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Okay so im looking at building a new gaming rig and its been quite a while since i built one i'm quite a hardcore gamer and do A LOT of video editing and prices dont really matter but just a note i live in new zealand so most us stores we dont have

 

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H (Not to sure if i should change this or not) also could put a ASUS Rampage IV Gene Intel X79 into it

Processor - Intel Core i7 2600K (Probally wont build until ivy bridge is released so will most likely change this)

CPU cooling - Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler with 2 extra 120mm fans added

RAM - Corsair CML8GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance LP 2x4GB DDR3

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB 6Gb/s SATA3 (Now this im really not sure about i dont know much about HDD's so some help on this would be appreciated)

Optical Disk - ASUS BC-12B1ST 12X Blue-ray Combo

Video card - ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 Geforce GTX580 1536M Or a EVGA NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX580 SC 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-E (Which one is better)

Sound card - ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card

Case - CoolerMaster Cosmos II Ultra Tower Or CoolerMaster Stormtrooper (Now will the H100 fit into either of these with the 4 fan push/pull i want)

Power Supply - Corsair AX650 Gold Professional Series

If theres anything you think i should change/add please tell me :) also if this is in the wrong forum im sorry

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Guest Black gold saw.

That power supply is overkill for all of that. A quality 600W is all that would be needed.

 

If you can, Look for the HD 7870 or HD 7950. (Both equal or faster then the 580)

 

Just either wait for the i5 3570K or just grab a 2500K.

 

And for the love of god.. 16GB of ram? - No. Just get a 4GB 1866MHZ kid.. More then fine for gaming.

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Okay so im looking at building a new gaming rig and its been quite a while since i built one i'm quite a hardcore gamer and do A LOT of video editing and prices dont really matter but just a note i live in new zealand so most us stores we dont have

 

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H (Not to sure if i should change this or not) also could put a ASUS Rampage IV Gene Intel X79 into it

Processor - Intel Core i7 2600K (Probally wont build until ivy bridge is released so will most likely change this)

CPU cooling - Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler with 2 extra 120mm fans added

RAM - Corsair CML8GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance LP 2x4GB DDR3

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB 6Gb/s SATA3 (Now this im really not sure about i dont know much about HDD's so some help on this would be appreciated)

Optical Disk - ASUS BC-12B1ST 12X Blue-ray Combo

Video card - ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 Geforce GTX580 1536M Or a EVGA NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX580 SC 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-E (Which one is better)

Sound card - ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card

Case - CoolerMaster Cosmos II Ultra Tower Or CoolerMaster Stormtrooper (Now will the H100 fit into either of these with the 4 fan push/pull i want)

Power Supply - Corsair AX650 Gold Professional Series

If theres anything you think i should change/add please tell me :) also if this is in the wrong forum im sorry

 

Well, seems like you're new here so, Welcome to OCC :cheers:

Your build looks great! I guess you've researched much about them right?

I do have a few suggestions for you :)

 

1. CPU - As of right now, the i5 2500K is your best bet for gaming rig since games wouldn't need those extra threads of the 2600K but seeing you do lots of video editing, you could benefit from the extra threads. It's wise of you to wait for IB since prices would likely fall should you not want to go for IB.

 

2. MB - I'd suggest you get the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 instead since it has very similar features but comes at lower price :thumbsup:

 

3. RAM - Now I'm not sure if video editing does benefit from lots of RAM but since Photoshop does, I'd suggest you get a 16GB kit instead. Again I'm not sure about this.

 

4. HDD - I think you'd benefit much from getting an SSD along with the HDD. A 120GB SSD should be enough for your OS and frequently used programs while dumping the rest of your data on a mechanical HDD. Here's a good SSD for you to consider: Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB. The HDD you've chosen is fine btw.

 

5. Video Card: I'd recommend getting the 7950 instead. Prices have dropped on the 797x series and now the 7950 are priced at the same level of the 580 while still edging it on performance. Also it runs cooler and consume less then the 580 so that's a good plus :) Here's what I'd get: Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD

Or if you have enough money, go big and grab a GTX680 instead! :D

 

6. SoundCard - I'd suggest you lose the soundcard and get a good surround headphones instead. Today's onboard audio are enough for Gaming IMO unless you're an audiophile. Also the extra money could go on an SSD instead.

