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Alright guys so I have been in the gaming world for about 10 years now but have just made the plunge into building my own pc, Before I have been a diehard Dell/Alienware pre-built guy and just decided to take the time and do things myself to get more bang for the buck.

So this is my projected build that I have the budget for ($2500), I have read through countless articles and forums and watched a ton of stuff from NCIX linus and think this is a pretty solid build.

Let me know what you guys think.....

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor:
LG IPS234V-PN Black 23" 14ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor

GPU:
ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU:
CORSAIR AX1200i 1200W Digital ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM

HD:
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Memory:
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model

MB:
ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

Cooling:
Stock HAF X case fans (for now)
COOLER MASTER R4-S8R-20AK-GP 80mm Standard Fan 80 ST2 (HAF X)
COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120 R4-L2R-20AR-R1 120mm Silent operation Red LED case fan (HAF X)
Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition CO-9050008-WW 120mm Twin Pack High Static Pressure Case Fan (H100i unit)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler

Extras:
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse 910-002864 Black 20 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse
Guild Wars 2
post #2 of 31
Did the same thing, always bought pre built computers then decided to do it myself. It is really not that hard. Overclocking your 3770k will be more work than the build.

Wait a couple weeks and get the Swiftech H220 instead of the h100i. OCing your chip is easier if you have 2x8 ram instead of 4x4, and you can add more later if you want, so I would recommend that instead. Why no SSD? With that setup and just one GPU, 1200w seems like wasted overkill on the PSU.
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post #3 of 31
You know your proposed setup will at max consume ~400w right?

Any solid 650w PSU is $$ for a 680 SLI aswell incase you ever got another..

HX650 $90 w/ promo. $70 after MIR.
Edited by jagz - 2/9/13 at 11:18am
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post #4 of 31
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I went with an SSD at first and after reading countless stories of how they lock up and you lose data and they arent all that reliable I sort of talked myself out of it, Also the prices are just so high for the amount of space that you get... at least everything I had checked into was fairly high when only looking at 250G of space.

As far as the PSU goes I wanted to have more than enough power for the fans, card, and possibly a second card in the future. However I may consider dropping it down to an 860W PSU and investing in maybe a SSD or better fans, my main concern right now is having a solid system to play primarily MMOs on and keeping all my temps down, I also am trying to somewhat future proof this thing for further advancement
post #5 of 31
I think spending 2.5K is not a wise thing to do. You can have nice rig like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cr8K for 1K
If you like big screens with higher res, or you use your pc for work of any other productive stuff get a 1440p monitor. They cost under 400. If you just play games you can consider 1080p 120Hz monitor for smoother gameplay. Just dont bash all the money on rig, its not worth it, save the rest for a roadtrip or smt.
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post #6 of 31
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Hey jagz thanks I will def be dropping my PSU down, I will take a look at that
post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by Coryh13 View Post

I went with an SSD at first and after reading countless stories of how they lock up and you lose data and they arent all that reliable I sort of talked myself out of it, Also the prices are just so high for the amount of space that you get... at least everything I had checked into was fairly high when only looking at 250G of space.

As far as the PSU goes I wanted to have more than enough power for the fans, card, and possibly a second card in the future. However I may consider dropping it down to an 860W PSU and investing in maybe a SSD or better fans, my main concern right now is having a solid system to play primarily MMOs on and keeping all my temps down, I also am trying to somewhat future proof this thing for further advancement
No, SSDs are more reliable than hard drives nowadays. The mean time before failure is over 7 years. An SSD is a must for any decent rig, after using an SSD for 2 years now, systems with the OS on the hard drive just feel so so slow and sluggish. It's worth spending a bit more just for a 64GB drive to put the OS on and a few programs.
Two 680s and a 3770K will not draw more than 550W even when heavily overclocked so even an 860W PSU is massively overkill. A good 600W-650W is enough.
As for the other parts:

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case Good

Monitor:
LG IPS234V-PN Black 23" 14ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor Good

GPU:
ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Okay but it doesn't have unlocked voltage so you can't overclock as much as a card such as the MSI GTX 680 Lightning. Also have a look at the Radeon 7950/7970 or GTX 670, the 680 is pretty bad value for money.

PSU:
CORSAIR AX1200i 1200W Digital ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Already mentioned.

HD:
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive No need for this, it's just loud and inefficient, go with a WD Caviar Black or Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 instead.

Memory:
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model This RAM is ridiculously overpriced, you can get equivalent kits from any other company such as G.SKILL, Kingston, Patriot etc for less than half the price.

MB:
ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard Okay but the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5-TH would be a better option.

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 Good CPU if you are doing rendering, 3D work or anything that utilizes hyperthreading. If you're just gaming a 3570K performs the same for $100 less.
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post #8 of 31
Even if you add a GPU, 850w or less will do the job. Crucial M4 or Samsung 840 are good solid SSD choices. You put your operating system and most used programs on it, then use a HDD for everything else, and to back up the SSD.

If you are within driving distance to a Micro Center you can get the chip for a good price, and get them to match pricing on anything else.

And I agree with pretty much everything AndyM95 wrote. I like my MVF mobo.
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post #9 of 31
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Thanks so far for all the input guys smile.gif
Like I said complete newbie here to custom builds and just looking to have a beastly system
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Originally Posted by Coryh13 View Post

Thanks so far for all the input guys smile.gif
Like I said complete newbie here to custom builds and just looking to have a beastly system
What will you be doing on your system?
Just gaming, gaming and 3D work etc.
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