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The idea behind this build is to play any current or future (next 2-3yrs) games at 2560x1440 resolution with max or near max graphics settings. I will most likely be overclocking the CPU, GPU, & possibly the RAM, but will not be going crazy with it like a full water cooled build would allow. I'm posting the list and encouraging feedback.


Here's the main components list:



CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($108.98 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Performance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($121.44 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($233.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($699.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($139.47 @ Newegg)

Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($60.97 @ Newegg)

Total: $3054.75

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 02:14 EST-0500)


Comments - I'll also be adding some Cooler Master fans to the case, 200mm (top), 120mm (rear), 2x 80mm (bottom).

The purpose of the 32GB RAM is to make a 16GB RAM Cache (http://www.corsair.com/blog/vengeance-32gb-memory-caching-performance-tests) to increase the performance of both the SSD (boot drive) & the HDDs (storage drives), which will most likely be in a RAID 1 configuration for data redundancy.

The PSU choice should allow room for growth if SLI or a GPU upgrade is needed in the future.

Is Neutron GTX 240GB SSD optimal for this build? I've considered either going with a GT or GS 240GB as well as splitting it into 2x GT 120GBs (one for OS/Applications & the other for Games).


Please let me know what you think. I don't personally know anyone I can discuss this with to help me with my sanity check. Thank you for your time & support.

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