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Old 05-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,


I decided to experiment a little and sell my Macbook Pro to buy my first Windows machine. All in the name of science. I already have a display, mouse and keyboard. What I want is a good, reliable, future-proof gaming PC for about 1100€, that is 1400$, but I guess in my country things are a bit more expensive, so lets say 1300$.


I already have build something:


Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68MA-D2H-B3
CPU: INTEL Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB BOX LGA1155
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP CML8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3
GPU: eVGA Geforce GTX670 2GB PCIe
HDD: SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB 7.2/64M/S600
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 25/S600
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 370
Optical disc drive: NEC AD-7283S DVD-+RW 24x
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-600G Gaming 600W


I think everything is fine, but I am a bit unsure about motherboard, case and PSU. And what about CPU cooling? Is stock Intel CPU fan good enough?


What do you guys think?


PS: sorry if my english is bad, I am not from english speaking country.


Thanks a lot!
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you don't plan on overclocking then that PSU and the Intel stock fan will be fine. If you plan on overclocking then you will need around 650-700w worth of PSU and a better cooler.
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If you don't plan on overclocking then that PSU and the Intel stock fan will be fine. If you plan on overclocking then you will need around 650-700w worth of PSU and a better cooler.
I don't really know if I will OC my CPU. I see you have i5 2500k. Do you overclock yours? Is it worth buying 2500k, 700W PSU and CPU fan just to have around 4.0 Ghz?
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Well a decent heatsink will grant up to around 4.5 easy. My situation is a little odd. When I had a 580 I didn't OC but when I sold it and I'm using my 465 I keep it at 4.5. I don't really need it, but the insurance is nice. When I get a 4GB 670 I will probably put it back down to stock for silent and cool. I also plan on having this build for about 3 or so years and I'm pretty sure by then I will need to OC of which I have a water loop waiting for. IMO it is worth it if you intend on keeping this setup for a long while. Having a better heatsink, and a bigger PSU will grant better future upgrades like a 3770k worthy of OC and possible SLI/Crossfire down the road.
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I was changing build a bit, but I'm not sure if its better.


"old" build:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68MA-D2H-B3
CPU: INTEL Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB BOX LGA1155
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP CML8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3
GPU: eVGA Geforce GTX670 2GB PCIe
HDD: SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB 7.2/64M/S600
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 25/S600
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 370
Optical disc drive: NEC AD-7283S DVD-+RW 24x
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-600G Gaming 600W


New build:


*Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
*CPU: Intel® 3570K "Unlocked"
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP CML8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3
GPU: eVGA Geforce GTX670 2GB PCIe
HDD: SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB 7.2/64M/S600
*No SSD
*Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
Optical disc drive: NEC AD-7283S DVD-+RW 24x
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-600G Gaming 600W


So, I changed MOBO, CPU, Case and ditched SSD.


What do you guys think?


I am still very confused about motherboards. Many people told me to go for Z77 and ATX size. What is the difference between this MOBO I picked, and one that is 80$ more expensive?? What do I have to ask myself when buying motherboard? What do I need?
And about the case, I picked this one because of the looks and I guess Corsair means quality. Mistake?
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The better board will grant native Ivy Bridge support, and better overclocking due to heatsinks on the VRMs.
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