 

7. Case - I'm not sure if either of them would fit the H100 in push-pull config but I know that the Corsair Carbide 500R would and although it's not as big as the two you've chosen, it's spacious for it's size and cost a bit less then the CM StormTrooper.

 

8. PSU - The AX650 should be enough for your build but do you need 80+ gold efficiency? It'd take a while until the efficiency actually covers the price premium you're paying, which you could instead use for higher wattage PSU. For the price of the AX650, you could get this PC Power&Cooling Silencer MkII 950W instead which is 80+ Silver certified and comes with 7 years warranty (It's even cheaper then the AX650 if you take the MIR). You could keep this 950W monster for a long time and should you want to do Triple SLI :teehee:

Just some food for thought.

 

:cheers:

 

EDIT: Just noted that you live in New Zealand. Please tell us the website of your local computer store and your total budget so that it'll be easier for us to recommend something :thumbsup:

Edited by vandreadstriker

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I would agree with the above posts except about the cpu, you say you do a lot of video work so stay away from the 2500k and go with a 2600k or 2700k or higher cpu that supports hyper treading which really speeds up video work.:thumbsup:

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Idk im not good with hardware i have done a bit of research on a few and gave the ones i liked to my friend to choose from then came here and i was considering going for the geoforce 680 as i have done quite a bit of research into it now and as for surround sound i was given a razer tiamat for my birthday would the onboard be good enough for that? and also as for photoshop i do use that quite a lot i should have mentioned that in the original post and as for new zealand pricing here is the best thing to use: http://pricespy.co.nz/ also do i need any networking card type of thing?"

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I would get at least 8 gb of memory if I were you and don't worry about a internet card because the mb you get will have a good one built into it. If you can get a good price on memory go for 16 gb because with photoshop the more the better. The 680 is the best video out there at least for the next week or 2, lol.<IMG class=bbc_emoticon alt=:teehee: src="http://forums.overclockersclub.com/public/style_emoticons/default/teehee.gif">

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Idk im not good with hardware i have done a bit of research on a few and gave the ones i liked to my friend to choose from then came here and i was considering going for the geoforce 680 as i have done quite a bit of research into it now and as for surround sound i was given a razer tiamat for my birthday would the onboard be good enough for that? and also as for photoshop i do use that quite a lot i should have mentioned that in the original post and as for new zealand pricing here is the best thing to use: http://pricespy.co.nz/ also do i need any networking card type of thing?"

 

Yes the onboard audio codec would be good enough. I browsed through that website and the GTX680 seems to be really overpriced over there ($999) Probably best to stay with the 7950.

Please tell me your overall budget for this setup. Depending on your budget, I might recommend an X79 chipset instead since you'll likely benefit the LGA2011 CPUs.

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- 2600k

- 2x8GB RAM kit (leaves two slots for expansion later)

- nVidia Card (if you also do 3D Rendering)

 

 

Of the two 580s, I would pick ASUS.

 

On the Razer Tiamat

- These headphones shouldn't need a soundcard to drive them ...tho any analog headphone will see improvement with one

- If you have the 7.1 headset I believe you will need the sound card simply for the ports

- If you have the 2.2 headset then you should be fine with onboard

 

The H100 should work on both cases.

 

If you don't do 3D Rendering, it really just depends on how much you want to spend. I can speak to American prices as to which card is the best for the price range, but foreign prices makes things a tad difficult. So I will try to be generic. :)

 

- GTX 680 vs HD 7970 - if only $50 difference GTX 680

- GTX 580 vs HD 7950 - if same price/slightly more HD 7950

- GTX 580 vs HD 7870 - if same price/cheaper HD 7870

- GTX 570 vs HD 7850 - if same price/cheaper GTX 570

- GTX 560 vs HD 7850 - if same price/cheaper HD 7850

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