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Thread: Building a gaming PC this is the setup so far... any ideas?

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    Default Building a gaming PC this is the setup so far... any ideas?

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    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.49 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX)
    Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse ($76.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1288.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-24 08:41 EDT-0400)

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    Default Re: Building a gaming PC this is the setup so far... any ideas?

    Have you considered spending a bit more and going with a Haswell system instead of Ivy Bridge?
    Keep in mind that there is known Haswell problem with some usb 3.0 flash drives and waking from sleep.
    This should be fixed if you wait until August to buy updated hardware when the problem has been fixed.
    A web search using: haswell usb issues will provide more information.

    I'm not familiar with Biostar products and I have to question how much support you can get in dedicated web forums.
    I would rather buy a motherboard where there are several excellent user to user web forums, especially forums where they have dedicated threads that deal with issues and overclocking for specific motherboard models.
    To avoid compatibility issues it is safest to buy memory kits that are listed in the manufacturer's memory support list.

    I like Samsung ssd's, but advise against buying the Samsung 840 128GB standard model.
    Check out for more information.
    In post #11 I provided links to six different Samsung 840 reviews.
    Be sure to read all of the posts in the thread before you buy your ssd.

    I'm not a fan of OCZ power supplies.
    Some models are pretty good but most seem to be mediocre at best.
    I wouldn't buy any psu model unless it got high ratings from JonnyGuru, HardOCP, HardwareSecrets, PCPER, TechPowerUp or BenchmarkReviews.
    The power supply is the foundation of your system, make sure that you buy the best one you can afford.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S

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    Default Re: Building a gaming PC this is the setup so far... any ideas?

    That's basically a good selection of components, with only two things I would question, although I don't know what the prices would be in your area. With Haswell being released on June 2, a flood of new Intel 8 series chipset mother boards will hit the shelves, and you may be able to find better deals on Z77 boards that might be on close out.

    For ~$170, I would check what you can get with ASRock, ASUS, or GigaByte boards. I've had great luck with my Z77 ASRock board, which hopefully is a bit less than $170 from your retailer. Any particular reason why you picked that Biostar board?

    I agree with Prof. Jim, the OCZ PSU is not the best choice, ignoring $ of course. You don't want to skimp on the PSU at all, it's the heart of a PC. When you use a high quality PSU, you can simply ignore it and never worry that it is the cause of any issues. Check if you can find Seasonic PSU's in your area, they make PSUs for companies like Corsair, some of their best models.

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