Need some feedback on new build!


Sep 24, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, music, programming.

I've been planning to build a gaming rig for a little while now. So far, I have a general vision of what I want, but I would like some feedback. So tell me what you guys think! Any suggestions or advice would be awesome! Thanks in advance!

CPU - i7 3770k

CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14

MOBO - Asus P8Z77 Pro

RAM - 16gb Vengeance Low Profile (I know it's a little overkill, but RAM seems to be pretty cheap nowadays...)

SSD - x1 60GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe for OS
AND x1 240GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe for Games

HDD - Western Digital 500GB

PSU - 850W Corsair HX850

GPU - EVGA GTX 680 (Might grab another one of these later on)

Optical - LG Blu-ray Drive

Case: Fractal R4

Thermal Compound - Arctic Cooling MX-4

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium


May 3, 2012


Jul 14, 2011
1) I agree with lt_dan_zsu, get an i5 3570 or 3570k. i7's are unnecessary and worthless for gaming. They cost $100 more but offer no performance increase in games. Games only use 2-4 cores, the extra $100 for an i7 with 8 cores is a waste.

2) That's a nice motherboard, but not the best in its class. Look at this review,3187-22.html. There are much better options out there.

3) Also with lt_dan_zsu on this one, why get 2 SSD's? Get one big SSD and a super big HDD and call it a day.

4) Get a Corsair AX750 as suppose to the HX850. The AX750 is fully modular, while the HX is only partially-modular. The extra 100W isn't worth it.

5) If you REALLY want 16GB of RAM...

6) I'm not saying you need to, but CONSIDER a GTX 670 overclocked as suppose to a GTX 680. The price difference between the two isn't worth the minimal difference in performance. It will never be like a 680 can play a game and a 670 cannot, and it will never be like a 680 can run on ultra and a 670 cannot.

Good luck!


Jul 12, 2011
Hi. I made you a PC that is a bit over your budget but it's just too good to pass up.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($869.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Raider ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ZX 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($136.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.03 @ Amazon)
Total: $2024.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-25 02:58 EDT-0400)

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