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Gaming @ 2560x1440 - Rev 1/3/2013

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Performance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM (Storage)

SSD 1: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD (Boot & Applications)

SSD 2: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD (Games)

GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB (R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC)

Sound Card: Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion 24-bit 96 KHz

Case: Azza Genesis 9000 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case

PSU: Corsair AX850 Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V - Modular

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

Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" LED Monitor

OS: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)

Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse

GPU Cooler: Swiftech KOMODO-HD7970 Full Cover VGA Waterblock

CPU Cooler, Radiatior, & Pump Kit: XSPC Raystorm Extreme Universal CPU Watercooling Kit w/ RX360 Rev 2 Radiator/D5 Pump/Res


This is my current planned build for my new PC. I've decided to go with a high end water cooling system for the CPU & GPU as my goal is to have a relatively quiet system with high overclocking potential. The choice of GPU was determined by compatibility with the GPU water block and unlocked voltage. RAM selection is to allow for a RAM Cache to increase SSD & HDD Read speeds. I may use a portion of the RAM for a RAM Drive as well. I went with the 3570k vs a 3770k as this is mainly a gaming PC & most likely will not be used for video editing & such. I've considered the Asus Maximus V Formula as an alternative to the Sabertooth due to overclocking features, but personally prefer the Sabertooth. For the HDD, I may either upgrade this to a 3TB before purchase, but will most likely stick to the 2TB & just add another 2TB later. I went with dual 120GB SSDs to allow a dedicated SSD for the OS & primary applications, the additional one for games. Case was selected due to size, cost, water cooling options, and additional features (such as R-ATX Motherboard tray & optional front mounting PSU). The monitor of choice is a huge 27" LED at 2560x1440, which is a step up from my 24" LCD at 1920x1200. For more details on the water cooling options check performance-pcs.com


Please provide suggestions/feedback to help me with the final tweaks to this build.

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