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Hello OCN Members,
I am planning for a gaming PC build. Following will provide more information about it :
- This PC will be used in USA till July 2013. After that, I plan to take most of the parts with me to India except Case and Monitor (which I hope I would be able to sell here).
- Max budget will be $1500.
- No OC for at least one year.
- Main use : Gaming, Browsing.
- Planning to build by mid May.

Following is the configuration I have come up with after researching for a day :
1. CPU -- Intel i5 2500k -- $219
2. Memory -- Corsair Vengence 2X4GB -- $53
3. Motherboard -- AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3-- $122
4. GPU -- Sapphire Radeon 7950 HD -- $389
5. PSU -- Corsair TX750 v2 -- $105
6. CPU Cooler -- Cooler Master V8 -- $59
7. Internal HDD -- WD Caviar Blue 250 GB -- $70
8. Internal SSD -- OCZ 60GB -- $74
9. Optical Drive -- LG DVD Burner -- $17
10.Case -- HAF 932 Advanced -- $130
11.Monitor -- Acer 21.5 LED -- $130

All coming to ~$1370.
Already bought Corsair K90 keyboard and M60 mouse!
My questions are :
- What do you think about the build? All suggestions/criticism are welcome.
- Can PSUs rated at 110V/60Hz be used in India (220V/50Hz AC) ?
- Can the motherboard support future processors and GPUs using PCIe 3.0 ?
- Can the system sustain the rigors of adding another 7950 AMD gpu without bottle-necking itself ?
- Can the current PSU withstand another 7950 AMD card if I am upgrading my PC next year?
- Some suggestion needed for Monitor as for now I have simply put Acer. It should be 1080p, <= 24 inch, LED.

This is my first post here but I am an avid reader of the forum articles here since 2 years smile.gif. I am sure I will get all the expert advice. Sorry for the long post!!

I have already built a gaming PC before in 2010 end in India with following specs which my brother is using -
Intel i5 760
MSI P55-GD65
Corsair 4GB
WD 500GB Green
XFX 6870
Corsair GS600
DELL ST2220M LED
CM 690 II Advanced
CM Hyper 212+
Edited by proxycon - 5/15/12 at 10:21pm
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post #2 of 134
Ivy bridge is already out i wud recommend u look at the i5 3570k. Also for the baord i wud recommend the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and for cases u dont suppose u could go with a slightly smaller case like a carbide 400r or the Bitfenix Raider? And yes ur PSU should be able to take another 7950.
AS for cooler if u arent OC i wud suggest to just stick with stock cooler or a hyper 212+. As for monitor, u wud have to consult another OCN member
    
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Intel 320 Series 80gb Western Digital Caviar Blue 640gb TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653R CoolerMaster Hyper212+ 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster2233 Stock HP Seasonic x660 
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post #3 of 134
You can double your HDD capacity for about $10 more.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375256
post #4 of 134
The cooler master V8 is an overpriced piece of crap just buy a 212+.
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post #5 of 134
Looks good.

As well as the changes mentioned above:

Change to a Z77 Board + 3570K
212+ CPU Cooler
Larger HDD

I'd also change the SSD.

I'd get either the Samsung 830, the Corsair Performance Pro or the Crucial M4.
Although I don't believe that there is a 64GB model of the Corsair Drive.

750W is plenty for 2 7950's in Crossfire.

Hope this helps thumb.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128GB WD 2TB Caviar Green Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
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Asus VS247H-P Logitech K360 Corsair HX650 Fractal Design Node 304 
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post #6 of 134
Thread Starter 
@072665995 - Regarding the IB i5 version, I went through one article by TechRadar

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/processors/intel-core-i5-3570k-1077183/review

The reviewer has a feeling that i5 2500k owners should not see a great deal of improvement with new IB brigade. Though convincing reviews have to come still. I am sure a great article will be in order to appear on this site!
Ok, silly question - Whats superior in Z77 board? as compared to Z68 version ?

When I did my last build in India, I very much loved CM cases. I need to check out the ones suggested by you. If its black, all black painted, suffiecient air flow then its the one.
I was under the impression that since 3GB GPU is gonna make the CPU work its arm off, I will need an elevated cooling solution than 212+. I will do some RnD over it.

@Amateur OCer - Good suggestion dude, I will surely want to add double the space if its costing only $10 extra.

@Khmor - WIll 212+ suffice for CF 7950 ?

