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Hi everyone,

This is my first post as I have just joined overclock.net.

My name is Nick and I live in Dubai. With the recent release of Diablo 3 and many other great games coming up, I am desperate to get my hands on a sweet gaming rig.
Unlike in the USA and the UK, there are no custom PC builders out here in Dubai and it can be pretty difficult to get such a large item delivered safely or moreover in a timely fashion.
So, I guess I'm going to have to head down to "Computer Plaza" and ask the nice Indian men to help me put one together. I'm not overly cofident in their abilities or at least, their ability to configure it to run at it's very best but I'll hope for the best.

Ok so here is what I'm planning:

Chassis: Corsair 600T -Graphite/White
M/boad : Asus Z77 Deluxe OR Gigabyte Z77x UD5H
Processor: Intel i7 3770K
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 680 2GB
Optical: Pioneer Blu Ray Burner
Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600 MhZ
HDD: Seagate 1TB & 240GB SSD (Primary Drive)

Power Supply: Corsair TX850
Cooling: Corsair H80

Windows 7 Professional

No Monitor - I plan to hook it up to my Samsung 40" 1080p TV through HDMI cable.

Currently I have been quoted equivalent US$2655 at one place and then next door US$ 2355.
I plan to go back and forth and perhaps to others to get it bargained down - YES, it is that kind of place.

OK so my question is, what would you experienced guys add/subtract/change??

More fans possibly? Might I need to add a Heatsink aswell as that Corsiar H80 Fan. If so, any particular models (more the better as some may not be available here)

Any help and advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers
Nick
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Chassis: Corsair 600T -Graphite/White
M/boad : Gigabyte Z77x UD5H (gigabyte has better costumer support)
Processor: Intel i7 3570K (in gaming 3770k HT does not provide extra performance, so true quad core is sufficient)
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 670 2GB (has better price/performance reaching gtx 680)
Optical: Samsung DVD Burner (DVD drive/burner, as you will seldomly use this, so downgrade to dvd burner)
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600 MhZ 1.5V CL9 (downgrade to 8GB, as seldomly most games pass 4GB, mark)
HDD: Samsung spinpoint F3 or WD caviar black 1TB (storage) & Samsung/Plextor 240GB SSD (OS/apps)
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 (more than enough as 2 v-card in SLI of gtx 670 is around 500~600W, the 750W is more than enough)
Cooling: Corsair H80 (this will be your heatsink, included are cpu block+radiator+tim+2 fans)
Edited by xnuw - 6/4/12 at 5:53am
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If you're using a TV, you'll want to have a wireless keyboard/mouse.

I would personally go with the Asus motherboard rather than Gigabyte, but that is just personal preference.
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Originally Posted by xnuw View Post

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Chassis: Corsair 600T -Graphite/White
M/boad : Gigabyte Z77x UD5H (gigabyte has better costumer support)
Processor: Intel i7 3570K (in gaming 3770k HT does not provide extra performance, so true quad core is sufficient)
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 670 2GB (has better price/performance reaching gtx 680)
Optical: Samsung DVD Burner (DVD drive/burner, as you will seldomly use this, so downgrade to dvd burner)
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600 MhZ 1.5V CL9 (downgrade to 8GB, as seldomly most games pass 4GB, mark)
HDD: Samsung spinpoint F3 or WD caviar black 1TB (storage) & Samsung/Plextor 240GB SSD (OS/apps)
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 (more than enough as 2 v-card in SLI of gtx 670 is around 500~600W, the 750W is more than enough)
Cooling: Corsair H80 (this will be your heatsink, included are cpu block+radiator+tim+2 fans)

All of this, But personally I would go with an Asrock Extreme4 board. tongue.gif

Downgrade to a 128GB SSD as well. As you will not need more than that unless you are throwing all of your games on there. You should only have 1 or 2 games on there at a time. All a SSD does is decrease load times.


