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 Post subject: review needed + one more part
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:47 am 
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i'm getting parts for a fast heavy gaming computer.

tell me what you think: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TalJoe/saved/

plus, what sound card should i get for good surround sound?


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 Post subject: Re: review needed + one more part
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:35 pm 
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A few areas of interest. And because the primary intent is for gaming...

  • Get a Core i5-3570K. The only thing you get with an i7 is a little more L3 cache and HyperThreading... both that don't add anything appreciable for the $100 more you pay.
  • Drop the CPU cooler for a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or similar from this line. This is one of the best performing air coolers, and I've see reviews of the Corsair H80/H100 that show it's kind of expensive for its performance
  • You only need 8GB of memory.
  • Drop the PSU down to 650W. At the minimum you should have 38A @ 12V for a GTX 680, but I'd say something more like 45A @ 12V is better for comfort.
  • Do you really need Windows 7 Ultimate? Pro is about the most any one really needs to be honest.
  • The only sound card meant for gaming is Creative's line. But I wouldn't really bother with a sound card unless you're an audiophile (and even then, Creative's lineup is like the last brand audiophiles will go to). Onboard sound does just fine these days.


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 Post subject: Re: review needed + one more part
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:33 pm 
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If you're gaming but not going to be doing video editing or 3D Content creation on this thing, then 32GB RAM is a waste.

A 1000 Watt+ PSU is WAY overkill for a single GPU setup, any good quality 550W - 750W PSU will handle that setup quite nicely. This Seasonic X650 is all you need & then some & if you hurry (promo code ends Midnight tonight Pacific Time), you can still get it for the crazy low price of $90

If you're overly concerned about CPU temps or pushing for a high-end overclock, stick with the H100, otherwise the Hyper 212 EVO LatiosXT mentioned will keep the CPU well under it's upper limits under a decent overclock & heavy usage.


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 Post subject: Re: review needed + one more part
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:39 am 
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Did you just pick the most expensive parts and slap them together? I wish I had that kind of money to spend.


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