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#1 Infinito


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:18 AM

Hey ya'll,
I've never built my own gaming rig before, and I usually just stuck to store bought deals or laptops; but for GW2, I decided to finally invest some money into a gaming rig that'd last me a while, and allow me to enjoy all of the splendor and beauty of GW2.
I've already bought the following parts (spending around $3K of my summer paycheck, haha), and will be assembling it in 12 days when I get back to my school campus (I shipped everything there, as I'm in another state).

Basically, if you guys could critique the build and any parts, I'd appreciate any insight. I'm willing to still spend more, or to return parts for different ones based upon your recommendations and wisdom :)

The Build:

NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black / Green Trim Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 3770K Processor 3.5 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2

Wireless Adapter
ASUS(PCE-N15) maximum performance Wireless-N Network Adapter ( 300Mbps Transmit / 300Mbps Receive) with PCI-E interface, Include Full Height and Low P

Optical Drive

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)


PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5

Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (CWCH100)

Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800

Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700

X3 Asus VS229H-P 22-Inch LED Monitor
<- Will have 3 monitors.
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#2 Infinito


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:41 PM

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#3 Elder III

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:40 PM

Well, that's a pretty powerful system there. I hope you're planning on SLI? If not the PSU is complete overkill (top quality though). :)

Do you plan to play games other than GW2? If so, I would personally suggest the HD 7970 3GB over the GTX 670 2GB since it's going to do better at that extreme of a resolution, partly due to the different architecture and also due to the extra VRAM. If GW2 is the only concern, then it should be ok either way.
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#4 Infinito


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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:38 AM

Thanks for the feedback!
I plan to SLI if the performance on GW2 ends up being sub-par.
Then again, I've never had a system this powerful before, so we'll see how much above my standard this is, haha.
And, yes, I only foresee myself playing GW2, LoL, and that's it pretty much.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:23 PM

Get the OCZ Vertex 4/Intel 520. Longer warranties ;) (5 years versus 3)

GW2 and LoL? Pretty ridiculous overkill. Just drop to an i5 3570k and use the $100 to bump up to a HD7970 3GB/670 4gb/680 4gb ;) The extra VRAM will be a blessing on those 3 monitors. Remember SLI doesn't double your VRAM and 2gb will max out pretty quickly.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130785 670 4g
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127695 680 4g
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130798 680 4g
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125413 7970 3g

Edited by baels, 17 August 2012 - 01:26 PM.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:50 AM

Something you'll want to keep in mind with PSUs is that, as card designs progress, they get more bang for their buck. That is, the cards become more and more powerful while drawing far less power than their predecessors. I personally think 950W is a tidge overkill. You probably only need a 750-800W PSU, even with SLI. Unless, of course, you go tri-SLI, but that's beyond overkill for GW2 and LoL.

I'd also agree with dropping to a 3570k or a 2500k, depending on your cooling situation (3570 performs better whilst OCed than a 2500k, but runs much hotter because of the usage of TIM instead of solder). It's about a $10 difference between the two cards.

Get a Blu-Ray BD-R if you're set on getting an optical drive.

As for SSDs, I'm of the opinion that you should aim for an Intel 520 series or a Samsung 830 series.

Edited by Magi, 18 August 2012 - 05:50 AM.

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