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    Firt time build, looking for feedback

    Hi, in the next few months (as money allows) I am planning to build my very first computer. This computer will be primarily for gaming and I'm looking for feedback on the list of components that I have chosen. Here's my list of components:

    OS:
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

    Mobo:
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATXIntel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131821

    CPU:
    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ssors-Desktops

    GPU:
    Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...670%20GC%204GB

    Sound Card:
    ASUS Xonar DSX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1Interface Audio Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132053

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231568

    PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Gold Evolution 850W 80 PLUS GOLD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256080

    Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Black SATA Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

    Hard Drives:
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC InternalSolidState Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147163
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    Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB CacheSATA6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136792

    Cooling:
    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106189

    Case:
    Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147107

    Monitor:
    ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms HDMI LED
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236153

    Keyboard:
    Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126087

    Mouse:
    COOLER MASTER Recon SGM-4001-KLLW1 Black Gaming Mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Gaming%20Mouse

    Any and all input, opinions and feedback would be most welcome. Thanks.

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    Buy a 3570k instead of a 3770k and buy yourself a gtx 680. for 100$ you can get the h100 instead of the Thermaltake, h100 dominates the close loop market. Don't get Home premium, get either win 7 prof or ultimate or get windows 8
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    | SSD: Intel 120gb 330 series (OS) | Intel 120gb 330 series (Games n stuff)
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    What is your budget?

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    I'm trying to stay under $3000

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    Those are some nice specs. You should be good to go.

    Just some personal recommendations.

    Mobo: I'd get the Asus Maximus V Formula. It has a nice onboard sound chip. That way you won't need to get an external sound card. You can try and test it yourself. Further down the road you can get the external one if the onboard audio doesn't suffice your needs.

    PSU: If you're not planning to do any Sli or 3 way sli, 850w is more than enough for you. But if you do, then I'd get a bigger PSU like Corsair's AX1200.

    Cooling: Definately get a better Closed Loop Liquid system like Krindor suggested. You can opt for the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme or the Corsair H100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krindor View Post
    Don't get Home premium, get either win 7 prof or ultimate or get windows 8
    Why not HP? Premium does everything a gamer needs. The only time people here run into an issue is when they try to stuff more than 16GB because Premium won't support it. But for gaming 16GB is more than you'll use anyway so it's not really a deal breaker.

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    Yeah I was thinking about the limit on ram but as you say 16gb is enough. But I would suggest to get win 8 anyway as it's cheaper and faster
    | Chassi: Phantom Fulltower White Edition | Mobo: Maximus V Extreme | CPU: i7 3770k
    | Memory: 2x8gb G.Skill Trident X 2400mhz | GPU: PNY Geforce GTX 670 | PSU: NZXT Hale 90 750w
    | SSD: Intel 120gb 330 series (OS) | Intel 120gb 330 series (Games n stuff)
    | Monitor: LG 29EA93 | Cooling: Custom Loop

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    Ok, so ditch the sound card and go with a ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard? I wasn't too sure about a sound card anyway since I don't use a surrond system or anything. I wasn't really planning on running SLI right now but should I get a more powerful PSU in case I decide to do that at some point? And after looking at the CPU coolers, the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 looks to be far superior to the Thermaltake one.

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    Let's look at the dilemma using numbers. For a normal GTX 670 (not OC), you can do 2x SLI with a 700w. For 3x SLI, you need a 850w. These are the minimum required and we're not taking into consideration CPU overclocking. I haven't looked up the Galaxy card you want but from the title it's an OCed version of the GTX 670. But we can safely assume that the Silverstone PSU can do 2x SLI, if needed.

    The GTX670 is a powerful card. I don't know what kind of games you like to play. But for laughs sake: Can it run Crysis 2? A stock GTX 670 can run Crysis 2 on ultra settings @ 1080p and still achieve 60 playable fps.

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    I still like going at this from the other direction.

    Your answers are implicit by your selections, so i'm writing them down here, let me know if i'm wrong:

    1. What is your desired resolution,
    a. 1920x1080

    2. How much graphics power is required to power the games you want to play at that resolution (what graphics configuraiton do you need to run)
    a. gtx 670

    3. how future proof or expandable do you want the machine to be?
    a. I dont care about upgrades

    4. What amount of CPU is required to power the graphics configuration you're running so that the system won't be bottlenecked
    a. i7 3570k

    5. Any other items you need in the build?
    a. mouse, keyboard, monitor, case, cpu cooler, PSU, possibly sound card, total less than $3,000

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