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 Post subject: My first build
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:43 pm 
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Hello,First time poster and new to these boards. Hopefully this is the right place and i wil try to keep my question simple yet somewhat concise.

This would be my first build,I have never had a higher end rig.That being said i was looking to build something that would play everything out there now and maybe for the next 3 to 5 years.This is more than i wanted to spend or planned to spend but bang for the buck seems to work great.

Basically i'm looking for feedback good or bad..Also not too sure on what come with cables needed or what i may need to be on the look out for.Agian hopefully my post is where it should be and thanks in advance.



CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: EVGA Superclocked, Signature 2 02G-P4-2687-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

HDD: (2) Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

RAM: (2) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


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 Post subject: Re: My first build
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:25 pm 
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Well, I'm going to start by saying planning for a gaming build to keep up for 5 years is pretty much a pipe dream. 3 years is do-able to a degree although it may be even shorter than that. That being said there are a lot of changes to be made to your build

CPU: You're looking at a SandyBridge i7 which is the previous gen part. Frankly an i7, SandyBridge or IvyBridge, isn't going to give you a benefit when gaming. I would recommend going with an i5 3570K instead

Motherboard: Solid pick, no real changes needed here.

RAM: Unless I'm misreading this you're looking at 32GB total of RAM. There are 0 games in existence that need anywhere close to this amount of RAM. I run with 16GB (I do things that are a bit more intensive than gaming as well) and gaming doesn't even begin to use half of my RAM. Scale it back to 8GB of Samsung 1.5V DDR3-1600 RAM or 8GB of G.Skill RipJaws.

GPU: The GTX 680 simply is not worth the cash you would be paying for it. It's a 5% performance improvement over a GTX 670 for a lot more cost. For that matter a GTX 670 can easily be overclocked to meet the performance of a GTX 680. That being said the current king of the crop for single GPU cards is the Radeon 7970 and I would specifically recommend either the Gigabyte Radeon 7970 3GB GHz edition or the XFX Double D 7970

HDD: 2 WD Caviar Blacks. Let me guess, you're looking to RAID 0 them so you can get a good amount of performance. Well, in the day of the SSD that's really not done much anymore. I would drop one of the Caviar Blacks, downgrade the other one to a green and make it a 2TB drive. Your boot/program drive is going to be a Samsung 840 256GB drive. Far faster than a pair of WD Blacks in RAID 0 could ever hope to be

Case: Not a bad one, but I haven't liked the HAF line much as of late. I would recommend looking at a Fractal Designs Define R4 case instead.

PSU: A little bit of overkill but really not too bad. Alternatives would be a Seasonic M12II 650 watt PSU

If you have any follow up questions feel free to ask.


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 Post subject: Re: My first build
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:44 pm 
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The RAM was a misprint sorry i am in fact going for 16 though i had initially thought 8 would be fine.As for everything else i really appreciate your insight.

As for the HD's my old system was in RAID 0 and had not planned to do the same but did want a second drive..You advice seems very sound.Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: My first build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:56 am 
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ok, I made some sweeping changes and seems i can even save $150.00..My only concern is the case you listed is a mid tower will that be enough space? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: My first build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:28 pm 
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Oh yes, the R4 Define will have plenty of space to fit all of the components with room to spare. Out of curiousity what changes did you decide to make?


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 Post subject: Re: My first build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:45 pm 
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I followed your advice very closely.

This setup via newegg comes out to around $150 less than the build i was looking at.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GV-R797TO-3GD Video Card
HDD: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
HDD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
CASE: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W Semi-modular Power Supply
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


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