Also, reference 680s (and probably 670s) will not have an HDMI out, only dvi and display port. You will need an audio cable to transfer the sound to your PC.
Edited by Ironman517 - 6/4/12 at 7:30am
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Downgrade to a 128GB SSD as well. As you will not need more than that unless you are throwing all of your games on there. You should only have 1 or 2 games on there at a time. All a SSD does is decrease load times.
"All an SSD does?" Well yes... decrease OS load, decrease game load, decrease texture loads, decrease map loads, etc. Once upon a time, 128GB would have been enough, but not anymore. Some of the new games coming out are upwards of 12-18GB. I don't expect that game install sizes will decrease with time, either. You'd be able to get by with a 128GB for now, but a year from now you'll wish you had gotten the 240GB.
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Also, reference 680s (and probably 670s) will not have an HDMI out, only dvi and display port. You will need an audio cable to transfer the sound to your PC.
Most include a DVI -> HDMI adapter. If you do get a card with onboard HDMI, though, they usually have an audio driver with them so you can select it as your default playback device; otherwise you would need an audio cable. Most TVs allow optical or digital (s/pdif) input.
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"All an SSD does?" Well yes... decrease OS load, decrease game load, decrease texture loads, decrease map loads, etc. Once upon a time, 128GB would have been enough, but not anymore. Some of the new games coming out are upwards of 12-18GB. I don't expect that game install sizes will decrease with time, either. You'd be able to get by with a 128GB for now, but a year from now you'll wish you had gotten the 240GB.
Most include a DVI -> HDMI adapter. If you do get a card with onboard HDMI, though, they usually have an audio driver with them so you can select it as your default playback device; otherwise you would need an audio cable. Most TVs allow optical or digital (s/pdif) input.

No, you will be sad you had gotten a 240GB,.I have a 256GB SSD, it is generally useless. I only play up to 3 games at a time. If I were to properly manage my SSD, I could easily move them to my HDD with the plentiful of programs out there on the web. Or I could move it myself and symlink them. Over 128GB is useless, now and later. It is absolutely pointless.

Also, all the cards I have gotten even my recent GTX 680 comes with a DVI->VGA adapter. doh.gif
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Also, all the cards I have gotten even my recent GTX 680 comes with a DVI->VGA adapter. doh.gif
Every evga card I've bought for the last 5 years either had a mini-hdmi to hdmi dongle or a DVI->HDMI adapter. They also come with a DVI->VGA adapter, but that just gets tossed into the "misc" bucket.


GTX 680 has onboard HDMI out... see
Edited by Electrocutor - 6/4/12 at 8:28am
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Every evga card I've bought for the last 5 years either had a mini-hdmi to hdmi dongle or a DVI->HDMI adapter. They also come with a DVI->VGA adapter, but that just gets tossed into the "misc" bucket.

Well my (ref) EVGA GTX 680 did not come with a DVI->HDMI adapter, nor did my (non-ref) Zotac GTX 570 (but it had a HDMI port) or my (ref)Galaxy GTX 570..... All 3 came with those useless DVI->VGA adapters.
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Chassis: Corsair 600T -Graphite/White
M/boad : Gigabyte Z77x UD5H (gigabyte has better costumer support)
Processor: Intel i7 3570K (in gaming 3770k HT does not provide extra performance, so true quad core is sufficient)
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 670 2GB (has better price/performance reaching gtx 680)
Optical: Samsung DVD Burner (DVD drive/burner, as you will seldomly use this, so downgrade to dvd burner)
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600 MhZ 1.5V CL9 (downgrade to 8GB, as seldomly most games pass 4GB, mark)
HDD: Samsung spinpoint F3 or WD caviar black 1TB (storage) & Samsung/Plextor 240GB SSD (OS/apps)
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 (more than enough as 2 v-card in SLI of gtx 670 is around 500~600W, the 750W is more than enough)
Cooling: Corsair H80 (this will be your heatsink, included are cpu block+radiator+tim+2 fans)

I don't know about the motherboard as I haven't read up on any Z77 motherboards tongue.gif. If you are planning on overclocking you could go for a H100 instead of the H80 for slightly better temps. With the SSD size it really just depends on how many games you play at a time and whether you are willing to move them about a bit.

Other than those points I agree with @xnuw smile.gif
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Hey,

Thanks so much for the great responses.

I won't be playing too many games at once so I guess 128GB SSD will be enough - some cost savings to be had there. Savings everywhere, infact, so thanks for that - good to know.

I'm really hoping the hooking up to my TV will be a relatively easy process tbh - I would have thought all high end graphics cards would have HDMI out. Plug and play.

I will have to get a decent sound card too i guess in order to link the sound to my current Samsung home theatre.
Will that work? Or am I going to need more 'computer specfic' speakers?

Any recommendations on the sound card?


Overall, do you imagine I'm going to get some pretty good benchmark scores with this rig?


Thanks again
Nick
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