedback?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8GHz @1.4V ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Professional Asus GTX 570 DCII 920 MHz @ 1.125V 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 12x Blu-ray Burner ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner Scythe Mugen II 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster 23" (2nd monitor) Hewlett Packard HP f1703 17" Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair Professional HX750 Coolmaster HAF X Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 120 Watt Sony Shelf System 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
PowerCase
Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 Aspire X-Navigator 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8GHz @1.4V ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Professional Asus GTX 570 DCII 920 MHz @ 1.125V 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 12x Blu-ray Burner ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner Scythe Mugen II 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster 23" (2nd monitor) Hewlett Packard HP f1703 17" Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair Professional HX750 Coolmaster HAF X Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 120 Watt Sony Shelf System 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
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Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 Aspire X-Navigator 
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