Thanks all for your valuable suggestions.
Edited by proxycon - 4/30/12 at 2:02pm
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Western Digital 500GB Blue Crucial M4 128 GB Samsung Bluray Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Blue Crucial M4 128 GB Samsung Bluray Corsair H100 
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CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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post #7 of 134
Thread Starter 
@Kyronn94 - Looks like OCers are against CM V8. WIll make that change to my log. Will check out Corsair SSD tonight. I think I need to go through the following to understand some diff between Z77 and Z68.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/1509

Also do you think I will benefit by switching to new IB proccy + mobo by making my system somewhat pseudo future-proof? Because these have been just now launched so it might cost an arm and a leg :-|. More research for me..
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Western Digital 500GB Blue Crucial M4 128 GB Samsung Bluray Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 7 - 64 bit Acer 23" LED Corsair K90 Corsair TX850V2 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Switch 810 White Corsair M60 Razer Vespula Klipsch Image s4 reference 
AudioOtherOtherOther
JVC HARX900 Lamptron FC8 Fan Controller Bitfenix Spectre Pro LED fans Silverstone 140mm Magnetic fan filters 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Green 1 TB LG Cooler Master 212+ WIndows 7 Home Premium 
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MouseMouse PadAudio
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Blue Crucial M4 128 GB Samsung Bluray Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Switch 810 White Corsair M60 Razer Vespula Klipsch Image s4 reference 
AudioOtherOtherOther
JVC HARX900 Lamptron FC8 Fan Controller Bitfenix Spectre Pro LED fans Silverstone 140mm Magnetic fan filters 
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Intel i5 760 MSI P55 GD 65 XFX 6870 HD Corsair 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Green 1 TB LG Cooler Master 212+ WIndows 7 Home Premium 
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Dell 23" LED Logitech multimedia Corsair GS 600 Cooler Master 690 II Advanced 
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post #8 of 134
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Originally Posted by proxycon View Post

@072665995 - Regarding the IB i5 version, I went through one article by TechRadar
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/processors/intel-core-i5-3570k-1077183/review
The reviewer has a feeling that i5 2500k owners should not see a great deal of improvement with new IB brigade. Though convincing reviews have to come still. I am sure a great article will be in order to appear on this site!
When I did my last build in India, I very much loved CM cases. I need to check out the ones suggested by you. If its black, all black painted, suffiecient air flow then its the one.
I was under the impression that since 3GB GPU is gonna make the CPU work its arm off, I will need an elevated cooling solution than 212+. I will do some RnD over it.
@Khmor - WIll 212+ suffice for CF 7950 ?
Thanks all for your valuable suggestions.

In answer to one of your previous question, I believe Power Supplies will work with both 110v and 240v ( USA vs UK) if they have it listed in their specs, for example: 'Universal AC input from 90~264V'.
You'll be fine with the TX750.

And also, that's not really how Crossfire works.
Yes, you need a stronger CPU to run multiple graphics cards, but it will not necessarily require a better cooler, you'd likely be fine with the stock cooler, but that's not how we do things on OCN tongue.gif
So yes, do go with the 212+ thumb.gif

Hope this helps.
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Crucial M4 128GB WD 2TB Caviar Green Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
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post #9 of 134
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.95 @ Adorama)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1395.63

The Case and PSU have a $25 combo deal on Newegg. The CPU and MB have a $15 combo deal on Newegg. So the total would be $1355.63. Pretty sweet rig for under $1400. GL with the build!
post #10 of 134
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Originally Posted by proxycon View Post

@072665995 - Regarding the IB i5 version, I went through one article by TechRadar
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/processors/intel-core-i5-3570k-1077183/review
The reviewer has a feeling that i5 2500k owners should not see a great deal of improvement with new IB brigade. Though convincing reviews have to come still. I am sure a great article will be in order to appear on this site!
Ok, silly question - Whats superior in Z77 board? as compared to Z68 version ?
When I did my last build in India, I very much loved CM cases. I need to check out the ones suggested by you. If its black, all black painted, suffiecient air flow then its the one.
I was under the impression that since 3GB GPU is gonna make the CPU work its arm off, I will need an elevated cooling solution than 212+. I will do some RnD over it.

Thanks all for your valuable suggestions.

ummm z68 platform cant OC ivy bridge?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme3 GEN3 MSI HAWK GTX560ti G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 320 Series 80gb Western Digital Caviar Blue 640gb TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653R CoolerMaster Hyper212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster2233 Stock HP Seasonic x660 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Carbide 400r stock hp my desk :) on board (good enough dont know y people need s... 
  hide details  
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme3 GEN3 MSI HAWK GTX560ti G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 320 Series 80gb Western Digital Caviar Blue 640gb TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653R CoolerMaster Hyper212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster2233 Stock HP Seasonic x660 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Carbide 400r stock hp my desk :) on board (good enough dont know y people need s... 
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